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A map of Dredd's Earth, displaying the location of Mega-States around the world (circa 2134).

Megacities in the Judge Dredd comics are a fictional exaggeration of the real megacity concept: instead of just being a large conurbation, they cover most of their original country and have replaced nations as the dominant political entity. The most commonly seen megacity is Mega-City One. In the strip, these cities are all that remains of their original countries after the Atomic wars of 2070, and are mostly dictatorships run by the Judges.

The exact number, location, nature, and even name of megacities is dependent on the writer of any given Dredd strip.

Concept[]

The first Dredd map from Mega-Special #1 (1988)

The first mention of other megacities came in Luna 1, when Dredd was appointed Judge-Marshall of the Luna-1 colony, with his order calling it a colony of "the United Cities of North America"; the narration referred to three separate cities, in existence from 2061. The next issue would mention Texas City as one of these cities, and The First Luna Olympics would introduce "the Sov-Cities" and "Brit-Territories".

These early strips also referred to nations, but as the strip went on it would be megacities that would be the dominant concept. Luna 1 also showed a modified US flag – three stars instead of 50 – and mentioned the "United Cities of North America" under a body called the Triumverate. The start of The Cursed Earth would then show Mega-City One and Two as autonomous and prog 128 would refer to the Soviet East-Meg One as an independent entity. This would be the default from then on.

Traditionally, cities would be invented (or tweaked) in strips. In Judge Dredd Mega-Special #1 and prog 701's Shamballa, maps of the world were created that between them invented a number of previously unseen megacities (and the later contradicted the former with two of them). Arthur Ranson made up a number of cities and features for the 701 map; Alan Grant says he told Ransom “probably nobody will ever bother with it again”. [1]

The desire for Dredd spinoffs for the 1990s Megazine would go on to contribute; in order to turn foreign megacities into a "World Judge" strip, they had to be fleshed out.

In a feature for the Mega-Collection's The World At Law, Michael Molcher wrote that the various maps of the world and their resulting cities "is one viewed through a late twentieth-century post-colonial British gaze, reflecting the knowledge and priorities of a worldview dominated by classroom lessons about 'the Commonwealth', news headlines from the 1970s and 80s, and both reading of tales of and assumptions of the 'exotic other'. ... The way other mega-cities are designed and portrayed betrays attitudes about the world beyond the English Channel that have not moved with the times."[2] Notably very few people from the non-British places turned megacity have been involved in writing or drawing them; exceptions include Garth Ennis and Michael Carroll on the Emerald Isle, the Akinsiku's on Pan-Africa and drawing Simba City, two Californians revamping Mega-City Two for IDW, and various Americans who've got to work on Dredd over the years.

An adaptation of Ransom's map appears in the classroom in the film Dredd. A few small cities are missing, Casablanca is in the correct place, East-Meg One is intact, and Djakarta is absent.[3]

In Dredd backstory, the megacities formed out of growing urbanisation and reached crisis point in 2027, forcing the United States to impose an "instant justice" form of law enforcement. This was widely copied by the foreign megacities, which included the Union of Soviet Mega-Cities, the European City-States, Brit-Cit, and the Sino Block by 2070. During the run of Dredd, eight cities have been destroyed.

List of cities[]

The second world map, from prog 701 - many cities were invented for it

Two previous maps had appeared in The Cursed Earth and Oz, identifying Mega-City One & Two and various Australian cities, respectively. The Judge Dredd Mega-Special No. 1 (1988) had the first global map, with the locations all the previously depicted Mega-Cities and two unnamed African ones. To give room for future strips, it said that "only cities bound by the Hiroshima Accord are shown... others exist but choose not to acknowledge anything beyond their defensive walls" and that the Sov-Block were keeping the location of all their cities secret. The next map was in prog 701 in Anderson: Shamballa, naming a larger number of cities (and naming the previous African cities as Simba City and New Jerusalem). A post-Judgement Day version of this map, with some added features, was placed on the 2000 AD website. A further map was printed in Judge Dredd Megazine for the Pan-African Judges strip.

Outside of these, the number and names of megacities comes from the comic strips they appear in, and may contradict the earlier maps (who can be inconsistent with each other). One example is that the "Dredd's World" map shows the Sov-Block covering not just the USSR and Warsaw Pact, but also Scandinavia, North and Central Asia, the Koreas, and most of China. In later strips, the Mongolian Free State, Korea, and the Scandinavian Confederation would be separate polities; and China was covered by the long-standing Sino-Block, a long-time rival to the Sov-Block.

North America[]

  • The Flag of the United States now has only five stars, standing for each of the Mega-States.

Mega-City One

  • Las Vegas – centred entirely on gambling; there had been a Judge system but the Mafia usurped control of it after the Atomic War, with Mega-City One unaware of what had happened. The office of "God Judge" was chosen after an annual gang-fight between contestants. Dredd and the rebel League Against Gambling overthrew out these Judges in 2100 and the League became the new Judges,but the old regime seized control again some time after Dredd had left. Destroyed in 2126 by a nuclear strike launched by Judge Death.
  • Puerto Nova – mentioned in prog 414.

Latin America[]

  • Mex-Cit – Mexico. First mentioned in prog 626, shown in prog 649 (both 2111 AD). The Luna-1 run of stories showed Mexican Judges, who resembled Texas City Judges but with sombreros. Has a rivalry with the Pan-Andes Conurb.
  • South-Am City
  • "Rio" – briefly mentioned during Day of Chaos. In context, most likely Rio de Janeiro.
  • Lima – shown on prog 701 map.
  • Panamana – future Panama City. Mentioned by PJ Maybe in The Talented Mayor Ambrose.

Europe[]

  • Glasnost City – mentioned as "new" in Megazine 2.27, set in 2115.
  • New Málaga – shown in prog 1766.
  • East European Enclaves, with a presidential system of government in the 2120s. President Leonid Duppler was randomly murdered in 2122 while visiting Mega-City One, and Chief Judge Hershey used a lookalike to cover it up.[4]
  • Italian City States – mentioned in Judge Dredd Megazine 3.15's reprint of Heavy Metal Dredd, including Milan. Milan is later called the Milano Enclave in prog 1474. Prog 1767 introduces the Italian city of Firenzia (future Florence), with a Da Vinci International Airport. (The Turin shroud is in the Vatican now, so Turin itself is presumably lost)
  • Geneva – victim of a terrorist attack by Ursa Dancer, killing tens of thousands after she poisoned the enclave's hydropons.
  • Czech Protectorate – seen in prog 1765, split into enclaves like the Prague Enclave. Used in 2134 by Sov agents to send the Chaos Virus to MC-1, which caused an outbreak of the virus in the Protectorate. Mega-Special #1 presented it as being in the Sov-Block in 2110.
  • Mediterranean Free State – floating city-state of various buildings and detritus from global wars; inhabited by international refugees and dissidents; policed by the Free State Police, a traditional police force, and ruled by a Secretary. East-Meg One survivors gathered there under the New Kremlin. MC-1 Genetic Infantry launched a reprisal assault on the New Kremlin part of the Free State, killing civilians in the process, and occupied it in 2124.
  • New Amsterdam Free-Zone – mentioned in the audio drama Judge Dredd: Grud is Dead.
  • Krakov - surrounded by a desolation. The local judicial system is affiliated with Mega-City One.[5]

Asia[]

  • Ho Chi Minh City – mentioned in prog 1841.
  • Singapore – held the 2114 Pro-Amateur Sex Event in 2114 (Return of the Taxidermist). In 2125, involved in the Sino-Singapore Civil War and numerous refugees had fled to Hong Tong.
  • Calcutta – home of famed skysurfer Ghostman Patel in Oz.
  • Bhopal – mentioned in Song of the Surfer.
  • Katmandu – shown in "Return of the Taxidermist", Megazine 2.37–46. Ruled by a brutal military junta in the 2080s, then by reformist religious leader Guru Mahama by 2116; held the 2116 Mega-Olympics. The generals killed Mahama and retook control, but were overthrown in a popular uprising.
  • Bangkok – as part of the New Thai Confederacy, it used to be famous for its genetic engineering and its 'biot' slaves (genetically engineered humanoids with no civil rights), until sanctions were placed on it during the 2090s. Suffered massive assault in Judgement Day (2114), almost falling; over the next two years, it had three regime changes, going from the Provisional Presidential Republic of Bangkok to the People's Democratic Republic of Bangkok in 2115 and then to the Totalitarian Hegemony of Bangkok in 2116. In 2127, it was called Nu-Bangkok (Megazine #235).
  • Beirut – mentioned in "Return of the Taxidermist", the host of the 2082 Mega-Olympics.
  • Turkestan Protectorates – around Turkmenistan, mentioned in The Medusa Seed. Occupied by the former Surrey New Raj, a faction that lost the Brit-Cit Civil War. Referred to again as "New Raj Protectorate" in Armitage story "Dumb Blond".
  • Ankara – on 701 map.
  • Samarkand – on 701 map. Devlin Waugh has visited several times; said in Vile Bodies to be ruled by a Shar.

Oceania[]

  • Perth Island – southwestern Australia, separated from the mainland after the Atomic War.
  • Okker – northeastern Australia, part of former Queensland (renamed Bananaland).
  • Taswegia – small settlement in northern Tasmania.
  • Brisbania – mentioned in prog 1389, where Chopper's ex-girlfriend Charlene moved.
  • Solomon City – Solomon Islands, shown only in the 701 world map.
  • Friendly City – Tonga, historically called "Friendly Islands"; shown only in the 701 world map.

Africa[]

Pan-Africa map from Judge Dredd Megazine

  • Zambia Metropolitan – mentioned in "Return of the Taxidermist".
  • Siwa – Pan-Africa map. Small city-state on the Egyptian coast. Symbol of Pan-African Compromise and HQ of Pan-African Committee.
  • Dar es Salaam – first mentioned in 701 map; said on Pan-Africa map to be a megacity-sized squatter camp and refugee city, on the coast of the Katanga Development Area.
  • Timbuk2 – resting place of the Herod entity.
  • Umur – name mentioned on 701 map, located vaguely in North Africa; absent from Pan-African map. Mentioned as Central African in Wetworks, and a planned target for InterDep.
  • New Nairobi – mentioned in The Final Cut

Africa also contains the Guinea, Congo, and Katanga Development Areas: large swathes of the continent open to private buyers, as a compromise after the Credit Wars. Microstates exist within.

Other[]

  • Organisation of Extremist City States – mentioned in Megazine 2.33
  • Antarctic City – world map seems to place it in the Australian Antarctic Territory.
  • Atlantis – Somewhere in the Black Atlantic, a midway point in a transatlantic tunnel; overseen jointly by Brit-Cit and Mega-City One.

Nations[]

Several traditional nations have also been mentioned:

  • Algeria – shown in Pan Africa map
Bahaman Justice Department.jpg
  • Balkan Republik – mentioned in "Return of the Taxidermist", set during 2116.
  • Belgium – obnoxious boy billionaire Richie Richer bought Belgium in 2117, becoming its president and petty tyrant. Had been involved in the 2115 Olympics. (See also Euro-Cit's Belgian Sectors.)
  • Canadia – future Canada, said to be under a pocket ice age in Wetworks. Unknown if it has a Judge force, but in Mandroid: Instrument of War, the law enforcement is shown to be weak and unable to prevent criminal settlements being set up on its border (instead hoping Mega-City One stops them). Hab-units use the same technology as lunar settlements to keep people warm (Wetworks). Earlier strips referred to the "Canadian Wastes", where criminal gangs have set up sugar plantations to supply MC-1. Strips placed Uranium City in Alaska and maps of Mega-City One show it absorbing the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor, implying Canada has lost a lot of territory after the Atomic War.
  • Chad – Pan Africa map
  • Guinea Confederacy – shown in Pan Africa map, covering the coastlines of the north-west from Guinea to Morocco. Great African Dustbowl restricts it to the coasts.
  • Korea – mentioned in "Return of the Taxidermist".
  • Kenya – mentioned in "Return of the Taxidermist".
  • Laos – mentioned in Megazine No. 283 ("The Americans"); Brit-Cit had secret agents stationed there, a dangerous posting.
  • Libya – Pan Africa map, said to be a secular Islamist state.
  • Malagasy Republic – Pan Africa map, former Madagascar. Bombed during Atomic Wars, half-destroyed and fighting to save rainforests; isolationist.
  • Mongolian Free State – a lawless area, home of many criminal activities in exchange for kickbacks (such as the Bad Mother show). Possessed its own military forces and was run by a President in 2122 (Prog 2001). Mega-Special No. 1 presented it as being in the Sov-Block in 2110. East-Meg Two carried out the brutal Mongolian Clearances in 2125, killing millions; in 2134, former East-Meg One agents were using Mongolia as a secret base. In 2140, a mutant warlord emerged from there and stormed through China.
  • Philippine Territories – Philippines was part of the 2115 Mega-Olympics; mentioned as having a Justice Department in Wetworks. Victim of the InterDep conspiracy in 2117, after InterDep primed tensions in Tondo, Manila Sector; a routine Judge sweep exploded into riots.
  • Neo-Cuba – originally a Sov ally, it switched allegiance to Mega-City One in 2128 after they were tricked into believing the Sovs had backed a coup. In the earlier "Return of the Taxidermist", set in 2116, the country was the Cuban Wastes.
  • Nu-Taiwan – refugees flee it for Hong Tong
  • Scandinavian Confederation – so far unseen, but they possess an embassy in Mega-City One (shown in a 2008 Judge Dredd story, Regrets). Swedish sex-meks (androids made for sexual use) are popular product in Mega-City One. Previously called the "Scandinavian Sub-State" in 2124. Mega-Special No. 1 presented it as being in the Sov-Block in 2110.
  • Stani-States – mentioned in "Eclipse" as part of the Luna-1 Partnership Treaty, secretly waiting for a chance to seize lunar territory.
  • Volta – Pan Africa map. Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Mongoose RPG[]

Mongoose map.jpg

A world map in the core The Judge Dredd Roleplaying Game book placed a few more locations:

  • Aotearoa (New Zealand) seperate from New Pacific City
  • Chowderville, located in the shattered radioactive 'islands' of South Africa (later a lawless major port in the Black Atlantic supplement)
  • Ciudad Puerto in Portugal, said to be part of the Eastern European Enclaves
  • Dalandzadga in Mongolia
  • Fausterknik in Germany
  • Helos in Greece
  • Midgard (later Megaheim in the Black Atlantic supplement, a major port city with pirate scourges) and North Cape in Norway, linked by Bifrost Bridge to Port UFO in Iceland
  • Papa Lampria, in Papua New Guinea

John Calibur, who had worked on the RPG, would put his unpublished ideas online for fan-made RPGs[6]

  • Aotearoa is a Maori-dominated state with Kiwi-Cit as capital. The Maori have "removed technologies and cultural trends that have the potential to harm the environment.
  • Faustenik is part of the EEE, an industrial complex run by androids.
  • Helos was built around Athens in "sparkling white synthi-marble" and is a reconstruction of the Ancient Greek lands. The Judges are called Archons and exile criminals from the city.
  • Megaheim is one of the wealthiest cities on Earth, "nicknamed the 'Norse Lode' because of its abundant astril deposits, a metal prized by Earth's alien neighbours." Judicial control came from Judge-King Odinax and the Warriors of Justice. It built the Port UFO spaceport.
  • New Pacific City is built on "a new crop of fertile volcanic land" that emerged post-Rad Wars. Settlers from around the world moved there.
  • Papa Lampria is a colony for the diseased run by the Order of Saint Jeremy, Giver of Laughter, where the sickly grow and harvest flowers that dull their pain. Unfortunately "Saint Jeremy" is a drug dealer called Nachos Gripp and the sick are unwittingly cultivating his drug crops for him.



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Main Characters Judge Dredd - Judge Hershey - Judge Anderson - Judge Beeny - Judge Buell - Galen DeMarco - Dirty Frank - Judge Edgar - Chief Judge Fargo - Judge Francisco - Judge Giant - Judge Goodman - Judge Griffin - Judge Guthrie - Judge Janus - Judge Karyn - Judge McGruder - Judge Niles - Judge Rico - Judge Shenker - Judge Silver - Judge Solomon - Judge Volt - Detective-Judge Armitage - Inspector Shimura - Devlin Waugh - Johnny Woo - Judge Larter - Judge Jack - Judge Agee - Judge Bennett - Judge Castillo - Judge Dekker - Judge Goon - Deputy Cheif Judge Herriman - Judge Kruger - Judge Munn - Judge Perrier - Judge Prager - Judge Minty - Detective-Judge Steel - Detective Judge Trant - Judge Kazan - Chief Judge Ohno - Judge-Inspector Akio Anaba - Judge Marshall Lawson
Recurring Villains Angel Gang - Mean Machine Angel - Elmer Angel - Junior Angel - Link Angel - Judge Bachmann - Oola Blint - President Booth - Judge Cal - Dark Judges - Rico Dredd - Armon Gill - Judge Grice - Morton Judd - Kleggs - Judge Kraken - Mechanismo - Stan Lee - PJ Maybe - Nero Narcos - Orlock - Shojun the Warlord - Judge Sinfield - Call-Me-Kenneth - Mr. Moonie - Murd the Oppresor - Owen Krysler - Don Uggie Apelino - Captain Skank - Father Earth - Kazan - Bulgarin - General Blood'n'Guts - Satanus - Satan - Fink Angel - Ratty- Phobia - Nausia - America Jara - Cesare - Judge Mortis - Judge Fear - Judge Death - Judge Fire - Manners - Ramses - Trapper Hag - Sabbat - Wu Yang - Yin Mie - Randolph Whitely - Judge Choke - Judge Sleep - Judge Sludge - Judge Burroghs - Judge Fistula - Judge Skinner - Judge Stigmata - The Seven Samurai - Rex Peters - Slocum - Kenny Who? - Nosferatu - Grampus - Heavy Metal Kid - Ratty - Elvis - The Warlords - DeGaulle - The Joker - The Scarecrow - The Riddler - Arnold Wesker - Lobo - Judge Kurten - Pink Eyes - Aimee Nixon - Mr. Bones - Effil Drago San - Bella Bagley - Dune Sharks - Xenomorphs - Ueno Hama - Raptaurs - The Explosive Man - Judge Sherman - Ankhhor
Other Characters Chopper - Vienna Dredd - Fergee - Yassa Povey - Jacob Sardini - Walter the Wobot - Henry Ford - Spikes Harvey Rotten - Tweak - Tony Tubbs - Otto Sump - Mrs. Gunderson - Sensitive Klegg - Jack Point - Maria - Benneet Beeny - Grunwalder - Old Joe Blind - Max Normal - Toots Milloy - Mr. Harke - Mr. Burr - Jim Grubb - Dave the Orangutan - Nimrod - The Creep - Johnny Alpha - Wulf Sternhammer - The Fargo Clan - Randy Fargo - Jubal Fargo - Hocus Ritter - Batman
Storylines America - The Apocalypse War - Block Mania - City of the Damned - The Cursed Earth - Day of Chaos - Democracy - The Doomsday Scenario - The Hunting Party - The Judge Child - Judgement Day - Mechanismo - Mutants - Necropolis - Origins - Oz - The Pit - The Robot Wars - Tour of Duty Trifecta - Wilderlands
Crossovers Judge Dredd vs. Aliens - Judgement on Gotham - Predator vs. Judge Dredd - Mars Attacks Judge Dredd
  1. [https://soundcloud.com/2000-ad/the-2000-ad-thrill-cast-18-march-2015 2000 AD Thrill Cast: 18th March 2015, 32:12 to 33:37
  2. The World at Law: "State of the Nations"
  3. Prop Store: Dreddc Classroom Map Stock # 56649
  4. Dead Ringer, Megazine 3.64 to 69
  5. Prog 1474
  6. Wayback machine for Calibur's RPG website
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