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The City of Chicago
Chicago: Bug City
Chicago is located in the state of Illinois, in the UCAS, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Until 2055 (at which point data became unreliable), Chicago was the second largest city in the UCAS with a population of 4,188,050. Chicago is also known as Bug City due to the Insect Spirit occupation and quarantine.
On February 10, 2039 the terrorist organization Alamos 20,000 bombed the Sears Tower1. The whole building collapsed, causing an estimated 26,000 casualties. The ruined neighbourhood became known as the Noose, and one of the worst districts in Chicago; the site of the former Tower, known as Shattergraves, became inhabited by ghouls.
On August 22, 2055, insect spirits spread in the city. On August 23, the UCAS Federal Government declares a quarantine area between Lake Michigan and Des Plaines River. Officially, the Chicago Containment Zone is established against an outbreak of a new strain of VITAS. In late December 2055, Shadowland spread to the public information about the presence of insect spirits in Chicago.
On February 22, 2058, Ares Macrotechnology launch Operation Extermination, first spreading biological agent Strain III-beta to weaken the insect spirits and entering the Zone with important troops. Acknowledging the end of the threat, the UCAS government lift the quarantine.
Statistics (as of 2070)
Population Density: 17,399/km^2
Per Capita Income: 25,492¥
Below Poverty Level: 19%
On Fortune’s Active Traders List: 1%
Felonious Crime Rate: 17 per 1,000 per annum
High School Equivalency: 20%
College Degrees: 47%
Advanced Degrees: 19%
Regional Telecomm Grid Access: NA/UCAS-MW/CHI