The following is a general overview to the history of Daron, before it became a functional city.
Daron Hoobler was the orphaned son of a slave and grew up as a cultivator under several owners; his large physique made him a valuable commoddity in the slave trade and was thus transferred to several plantations. Like all of his Brothers and Sisters, he despised his fate and quietly endured the daily hardships of slave life in waiting for a chance to escape and be free. The opportunity arose in 1829 when he was at a cotton farm along the Atlatnic Coast (Daron believes he was in Georgia at the time); with a group of six other slaves he fled into the night and travelled northward, hugging the Atlantic shores. Along the way, his group met with another pack of escaped slaves and they converged; it was here when Daron met a young father who had successfully robbed a bank and was fleeing his slavery and the crime scene. Unfortunately, his escape was narrow and he was shot in the thigh as he ran; eventually the gagrenous infection claimed his life on the northern journey. His son inherited the ill-gotten fortune and had nobody to turn to; Daron knew the pain of being orphaned and became a brother and guardian of the child. As they neared the nation's capital they encountered a large farm which was owned by a sole proprietor who was looking to retire; Daron convinced the man to sell the property by offering ten times the property's value and by convincing the child that this investment would be repaid in a single year. Now that Daron had secured a place to call his own, he convinced the slave group he fled with to settle on his land and help make a new community. The combination of having an excellent location, fertile farmland, and a spirit of community helped Daron's farm prosper; his promise to repay his debt was held before the winter of 1829 came.
However, the purpose behind this land acquisition wasn't that Daron just wanted a place to call his own; no, Brother Daron had a vision. He remembered the suffering and opression of his peers, and their struggle and desire to be liberated. He knew the promise which belied America, and saw the present environment as one that didn't fulfill this promise. He knew he had the opportunity to create something which would benefit his bretheren for the present and future times. He knew he could create a place that would truly treat all citizens equally, and that would provide true security and personal liberty. He knew he could create a new city.
In order to make his city one that would sustain itself and foster endless growth, Brother Daron assessed what was required in order to make such a city work. He understood that maintaining an image of security was important for the citizens to feel safe and remain in place, and this required a feeling of security from outside threats as well as a secure existential purpose. He also understood that crime could only be embraced or battled against, but never vanquished. He saw these two concepts as being sides of the same coin, and knew if he had a centralized way to control the image of security and the proliferation of crime, he would give its citizens everything they could ask for in security as well as reap the financial benefits of controlling crime. However, such a city within the United States of America would still be subject to the jurisdiction of state and federal laws, as well as powerful global groups like the Catholic Church. Brother Daron struggled with determining a way to either supercede or escape the control of these organizations.
During these years of planning, Daron's farm prospered and attracted the settlement of other escaped slaves or those who wanted to take advantage of its location and developing market; in this case, Brother Daron made it clear that they could not be discriminatory in who they allowed to live within their community and exerted great effort to appease the settlement of non-black people. Brother Daron counted on these people to help bring an image of legitimacy to his farm as well as establish connections of commerce and exchange with neighboring cities. Thus, Daron's community was able to acquire all manner of exotic goods and services which in turn attracted more people to live on his land. Also, during these years, Brother Daron determined to learn how to read and write; after each day of work on the farm, he would stay up at night by candlelight with the orphan child he befriended and use the child's schoolbooks to educate himself. While the farm increased in productivity and population (as well as expanding its borders by purchasing neighboring farm land), Brother Daron became more enlightened and bureaucratic in his handling of the farm's affairs; by 1835, Brother Daron was fully involved with civil engineering and building development, with his personal farming duties delegated to other people.
Brother Daron's resolve to become educated was reflected in his devotion to literacy, which in turn led to him reading many books; he was especially interested in political novels and always kept his City Vision in the back of his mind. After reading Tocqueville's "Democracy in America", Brother Daron resolved what he had to do with the land he had; he realized that he had to officially secede from the United States of America in order to create a system that enabled a select few people to control all aspects of city life for its citizens. In order to make the secession successful and to not arouse the suspicion of all other citizens of the United States, Brother Daron made an offer to the U.S. government to officially buy his land from the U.S., at a price which was valued at ten times what the property could have sold for at the time. The U.S. government quietly agreed on specific terms, chief among them that Brother Daron could not directly advertise his city as being seperate from the United States. With these terms settled, Daron wrote an official Declaration of Secession in 1837 and had the article quickly ratified by all the other settlers among his land.
Now that Brother Daron was free to develop his farm land as he saw fit, he steadily put elements of his City Vision into place; construction of the City Wall immediately began, and official infrastructure and street grids began to come into place. Also, Daron appointed his friend, the orphaned child whom he befriended years ago, as the leader of organized crime within the city. By now, the child had developed into an astute young man had superior physique, sharp wit, and was well-connected with everyone on the land; surprisingly enough, he also retained a childhood gift as being an excellent chef. In fact, everyone in the new city knew him only as Cook; rather than correcting people or insisting they use his name, he preferred the anonymity and let the moniker stick. He also readily accepted the task of organizing crime and considered a criminal lifestyle a liberating gift, recalling that were it not for his father's bank robbery, Brother Daron's vision would never have come to life. With the knowledge of having the city's implicit support for all of his activities, Cook began to organize his own personal outfit: and so began the Orchestrated Civil War.
Q: I don't understand what's going on. How am I supposed to read this thing?
A: Just like real life, everything in Everstreets has a time and place. The left side of each panel shows the time of which the action and dialogue depicted are initiated, and the right side of each panel gives an approximate address where the scene is located.
Q: How do I read the address?
A: With little exception, the streets of Daron stritctly adhere to a grid-like structure and are likewise named in a straight-forward manner; each north-south street is named after a letter, and west-east streets are numbered. All subdivisions and side streets bewteen north-south streets are designated by a second letter, "A" being closest to the lettered street and "Z" being furthest away; A Street is the is the eastern boundary of Daron and ZZ Street runs next to Daron's Wall on the west. Each address also has a middle initial of N or S to indicate whether it is located north or south of the central west-east street, which is Street Zero.
Q: Who are these people, and what's with the names?
A: The City of Daron is unique in that it actively supports a centralized criminal outfit, covertly treating it much the same way as all cities treat a police or fire department. This doesn't mean that the governor or police of Daron approve or know of specific criminal activity before it happens; instead, it assists them in knowing when the time is right to either enforce the law, turn their backs, or even delegate certain tasks to the outfit's handling. This helps keep city budgets low and manageable, and prevents public services or figures from being mired in association with undesirable facets of city life.
In order to further assist in keeping the outfit's identity and operations a secret, all important fixtures within it are designated "codenames" which allow them to discuss and refer to each other in public without fear of other people eavesdropping in their conversations and later relating the faces they have seen and the names they have heard with the operations of the outfit.