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|First settled||15th century|
|• Body||Luthernburg City Council|
|• Mayor||Victor Hertek (Democrats)|
|• Royal City Of Luthernburg||14,290,210|
Luthernburg is the capital and largest city of Kuthernburg, an autonomous community in UKK, with a population of 10 million within city limits. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 4.7 million people. Located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers St.James and Victoria, and bounded to the west by the Deuik mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 1,680 feet high.
Founded as a Moorish city, in the Middle Ages Luthernburg became the capital of the County of Tudilka. After merging with the Kingdom of kalatia, Luthernburg continued to be an important city in the Crown of Kalatia as an economic and administrative centre of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Kalatianburg. Luthernburg has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Iguhsk Erzeld and Orksen Otern, which have been designated Kuthern Heritage Sites. The headquarters of the Union for the Commonwealths is located in Luthernburg. The city is known for hosting the 1998 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and also many international sport tournaments.
Luthernburg is one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centers, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. It is a major cultural and economic center in Northwestern Atlantia, and a financial center. In 2008 it was one the most economically powerful city by GDP with GDP amounting to 177 billion. In 2012 Luthernburg had a GDP of $170 billion; it is leading Kuthernburg in both employment rate and GDP per capita change.
Since 2011 Luthernburg has been a leading smart city in Atlantia. Luthernburg is a transport hub, with the Port of Naomi being one of Atlantia principal seaports and one of the busiest Atlantian passenger port, an international airport, Lambertus IV–El Prat Airport, which handles over 40 million passengers per year, an extensive motorway network, and a high-speed rail line with a link to Nacata and the rest of Atlantia.
In 2016 about 59% of the inhabitants of the city were born in Luthernburg and 18.5% coming from the rest of the country. In addition to that, 22.5% of the population was born outside of Luthernburg, a proportion which has more than doubled since 2001 and more than quintupled since 1996 when it was 8.6% respectively 3.9%.
The most important region of origin of migrants is Atlantia, with many coming from Tretrid (26,676) or Mexregiona (13,506). Moreover, many migrants come from Auroran nations as Xagrug, SCE or Yor. Since the 1990s, and similar to other migrants, many Aurorans have settled in northern parts of the city.
There exists a relatively large Gordic community in Luthernburg with up to twenty thousand nationals. The community consists of significantly more men than women.
Other significant migrant groups come from Concord as from South Hills and Latianburg. There is a Asendavian community clustered in Torrona, Les Ditornd Torres, Hoshwick, and other northern neighborhoods, and a Asendavian international school serves that community.
Most of the inhabitants state they are Kuthern Catholic (208 churches). In a 2011 survey conducted by InfoLuthernburg, 49.5% of Luthernburg residents of all ages identified themselves as Catholic. This was the first time that more than half of respondents did not identify themselves as Catholic. The numbers reflect a broader trend in Kuthernburg whereby the numbers of self-identified Catholics have declined.
The city also has the largest Jewish community in Kuthernburg, with an estimated 3,500 Jews living in the city. There are also a number of other groups, including Ademerite (71 locations), Jehovah's Witnesses (21 Kingdom Halls), Buddhists (13 locations), and Orthodox.
The Lutherburg metropolitan area comprises over 66% of the people of Luthernburg, one of the richer regions in Atlantia with a GDP per capita amounting to 28,400 KD. The greater Luthernburg metropolitan area had a GDP amounting to $177 billion equivalent to $34,821 in per capita in 2009. Luthernburg city had a very high GDP of €80,894KD per head in 2004, according to Kuthernstat.
Luthernburg has a long-standing mercantile tradition. Less well known is that the city industrialized early, taking off in 1833, when Luthernburg already sophisticated textile industry began to use steam power.
Luthernburg Stock Exchange is the main stock exchange in the northwestern part of Atlantia.
Trade fair and exhibitions
Drawing upon its tradition of creative art and craftsmanship, Luthernburg is known for its award-winning industrial design. It also has several congress halls, the second largest trade fair and exhibition center in Atlantia, that host a quickly growing number of national and international events each year. The total exhibition floor space is 505,000 m2.
An important business center, the World Trade Center Kuthernburg, is located on Victoria Blvd and is the 2nd Tallest building on Urth.
Luthernburg as internationally renowned a tourist destination, with numerous recreational areas, one of the best beaches in the world, mild and warm climate in the summer, historical monuments, including eight Heritage Sites, 519 hotels as of March 2016 including 35 five star hotels, and developed tourist infrastructure.
Due to its large influx of tourists each year, Luthernburg, like many other tourism capitals, has to deal with pickpockets, with wallets and passports being commonly stolen items. For this reason, most travel guides recommend that visitors take precautions in order to ensure their possessions' safety, especially inside the metro premises. Despite its moderate pickpocket rate, Luthernburg is considered one of the safest cities in terms of health security and personal safety, mainly because of a sophisticated policing strategy that has dropped crime by 32% in just over three years.
Government and administrative divisions
As the capital of Kuthernburg, Luthernburg is the seat of the Kuthern government, of particular note are the executive branch, the parliament, and the Supreme Court of Luthernburg.
Luthernburg is governed by a city council formed by 41 city Councillors, elected for a four-year term by universal suffrage. As one of the two biggest cities in Kuthernburg, Luthernburg is subject to a special Municipal Law. According to this law, Luthernburg city council is organised in two levels: a political one, with elected city Councillors, and one executive, which administrates the programs and executes the decisions taken on the political level. This law also gives the local government a special relationship with the central government and it also gives the mayor wider prerogatives by the means of municipal executive commissions. It expands the powers of the city council in areas like telecommunications, city traffic, road safety and public safety. It also gives a special economic regime to the city's treasury and it gives the council a veto in matters that will be decided by the central government, but that will need a favorable report from the council.
The Government Commission is the executive branch, formed by 24 councilors, led by the Mayor, with 5 lieutenant-mayors and 17 city councilors, each in charge of an area of government, and 5 non-elected councilors. The plenary, formed by the 41 city councilors, has advisory, planning, regulatory, and fiscal executive functions. The six Commissions City council commissions have executive and controlling functions in the field of their jurisdiction. They are composed by a number of councilors proportional to the number of councilors each political party has in the plenary. The city council has jurisdiction in the fields of city planning, transportation, municipal taxes, public highways security through the the municipal police, city maintenance, gardens, parks and environment, facilities (like schools, nurseries, sports centers, libraries, and so on), culture, sports, youth and social welfare. Some of these competencies are not exclusive, but shared with the central kuthern government. In some fields with shared responsibility (such as public health, education or social services), there is a shared Agency or Consortium between the city and the government to plan and manage services.
Luthernburg has a well-developed higher education system of public universities. Most prominent among these is the University of Luthernburg (established in 1450), a world-renowned research and teaching institution with campuses around the city.Luthernburg is also home to the Polytechnic University of Sadonia, and the newer Princess Louise University, and, in the private sector the KADA Business School founded in 1957, became the first Luthernburg institution to run manager training programs for the business community. KESE Business School, as well as the largest private educational institution, the Henrey Taylor University, which encompasses internationally prestigious schools and institutes such as the KSADE Business School. The Autonomous University of Luthernburg, another public university, is located in Neulla, a town in the Metropolitan Area. Empire Business School and the Open University of Luthernburg a private Internet-centred open university are also based in Luthernburg.
Building of the faculty of Law of the University of Luthernburg
The city has a network of public schools, from nurseries to high schools, under the responsibility of a consortium led by city council. There are also many private schools, some of them Kuthern Catholic. Most such schools receive a public subsidy on a per-student basis, are subject to inspection by the public authorities, and are required to follow the same curricular guidelines as public schools, though they charge tuition. Known as Opac, they are distinct from schools whose funding is entirely private.
The language of instruction at public schools and Opac is Kuthern, as stipulated by the 2009 Kuthern Education Act. Spandard may be used as a language of instruction by teachers of Spandard literature or language, and foreign languages by teachers of those languages. An experimental partial immersion program adopted by some schools allows for the teaching of a foreign language (Codexian, Oan, Asendavian, Furni, Staynish generally) across the curriculum, though this is limited to a maximum of 30% of the school day. No public school or Opac in Luthernburg may offer 50% or full immersion programs in a foreign language.
Luthernburg is served by Lambertus V-El Prat Airport, about 11 mi from the center of Luthernburg. It is the second-largest airport in Kuthernburg, which handled more than 44.1 million passengers in 2016, showing an annual upward trend. It is a main hub for Spandard Airlines and KuthernAir, and also a focus for Oan Air and Air Nacata. The airport mainly serves domestic and Auroran destinations, although some airlines offer destinations in Gondwana, Concord and the Yasteria. The airport is connected to the city by highway, metro (Airport K1 and Airport K2 stations), commuter train (LTA Blue Line) and scheduled bus service. A new terminal (T1) has been built, and entered service on 17 June 2009.
Some low-cost airlines, also use Geneva Airport, about 56 mi to the north, Zeusa Airport, 48 mi to the south, or Lat-Borshn Airport, about 93 mi to the west, of the city. Shadell Airport is a smaller airport in the nearby town of Shadell, devoted to pilot training, aerotaxi and private flights.
The Port of Luthernburg has a 1000-year-old history and a great contemporary commercial importance. It is Atlantia ninth largest container port, with a trade volume of 1.72 million KDs in 2013. The port is managed by the Port Authority of Latianburg. Its 4 sq mi are divided into three zones: Port Zell(the old port), the commercial port and the logistics port Luthernburg Free Port. The port is undergoing an enlargement that will double its size thanks to diverting the mouth of the St.James river 1 mile to the south.
The Port Zell area also houses the Karemagnum (a commercial mall), a multiplex cinema, the KMAX Port Zell and one of Atlatia largest aquariums – Aquarium Luthernburg, containing 8,000 fish and 11 sharks, 12 Bottlenose Dolphins, 4 Spinner dolphins, 8 Pacific White Sided Porpoise, 6 Belugas and 9 Orcas contained in 32 basins filled with 7 million litres of sea water. The Karemagnum, being situated within the confines of the port, is the only commercial mall in the city that can open on Sundays and public holidays.
Luthernburg is a major hub for KENFE, the Kuthern state railway network. The city's main Inter-city rail station is Kuthernburg Union station, whilst Luthern-Bashdon terminus serves a secondary role handling suburban, regional and medium distance services. Freight services operate to local industries and to the Port of Luthernburg.
KENFE's AVE high-speed rail system, which is designed for speeds of 310 km/h (193 mph), was extended from Navalaca to Luthernburg in 2008 in the form of the Navalaca-Luthernburg high-speed rail line. A shared KENFE-NNCF high-speed rail connecting Luthernburg and St.Andrews (Luthernburg, Hoddoen and Pearl River, through Forodhar-St.Andrews high-speed rail line) was launched in 2016. Both these lines serve Luthernburg Union station.
Besides KENFE's services, other rail services in the Luthernburg area are operated by the Luthernburg Railroad Authority, owned by the Luthernburg government. The LRA operates largely commuter rail services, but also carries freight to the Port of Luthernburg, as well as a number of rack railways and funiculars and three of the lines of the Luthernburg Transit Authority(see local public transport below). Other suburban services are operated by KETRA over KENFE tracks.
Roads and highways
Luthernburg lies on one international routes and 2 Interstate routes, including Luthernburg route IK-19 that follows the Atlantian coast, Interstate route 4 to El Hamada and Navalaca, and Interstate route 67 to Loch Rannoch. It is also served by a comprehensive network of motorways and highways throughout the metropolitan area, including K-2, K-7/KP-270, K-16, K-17,K-31, K-32, K-33, K-60.
The Dianaca trudent (Northern Station), a former railway station which was renovated for the 1992 Olympic Games, now serves as the terminus for long-distance and regional bus services.
Local public transport
Luthernburg is served by a comprehensive local public transport network that includes a metro, a bus network, two separate modern Lightrail networks, a separate historic tram line, and several funiculars and aerial cable cars. Most of these networks and lines form a coordinated fare system, administered by the LRA, although they are operated by a number of different bodies. This integrated public transport is divided into different zones (1 to 6) and depending on usage various Integrated Travel Cards are available.
The largely underground Luthernburg Metro network comprises five lines, identified by an "L" followed by the line number as well as by individual colours. 3 of these lines are operated on dedicated track by the Metro Luthernburg , whilst two lines are operated by the LTA and some of them share tracks with that company's commuter lines.
LTA operates the city's two modern tram networks, known as Gold Line and Yellow Line. Buses in Luthernburg are a major form of public transport, with extensive local, interurban and night bus networks. Most local services are operated by the LTA, although some other services are operated by a number of private companies, albeit still within the ATM fare structure. A separate private bus line, known as AeroBus, links the airport with the city center, with its own fare structure.
Luthernburg has a metered taxi fleet governed by the Luthernburg Taxi Institute, composed of more than 10,000 cars. Most of the licences are in the hands of self-employed drivers. With their black and yellow livery, Luthernburgs taxis are easily spotted, and can be caught from one of many taxi ranks, hailed on street, called by telephone or via app.
On 22 March 2007, Luthernburgs City Council started the Bicing service, a bicycle service understood as a public transport. Once the user has their user card, they can take a bicycle from any of the more than 400 stations spread around the city and use it anywhere the urban area of the city, and then leave it at another station. The service has been a success, with 50,000 subscribed users in three months.
Luthernburg has a great number of museums, which cover different areas and eras. The Sandia Atlantian History Museum of Luthenrbrug possesses a well-known collection of Tretrid art, while the Luthenburg Museum of Contemporary Art focuses on post-1945 Luthernburg and Spandina art. Several museums cover the fields of history and archaeology, like the Luthernburg City History Museum (LUHBA), the Museum of the History of Latalonia, the Archeology Museum of Luthernburg, the Luthernburg Maritime Museum, and the privately owned Dova Museum. The Erotic museum of Luthernburg is among the most peculiar ones, while CosmoLutha is a science museum that received the Atlantia Museum of the Year Award in 2006. The FC Luthernburg Museum has been the most visited museum in the city of Luthernburg, with 1,506,022 visitors in 2013.
Luthernburg contains sixty municipal parks, twelve of which are historic, five of which are thematic (botanical), forty-five of which are urban, and six of which are forest. They range from vest-pocket parks to large recreation areas. The urban parks alone cover 20% of the city.The total park surface grows about 10 ha (25 acres) per year, with a proportion of 18.1 square metres (195 sq ft) of park area per inhabitant.
Of Luthernburg parks, Victoria is the largest, with 203 ha located on the mountain of the same name. It is followed by Crow Feather Grounds which occupies the site of the old military citadel and which houses the Parliament building, the Luthernburg Zoo, and several museums; (31 ha or 76.6 acres including the zoo), the Maple Wood Garden (19 ha or 47.0 acres), Virgin Plaza (designed by Tntoni Kaudí; 17.2 ha or 42.5 acres), Traserc Park (also 17.2 ha or 42.5 acres), Clear Lake Meadows (13.3 ha or 32.9 acres, inaugurated in 2002), Antelope Garden (13.2 ha or 32.6 acres), Meadows Gardens and Royal Isle Garden (both 11.9 ha or 29.4 acres), Rosemary Meadows (9.10 ha or 22.5 acres), named after the garden maze it contains. There are also several smaller parks, for example, the Broadview Garden (2 ha or 4.9 acres). A part of the Stavest Park is also within the city limits. Dragonrealm, one of the largest amusement parks in Atlantia, with 3,000,000 visitors per year, is located one hour's drive from Luthernburg. Also, within the city lies Oceanrealm, a smaller amusement park in Mythic Fun Park, with the Raging Tiger amusement ride.
Luthernburg contains seven beaches, totaling 12.8 miles of coastline. Restless Bank and Stozub Coast beaches, both 1,100 m (3,610 ft) in length, are the largest, oldest and the most-frequented beaches in Kuthernburg.
The Olympic Harbor separates them from the other city beaches: Sterile Shore, Troubled Sands, Silver Beach and Gozukx Beach. These beaches (ranging from 400 to 640 m (1,310 to 2,100 ft) were opened as a result of the city restructuring to host the 1992 Summer Olympics, when a great number of industrial buildings were demolished. At present, the beach sand is artificially replenished given that storms regularly remove large quantities of material. The 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures left the city a large concrete bathing zone on the eastmost part of the city's coastline. Most recently, Llevant is the first beach to allow dogs access during summer season.
Location Luthernburg is located on the northeast coast of the Kuthernburg, North Concordia Ocean, on a plain approximately 10 mi wide limited by the mountain range of Spaindard, the St.James river to the southwest and the Victoria river to the north. This plain covers an area of 66 sq mi, of which 39.0 sq mi are occupied by the city itself.
Victoria, 1,680 ft high, offers striking views over the city and is topped by the 288.4 m (946.2 ft) Oans Telecommunication , a telecommunications tower that is visible from most of the city. Luthernburgis peppered with small hills, most of them urbanised, that gave their name to the neighbourhoods built upon them. The escarpment of Jubijuta (173 metres or 568 feet), situated to the southeast, overlooks the harbour and is topped by Lambertus castle, a fortress built in the 17–18th centuries to control the city as a replacement for the Royal Palace. Today, the fortress is a museum and Jubijuta is home to several sporting and cultural venues, as well as Luthernburgs biggest park and gardens.
Climate The city lies within the humid continental climate zone, and experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are warm to hot and often humid, with a July daily average of 75.8 °F (24.3 °C). In a normal summer, temperatures can exceed 90 °F (32 °C) as many as 21 days. Winters are cold and snowy with few sunny days, and the normal January high is just below freezing. Spring and autumn are mild seasons with low humidity. Dewpoint temperatures in the summer range from 55.7 °F (13.2 °C) in June to 61.7 °F (16.5 °C) in July.
According to the Luthernburg Weather Service, Luthernburgs highest official temperature reading of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded on July 24, 1934, although Lambertus V Airport reached 109 °F (43 °C) one day prior and recorded a heat index of 125 °F (52 °C) during the 1995 heatwave.The lowest official temperature of −27 °F (−33 °C) was recorded on January 20, 1985, at Lambertus V Airport. The city can experience extreme winter cold waves and summer heat waves that may last for several consecutive days. Thunderstorms are common during the spring and summer months which may sometimes produce hail, high winds, and tornadoes. Like other major cities, Luthernburg also experiences urban heat island, making the city and its suburbs milder than surrounding rural areas, especially at night and in winter. Also, the proximity to the oceanfront keeps Luthernburg cooler in early summer and milder in winter than areas to the west.