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Nowhere else on Terra Nova will you find a city-state quite like Peace River, a symbol of pride for the whole of the Badlands. The city was built into the side of a large mesa and protected by 350 meter tall defense shutters that can close in a matter of minutes to repelling even the worst Badlands Tempests and, incidentally, bombardment from anything short of an orbital nuclear strike. To further this image of strength and power, the city was topped by a mighty airfield whose runways form a peace sign. Towering over the airfield and the rest of the city were the executive offices, the original oasis tower purchased by the city’s founder, Ebert Paxton. The whole city was a massive symbol of Paxton’s military, monetary and emotional power.
The city itself was run as a branch of Paxton Arms and the CEO of Paxton Arms was also the ruler of the city. Residents were divided into one of three castes – Executive, Management and Worker – based on their role in the company. This system has been widely criticized, and while reforms are being made to bring things closer to the original vision of Ebert Paxton, riots over worker’s rights were a regular occurrence. The Peace Officers Corps (POC) and Paxton Security(PaxSec) have been known to use extreme methods to control riots, motivated at least partly by fears of terrorists using these riots as cover for more malicious, destructive activity against Peace River or Paxton Arms. In stark contrast, the military arm of Paxton, the Peace River Defense Force, stood as the guardians of freedom for all those within Paxton’s voluntarily-established Protectorate.