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Wīcos (pronunciation: /wi:xos/) is the capital and largest city in Tuanmali, as well as the capital and largest city in the state of Sojih. It is located at the southern end of Tuanmali's coast on the Taanttu Gulf. It is a major shipping center and by far the largest city in the nation. It forms one end of the Capital Corridor that is home to nearly a third of Tuanmali's population.
The name is undoubtedly of Mwamban origin, pre-dating dalar or even Bavkïr settlement, but has been "Azen-ified" along with most other Mwamban and Bavkïr names.
As a protected natural port, Wīcos has been inhabited since pre-historical times by various groups. In the 700s CE, it became the center of the Gircagud Empire, retaining power even after the empire's decline in the 1000s CE. In 1376, the Bavkïrak Empire conquered the city, holding it for the next three centuries. Under their rule, the Tuanmali dalar moved south, settling along the coast and interior of modern-day Tuanmali, with many entering Wīcos to find work as sailors. In 1729, as the Bavkïrak Empire collapsed, Wīcos became nominally independent, now with a mixed population of Tuanmali dalar, Bavkïr humans, and descendants of the original Mwamban human population.
Independent Wīcos did not last, however, as in 1829 the city was again conquered, this time by the Mwamban Empire. Mwamban rule was harsh and draconian, and to a city that had gotten comfortable with independence, foreign rule was not welcomed. Resistance movements began immediately, though it was not until the late 1840s, as Mwamban rule worsened, that the independence movement became a genuine threat to the Mwamban government. As the human population had been depleted through drafts into the Mwamban army and navy (dalar were exempted, as the Mwamban emperor believed them to be unworthy), the resistance was led mainly by dalar and human women. In 1862, a significant portion of the Mwamban fleet was anchored at Wīcos for repair. The resistance took advantage of the situation and seized the port and ships in a daring raid. Crewed by expert dalar sailors, the fleet was quickly used to free Jozon and other coastal cities, leading to Tuanmali independence shortly thereafter.
At the formal inception of the Tuanmali federation in 1868, representatives debated whether Wīcos or Jozon should be the capital of the new nation. Some dalar advocated for Jozon, arguing that as a dalar city, it better represented the dalar who had become the dominant power in the region. However, Wīcos was chosen due to its regional importance and historical value to all three major ethnic groups in the nation--the Tuanmali dalar (who wielded significant political power between 1729 and 1829 and were instrumental in seizing the Mwamban fleet at Wīcos), the Bavkïr humans (whose ancestors settled in the area as early as 1376), and the Mwamban humans (for whom Wīcos was the historical center of the Gircagud Empire, and whose ancestors inhabited the settlement as far back as recorded history).
The city is located at the base of the Wīcos Peninsula, jutting southward into the Taantu Gulf in the state of Sojih. The Wīcos Metropolitan Area reaches to the [name] River that forms Sojih's western border, but the city proper does not. (note that the population and area figures given above are for the entire Wīcos Metropolitan Area)
No airports are actually located within Wīcos city limits, but two are located outside the city, along with a small number of private airfields. The largest and busiest is Zimri International Airport (also known as "Wīcos International Airport"), located just north of the city. It is the busiest airport in Tuanmali, and handles the majority of international passenger traffic, with international cargo traffic being roughly split between Zmiri International and the Jozon City Airport.
The second airfield is Cocā Airport, west of the city. It primarily handles domestic air traffic, as well as general aviation and charter flights.
Rail and buses
Wīcos has an extensive suburban railway network that connects to the national rail network at Tsa Bīni Railway Station, located on the west side of the city. A portion of the Trans-Borosan Railway passes through Wīcos, also stopping at Tsa Bīni station. A robust bus system supplements this railway network.
The city is managed by an elected council, but a form of limited direct democracy is used for proposing and voting on local ordinances.
Wīcos is by far the most diverse city in Tuanmali. Only about half of the population is Tuanmali dalar, with the other half comprised of humans (primarily of Mwamban and Bavkïr ethnicities), dalar from Alpa and Atsiq, Kavs, and a more recent population of Astalvi and Fals. As of a 2020 census, there were 6,493,640 individuals living in city limits. This includes 3,118,988 dalar, 2,763,024 humans, 311,532 Kavs, 247,342 Fals, and 52,754 Astalvi.