Little Adhomai

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Overview

Little Adhomai, also known as the Imperial Plaza or District 6, is the home to most of Mendell City’s Tajaran population. A shady district with various dives, bars and restaurants, as well as a high rate of crime. Domestic disturbances and break ins are frequent, as are scrumptious burgers. Although not an outright slum, it is not widely trafficked by those who reside outside of the district.

District 6 is usually divided in several sections by its inhabitants, each of them being related to their place of origin and alignments; it is not uncommon for clashes to happen between supporters of the different Adhomian factions, and such conflicts might escalate into riots or further violence. This situation has deteriorated greatly since the Armistice due to the growing presence of governmental elements in the area. Tajaran intelligence agencies have begun clandestine operations in the area, supplying weapons and training to armed groups. Tensions are rising, Little Adhomai is now another theater for the Adhomian cold war.

History

Before the migration of Tajara to Tau Ceti, the Imperial Plaza was a sparsely populated residential district. Biesellite administration and investors paid little attention to the location. With the end of the First Tajaran Civil war and the opening of the Adhomai, the first wave of Adhomian migrants reached Mendell City. The low prices of District Six were attractive to Tajaran migrants, and as such the first communities of immigrants were founded in that area of the city. Despite its growing population, the government neglected much of the district’s urban development. Crime and gang activity soon became serious problems in Little Adhomai.

The Second Tajaran Civil War caused a wave of factionalism between the inhabitants of the Imperial Plaza. Little Adhomai was divided in sectors supporting the different warring Adhomian nations. Gangs were recruited and supplied by the People’s Republic and the Liberation Army; these groups were used to further expand their influence in Mendell City. Riots became more common, with violence spilling into other districts. Biesellite police had little success in solving the delinquency problem in District Six, forcing the locals to create their own neighborhood watch squads.

The lack of urban planning has transformed the Imperial Plaza into a maze. Apartments, shops, restaurants and clubs pile upon each other. Many housing units are constructed in traditional PRA fashion: large square buildings hosting several families and built using cheap construction materials. Tunnels, hiding places and bunkers can also be found in the underground of LIttle Adhomai.

Demographics

Most inhabitants of District Six are Tajara. The People's Republic of Adhomai citizens are the majority. Since the end of the Tajaran Civil War, the presence of Democratic People's Republic of Adhomai and New Kingdom of Adhomai members has increased steadily. A small number of humans and other aliens still reside in Little Adhomai.

Culture

The art of Little Adhomai revolves around the Tajaran condition and culture in Tau Ceti. The challenges of living in an alien world, the Tajaran civil war, discrimination; and the employment under megacorporations are common themes in District Six’s music, literature and cinema. Local artists are commonly sponsored by the Tajaran governments.

The District is the birthplace of "Little Tajaran Electro swing", a Biesel based variant of the classic Tajaran Electro swing known for its stronger focus on electronic dance music and Tau Ceti Basic lyrics. Traditional Tajaran music is still popular among the older Tajara and newcomers migrants to Biesel. Radio stations, many of them working under the behest of whatever government they pledge allegiance to, operate in Imperial Plaza, bringing propaganda, music and news to the population.

Cinema and holovideos are a thriving industry in Little Adhomai. Both professional and amateur studios are involved in the production of films. Popular genres include military dramas, period pieces and crime thrillers. Arzjun Haurjuhrl is one of the most famous film-maker of District Six; he is notorious for the blockbuster “When Summer Came to Nazira”. Tajaran telenovelas are also widely popular, with an audience beyond District Six’s population, including the rest of Mendell City. Aired during the afternoon, they generally deal with daily life melodramas and historical romances.

Despite the high crime rates, Little Adhomai has an active nightlife. Bars and clubs usually stay open until late, bustling with activity. Restaurants are specialized in serving Adhomian food, while other establishments have started to experiment with Tau Ceti’s cuisine, creating its own blend of Biesellite and Tajaran flavors.

The Imperial Plaza is the birthplace of the subculture known as the “Greasers”. Formed by young Tajara disillusioned with the life in Tau Ceti, they are characterized by a rebellious attitude, leather jackets and interest into Adhomian monowheels. They are often associated with delinquency, with some of them forming their own gangs or joining existing ones.

Gangs of Little Adhomai

A map of Little Adhomai

The organized crime in Little Adhomai is dominated by three major factions, affiliated and funded by the existing Tajaran governments. Several minor and unaligned gangs still exist, but they are being slowly absorbed or displaced by ones supported by Adhomian powers. Violent clashes between those groups are common.

Social Harmony Committee

The largest and most powerful group is the Social Harmony Committee. They are funded by the People's Republic of Adhomai, operating under the guise of a harmless neighborhood association. This organization has the mission of enforcing the principles of Hadiism on Little Adhomai, something done through mandatory classes, communal meetings, curfews and establishment of guidelines in controlled areas. Many apartments in District Six are under the control of this gang, forcing its families to pay fee and conform to their rules. Tajara that have openly opposed the Committee, criticized the People’s Republic or have blatantly ignored their laws while living in their territory; have vanished without a trace during the night.

Most members of this gang are hardline Hadiists or recent Adhomai-immigrants to Tau Ceti. Free housing, financial support and honorary Party membership is granted to its associates. They operate under a rigid chain of command. A chairman, currently Tryahazkul Rhazikul, is quadrennially appointed by the People’s Republic to lead the organization. Typical Republican fashion, such as three piece suits, is worn by the affiliates of the Social harmony Committee. Extrajudicial killings and extortion are offenses commonly practiced by this gang.

Little Adhomai Liberators

The Little Adhomai Liberators, also known as the Liberators, is the second most powerful gang in District Six. Pledging allegiance to the Democratic People's Republic of Adhomai, they have emerged from the union of independent groups. They seek to increase the autonomy of the Tajara community in Biesel, combating the exploitation brought by the presence of megacorporations. Operating through the use of semi-independent cells and flexible command, they utilize guerrilla tactics and motorized warfare while engaging their adversaries. The Adhomai Liberation Army has supplied them with military advisors, allowing them to setup training camps similar to the ones used in Adhomai. Their main source of income is smuggling contraband into Mendell City. Due to its decentralized nature, infighting is not uncommon among its ranks.

Most members of this gang are Tajara with criminal past or affiliations to the Adhomai Liberation Army. The Little Adhomai Liberators are known for their support of the Tajaran community in Mendell, hosting soup kitchens and other charity services. They are ruled by a council of gang representatives and ALA agents. Both traditional Adhomian and Biesellite fashion is worn by its associates. Smuggling and robbery are among the most common crimes practiced by this group.

House of Hamiyeh

The House of Hamiyeh, called “The House” by its members, is a New Kingdom of Adhomai aligned mafia operating in Little Adhomai. It was established by a landless noble family, the Hamiyeh dynasty, residing in District Six. Taking advantage of the lack of police presence in the Imperial Plaza, they have created an expansive protection racket system in the region. Business in their areas are coerced, usually through threats and violence, into paying fees to remain safe. The offer of abusive and accessible loans also plays an important role in their business, several families find themselves held hostage to them due to debt. The gang organization is based around the loyalty of other families and individuals to the head of the ruling family; ascension within its ranks is only possible with the approval of the House’s head.

Most members of this gang are Tajara affiliated with the New Kingdom and impoverished Adhomian nobility. Despite its illegal situation, the House is able to maintain order and solve most civil disputes that arise in their territory. Midhat Hamiyeh is the current head of the organization, inheriting his position after the violent demise of his father. Traditional Harr'masir clothing is worn by the affiliates of this mafia. Protection rackets and loan sharking are crimes commonly practiced by this group

Society of the Hidden Dusk

The Society of the Hidden Dusk, originally the Organization for the Study of Tajaran Past, is a secret society operating within Tau Ceti. Funded by Tajaran intellectuals and nobles after the first contact with humanity was made, it had the mission of exploring the Adhomian history in search of ways to combat the alien threat. Despite realizing expeditions across all Adhomai, the organization obtained no success. The society fell into irrelevance after the end of the First Revolution. The remaining scientific interest was replaced by occultism and discredited theories; the outlandish belief that the Tajaran antiquity still held a mystic key to great power and fortune. Its members used the Nal’tor Museum of Mystery for their meetings, pretending to be a harmless circle of friends to avoid rising suspicions. Relying on the black market of relics and what little influence they had left, they continued their mission.

The ascension of President Njadrasanukii Hadii spelled doom for the Society. Branded as a subversive element, many of its members were arrested. Those who escaped fled to Tau Ceti. The organization established itself in Little Adhomai. Their ambitions are not limited to Adhomian artifacts this time; they seek to collect any object or occult knowledge available. Working alongside smugglers introduced the Society of the Hidden Dusk into the crime scene of Mendell. Theft and forgery are among its most common illegal activities. The organization also hires non-Tajara to act as their agents outside of District Six.

Places of Interest

President Hadii Living Complex

President Hadii Living Complex is the tallest building in all of Little Adhomai, a large concrete square in the center of the neighborhood. Built in the Republican architectural style, the President Hadii Living Complex has more than two thousand apartments. Most of the construction was financed by the People’s Republic. It is home to countless families and businesses, both legal and illegal. Higher flats have better accommodations, with those being reserved to Party members and individuals with the right connections. The complex is controlled by the Social Harmony Committee, serving as their headquarters and main recruiting grounds.

Great Plaza Warehouse

Great Plaza Warehouse is a warehouse constructed before the migration of Tajara into district six, it was abandoned shortly after the rate crimes started to rise. The deposit was shortly turned into a market by the locals, hosting many shops and street vendors. Several alien, Adhomian, legal and illegal goods can be found in this location. The bazaar is under the control of the Little Adhomai Liberators, it is commonly used for meetings and selling smuggled cargo. Other gangs are allowed to browse in the warehouse, as long as they do not bring weapons.

The Sleeping Cannon Pub

The Sleeping Cannon Pub is a famous and renowned pub in the New Kingdom aligned area, serving as a community gathering center. The bar is named after an old Adhomian naval cannon displayed in the longue of the building. The owners claim that the gun is just a display piece, as it is supposedly unable to fire. Mead and traditional Tajaran cuisine are served daily. This public house is under control of the House of Hamiyeh; it is used for congregations and initiations rituals of the mafia.

Long Eclipse Club

Long Eclipse Club is a nightclub that operates in the typical Tau Ceti fashion, open through all the night. Serving both Adhomian and Biesellite drinks, Little Tajaran Electro swing is usually played by its DJs. This club resides in an area controlled by a non-aligned gang, sometimes serving a neutral zone for the three major groups fighting over Little Adhomai. Rumours of this establishment being a meeting spot for Raskariim are very common.

Bochonok Brewery

Bochonok Brewery is the leading producer and distributor of alcoholic beverages in District Six. Outside of manufacturing its own drinks, they also export Adhomian products to Tau Ceti. Established by the first wave of Tajaran immigrants, they are one of the most respected industries in Little Adhomai. The Brewery lies in a Republican aligned area.

Wild Rafama Garage

Wild Rafama Garage is an automobile workshop specialized in repairing and modifying Adhomai vehicles. It is a popular gathering point for Greasers, where they can tune and fix their monowheels. It serves clients of any faction, as the administration attempts to stay uninvolved during gang conflicts. This building lies in a neutral area, controlled by unaligned gangs.