District 10 was a major industrial and factory section of Palomar City. Many of today’s concerns with skynesting and immigration were born in District 10, as the majority of the population is from South East Asia. In the 1990’s due to political shifts in their homelands, hundreds of thousands of immigrants set out for America. Tens of thousands landed illegally first at the ports of District 09 which marked the Great Population Boom. These immigrant workers were then funneled on foot, in containers or in trucks and transport trains, through a series of interconnected factories and warehouses, into District 10.
Because the Gates had essentially created a walled-off ghetto of cultural and ethnic concentration, the flood of immigrants into District 10 did not readily travel throughout the city. As the population of the district swelled in the mid 90’s, factory owners and landlords faced with being unable to expand housing laterally, began to build vertically. The new construction on top of existing buildings created dormitories, or even full, thriving, city-like communities of immigrant families high above street-level. This became known as skynesting.
After hundreds were killed in a various devastating fires, the City got its first glimpse of these “shanty-towns in the sky”. The demands for oversight were raised and so was an army of opposition, not just from factory owners, but from the immigrants themselves. The threat of regulation put fear and contempt in the hearts and minds of these seemingly juxtaposed groups and a dangerous symbiosis was formed.
In 2000 the Culture Clashes began in the heart of District 10. When a fifty-strong STRC Force unsuccessfully stormed the Yangon Building . At the end of the day, between both sides, 15 were dead and for the next 10 years the District fought to gain control of its own border and Gates. The ultimate result was that more power was shifted to the local leaders to govern their own Districts, including control of the gates themselves.