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Avenir is the second most populous city of England with an urban area of 550 square miles and urban population of 6,785,339. Since the 19th century Avenir has been a major European cultural hub of arts, music, literature, fashion, science, and commerce. Its metropolitan area accounts for 12% of the entire British economy, in addition to being the 6th most expensive city in the world to live in, ahead of Geneva, Seoul, and Copenhagen, as well as the nation's capital.
While the name Avenir had been around since the 11th century after William the Conquerer invaded England, the current site of the city only originated around 1250, in central Blossom Hill. Its situation between London and developing Worcester stapled the site as a convenient post for travellers and commerce between the two entities. With movement via boats on the rise, by the 1400s Avenir was already the fifth largest settlement in Britain, expanding from modern Blossom Hill to the current situation of Ambrose Green. Potable marshland around the crossing rivers in Avenir made agriculture prominent, lighting a steady expansion continuing to the modern day. In 1440, construction of Saint Ambrose Barlow's Cathedral in central Ambrose Hill went underway.
Around the same time, several villages near the growing city were admitted into Avenirian expansion. Fishmarket, named so after the bustling fishing business across the River Severn and its adjoining lake with the River Avon, officially connected with Avenir in the 1500s. This merge quickly made the practice the second largest industry in Avenir. Kingstanding (now Blithebeth) also joined the city in 1490, with the home of preceding monarch Henry VI.
Around 80% of all potable land in Avenir had been farmed by the end of the Tudor period, leading to a decline in the city's growth and a series of famines. This lead to an increased practice of over-fishing as the majority of farmland had lost its nutrients due to poor farming methods. With no laws in place regarding fishing at the time, anyone could fish without a license or even Avenirian residence—the city's increasing over-reliance on fishing and farming ultimately lead to a series of famine from extreme lack of food, which peaked at around 1600. Due to all crops being essentially open to disease, increasing population density accelerated epidemics, which deposited largely in pockets of unprotected farmland. These two factors together killed around 60% of the entire population. Should neither have occurred, Avenir was projected to overtake the capital by 1750.
English Civil WarEdit
Avenir was a major Royalist stronghold in the English Civil War, as its part as a Cathedral City made it a major defensive outpost. The Fortress of Avenir, a mile-long stone wall stretching south of the River Severn, guarded the perimeter of the city's Cathedral as well as the major town of Ambrose Hill. Fortresses in Kingstanding and Fishmarket were also built, although they fell to the Parliamentarians soon after.
Avenir stood on the brink of Royalist control, on a large panhandle stretching from the northwest to the centre of the country. The city's number of rivers adjacent to the main front enabled a major supply line, allowing thorough defense of the city. Avenir was sieged around twelve times between October 1642 and June 1645, where, on the latter date, alongside the Battle of Naseby, the Parliamentarians made major breakthroughs against the opposing Royalists and captured the city. The main general for the fortress, Lucas Columbine, capitulated and was executed some time around this date, although his actual death date is unknown, as he was likely interrogated for answers.
The Fortress of Avenir still survives in remnants across Ambrose Hill and Blossom Hill, although many sections have since caved from centuries of decay.
Enter the next century in 1712, the shattered city was in full momentum once again. The invention of Thomas Newcomen's Newcomen engine and the rapid modernisation of steam power increased exports and imports into the city; the development of farming methods and tools allowed sustainable produce, especially with the dawn of new fertilisers accelerating growth; the rat infestation, particularly prevalent in Fishmarket, had diminished due to the protection of crops and fishing losing its monopoly in the area; and the new constitution in England thanks to the radical Glorious Revolution of 1688 particularly outlined Fishmarket's fishing problem, limiting its users to Avenirian citizens only.
Around the same time, the hierarchy of Avenir had formed—where before many citizens were equal, delving into fishing or agricultural commerce, the growing divide between labourers and gentry and landowners was growing. By name of the latter, the land was growing increasingly expensive; the numerous benefits of Avenir made the potable land towards its centre and upon its rivers too rich for the labourers who had hitherto lived there. Organised suburbs that had been established for centuries were ripped apart by the wealthy, in favour of modern Gothic splendour. Ambrose Hill, in the centre of Avenir, turned from a quaint Tudor village into a sybaritic maze of mansions to house the wealthy, and a multitude of tall and wide streets full of big-budget shops, and, as it would later emerge, acres of dense terraced housing, where rich and poor meet their impossible collide.
The Industrial RevolutionEdit
The shadow of the Industrial Revolution blacked the undulating hills of Avenir, like a zeppelin made of coal. The rich and wealthy exploited the cheap labour of the poor. In the 19th century alone, Avenir went from 85% agricultural to 96% industrial. Designated plots of farmland became swathes of cotton plantations, and functional thoroughfares became pretentious shopping precincts.
Due to the growing influence of the rich on the poor, jobs warranting cheap labour accounted for 30% of the city's wealth, such as in cotton plantations or manufacturing. The prevalence of entrepreneurs looking to expand into Avenir drastically increased money in the city, with sections of thereof almost entirely invested in this particular sector, particularly Holton and Fishmarket.
The second biggest industry in Avenir during this time quickly became commerce, particularly shopping; the money made by suburbia such as Blithebeth by sales alone was outstanding, combined accounting for around 40% of all monetary growth from the capital.
The next 30% is inclusive of housing and agriculture; the huge mansions in Avenir attracted swathes of the rich, generating a huge housing market defined largely by wealthy families looking for wealthy neighbourhoods. While in cities like London and Birmingham, the rich and the poor often clash, in Avenir, the poorer labourers were in pockets on the boundary of the city, far from the buzz of the rich, attracting a largely snobby, conservative audience. Agriculture still remained in the city, although mostly on the edge of the Avenir Hills in the north-west, the Redenham Hills in the south-east, and some of the preserved mires and marshland in the south-west.
Controversy and CorruptionEdit
The money generated by the rich in Avenir was so ludicrous, that by 1890, a few years after the very peak of industrial Avenir, the formation of any company based on cheap labour was forbidden, due to the Trade Union Act of 1871 making it much more difficult for businessowners to have such a hand of power.
In Avenir, there was no balance of power; the wealthy had so much influence, they indirectly owned much of their workers. They could chose where they live, where they worked, what they owned—and this polarized hierarchy continued largely until the end of World War II, when the British economy was completely destroyed. Despite the rich forming around 28% of the population, they owned 60% of the city's wealth.
The reason why this kind of disparity continued for around a century and was never stopped was because England (and later Britain) was almost entirely governed by the rich. The money generated by the labourers mostly went to the rich. There was almost no-one from a labourer background that had any kind of power; the absurb money generated by the city was only beneficial for the rich and powerful. No matter how much the poor rioted and petitioned, the rich were the only ones who "cared about them". They gave them their pay and land at the end of the day; they still fought their wars, built their roads, and, ultimately, did all the dirty work, in fear of losing it all. In almost every way, it was hopeless.
Gentrification of AvenirEdit
Although a lot of this discrepancy against humanity was to generate money, many landowners and town planners were hellbent on order and architectural beauty. Despite tight laws on fishing and farming in Avenir, land could be acquired by just about anyone so long as they had the money. The biggest architect behind the Gentrification of Avenir, often nicknamed the Haussmann of Avenir, was Alfred Blithebeth. The suburb named in his honour, as well as his main brainchild, Blithebeth, is not only considered in the modern day one of the most beautiful examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the modern world but one of the most expensive, too. His brainchild was largely built on the idea of order; the modern planning of much of Victorian Avenir includes rectangular designs, with major buildings having their own plots of land encircled by roads—contrary to the majority of cities in the country, he wanted roads to be wide, a plan which has panned out to be extremely useful in a modern day obsessed with cars.
Alfred Blithebeth mainly came to power out of the extreme misbalance of power in Avenir, and also out of English competition with the French at the time. Queen Victoria herself called upon the man to build the most beautiful city he could possibly create, giving him full jurisdiction over its planning. His family included the main designer of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London, Sir Christopher Wren, as well as others.
World War IEdit
Despite its being as the 2nd largest city in the United Kingdom, Avenir was merely its 4th biggest industrial contributor. After the criminalisation of cheap labour in Avenir, much of the manufacturing sector was in decline. Wealthy businessmen flocked in the majority to London, where it was still allowed. Those that stayed were—almost in entirety—the eastern belt of the City Centre, Fishmarket, and Holton, together accounting for around 96% of the city's industrial sector. Avenir's biggest production goods for the War were rifles and machine guns. The LMG, originating in Western Front combat in 1918, was invented and tested in Fishmarket. Lee-Enfield Rifles were commonly produced in Holton, as well as cheaper, disposable mortars. Uniforms were also produced in Holton. Due to Avenir's location, very few factories built vehicles such as tanks and boats due to the expense of moving them to the battlefield, with the fastest trade route being significantly further than that of London and Birmingham. That said, there were still beta stage Mark V Tanks built in the south. Most of the factories in Avenir were state-commissioned, due to the decline of privately-owned businesses after 1890.
World War IIEdit
One of the few major successes of the Luftwaffe Bombing Campaign was its almost total obliteration of the Avenirian War Economy. While it never fulfilled its initial objective of destroying morale and seriously denting the war effort in Britain, carpet bombing against dense industrial areas in Avenir, particularly Fishmarket, the City Centre, and Holton, wiped out Avenirian production with immediate results. Avenir had the largest war plane factory in Europe, in the Spitfire Factory in central Fishmarket, which was the largest British target Hitler had in mind. Similar to the mindset of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Hitler had a particular fondness for Avenir, as he had once visited in 1936 with his lover Eva Braun, one of their last ever major trips together as Braun led a life completely sheltered throughout World War II. He knew exactly how Avenir ran as a city; the wealthy lived in the vast, wealthy areas, and the poor lived in extreme density in the periphery of the city, herded away from the rich. The industrial perimeters of Avenir meant nothing to him, and he unleashed the first example of Luftwaffe on the city.
The 30-Day BlitzEdit
The original basis for Avenir was to bomb it in broad daylight over the course of 90 days, with Luftwaffe commanders predicting this timeframe to be the most efficient way to unleash aerial arsenal over Avenir without exhausting German bombing squadrons entirely. Avenir was less specifically-packed than it was in World War I, with traditionally wealthy suburbs having to adapt to the war demands, such as Ambrose Hill and Blithebeth. German intelligence, however unaware thereof, still chose to spread out their bombing in majority across the south and centre of the city. This poor drafting meant Holton in the north would be untouched, and as such Nazi spy regimes were ordered into Avenir to inspect the industrial core, albeit poor timing (forcing bombing to start in December 1940 as opposed to its summer) stalled time. This move later ended up benefiting the campaign, however, as attitudes shifted from daylight bombing to nighttime, with the winter granting longer time slots for night air raids.
With sufficient intelligence in place, it became clear that spread-out bombing would fail to cause any significant damage, as had already been showed by the largely unsuccessful Blitz of London, and Hitler's outcry at its slowness. The Luftwaffe opted for its first ever carpet bombing on British soil, focused on completely obliterating Fishmarket, Holton, part of the City Centre, Blithebeth, Woodworth, Berkeley, Ambrose Hill, and Arendsby (at this time still part of the city centre), although the latter five never saw carpet bombing due to the expenses of its initial runs. Despite being a time of seeming rest, the 30-day consecutive bombing began on December 30, 1940, with its worst night being on January 12, 1941.
At the final week of 1940, Avenir had miraculously seemed untouched. The capital's widespread destruction meant anti-aircraft guns set up in Avenir were moved due to no signs of German air assault over the city. Entirely off-guard, Fishmarket saw its first bombing run on the night of December 30, 1940, which picked out the factory land near the River Severn and its delta with the River Avon, which bombers were told to look out for. In the next six days the area around the Spitfire Factory, notable for its extreme size from the sky, was obliterated. After sheer success albeit huge ammunition expenditure, Hitler sent a fund originally intended for man-to-man combat in Poland for use in Luftwaffe in Avenir.
January 6 - 13, 1941
On January 6, carpet bombing over Holton and the eastern rim of the city centre began. Extremely delayed responses from the British war effort compensated the lives of as many as 50,000 civilians, with no major bombing shelters being established until January 9, nor any AA guns seeing circulation until the 13th. On the 12th of January, the worst night of the bombing, as much as 20% of the entire Avenirian war economy was estimated as having been obliterated. Around 8,000 civilians died in the one night, the majority of which were in Holton. Fishmarket had lost 95% of its industry by this date, leaving 60,000 people unemployed or displaced.
January 13 - January 30, 1941
The results of the first two weeks of bombing were immediate, allowing the Luftwaffe to calm its weapon usage, amounting to 7,000 tonnes of bombs by January 13, more than half of the entire bomb expenditure of London, which occurred over 8 months. The plans to carpet bomb Blithebeth, Woodworth, Berkeley, Ambrose Hill, and Arendsby were scrapped due to extreme unsustainability after exceeding German economic limits by the 11th night. However Hitler, impetuously ignorant of his generals, continued to push his arsenal, disciplined by no-one. The remaining nights were used to bomb the suburbs listed, cheaply using incendiary bombs to try and scorch terraced buildings across the civilian sector of the city, which incendiary bombs were effective at. This had little efficacy compared to the former nights, with the majority of the final two weeks being used to simply burn the remaining bombs designated for use over the city.
|Civilian: 75,000 dead
Industrial cost: £8,000,000,000 (inflation adjusted)
| Aircrew: 2,500 dead|
Post-War era Avenir saw the rise of cheap housing stock alike the majority of other British urban centres. However, unlike the capital, Avenir's strict policy on rebuilding entails "complete salvaging of damaged property to minimise the architectural loss caused by bombing". All listed buildings cannot be demolished; in lieu, they have to undergo a process of deconstruction, meaning they are taken apart as opposed to being pulled down so.
While Fishmarket and Holton saw complete transformation in the next two decades after 1945, other damaged suburbia—namely Blithebeth and Ambrose Hill—underwent expensive rebuilding and restoration attempts carried out by wealthy private landowners. Extremely tight on money, the state agreed to rebuild Holton and Fishmarket, but no more—the rebuilding of both suburbs amounted to more than £8,000,000,000 (inflation adjusted).
The industrial face of Avenir was almost completely destroyed by German shells, and it never saw recovery. The majority of displaced persons in Avenir never did return home, with the majority of council-owned housing being populated by newcomers to the city. Fishmarket's populated peaked at 200,000 in December 1940, recovering to around a fifth thereof by 2000.
Alas, while war-ravaged Avenir never did recover, inner city and suburban areas like Ambrose Hill, Blossom Hill, and Blithebeth saw drastic increases in population. Rich factory owners left Avenir after 1941, opening up room for businesses built on fair and equal economy as opposed to cheap labour. In many ways, the city had inadvertently benefited from the war; Avenir replaced London as the business capital of western Europe, accelerating costs of living and quality of life as the council and state became increasingly invested in improving the city. This interest meant public works projects and elaborate rebuilding could go underway, as opposed to a "start-again" attitude borne by other cities. Unlike London, Avenir's population was sustained after 1950; while huge swathes of labourers and landowners left the city in favour of new towns and those still with jobs, the movement of other entities to Avenir never truly meant the city declined. The need of jobs in Avenir albeit the distaste for industrial ones ripened new business models, accelerating the job market in the city and attracting a newer population. The wealthy estates of Blithebeth were populated by fair and equal businessmen and businesswomen as opposed to tyrants. Fishmarket and Holton gained a reputation for flashy modernity, attracting a younger audience to the city.
The east city centre became a huge economic giant with a broad job market, generating so much revenue that the majority of foreign companies, including banks, instead of opting for the capital, chose Avenir.
While the population in other cities has peaked since 1939, in Avenir, the rarity of cheap labour and huge recorded numbers of people leaving the city since 1941 meant the city is steadily increasing as opposed to huge bursts of growth. Avenir is projected to reach its original population peak of 6,470,000 on December 29, 1940 by 2030.
Throughout history, Avenir has been a major immigration centre, thanks to cheaper labour prior to World War II. Since the 1850s, it has been home to a defined profile of American, Irish, Polish, Germanic, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and South-east Asian residents.
Much of its American and Canadian influence was around the 1880s, when the Blithebeth College of Architecture was founded, attracting a large influence of North American scholars to the city. Many of these people chose to settle in Avenir, and can be ascribed to its huge collection of Art Deco buildings in the City Centre and south city suburban areas, as well as rare Queen Anne-style Victorian buildings in Unity Lake and its surrounding areas, of which there are an extreme few in Europe. In 1922, the North American demographic composed around 7% of the total Avenirian population, its third largest ethnic group at that point. The number of these people has decreased after World War II, with obvious competition from other American and Canadian universities, but remains a strong group in Avenir.
The second largest group, being south-east Asian (inclusive of Japan and South Korea as well as China, which is listed as a separate group on the above), forms 15.9% of the population. Roughly 1 in 6 Avenirian residents are of such descent. The main roots for this group began in 1824, after British colonisation in Burma (now Myanmar), as well as in 1826 during the colonisation of Malaysia, and in 1843 after colonisation of Hong Kong. Travelers took some of the people from their travels back home in Avenir, seeing them as peers. There is no history of slavery over these people in Avenir. This continued to occur after frequent visits from Britain, developing into a steady ethnic group. After 1960 during the business revolution of Avenir, Japanese, Chinese, Singaporean, Korean, as well as more Malay and Burmese movement occurred. The room for businesses attracted these peoples, especially after many of them were poverty-stricken after civil wars, crises, or World War II.
Avenir has the second largest tourism base in the United Kingdom, attracting around 5 million foreign visitors annually, giving it around the 15th most visitors of any city globally in 2015. The number of visitors can largely be ascribed to Avenir's commercial sector, with a multiplicity of exclusive stores across the city. Avenir is the most historically-preserved city with a population above 5,000,000 in the world, clinging onto around 35% of its Tudor heritage, as well as more castles than any other city in the world, with 8 major castles as well as 26 other strongholds still in condition, with ruins scattered across the city, such as the Ambrose Hill Wall.
Avenir's unparalleled landscapes, such as the Blossom Hill Green Mile, Redenham Hills, and Avenir Downs AOB, attract around 100,000 visitors yearly.
Around 60% of all buildings in Avenir were constructed in the 19th century, according to a heritage survey, the majority of which were of Gothic design. The major Gothic Renaissance in Western Europe had a toll on Avenir, especially after the Alfred Blithebeth gentrification in the period, commissioned by the Queen herself.
Tudor and Georgian architecture have total preservation in Avenir, with every building in the era being listed. Unlike other cities in the United Kingdom, building regulations regarding heritage in Avenir have been tight since the 1880s, when Blithebeth's main vision for the city was completed. His level of perfection meant changing any part of the city, however minor, had to be looked upon by regulation offices for each suburb, and, in some cases, by precinct. After bombing over Avenir at the beginning of 1941, which mostly destroyed unlisted buildings, major salvage efforts were undergone, and the majority of good quality stock that survived was sent to the Blithebeth Retention Centre. Now the largest construction compound in the world, the centre is home to around £100,000,000,000 worth of stock, the majority of which is architectural features retrieved from demolished or destroyed buildings, categorised by room. The centre now accommodates stock from across the nation, as opposed to just Avenir, as per 1983.
Brutalist architecture, despite its controversy, has a large influence in Avenir, particularly in the City of Avenir, which was wiped out in the 30-Day Blitz. Buildings such as the Empire Complex, built on the remains of the Iranian Embassy in Avenir as well as a Church, are prime examples thereof.
Avenir is separated into x different suburbs, which are divided by postal code (i.e. Fishmarket is A4). Each suburb is then divided by precinct; Avenir is separate to the rest of the country in that each precinct shares the same postal code, as opposed to one single road. This skyrockets the prices of precincts by their prestige, as many businesses compete for coveted postal codes. For example, Harper's Heath in Ambrose Hill is postally known as Precinct 12, so its postal code is A2 012. Most postal code numbers are derived from historical origin; Blossom Hill, the first suburb of Avenir by history, is A1, and North-East Avenir, which was admitted into Avenirian expansion recently in 1968, is Ax. This means, in a postal basis, naming specific addresses is required.
An anomaly is Redenham, which has its own postal code (RM), as it is not part of the same county as Avenir, Lavingtonshire. However, it still follows the Avenir rule of precincts.
- Blossom Hill (A1): as the Tudor capital of the United Kingdom, Blossom Hill clings onto a huge reserve of Middle Ages heritage, with a total of 1,122 Tudor buildings currently listed. Its largest precinct, Blossom Hill Walls, is a 1400 era castle town, surviving by its military importance in the English Civil War. North-East Blossom Hill, bordering Fishmarket, was sieged in the 30-Day Blitz due to its vicinity with the Severn-Avon crossing, making it an important industrial target. Blossom Hill acquired its namesake after the number of cherry blossom trees lining its older quarters, particularly eminent in Old Town and Blossom Hill Walls. Blossom Hill's population was 88,227 as of 2017.
- Ambrose Hill (A2): home to the city's Cathedral, Ambrose Hill is a tiny albeit hugely important suburb home to the city's Cathedral and the only Harrods outside of the capital. As Avenir's geographic centre, it is unofficially the city centre of south Avenir, with its commercial industry taking up 90% of the suburb's jobs and economy. Ambrose Hill, combined with the City Centre, Blossom Hill, Blithebeth, and Vancouver, comprise 85% of the city's tourism base. Despite being the penultimate smallest suburb, it is the fifth most habited, and the most densely populated. Ambrose Hill's population was 50,801 as of 2018.
- Blithebeth (A3): the largest and most populous suburb of Avenir, comprising 17% of its total land area. Blithebeth is the brainchild of Alfred Blithebeth, following square-based town planning in a very New York-esque matter. Roads are typically wider than anywhere else, with some roads on major thoroughfares having 4 or so lanes; as such, Blithebeth is very car-friendly and often dubbed the "Victorian capital of the road". The main reason for this was that the shopping and trade in and out of Blithebeth at around the turn of the 20th century was so huge as, at this point, Blithebeth was the very geographic centre of Avenir, as much of modern-day North Avenir was undeveloped, and that it lay on a major road from London to Avenir. Major buildings in Blithebeth are typically surrounded by road at each face, being completely detached from any other structure. A lot of roads all meet in a large square, such as Alfred's Friary in Blithebeth's centre. Art Nouveau and Gothic architecture is particularly present in the suburb, such as in the Blithebeth Town Hall, or the most prominent economic street in the city, the Blithebeth High Street. Blithebeth's population was 174,300 as of 2018.
- Fishmarket (A4): after its total destruction in World War II, Fishmarket has a lot of wider roads, making it very car-friendly. Most major shopping precincts are surrounded by motorways, making it attractive for younger audiences. Fishmarket has seen multiple regenerations in a single lifetime; its post-war era was bemocked by criticisms of it being Anti-Avenir and entirely modernist. Only around 2% of the buildings from pre-War Fishmarket survive, with the 3% of the original 5% that survived being swept away due to new development conflictions. Tower blocks, of which there were once over 100 in Fishmarket, have been swept away in favour of flashy new developments, improving the area's skyline. Fishmarket's population was 65,428 as of 2018 (a fraction of what it was in 1940).
- Kingstanding Town (A5): Kingstanding Town is named after the Tudor era village of Kingstanding, which originally flooded into Blithebeth; Blithebeth also shared this namesake. However, after the Alfred Blithebeth takeover of the south of Avenir, the two split. Historic Kingstanding is in the north of the suburb, where the History Monument can be found—inside of which a building of different styles is built every fifty years, having started in 1650. Kingstanding Town's population was 55,782 as of 2016.
- Ashfield (A6): Ashfield is a large middle-class area mostly full of housing. Ashfield has some of the best healthcare and schooling in country, with Ashfield Private Hospital being the listed healthcare unit of royalty, such as Prince Harry. Moreover, the Ashfield Private School, a private secondary school near its border with Ambrose Hill, has a waiting list which many parents join upon the birth of their child due to its efficacy. 1 in 9 of the people on the waiting list get into the school. Due to its borders with Ambrose Hill and Blithebeth and having rows of cheaper housing, Ashfield has been a major immigration centre of Avenir, with a 40% ethnic population. Ashfield's population was 79,443 as of 2018.
- Ambrose Green (A7): at the south border of Ambrose Hill is Ambrose Green, a sprawling suburb full of grand Victorian terraces and popular public schools. As one of the only labour majority suburbs in the city, Ambrose Green is known for kickstarting the LGBT movement in Avenir, and one of the few completely gender-equal areas in Britain to this day, with no gender wage gaps at all. 56% of the jobs in Ambrose Green are taken up by women. Ambrose Green's population was 87,284 as of 2017.
- Burbury (A8): formerly the largest agricultural centre in the city, Burbury has seen mass development since the end of World War II, attracting a younger population. Old Town Cottage Hill is one of the few surviving monuments to its historic farming industry, comprising a small village of old stone cottage buildings. Burbury's population was 56,705 as of 2018 (increasing twofold since 1945).
- Ponce (A12): Ponce is the smallest and least populous suburb of Avenir. Ponce mainly originated in the 17th century, where the small village was overruled by a cult, headed by Frederick Ponce. His piously-Christian gang was built on the idea of total Christian dominance in England, and, as such, they opposed any Church of England or Catholic believer, on many cases publicly hanging or beheading believers thereof. This disturbed gang of followers to Ponce and his ideologies began to spread across south-east Avenir, albeit prior to possible domination of the city, it was quashed by the Parliamentarians, who made their main breakthroughs to Avenir through Ponce, which was completely unprotected. Frederick Ponce was killed by Parliamentarians in December 1642, after he and his followers were brutally cut down by invaders. Modern day Ponce is almost completely covered by the Redenham Hills AOB, making it very sparsely populated. The majority of its population lives in Ponce's south-east corner, known for its pub-based nightlife. Ponce is owned and governed by the Frederick Foundation, the only living relatives of Frederick Ponce, who still have dominance over the suburb. Ponce's population was 11,200 as of 2014.