Dardly is the third largest city in Ostrobia after Treien and Seblo. It is also the largest city of eastern Ostrobia. It is located in and is the capital of Holmes state, as a major transport hub for Ostrobia's east coast. It is the capital of industry in Ostrobia, with many factories and offices throughout the city. It has 3,281,290 inhabitants as of Census 2011. Dardly is famous internationally with its many canals and river boat systems, often referenced as the 'Amsterdam of Ostrobia'. It also has a large tram network, one of the largest networks in Europe.
It was founded first as a military base for Stratoherra in the year 1581, and then became a city in 1750 through the English. City wide attractions include the Dardly Workhouse, Doed Square, White Palace and Masterhill Park. The Hermitage, Dardly Museum, Holmes State Museum, Holmes Parliament and Everbijfeith Museum are also located there. Dardly also holds Ostrobia's third busiest airport, Holmes State Airport.
Dardly was known as Dardly since 1750 when the British founded it as the City of Dard, a flower that is most common in Ostrobia. Before 1750, Dardly was known by the Stratoherran name of Dijeksesfeith, and was a military fort only for the Stratoherran Empire.
Dardly was founded as a city proper during British occupation of the Ostrobian islands in 1750. While a settlement existed there prior (with estimation of settlement dating to 2500 BC, and the town was listed in Stratoherran property records (cf. Domesday Book) in 1137), it was known as a town rather than city. The British built the White Palace as a residence for the leaders of the Ostrobian occupation.
In 1855 with the establishment of the Ostrobian Federal Republic, Dardly became the capital of Holmes state and the Parliament of Holmes was built (the term 'Parliament' is strictly used for the building, with the actual political institution called the Legislative Council). It became known as a centre for industry in the 1870s, and was also the starting point for the country's first inter-city passenger railway service (from Dardly to Middleslanns in 1873).
By 1940, Dardly was the fourth-largest city in the country with 550,000 inhabitants, and in 1966 passed 1 million people, largely due to annexation of rural areas. While population growth has slowed down somewhat, Dardly is still quite quickly growing, especially following the arrival of many immigrants in the 1980s from former communist republics in Eastern Europe.
Dardly is divided into a number of LGAs.
- City of Dardly
- Borough of Cliveden
- City of McKinnon
- City of Hreas
- Expanded Shire of Missenfeith
- City of Newlands
- Holmes City (consolidated county)
Transport services in Dardly are managed by a specialised agency of the Holmes State Government.
The CTS services in Dardly serve a large area of the city (mostly new areas).
(See Trams in Dardly) Trams were first introduced in Dardly in 1840, with the arrival of horsedriven carriages.