City of Hollywood
The City of Hollywood (often referred to as simply Hollywood) is the megatropolis at the heart of the greater Hollywood area. It is the largest city on Earth (including parallel Earths) and has a population between 40 and 150 million, depending on the time of day and major filming schedules.
As the major nexus point for Hollywood's instability, the city has been the target for numerous incursions, accidents and anomalies.
One of the places hardest hit by the Big One, very little remains of what could be considered the city's original landscape. The area is more geologically varied, with new rivers, mountains, mesas, chasms, cliffsides, and even never-before-seen features that have required new classification.
The city plays host to a number of microclimates, some of which are artificial, and a smaller number of which cannot be explained accurately. These radically different biomes can make travel between parts of the city often a harrowing, life-threatening process.
The formation of the city began in the aftermath of the Battle of Los Angeles, when the rest of the former city of Los Angeles was folded into Hollywood. Although at the time this concession was meant to keep Hollywood under control, it only hastened the inevitable expansion. With greater resources at its disposal, Hollywood tripled in size until the Big One. Even that earthquake could not slow the city's progression, and rebuilding efforts caused the greatest expansion yet.
It is only a mix of geographical boundaries, such as Mount Nowhere and the ocean, and legal restrictions, such as the private ownership of the Backlot Foothills backed up with threats of armed response, that keep the city from expanding further outwards. But upwards remains an option, with the city boasted some of the largest skyscrapers ever constructed, and some of the largest never constructed.
Each district of the city varies considerably in size, with some being city-sized in their own right.
- Main article: Alphabet City
Formerly a section of warehouses for prop storage, this part of the city has been converted into a dense section of residential and commercial properties purely used by puppets. Although it underwent multiple demolitions, it was rebuilt in larger and less coherent forms each time, with its current incarnation almost three times the size of the original. It is kept under a close eye by the puppet division of the city's municipal pest control department.
- Main article: Bayside
Situated between the ocean and Underwood, Bayside is what is left of the former district of Long Beach, before half of it sank into the ocean during the Big One. The area is home to many canals that were once roadways, and is prone to severe flooding during monsoon season.
- Main article: Downtown
Built after the Big One destroyed much of the original city, the area known as Downtown is full of towering skyscrapers, the tallest of which being White House Tower. It serves as the administrative hub of the city, along with its major commercial district. Also present is the fortress-like First Precinct of the LAPD.
- Main article: The Drench
The other half of Long Beach, the one that sank into the ocean during the Big One. Being below water level has not completely discouraged the housing market, with many cheap tenements for aquatic animals. The sunken remains and ruins are also popular among both treasure hunters and man-eating sharks alike, although for different reasons. As well as being adjacent to Bayside, it is also connected to Moleburg through a repurposed storm drain network.
- Main article: The Heights
During the Big One, large sections of terrain within the city were raised several miles above their previous level, creating a cluster of mesas of varying elevations now known as the Heights. The area has its own microclimate due to the extreme elevation, with the tallest mesas reaching year-round sub-zero temperatures.
- Main article: LAX
The airport of Los Angeles retained its named even after the Battle of Los Angeles, and gained the X designation when it expanded to serve the Hollywood Space Program's needs. It is currently the major combination airport, spaceport, and seaport for the entire Hollywood region.
- Main article: Little Roswell
The city's main alien enclave, Little Roswell began as a prisoner of war camp during the Invasion of Hollywood. After its official closure the city policy was to charge the former POWs rent, and the area rapidly grew economically out of sheer necessity.
- Main article: Marble Park
In the wake of the Big One, the city relied on an innovative ad hoc solution to deal with the growing death toll. The exact details have been classified, but eyewitness reports say it involved bulldozers and a general lack of respect. The result was Marble Park, now one of the city's most scenic districts, and also one of its most haunted. Visitors are advised to take due care after sunset, and not to follow any pale lights glimpsed in the distance.
- Main article: Moleburg
Formerly a section of the Los Angeles sewer system, this subterranean district of the city is home to most of its mutant population thanks to City Ordinance #138, otherwise known as the "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" law. Despite the lack of sunlight and an environment that is partially hazardous to most forms of life, Moleburg has a thriving economy based around the barter of strange, glowing crystals locally known as "sparkles".
- Main article: Olympus
The largest artificial mountain in all Hollywood, but only the third-largest mountain in the city itself, Olympus is custom-built for commercial use. The entire district is owned and overseen by the studio Olympus Pictures, whose corporate headquarters sits at the peak.
- Main article: Red Square
One of the smaller districts of the city, Red Square has a population almost entirely of immigrants from the Soviet Union. Due to a psychoactive microclimate, or possibly secret Soviet weather control devices brought over from the motherland, it is unusually cold here all year round.
- Main article: Steeltown
After the Robbie Riots of 24 BBO, the site of the former Universal Service Systems factory and surrounding area was repurposed by the city into an urban containment zone for wayward robots. Colloquially called Steeltown by residents mechanical and otherwise, the security at its borders has lessened in recent years as the area undergoes gentrification.
- Main article: Studio City
- Main article: Sunset Slums
Formerly the Sunset Strip, this area of Hollywood was destroyed so utterly by the Big One that it moved its geographical location. It is a disreputable part of the city, which is something of an accomplishment in a city as overly disreputable as Hollywood.
- Main article: Schnooklyn
Three square blocks of the Toon Town district of Schnooklyn cross over into the native reality of Hollywood, existing in both cities at once. Due to the inherent danger posed, it was walled off for public safety shortly after the cross-dimensional entanglement was discovered. Crossing over from one universe to the other has been made easier by the construction of the Toon Town Tunnel, providing an "anchor" to ease navigation. It remains a popular tourist destination for thrillseekers and cartoon enthusiasts.
- Main article: Underwood
One of the larger effects of the Big One was to rip open a chasm approximately sixty-seven miles deep and three miles across. Unable (and unwilling) to attempt to fix the issue, the city saw the chasm as an opportunity to address the need for cheap real estate. The walls of the chasm now host numerous cramped apartments with scenic views of the dizzying drop down to the planet's molten core, as well as several geothermal power plants.