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Namo, Capital District
Намо Шодуку
National Capital Territory
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1st row (from left to right): Yinzo Road, Dacheng Harbor, Statue of Yunglang Antelope in the Museum of Namo

2nd row: Liberation Square, Sky Palace, Executive House
3rd row: Eastern Gate, White Dragon Bridge, Central Council Hall

4th row: Eastern Harbor

Nickname(s): Денчин (Denchin, 殿城) - "City of the Throne"

Минзу Джунгганг (Minzu Junggang, 民族中央) - "Center of the [Namorese] Nation"
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Top: Location of Namo, Capital District in Namor
Bottom: Map of Capital District
Country  Namor
District Capital District
Government
 • Mayor Vei Tucheng (NDP)
Population
 • Total 15,353,364
 • Rank 1st in Namor
Time zone ST+6:00
 • Summer (DST) observed (UTC)
Area code(s) 01

Namo, Capital District (Намо Шодуку, Namo Soduku, 南屋首都區), formally known as Capital District (Шодуку, Soduku, 首都區) and colloquially known as Namo (Намо, 南屋), is the capital of Namor. It is located in the mouth of the Nozama River in southern Namor, bordered on all sides by the district of Southern Namor. With a population of over 15 million, it is the largest city in Namor by population and one of the largest cities in South Velkia and Esquarium.

Namo is one of the oldest continuously habited cities in the Velkias. Since ancient times, it has been the most populated area of the Nozama Valley. Throughout Namorese history, Namo has served as the capitals of multiple imperial dynasties, with every dynasty having declared Namo its capital upon controlling it. Namo has also played an important role in trade between Namor and the outside world; during ancient times, it was considered the eastern end of the Golden Spice Road. Following the advent of maritime trade, travel to and from the port of Namo increased.

Present-day Namo is widely recognized as a global city. Since undergoing modernization and expansion in the NMR 2320s, it has become one of the prominent financial centers in the Velkias. Its importance to the Namorese economy has only grown with the rise of the Nozama River Delta metropolitan area. Besides serving as a financial hub, Namo is also significant for being the symbol of the central authority of Namor.

History

Early history

Modern history

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Namo in the NMR 2310s

Etymology

Namo is Namorese for "southern house." The name is believed to have originated in ancient times, when the area was the southernmost settlement in Namorese civilization.

The city was referred to as Namo during the Bo and Lin dynasties. Under the Burgedin Meng Dynasty, the city was known by its Burgedin name, Golamaa (transliterated into Namorese as 葛勒孖 or Gelema). Under the Akka Dynasty, the name Denchin (殿城, "palace city") was used, as well as Denchin Namo (殿城南屋). The Antelopian Dynasty adopted the term Naru/Nam Nhà (南茹), as the character 茹 represented "house" in Antelopian; however, commoners continued to call the city Namo instead of Naru.

During the early years of the Green Fever, President-General Kiang Ssxu ordered the renaming of Namo to Liberationism City (Джикфанчин, Jikfanchin, 解放城), but the renaming was unpopular and Namo was restored less than six months after Kiang issued the order.

Demographics

Ethnicity

Little Qianrong, an ethnic Qianrongese enclave in Kulo

Kannei Namorese, the largest ethnic group in Namor by population, make up 90% of Namo's population. The remaining 10% mostly consist of ethnic minorities, mainly Antelopians and Qianrongese.

Namo is unique for its ethnic enclaves, which are less common in most Kannei-dominated cities. The largest enclave, Pachijin (舖𠔭𡱩, Phố Tám Thước in Antelopian), is the largest ethnic Antelopian neighborhood outside of Antelopia. The second largest enclave, Little Qianrong (Minjianese: 小千龍 Antelopian/Tuhaoese: 仟龍𡮈 Mahusaynese: મલીત ત્સંરોંગ), is home to Namo's Qianrongese community, and for a time was a hotbed of Qianrongese dissident activity.

International Street, located in Chulai-pei, is home to many expatriates in Namo who make up less than 1% of the city's total population.

Languages

Standard Namorese is the most commonly spoken dialect of Namorese in Namo. The presence of non-Kannei ethnic minorities in the city, as well as the relatively recent influx of expatriates and Qianrongese exiles, have resulted in the introduction of other languages such as Antelopian and Minjianese.

Due to Namo's status as a financial center, English has become increasingly important. According to the last census, up to 30% of Capital District residents can speak English at an intermediate level, making Namo one of the most Anglophonic cities in Namor.

Religion

While most Namo residents (79%) identify as irreligious, Namo is home to various religious institutions. Txoism is the most widely practiced religion in Namo, with 12% of residents identifying as Txoists, followed by Buddhism (5%) and Christianity (3%).

Governance

Local government

The Capital District Municipal Council Hall in Imin
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Composition of the Capital District Municipal Council, as of NMR 2375
     Independents (51)
     NDP (20)
     DS (11)
     S (4)
     L (4)

Namo uses the strong-mayor form of the mayor-council system of local government in which executive authority is vested in the mayor, who may be elected to two consecutive five-year terms.

The Municipal Council is the legislature of Capital District. A partially nonpartisan body, it has a total of 90 members - 51 of are independents elected in single-member constituencies and 39 are elected by party-list proportional representation.

Elections for Mayor and Municipal Council are held every five years, coinciding with local elections across Namor.

National politics

In the Central Council, Capital District is represented by a total of 73 deputies; 50 represent the 5th Legislative District and are elected by party-list proportional representation, while 23 are elected by first past the post.

Politics

As part of the Yellow Belt, Namo is considered a right-leaning city, although not as right-leaning as Esquarian City or Mojing. As of NMR 2378, 55.4% of voters are registered New Democrats, 36.6% are registered as Popfronters, and 8% are registered as independents or members of other parties.

Of voters who identify with the Popular Front, 49% identify specifically with the Democratic Socialists, 26% identify with the Liberationists and 25% identify with the Socialists.

Most major political parties are headquartered in Namo.

Media

PTH Tower, headquarters of Namorese Radio-Television

As the capital and largest city, Namo is home to several major Namorese media outlets. Most of these outlets broadcast their information to a national audience, so their content focuses more on national than local news. However, there is a vibrant and competitive media industry within Namo that is exclusively catered to a local audience and is thus focused on reporting local news.

Newspapers

Newspapers based in Namo include The Liberator, Velkia Today, The Commoner Mandate and the Namo Times.

Radio

Most radio stations in Namo are owned by the Namo Broadcasting Network (NBN). Formerly known as the Namo People's Broadcasting Company (NPBC), it was a state-owned corporation until it was privatized in NMR 2354.

Television

The national public broadcaster, Namorese Radio-Television (PTH), is headquartered in Namo.

The city also hosts Capital District Television (CDTV), a station that is primarily catered to local viewers but is still received nationwide.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Central Station in Dacheng

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) operates buses, trains and rapid transit within Namo. CDTA owns the Namo Metro, the city's rapid transport system, which has stations and lines throughout Capital District, including in the suburbs.

Namo has two main railway stations - Central Station in Dacheng and West Station in Yenxhi. Central Station is one of the busiest railway stations in the country, and is the starting point of multiple high-speed rail lines in the country.

Airports

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Namo International Airport

Two airports serve Namo - Namo International Airport, which provides scheduled domestic and international air service, and the Capital District Airport which is mostly reserved for corporate aviation.

As the main airport of Namor's largest city, Namo International has been constantly ranked as one of the busiest airports in Esquarium measured by traffic movements. It is the hub of several major airlines, including Air Namor, Aininian and Air Luziyca.

Roads

Namo is intersected by three main expressways - I-2 (I2.png), I-12 (I12.png), and I-25 (I25.png). I-2 and I-25 run east-west, whereas I-12 runs north-south.

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