The Outer Districts are the 12 districts located between the roads of Korva Rinda’t, separating them from the Fringes, and Korva Sanda’t, separating them from the Inner Districts. The Outer Districts sit just below the rim of the basin the city and Lake Aila sit within. They overlook the Inner Districts, Central Districts, and Lake Aila. The Outer Districts are part of the city proper, and thus are far more well built and maintained than the neighboring Fringes. Being built just within the stone of the rim, the neighborhoods of the Outer Districts are upon a slope. The Outer Districts is the primary service sector, supplying huge amounts of the entire city’s workforce and most people here live a comfortable life. Poverty isn’t unheard of in these districts, but it is by no means commonplace either.
Geography, Layout, and Architecture
The entirety of the Outer Districts is built upon thickly formed stone that slopes upward towards the rim. The roofs of the uppermost sections of the Outer District run even with the Korva Rinda’t, the road that separates the Outer Districts from the Fringes, so as to not impede the view of the city and the lake by new arrivals. The city has purchased the majority of these roofs, and most roofs in these districts, and turned them into public spaces, small parks and the like, complete with plants, crystal powered ponds and wells, and other such publicly shared niceties.
As one ventures down the slope of the districts, they’ll find the homes and businesses getting nicer and nicer as they go. Because portals are less common in these districts, many roofs are connected by stone bridges, allowing travel to flow on the roads, alleys, and rooftops with ease. Excluding the government buildings sitting upon the lake, the Outer Districts have some of the tallest buildings, some being six stories tall. Every building and home is built in an apartment building fashion.
There are 12 distinct districts, separated by the roads that spiral out of Oasis in a spoke-wheel pattern. Each section is contained between the roads, but the roads are not a part of them, being property of the Senate. Each section is then split up into various neighborhoods as determined by the various cultural aspects.
Governance and Laws
Each of the 12 Outer Districts maintains its own District Government, which can be as wide and varied as the people living there wish them to be, so long as each district produces 3 officially elected Senators, and the District Government creates no laws that go against the Law of Water, the Law of Road, and the Law of Senate, which are the primary governing laws of Oasis and the land at large.
The Law of Water states that no being may be denied access to water. In the case of the Fringes, this means that people of the Fringes are free to access the waters of Lake Aila and Lapis River. It has also been interpreted and accepted that the lake facing view of buildings is a protected right by the buildings at that time, and as such, buildings can no longer be built to block these views. Additionally, water access is a utility, and as such, every home and business has been provided with plumbing utilities, powered by water crystals that were filled within Lake Aila or the Lapis River.
The Law of Road states that while on one of the officially maintained roads built by Oasis, no Oasis citizen is to be harmed or deprived in any fashion. And Oasis citizens are those that live within the boundaries of the roads. This grants citizenship, and thus protection, to any who live within the Central Districts, Sky Island Districts, Inner Districts, and Outer Districts.
What this ultimately means is that those living within the Outer Districts are official citizens of Oasis and are thus inherently, intrinsically, and instantly given the protections of the city. It also means that within the bounds of the Outer Districts, a citizen of Oasis has full protection.
As such, when a person is born or moves into the Outer District, they are required acquire some form of Personal Identity Crystal (PIC). These come in many forms, based on personal preference, availability, etc. Some are in the form of crystalline jewelry, some are embedded into the flesh/bodies of the people, others in the form of tattoos. Regardless of how the PIC is acquired, the possession of one is required for many aspects of Oasis life. Possession of someone else’s PIC is a capital offense under the Law of Road.
The PIC provides identity information, allows a citizen to be able to vote, allows for access to the Crystalline Mainframe, and many other invaluable services.
The Law of the Senate states that all official member districts or states of Oasis must provide 3 officially elected Senators who serve terms of 1.5 years. It also states that no member district or state may create any laws or enforced procedures that would contradict the Senate approved interpretations of the Law of Water, the Law of Road, and the Law of Senate.
The Outer Districts tend to be fairly diverse, as it is the entry point for most official citizens of the city. However, it is here one might find neighborhoods largely composed of people of the same race or immigrated/descended from immigrants from the same place. Some of the unifying experiences of citizens of the Outer Districts are as follows.
1) Most adults are working class, and largely work in some form of service industry. This includes shop keepers, sailors, warehouse and transportation workers, military and police, low level politicians, so on and so forth. While some production, both mundane and magicraft, exists here, it is far less common. The workshops and firms that do exist here in those industries tend to be of lower stature and skill than those in the Inner Districts.
2) Many people of the Outer Districts earned their way up, or descended from, those in the Fringes, and as such have not forgotten many of the survivalist ways of life taught there, personal protection being chief among them.
3) Due to the more comfortable nature and protection of the Outer Districts, as well as the inherent and ever growing need for service workers, families tend to grow large in the Outer Districts. Familial bonds and traditions tend to be considered one of the most important aspects of culture throughout most in the Outer Districts.
4) It is common for entire families to work within the same industry as each other, and even develop their own business.
5) Because the Outer Districts have access to public education, nearly all people can speak and read in the Common language as well as do basic, working level math and are somewhat versed in the history of Oasis and Owasiwa.
Technology, Magic, and Magicraft
Technology advances as one gets closer to the center of the city and it is prominent within the Outer Districts. The majority of goods are made by the artisans of the Inner Districts, and finding those with magical enhancements isn’t particularly difficult. Hand tools and weapons found here are commonly made of glass, crystal, mid grade steel, as well as some decorative metals. Fashion and art, while typically lower class or grade than other districts, are a prominent part of life here. Homes will almost always have décor of curtains, rugs, and plants.
Additionally, the Outer Districts have access to some city provided utilities. The primary of these is plumbing. Every building is provided with the necessary piping infrastructure and water crystals necessary so all have access to clean, running water. The cheaper buildings may only have access to water that was the temperature at which the water was captured, whereas the more expensive buildings will have access to hot and cold water, though this temperature is typically controlled by the building owner or maintenance crew and is universal within the building.
There’s also a sewage system available, which connects the basements of every building together. It’s a large, walkable series of tunnels that are strictly maintained by the sewage workers. The sewage system in the buildings of the Outer Districts are almost always gravity based. This typically means shared bathing and toilet rooms per floor of an apartment building.
Personal Magic use is at its highest in the Outer Districts. Being service sector oriented, many of the people here have learned magics as a utility for their work, and many have advanced the magic to help with their various lines of work. It isn’t unusual for parents to initiate their children into magics to help with household chores and eventually develop the skills needed for work.
Magicraft is uncommon but not entirely unheard of in the Outer Districts. Many people in the districts aspire to earn their way into a workshop in the Inner Districts, as a means of moving up into a more comfortable and wealthy life. There are very few professional workshops in the Outer Districts, for there isn’t much in terms of space or safety for them, so hidden labs and workshops do exist as people try their hands at the craft.
The people of the Outer Districts get the last of the government mandated foods from the farms. However, this is always more than enough to provide for them, so while their quality of goods available at their own markets and such are lower, the Outer District has only ever experienced food shortages a handful of times since Oasis’ inception. Spices are also available, though expensive, but have become at least a somewhat daily use of the more commonly available herbs and spices. Spices specific to certain microcultures can usually be found within the neighborhoods associated with them, and far less likely elsewhere in the Outer Districts.
The people of the Outer Districts receive public education up through a basic level. The primary focuses of this education is teaching people, children or adults, how to read and write in Common, do profession oriented math such as arithmetic and book keeping, and some basic history of Oasis and Owasiwa. The schools are typically held in the public spaces on the roofs, and are open to any who show up for lessons. However, being a service for citizens, it isn’t uncommon for the police to check people who appear out of place at these and arrest them.
Every Outer District has one singular health clinic, typically run by a single senior doctor and a large staff of assistants. Because of a wide variety of societal reasons, healthcare has been an incredibly difficult concept Oasis to try and standardize and it has crumbled many times over the city’s history. The current clinics in the Outer District are underfunded, understaffed, overworked, and typically have doctors and staff that for whatever reason, couldn’t cut it at a facility deeper into the city.
Finances and Economy
Since the denizens of the Outer Districts have citizenship, and thus PICs, they can access the Crystal Coin Purse, the system built to digital record funds and transactions between all the banks. However, since none of the banks hold a physical location in the Outer Districts, it is not a service that has been fully embraced by the Outer Districts citizens. So many of them still utilize coins for trade, and bartering isn’t entirely unheard of, though it is viewed as a bit lower class due to its common occurrence in both the Fringes and among the nomads.
Sections and Neighborhoods
These will be fleshed out In Character (IC) on a first come, first served basis by the writers playing in these areas and/or those using them in reference to character creation.
Section J – Unnamed, no description yet. Between Lapis River and Biksanda (road). Borders Korva Rinda’t and Fringe District Jf outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District D inwardly.
Section K – Unnamed, no description yet. Between Biksanda and Alikta roads. Borders Korva Rinda’t and Fringe District Kf outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District D inwardly.
Section L – Unnamed, no description yet. Between Alikta and Clyikrocka roads. Borders Korva Rinda’t and Fringe District Lf outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District E inwardly.
Section M – Unnamed, no description yet. Between Clyikrocka and Skyatera roads. Borders Korva Rinda’t and Fringe District Mf outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District E inwardly.
Section N – Unnamed, no description yet. Between Skyatera and Raishagema roads. Borders Korva Rinda’t and Fringe District Nf outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District F inwardly.
Section O – Unnamed, no description yet. Between Raishagema and Darikta roads. Borders Korva Rinda’t and Fringe District Of outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District F inwardly.
Section P – Unnamed, no description yet. Between Darikta and Fasikinda roads. Borders Korva Rinda’t and Fringe District Of outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District G inwardly.
Section Q – Unnamed, no description yet. Between Fasikinda and U’uratera roads. Borders Korva Rinda’t and Fringe District Qf outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District G inwardly.
Section R – Unnamed, no description yet. Between U’uratera and Dusirifurya roads. Borders Korva Rinda’t and Fringe District Rf outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District H inwardly.
Section S – Unnamed, no description yet. Between Dusirifurya and Maniminikta roads. Borders Korva Rinda’t and Fringe District Sf outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District H inwardly.
Section T – Unnamed, no description yet. Between Maniminikta and Gentreezy roads. Borders Korva Rinda’t and Harbor District Tf outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District I inwardly.
Section U – Unnamed, no description yet. Between Gentreezy (road) and Lapis River. Borders Korva Rinda’t and Harbor District Uf outwardly, and Korva Sanda’t and Inner District I inwardly.