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Star City, formerly known as Starling City, is a major city in the United States of America. It is home to several important businesses and corporations such as Queen Consolidated, Palmer Technologies and Merlyn Global Group. Despite being a thriving metropolis, Star City is rife with poverty, crime and corruption. It is mentioned to have a population of 576,000 people, though this number has presumably fluctuated following several terrorist attacks on the city. It is located approximately 600 miles from Central City.[1]

Initially, the city was named Starling City. However, following his takeover of Queen Consolidated, Ray Palmer wished to have the city rebranded as "Star City" in an attempt to rejuvenate its populace after the events of the Glades Earthquake and the subsequent invasion of Slade Wilson's army.[2] After Palmer's apparent death following a further terrorist attack by Ra's al Ghul, the city was rechristened as Star City in his honor.[3]



  • Queen Consolidated: The head business of Star City, Queen Consolidated was founded and led by Robert Queen until his death in 2007. The company was led by Moira's new husband and former assistant of Robert, Walter Steele. Until his kidnapping by Malcolm Merlyn in 2012 and was then taken over by Moira until the fulfilment of the Undertaking when she was arrested. In the following months Queen Consolidated suffered from the backlash, losing much of its influence and interest, until it was at the point where the company could be facing bankruptcy. Stellmoor International's vice president of acquisitions, Isabel Rochev, sought to buyout Queen Consolidated, which would result in the firing of all its employers but the company is saved with Walter's help. Eventually Isabel was able to manipulate Oliver into signing over control of the company to her, and was able to secure control and render it bankrupt. Following Isabel's death Ray Palmer was able to buy the company and re branded it as Palmer Technologies.
  • Palmer Technologies: In 2014, Ray Palmer took over Queen Consolidated and rebranded it as Palmer Technologies. He began using it to build his A.T.O.M. Exosuit for future vigilante activities.
  • Kord Industries: One of the branches of Kord Industries is located in Star City. It has been the target of numerous criminals hoping to steal some of its devices.
  • Smoak Technologies: In a potential future timeline, by 2046 Palmer Technologies had been re-branded into Smoak Technologies, presumably with Felicity Smoak still as acting CEO.


  • Verdant: Was built in an abandoned Queen Consolidated building and is used as a cover for Oliver Queen's vigilante activities. Underneath Verdant is the Arrowcave, where Team Arrow have their primary HQ. Some time later, Oliver Queen transferred ownership of Verdant to Thea Queen. After Oliver Queen lost the company to Isabel Rochev, she approached Thea Queen and informed that the club was still under the ownership of Queen Consolidated and that she had 72 hours to vacate the premises. Following Isabel's death and the takeover of Queen Consolidated by Ray Palmer, Thea used the money given to her by her father, Malcolm Merlyn, to buy the deeds of the club from Queen Conslidated, (at that time formally renamed Palmer Technologies). Thea once again reopened Verdant as a nightclub, and is still currently the owner.
  • Poison: A club built by Max Fuller, this is the only known nightclub other than Verdant.


Star City is plagued by crime and corruption at all levels of society, from gangs and drug dealers in the streets to corrupt corporate executives such as Adam Hunt.

Gangs and Drug Dealing

The two major gangs are the Chinese Triad and the Bratva (the Russian mafia), and formerly the Bertinelli family before its demise. Drug dealing has been a major concern for the police department for many years, but they have been unsuccessful in effectively dealing with the issue. The city has suffered from dangerous drug dealing from Count Vertigo, Dr. Webb, and Werner Zytle by spreading Vertigo throughout the city.

At one point, the Church of Blood gained considerable influence and power in Star City. They simultaneously managed to get Sebastian Blood elected mayor of Star City and gained control of Queen Consolidated through Isabel Rochev, and then unleashed an army of Mirakuru-enhanced soldiers on the city. However, the Church of Blood was stopped by the efforts of Team Arrow, and its leaders were imprisoned or killed.

Although the League of Assassins is not based in Star City, several of its members have operated there, including Malcolm Merlyn, Nyssa al'Ghul and Sara Lance.


In 2008, boxer Ted Grant began operating as a vigilante patrolling the Glades. He took on Isaac Stanzler as his protege and gained some small media attention. Their vigilante activities ended when Isaac beat a criminal he and Ted were pursuing to death.

In 2012, shipwrecked billionaire Oliver Queen returned to civilization with the purpose of saving Star City from the people poisoning it. Acting as the vigilante The Hood Oliver dealt major blows to the criminal underworld throughout his first months causing crime rates to lower. Mentally unstable crime lord's daughter, Helena Bertinelli, also acted as a vigilante to exact revenge on her own father, destroying his criminal empire and aiming to murder him. She failed to murder him, however, and he managed to escape from her.

After the earthquake that devastated the city and the Hood's self-imposed retirement, embittered survivors formed a copycat group called the Hoods to exact vigilante vengeance on those they considered guilty of helping in the Glade's destruction. At the same time that the Hoods appeared, Starling saw the arrival of a mysterious vigilante called The Canary, who fought crimes related to misogyny. She turned out to be Sara Lance, who had long been presumed dead.

After the Undertaking, Roy Harper took to vigilantism to protect the innocent people of the Glades. Later he became an informant for The Arrow, and ultimately a member of his team, known as Arsenal.

After Sara Lance died, Laurel Lance turned to vigilantism as well and took up the mantle of the Black Canary in place of her sister.




Public spaces



Starling City was founded in 1910.

In 2013, the city was shaken by a corporate conspiracy known as the Undertaking, during which a Markov Device caused an earthquake in an impoverished section of the city named the Glades.

In 2015, after the presumed death of Ray Palmer, the city was re-branded as Star City in honor of him saving the city from the Alpha-Omega virus.[4]

In 2046 in the current timeline the city became completely ruined and seemingly deserted and it's only known inhabitant is Connor Hawke, who takes up the mantle of Green Arrow after Oliver's presumed death. At this time, the city has been overrun by the son of Slade Wilson, Grant Wilson, who takes his father's role as Deathstroke.



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Behind the scenes

  • In the original Green Arrow comics, the city is named "Star City". It was changed to Starling City to match with the grounded atmosphere the show was introducing. However, it was later renamed in-universe to Star City in an attempt to re-brand the city.
  • While the majority of filming takes place in Vancouver, other cities including Boston, Philadelphia, Frankfurt, and Houston have been featured in various flyover scenes.
  • In the first season Arrow episode "Dead to Rights", at around 12 minutes and 10 seconds in, the Chinatown scene that flashes briefly is actually of Chinatown in San Francisco, CA.
  • In the first season Arrow episode "Unfinished Business", the coordinates (47.6097N 122.3331W) place a rundown neighborhood of Starling City in Seattle, near the Pioneer Square-Skid Road Historic District known for the Seattle Underground. The Underground was built after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 and forgotten decades later, much like the subway system abandoned in Starling City.
  • In the second season Arrow episode "Blast Radius", a letter addressed to Sebastian Blood had ZIP code 98114. 981xx is the main ZIP Code for Seattle.
  • In the third season Arrow episode "The Climb", the Starling City Airport is located on Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin.
  • The license plates in Star City read "Land of Mist".


  1. "Pilot"
  2. "The Calm"
  3. "Green Arrow"
  4. "Canaries"

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