Last year, Pizen was deemed the europe's most expensive city. The recent industrial boom and proliferation of business and organized crime nurtured a growing nouveau riche class in the city. Though there is a bit of a trickle-down effect going on, the 25 billionaires and a large number of Albion's 88,000 millionaires live starkly different lives from the average citizen, well beyond the usual distinctions of wealthy and busted. After the jump, our guide to Pizen, as experienced by the rich man and his poorer brother.
The economy of the Albion Republic is having a golden age after the years of the "Economical Collapse of 1981" that ended in the 1988. In 1991 the city was a crime filled city, with many rich fleeing the city for Nogovicka. In 1996, elections of Mayor Tirslov, changed the cities fortunes. The end of mafia wars and cleaning the city and restoring the historical center, made Pizen one of the Jewels of Hiigara and AIN.
As the people in Pizen make up for lost time by buying expensive suits, cell phones, and real estate, the stand-out luxury items of last year were million-dollar sports and luxury cars. At the Millionaire's Fair in October, a display model of a Bugatti Veyron sold for $1.65 million. A Lamborghini dealership opened in the city last year, joining Mercedes, BMW, and Bentley dealers to take advantage of the growing consumer base. So far ,the Lexus is still the favorite luxury car.
With new affluence comes new extravagance. So now the pricey Japanese restaurant Izumi has opened Albion's first Tatami Club, an exclusive venue dealing in Japanese specialties. For example, each party is entertained in a private room by their own personal geisha, who sings, dances, and chats with the guests. The place is very popular among the Pizen elite and high-level politicians.
There have started to open lgbt clubs like Three Monkeys, which is located in secret location and not many can find it, if not knowing where to go.
Restaurant Syldavian Tiger. Inside the elegant Hotel Syldavia in Pizen is the pricey and famous Tiger. Once called Alpen Rose, it was frequented by the artists of the opera, ballet, and theater. The restaurant recently reopened after getting a new chef, and it is already filled with Albion politicians, visiting dignitaries, and the well-heeled elite. Prices run about $80 per meal. The Hotel was build in 1947 and is one of 7 Satins Skyscrapers scatered around the city.
Pizen has a huge selection of great vodka, but one of the smoothest and priciest is Imperia, made with water extracted from a glacial lake. The spirits are distilled eight times, put through charcoal flatirons, and go through two quartz filtrations. It's also one of the most popular luxury vodkas in the country and can be bought anywhere. The nicest place to pick up a bottle is probably the General Universam Pizen (GUP) shopping center.
Pizen has a large and growing bootleg CD and DVD market. Tourists and locals alike purchase movies recorded in the theaters or leaked from the studios. You can find these in subway stations and on the street, but for a real storefront selling bootlegs without the slightest hint of shame, go to the cheap electronics market at Gorbushka.
Pizen is one of the largest and most unique cities in Hiigara. We have showed the central districts of Lubianka, Oche-gorod and Tarabat Avenue.