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The American Capital
The American Capital

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

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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.

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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:

Secretary Clark
Secretary Clark

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.

Maverick Extra Normal Combat Units
Maverick Extra Normal Combat Units

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 safety wristwear
The Animus EVO safety wristwear

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.

Early-Bird security drone
Early-Bird security drone

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, Thomas Bradley
The Model Citizen, Thomas Bradley

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.

OOC

-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.

Just to be clear, superhumans aren't attacked on sight or ostracized or anything, just heavily monitored.

...Happy 4th of July.

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#2 Posted by Maverick_6 (10429 posts) - - Show Bio
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#3 Posted by Demosthenes (88 posts) - - Show Bio

@maverick_6: Thanks again for letting me use your organization. Having multiple users in one story really helps solidify the canon, connecting it to other parts of the Vine.

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#4 Posted by LunaHawk (1528 posts) - - Show Bio

@demosthenes:

Do you also want some of the advanced US military equipment I designed hanging out in the city, particularly these?:

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#5 Posted by Demosthenes (88 posts) - - Show Bio

@lunahawk: Maybe not IN the city itself, but it'd be pretty cool to have. This character is more about internal crime, terrorist activity, and as of very recently, meta human activity on US soil. Metahuman tracking and policing would be his thing, but anything that would require a mech like that is probably more Department of Defense, y'know?

I've gotta get some sleep. I stayed up waaaay late to post this right at 12:00 lol

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#6 Posted by Atrocity_ (2347 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice =D

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@demosthenes: @maverick_6

10 Days before Jurassic World Incident:

Xae, as Gale Xanders, had decided to begin exploring some of the world beyond the park on the few days off that she experienced. Always curious as to the existing governments that now called Terra home she traveled to Washington D.C.. She couldn't help but notice many of the security features when she stepped off the airplane and entered the city proper. The drones immediately identified her DNA as distinctly NOT HUMAN and certainly not meta human, no, her genetic structure was entirely alien and unlike anything in their database. Her genetic code was forged in a triple helix and her anatomy difficult to understand as it combined a number of attributes not generally associated with humanoid life forms, not the least of which was being cold blooded.

Gale Xanders walked across The Mall, gazing into the pool as she passed it by and contemplating the reflection of the sky. Everything is different. The air is wrong, the landscape is wrong...the people are wrong. She looked up to the sky and paused. They're out there somewhere, a whole civilization. I know it, I can feel it, they are alive and well. The Exodus was a success. Here I am though, alone, alive again when I never asked to be. She sighed and continued her path until she mounted the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. There she contemplated the vast statue of some important Human male or another. She cocked her head slightly and scanned the memorial for words that might explain its presence.

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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

There they were, words that explained it. As she read the words Xae felt grief building up in her heart...not at the memories that a Human might call forth from history about at much older memories of a struggle for freedom and survival, of a time when she lived with others of her kind and fought beside the greatest leaders of the age against that same age's greatest tyrants. Faces of long dead friends, lovers and allies flashed before her mental eyes and she found herself lowering to her knees in grief. She was incapable of crying, but if she were capable of doing so she would have been crying quite dramatically. Instead she sat quietly on her knees, no longer strong enough to stand as her eyes continued to scan over the words engraved on the wall. Some of the words in particular stood out to her memory more than others. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. She lowered her head and closed her eyes. Is that what I must do then? Work to protect Terra and its people, even if they are not my own, from the indignities of tyranny and slavery? Perhaps one day my people will come for me, I have ten thousand years to live again, who knows what may happen in that time.

Xae remembered the last moments of her previous life.

"Some of us must stay behind to protect the evacuation until it has completed. I'll not order anyone to do what I know I must do, but if any of you feel compelled then speak now." They had been His words to His people, words that had echoed across a fleet of ships and a gathering of people bound for stars unknown. Even as he spoke the enemy pressed in on the evacuation site. She had stepped forward, like so many others he had lifted her from the hell of slavery at a young age, her devotion to him was complete. A dozen others stepped forward as well, not many, but they knew it would be enough. He deployed them as far forward to the enemy as possible and stayed behind at the site itself, nuclear detonator in hand.

Xae had been the last of the defenders to die, she had taken dozens of Tyrants down before her last moments. She remembered as she knelt before the Human statue the moment when her mate's blood had sprayed across her face. Then it hit her, grief she had never had time to process when it had occurred, grief bottled up for sixty five million years of death suddenly hit her like a tsunami. Her eyes snapped open and she glared at the statue, not because it was somehow the statue's fault but because it was the only thing around with a face to glare at. She screamed in despair. "WHY ME?! WHY DID YOU BRING ME BACK?!" She picked up a pebble that had sat for time unknown on the floor and sent it flying at the nearest wall. The small stone shattered into upon impact. "It should have been him!" Why did you come with me damn you?! Why didn't you leave like I wanted you to? You were supposed to live! Our hatch-lings grew up without parents...you were...you were supposed to live...It took her people a long time to fall in love but once they did their devotion to one another was virtually unbreakable. She would carry the pain of his death with her for the next ten thousand years, it would never grow weaker, she would never experience the ability to move on like Humans did. His death would always feel like it had happened yesterday.

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#8 Posted by Urban_Ronin (10037 posts) - - Show Bio

Now this is a nation to be proud of. Well written, not to mention it finally makes the U.S. a 'tank location'

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#9 Posted by Gale_Xanders (3189 posts) - - Show Bio

@urban_ronin:

I like it because it finally feels like the US is responding to the way the world works now. Previously it seemed like everyone else was and the US just sort of sat around.

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#10 Posted by Ananke (967 posts) - - Show Bio

This is interesting and well done.

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This is pretty cool. I'm looking forward to the narratives this location'll bring to the nU.

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#12 Posted by Frank_Scaletta (1095 posts) - - Show Bio

Not gonna lie, this is pretty cash. Once I get my alt unbanned I'll do something here.

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#13 Posted by Alix_Snow (42 posts) - - Show Bio

So apparently I need to get back on Animus before people start makign him an NPC.

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#14 Edited by _Nox_ (9701 posts) - - Show Bio

@alix_snow:

Or worse.....Orpheus becomes President with a 15 year old.

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#15 Posted by Urban_Ronin (10037 posts) - - Show Bio

So apparently I need to get back on Animus before people start makign him an NPC.

....I thought Demosthenes was one of your alts o_O

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#17 Posted by deactivated-5a4aaebccd120 (4502 posts) - - Show Bio

@urban_ronin: Even made itseem like I wrote it. GM level+ 1000000

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#18 Edited by Demosthenes (88 posts) - - Show Bio

@alix_snow: Oh, you are still active! Sorry, we PMed Animus, Thomas Newcastle, and Maximus Newcastle for approval, but we never got a response. We decided it couldn't really do any harm, and that it wasn't like we were declaring war or anything, so...here it is.

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#19 Posted by deactivated-5a4aaebccd120 (4502 posts) - - Show Bio

@demosthenes: You sent it last night... But it's cool.

If I run through it and see anything that goes against my policies I'll throw you a pm.

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#24 Edited by Demosthenes (88 posts) - - Show Bio

@_animus_: It's Shootout.

Hey, I'm sorry if I stepped on your toes or anything with this. I didn't know you were still writing here, I don't read the Undying Throne stuff because I'm not into Game of Thrones. We just figured it'd be a good way to make the U.S. relevant again, what with all the other countries moving forward. I didn't mean to make it seem like you wrote it, I even mentioned that I thought you were on hiatus in the OOC. Just say the word and I'll edit anything you want.

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#25 Edited by Felix_Faraday (3081 posts) - - Show Bio

My alt got banned again. *sigh* Thought the post limit was above 10...

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#26 Posted by _Nox_ (9701 posts) - - Show Bio

@orpheus_knightfall:

I dont know...theres also the whole constitutional problem with your character not being 35.

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@demosthenes: Man I'm not gonna lie, I am gonna let it slide, but I'm not liking the fact I wasn't asked before hand, you GM'd me into a green light for this. Get your enthusiasm, fourth of July, But shit, you basically did everything but call yourself president here.

Just keep me in the loop in the future, and wait more than 8 hours to move forward.

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#30 Posted by Urban_Ronin (10037 posts) - - Show Bio

@_nox_ said:

@orpheus_knightfall:

I dont know...theres also the whole constitutional problem with your character not being 35.

And theres that whole, "he's a Knightfall" thing going on (Raysh/CVnU Quintus murdered Vice President Darkchild on the White House Lawn). Donald Trump has a better chance :P

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#31 Posted by deactivated-5a4aaebccd120 (4502 posts) - - Show Bio
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#33 Posted by Demosthenes (88 posts) - - Show Bio

@_animus_: Check, check. Got it. Like I said, we thought you were inactive.

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#36 Posted by Demosthenes (88 posts) - - Show Bio

@_animus_: Well, we thought the novelty of posting on the 4th at midnight would make up for not waiting, I guess.

Don't get mad at Mav for this, this thing was my fault :1

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#38 Posted by Matthew_Cassidy (1135 posts) - - Show Bio

@_animus_ said:

@orpheus_knightfall: You can start the campaign.

Just know I'm not goin down without a fight ;)

Sir, if you need the guy dead just call. Like it would actually be an honor you know, I might not even charge you...but I will because killing is hella taxing.

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#40 Posted by deactivated-5a4aaebccd120 (4502 posts) - - Show Bio

@demosthenes: Nah I'm pissed but mostly at myself right now. I need to clearly get back at it and make some big changes.

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#42 Posted by deactivated-5a4aaebccd120 (4502 posts) - - Show Bio

@matthew_cassidy: There might be a bag of nonsequential bills in a train station somewhere. We'll see.

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#44 Edited by Demosthenes (88 posts) - - Show Bio

@_animus_: Is there anything that went against your policies that needs to be changed?

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#45 Posted by Matthew_Cassidy (1135 posts) - - Show Bio

@_animus_: Thank you sir. I appreciate you. The job market is hard right now.

(Oh my god you just gave an idea for this character lol)

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#48 Posted by deactivated-5a4aaebccd120 (4502 posts) - - Show Bio

@demosthenes: I'll let you know. I wanna keep the president separate from this though, can you delete the pic. This is more local gov than national.

@_animus_: Thank you sir. I appreciate you. The job market is hard right now.

(Oh my god you just gave an idea for this character lol)

You saying I didn't regulate the unemployment rate with my policies?! *Deploys the troops*

(Gettum lol)

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#49 Posted by Demosthenes (88 posts) - - Show Bio

@_animus_: Check, will be done. Do you want his name deleted from the Washington recap too?

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#50 Posted by deactivated-5a4aaebccd120 (4502 posts) - - Show Bio