Encompassing all of historic Hampton Roads, the Norfolk Sprawl is the dominant seaport for the C.A.S.. Following the Crash of ’64, the old fiber left over from government classified networks running through the region made it an attractive place for Neonet and Renraku to build much of the major switching and backbone support on the east coast for the new, “wireless” Matrix. This influx of communications business and power in turn pulled both entertainment venues and financial institutions looking to be at the center of “Matrix 2.0”.
At the same time, with the Newport News Shipyard still producing many of the powerful warships and massive nuclear super-cargo ships which drive the C.A.S. defense and economy, the Norfolk Sprawl has remained a major industrial site, attracting major attention from Ares Macrotechnology and Saeder-Krupp, as well as being the home town for Iron Triangle, a local corporation which is the latest in a long line of owners of the Newport News Shipyard.
The Norfolk Sprawl is structured like most C.A.S. sprawls, with the larger metropolitan area subdivided into districts which retain a fair amount of autonomy and a direct voice in the governance of the sprawl as a whole. Each district in the Norfolk Sprawl has both a District Council to decide policy and a Supervisor to enact that policy and address day to day management. The Supervisors also serve on the Sprawl’s Board of Supervisors, serving the same purpose as a District Council at the sprawl level. Additionally, a representative for the significant megacorps of the city (those with a regional headquarters or more than a hundred million nuyen of business in the city) has a voting seat on the Board of Supervisors.
The executive functions of the sprawl are carried out by a Mayor who enjoys a line item veto of any District Council or Board of Supervisors ordinance. The Mayor’s veto can be over-ridden by a unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors, reprimand of the Virginia Governor, act of the Virginia General Assembly. On issues relating to the defense, or the health and comfort of C.A.S. military personnel, support from the C.A.S. Military Representative to the Board of Supervisors prevents the Mayor from vetoing those provisions of an ordinance.
Namesake of the Sprawl, Norfolk is the center of the financial renaissance which followed the build-up of the wireless Matrix. It is also home to the CAS Atlantic Fleet, out of Naval Station Norfolk, and the largest port terminal on the eastern seaboard south of Boston, UCAS.
Norfolk also hosts the largest magical population in the Sprawl, Ghent, a community which seems to have ignored the massive build-up that engulfed the rest of Hampton Roads.
- Lifestyle: Squatter – High
Once known as “Virginia Beach”, by the 20’s, everyone simply called the coastal lands east of Norfolk “The Beach”, the name became official when the various governments of Hampton Roads finally cemented the Norfolk Sprawl in 2053 with the completion of the third crossing, a light rail tunnel which offered commuters a cheap and effective way to reach any city.
The Beach has mostly been developed as the residential area for corp family members and citizens of the C.A.S., meaning the SINners of the Sprawl.
- Lifestyle: High – Luxury
- Lifestyle: Low – High
Still the most rural of the districts, Suffolk provided a remote place to build much of the garbage disposal facilities, power, and water reclamation plants which support the Norfolk Sprawl. But, during a Shaman-led revolt of the local Nansemond Indians, most of these buildings were destroyed and the wilderness allowed to reclaim much of the land. As a result, most of these services are handled by distributed, micro facilities, inadvertently resulting in a far more robust, difficult to disrupt power and water system. On the other hand, its hard to explain to the residents of a Wuxing corporate executive community why there is a fusion generator in the basement of their grade school.
- Lifestyle: Squatter – Middle
Home to much of the ’runner population, Portsmouth is second only to Newport for poverty and crime. Following the Nansemond revolt of 2054, Portsmouth absorbed the brunt of new utilities building construction. This trend only stopped when Iron Triangle and Shiawase began constructing the distributed, nodal system of power and water generation used to this day.
- Lifestyle: Squatter – High
Following the annexation of Poquoson and southern sections of York County, Hampton has become the second most luxurious area in Hampton Roads, behind the Beach. With the closing of NAS Oceana during the secession of the CAS, it also hosts the largest land-based Air Detachment in Hampton Roads, based out of Langley Air Force Base. Ares Macrotechnology’s main presence in the Sprawl is the former NASA installation at the Langley facility and Iron Triangle maintains their corporate headquarters at the former Fort Monroe.
- Lifestyle: Low – Luxury
Newport remains the industrial base for the whole of the Norfolk Sprawl, featuring the Newport News Shipyard and many of the support services for the shipping, freight, and defense industries. As a result of the heavy industrial presence, the standard of living here is the lowest in the region.
- Lifestyle: Streets – Low
While the Norfolk Sprawl maintains a contract with Lone Star, each of the districts has its own contract to enforce their ordinances and, to further convolute matters, individual neighborhoods may maintain their own security. The below provides a brief list of the law enforcement agencies active in Hampton Roads:
- Department of Domestic Investigation
- The national police force, similar to the US Marshalls and FBI rolled into a single agency. They also serve as advisers to state law enforcement.
- Commonwealth Police
- The state police of Virginia, primarily responsible for apprehending cross-county/cross-sprawl criminals and highway patrol. This is the most local government operated police force in the Norfolk Sprawl.
- Lone Star
- Though not as popular as SCS, Lone Star did manage to land the contract for enforcement of Sprawl laws, as opposed to local ordinances. This mostly results in processing warrants and providing security at the courts and jails in Hampton Roads. Additionally, Lone Star has district-level contracts with Hampton and Chesapeake, as well as several neighborhood security contracts.
- Southern Cross Security