The District of Columbia
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as “Washington”, “the District”, or simply “D.C.”, is the capital of the United States. The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the country's East Coast. The U.S. Constitution provided for a federal district under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Congress and the District is therefore not a part of any U.S. state.
The states of Maryland and Virginia each donated land to form the federal district, which included the pre-existing settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria. Named in honor of George Washington, the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. In 1846, Congress returned the land originally ceded by Virginia; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the District.
Washington, D.C., had an estimated population of 658,893 in 2014, the 23rd-most populous city in the United States. Commuters from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs raise the city's population to more than one million during the workweek. The Washington metropolitan area, of which the District is a part, has a population of 5.8 million, the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country.
The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are in the District, including the Congress, President, and Supreme Court. Washington is home to many national monuments and museums, which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall. The city hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, trade unions, non-profit organizations, lobbying groups, and professional associations.
A locally elected mayor and a 13‑member council have governed the District since 1973. However, the Congress maintains supreme authority over the city and may overturn local laws. D.C. residents elect a non-voting, at-large congressional delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, but the District has no representation in the U.S. Senate. The District receives three electoral votes in presidential elections as permitted by the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1961.
-Taken from Wikipedia
Recent History: In the past few years, DC has suffered three of the worst blows America has ever experienced. The first incident was the assault on the White House itself, initiated by a group of mutant radicals calling themselves the Knightfalls. This apparent "family" of mutants stormed the White House fence, engaging the President of the United States in combat, and apparently killing him, as well as the Vice President. Following this shocking turn of events, an even more deadly threat loomed on the horizon; seemingly seizing this period of unrest as an opportunity to invade our world, an extradimensional threat manifested over the Smithsonian, invading the entire city and causing massive property damage. While there was no notable loss of civilian life, the Washington Monument itself was destroyed, allegedly thrown like a projectile across the National Mall in a fight between the leader of the invasion and a superhuman defender. After the defeat of the invading force, the Monument was successfully repaired and put back into place by a team of specialists. It was during this time that POTUS Clara Mass initiated a slew of controversial new policies, including some that dissatisfied the mutant population of both the United States and the world. A group of mutant terrorists marched into DC itself in a scene that mirrored the Knightfall attack on the White House, headed by "Envy," the face of mutant extremism, and "Apex," a Russian energy manipulator who engaged former president Stark in New York city. Following the slaughter, pioneered by none other than the enigmatic (and violent) "Warsman," and for the second time in a row, a president fell to an outside invasion. At the end of this terrible sequence of events, America's morale was left crippled, and new president Thomas Newcastle faces one of the greatest challenges in the history of the job. It was very, very clear that changes would need to be made.
Washington Today: On a historic 4th of July, in the year 2015, the program dubbed "New Washington" was unveiled. Every monument in the city was now fortified, reinforced with coatings of faux-imperium alloys and steel. Every government security guard in the city was supplied with advanced weaponry and communications devices, as well as an instant access database on all recorded superhumans. As well as the visible guards, new, clandestine ones began to appear in the city, vanishing from sight after responding to a threat. The Capitol Building and White House in particular were augmented, with new security measures added to prevent any sort of damage taking place, and to quash any attack before it happens. New security measures provide the Department of Homeland Security with direct ways to manage suspicious activity and stop crimes before they even have a chance to occur. A massive investment undertaken by the Department of Homeland Security, this experiment is the prototype for a new kind of city, one that may be established in future locations if it is deemed successful here. With the aid of the Maverick Organization, DC will soon be a safer place for everyone. The head of the organization, and its public face, Samuel Clark, oversees all of the defense operations within the city.
New Security Measures added by the Department of Advanced Homeland Security
With the aid of Maverick, the D.A.H.S has worked tirelessly to ensure a safe environment for any American in the city, as well as work tirelessly to prevent any future attacks on the city, which has, in the eyes of some, become the most unsafe place to live in America, fit only for the supremely powerful and well-protected. Intent on reclaiming the great District of Columbia for the common man, the D.A.H.S has installed a variety of new measures and countermeasures to keep the city safe. Data collected from a variety of unbiased polls revealed that an entire 79% of Americans were in favor of these installations, and would like to see them added to other cities. The leader of the organization is Samuel Clark, codenamed Demosthenes.
These extensive new countermeasures include:
The D.A.H.S Civilian Security Network: Constantly updated and maintained, as well as swept for any bugs or hacks, the D.A.H.S Security Network monitors all suspicious activity within the city. Using security cameras and advanced signal bugging to track any target identified as a potential threat, the Network feeds directly into the D.A.H.S mainframe, monitored by trusted operatives to keep the city safe. The network is also connected to mainframes in other major cities, but is most extensively present throughout DC. Additionally, civilians are granted access to the files on their person, so they know exactly what information the government has collected. Only the highest officials of the D.A.H.S are allowed to view the files; otherwise, they are only made available to the rest of the Department in the event of a national emergency. Unsurprisingly, 67% of Americans declared this to be an invasion of privacy, but they were reminded that they could end their residency within the city at any time, and doing so would result in their file being disabled. These files' security statuses are constantly monitored by live staff, making secret access of any kind to the information impossible.
The D.A.H.S Early-Bird Warning System: The Early-Bird warning system utilizes a variety of advanced sensors to probe DC for dangerous superhuman activity, as well as collect data on all superhumans within the district. A whopping 90% of American citizens were in favor of these changes taking place, but only 10% of the superhuman focus group thought they were ok. The Early-Bird is an extension of the Civilian Security Network, but augmented with a variety of scanning devices that monitor heartrate, maximum speed, extrapolated tissue regeneration speed, and even radioactivity in citizens. Drones scan the airspace above DC for any flying metahumans.
There are reports that the Early-Bird collects data on a metahuman's secret identity, but this information has not been made public or in any way officially confirmed or denied by the D.A.H.S.
The Washington Foundation Official Monument Restoration / Fortification Act: All monuments in DC have been restored to their prior condition, and now boast additional security. The marble and stone in every monument has been coated with a thin layer of faux-imperium alloy, so as to improve the durability of cherished American landmarks. The Washington Monument has been anchored to the ground. Three times the number of guards are on patrol near the more famous monuments.
The Animus EVO: A revolutionary new landmark in the field of public safety, the Animus EVO is a personal genetic modification device, worn upon the wrist. Connected directly to an encrypted satellite owned and monitored by the Animus Corporation, the EVO serves as a protective countermeasure for any civilian wearing it in an emergency situation. When activated by an Animus satellite, the EVO begins to create a complex chemical reaction that temporarily releases nanomachines into the sweat ducts of the wrist, re-coding the user's DNA in order to grant them superhuman capabilities. A small, highly advanced camera within the watch monitors all activities of the user whilst they are under the influence of the meta-drug. Through partnership with the government, the watch has been made available to any citizen who desires it, though it is estimated that only 26% of the American population actively uses the watch, as Animus polls in recent years reported that only 34% of the population is still human. Military installations and police forces are provided with tactical armbands instead of the traditional watch. A Version 2.0 is reportedly in development.
Maverick Training / Security Personnel: Advanced metahuman containment / response team Maverick worked in direct conjunction with the D.A.H.S to ensure that maximum countermeasures would be available for any superhuman incident. A wide variety of automated drones patrol the city quietly, staying out of the way of average citizens; typically small and hard-to-spot, they hover above the city. Actual Maverick personnel are always on call in the event of dangerous superhuman activity. Maverick Extra Normal Combat Units are on standby in various outposts throughout the District. See @maverick_6 for full details on the extent of the force's firepower. As per the rules of the organization, they are not armed with any of the Animus corporation EVO watches.
The Model Citizen: The crowning achievement of the D.A.H.S program, the Model Citizen is a super-soldier developed in secret as the ultimate answer to any "unstoppable" superhuman force in the city. Major Thomas Bradley, a decorated veteran of the extradimensional invasion of the District, was provided with advanced gene therapy and a cybernetic limb to replace his prosthetic limb. The result? A man who can lift more than 50 tons, run faster than the fastest automotive, and face down any metahuman threat to the city. Armed with a shield composed of pure imperium, one of the strongest materials found on the extradimensional ship that invaded the city, he is always on call to defend his home, and would respond instantly and completely to any threat.
-This will serve as the official location thread for Washington, DC. Traditional RPG rules apply.
-The point of all of these changes was to make Washington a far more fortified area, so that people can't just stroll right in and blow things up. Sell everything properly, please. This is now to be written as one of the most fortified cities on Earth.
-The Samuel Clark character oversees local security in the thread, so if you want details on the extent metahuman countermeasures, just ask.
-Talk to Maverick if you want to start a fight in the city.