Laurua

Laurua

Ciudad de Laurua (Spanish)
City
Skyline of Laurua (Updated).jpg
From left to right: Distrito de la Playa, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Avenida Libertadores de 1970, San Carlos de Ulúa, City Hall and the City Port.
Nickname(s): 
La cuna de la nación. Ciudad de las Cuatro Guerras. Ciudad del Rey. La perla de la Bahía del Sunadico.
Motto(s): 
In Unum Progedientes
CountryGran Rugido
Founded
  • 9 March 1232; 789 years ago (as Tlaxomolko)
  • 9 August 1521; 499 years ago (as Santa Arca)
  • 12 October 1824; 196 years ago.
Founded by
  • Unknown Sapinish leader (as Tlaxomolko)
  • Cristobal de Casas (as Santa Arca)
Government
 • MayorCuauhtémoc Robles (UDR)
 • SenatorMichelle Treviño
 • DeputySamuel Sepulveda
Area
 • Total1,485 km2 (573 sq mi)
Elevation
161 m (528 ft)
Population
(2020)
 • Total5,607,560
 • Density3,776/km2 (9,780/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Lauruan
Rugidoan Postal Service
00–16
Area code(s)55/56
ISO 3166 codeGR

Laurua (Official Name: Ciudad de Laurua) is the capital of Gran Rugido and the second most pouplated city in the nation (behind Santa Elisa). It is located in the western corner of the Jilachi Desert, and the Xocoyotzin River, near the northenwest part of the coastal part of the country, overlooking the Sunadic Ocean. Together with the seaport of Laurua and other 10 subdivisions, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lauruan Metropolitan Area. According to the 2020 census, the city itself has a population of 9,209,944

Through it's large and rich history, Laurua has seen far too many events in the history of the nation. The city was originally built by the Sapinish in 1235 as Tlaxomolko, which was almost completely destroyed in the 1521 Siege of Tlaxomolko and subsequently redesigned and rebuilt in accordance with the colonialists urban standards as "Santa Arca". In 1524, the municipality of Santa Arca was established, known as Santa Arca de Tlaxomolko and as of 1585, it was officially known as Ciudad de Santa Arca. After independence was achieved, the federal district was created in 1824 and the city was renamed D.F Laurua , simplistically named Laurua. A clause in the Constitution of Gran Rugido, however, prevents it from becoming a state within the federation, as it is the seat of power in the country, unless the capital of the country were to be relocated elsewhere.

After years of demanding greater political autonomy, residents were finally given the right to elect both a head of government and the representatives of the unicameral Legislative Assembly by election in 1998. Ever since 2006, left-wing parties have controlled both of them. The city has several progressive policies, such as abortion on demand, a limited form of euthanasia, no-fault divorce, and same-sex marriage.

Laurua is one of the two cities in the nation founded by indigenous people that still stands.

History

Sapinish Period

While villages on what today is modern day Laurua existed ever since the rise of the Sapinish, it wasn't until 1235 when these people, knowing the importance of a central city that could represent them, founded Tlaxomolko (Spanish: Lugar en la cuenca. English: Place in the basin). The foundation myth stated that the Sapinish god, Ometeotl indicated the site where they were to build their home by presenting two axolotls near each other in sand and the "warm water".

Between 1325 and 1521, Tlaxomolko grew in size and strength, eventually dominating the other city-states around the Valley of Rosalía and the Jilachi Desert (back then called Xalyukatlan). When the colonials arrived, the Sapin Empire had reached much of modern day Rugido, touching both the Lake Girón and the Sunadic Bay.