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San Santos
City
Seal of San Santos
Vital Information
Founded 1XX1
Country Elestador, Federal Republic of Columbia
County San Santos County
Government
Type of government Mayor-Council-Commission
Head of government Sebastian Abney
Population
Denonym Santeleno


San Santos is a fictional city in BearfootTruck's Sonic fanon. Based off of Los Angeles, it serves as a major entertainment hub and is home to a diverse array of industries. Thus far, it has appeared in "Mighty Sonic", "A Blue Light For the Dark" and "Sonic Wave".

History

The earliest recorded settlements in the area that would become San Santos date back approximately 5,000 years before the present day. These early inhabitants fished, hunted sea mammals and gathered wild seeds. They later gave way to various migrant groups, possibly evacuating the Grand Basin due to drought. These migrant groups were united by the common language of Silmarese, and the region that would become San Santos was known as "Aeni" in Silmarese.

Centuries later, a joint expedition between the Hadrian Kingdom and Caticia reached the area, whose population was approximately 5,000 people. After making contact with the natives, the two groups were named the Agustiños and Francisceños after the two missions that were established in the area. The name of the city derives from Geoff Jameson, one of the leaders of the expedition, who believed the area to be a holy land and declared it to be "The Saint of All Saints". However, due to his poor grasp of Spanish, the name he chose came out to "San Santos", literally meaning "Saint Saints". Not wanting to upset him, Raimundo Iñíguez and other Spanish-speaking members of the expedition went along with the new name, and these early "pobladores" founded what was officially called "El Pueblo de Nuestro Padre de San Santos", roughly translated as "The Town of Our Father the Saint of All Saints". In reality, some of the "pobladores" may have been tending to land here a few months prior.

As per New Catician regulations of the time, each town in what was to become the State of Elestador was to have four square leagues of land, with an open central plaza surrounded by a fortified church, administrative buildings and streets laid out in a grid, with rectangles of limited size for farming zones or residential zones. Though such plans called for all streets to intersect at right angles, in practice the streets were laid out at 45-degree angles from the cardinal directions, which persists today in modern Downtown San Santos. Today, the old town limits can be found at Dyson and Wayne Streets in the west and east respectively.

For decades, San Santos remained a small ranch town, with settlers of Hadrian descent laying claim to the southern and western portions, whereas those of Catician descent took the northern and eastern portions. During this time, Father Justo Juan Pablo Sanchez placed the cornerstone of a new church, which marked the beginning of La Iglesia de Nuestro Padre de San Santos, "The Church of Our Father the Saint of All Saints". Today, this church – also known as "La Placita" or "The Plaza Church" – still stands. Eventually, San Santos grew to be the biggest self-sustaining farming community in Southern Elestador, producing such goods as wines, cattle and various animal hides.

With the independence of the country of Surland from Caticia and the Santelenos swearing allegiance to the new government, there came a period of economic and population growth as settlers arrived from the Federal Republic of Columbia, various Mercian countries and even from Surland itself. Settlers from the first two regions would play a pivotal role in turning not only control of San Santos over to Columbia, but also the entire state. In the meantime, San Santos was made the regional capital of Elestador, and with the secularization of the town, many land grants were made to various citizens. Although a gold rush occurred here, it would be minor compared to the Station Square Gold Rush that would take place years later.

Due to Surland's inability to defend its northern territories, they were easily exposed to invasions from the Federal Republic of Columbia. However, San Santos proved to be a tougher nut to crack during the Surlandian-Columbian War, and it was only after a series of battles that the town finally capitulated to Columbia. Under Columbian rule, many street names changed from Spanish to English, and the city saw a rapid real estate boom. However, this also resulted in the power elite – namely most humans – tending to congregate in the western and southern portions of the city, whereas the lower classes – which tended to consist of humanoid animals – were often living in the northern and eastern portions. During the Gold Rush, San Santos was the largest supplier of beef and other foods to miners up north.

During this time, San Santos was marked by the absence of any sort of legal system, resulting in a general state of lawlessness that included numerous race riots. Law enforcement was generally left up to so called "Monitoring Committees", who committed many acts of violence against non-human residents, including Native Columbians. San Santos was inarguably "the toughest town in the nation" during this time. In spite of the lawlessness, San Santos and the rest of Elestador sided with the FRC during the War of Unity.

After the war, San Santos incorporated its first railroad, the San Santos & San Sebastian Railroad. Although still a modest little village during this time, the connection of a railroad with the Southern Occidental Railroad set the foundation for even more rapid growth, including the construction of the Long Wharf in San Agustin. Eventually, oil was discovered in the city, leading to San Santos becoming a center of oil production in the new century, with the Willardson Oil Field still being a major producer of oil today. Other significant industries included cattle, dairy products, vegetables and citrus fruits.

The city began to clean up during this time with the formation of the first San Santos Police Department. However, this had its own problems, and after a succession of chiefs, Rodney N. McCauley managed to hold the position for any significant length of time, leading not only to increased professionalism within the force, but also a reduction in the city's crime rate. Another problem remained in that the drastic increase in the city's population led to a strain on the city's water supply, only alleviated with the construction of the San Santos Aqueduct. Problems with water prompted other communities to annex with San Santos, including the city of Maplewood, which became the focal point for not only the Columbian film industry, but the world's film industry.

Corruption was a big problem for San Santos, up to and including the mayor’s office. It was only after an extensive "clean up the city" campaign led by Peter Harbourg that any major reforms were carried out. During this time, San Santos played home to the 10th Summer Olympics, held at the San Santos Memorial Coliseum. During the Great War between the Kingdom of Mobius and the Roseinian Empire, San Santos was a focal point of manufacturing, building the first ever aircraft carrier for the Royal Mobian Navy: the HMMS Artemis. Even today, San Santos is a focal point for defense manufacturing.

Even in recent times, race relations haven't always been easy. Citizen responses to police brutality have resulted in the Ampero Riots and the more recent San Santos riots, the latter resulting from the acquittal of four human police officers who beat up a male hedgehog named Gary Vickers during what was allegedly a routine traffic stop. Gang violence has also been a major problem for San Santos, with the city once gaining the moniker "Gang Capital of Columbia". Not even the San Santos Police Department’s infamous GARAGE (Group-Activated Resources of Anti-Gang Enforcement) Unit was able to completely curtail gang violence.

In spite of its numerous problems, San Santos has survived numerous economic crises that nearly crippled other cities and has generally been free of the madness that befell nearby Westopolis. Now a major economic and cultural hub of not only Columbia, but also the planet, San Santos continues to thrive.

Climate

Being located rather far south in the Federal Republic of Columbia, San Santos has a warm climate year round, with high temperatures averaging 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) in winter. In the summer, exact temperatures can vary depending on the neighborhood, but average is generally at least 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). The city receives just enough rain each year to avoid being considered semi-arid. One notable weather phenomenon in San Santos is the "June Gloom", which occurs around late spring/early summer and involves overcast skies in the morning that generally give way to sunny skies later on.

Demographics

Like Hancock City, San Santos is a very multicultural city where humans make up less than half of the population. At the last census, humans only comprised 28.7% of the city’s population. Among the animal species, bears make up the majority, at 32.9% of the population, with cats and dogs each neck and neck at 14.4%. Other species comprise the remaining 9.6%.

Neighborhoods

San Santos is home to numerous neighborhoods, including - but not limited to:

  • Downtown
  • Arts District
  • Chun-Nan Town
  • Little Tonichi
  • Diamond District
  • Maplewood
  • Ampero
  • Matthewson
  • Brampton
  • Fashion District
  • Old Money District
  • Skid Row
  • Song Canyon
  • City Center East
  • Grundig Park
  • Gold Lake
  • Bradshaw
  • North Park
  • Doncino
  • Fairview Heights
  • Toy District
  • Whitman Heights
  • Mount Hancock
  • Moonland-Culunga
  • Fortress Hill
  • History Row
  • Zaloga Park
  • Chelmsford
  • North Hills
  • Northridge
  • Scoon Hills
  • Pullman Ranch
  • West Hills
  • Winnelski
  • El Espada Canyon
  • Lakeland Terrace
  • Pagoda
  • Sonic Hills
  • Moon Valley
  • Wharf City
  • Wharf Gateway
  • San Sebastian
  • Port Island
  • Willardson
  • Alita Village
  • Doyle Heights
  • El Tranquilo
  • Wilcox Court
  • Russon
  • Hilltop Village
  • Buchholz Heights
  • Montelargo Heights
  • Montereina Hills
  • Gallo Gardens
  • Ramone Gardens
  • Tulip Hills
  • College Hills
  • Devereaux
  • Cucamonga Pass
  • East Maplewood
  • Fairlawn
  • Howard
  • Maplewood
  • Maplewood Hills
  • El Asfalto
  • Little Yerastan
  • Los Infelices
  • Melbourne Hill
  • Mount Atlas
  • Sierra Grande
  • Rawlings Square
  • Sunview Strip
  • Adabat Town
  • Arbuckle
  • Horizon City
  • Syldavia
  • Mission Heights
  • Pueblo Del Diamante
  • North Maplewood
  • Studio City
  • Moon Valley
  • Toledo Lake
  • Toledo Woods
  • Worldwide City
  • Valley Dale
  • Glen Village
  • West Toledo
  • Atlee Village
  • Cypriot Park
  • Albatross Rock
  • Reverb Park
  • Elysium Park
  • Elysium Valley
  • Frankfurt Hills
  • Galveston
  • Glassman Park
  • Highman Park
  • Del Mar
  • Lancaster Square
  • Rey Vista
  • Pinewood
  • Tropica
  • Playa Del Reina
  • Playa Mar
  • Soleanna
  • West Carlton
  • Santelino Heights
  • Historic Fernandinotown
  • Solyan Town
  • Labelle Park
  • Eisenhower Park
  • Gallo-Union
  • Citadel-Landry
  • Brown’s Village
  • Westpond
  • Apotos Park
  • Chesterman Square
  • Battery Park
  • Jekyll Park
  • Burlingtonia Knolls
  • Burlingtonia Park
  • Vista Heights
  • Persia Gardens
  • Adobe Village
  • Republic Courts
  • Johnson Downs
  • Machado Gardens
  • Parkview Manor
  • Motion Hills
  • Motion Village
  • Motion Vista
  • Globe Park
  • Adams Park
  • Lemire Park
  • Empire Square
  • College Park
  • Village Blue
  • West Quincy
  • Woodview Hills
  • Patton Oaks
  • Van Neider
  • Endeavor Business District
  • West Van Neider
  • Biscayne
  • Arnold Canyon
  • Waverly Crest
  • Waverly Glen
  • Waverlywood
  • Spinerwood
  • Mulwether
  • Millennium City
  • Chevaux Hills
  • Crestwood
  • Dale Ridge
  • Occidental Palisades
  • Rambo Park
  • Coltrane Valley
  • Pastoral Canyon
  • San Everetti
  • Sauter
  • Riviera Village
  • West San Santos
  • Westview
  • Weissmuller
  • Lake Stallone
  • North Vista
  • Revena
  • Eslington Heights
  • Brookline Park
  • Carthage Circle
  • Colfax
  • Greater Wyman
  • Havelock Park
  • Leachwood Village
  • Little Mazuri
  • Melbourne
  • Mid-City
  • Mid-Wyman
  • Miracle Mile
  • South Carthage
  • Weldman Square
  • Wyman Center
  • Wyman Vista
  • Coburg Square

Appearances

Mighty Sonic

As the latest episode of Super Changin' Muscle Rangers is being filmed in Maplewood at Sorin Studios, the main cast members are kidnapped by SWATbots.

A Blue Light For the Dark

In the "Sonic Says" segment, Knuckles is walking down Wellington Boulevard when he spots Mephiles collecting money for the Salvation Marine Corps. Rad Red donates $50 to the organization, although Sonic reminds the reader that donating an arm and a leg is unnecessary.

Sonic Wave

San Santos – particularly South Central – is the main setting for this story.

Trivia

  • In the real world, the city's name is a reference to the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and the movie Demolition Man. In the former, the equivalent of Los Angeles was named "Los Santos", and in the latter, the megalopolis of "San Angeles" was formed from the remains of San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, hence the combined name "San Santos"
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