- "Fatum Nos Defendit."
- —The city's motto, meaning "fate protects us".
Agate City (formerly the Town and Port of Agate) is the capital of the Confederate Republic of Sugilite and is located in the east of Northern Sugilite. The city was promoted from town status in order to make it the capital, as Woodlot Falls was formerly the centre. Agate City was so named because of the jewel mines to the north in the Seaview Mountains.
Founding and Early History
The Town and Port of Agate was founded by Granger and Lana Edwards (née Halley) in 2805. The couple had been exploring the Seaview Mountains, according to Granger's journal, and stumbled upon a cave full of agate. He apparently made a ring from this agate and gave it to Lana, which remained a family heirloom for many generations. The Seaview Mines were soon created, and a small settlement named Agate was created. The town soon became a port as well, and more residents came here from Woodlot Falls to obtain wealth and fortune from the industry, and also to live beside the sea. Benjamin Edwards-Harrison, Granger and Lana's eldest grandson, became the first mayor of the town, narrowly beating Henrietta Jones-Bennett at the public election. Benjamin created a small council of residents, including his wife, Lucretia Edwards-Harrison (née Harrison), to assist him in governing the town, which was somewhat independent from the rest of the Confederate Republic.
Transport in Agate City has been controlled by Sophistica Transport since the Sugilite Civil War, after which CRS Transport, having been owned by the council, lost a huge amount of money and gave away much of its former power. A monorail system known as the Grand Rails was built by Sophistica Transport shortly after the construction of Lockwood International Airport, named after founder Richard Lockwood, and goes all over Scarloey, Liberty and Sigmund. Train stations are located on Grand Agate Street, Lower Huntington Street, Elbony Road, Hove Coast Street, Winterbourne Avenue, Luna Crescent, Gaffer-Stewart Street, Prudence Road, and Upper Baxter Street.
After the Sugilite Civil War, the defence of the capital city was considered very important. The Silver Star and Edwards Bridges were put under surveillance and the Agate City Police Department (ACPD) was in charge of patrolling them in order to prevent terrorist attacks after the Bridge Bombings. The police department was also expanded and taxes were increased by a reasonable amount in order for the council to fund it and keep it up to date. The largest building in the city, the Ignotius Tower, was targeted by Overlander bombers shortly after the Bridge Bombings, but, thanks to the new defences, including video cameras and laser doorways, they were prevented and imprisoned at the Agate City Correctional Facility. Up until recently, the security and military organization G.U.N (Guardian Units of Nations) was the prime wartime defence, but the Confederate Republic Military was set up after G.U.N was dismissed by the council.
The city is unusual in that the national anthem for the Confederate Republic is not used. Instead, Agate City has its own song, Fate Smiles Upon Us, which was originally a poem engraved on the grave of Harriet Edwards (née Baxter) by her son, Granger Edwards. The song is entirely in English aside from the final line of the chorus, which is the city's motto; fatum nos defendit.