"We'll accept anything you leave here, but don't ever take anything away from us."
Meteor City (
Not much is known about the city; much of the information on it is shrouded in mystery. It is rumored to be at least five hundred years old, and to have been founded as an internment camp set up by a dictator. Since then, it has been a dumping ground for other countries. The city is said to be the most diverse place on the planet and its population is estimated at eight to ten million people,[note 1] who live in an area about the size of the Lapet Republic (approximately 5,985.74 km², or 2,311.11 sq. mi.).
Since most of its inhabitants don't have any personal records, the city has become a huge source of untraceable hitmen and assassins. Taking advantage of this, the Mafia Community often invests a lot in the city so they can always have a large reserve of recruits. The inhabitants share remarkable bonds that have been described as "thinner than water, and yet thicker than blood." They have been described as willing to lay down their own lives for their compatriots. This was speculated to be the result of indoctrination from an early age.
The city is run as a gerontocracy, in which an assembly of elders oversees the city. They are said to make counter-productive decisions over logic. A noteworthy example is when the Chimera Ant Zazan laid siege against the city and started to create her own army of mutant hybrid Ants. Before the assembly decided to retaliate, they argued whether those who had been transformed should be considered dead or alive. This is because many of the victims didn't survive the transformation process and were discarded, while some of those who did survive joined Zazan's army. In the aftermath of the situation, the assembly argue whether they should expand their retaliation to the real Chimera Ant Queen.
Chrollo tells Hisoka that when someone in the outside world attacked one of Meteor City's residents, the elder used his The Sun and Moon ability to turn one of their compatriots into a bomb in order to deliver a message.
The Vagrant Incident
Ten years prior to the mayhem caused by the Phantom Troupe in Yorknew City, a vagrant without papers was arrested for murder. When the local law enforcement tried to look for information about him, they found nothing. The man claimed that he was from Meteor City and innocent, but the police of the country prosecuted him anyway and the courts found him guilty without giving him an adequate defense. Three years later, after a drug addict was arrested, it was discovered that he was the criminal behind the murder and that the vagrant was innocent.
Shortly after this, a total of 31 people consisting of the police, judges, inspectors, witnesses, jurors, and lawyers who were involved in the case were all killed. The message found near what was left of their bodies read: "We'll accept anything you leave here, but don't ever take anything away from us." It's revealed that Meteor City used suicide bombers to kill themselves and their targets with bombs in their pockets. They each asked to shake their target's hand while smiling and then detonated their bombs simultaneously.
Kurta Clan Massacre
Several years prior to the 287th Hunter Exam, the Phantom Troupe approached the Kurta Clan for their valuable Scarlet Eyes and massacred all 128 villagers. It's reported that family members were made to face one another and stabbed multiple times, with their heads severed while they were still alive. Pure clan members had their eyes gouged out, while those who married into the clan had their eyes squashed and sustained more brutal wounds than the others. The adult males had the most wounds, but it's assumed that these were sustained during a struggle before they were captured. Those who were not related by blood to the clan were said to be mutilated in order to set an example. After this, the heads of those with Scarlet Eyes were all severed successively. Since the scarlet color is caused by anger and makes the eyes more valuable, it's reported that the Troupe members mutilated the children in front of their parents in order to intensify the scarlet color. Lastly, a message was left behind that read: "We'll accept anything you leave here, but don't ever take anything away from us."
Yorknew City arc
When the Mafia Community attempts to identify the "dead" Phantom Troupe members, a hacker hypothesizes that they might be from Meteor City. He goes on to explain the details of Meteor City and why the identities of the Troupe members will never be discovered. He points out that they are against the wrong people and says that the Ten Dons would agree with him. In a flashback, four original Troupe members including Chrollo are seen tossing around a videotape amid the city's garbage heaps.
Chimera Ant arc
Half of the members of the Phantom Troupe returns to Meteor City to kill Zazan, who has been turning the residents into Ants to use as soldiers. They are successful in defeating the invading Ants and eventually kill their compatriots who have been turned into creatures. After Meruem's death, Bizeff drives an RV with Welfin and Hina inside, saying that he has nowhere to go except Meteor City now that he's banished. Welfin guesses that Gyro is also making his way there and collecting the necessary resources to build his own country.
The Phantom Troupe
The Phantom Troupe was founded in Meteor City, where most of the current members hail from. Leorio pointed out that the Troupe destroyed the ideal partnership between the city and the Mafia, adding that the group may be considered special even within the city.
Canary and Gotoh
A character guidebook for the 1999 anime adaptation revealed that both Canary and Gotoh originated from Meteor City.