Flag of Columbia

Columbia, also known as the United Republic of Columbia, is a city floating in the sky, commissioned by the United States government and founded by Zachary Hale Comstock as a symbol of American political and religious ideals. The city, capable of flight due to the scientific discoveries of physicist Rosalind Lutece, was completed in 1893, and seceded from the United States in 1902. Since the death of Comstock, the city soon rebuilt itself and managed to purge itself from the Vox Populi, restoring its status quo. Despite its continued discrimination against Irish people, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and muslims, the restored nation managed to establish some changes, including its newly found tolerance towards the Jews and Homosexuals. Despite this, it remained fanatically loyal to Comstock, whom they now proclaimed him to be a martyr. However, when it encountered both the Alliance of Nations, the Coalition of Independent States, and the Axis of Empires, primarily the Empire of the Combine Race and the Helghast Empire, the city decided to declare itself neutrality from the conflict and both three superpowers began to hold peaceful diplomatic relations with it ever since. Within the Beta Zi'nini universe by 2030, it soon moved itself to Mars, where it could be in peace and ensure the survival of its traditions.

Politics and Foreign Policy[edit | edit source]

Eugene Cottonfield, founder of the Constitutional Party of Columbia.

Originally, the floating city was divided between two major factions: the xenophobic, pro-feudalist, theocratic party known as the Founders and the communistic, pro-totalitarian, revolutionary group called the Vox Populi. However, since the death of Comstock, the Founders forced the Vox Populi to disband itself, which later became the Communist Party of Columbia (which denied Comstock as a prophet in support of "true" Christian beliefs). In time, as it reconstructed itself, a new political group consisting of far-right, atheistic, racist, pro-nationalist extremists formed the Nationalist-Enlightenment Party (mirroring Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party) soon became a major faction that threatened to overcome the influence of both the Founders and the Communists. nevertheless, the Founders remain the dominant political party in power and had been ever since. Small conservative and liberal groups with more democratic views also exist, but have little influence within Columbian politics. By the 1960's, the last major political party to emerge consisted of an all-white, Protestant, Judeo-Christian movement that later formed into the Constitutional Party of Columbia, led by the flamboyant racist Eugene Cottonfield (called by his political rivals as the "white Negro", due to the fact that his great grandfather was born with an African-American mother and a white father), who promoted segregation and yet denounced the other three major factions while accusing them of "un-patriotic fear-mongering". While being a competitive ground for all of the major parties, Columbia, nevertheless, prefers to be a neutral nationstate in order to preserve the status quo. Currently, Columbia is under the leadership of the Comstock Twins (Edmund and Elizabeth II), who are descendants of Elizabeth the "Lamb of Columbia".

Although home to racism and xenophobia, Columbian society often rejects the model of Nazism, claiming that it did nothing more but killed off fellow white men in the process under a tyrannical heretic (referring to Adolf Hitler), regardless if the victims were either Jewish or Christian. Since Comstock's death and the rise and fall of the Nazis in Germany, antisemitism (ironic considering they once were anti-Semitic themselves) was officially banned by the Founders and gave the Jews the title of "honorary white men" while denouncing the atrocities committed by participators of the Holocaust. There are even propaganda posters of Anne Frank that depict her as both a hero and ally to Columbians and Jews alike. Soldiers were sent into Europe in 1944 within very small numbers to fight against Adolf Hitler's Germany when Nazi made a failed attempt in sabotaging Finkton in order to prevent the floating city from producing more supplies for the Allies. Communists are also despised, but are not considered a threat to society as they once were before, possibly because of the chaotic downfall of the Vox Populi. Columbia is also extremely isolationist and tends to appear to be somewhat "eccentric" in the eyes of tourists. Sometimes, beyond Columbia's territory, citizens within other nations usually make jokes out of them while addressing them as "flying hillbillies", "aerial bible-trumpers", and "yankee sky-dwellers".

However, as many have noted over the years, Columbia become increasingly more dependent on the Alliance and Axis to the point that many Columbians have started saying that Columbia is less Independent as it's more dependent on the Alliance and Axis.

Relations with the Alliance of Nations[edit | edit source]

During Columbia's economic depression in the 20's and 30's, many Anglo-Saxon citizens turned to fascism and Nazi idealism. Soon, thy denounced religion, Comstock, communism, Jews, the elite, homosexuals, and the Vox Populi equally, which gave rise to the Nationalist-Enlightenment Party.

Although highly uninterested with joining with the Alliance of Nations, Columbia does have friendly relations with it the most, compared to other powers in the multiverse. Columbia, within Comstock Square, even holds an Allied Embassy and much military-supplies are given to the Allies by the Columbian government. Sugars, Vigors, and the Sky-Hook system were offered to the Alliance in return for cheap, yet efficient starships to protect the city and the rest of its colonies on Mars.

Relations with the Aeldari[edit | edit source]

Since 1953, when a few Aeldari survivors crashed landed on Emporia, the Columbian government appears to hold rather negative views towards them, due to their "elf-like" appearance. Since then, the Aeldari who live within the floating city are often discriminated by the Anglo-Saxon majority for their appearance while being called "pale-skinned Injun elves" by the city's inhabitance. The Founders tend to put high surveillance upon Aeldari communities, fearing that intermixing between humans and Aeldari would result in the birth of abominations. Such paranoia even caught the attention of the Nationalist-Enlightenment Party, which demanded that all aliens within Columbia should be exterminated at sight. However, the Founders, who control the government, reject the idea of committing genocide and instead established a two-child policy in 1982 to prevent the Aeldari minority from outnumbering humans. 

Between 1990 and 1992, a major crisis known as the Eldar Rebellion of 1990, occured within Finkton and spread into Emporia, killing 30 citizens, men and women alike, in the process. Eventually, however, the Columbian military brought down the rebellion and a status quo was established with further surveillane placed upon the aliens.

Relations with the Axis of Empires[edit | edit source]

While being a neutral nation, Columbia nevertheless holds relations with the Axis of Empires that are equally as friendly as with the Alliance of Nations. It can also be noted that a minority of Helghast live in the city and are treated as equals, since they are descendents of the British colonists on Helghan. While not giving military support to the Axis, they appear to trade other goods such as the Vigors and Salts, which they also offer to the Alliance. Although neither one of the two have ever given away new military technology, the Axis did introduced the Helghast AA Guns to columbia incase of airborne invasions against the city.

Relations with the Coalition[edit | edit source]

Despite being neutral, the city of Columbia somehow shows some hostility towards the Coalition of Independent States (above all others, the Ork). Viewing them as primitive savages, looters, and cannibals, the city often shows little support for them, in comprison to their relations to the Axis and the Alliance.

Relations with Y Bioshock Universe UN[edit | edit source]

A Columbian propaganda poster during the events of the Planetary Cold War.

Within the Y Universe, Columbia was re-discovered on Mars in 2050 by the United Nations. Three years later, an arms race known as the Planetary Cold War soon occured between Earth and Mars, resulting in a series of proxy wars on their moons, assassination attempts, and technological competition. Eventually, by 2140, both of the two powers both eased tensions with each other and now currently trade with each other peacefully. However, despite such peace, relations remain dicey as Columbia denounces the UN's inherent traits of poverty, illiteracy, incest, class-warfare, disease, and nihilism.

Relations with the Democratic Union of Columbia[edit | edit source]

Both the United Republic and the Democratic Union of Columbia tend to have good relations, despite ideological differences. Trade and financial support between the two ensure the improvement of foreign policy and national security. It is also known that they both have good relations with the Alliance of Nations, which increases the benefit for the two.

Relations with Venus[edit | edit source]

Although little is known of the two neutral nations, it can be said that relations between Columbia and the Kingdom of Great Venus are often at a good, benefitial status, in whch they trade with each other peacefully, despite ideological differences between each other. It is also said that Columbian forces aided the kingdom during the final years of the Planetary Cold War, in which a failed attempt of invading Venus launched by the pre-nuclear United Nations took place. A Venusian embassy can be found alongside the Alliance embassy within the floating city of Columbia. They even share an alliance with Aquania, in which they both have good relations and share a history of comradeship and honor on the battlefield during the events of the Planetary Cold War.

Relations with the Semerians[edit | edit source]

Columbia did not appear to have any word from a galactic superpower until the year 2154, when the Semerian Commonwealth declared itself as the "dominant power in the galaxy" with the Semerian people as the "master race". Demanding that all of humanity should be brought back into their rightful place as slaves to their ape-like masters, the Commonwealth even threatened to destroy the city of Columbia as an exapmle to those who would challenge its fascist dictatorship. Mockingly, the people of Columbia laugh at the Semerians and replied that the only "true master race" is the Anglo-Saxon race. Infuriated, the Commonwealth launched a missle upon one of Columbia's nearby factory complexes, which crippled the production of luxury. As a result, the Columbians remain hostile towards the Commonwealth and declare it as a major threat to both columbia and humanity itself.

Relations with the Terran Confederation[edit | edit source]

Overview[edit | edit source]

Columbia originally floated above the North American continent and was comprised of neoclassical buildings similar to cities in the American Northeast (such as Boston) existing in the early days of the United States. It eventually moved into the planet Mars, where they had terraformed the planet. While reactors, propellers and balloons are present throughout the city, its ability to float is due to quantum levitation which allows objects to be suspended indefinitely. The city is also designed with "rain-catchers" that collect water from precipitation in the clouds to keep the vegetation and populace supplied with water.

The city was designed with docking stations and propulsion devices to allow its building sections to move about independantly. Columbia was constructed for long distance travel, allowing for national and international tours. The city had a regular route across the United States with periodic stops near major cities, connecting to relay stations which contain transport rockets. These rockets function as a means of entry into Columbia, accessible via coded signal. Columbia's internal means of transportation include zeppelins, Cargo Barge|cargo barges, hovercrafts, gondolas, and Sky-Lines. By the 1930's, fighter planes, refrigerators, television, and floating plane-carriers were developed much later.Bridges are also automated to connect with different moving portions of the city at various stations, scheduled like any other transportation system.

A Columbian propaganda poster, made in the 1940's, that praises Anne Frank as a hero and ally of Columbia, showing its newly found tolerance towards the Jews.

Columbia's Purpose[edit | edit source]

Zachary Comstock named his city after an angel, he claims  showed him a vision of a city in the air, and asserts that he was chosen to lead people to a "New Eden." This vision signified him being a prophet. After meeting Rosalind Lutece and learning of her Lutece Field, he used his connections in Congress to propose the construction of the city, in which he would eventually play the role of prophet and leader.

The U.S. government intended Columbia to be a showcase of American exceptionalism. The city was launched to great fanfare in 1893 at The World's Columbian Exposition, and was later dispatched to distant shores. What began as an endeavor of achievement and hope went badly wrong. In 1901, during the Boxer Rebellion, Columbia fired on Chinese civilians who had taken American hostages. This event revealed the floating city was a heavily armed aerial battleship, capable of unleashing devastation across the world. A rift emerged between leadership in Columbia and Washington and, in response, Columbia seceded from the Union the following year and disappeared into the clouds. Comstock now had complete control over the city, transforming it from a floating world fair to a theocratic police state.

This emerging utopia had its flaws. Comstock's regime believed that Columbia represented the true society envisioned by the Founding Fathers and viewed America and the rest of the world with contempt, describing it as "the Sodom Below." Institutionalized racism and elitism were widespread in Columbia, with Anglo-Saxon supremacy widely asserted by the upper classes. People of "minority races" were subjugated in Columbia, with some (such as eventual Vox Populi leader Daisy Fitzroy) brought in to serve as slaves or indentured servants. Racial segregation was heavily enforced within the city, to the point where interracial couples faced the risk of a public stoning. As a result of this separation, minorities were largely relegated to menial labor with no opportunity for upward mobility. The hard labor workforce at Fink Manufacturing (well-known for mistreating its workers) was chiefly composed of the city's minority population.

Such policies are widely accepted by the majority of the upper and middle class, though some exceptions existed. Torture and murder of minorities is ignored by the main political party in Columbia, the Founders, along with the Columbian police authorities. Control was covertly enforced brutally by a white supremacist group, the Fraternal Order of the Raven.

Columbia is a militantly pseudo-Christian society, based upon the cult of Father Comstock as a divine prophetic figure. Deviation from this state-imposed dogma was considered unacceptable. The Founders, led by Comstock, were the prevailing political faction in Columbia, retaining exclusive control over the city's society, government and business infrastructure. They enforced Comstock's religious and social vision, and in turn benefited from it as part of the privileged social strata.

Religious Beliefs and Philosophies[edit | edit source]

Major beliefs held by citizens in Columbia:[edit | edit source]

  • The Founders - The majority of Columbia's citizens worshiped Father Comstock, following his word blindly and trusting wholly in his prophecies. As a result, they stood by his decision to intervene in the Boxer Rebellion, and Columbia's subsequent secession. The people of the city also worshiped Elizabeth as the Lamb of Columbia, believing she would fulfill Comstock's prophecies in years to come. The Founders also worshipped the Founding Fathers -- particularly George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin -- as religious icons. Each of the three was associated with a different symbol, according to what they gave to mankind: Franklin was associated with the key, a symbol of knowledge; Jefferson was associated with the scroll, a symbol of law and order; and Washington was associated with the sword, a symbol of power and justice.

A Zealot of the Lady in white.

  • Fraternal Order of the Raven - The Order was an even more radical branch of the Founders, tasking itself with the brutal enforcement of white supremacist policies and the assassination of Vox Populi figures, chief among them Daisy Fitzroy. They revered John Wilkes Booth as their central figure and demonized Abraham Lincoln as a corrupt figure of evil. They also revered Lady Comstock, and worshiped the sword, the raven, and the coffin in her memory. Eventually, with the death of Comstock, the Order soon turned against the Founders and other political parties and thus became a terrorist group.
  • Buddhism - The belief of awakened enlightenment, followed mostly by the Chinese immigrants in Columbia. This belief was regarded with hostility within Columbia, and was practiced in secret. Chen Lin and his wife were followers of Buddhism when Booker and Elizabeth first encountered them; however, in an alternate reality, Mrs. Lin was white and followed the Founders.
  • Social Darwinism - Darwinism as a scientific theory did not feature prominently in Columbia, but was known and marked as taboo -- on the shores of Battleship Bay, a citizen can be heard attempting to discussing Darwinism and is hastily hushed by his companion. In spite of this, Columbian society employed warped Darwinian concepts as justification for their bigotry. However, since the death of Comstock, scientific darwinism, mixed with scientific racism, was later supported by both the people and the government in order to continue racial segregation.

A female member of the Columbian Police.

  • Feminism - Unlike other traditionalist societies, the city of Columbia seems to show pride in expressing pro-feminist views and has been since its completion. Some women ususally serve as Police members, artists, scientists, or even politicians for the matter, as Columbia's social hierarchy is more likely focused on race instead of gender.
  • Zionism - Although it has little influence, groups of Zionists do exist in the post-Comstock era who seek to either conquer Israel back on Earth or simply create another floating city called New Jerusalem and have both it and Columbia merge into a more larger nation. They are also extremely supportive towards Jewish communities.

Business[edit | edit source]

Columbia appears to hold a hysterical, and yet disturbingly racist, sense of entertainment, especially including throwing baseballs on interracial couples during a raffle. However, such entertainment is frowned upon by tourists.

Fink Manufacturing was the largest business in Columbia, as well as its largest employer and manufacturer. Due to a high demand for Vigors in Columbia, Fink Manufacturing bottled and distributed Vigors produced by independent, contracted businesses, such as Marlowe for Murder of Crows. The work floor at Fink Manufacturing showed its dominance in various markets -- one floor, for example, was devoted to automated turrets, while the one above focused on children's toys.

Smaller businesses produced various items for the people of Columbia, the Founders, and the Vox. However, most of these companies were quickly bought out by Fink's business empire, leaving him the sole distributor for goods in the city. There were some exceptions, such as the Duke & Dimwit Company, which produced propaganda pieces via books, toys and machines.

Despite these business opportunities, 50% of every Silver Eagle earned went directly to Comstock, which deeply affected the laborers of Columbia. Furthermore, Fink's price gouging and heavy-handed exploitation of his workers forced them into poverty, frequently leading to starvation and disease. This, in turn, further exacerbated the rise of the Vox Populi. By the time of Comstock's death, however, Fink's son took over and and repeated the same tactics as his father without forcing them into poverty, starvation, and disease, stating that unhappy workers don't make obedient, efficient ones. The Forgerooms were soon added below the rebuilt Finkton factory, where more advanced technology would be constructed, including robots.

Science and Technology[edit | edit source]

Columbia's military was slowly improved and rebuilt after Comstock's death, resulting into an era of technological advancement between the 1920's and 1960's.

Comstock believed that scientific knowledge was the blueprint of "God's work," and that it could therefore be practiced and controlled in the name of God. Almost every advancement in Columbia was the direct product of the mind of Rosalind Lutece, a quantum physicist and one of the most prominent scientists of her time. Her work led to the discovery of the Lutece Field, a field capable of manipulating the properties of subatomic particles. One such application was the suspension of particles in space, facilitating the creation of airborne machinery and, by extension, the city of Columbia.

Following her work on the Lutece Field, Rosalind Lutece made an even more ground-breaking discovery: the device she created allowed her to interact with parallel realities, leading her to contact her duplicate from another universe, Robert Lutece. Through their joint effort, they developed machinery capable of creating contingencies in the space-time continuum, or Tears, allowing Robert to travel to Rosalind's reality (albeit at a great physical cost).

Rosaline Lutece, a famous Columbian scientist.

Father Comstock interpreted these Tears as revelatory visions of the future, precipitating his delusions of grandeur. Through use of these Tears he orchestrated the transfer of Anna DeWitt, rechristened as Elizabeth, to Columbia as his successor, unknowingly giving birth to her reality-bending powers by splitting her form across multiple realities. In an attempt to control her powers, he had the Luteces engineer several Siphons, devices capable of feeding off of her energy. Their experiments nonetheless led to the spontaneous formation of Tears around Columbia.

While most citizens regarded these Tears as a mere curiosity, individuals such as Jeremiah and Albert Fink exploited the insight they offered into parallel technologies. Whereas Albert simply used Tears as a means of trans-dimensional artistic theft, Jeremiah copied the designs of other researchers (some of them hinted to be from Rapture) in order to create radically new technologies, such as Vigors, Voxophones and Motorized Patriot. Based on the blueprints of an armored suit, he engineered the development of the Songbird Defense System.

Columbian Security agents overlooking the safety of the mining complexes.

Eventually, thanks to trade with the Alliance and the Axis, Columbia's technology improved and thus enabled the city-state to obtain technology similar to that of the 21st century. Eventually, while seeking new resources on the planet Mars, Columbia's citizens begin to enjoy new technological wonders, resulting in hugher life expectancies, higher birth rates, the increase in literacy and education, and better transportation. Since the city's annexation of the planet, Columbia has become a rich, prosperous natio, despite the fact that it continues to practice racial segregation and religious fanaticism.

Robotics[edit | edit source]

A robotic-miner build to harvest ores, diamonds, and other minerals for the Columbian society.

With their technology progressing rapidly between the 1920's and 90's, the Columbians were capable of creating AI's and robotic servants in their own image in order to perform tasks such as mining, educating, nursing, guarding, and collecting. Although humans continue to employ themselves as teachers and college professors, they still seek aid from such machines, making education much more understandable and efficient. Very few Columbians reject having machines among the human populance, since a vast majority support the ideal of science as a blueprint to "God's work". Machines that turned against the Columbians are either imprisoned, executed, or banished into the desert only to end up with a slow, painful death. Rarely any machines, excluding military airdrones, could ever be trusted in serving in the battlefield compared to more "fleshy and human" soldiers.

Conspiracy and Revenge against Comstock[edit | edit source]

As Zachary Comstock observed the Tears engineered by the Lutece twins, he became convinced that the glimpses of potential futures were in fact prophetic visions. Styling himself as the Prophet, he envisioned a future in which Columbia would bring forth a cleansing apocalypse across the world below, reshaping it in the city's image. However, repeated exposure to the device left him sterile, prematurely aged and terminally ill. In search of an heir, he used the Luteces' device to travel to an alternate universe in 1893 and purchase the daughter of his counterpart, Booker DeWitt. He rechristened her Elizabeth, and established her birth as the result of a miraculous seven-day pregnancy. The transfer also granted Elizabeth the power to create Tears when one closed on her little finger, causing her to exist in multiple realities.

Lady Comstock, the Prophet's wife, did not take kindly to this fraud. Unwilling to listen to Rosalind Lutece's explanation, she accused her and Comstock of having an affair, and threatened to reveal Elizabeth's true nature to the public. Desperate to maintain the myth surrounding the Lamb of Columbia, Father Comstock orchestrated Lady Comstock's murder and framed her scullery maid, Daisy Fitzroy, for the crime. However, Daisy escaped custody and went on to lead the Vox Populi as revenge against the Founders. In order to preserve secrecy, he also engineered the sabotage of the Lutece Twins' device in an attempt to murder them and cover up their deaths. Unbeknownst to him, the accident actually scattered them across the space-time continuum, allowing them to travel freely across all realities. Determined to set things right, they contacted Booker DeWitt and arranged his journey to Columbia.

Events of BioShock Infinite[edit | edit source]

Upon transfer to Comstock's reality, Booker's memories are rewritten: rather than setting out to find his daughter, he believes he has been tasked with retrieving Elizabeth in order to wipe away his debt.

Comstock receives information of Booker's arrival at the Welcome Center while setting his plan in motion.

Booker arrives in Columbia and is directed to find Monument Island. Travelling through to the 1912 Raffle and Fair, he is found out to be the False Shepherd, an evil figure prophecized to lead the Lamb of Columbia astray. Immediately, he is hunted down by Comstock's forces, and must fight his way through to Monument Island. There, he meets Elizabeth and is beset upon by Songbird, her giant mechanized jailer. He chases the two down, destroying large portions of the city and part of the Monument in the process, before they escape to Battleship Bay. Later on, the two gain access to The First Lady, an airship capable of taking them to the mainland. However, the two get separated, and Booker finds himself forced to work for Daisy Fitzroy: in order to regain the airship, he must find Chen Lin, an arms manufacturer sympathetic to the Vox Populi's cause, so that they may lead an armed revolution against the Founders.

Booker and Elizabeth reunite in Finkton, and travel inside to find that Chen Lin has been murdered by Jeremiah Fink's men. Elizabeth then creates a Tear to a parallel reality in which Chen Lin is still alive, albeit with his tools confiscated. Setting out to Shantytown to find his tools, the two travel through to another Tear in which Columbia is in the middle of an uprising. In this reality, Booker DeWitt was a martyr of the Vox who died for their cause. Fighting their way back to Finkton, the two are discovered by Daisy Fitzroy who orders their execution. At the summit of Fink Manufacturing, Elizabeth kills Daisy after she murders Fink to prevent her from killing a young boy in cold blood. Though the two manage to come back on board the First Lady, they are attacked by Songbird, who crashes the airship into Emporia.

Set upon by both the Founders and the Vox, who are rapidly putting the city to ruin, Booker and Elizabeth attempt to gain access to Comstock House. To do so, they must collect a hand from Lady Comstock to bypass a lock. However, Father Comstock activates a Siphon at her grave and resurrects his dead wife as the Siren. Confused and angry, this new entity attacks Booker, using her powers to send armies of dead soldiers against him. Through three Tears, the two discover that Elizabeth is not in fact Comstock's daughter, and that the latter had Lady Comstock and the Lutece twins murdered to keep her origins a secret. In a final battle, Elizabeth finally manages to appease the Siren, who blasts open the door to Comstock House.

As soon as they enter, Songbird appears, captures Elizabeth and brings her to Comstock House. In hot pursuit, Booker sets out to rescue her. Instead, he finds that he was too late, and that Elizabeth had been indoctrinated to become Comstock's successor. Fighting his way through Comstock House, he is greeted by an elderly Elizabeth, who explains to him that she felt remorse for her actions and brought him through a Tear to prevent her from turning into a monster. He then witnesses the destruction of New York in 1984, an event he had seen before in a recurring dream. Elizabeth then gives him a note for him to pass down to her younger self, and sends him back to the previous timeline.

Inside another part of Comstock House, Booker manages to rescue Elizabeth from torture. Together they board the Hand of the Prophet, Comstock's flagship. Elizabeth meets face-to-face with Comstock and demands he explain her true nature. He can only utter a cryptic response before Booker, in a fit of rage, beats him and drowns him in his own baptismal font. Determined to find answers, Elizabeth uses her older self's note to take control of Songbird and sets course for Monument Island, which houses the primary Siphon that had been limiting her powers all this time.

After fighting off waves of Vox Populi, Booker orders the destruction of the Siphon, unlocking Elizabeth's near-godlike powers. She effortlessly transports herself, Booker and Songbird to Rapture, crushing her guardian under the ocean's pressure and leaving Columbia for good. Through a series of Tears, Elizabeth reveals to Booker that Columbia and Rapture are connected via key elements, and are in fact the same city across different realities.

Current Status[edit | edit source]

Before Booker and Elizabeth departed Columbia for the Sea of Doors, the city is in ruins, devastated by the Vox Populi who burnt its districts to the ground. However, Elizabeth and Booker are determined to find the truth about her and to stop Comstock from ever harming her. When Booker discovers he is an alternate version of Comstock, he allows Elizabeth to drown him so that he is never able to make the choice that leads to Comstock's birth. With the elimination of Comstock across the timeline, many versions of Columbia's existence are also erased, and the events that occurred over the past twenty years vanish with it. Unexpectedly, however, one version of Columbia survived and rebuilt itself as it drove out the Vox Populi. It then improved itself until its technology level reached to that of the 21st century and enabled itself to colonize the planet Mars within their universe.

Locations[edit | edit source]

A ComstockM1 Tank fighting against pre-nuclear Earth forces on one of Mars's moons during the early years of the Planetary Cold War.

Columbia is composed of several distinct districts:

  • Emporia
    • Bank of the Prophet
    • Comstock House
      • Hand of the Prophet
    • Downtown Emporia
    • Emporia Towers
    • Lutece Labs
    • Memorial Gardens
    • Port Prosperity
    • Columbia Research Facility
    • Thoroughfare

      A Fleet of Columbian starships protecting Venus during the Planetary Cold War.

  • Finkton
    • Beggar's Wharf
    • Finkton Docks
    • Finkton Proper
    • Fort Franklin
    • Good Time Club
    • Plaza of Zeal
    • Shantytown
    • Worker Induction Center
    • The Forgerooms (built in 2040)
  • Monument Island
    • Monument Island Gateway
    • Monument Tower (destroyed in 1912 by Uprising; replaced with a giant lighthouse)
  • Soldier's Field
    • Arcade
    • Triumph Arch of the Planetary Cold War (completed in 2157)
    • Battleship Bay
    • First Lady's Aerodrome
      • The First Lady
    • Hall of Heroes
      • First Lady's Memorial
    • Soldier's Field Welcome Center
  • Welcome Center
    • Allied Embassy (built in 1954)
    • Venusian Embassy (built in 2155)
    • Church of Comstock
    • Comstock Center Rooftops
    • Fraternal Order of the Raven
    • Garden of New Eden
    • New Eden Square
    • Raffle Square
    • Shady Lane
    • Father Comstock Memorial (built in 1920)

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