The city was once a thriving manufacturing port where ship building, the construction of military equipment and vehicle assembly took place at a scale unlike many other a place in its time.
The city was first occupied by Spanish settlers during the age of the empires. Dutch settlers took over the New World Islands in 1776 but were later overthrown by British invaders in 1797. Following a period of turmoil and war, the Island was declared part of the British Empire and was formally settled by an administration under 1st Baron Edward Drake. Edward Drake the 1st ruled the colony for some time before passing over rulership to Baron Montgomery of Scotland who was later followed by Lord Rubens of Shropshire, England.
The port was used from its beginnings under British rule as a stage post for weapons and arms manufacturing and export to various British operations in the ‘New World’. For many years it was due to the success of the Imperial City of the New World Islands that the British were able to out power their European competitors. No other empire had such a powerful arms base to supply the ongoing wars occurring over the New World Islands, the Caribbean and the Americas.
Once the empire wars had simmered down and the colonies were more or less established, the facilities built for arms construction were transferred into vehicle parts manufacturing and ship building thrived, further ensuring that the Royal Navy of the British Empire was fully stocked with state of the art ships and maritime equipment, outdoing the other colonies that had established bases in the New World. Imperial City was a staging post for raids into new Spanish, French, Portuguese and Dutch settlements nearby.
Much of the success of the ship building in Imperial City was dependent on trained naval engineers from the homeland of England. Shipments of experts, scholars and academics were brought over to ensure that there was a sufficient skill base to feed the wars with the equipment and knowledge needed. Map experts and geographers were also shipped in mass, alongside economists, architects, medical practitioners and law enforcement officers to police the growing populace of workers and loafers.
The Imperial City Naval School set up in 1801 continues to compete as one of the leading naval training and education institutes in the world.
By the time the Imperial Port had established itself as a serious base of British military, political, and economic operations it was a comprehensive and well run administration. The population had grown significantly and the port became a popular destination for many a British sea bearer. It was popular with pirates and privateers as a stop off harbour on their journeys due to the abundance of gambling dens and drinking houses. The atmosphere was one of chaos and bedlum. Brawls were common place and theft was so common as if it were not even a crime. ‘Finders keepers’, any man’s game. It took some time before official laws were drafted, although there were some acts that were considered crime, despite the lack of official laws and state enforced punishments were imposed.