|Etymology: Mei yāɣexya, from Ramekian yāngeśa “Yaa hill”|
|Nickname(s): Welcome City|
A full map of Yaageqyë's major roads and districts, as well as a small map indicating its location within Lhavres.
|First settled in||c. 2500 BCE|
|• City||5,750 km2 (2,220 sq mi)|
|• Urban||1,150 km2 (440 sq mi)|
|• Metro||4,600 km2 (1,800 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)|
Due to its strategic location between the Yaa Bay and Lake Yaa (both rich in fish and wildlife) and the jungle being generally safer than out west, the area on which Yaageqyë now stands has been inhabited since around 3500 BCE by the Ramekians and later the Dhwerans. Historically, it was claimed to be founded by Kōsaram, the leader of a local settlement, Lāuneli. Sometime after the Dhweran invasion, it came under control of the Yaa Empire. The city was conquered in the 11th century by Dhwer, during the Great Dhweran Empire, leading to the swift fall of the Yaa Empire thereafter. The city then changed hands between Lhavres and Dhwer over the centuries as a key strategic location.
During the economic and industrial boom in Lhavres in late 19th century and most of the 20th century, Yaageqyë grew exponentially larger and its sphere began to incorporate smaller settlements surrounding it, eventually resulting in the endless sprawl seen today. Yaageqyë's location during this time combined with Lhavres's relatively loose immigration policies led to the city becoming an extremely popular destination for foreign immigrants, and in fact Yaageqyë for some time was the top destination for immigrants and expatriates.
Yaageqyë is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with every other neighborhood and district containing a major foreign diaspora. Here is a list of well-known communities of immigrants in Yaageqyë:
- Lhiišyeqyë is an incorporated town located just across the river from the city center, and is known for its large Ngutanese population.
- Saaneznë is known as "Little Bosato".
- Tävnišyaa is known for its large Veridian population, who fled from their home country decades ago during the reign of Ǧól Gíradz.
- Aïzäqyë is known as "Mbamigitown".