Owner State of New York Established 1788
Purpose City
Status Inhabited

Rochester is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Northwestern New York. It was one of America's first boomtowns, initially due to its flour mills along the Genesee River, and then as a manufacturing hub. Several of the region's universities (notably the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology) have renowned research programs. Rochester is the site of many important inventions and innovations in consumer products. The Rochester area has been the birthplace to Kodak, Western Union, Bausch & Lomb, Gleason and Xerox, which conduct extensive research and manufacturing of industrial and consumer products. However, Rochester has seen a steep decline in residency in recent years; its population currently numbers 121,000.

Rochester's population initially began to climb in the wake of the November 8, 2006 nuclear explosion in New York City. That catastrophic event sent families scattering, and many found their way toward this border city. In the years between 2006 and 2011, the Ferrymen organization operated a safe house out of Rochester called Charon, based in the White House Lodge park building. During that time, they transported tens of thousands of SLC-Expressive refugees across Lake Ontario. Starting with the 2011 riots that ultimately built into the Second American Civil War, Rochester became an evacuation site for New York residents fleeing into Canada to avoid the fighting. The Ferrymen were quick to secure the city as a beachhead against the Mitchell regime. Due to its distance from most of the fighting, and because nearby Fort Drum swiftly turned against Mitchell after word of the massacre in Cambridge came to light, Rochester saw very little in the way of direct fighting.

However, Rochester nonetheless suffered from the subtly deleterious effects of a civil war. Economic collapse followed by food shortages, gas shortages, and the rioting that ensued took a heavy toll on the city. Prior to 2010, the Rochester metropolitan area was the second-largest regional economy in New York State, behind only the New York City metropolitan area. By the end of 2017, Rochester's population had plummeted by more than 100,000 and its economy crumbled, driving already low property values down and sending the city into a tailspin that it has yet to abate.



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Rochester NY is a 5 hour drive (or a 102 hour walk) from the Safe Zone. Some aircraft travel between Rochester and the Safe Zone, nearly all of which are private aircraft; these can make the journey in 1 hour and 15 minutes, but flights are not always available.

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