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|City of Raeberg|
Vrije Stad van Raeberg
|Etymology: Low Almannic: Grote stad ("Grand city")|
|Nickname(s): The Royal City, The Grand Rathole, Golden Town|
|Motto: The Might of the Towers|
|Municipality / Free City||Raeberg|
|• Municipal Governance||Metropolitan Raad (10) (TP)|
|• Govenor||Hermann Dotriring (TR)|
|• Legislature||Wetgevend of Raeberg (50)|
|• Total||990.8 km2 (382.6 sq mi)|
|• Total||4.5 million|
|Time zone||Almannic Standard Time (UTC-1)|
The City of Raeberg is a city in the northern areas of the country of Hergemoth on the planet of Aeia. The city of Raeberg serves as the capital for Hergemoth and was founded in 100 BCE by the Sovmaric tribe. Although not the largest city in the country by population, Raeberg is the seat of the Parliament, Monarchy, and Judicial branch, with landmarks like the Great Hall of Parliament, the Konnigfrancis Palace, and the Grand Court Building. The city of Raeberg has a population of just over four and a half million, estimating at 4,560,820 in the 2016 census. The current Mayor of Raeberg is Hermann Dotriring, of the Traditionalist Party. The city was given status as a Vrijestadt (Free city), on July 5 1971. Most of the city is part of the Capital Municipality, although outer suburbs make up several of their own municipalities. The city was burnt down in 1480 by Prinz Charles after the Second Siege of the City, and many of the ancient buildings are now lost. The city is a port, though not coastal, for it's location on the River Wittis, and is a center of National and regional commerce, with establishments such as the Transalmannic Bank, the Akraus Corporation, and the Royal Railroad. The district of Konigin Heuvels (Queens Hills) is known for it's spectacular wealth, and presence of cassinos and banks. It his home to Nordvier Strasse, the highest GDP per capita street in Almannia. The city was an independent country between 1283 and 1412, and the large wealth and power amassed by the Raebergers in this period led to the city's strong economic and financial situation today.
The city of Raeberg's exact founding date is unknown. Archeaology has suggested that a settlement existed in this part of the Wittis River for thousands of years, but the Obgötar were believed to have created what is today the Old Port a few miles upriver. This was around 350 BCE, and from then for several centuries, the Obgotar tribe soon found great power along the Wittis with control of this prominent part of the river, it was soon found that the control of river trade was a tribal wild card. When the Obgotar tribe was absorbed into the Sovmaric clans, the Old Port area was bought under the direct control of Sovmar Lettingen. The capital of his clans, which was the age-old village of Gruundol, was not grand and not a seat of power in the eyes of Vulkaiser Sovmar, and he decided that, the regional influence outlaid from the Port would be fitting for a the seat of his rulership. In what has been estimated to be either 105 or 104 BCE, Sovmar ordered that a new, grand settlement be constructed from gold and marble just south of the Port, on the Raeschet Plain. Although most of the buildings from this time (now located in the rich district of Floss), the general wealth of this hilly area has remained with the people of Raeberg since 100. Although Lettingen died in 98 BCE before the cosntruction of city was fully finished, a great palace was built out of gold and marble for his son Akeuor, who then named the city Raebeorg, after the plain it was built on, and he also expanded further into the plain as well as expanding the port across the river, effectively building the largest port in Hergic history between 96 and 85 BCE. Akeour ruled over an ever-growing empire and his city became the effective capital and largest city of the Hergic area, with most of the Sovmaric tribespeople that were previously in relatively large towns and villages being move into the city. Such "abandoned towns" from this age are still intact and are tourist attractions in the Wittis Basin. The city was besieged in 82 BCE by the Bhomr tribe, a battle in which Akeuor Lettingen was killed. However, the invaders were repelled, and Mriaia, Akeuor's niece, became leader she invested in defenses and infrastructure, as well as greatly expanding the cultural reaches of the Sovmaric clans. Raebeorg was expanded across the river to where Weninstor is today, named for the legendary builder, arcitecht, and lord Wenins Koielk, who was commissioned from the Boranvi tribe by Mriaia to pioneer the expansion of the city. His influence led to not only the classification of Raebeorg by all the tribes as the largest city in the region, but also led to the Boranvi tribe later joining the Sovmaric empire in 54 BCE under Tredinus the Fiorentine.