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One cannot talk about the city without first talking about the world is is a part of. The Earth that I use is, like most, an alternate one. Humans still exist, but are not the dominant species anymore, and are in fact, something of a minority in most parts of the world. Instead, the dominant species is (of course) anthropomorphic animals, including more mythological ones such as dragons and unicorns, though most are just as mundane as any human would be.
That said, magic is also real within this world, but in the modern setting, this is less well known or practiced. Even with the rise of "super heroes," most are simply well trained individuals that choose to enact vigilante justice with a flair for the dramatic and flashy costumes.
However, within the dark shadows lurk those able to cast spells and wield the arcane essence of nature. For good or ill. And even among these secretive few, there are but rumors that more powerful, god-like beings may walk among them as well.
Alta Ferro City
(TL:DR it's basically an amalgamation of New York City with some Chicago and Detroit mixed in, because I'm basic like that. The country is also basically USA because I'm American, and again, basic. Sue me.)
Founded near 400 years ago as a trading port when the continent was first settled, the city used to go by the name: Port Quiet. Despite the unassuming name, even in the early days it was a bustling trade hub, It quickly established itself as something of a neutral ground between all the competing trade companies and foreign countries willing to ship goods to this New World.
Some 50 years after its founding, and after a brief war saw the country owning the city changing, it was renamed to Ferro City, after the many steel buildings being constructed at the time, and new thing at the time. Another 50 odd years, and another war saw it changing hands to the new nation that formed as a result. Just before the turn of the 20th century, with the invention of the sky scraper, the name was changed again to its current Alta Ferro City, gaining the slogan "The city where steel meets the sky."
In current days, Alta Ferro is one of the world's most densely populated cities, with a population of over 35 million people. The city has also sprawled outwards considerably, boasting an official area of around 435 square miles (roughly 700 square km), making it also one of the largest cities in the world. Though many smaller suburbs and townships just outside of the city proper also claim to be a part of the Greater Alta Ferro Area, increasing the influence of the city far beyond its boarders.
The history of the city is evident, especially when traveling to the older parts. Long abandoned industrial warehouses and manufacturing plants still dot around the edges of the town. Even the docks, while still active, often feel like one has stepped backwards in time to the early 20th century. The grand park in the heart of the town, the third largest such park in the world, holds a large number of bronze statues of great historical figures. Many other historical buildings have been restored and maintained to preserve the history.
With a city of such size, age, and population, it is unsurprisingly also one of the most crime filled cities in the world, despite the best efforts of law enforcement. Though the corruption within said law enforcement has been an ongoing issue for almost as long as the city's existence. Organized crime has always been an issue, and the foundations of many of the biggest crime families and organizations in the city have roots going back centuries. The city also has the largest number of serial killers in the world.
It is these problems, among others, that has also seen a rise in new vigilante crime fighters. A new breed of violent civilians that have taken to enforcing their own laws. Despite being illegal, these vigilantes wage a war of their own on the streets against the many gangs and mob groups. Unfortunately, most wind up dying for their cause, with little changing from their endeavors.
Despite all this, most people within the city are just average citizens trying to earn a living and live their lives. The city also boasts the most mixed population in the world. At any moment, one could bump into anything from a mouse, to an equine, to an avian, to a dragon, possibly all in the same corner store. The city also has the largest single population of dragons in one location, at nearly 5 million.
Alta Ferro is a city where anyone can find anything and become anyone, be it a business man looking to start anew, an actor looking for their big break, or a criminal wanting to go pro. Alta Ferro has something for everyone, even if it's not always the best thing for other people.