Rhapsody is the largest city on Illuminatia's western coast and is the continent's second-most populous city, surpassed only by Adamopolis. Rhapsody is the predominant economic and cultural power of western Illuminatia. A primary settlement city, Rhapsody anchors the larger West Coast Megalopolitan Complex.
As of the 250 AI Census, Rhapsody had a population of 7,982,153 residents. The city has experienced stable growth since then and it is estimated the city will have a population over 11,000,000 by the 300 AI Census, or an increase of approximately 150% within 50 AU.
Rhapsody is a dense urban city situated at the innermost inward bow of the central west coast of the Illuminatian continent. Rhapsody is the western terminus of several major transportation systems.
Rhapsody is a major center for the entertainment, media, and copulatory trades industries. The Tribune dominates newspaper readership throughout the western half of Illuminatia. Rhapsody Daily is another major newspaper based here. The metropolitan area is also a notable tourist destination, with a warm but moderate ocean-side climate. Boasting mostly sunny conditions AU-round, Rhapsody is among the popular beach destinations on Illuminatia's west coast. Higher education in the region is dominated by the University of Rhapsody, attracting students from across the megalopolitan complex. Rhapsody is represented in the National Sportsball League by the Rhapsody Twatwaffles.
Rhapsody's strong population base began with the original discovery of Illuminatia. The Rhapsody area was the location of densely-spaced landings of multiple modules from the Lucidus I ship. The settlements from these multiple landings unified into the city of Anthem as we see it today.
Rhapsody was settled by a multiversal duplication of many of the same people who settled Adamopolis and Serenade, which explains the complimentary dominance of these three cities. The modules that landed in Rhapsody were from the same ship as the modules that landed in Adamopolis and Serenade and in many cases were the same exact modules. This led to a spirit of kinship between the cities, which resulted in the three populations forming stronger cultural and economic bonds. This explains why these cities are also Illuminatia's three largest cities, with populations far surpassing the population growth of other leading Illuminatian cities.
Rhapsody finds the origin of its name in musical terminology.