Monaco Isle has a reputation as a play place for the rich and powerful and it’s largely true. Monaco Isle is the home of more casinos than all the rest of Shalomar combined, as well as many fine dining restaurant and theater shows. It’s a reputation that the city leaders like to cultivate, but the truth is that the city survives more on the silver of sailors stopping over during the Sheene-Calabria run than on the rich pleasure seekers. A cruise vessel makes the run from Sheene twice a month at the cost of two gold pieces, giving the lower classes their taste of the glamor of Monaco Isle.
Monaco Isle sits on the east side the island that also bares its name. The Monaco River divides the city into two with three bridges (Luck, Skill, and Deception) connecting them. The city is composed of four districts: Gold, Silver, Copper and Trade.
The Gold district is the most famous district and defines Monaco Isle in the minds of most Shalomarians. The district is home to the fanciest hotels, casinos, and restaurants. Most of the major trading houses of Shalomar maintain a temporary residence in the district but there are no permanent residences. High end shops selling various luxury and magical items can be found here. The district is walled off from the rest of the city and entry is 100gp. Upon payment, the visitor receives his or her “Last Chance Chips”, 100gp worth of chips usable in any casino in the district. However, ability to pay is not the only condition for entry, the guards require that visitors meet the district’s dress code. A large percentage of the Gold District is taken up by Feyla Park, a welcome respite from the noise and bustle of the Gold District.
The silver district is a poorer shadow of the Gold district, housing the lower stake casinos and cheaper hotels. Visitors from Sheene who arrive on the cruise ships usually end up spending their time here. Along the coastal part of the district are the hotels and casinos. The more well to do citizens keep houses in the western part of this district. Shops in this district are largely luxury and tourist items. The silver district is surrounded by a wall but it’s not guarded in any place.
The copper district is mostly residential, housing the workers of Monaco Isle. Parts of it can be rather rough, but nothing particularly dangerous. Along the coast you can find smaller, more reasonable inns as well as the major market of Monaco Isle.
The trade district is any part of the city north of the river. It’s the roughest part of the city and the city elders like to keep it isolated from the rest of the city. The three bridges that connect it to the Silver district are guarded at all times, mostly to keep drunk tourists from wandering into the rougher part of town and drunk sailors from disturbing the peace. It has its share of gambling dens and bars that cater to the sailors who are stopping over. The district also contains Shalomar’s largest shipyard. Nearly half of all ships built in Shalomar are built on Monaco Isle.
Monaco Isle is ruled by an assembly of 51 citizens who meet four times a year to vote on issues. From this body, one member is elected to be the Viceroy who manages the city throughout the year. The Viceroy’s power is absolute in most matters but his position is up for reelection during each assembly meeting. In practice, the Viceroy mostly limits himself to maintaining the security of the city and making sure the business of the city runs smoothly.