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The City of Buffalo (or simply Buffalo) has existed along the north shore of Lake Erie at the end of the Niagara River since at least 10320 BC. It was the first city inhabited by the Native Americans following the last Ice Age, and, owing to its strategic position along land and water trade routes, Buffalo has continued to be an important city right into the modern age. Today, it is one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire, and was the site of the landmark international agreement, the Treaty of Buffalo, signed on August 12, 2017.
Buffalo is the world's oldest and longest continually inhabited settlement, with archaeological evidence suggesting it has existed since at least 10320 BC. The "Traveller's Notebook", the world's oldest written document (8261 BC) lists the settlement's name as "Buffalo", although it sheds little light on its foundation. The earliest known nation occupying the city was a state known as the River Empire (c. 3300-2761 BC), a state whose name has been lost to history and is only so named because their people made extensive use of rivers during their time period. Naturally, Buffalo was their capital as it was at the confluence of so many rivers.
The River People claim "Buffalo" came from a vision received by the Empire's founder, Croya, who stated he had a vision of the animal who proclaimed the area as his home and thus Croya should name his settlement after the animal. Modern scholars treat this story as folklore, as there is little evidence that the River People occupied Buffalo prior to 3300 B.C.
Today, the City of Buffalo is a thriving, cosmopolitan metropolis that is the centrepiece of Roman operations in North America, displacing in practical terms New Rome as the Romans' second most important city. It is home to 9,054,342, with an additional 4,212,100 in the metropolitan area.
Officially, Buffalo is the capital of the America Province within the Roman Republic, and is the seat of one of the nine Consuls in the Republic. It is the site of the Treaty of Buffalo that officially outlines the world's political structure and is home to the Mundiali police force, which has jurisdiction across the territories of the Treaty signatories. The Mundiali headquarters also serve as official quarters where changes are made to the Treaty, as well as providing a neutral site for global diplomacy.
On top of being a preeminent political city, Buffalo has a vibrant sporting culture that has produced thousands of champions across many different sports. The most prominent team are the Buffalo Beasts, a multi-sport operation that participates in over 8,000 competitions. The Beasts began in 1825 as the Buffalo Bonnies, named after Bonnie O'Leary, the wife of team founder and local brewing magnate Perry O'Leary. The team changed its name in 1970 to the Beasts after concerns were raised by the Irish diaspora for many years prior to the change, as "Bonnie" is a slur used to describe a "recklessly promiscuous Irish woman", though usage of the term only really began in the 1900s. In 1996, the Beasts accomplished their most famous achievement, the Blue and Gold Sweep, when they won the title in all of those 8,000 competitions in which they were registered.