The Wall is a fortification that surrounds the City of Nottingham’s Inner Circle, separating it from the Outer Circle regions. The Wall spans from the mouth of the River Derwent in the south of Nottingham to the coastline north of Hunting House. Along with Champions Arena – which the Wall was built around, and which can be accessed from both the Inner and Outer circles – the Wall contains three major gates that provide passageway between the Inner and Outer circles. These are the Southern and Northern Gates, and the High Gate which sits near the Eye.
Plans for the Wall were initially signed off on in 2015, with then Prince Regent John Fitzwalter stirring up support from the electorate. The electorate pressured council members to vote in favour of the Wall, due to growing fears surrounding the rebellions in the Outer Circle. Construction began in early 2016. The opening was in 2017, after only an 18-month build. Along with the Wall, construction was completed for the Inner Circle Barracks, which were built into the Wall to house the majority of the City’s security officers and soldiers. The barracks are home to the City Guards, High Guards, and the Guardsmen.
Since its construction, the Wall has been a flashpoint of social unrest and often volatile showings of discontent amongst those relegated to a significantly harsher life in the Outer Circle. Life within the Wall has benefitted hugely from the hierarchy it has established, with the majority of the city’s wealth and resources being pooled in the Inner Circle. While the effects of the Change and the Long Famine can still be felt, better food distribution, diminished crime, and well-funded healthcare have made life for the Inner Circle’s affluent inhabitants significantly more sustainable than that outside the wall. A lack of funding for the communities distributed throughout the Outer Circle has caused infrastructure to deteriorate. The Wall itself has enabled the unequal distribution of food across Nottingham, even though it is primarily produced in the Outer Circle’s facilities. As a result, it has been a primary aim for the Rebellion to have the Wall pulled down.