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"This is what we've been fighting for."
Marcus Lampert postwar[1]

Gracemeria (グレースメリア Gurēsumeria)[2] is the capital city of the Republic of Emmeria, located on the southern coast of the Anean continent. The citizens living in the city enjoy prosperity and follow peaceful everyday lives.[2]

Gracemeria was a key component in the Emmeria-Estovakia War. It was the first city Estovakia's military invaded, and the last-known city Emmerian forces liberated prior to the war's conclusion.

Description

Gracemeria Skyline

Gracemeria sunrise

Gracemeria is a port city with a large bay known as King's Bay[3] connected to the Fuscum Sea to the south. King's Bay is divided from the sea by the King's Bridge, which connects the two major districts of the city: Chester City to the west, and Novusmeria to the east.[4]

Chester City, also known as Old Town, is home to Gracemeria Castle and believed to be hundreds of years old. The castle is surrounded by medieval streets[2] and sits on top of ancient underground catacombs.[5] Gracemeria Air Force Base was constructed in the vicinity of Chester City.[4]

Novusmeria, also known as New Town[2] or New Gracemeria,[6] was developed in modern times. Novusmeria features modern residential zones, skyscrapers, Emmeria's Capitol building,[6] and the radio station Zed Waters works at.[4]

Gracemeria Police Department provides police services within the city, police officers are well-coordinated and equipped to deal with crises.[3]

History

Early history

During medieval times, the land surrounding today's Gracemeria was home to very fertile soil. Due to this, the territory became the grounds of many battles in which the territory was fought for.[7]

In the 15th century, King Aurelius II–the founder of modern Emmeria–rose to power amidst the turmoil and vowed to bring an end to the continuous conflicts and invasions. He successfully convinced the vassals to stop fighting and brought an end to foreign invasions. Following the conflicts, Emmeria began to prosper, and structures such as Gracemeria Castle were constructed.[7]

Sometime afterward, the Kingdom of Emmeria was reformed into a republic, with Aurelius II at the helm. The capital of the newly formed republic was moved to Gracemeria.[7]

Ulysses 1994XF04 planetfall

Ulysses Shower

The Ulysses meteor shower as seen from Gracemeria

Following the news of the Ulysses 1994XF04 asteroid's increased impact radius, the Emmerian government–under the suggestion of Alberto Lawrence–constructed a network of underground shelters in and around Gracemeria in preparation for the Ulysses planetfall. A total of 16 underground shelters were constructed across the city, capable of collectively shielding 200,000 refugees.[7]

By January 1999, Gracemeria had received the second largest amount of Anean and Usean refugees, second only to Oured, the capital of the Osean Federation.[7]

Emmeria-Estovakia War

"Air defense command has ordered an evacuation. You've been ordered to give up Gracemeria."
AWACS Ghost Eye to all Emmerian pilots[3]

On August 30, 2015, Estovakia launched a surprise attack on Gracemeria as the country simultaneously declared war on Emmeria. Initially, the Emmerian military was almost successful in pushing back the invaders. However, Nimbus missiles soon after destroyed a substantial amount of Emmerian squadrons. With the subsequent arrival of the Strigon Team, the Emmerian military abandoned the city.[3]

Following the loss of Gracemeria, the Emmerian military launched multiple King & Balloon Operations in an effort to recapture the city. A total of four strikes were carried out, each attack was repelled by an umbrella defensive network comprised of the P-1112 Aigaion, Strigon Team, and South Sea Fleet. Following the fourth battle, the Emmerian military retreated west.[8]

Gracemeria Fortress AC6

The fortified Gracemeria

In the following months, the Estovakian military fortified the city in preparation for a possible Emmerian counterattack. On March 31, 2016, the Emmerian military launched Operation Free Gracemeria, one of the largest battles of the war, to liberate the city. After a period of fighting, the city was once again under Emmerian control. Shortly afterward, Ilya Pasternak, alongside numerous UAV-45s, entered the airspace and engaged Emmerian forces. Following an extended dogfight, Talisman shot down Pasternak, killing him and ending the battle.[4]

The following night, Estovakia utilized Chandelier to launch a retaliatory strike against Gracemeria. Multiple waves of cruise missiles converged on the city. Emmerian squadrons would intercept both the missiles and their escort fighters.[6] The next day, Emmerian squadrons were sent north to destroy the weapon.[9]

Postwar

Following the Emmeria-Estovakia War, the city had undergone considerable reconstruction. Areas including Gracemeria Plaza were still undergoing repairs, while the more famous landmarks such as the King's Bridge had been fully restored.[10]

Gallery

Trivia

References

  1. Ending cutscene, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 もっと詳しく ACE6 -- 戦闘エリア紹介. Retrieved on 12 February 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Invasion of Gracemeria, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 The Liberation of Gracemeria, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  5. Cutscene 13: "Catacombs 1", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Gracemeria Patrol, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 GAZE: Last Christmas
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ace Combat 6 Assault Records #25 - Valeriy Nikitov.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Chandelier, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  10. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Cutscene #17: A Brand New Day.
  11. File:Anea Map With Hrimfaxi AC5.jpg.