History of Midnight City
Destruction rained on M-Day. Beneath the violent bursts of mutagenic magic energy and the severe nuclear fallout, the old world crumbled. The west-coast metropolis that would be the future Midnight City was no exception. Those that survived the initial doomsday attempted to sift through the ruins and carve out a new life in this post-apocalyptic hellscape.
For the next 15 years, survivor bands within the ruins staked their claims to territory and went to war with each other over scarce resources. Groups like the Paladins worked to protect innocents and rebuild society. Others made a point of slaughtering anyone who stood in their way. The population was intensely and violently divided. Progress toward a better future was an agonizing crawl.
In 2044, the Unseelie Court was ousted from New Tairngire. They followed the ley lines to seek out a new home and source of power, and arrived at the ruined city. They used their considerable magical skill to first establish a safe zone for themselves, then to observe the warring factions vying for dominance. They had a plan.
One by one, the factions were pacified by the machinations of the Unseelie Court – either by convincing them to lay down arms for the betterment of all, or convincing them that there was more profit to be made allying with each other. If neither approach worked, the uncooperative were summarily… disappeared.
Once the powers of the city were united in 2048, the Unseelie formed the city's first government with the former faction leaders. It was, ostensibly, a show of unity and fairness. In reality, nothing happened without the Court's blessing. The old faction territories became districts in the new city, each faction head representing a district in the city council.
They dubbed the new city Mag Duinn and began to rebuild.
With the power of the Unseelie Court and a united city leadership, rebuilding progressed at a breakneck pace. The area's abundant northern LB reservoirs became the sites of new power plants that supplied uninterrupted electricity and fuel to the city. Within five years, Mag Duinn had the highest standard of living on the continent. Immigrants came in droves seeking a better life. The city's population grew exponentially, and with it grew the city's black market, criminal organizations, and its reputation as a hotbed of illegal activity. The Midnight City never slept. It became known far more for its underbelly than the pristine image of progress that the Unseelie Court wanted to show the world.
As the years passed, the predominantly human population of the city grew increasingly uneasy with the Unseelie Court's power and influence over civic affairs. Before this unrest could reach critical mass, the Unseelie publicly withdrew from their positions within the government in order to quell any fears of their undue influence. The Unseelie Court would remain a Fae special interest group, without any official authority over the city. Or so they claimed. They settled on the island of Mag Mell, which became the city's first expanded territory.
As human officials once more took to the forefront of the city's government, they enacted several measures to distance themselves from the Unseelie. The first of which was to discard the Unseelie name of Mag Duinn. In early 2058, the city officially became the Midnight City Free State.
Coincidentally, 2058 was also the year of Gordian-Allod International's founding. The company was an alliance between the leaders of the Unseelie Court and the wealthiest and most ambitious of Midcity's human citizens. GA quickly rose to prominence through real estate acquisitions and cutthroat backroom deals. With the full, secret backing of the Unseelie Court, there was little to stand in the company's way.
Decades passed and GA only grew. Their hands ended up in every aspect of city life. They held contracts to supply electricity, to manufacture city maintenance vehicles, to broadcast sports and news, to develop medicine. Their power was inescapable and their wealth grew exponentially. Backed by the machine that was Midnight City, Gordian-Allod became the largest and most profitable company in the world. Through them, splintered nations reconnected and trade expanded globally.