In 1845 the real growth of the Vaterland area is at Skrzyzowanie Zelaza. If it was not for the iron industry here the Vaterland region today would likely be as it was then. The population boom from 5,068 (1845) to 12,973 in 1860 is remarkable. However the growth is driven by two factors: ethnicity and industry.
Industrialization plays the first major role in the growth of this city. Industrialization throughout the nation of Jeffland is critical to the growth here, though today S. Zelaza is one of the primary mining centers of the nation, at the time ore production was rather small in comparison to other areas in Jeffland. It is however the industrial need for iron ore that becomes the catalyst for growth and as a young nation demands more iron S. Zelaza has an edge over their competitors - race.
One must remember that while the nation is beyond it's first generations nationally there is still a resentment over Damzlo allegiances during the revolution. S. Zelaza became an mecca for those of Damzlo decent, even an inspiration at the opportunities in a new country at equality of wealth and lifestyle. This mass immigration to the city provides a cheap labor source to fuel the demands of the iron industry.
In 1848 the SZ Rail Line is established to move material from the northern mines to the smelts and docks. This provides further boom to the industry and the port front becomes crowded with ships looking to drive the ore up the coast and up the Holle River. As people flood into the city limits the construction industry prospers as well as new homes are constructed. The older two acre park lots are abandoned in favor of single acre housing as cheap as can be built. In 1853 the SZ Line establishes passenger services as well to move people to the factories.
The 1850's however are an interesting time for S. Zelaza as a blue collar city. Suffering under the new rules of Jefflandies Citizenship, and with ethnic Damzlos ostracized from the military service needed for citizenship S. Zelaza has an astonishing 1:250 average ratio during the 1850's of citizens to residents (being the non-citizens). Many of the companies founded to mine, refine, transport or otherwise provide city services are owned by Steiners outside the city. One of the most interesting examples of this dynamic is the treatment of the forest in which Pawel Wojcik fought and died in. As county and company planners being primarily of Steiner decent had no issues constructing road and rail lines through the forest. Still, city zoning officials and even construction bosses denied real estate permits and the like for forested land.
(The forest where Pawel Wojcik fought and died)
The issue became so hotly contested that in 1858 the city commissioned and built the Artur Wojcik Memorial, though further west of the forest in an area of low class housing and effectively named for the wrong individual. Still, ethnic tensions were not well quelled here. The military, responsible for all police actions, attempted to establish an ethnic Damzlo unit to police the city but corruption along ethnic lines further distressed public safety. Lacking a credible police force and based on local accounts it can be assumed that on average one in two people were assaulted every year.
(Picture of the Artur Wojcik Memorial)
However, this is not to suggest that the 1850's were a dark period in Skrzyzowanie Zelaza's history. In fact, S. Zelaza is one of the first Jefflandies cities to establish a civic railway system, and though not tied into the national system boasted roughly 10 times more track than the Chupilo line or any other national rail line into the Vaterland region. Another civic bright spot was Artur Dom (Artur Hall) which began construction in 1856 and was completed in 1859, housing civic offices and the Military Police Authority.