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25th Aug '17 6:58:23 AM nighttrainfm
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** The old series does, nevertheless, go to even less common locations at times though, such as Time Lord criminals hiding out in Cambridge or Amsterdam, an alien time experiment in Seville, a secret underground base where scientists create natural disasters in Australia and a mad super-computer plotting to take over the world from South Wales.

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** The old series does, nevertheless, go to even less common locations at times though, times, such as Time Lord criminals hiding out in Cambridge or Amsterdam, an alien time experiment in Seville, a secret underground base where scientists create natural disasters in Australia and a mad super-computer plotting to take over the world from South Wales.
11th Aug '17 9:53:43 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Literature/{{Sphere}}'': Contact with an alien artifact ([[spoiler:and the human ship that is so advanced that was initially believed to be alien]]) smack in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean. This Trope is discussed extensively on the book as part of the "[[FirstContactTeam Project ULF]]" briefing, and explained that 1) alien intelligences have to be assumed to be so alien that they may not care to land on a major city, 2) alien biologies are so different from humanity that they would go to a place that fits ''them'' better ([[OceanPunk which is then argued that Earth is covered with oceans so extensively that it makes more statistical sense for first contact to occur on water]]) and 3) [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs assuming that aliens will do something like, say, land on Washington D.C. because it's what aliens do on movies, is just using a very erroneous (and maybe even dangerous) basis for planning.]]
10th Aug '17 12:24:07 PM xcountryguy
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* From ''Film/DeadMenDontWearPlaid:'' [[spoiler: 'At least we managed to get... [[ThrowAwayCountry Terre Haute... Indian-uhh...]]']]

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* From ''Film/DeadMenDontWearPlaid:'' [[spoiler: 'At [[spoiler:'At least we managed to get... [[ThrowAwayCountry Terre Haute... Indian-uhh...]]']]



* The events of Scott Westerfeld's ''Literature/{{Midnighters}}'' trilogy takes place in Bixby, population: 13,000. [[spoiler: Though the location is important to the plot.]]

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* The events of Scott Westerfeld's ''Literature/{{Midnighters}}'' trilogy takes place in Bixby, population: 13,000. [[spoiler: Though [[spoiler:Though the location is important to the plot.]]



-->[[spoiler: Mitchell]]: It can't happen like this! Not here! Not in ''WALES''!

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-->[[spoiler: Mitchell]]: -->[[spoiler:Mitchell]]: It can't happen like this! Not here! Not in ''WALES''!



** East Africa is also the location where [[spoiler: [[{{Precursors}} The Forerunners]] build the portal to the Ark, intentionally locating it right next to the area where the first modern humans originated]].

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** East Africa is also the location where [[spoiler: [[{{Precursors}} [[spoiler:[[{{Precursors}} The Forerunners]] build the portal to the Ark, intentionally locating it right next to the area where the first modern humans originated]].



* Earth made its first real appearance in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', something that was heavily marketed in the game's advertising. Namely, the Reaper attack on London. However, the first we see of the Reaper invasion is the scorched remains of... [[CanadaEh Vancouver]]. Justified in that Creator/{{Bioware}} is Canadian and Vancouver is one of Canada's largest and most famous cities, and averted [[spoiler: in the final battle, which takes place in London]].

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* Earth made its first real appearance in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', something that was heavily marketed in the game's advertising. Namely, the Reaper attack on London. However, the first we see of the Reaper invasion is the scorched remains of... [[CanadaEh Vancouver]]. Justified in that Creator/{{Bioware}} is Canadian and Vancouver is one of Canada's largest and most famous cities, and averted [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the final battle, which takes place in London]].
29th Jul '17 9:54:05 PM SimYouLater
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** The ColdWar made this kind of appearance a necessity. The declassification of what happened there revealed that the "weather balloon" ''was'' a balloon, but carrying detection equipment prototypes meant to spot bombers carrying a nuclear weapon (as [=ICBMs=] (nuclear missiles) didn't become common until TheSixties), possibly a SuperPrototype if the weird materials the theories mention actually existed. Testing it in a backwater desert region meant that even when the military got caught, the focus on the [=UFOs=] did the job the cover-up couldn't... and might have even been done on purpose to replace a failed cover-up. Similarly to this trope being about the place nobody suspects, a genuine former government agent could easily be given a final assignment to spread disinformation to someone crazy enough to believe something just because it perfectly fits their world-view, in lieu of a better way to keep experimental military technology unknown to a potential foe. When even the people who would never trust you can't see through a trick, the paranoid who hear the disinformation are Cardiff, and an otherwise mundane SpyFiction[=-like=] scenario becomes the "Aliens" doing the "invading". How's ''that'' for a conspiracy theory?
17th Jul '17 11:31:47 AM lakingsif
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** Same with the Calder Valley in Yorkshire, though it's becoming more well-known in the UK due to television production moving there.
31st May '17 8:53:02 PM danlansdowne
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** Season 10/36 begins with the Doctor hiding out as a university professor and fighting aliens in Bristol.
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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