The Seattle Metroplex is an island of UCAS territory surrounded by hostile nations, and the only UCAS port on the Pacific Ocean. Four million UCAS citizens live in the Metroplex, with up to a five hundred thousand transients visiting every day.
Since the Pacific Northwest area around Seattle counts as a temperate rainforest, it’s no surprise that Seattle receives precipitation in excess of two hundred centimeters each year. Even when it’s not misty or drizzling, an unhealthy haze of smog keeps the city under an endless gray pallor. Being right on the ocean, though, there are times when the breeze comes in off Puget Sound and you can almost breathe something resembling air. Careful, though—the second the wind changes, you’ll get a lung full of ash from Puyallup or low-rad particulates from Glow City.
The Seattle Metroplex covers nearly 4,000 square kilometers around Puget Sound (making it the second smallest state in the UCAS, after Rhode Island). It is divided into ten districts, including Seattle City, which is the downtown area, formerly the city of Seattle in old Washington State.
Three major roadways—known simply as the North, South, and East Roads—lead in and out of the metroplex and also serve as the main arteries for traffic. The North-South Road follows the route of Interstate 5 and retains the I-5 designation within the metroplex, although it is no longer an interstate highway. Similarly, the East Road follows the former I-90 route and retains that designation within the metroplex borders.
Local law enforcement in the Seattle Metroplex is contracted to Knight Errant, a private security company.