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Taonenui o Tokapa
City of Tokapa Municipality
Official logo of Tokapa
Heart of Polynesia (Ngakau o Poronihia)
 • TypeLocal government
 • Total400 km2 (200 sq mi)
 • Total2,866,295
 • Density5,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)

Tokapa is the capital city of the Oan Isles - a role it has occupied for centuries. It forms the core of the Tokapa Municipality bordering Kokorutaone Municipality to the north and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. The city was established over 1,300 years ago and the region has been continuously inhabited for 2,000 years. As the oldest site of Oan habitation, it is the core of Oan political and cultural expansion. With a long history, political and cultural status and large economy, it is considered the nucleus of the Oan civilisation. The city houses the Oan government and major financial institutions such as the Standard National Bank and the headquarters of large companies such as Metatron.


The Tokapa Municipal Assembly (Huihuinga o te Taonenui Tokapa) is elected by eligible residents of the city every 4 years in line with elections for all local governments in the Oan Isles. The assembly has the power to pass by-laws, hold the executive branch of the city accountable and approve the Mayor's candidates for the Municipal Council. Seated in the city's central business district, most of its members serve part-time. In the most recent elections, the Pacifist Party is the largest party by one vote. Together with the Green Party of the Oan Isles, they hold 70% of the seats. Remaining seats are held by the Konoa and Allied People's Party, Tokapa Ratepayers Association and independent candidates. The Mayor (Koromatua) is elected by the eligible residents of the city when a vacancy arises or their term ends every four years through run-off voting. The Mayor directs the work of the city administration, reports to the Municipal Assembly, chairs meetings of the Municipal Council (Kaunihera o te Taonenui) and appoints its members. The Municipal Council develops and administers programs and initiatives in line with national directives, and proposes and executes by-laws.

As the capital, the seats of all branches of the Oan government - the National Assembly, Council of Ministers and Supreme Court of the Oan Isles - as well as the residence of the Rangitanga-a-te-Moana, the Palace of Putangitangi, are located in the city. Proximity to the national government and control over arguably the most important city in the country, has given politicians from this city an accelerated trajectory into national politics. It is also the home of all foreign embassies.


Because the national government and major state-owned corporations are housed in this city, about a third of the economy is driven by the government and state-led activities. Tokapa is the wealthiest citty in the country - with a total GDP of 100 billion KRB and a GDP per capita of 50,000 KRB. Its GDP per capita is artificially inflated by the large companies located here and the fact that many high-income individuals are registered residents of the city. Because the city has a shallow bay, its port is unable to dock large ships, Tauranga a te Toka controls trade in and out of Tokamotu. Thus most industrial activity moved to Tauranga a te Toka. This has led to most young and low income people preferring to work in Tauranga, where living expenses are lower and low to middle skilled jobs are easily accessible. Thus, the economy of the city quickly shifted to services. With the economy shifting to services, the city attracted middle-income families, high net-worth individuals and highly educated labour. The high income of the residents further deterred young and low-income workings from residing here. Instead they live in Tauranga, where not only are living costs lower, but the city is close to Tokapa - allowing them to find and commute easily to work in the capital.

Therefore, The economy is highly service-led with financial services, retail, logistics, tourism, telecommunications and internet services comprising the bulk of the economy. The city is home to the Tokapa Stock Exchange, which is the de facto national securities exchange in the country. It is home to the headquarters of the Oan Industrial and Commercial Bank, Standard National Bank, the Metatron Corporation, and various other major institutions. The city has many historic sites and public attractions such as the Palace of Putangitangi, museums, art galleries, botanical and zoological gardens, resorts, hotels, amusement parks, night clubs, restaurants, festivals and ancient ruins, which attract millions of domestic and foreign tourists annually.


The city is also the home of the Tokapa International Airport, the point-of-entry for most of the Oan Isle's air traffic. Most of the city's food and energy comes from Kokorutaone to the north as it houses the Kokorutaone Nuclear Power Plant and contains some of the most fertile land in the country. Goods imported from other parts of the country or the world arrive at the Port of Tauranga a te Toka in the far north of the Tokamotu Island and travel by land. The Tokapa to Tauranga o te Toka maglev line is the fastest commute in the country


There are 2 million people in the Greater Tokapa Area and 900,000 people in its core. While these numbers are not high by international standards, this has led to a high population density of 4,500 people per square kilometre on average. In keeping with most of the country, the most spoken language is the Oan language (Te Reo Oa). Because of the high tourism, international business and foreign students, Staynish is universally understood. The city also has the highest rates foreign migrants especially form other Polynesian and Auroran countries. The city is a center of Mauism with some of the most famous shrines located here - as such Mauism in the largest religion, yet other religions especially Thaerism are widely practiced. Due to the presence of the largest and most prestigious universities in the country such as the University of Tokapa and National University of the Oan Isles, the city has a disproportionately high rate of highly educated people. Tokapa is one of the safest cities in the country and is regarded as one of the best places to live in Aurora.

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