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10th May '17 3:56:13 PM GrammarNavi
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* Used in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, for good reason: many big cities were nuked into oblivion during the war (Los Angeles was destroyed so badly that it was called "the Boneyard", San Franciscio is mostly deserted, and it's implied that New York is just a radioactive crater). Therefore, the capital of the New California Republic isn't New Sacramento or anything like that, but instead a formerly small, post-apocalyptic community called Shady Sands. Somewhat averted in ''{{Fallout 3}}'', ''FalloutNewVegas'' and ''{{Fallout 4}}'', which take place in Washington, DC, Las (New) Vegas, and Boston, respectively, but in the case of New Vegas and 4, it's justified: the de-facto ruler of New Vegas, Robert House, had a missile defense system set up that destroyed most of the nukes before they could land, and most of the conflict in 4 comes from the actions of the Institute (formerly CIT, the Fallout version of MIT), which wasn't founded in its current form until after the war. However, the trope is once again invoked as DLCs for the new games take place in exotic locales such as Zion National Park (''Honest Hearts''), Pittsburgh (''The Pitt''), Maine (''Far Harbour''), Anchorage (''Operation: Anchorage''), Point Lookout State Park (''Point Lookout'') and quite often, areas that, in real life, are empty or just don't exist (''Lonesome Road'' and ''Old World Blues'').

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* Used in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, for good reason: many big cities were nuked into oblivion during the war (Los Angeles was destroyed so badly that it was called "the Boneyard", San Franciscio is mostly deserted, and it's implied that New York is just a radioactive crater). Therefore, the capital of the New California Republic isn't New Sacramento or anything like that, but instead a formerly small, post-apocalyptic community called Shady Sands. Somewhat averted in ''{{Fallout 3}}'', ''FalloutNewVegas'' and ''{{Fallout 4}}'', which take place in Washington, DC, Las (New) Vegas, and Boston, respectively, but in the case of New Vegas and 4, it's justified: the de-facto ruler of New Vegas, Robert House, had a missile defense system set up that destroyed most of the nukes before they could land, and most of the conflict in 4 comes from the actions of the Institute (formerly CIT, the Fallout version of MIT), which wasn't founded in its current form until after the war. However, the trope is once again invoked as DLCs {{DLC}}s for the new games take place in exotic locales such as Zion National Park (''Honest Hearts''), Pittsburgh (''The Pitt''), Maine (''Far Harbour''), Anchorage (''Operation: Anchorage''), Point Lookout State Park (''Point Lookout'') and quite often, areas that, in real life, are empty or just don't exist (''Lonesome Road'' and ''Old World Blues'').
7th May '17 10:54:56 AM Plactus
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* ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' gives an entire backstory of supernatural events to Burkittsville, Maryland. The residents of the real Burkittsville were not thrilled by the attention the movie brought to their town.
26th Apr '17 7:49:27 PM PaulA
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* The first scouting sortie of the alien collective in Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''A Call to Arms'' encounters as its first human contact a musician in a fishing boat off the coast of Belize.

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* The first scouting sortie of the alien collective in Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''A Call to Arms'' ''Literature/ACallToArms'' encounters as its first human contact a musician in a fishing boat off the coast of Belize.
9th Apr '17 2:46:53 PM jtierney50
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9th Apr '17 2:46:20 PM jtierney50
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* Used in the ''VideoGame/Fallout'' series, for good reason: many big cities were nuked into oblivion during the war (Los Angeles was destroyed so badly that it was called "the Boneyard", San Franciscio is mostly deserted, and it's implied that New York is just a radioactive crater). Therefore, the capital of the New California Republic isn't New Sacramento or anything like that, but instead a formerly small, post-apocalyptic community called Shady Sands. Somewhat averted in ''{{Fallout 3}}'', ''FalloutNewVegas'' and ''{{Fallout 4}}'', which take place in Washington, DC, Las (New) Vegas, and Boston, respectively, but in the case of New Vegas and 4, it's justified: the de-facto ruler of New Vegas, Robert House, had a missile defense system set up that destroyed most of the nukes before they could land, and most of the conflict in 4 comes from the actions of the Institute (formerly CIT, the Fallout version of MIT), which wasn't founded in its current form until after the war. However, the trope is once again invoked as DLCs for the new games take place in exotic locales such as Zion National Park (''Honest Hearts''), Pittsburgh (''The Pitt''), Maine (''Far Harbour''), Anchorage (''Operation: Anchorage''), Point Lookout State Park (''Point Lookout'') and quite often, areas that, in real life, are empty or just don't exist (''Lonesome Road'' and ''Old World Blues'').

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* Used in the ''VideoGame/Fallout'' ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, for good reason: many big cities were nuked into oblivion during the war (Los Angeles was destroyed so badly that it was called "the Boneyard", San Franciscio is mostly deserted, and it's implied that New York is just a radioactive crater). Therefore, the capital of the New California Republic isn't New Sacramento or anything like that, but instead a formerly small, post-apocalyptic community called Shady Sands. Somewhat averted in ''{{Fallout 3}}'', ''FalloutNewVegas'' and ''{{Fallout 4}}'', which take place in Washington, DC, Las (New) Vegas, and Boston, respectively, but in the case of New Vegas and 4, it's justified: the de-facto ruler of New Vegas, Robert House, had a missile defense system set up that destroyed most of the nukes before they could land, and most of the conflict in 4 comes from the actions of the Institute (formerly CIT, the Fallout version of MIT), which wasn't founded in its current form until after the war. However, the trope is once again invoked as DLCs for the new games take place in exotic locales such as Zion National Park (''Honest Hearts''), Pittsburgh (''The Pitt''), Maine (''Far Harbour''), Anchorage (''Operation: Anchorage''), Point Lookout State Park (''Point Lookout'') and quite often, areas that, in real life, are empty or just don't exist (''Lonesome Road'' and ''Old World Blues'').
9th Apr '17 2:45:58 PM jtierney50
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* Used in the ''VideoGame/Fallout'' series, for good reason: many big cities were nuked into oblivion during the war (Los Angeles was destroyed so badly that it was called "the Boneyard", San Franciscio is mostly deserted, and it's implied that New York is just a radioactive crater). Therefore, the capital of the New California Republic isn't New Sacramento or anything like that, but instead a formerly small, post-apocalyptic community called Shady Sands. Somewhat averted in ''{{Fallout 3}}'', ''FalloutNewVegas'' and ''{{Fallout 4}}'', which take place in Washington, DC, Las (New) Vegas, and Boston, respectively, but in the case of New Vegas and 4, it's justified: the de-facto ruler of New Vegas, Robert House, had a missile defense system set up that destroyed most of the nukes before they could land, and most of the conflict in 4 comes from the actions of the Institute (formerly CIT, the Fallout version of MIT), which wasn't founded in its current form until after the war. However, the trope is once again invoked as DLCs for the new games take place in exotic locales such as Zion National Park (''Honest Hearts''), Pittsburgh (''The Pitt''), Maine (''Far Harbour''), Anchorage (''Operation: Anchorage''), Point Lookout State Park (''Point Lookout'') and quite often, areas that, in real life, are empty or just don't exist (''Lonesome Road'' and ''Old World Blues'').
2nd Mar '17 7:59:28 PM DesertDragon
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This is sometimes PlayedForLaughs, though in most cases it rather realistically points out events do happen in the world outside its largest cities. The trope namer is ''Series/DoctorWho'' and subsequent spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. This is [[CreatorProvincialism due to the fact]] that the revived ''Doctor Who'' was produced by [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}. Though Cardiff very often found itself DoublingForLondon, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, Space, or the Scottish Highlands for that matter. May also happen as a type of AuthorAppeal, when the author is a native of that location. Such an author may also prefer to [[WriteWhatYouKnow write what he knows]].

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This is sometimes PlayedForLaughs, though in most cases it rather realistically points out that events do happen in the world outside its largest cities. The trope namer is ''Series/DoctorWho'' and subsequent spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. This is [[CreatorProvincialism due to the fact]] that the revived ''Doctor Who'' was produced by [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}. Though Cardiff very often found itself DoublingForLondon, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, Space, or the Scottish Highlands for that matter. May This trope may also happen as a type of AuthorAppeal, when the author is a native of that location.location and wants to see it in the spotlight. Such an author may also prefer to [[WriteWhatYouKnow write what he knows]]. \n Writing about New York City when you don't actually live there risks making the setting generic and cliched, but if you're from UsefulNotes/{{Charlotte}} and know its culture, locales, and history, it can make your story distinctive, as well as informative for outsiders and exciting for locals who will get the references.



* White Wolf's website had a Java-based RPG chat room for their ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' also set in Atlanta, Georgia; the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' chat had the fictional city of "[[IstanbulNotConstantinople New Bremen]]" instead.

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* White Wolf's website had a Java-based RPG chat room for their ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' also set in Atlanta, Georgia; the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' chat had the fictional city of "[[IstanbulNotConstantinople New Bremen]]" instead. The World of Darkness has also released sourebooks for cities all over the world. In addition to the obvious (New York, London, Hong Kong, etc.), there is also the rather twisty ''Milwaukee by Night''.



* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' features superhero action in Columbus, Ohio. The comic also features a superhero called the Werewolf of London... Ontario.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' features superhero action in Columbus, Ohio. The comic also features a superhero called UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}; the writer makes numerous Central Ohio references throughout the series. Also, the team of Canadian superheroes includes the Werewolf of London... Ontario.
2nd Mar '17 7:37:12 PM DesertDragon
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* The new ''Comicbook/{{Ms Marvel|2014}}'' is Jersey City's very own (well, only) superhero.

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* The new ''Comicbook/{{Ms Marvel|2014}}'' is Jersey City's very own (well, only) superhero. Granted, Jersey City is right across the Hudson River from Manhattan and isn't out of reach of the NYC heroes, but it's still a nice change of pace.
* The ComicBook/{{XMen}}'s most well-known base of operations is North Salem, New York. Like Jersey City, it's still within the NYC metro area, but the writers deserve credit for using a specific town rather than generically plopping them in Manhattan.
2nd Mar '17 7:16:25 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** His ''Neanderthal Parallax'' books have a Neanderthal from a parallel universe appear in...Sudbury, Ontario. Sort of justified, since the device that sent him there was built in the same cavern as the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. You may have guessed by now that [[CreatorProvincialism Robert J. Sawyer is from Ontario]].

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** His ''Neanderthal Parallax'' books have a Neanderthal from a parallel universe appear in... Sudbury, Ontario. Sort of justified, since the device that sent him there was built in the same cavern as the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. You may have guessed by now that [[CreatorProvincialism Robert J. Sawyer is from Ontario]].



* ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'' has the Norse gods....in [[UsefulNotes/NewZealand Auckland]]. It's revealed that at least some of them stayed home in Norway, but all of the main characters are Kiwis.
* Almost all the weird shit that happens in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' happens in...Boston, Massachusetts. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSR6ZzjDZ94 Cue the music!]]

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* ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'' has the Norse gods....gods... in [[UsefulNotes/NewZealand Auckland]]. It's revealed that at least some of them stayed home in Norway, but all of the main characters are Kiwis.
* Almost all the weird shit that happens in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' happens in... Boston, Massachusetts. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSR6ZzjDZ94 Cue the music!]]
21st Feb '17 9:43:27 PM gewunomox
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* CharlieDaniels' "The Devil Went Down To Georgia." Although it ''is'' mentioned that he was "way behind" and getting desperate.
* FrankZappa was from California (albeit of Italian and Syrian origin), and one of his trademarks was setting songs in all kinds of exotic locations for seemingly no reason. Notable is the song Montana, where the protagonist has a dream to move to the state of Montana to become a dental floss tycoon. It appears to be a deliberate subversion of the idea that someone would move to a lucrative city like LA or New York to strike it rich.

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* CharlieDaniels' Music/CharlieDaniels' "The Devil Went Down To Georgia." Although it ''is'' mentioned that he was "way behind" and getting desperate.
* FrankZappa Music/FrankZappa was from California (albeit of Italian and Syrian origin), and one of his trademarks was setting songs in all kinds of exotic locations for seemingly no reason. Notable is the song Montana, where the protagonist has a dream to move to the state of Montana to become a dental floss tycoon. It appears to be a deliberate subversion of the idea that someone would move to a lucrative city like LA or New York to strike it rich.
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