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10th May '16 4:00:45 PM Steven
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* The Umbrella corporation in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games controls the small Midwestern American town of Raccoon City, though they also had influence in other parts of the world. According to the in game files and backstories, Umbrella helped pay for several things that Raccoon City needed when it was a new town (cable cars, a hospital, etc) and effectively ran the town in their name from there. By ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', Jill Valentine, one of the survivors of the Mansion Incident from the first game, tried to warn the townspeople about Umbrella, [[CassandraTruth but no one would listen to her]] due to either fearing retribution from Umbrella or they refused to talk since they worked with the company. The entire town then suffers an ZombieApocalypse before the U.S. government decides to nuke the town off the map to prevent the virus from spreading further.

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The Umbrella corporation in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' first three games controls had controlled the small Midwestern American town of Raccoon City, though they also had influence in other parts of the world. According to the in game files and backstories, Umbrella helped pay for several things that Raccoon City needed when it was a new town (cable cars, a hospital, etc) and effectively ran the town in their name from there. By ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', Jill Valentine, one of the survivors of the Mansion Incident from the first game, tried to warn the townspeople about Umbrella, [[CassandraTruth but no one would listen to her]] due to either fearing retribution from Umbrella or they refused to talk since they worked with the company. The entire town then suffers an ZombieApocalypse before the U.S. government decides to nuke the town off the map to prevent the virus from spreading further.further.
** In Sheva Alomar's backstory for ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', her hometown in Africa was run by Umbrella and although most people there were poor, they made enough money to be able to live somewhat comfortably. An accident occurred at the factory, which had killed a lot of people and this included Sheva's parents when she was a child. After Sheva became a teenager, she found out that the accident was directly caused by Umbrella with their experimental B.O.W.s going haywire.
10th May '16 3:56:47 PM Steven
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* The Umbrella corporation in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games controls the small Midwestern American town of Raccoon City, though they also had influence in other parts of the world. According to the in game files and backstories, Umbrella helped pay for several things that Raccoon City needed when it was a new town (cable cars, a hospital, etc) and effectively ran the town in their name from there. By ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', Jill Valentine, one of the survivors of the Mansion Incident from the first game, tried to warn the townspeople about Umbrella, [[CassandraTruth but no one would listen to her]] due to either fearing retribution from Umbrella or they refused to talk since they worked with the company. The entire town then suffers an ZombieApocalypse before the U.S. government decides to nuke the town off the map to prevent the virus from spreading further.
30th Jan '16 8:15:50 AM ZerroDefex
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* In ''VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution'', the protagonist pays a visit to Hope, Georgia, the home base of Dexter Industries. The company owns and employs everyone in some shape or form, including the crooked police force. Civil protestors meet an untimely end in Sheriff Sturkey's jail (though officially, they "fell"), and everyone works in harmony to keep the money flowing. 47 essentially has to reduce the town to a smoking crater to mop up the corruption.

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* In ''VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution'', the protagonist pays a visit to Hope, Georgia, South Dakota, the home base of Dexter Industries. The company owns and employs everyone in some shape or form, including the crooked police force. Civil protestors meet an untimely end in Sheriff Sturkey's jail (though officially, they "fell"), and everyone works in harmony to keep the money flowing. 47 essentially has to reduce the town to a smoking crater to mop up the corruption.
21st Jan '16 1:27:30 AM Medinoc
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* In ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'', nearly everyone in the town works for the chemical company that sprayed Alex.

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* In ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'', nearly everyone in the town of Paradise Valley works for the chemical company that sprayed Alex.made the product Alex was splashed with, and whose evil higher-ups are looking for her.
15th Dec '15 8:58:49 PM FF32
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* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-001-o5 One of the interpretations]] for the SCPFoundation's Factory was a CompanyTown run by a MadScientist dabbling in the occult. Featuring everything from on-site accommodations for workers to breeding pits.

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* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-001-o5 One of the interpretations]] for the SCPFoundation's Wiki/SCPFoundation's Factory was a CompanyTown run by a MadScientist dabbling in the occult. Featuring everything from on-site accommodations for workers to breeding pits.
14th Dec '15 5:05:09 AM LordAndrew
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*''VideoGame/JurassicParkTrespasser'' had the town of [[Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs Burroughs]] situated on Isla Sorna to provide a place for the staff of Jurassic Park a place to live while everything was being built. Seemingly averts the corruption aspect of this trope, as it might've been a decent place to live if it weren't for all the carnivorous dinosaurs and whatnot. There is a company owned store call the [[JustForPun "InGeneral Store"]] though.
26th Nov '15 6:49:07 AM Nohbody
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** Rapture from the original game wasnt ''supposed'' to be this, but for all intents and purposes ended turning into a Company Town as Andrew Ryan quickly abandoned all pretense of free enterprise when he thought Fontaine threatened his vision of Rapture.

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** * Rapture from the original game ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' wasnt ''supposed'' to be this, but for all intents and purposes ended turning into a Company Town as Andrew Ryan quickly abandoned all pretense of free enterprise when he thought Fontaine threatened his vision of Rapture.
25th Nov '15 8:20:18 PM SilentStranger
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* HonestCorporateExecutive Scrooge [=McDuck=] from the ''Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'' owns just about every business in Duckburg, and if he doesn't own every business in the world, it's not from lack of trying.

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* HonestCorporateExecutive Scrooge [=McDuck=] from the ''Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'' owns just about every business in Duckburg, and if he doesn't own every business in the world, it's not from lack of trying. Unlike most versions of this trope, Duckburg existed before Scrooge showed up, but was just a tiny farming community surrounding the decaying ruins of the colonial Fort Duckburg. Also unusual, he shut down his business empire and retired for about a decade, with Duckburg not being particularly worse for wear.



* Finkton from ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' hits pretty much all the marks. Long, strictly-enforced working hours, pitiful wages that are paid in scrip only usable at the company store, and propaganda all over the place trying to convince employees they don't ''need'' things like sick leave or lunch breaks.

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* Finkton from ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' hits pretty much all the marks. Long, strictly-enforced working hours, pitiful wages that are paid in scrip only usable at the company store, and propaganda all over the place trying to convince employees they don't ''need'' things like sick leave or lunch breaks. He even has employees ''bid'' on who can perform a job for the lowest wage. His overthrow by the Vox Populi is very well deserved.
** Rapture from the original game wasnt ''supposed'' to be this, but for all intents and purposes ended turning into a Company Town as Andrew Ryan quickly abandoned all pretense of free enterprise when he thought Fontaine threatened his vision of Rapture.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "You Only Move Twice" has an interesting example in Cypress Creek, built for Hank Scorpio's Globex Corporation – Scorpio treats his employees very well, but he's also an AffablyEvil parody of a Bond villain, who ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero thanks to Homer]]) managed to seize the East Coast by the end.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "You Only Move Twice" has an interesting example in Cypress Creek, built for Hank Scorpio's Globex Corporation – Scorpio treats his employees very well, but he's also an AffablyEvil parody of a Bond villain, who ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero thanks to Homer]]) managed to seize the East Coast by the end. Cypress Creek is a Company Town in only the most literal sense of the word though, having more in common with a planned community than the traditional version of this trope. The wages for employees are high, standard of living is through the roof, and the entire town is clean, well maintained and a generally great place to live... unless you're the Simpson family, who are used to the general bleakness and crapsackness of Springfield.
21st Sep '15 12:37:57 PM theLibrarian
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* The ''DarthBane'' book ''Path of Destruction'' in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse has one of these in the form of the planet Apatros, owned by a mining corporation that does this. Dessel, later known as Darth Bane, grew up here with an alcoholic father that drove his family deep into debt through his drinking, and then died of an ([[SelfMadeOrphan apparent]]) heart attack but leaves Dessel with the debt. Even getting lucky at cards can't get the debt paid, because the pot has been deliberately capped to keep workers from paying off their debts in a single lucky night.
7th Sep '15 1:00:41 PM Soufriere
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed_city closed cities]] played a similar role in the SovietUnion, except they were usually built around state-controlled research institutes and military production facilities (particularly nuclear and aerospace) rather than privately-owned companies. Currently, both closed cities and the more traditional company towns exist in Russia; the latter tend to be concentrated in the resource-rich but severe Northern Siberia. Including a whole Company City, Norilsk. Ukraine contains probably the most infamous Soviet company town: Pripyat, former home to Chernobyl nuclear plant employees and their families… and currently a GhostTown.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed_city closed cities]] played a similar role in the SovietUnion, except they were usually built around state-controlled research institutes and military production facilities (particularly nuclear and aerospace) rather than privately-owned companies. Currently, both closed cities and the more traditional company towns exist in Russia; the latter tend to be concentrated in the resource-rich but severe Northern Siberia. Including a whole Company City, Norilsk. Ukraine contains probably the most infamous Soviet company town: closed city: Pripyat, former home to Chernobyl nuclear plant employees and their families… and currently a GhostTown.
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