|Nation:||The Imperial State of Constancia|
|Population:||79,914 (Phase I – 1694 AN)|
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Long contemplated, the city of Petropolis was notified to the Micras Cartography Society on 9.VII.1694 AN as being established at a location on the border of Aqabah and Molivadia provinces. The area selected for the city was effectively a virgin site, without prior habitation, chosen for its proximity to the previously planned route of the Pan-Euran Highway. Whilst diplomatic issues with the Thraci Confederation had cast doubt upon the original course of the highway, the decision to relocate the seat of government to the planned city continued regardless as the Autokrator of Constancia sought to demonstrate his power over the Imperial State.
Petropolis was originally planned to be in Kendall Isle or Jaris, in the territory known as Oranje. Circumstances resulted however in Operation Franciscanian Exit and the withdrawal from that territory, although the files and plans remain in careful storage in the offices of the Thema Oranjēsiōn. With the rise of Primo de Aguilar as eventual Autokrator of Constancia, these plans were superintended by a specialized desk in the Imperial Chancellery.
The plan for Petropolis was publicly announced in 1694.
In practice the city is divided into plots obtained at the city's foundation by four distinct groups, these being:
- Officials of the Imperial Chancellery and Officers of the Imperial Guards regiments who had been privy to the plans in their gestation, and acquired plots in proximity to the planned site of the royal palaces and the government district;
- Officers of the Modan Brigade, who enjoyed the opportunity to acquire and physically possess plots of land in advantageous positions whilst guarding the Stage One land clearance and site remediation labourers;
- The Honourable Company and the more well connected of its senior officials;
- Felipe Gonzalez and the Petropolis Development Corporation who had received the coveted formal construction and development contracts for the laying down of key infrastructure and the building of the palatial and administrative quarter of the city.
Although all are supposed to be working to the diktat of the Primokratía in practice a lively competition developed between the four constituencies for planning permits, property rights, building materials and corvée work crews, which inadvertently resulted in a job rush in these four elite spheres of influence, as well as employment in the offices and projects close to these centers of power and influence.
Phase I Settlement
To prepare the site for human habitation, and the construction work ahead, the populations of four rural communes, two from Aqabah Province and two from Molivadia Province, were uprooted from their respective coastal plains and marched under escort by the Home Guard into the interior. The corvée round-up collected 27,640 labourers in this manner, of whom, in spite of the vagaries of the road, 22,153 arrived on the plateau of Petropolis by 21.IX.1694 AN. The prioritisation of concurrent operational deployments (Operation Green Lion & Operation Northern Shield) limited the availability of trucks for the movement of the newly conscripted labour force from collection areas to their designated work site. Accordingly journeys to and from the railheads were conducted on foot. Able-bodied petty criminals throughout the Imperial State were likewise granted clemency on condition that they serve as part of the labour force for the remainder of their sentence. Initially Home Guard units also took a turn from their training deployments to take part, either as guard duty or as laborers, as part of their mandating physical training requirements.
|Commune Designation||Corvée Strength at Draft||Corvée Strength at Arrival||Home Guard Garrison||Commune Tasking|
|Commune I Aqabah (Myteron)||
|Commune II Aqabah (Hieraistos)||
|Commune III Molivadia (Bardaveh)||
|Commune IV Molivadia (Aladasht)||
Unless otherwise indicated, the womenfolk who accompanied the corvée labourers onto the plateau were set to work making the kilns in which were to be baked the loaves of bread produced from government furnished wheat. Such children as arrived on the preliminary construction sites were sorted into cohorts by age and set to fetching and carrying, foraging in the countryside, and where appropriate providing such services as the garrison troops might require.
Arrangements involving the Home Guard were improved and superseded on 11.IX.1694 AN by the deployment of the 1st Demi-Brigade of the 1662nd Modan Brigade. The organization and conscription of labor battalions from the lawful poor, petty criminals serving their sentence with a chance for conditional pardon, as well as the unskilled unemployed (who joined up for the skillset, favorable references, a chance to learn a trade, as well as an opportunity for social advancement via the Imperial Government, the ESB Group, or such other similar institutions of the Constancian elite.
During 1694, officers of the Imperial General Staff and the Imperial Guard began to arrive at Petropolis to stake out claims to plots of land on the limestone plateau, whether for the construction of their own new residencies or else for the purpose of speculation. They were joined by the The Most Serene Regiment of the Basilikē Touldon commanded by Syntagmatarchis Alexios Melas.
Phase I Land Preparation
There being a standing directive from the Office of the Autokrator accordingly, the priority projects for 1695 were the following:
- "Beacons 1 and 2" Oil-powered Power Plants
- Separate railway station for personnel and materiel delivery, astride the Aqaba - Nivardom rail line
- Residences for officials, barracks for construction personnel and warehouses for materials
- Excavation for integrated water and sewer system
- Excavation for mandatory household bomb shelters
- Excavation for integrated underground shelter city
- Petropolis integrated water delivery system
- Mandatory rainwater harvesting facilities
- Petropolis outskirts sewerage treatment plants
- Cement plants 1 and 2