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|— County of Sorrenia —|
|Nickname(s): The Toon|
|County Capital||Newcastle Upon Tyne|
|- Total||430 km2 (166 sq mi)|
|Website||Map of Sorrenia|
Settlement on the river Tyne dates back to at least the Roman settlement of Brittania, when Pons Aelius, a Roman fort and bridge was constructed. The settlement was given the honour of being named after the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who is believed to have visited the site during his tour of Britain.
Hadrian's Wall ran throughout Newcastle and fragments can still be seen today, especially along the West Road.
Newcastle grew in importance throughout the medieval period and became a vital strategic point in defending the border counties from Scottish raids. In 1589 the city was granted a new charter by Elizabeth.
Newcastle's industrial history began in 1530 when the city was granted a monopoly on the coal trade in the region. Over several hundred years Newcastle became the largest exporter of coal in the British Empire. Along with this its port grew significantly, leading to a large shipbuilding and chemical manufacturing industry.
Many innovations also came about during this period. The geordie lamp, hydraulic crane, light bulb, steam turbine and hydroelectric power were all first developed in Newcastle, among many other inventions.
By the late 20th century, industrial jobs were largely taken over by developing countries such as China. As a result, Newcastle (and the North-east writ large) suffered a long period of economic decline, in which unemployment sharply rose.
Upon the turn of the millenium, significant investment occurred throughout Newcastle leading to a new boom in employment and opportunities. The city became famous for nightlife and entertainment, and the construction of large shopping centres such as the Metrocentre and Eldon Square allowed Newcastle to develop into a leading retail city.
South of the Tyne, the Sage was built in Gateshead, serving as a stadium for live music, wrestling and other large events. The conversion of sites such as the Baltic Sea Mill into cultural centres further set Newcastle apart as a city of culture.
Kingdom of Sorrenia
Newcastle was not claimed by Sorrenia until the Great Expansion in 2018. Now, Newcastle is one of the most populated counties in Sorrenia and forms a core part of the restored Northumbrian identity.
The many constituencies of Newcastle are mostly contested between the Republicans and the NDLP. The Republicans (who won a majority of constituencies in 2018) predominantly source their support from more working-class areas of Newcastle, especially those areas south of the Tyne; meanwhile, the NDLP fare best in those constituencies with large student populations.
Although the New and Old Monarchists both run candidates in Newcastle they have never won a single constituency in the county.
Criticisms of the constituency boundaries in Sorrenia heavily focused on Newcastle which is overrepresented; whereas Newcastle elects 9 candidates, Hortania (which contains the cities of Leeds and Bradford) elects 6 despite having a larger population. The constituency abnormality is seen by some as favouritism.
Newcastle also contains the only uncontested constituency in Sorrenia - the Republicans won the Ouseburn constituency after no other candidates were put up.
|Central Newcastle (June 2018)|
|Gateshead (June 2018)|
|Jarrow (June 2018)|
|Outer Newcastle (June 2018)|
|South Shields (June 2018)|
|Whitley Bay (June 2018)|
|West Newcastle(June 2018)|
Newcastle is situated upon the River Tyne
• MetroCentre - The largest shopping centre in all of Europe, the MetroCentre has over 370 stores and receives 400mn customer visits a year
• St James' Park - home of the football team Newcastle United, St James' Park can seat more than 52,000 people and is ranked as a four star stadium by UEFA
• Eldon Square - Originally a prime example of Georgian-era Newcastle, Eldon Square is now a large shopping centre located in the very heart of the city
• Newcastle University - A member of the Russell Group, Newcastle University is one of the United Kingdom's leading universities, and regularly produces world-leading research in many fields
• Museums -
• Nightlife -
• Grey's Monument -
• Sage Gateshead -
• Metro Radio Arena -
• Angel of the North -
• South Shields -
• CatPawCino Cat Cafe -