Johannesburg, South Africa


Johannesburg is located on a plateau, with the landscape falling to the north and south. It doesn’t have any rivers, but it has streams and springs that have been canalised. These form tributaries to some of Africa’s mightiest rivers. The summer is hot with rain in the afternoons, and the winter is only just cold enough to get frost. The coldest it’s ever gotten in the daytime was 1.5 C.


The city is Africa’s economic powerhouse, and its most modern. It originally had multiple districts, but overdevelopment has resulted in huge, tightly packed skyscrapers. Outside of the city proper is a large shantytown, which is partially abandoned due to a large housing bubble in some parts of the city. There are still a few parks, but many were destroyed by development. The shantytown generally lacks running water or electricity, and is a major hotbed of crime. Homes in the “normal” parts of town are large, luxurious, and protected by huge fences, gates, and guards.


The city is divided into districts, sort of. They all blend together at the edges, but locals can always tell where they are. There are 5 major districts:

Manufacturing District

This is one of the most run-down, ghetto places on the map. Or at least, it used to be. There’s now a vibrant resurgence of anarch-punk culture in the old warehouses, and the district is lit with neon all night. It’s no place for whites, but it’s a place for all the downtrodden. That’s not to say it’s a utopia. This is basically the single largest hotspot for crime outside of the shantytown.


Surrounding the city is a large shantytown. In every way that the Manufacturing District was reclaimed, the shantytown has only gotten worse. The government’s position is to enact a damnatio memoriae on the place, and it’s basically a death sentence if you’re an outsider.

Central Business District

The CBD is a huge, locked-down district that forms the white side of the apartheid. It was not designed this way, but the way the economy took off and left non-whites in the dust, this was inevitable. You must have a valid nanotat to enter. These are expensive, and access can be revoked without touching you. You do not get in without permission.

Outer Business District

The OBD is the middle-class area. It’s got a relatively healthy mix of races, but the economic classes are basically the same. The OBD is contains the only manufactories in all of South Africa, and it is basically what the Manufacturing District was before its collapse. It’s recently been on the decline, but overall it hasn’t really felt the global recession.


Soweto is 99% black, and is composed of those not quite wealthy enough to live in the the OBD, but not punk enough for the Manufacturing District. It is also where a lot of the uplift population happens to live. It is also home to a number of radical Muslim cells. Terrorist attacks have started to occur in the last 10 years, and there are calls to action from the citizens of Soweto. Naturally, the government has yet to respond beyond forming a Soweto Police Department.


Tight rent controls have been enacted on some zones. These zones are basically fancier shantytowns by this point, and on the verge of being bulldozed to make more profitable housing. The city has largely recovered from the abolishment of apartheid and subsequent ghettofication; there are CCTVs on every corner, and authorities can track criminals across the city proper using these and other advanced technology. There are also nanotat scanners with compliance required in the richest areas, which is leading to de facto apartheid. The average response time to a police call is 60 seconds.

Johannesburg, South Africa

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