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Empire Bay is a city on the East Coast of the United States that serves as the setting for Mafia II. It features a completely open-ended map of about 4 square miles. The city also features sights based on famous landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. Some of the key locations found in Empire Bay are:

History

Empire Bay was first founded in the year of 1547 by the Italian explorer Giulio Contadino and named Porto Romano after the founder's home town of Rome. Empire Bay served as a simple trading post on the mouth of the Culver River until the start of the 17th century when it came under Dutch rule. Under the rule of the Dutch, the city rapidly grew to be a major colonist metropolis on the East Coast of the Colonies. It would remain under Dutch rule until 1694 when the British came to take over the city. The British governor Sir John Stanmore, who began his rule in 1694, was the one who named the city Empire Bay.

Stanmore governed Empire Bay until 1739. The city remained under British rule until after the American Revolutionary War, during which the British used the city as a place to keep American prisoners of war. Throughout the 19th century, during the immigration booms, many of the city's districts were formed around the waves of immigration. Examples are Kingston, built around the Irish immigration wave, and Chinatown, built after the large Chinese immigration boom.

It was during the 19th century and the start of the 20th century that the city really grew to be a modern, American big city with the construction of the Culver Dam and the famous Empire Arms Hotel, which would burn to the ground in 1942 before it was rebuilt. The rebuilding process was completed sometime between 1945 and 1950.

Today, it is a thriving and economically powerful metropolis among the larger cities of America.

Design

Mafia II - Empire Bay Map-10

Quote from the Mafia II development team as written in the collector's edition art book:

Instead of modeling Empire Bay after a specific American city, we were inspired by iconic American towns of the 40s and 50s, combining them into a unique urban settings with its own narrow alleys and reaching skyscrapers. To capture the look and feel of this period we spent weeks in New York and Chicago researching architecture, neighborhoods, and other details. We wanted the feel of a real mafia neighborhood and spent time where the police do not frequent and there are no sightseeing tours. When finished, we were stocked with an arsenal of photos which inspired the design of Empire Bay. The city also changes its face in various weather and time conditions. Just when you think you know it well, night falls and the city is new again...

Demographics

Empire Bay is an ethnically diverse city with sizable Italian, Irish, Chinese and Black populations - due to immigration and, in the case of the blacks, the Great Migration from the Southern United States to Northern industrial cities. Estimates would place the racial division at ~70% White, ~15% Black, ~10% Asian, and ~5% Other. White inhabitants who are neither Irish nor Italian can be presumed to be of English or German descent, meaning that there are also probably sizable German-American and English-American populations.

Businesses

Main article: Businesses in Empire Bay.
Many nationwide corporations are headquartered in the city, such as Swift Cola and Big Break Tobacco. In the city, a wide variety of businesses can be found - such as clothing stores and real estate agencies.

Geographical Information

MafiaII official map

The city is surrounded by countryside, and the map is open ended, with an area of about 4 square miles. The city is surrounded by mountains and hills, much like Upstate New York.

Neighborhoods

Main article: Locations in Mafia II

There are 20 neighborhoods in Empire Bay. On the in-game map they are outlined by a black dashed line.

Law and Order

Laws, such as traffic laws and street laws, are strictly enforced, but the police interaction is toned down compared to that of Lost Heaven. The Empire Bay Police Department are the law and order in the city.

Media

Main article: Empire Bay Radio Stations

Mafia II - Empire Bay Map-21

There are three different radio stations in Empire Bay: Empire Central Radio, Empire Classic Radio, and Delta Radio. Each radio station plays different songs in the different time periods the game takes place in. Empire Bay is also served by five broadsheet newspapers.

Families

Main article: The Mafia.
Empire Bay's underworld is mostly comprised of three mafia families. In 1931, the Vinci-Moretti War started for control of the city's underworld.

Gangs

Main article: Criminal Organizations.
In addition to the three Mafia families, there are smaller, less-powerful gangs that are involved in the city's underworld.

Notable Residents

Main article: Characters in Mafia II.

Transport

Empire Bay's public transport is run by Empire Bay Transport Lines. The city has a rail line, which is predominately based upon the New York Central RR, as screenshots have shown trains in the company's livery, as well as company logo types. The railway line is also linked to a large dock/industrial complex. However, the railways are not usable in the game. There are buses serving the city as well.

Landmarks

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Trivia

  • Empire Bay's tagline is "A city on the grow".
  • Sir John Stanmore was the first British governor of Empire Bay and was responsible for naming the city. He was the city's governor from 1694 to 1739.
  • The city has seven million inhabitants.
  • In the early stages of game development it was called Empire City.

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