|Location:||Industrial region of Melbourne|
One of the key industrial areas of Melbourne, Williamstown has had a long history from being the first settlement of Melbourne, the location of the city's shipbuilding industry and its railway workshops and even a power plant built in the mid 20th century. One of the last surviving industrial cores of the world, it was lucky to survive the war intact while the rest of the planet was destroyed.
The town is very attractive to look at, but this is because the town enforces a strict "gentrification" policy in an attempt to hide the rampant uncontrollable crime. This Gentrification Policy requires that homes be well-maintained, painted and landscaped. Homelessness and post-war "shacks" are banned.
While the Council tries to enforce the order the majority of crimes are committed quietly meaning that most people Whom the town militia harass are normally innocent visitors littering or sleeping in the park or making too much noise after 11 pm without a license. These people often end up in the many Prison Hulks in the bay when they are unable to pay the fines for these innocent misdeeds.
Established in 1837 and originally named William's Town after the current king of England, it is said that Williamstown was intended to be the center of the city we now call "Melbourne", but a lack of fresh water necessitated the growth of Melbourne, the more experimental "model city" to the north. Being at the estuary of the Yarra River meant that Wiliamstown quickly became a port town, with the first pier, a 30 meter stone pier being built by convict laborers being built in 1838. Victorian Railways established a workshop at Point Gellibrand in 1857 to assemble imported locomotives. This plant proved to be too small for the purpose and the workshop was moved to Newport Workshops where they remain to this day. By 1880 the town (now merging with Melbourne to become a suburb) was a transport hub, with shipyards, docks and the railway workshops.
The Great War
When the bombs fell Williamstown's population braced themselves for the worst. The City was the first to be hit, the Yarra suddenly stopped and when the tide went out those still outside ran for shelter expecting a tidal wave that never came.
Laverton to the west with its two air force bases was vaporized with multiple warheads and they seemed to rain from the sky. The civic officials waited for one to hit them, one they knew would come... but it didn't.
Williamstown remained a glittering clean oasis in a sea of destruction.
Engineers were sent out to survey what had happened. The report came that they had in fact been bombed. The engineers led the civic officials to a bomb lying in a small crater, unexploded.
The engineers informed the officials that for now, they were lucky... but the bomb was unstable, and until they were sure the engineers could disarm the bomb it would stay.
Williamstown was, to those still alive outside the town, a beacon of hope. Three power plants existed in the area, Newport Power Plant A was a small Victorian Railways plant which generated electricity for the city's electric suburban train network and the larger Power Plant C, built in the 1940's was fuelled by brown coal, (a common resource in Victoria) as well as a small hospital, a tiny naval reserve base, and of course the docks and rail yards, all still intact. The suburb filled with refugees until Williamstown and neighboring Newport and Spotswood were jam-packed with people and suffering from massive food shortages.
Victorian Railways and the various shipbuilding firms both decided the solution was to re-establish trade and both had the resources to do it. The race was on. Build new cargo ships and find food or rebuild the railways and find surviving farms!
What started as a commercial competition to collect the most supplies quickly became a bitter rivalry, with the railways, a single unified front against the various shipbuilding companies in the lead.
The shipbuilders formed a group of their own, the "Hobsons Bay City Trading Company" and the two sides began a sneaky cold war of sabotage that would continue to this day.
Williamstown continues to be the industrial powerhouse it has always been, trading raw goods, wheat, vegetables, livestock, coal, oil, wool and steel and producing almost everything in post-apocalyptic Victoria, canned goods, textiles, machines, weapons and even medicine.
This industrial power, however, has come at a price. Williamstown continues to be overpopulated with little job security. Workers work for little pay and work hard. Losing your job normally means you might not get another one, with over 1000 applicants for the lowest level jobs.
Williamstown is separated into many different factions. The two major ones, the Hobsons Bay Trading Company and the Victorian Railways have two entirely different attitudes to worker relations. The trading company treats its workers as little more than slaves, while the Victorian Railways provide its workers with private social clubs, libraries, and educational facilities. While the trading company hires hundreds of new applicants per year the railway restricts itself to mostly employing friends and relatives of existing workers.
The city itself, led by the Mayor of Hobsons Bay and the Municipal Council provides many of the functions the former state government provided, water, electricity and free public schooling for primary and junior secondary school-aged children. The industries pay taxes for the upkeep of the pre-war infrastructure, the public police force, although the Hobsons Bay Trading Company and the Victorian Railways maintain their own private security forces.
The Hobsons Bay Municipal Council, unable to deal with the massive amounts of uncontrollable crime in the town have turned their efforts to "gentrification" instead of actually fighting crimes in an attempt to appear clean and neat instead of actually being safe.
The town's "Heritage Overlay" was a major part of the pre-war suburb's identity and one the town enforces strictly, arresting any property owners whose homes are ugly or don't conform with the standard 1800's architecture. Residents are required to maintain their lawns (even though even growing a lawn is hard in the post-apocalyptic world) and weed their gardens regularly. Trash must be sorted between recyclable and non-recyclable and placed in council issued rubbish bins and scrap metal and broken down machinery is removed and the cost taken from the scrap price is used to pay for the removal
It is a postcard-perfect town, but this is only on the surface.
In the 2100's the Hobsons Bay City Council towed several large ships into the sheltered waters of Hobsons Bay and converted them into prison hulks. Convicts are leased out to various companies to perform dangerous work, rebuilding outside the city, cleaning the streets, maintaining the railway and seaports. The fatality rate is high and the ships are filled with disease and radiation. Many of these convicts are residents unable to pay the heavy fines for breaking the Gentrification laws.