- "So this is New Ephyra. Home to industrialists, techno-fascists, reactionaries and cowards."
"Yeah. Also decent food, clean water and showers."
- —Garron Paduk and JD Fenix speaking about New Ephyra
New Ephyra was the capital city of the reconstituted Coalition of Ordered Governments founded some time after the end of the Locust War, located close to the ruins of Old Ephyra, the previous capital.
Following the end of the Locust War, the COG built the city of New Ephyra outside the ruins of Old Ephyra to serve as its new capital city. It began as a large encampment managed by surviving COG personnel, including Anya Stroud. At the time, future First Minister Mina Jinn was living as a stranded nearby, and the first time she met Stroud, who would become her mentor, she was invited to live at the New Ephyra encampment.
On the 25th anniversary of the end of the Locust War, First Minister Mina Jinn gave a speech to New Ephyra's citizens, highlighting the pivotal battles and conflicts of the past and the bright future that lay ahead for the COG.
New Ephyra was threatened by a surprise Swarm offensive in 42 A.E. The Swarm emerged in the Old Ephyra ruins, accompanied by the massive Kraken, and began advancing towards the city, forcing the defending COG Gears back. The COG and Delta-One made their final stand on New Ephyra's defensive wall. Railguns mounted on the wall kept the Kraken at bay long enough for Damon S. Baird to finish reactivating the Hammer of Dawn, which destroyed the creature and caused the Swarm to retreat, sparing the city from destruction for the time being.
New Ephyra was a planned city, designed by the COG to maximize the productivity and livelihood of citizens. it was built using raw materials salvaged from Old Ephyra, with its construction largely mechanized and automated. New Ephyra largely resembled the smaller Settlements, but was far larger in order to accommodate hundreds of thousands of citizens.
One side of New Ephyra was built against the mountains for natural defense while the rest of the city was guarded by a massive security barrier. All major roads in the city were designed to lead to Government House to make administering the populace more efficient. On the hills above the city lived the wealthier inhabitants who were either close with the government or entrepreneurs who owned the city's big companies. There was also had an industrial district for manufacturing, where DB Industries operated a largely autonomous factory that also employed thousands of technicians within the city.
Key infrastructural assets for New Ephyra were also located outside the city. This included New Ephyra Air Field, a maritime port, and a hydroelectric dam.
New Ephyra is home to at least hundreds of thousands of COG citizens, many of whom are younger (under the age of 25) thanks to a post-war population boom and COG pro-family public policy. Those who lived during the Locust War still make up the majority of the population while those who were adults during the Pendulum Wars are slowly retiring or passing away. The city is currently reaching the maximum of its population capacity, motivating the COG to build new Settlements a distance away to repopulate its territory.
DeeBees also make up a significant portion of the population, performing the necessary work that is too dangerous or exerting for humans. The standard of living in New Ephyra is much higher than Outsider communities or Picker groups with citizens benefiting from organized prosperity, assured security and advanced technology. However, personal freedoms are somewhat limited by the Government. There is a nightly curfew with DeeBee patrols ordering citizens to remain on their property. Citizens require permission to leave New Ephyra for other settlements, and it is difficult to leave COG territory for the Wilds. Jinn also monitors much of the city using the DeeBees' cameras.