Unterwalden at a Glance
Traditional Architecture: run-of-the-mill skyscrapers share block space with wood-and-stone houses. Interestingly enough, concrete slab architecture has also taken hold.
Traditional Pastimes: Unterwalden is an entertainment destination, and the people like to be entertained. Movies, clubs and sporting events are all popular pastimes, though Albeit’s traditional emphases on creating and exploring—however the words may be interpreted—also see action here.
Traditional Food: Unterwalden is especially well known for its breads, though nobody quite understands why. Asian dining influences nearly every Waldie’s diet, and soy sauce is more popular in some supermarkets than ketchup.
Canton Designer: Pat Lewis, an architect and theologian. Some claim to see the later description’s influence in the road layout.
Offers: An endless stream of entertainment and relaxation, though not in the traditional Albeit sense.
The Typical Resident Is: alienated, in a sense. They enjoy the mainstream offerings that Albeit provides, but some wonder if this “violates” the motives of independence and the opportunity to create that bought them there.
Known Best For: the Globe headquarters, which occupies much of the northeast section, the commercial center near the center, a few parks that offer sporting amenities and Kino’s, perhaps the most popular casual restaurant in all of Albeit.
Name Derivation: Unterwalden is one of the three original Cantons of Switzerland. (The term “Canton” itself is derived from Unterwalden.)
Unterwalden: the canton that has a population of 450,000 in the day and 103,000 at night. This is the shopping center, the business center, the communication center of Albeit, and had it been set down in any other city, it would have been the very core of the place. Ironically, the more the Canton appeals to the white-collar crowd, the less status it has among Albeit’s traditional make-your-own-collar residents.
Unterwalden has always been near the epicenter of Albeit. When Noluevac filled out to the north, Unterwalden took on all the new entertainment developments: a truckload of diving options, a theatre complex and an artificial pond to hold it all together. The construction produced a domino effect that induced hundreds of companies and corporations to fall squarely into Canton borders. Recessions came and went, but nothing could put a dent in the place.
That is the exterior of Unterwalden: the shining glass buildings and the shining grey business suits. And yet, the Canton’s success dooms it to foreigner status in a city that values the pencil over the skyscraper. Most residents consider it the Canton that “sold out” to developers and lost its identity in the process. The “old hat” Albeitians in Unterwalden have become an endangered species, if only because nearby Cantons offer more for them. Vandalism and property crime are common in corporate offices. Most telling of all, perhaps, was the story of a young patent clerk who had business to do in Hauraki. When he mentioned that he lived and worked in Albeit, half the riders nearby shifted a few seats away from him. In the eye of Noluevac, Hauraki and Phoebe residents, Unterwalden is but a landfill on the map.
It’s an attitude that Waldies have to put up with every waking day. These people love their city, too; they just happen to love different things about it.
Nor is the Canton all “corporate wasteland.” A number of secret societies have their roots in Unterwalden, but most relocated as the businesses moved in. Pockets of the Canton remain in the hands of painters, writers and independent workers. These residents live a robust double life: one minute, a bleeding heart Albeitian; the next, a resident experiencing Unterwalden rich culture and activities. It’s a difficult life to live in polarized city, but they do their best.
Truth be told, Albeit needs this Canton more than any other. The city would become a ghost town were it not for an entertainment and shopping district that attracts new residents and encourages old ones to stick around. It would go bankrupt If all the tax-paying companies in Unterwalden chose to pick up and leave. And ultimately, unless there were an outlet for the city’s cosmopolitan and white collar side, Albeit would be just as bland and one-dimensional as the cities Albeit’s residents migrated from.