Final Fantasy VII: Stories of the Lifestream
Midgar is the capital city and power base of the Shinra Electric Power Company.
Midgar is the most technologically advanced location ever constructed on the planet of Gaia, consisting of a large circular structure supported above the ground by eight reactors and a central pillar, with various other supports around the city. On top of the structure lies the city proper, divided into eight sectors, while underneath it on the ground lies a large slum; created by the city’s unfortunate and downtrodden. It’s been mentioned Midgar was once eight individual towns, but as Midgar came into existence their names were forgotten in favor of referring to the different areas as sectors.
Governed as a police state, the city is home to some of the richest and most powerful men and women on the Planet, who run most of the city’s affairs from the central Shinra Building which dominates the cityscape. Among these people are the Shinra executives, the de facto world leader, President Shinra, and the figurehead city leader, Mayor Domino.
Construction of the city began in 1976, to provide residence for the Shinra Electric Power Company’s growing investment and employment base. The city is shown to be under continuous construction throughout the years.
Thanks to its eight Mako Reactors, the city’s massive power-demands were easily met, but at a cost to the surrounding countryside, which has become a barren wasteland due to the city sapping the surrounding Mako energy. Due to this, the city and its reactors are a prime target for terrorism/rebel groups like AVALANCHE who seek to restore the Planet to its former state and stop Shinra from sapping its life energy.
During their off-time, Shinra employees go out into the city, seeing sights such as LOVELESS Avenue in Sector 8, or visit friends by the rail system to travel down to the slums. The Sector 8 square is a short walk away from the Sector 1 train station, which is directly connected to Sector 5.
Described as a “technological pizza”, the city is divided up into nine sectors; Sectors 1 through 8 all refer to the eight districts of the city, with Sector 0 being the central district which holds the main headquarters of Shinra. Each Sector has a Mako Reactor.
Access to the ground-level slums can only be achieved either via the city’s train system or via hidden paths threaded throughout the city’s sewer system.
The Shinra Headquarters dominates the Midgar skyline from Sector 0. Mayor Domino works in the building’s upper floors. Although supposedly in control of the city, he is little more than a librarian; President Shinra himself rules the city from the top floor, with executive Reeve Tuesti in charge of the city’s urban development.
The Sector 1 station is called North Edge Station.
This sector is under the Shinra Electric Power Company’s control. Like every sector of the metropolis, it is composed of both Slums and Plate sections. It is also the location of the Sector 5 Church, also commonly referred to as Aerith’s Church, which is presumably deserted.
It is under the Shinra Electric Power Company’s control. Like every sector of the metropolis, it is composed of both Slums and Plate sections, however, much of the Sector 6 plate was destroyed in the battle with Zirconiade. The most notable locations of the area are Green Park and Wall Market.
Like every sector, it exists as both part of the slums and part of the plate. The most prominent location is the 7th Heaven, a bar and restaurant owned and operated by Tifa Lockhart.
The main entertainment area in Midgar, with LOVELESS Avenue being its prominent area of business and art. There the Genesis Fanclub meets and performances of the ancient epic LOVELESS take place. Sector 8 is the only one that gives a glimpse of life in Midgar that those who escape the poverty of the Slums can enjoy. As a traditional training mission, all rookie Turks are sent to patrol Sector 8.
It is classified as a part of Sector 0.
A large slum that developed underneath the elevated city, the Midgar Slums are a warren of desperation and underhand/criminal activity.
Unlike the metropolitan top, the slums of Midgar are home to bitter poverty. Due to the “pizza” plate hundreds of feet above their head, the people of the slums can go their entire lives without ever once seeing the sky. While the top is designed with cobble-stone paths and fine architecture, the slums below represent the severe desperation of its population with buildings ranging from permanent structures like houses and cottages, to crude edifices such as mobile-homes and huts. The homeless have to make do with whatever shelter they can find.
The slums are filled with junk discarded from the upper plate and ruins of the days they were still separate towns. Monsters, those that have either escaped from various Shinra facilities or have crept in from the wild, roam the abandoned areas between the sectors. Crime flourishes in this rough environment due to the lack of law and order.
Criminal syndicates, like that under Don Corneo, serve vices of all kinds – and of all preferences. The Wall Market especially is home to nearly every perversion imaginable. Shinra allows such practices to go unregulated thanks to the Don being a valuable informant for terrorist activities based in the slums.
The most notable locations are the 7th Heaven (Sector 7), Sector 5 Church, Honey Bee Inn in Wall Market (Sector 6), and Train Graveyard next to the Sector 7 slums.
A wasteland that surrounds the city and slums of Midgar, the Midgar Wasteland is the result of Shinra’s siphoning of the area’s Mako energy, sapping the Planet of its life energy.
The Sewer is located underneath Wall Market and connects to the Train Graveyard.
Midgar is located to the North-West on Gaia’s Eastern continent directly at the center of the Midgar Wasteland.