| Location in Kantonia|
|Founding Date||c. 500 BCE|
|Area||TBD km² (TBD sq mi)|
| 2,807,172 |
TBD/km² (TBD/sq mi)
|Lord Mayor||Alberto Paulo|
|Administrative Divisions||4 Districts: Republic District, Old Town, New Town, and North Zarka|
|Time Zones||XCT (Xianbian Central Time) (AMT +1)|
Centro Carlos Belmonte
Centro Carlos Belmonte (pictured above), commonly referred to as Belmonte, is the business district of Zarka. While not as significant as San Armando in Bekarion, Belmonte is still one of the largest business districts in Kantonia, and many businesses are headquartered here. Belmonte is also the financial hub of Kantonia, home to the Zarka Stock Exchange and many prominent banks.
Zarka's Old City is rich with history. Most of the buildings date back to the 1600s, but there are a precious few all the way from the days of the Evanian Empire. The Old City is one of Zarka's most popular tourist attractions, and has many museums and historic/archaeological sites open to the public.
Ezakon Square is another one of Zarka's most famous attractions. The world-famous Victory Arch, and the statue of King Alfonso II on horseback, was built in 1842 to celebrate Aspenia's triumph over TBD. For many years after that, the Victory Arch was used as the main entryway to Zarka. Rua de Naranjas, the street beyond the arch, became an important center of commerce. Recently, many cafes and boutiques have occupied Rua de Naranjas, making Ezakon Square the Zarkan counterpart of Bekarion's Avenida Plata. Plaza Ezacon is part of Old Town (The area of buildings dating back to the 1800s is called Old Town, Ciudad Viejo itself is just the main part of it).
Merea, also known as the Zarkan Waterfront, is the hub of Zarka's nightlife. The buildings that once housed warehouses and markets in the 1900s are now occupied by trendy nightclubs. Many upscale restaurants have also made their home here. Among the locals, the Merea Promenade is a favorite spot for an evening stroll.
Distrito Republica is the center of Kantonian government. Almost all establishments of the government have their headquarters here. Republic Hall, the Nation House, the Supreme Court, and Parque Memorial all call the Republic District their home.