Thebes, Mississippi - Area Overview

The fictional city of Thebes, MS lies about 80 miles Southwest of Memphis, TN, 100 miles Southeast of Little Rock, AR, and 150 miles Northwest of Jackson, MS.

Looking at the close up on the next page depicts the levy system put in place by the Mississippi River Authority (showing in orange) and the Thebes River Commission (show in fuchsia).

The letters identify the major districts within the city.

A. Center City A ka Cinder City, is the completely renovated urban hub.  Less than ten years ago this section of town was razed in the battle between Mechanix’s robot forces (led by the hero turned traitor Psiborg), and the Ministry of Justice.  It is now a gleaming example of eco-friendly high-rises containing about 50% of the city's population and non-industrial work base.
B. The Rookery Named after the Catholic Church that was the foundation of this section of town.  Its tightly packed row houses have been stained by the constant use of cheap coal for heating.  Now it is a slum that police will only come into with significant backup.
C. Gunnison A bustling center for various light industrial plants and manufacturing facilities.  The Concordia Correctional Facility is located at the southeastern section of this sprawl.
D. Waxhaw A community of brownstone row houses punctuated with small parks every other block.  The tree-lined streets, ample lights and involved community make this a relatively crime-free area.  Points of interest include Thebes State University, Waxhaw Symphony, and the Wright School of Dance and Art.
E. Rosedale This small community was absorbed as Thebes grew.  Its small southern homes and manicured lawns are a shocking contrast to the Rookery just on the other side of the levy.  The areas closest to the Rookery are dotted with low income houses and have a higher crime rate.  The 9th Precinct at Main & Brown, and the K9 Kennels at Clark & Railroad keep anything major from spilling over into more affluent parts of town.
F. Sugar Hill Suburban ghetto sprawl.
G. Eastvale Middle income suburbs.
H. Mound City Gated middle and upper income suburbs and estates.
I. Market District This area experienced a renaissance before the Battle of Center City.  Known for its redbrick streets with gas lights, this district emphasizes the middle and upper class love of movies, wine and song.  This location is akin to the French Quarter in New Orleans.  An upper class red light district rests in the northwestern edge of the district.
J. River District This river flat was once the home of the sprawling markets.  The remaining markets are on the northern and southern edge of the district.  The remainder is little more than an inner city slum.
K. Switchback Heavy industrial, with signification portions abandoned.  More than a few small superfund sites for toxic cleanup exist in this district.

Areas of Interest

Liberty Square A n open city block with a fountain and a number of food vendor booths.  The west side of the block hosts the City/County Municipal Complex, the north side of the block sits Sentry Central, the east side of the block sits the Courthouse, while the South side of block connect with the Ministry of Justice Memorial Park.
Ministry of Justice Memorial Park Located at the heart of Center City, it is now a serene park with statues of fallen primes as memorials.  The prime base was the operating HQ for the Ministry of Justice.  While it was a point of pride between citizens and the Primes who defended the city, it was also a honey pot for attack by just about every wacko bent on domination.  The building was attacked no less than seven times and completely destroyed twice.  The last time the building was destroyed it was never rebuilt and instead became the monument it is today.
  • Armed Force - His memorial is small, akin to what you would see at a normal soldier wake.  A pair of bronzed combat boots, a bronzed rifle (his constant companion, the BFG), a bronzed helmet and stainless steel dog tags.  His memorial reads, “Fallen but not forgotten.”
  • Liberty Belle - The statue is of her classic flying pose one arm raised in a fist with the other arm down by her side.  Her battle cry is inscribed on her grave, “Let Freedom Ring!”
  • National Guard - His statue depicts the hero standing upright, holding a small child in his arms with other children laughing at his feet.  His inscription reads, “And who says that one man cannot change the world.”
  • Plasma Core - His statue depicts him standing upright, holding a small child in his arms with other children laughing at his feet.  His inscription reads, “Kindest among us, our warmest thoughts go with you.”
  • Shiftlock - Shows her standing in her classic pose one arm outstretched about to touch something and her other hand held high.  You can almost hear her infamous phrase, “I said stop!  Now Shiftlock!”  Her inscription reads, “Now, not even the heavens can contain you.”
  • Wirework - D epicts the hero standing atop a hill with his arms raised in celebration, a curled whip in each hand.  The inscription reads “King of the Mountain.”
  • This rather large monument depicts a partially destroyed police cruiser with a policeman, an army soldier and someone in a suit standing side by side, opposing unknown forces beyond the hood of the car.  A firefighter is dragging a wounded paramedic behind the back of the car, while the medic tightly grips a child to his chest.  There is a partially ruined building in the background, evidently in flames.  A bronze plate reads “Dedicated to the 73 men and women who gave their lives to defend this city.”   It the lists the name of each person alphabetically and their occupation.  Occupations such as police and soldier are common, but normal occupations such as housewife, school teacher and lawyer are no less rare.
Sentry Central

Located at the edge of Liberty Square, this 50 story skyscraper is home to all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Snow Lake Choctaw Reservation, Arkansas

The reservation lies about 20 miles northwest of town.  The reservation did not become a point of real interest until the Battle of Center City.  During the rebuilding phase the Snow Lake Tribal Council petitioned the state for a gambling license to gain revenue from the influx of construction workers.  The license was granted in record time and a small casino was set up relatively quickly.  Year by year the casino grew as gambling monies poured in.  The casino now rivals any casino in the United States.  It contains a four story gambling complex, a staged theater (with seating for over 10,000), a 20 story four-star hotel, and an 18-hole golf course.  The complex is inundated with shops and restaurants that cater to just about every taste imaginable.


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