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Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA
Founded by: Johnny Mercer
Link: Official Site
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Founded in 1942 by songwriter and performer Johnny Mercer, the label was absorbed by EMI in 1955, and became one of the largest US record labels (with the help of such acts as The Beatles and The Beach Boys -- not that it was doing too shabby before and not that EMI's money and clout didn't help, either). They're still going strong today, running many spinoff labels, distributing some of EMI's European acts and also providing distribution for some other indie labels like Matador.
The High Council resided in the Capitol and there was a transmat system that linked the Council's room to the Death Zone. Other Time Lord buildings on Gallifrey included the Time Lord Academy. (DW: The Five Doctors, The Sound of Drums)
During the Last Great Time War The Citadel was badly damaged by Dalek Saucers even though the Capitol was protected by a system of dual-turrets that shot down the saucers and the crashed saucers remained on the surface next to the citadel. (DW: The End of Time)
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Before the Great War, the United States Capitol Building housed the legislative branch of the government of the United States. It is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the east end of the Capital Mall. The other side of the Capitol opens onto Seward Square.
The building is broken into a number of areas. The most common way to enter the building is from the West side of the building from the mall, and this takes you to the appropriately-named "Capitol Building West Entrance". One can also explore the "Capitol Building East Entrance", the "Conference Room", and the "Hall of Columns". The Rotunda, although centrally located, is considered part of the "Capitol Building West Entrance".
The Capitol serves as the battleground for a major conflict between the Super Mutants, Talon Company and the Enclave , although its not unheard of for there to be Slavers, Raiders, or Brotherhood of Steel Knights there as well.
An Enclave Vertibird and kill team (with an Enclave-controlled Deathclaw) may be encountered on the steps of the Mall side of the building, while the rotunda of the building hosts a Super Mutant Behemoth (see Super Mutant Behemoth below). Not only are there Super Mutants near the rotunda of the building, there are also Super Mutants right before you go up the steps to the building.
The Super Mutant Behemoth can be found in the Capitol Rotunda. There are two ways to go about killing him.
If you just want him dead, the smartest move would be to enter the hallway next to the entrance to the dome area, this should lead you to a terminal you can hack to activate the turret system. Remember to deactivate the turrets, as they will be hostile to everything in the room. After he is taken down, you can loot the various Mercs and Mutants for a large amount of ammo. There is also a large cache of missiles you can access once the room is clear - a Missile Launcher is provided as well, you don't even have to bring one. Even without hacking the turret, if the player stays completely out of the battle, the Talon Mercs may defeat the Behemoth on their own, due to superior numbers and the fact that one of them may carry a Fat Man. It is important to note that the Merc with the Fat Man is a hostile NPC. If you don't want you or your companion getting killed rush into the dome, target him in VATS, steal the weapon and run for it. If the Merc drops the Fat Man, be sure to beat your companion to the weapon. Companions do not take the blast radius of the Fat Man into account, often with disastrous results.
If you wish to take him down yourself for experience, be wary of the Mercs. As stated before, one comes equipped with a Fat Man, so it would be wise to enter sneaking mode and quickly take him out. At that point, he should go down with one or two Mini Nukes or a few missiles. There is also a Super Mutant with a Minigun on a ledge in the back of the room (the corpse will fall down, the ground isn't even, so it slips down). If you are low on ammo, there is a surprising amount on the corpse of the Behemoth.
One should be wary of idiotic actions that companions might take. The hallway facing the rotunda is completely safe from the behemoth, but, in spite of the ability to attack the enemy without reprisal, companions have a propensity for running in close to attack. If you are traveling with companions you may want to tell them to wait out of line-of-sight of the rotunda so that they can't see the behemoth or any other enemies within and will not rush to the assault. The Talon Company Mercs will take out most of the super mutants within leaving only behemoth. Once it is down to just the two of you, you can happily VATS him with the Plasma Rifle or anything else without injury.
It's a miracle how they got the Behemoth in there in the first place, since he doesn't fit in the hallways at all. It's possible he entered through the big opening in the roof dome. Though, considering that the Capitol has been a stronghold of the Super Mutants for some 100 years, it's also possible that he was the oldest one, and eventually grew into a Behemoth, inside of the Capitol.
Note that due to an occasional bug, the Behemoth can sometimes actually move out of the rotunda and into the room immediately proceeding the said rotunda. In this case, retreat into the corridor to avoid being attacked.
On May 8, 2007, Bethesda Softworks released a piece of Fallout 3 concept art by Craig Mullins depicting the Capitol after the Great War. This picture appeared then in an apparent terrorist threat, said to be shown in some islamist forum as a real-life would-be scenario, according to media. Source: http://www.news.com.au/al-qaeda-urges-use-of-wmd/story-e6frfkp9-1111116473744
Craig Mullins' concept art
Capitol in game
27 ABY (possibly reconstructed later)
The Imperial Palace was the residence of Emperor Palpatine during his reign over the Galactic Empire. He drastically rebuilt the Palace into a massive complex that became the tallest building on Coruscant.
When the New Republic took Coruscant, the Palace was shelled by New Republic forces. New Republic loyalists broke into the Palace, looting it and killing any officials or functionaries affiliated with the Galactic Empire.
Afterwards, the Palace was made the residence of the Chief of State, as well as the main governmental building. The New Republic attempted to change its name to the Capitol, Republic House, or its former title of Presidential Palace. Those names were rarely if ever used, even in official documents.
The Imperial Palace was destroyed during the Fall of Coruscant. With the Palace under siege, Borsk Fey'lya detonated a suicide bomb in his office. The resulting explosion killed Fey'lya and 25,000 Yuuzhan Vong warriors, and much of the Palace was destroyed. Supreme Overlord Shimrra would later locate his citadel near the remains of the Palace.
Although it was damaged, the palace survived the Yuuzhan Vong War. By 130 ABY, Roan Fel's Coruscant throne room was located in a pyramidal structure similar in appearance to the old Palace; presumably, if not a rebuilt Imperial Palace, the new building was constructed to resemble it.
Imperial Palace looked like a hybrid of a cathedral and a monumental pyramid, and bore much resemblance to a Sith Temple. Palpatine's redesigned palace had a total height of three kilometers, making it the tallest building on Coruscant. Beneath the structure of the Palace were a series of chambers that held the Imperial Information Center. There was also a facility used to train Emperor's Hands.
The Palace was made of polished gray-green rock and mirrored crystals. Even at night, the Palace never grew dark since blazing illumination from phosphorescent panels, glowspheres, and electroluminescence strips kept the structure in a shower of blazing light. The Palpatine Gardens were located on the grounds of the Palace.
The Grand Corridor, its centerpiece, featured high ceilings and cutglass windows. Designed by the Emperor himself, it was said to have open areas large enough to accommodate a Victory-class Star Destroyer.
Lining the main chamber were Ch'hala trees, which would continuously change color at sound vibrations. These trees were part of a spy system used by Emperor Palpatine, and later, Grand Admiral Thrawn, known as Delta Source. Above the Grand Corridor were cafes situated on balconies with a view of the busy streets below.
All of the residential floors of the Palace contained extensive libraries. Guests were housed within the President's Guests floor, which had previously been part of the Palace of the Republic that had been absorbed by the larger Palace structure. The Guest Floor was done in hand carved Fijisi wood.
During the New Republic era, the quarters of the Chief of State were located deep within the Palace core, and its "windows" were actually holographic screens, showing panoramic views taken by cameras outside. In 26 ABY, Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker lived in an apartment in the Palace.
The Palace contained over twenty thousand rooms and chambers in fifty connected structures. The people who worked there were expected to have a comlink at all times, because it was so easy to get lost. There were multiple tales of people getting lost in the Palace and never being seen again, and at least one, Frona Zeffla, died at her desk and was not found for at least one standard year.
It is possible that Palpatine or other high-ranking Imperials covered up unofficial executions as similar disappearances, but those theories were never confirmed. Emperor Palpatine was also said to have encouraged children of workers to play Hunter, a hide and seek like game, while their parents were working. Some games were said to have lasted for days.
Numerous architectural styles and design motifs could be found all over the Palace. In some areas, the structure was open and airy, with much illumination and transparisteel while others were dark with carved friezes on the ceiling. The walls of the Palace were made from cortosis, and its flooring included Wayland marble tiles.
At the highest tower of the Imperial Palace was the Emperor's throne room. It was a sunken auditorium, similar to a large crater, dug into bedrock. On the audience decks, there were flat stone benches arranged in long arcs, where visitors could come to hear any pronouncements from the Emperor himself.
What was unique about this chamber was that the audience could hear everything the Emperor said; the Emperor was also able to hear anything said to him from the audience decks. The slanted ceiling of the room was surrounded by gigantic purple and red Imperial banners. At the pinnacle of the throne room was an angled, prismatic skylight that poured rays of light onto Emperor Palpatine in his seat. Around the bottom of the tower at all time were six Emperor's Royal Guards protecting the Emperor.
In the Main Hall of the palace, there was a hanging painting of Padmé Amidala, as a sign of the recognition and respect of her services to the Galactic Republic that Palpatine publicly maintained.
This was Emperor Palpatine's favorite throne room, as well as the most important one. The throne room was located on the highest tower of the Imperial Palace, overlooking all of Coruscant.
There was a blast-shielded war room located in the middle of the second floor. Adjacent to the war room was the Crypt, a computer slicing and decoding area. One wing of the palace contained a medical area, which under the New Republic was used to accommodate water-loving Mon Calamari. The wing resembled a coral reef, and an enclosed pool containing protoplasmic glurpfish and other sea life.
An information center for tourists was located on one of the decks that jutted out from the Palace during the time of the New Republic. Brochure droids and sculptures that had been fitted with speakers were used to allow tourists to access information regarding shuttle departure times, lodgings, eating establishments, and guided tours.
The Imperial Palace also included treasuries (including one treasury said to have been built by the legendary "pirate general" Toleph-Sor and hidden vaults containing Jedi and Sith artifacts), pavilions, prisons, music rooms, and both summer and winter quarters. It also had a private aviary of hawk-bats, so that the Emperor and selected guests could have hawk-bat meat or eggs at their leisure.
During the Imperial era, the Palace was guarded by a regiment of stormtroopers, as well as the Emperor's Royal Guard and Imperial Intelligence operatives. However, Palace security was independent of the Coruscant Security Force, the head of which had no jurisdiction over the Palace.
It's interesting that some of the latest incarnations of the Imperial Palace seem to depict the non-pyramidal skyscraper like version with a likeness to the Emperor Palpatine Surgical Reconstruction Center building seen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Most skyscraper versions seem to occur between Episodes III & IV. This perhaps suggests that later structures were added around the original tower to make it become a pyramid by the time of the events of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire.