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9th Nov '17 3:50:53 PM chopshop
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* Downplayed quite bit in ''{{TabletopGame/Starfinder}}'', where the Earth-equivalent (Golarion) can't be the center of anything because ''it disappeared entirely'' and [[LaserGuidedAmnesia nobody remembers what happened]]. The closest it gets to this trope is that a lot of races came from Golarion before it disappeared and an adventure module that revolves around trying to figure out what happened to it.
27th Oct '17 4:39:02 PM IamTheCaligula
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocentric_model literal interpretation]] of this trope was the accepted scientific view of the universe up until the 16th century, when people started thinking [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliocentrism the Sun was the centre of the universe]], and that was discredited over time when people started realizing that the stars were also suns in their own right and no star had a privileged position, about the 20th century or so, and after ''that'' we had better telescopes that let us see that many of the structures we called nebulae were actually other galaxies, so even our own Milky Way isn't such a privileged place in particular. Note that this is not as egocentric as it sounds and is often made out to be. In the old geocentric cosmology, gravity pointed to the center of the universe and there only. Earth was the "off-scourings of creation," at the _bottom_ of the universe, sort of like a cellar or dungeon.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocentric_model literal interpretation]] of this trope was the accepted scientific view of the universe up until the 16th century, when people started thinking [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliocentrism the Sun was the centre of the universe]], and that was discredited over time when people started realizing that the stars were also suns in their own right and no star had a privileged position, about the 20th century or so, and after ''that'' we had better telescopes that let us see that many of the structures we called nebulae were actually other galaxies, so even our own Milky Way isn't such a privileged place in particular. Note that this is not as egocentric as it sounds and is often made out to be. In the old geocentric cosmology, gravity pointed to the center of the universe and there only. Earth was the "off-scourings of creation," at the _bottom_ ''bottom'' of the universe, sort of like a cellar or dungeon.
7th Sep '17 1:34:53 PM ruthlesstyrant
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** Also notably averted in Halo's backstory. [[spoiler:While humanity originally hailed from Earth (or Erde-Tyrene, as it was called back then, it already ''had'' a spacefaring age 150,000 years ago, in the days of the Forerunners. Back then, the capital of humanity's star empire was the planet of Charum Hakkor, with Earth not being a very significant part of the backstory until humanity (after a long and costly conflict) was exiled back to their homeworld.]]
1st Aug '17 1:13:52 PM TristanJeremiah
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Both TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse and BigApplesauce taken to the MAX of the EXTREME. For subversions and aversions, see InsignificantLittleBluePlanet and EarthThatWas.

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Both TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse and BigApplesauce taken to the MAX of the EXTREME. For subversions and aversions, see InsignificantLittleBluePlanet and EarthThatWas.
EarthThatWas. For nation or region specific examples, see CreatorProvincialism
26th Jul '17 4:47:24 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* The D'ni from the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' games could have linking-book access to virtually ''any'' sort of world their writers could dream up, with no regard for distances and little even for the laws of physics. Guess which planet they decided to settle down on (well, in) and found their capital city.

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* The D'ni from the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' games could have linking-book access to virtually ''any'' sort of world their writers could dream up, with no regard for distances and little even for the laws of physics. Guess which planet they decided to settle down on (well, in) and found their capital city. Subverted in a few ways; first, they didn't actually know if the surface was habitable or not, just their cavern city. Second, the D'ni were actually refugees from the collapse of an earlier civilization, and there were much more successful colonies on other worlds.
26th Jul '17 4:39:27 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Played straight in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Shepard's heroics have put their species at the top of the Reapers' hit list, so they focus on humans as soon as they arrive (after making short work of the batarians, who were basically in their way). Earth isn't the only "home-world" to fall, but it's where the game begins and ends - the Reapers even [[spoiler: move the Citadel there after capturing it]].

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** Played straight in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Shepard's heroics have put their species at the top of the Reapers' hit list, so they focus on humans as soon as they arrive (after making short work of the batarians, who were basically in their way). Earth isn't the only "home-world" to fall, but it's where the game begins and ends - the Reapers even [[spoiler: move the Citadel there after capturing it]]. Focusing on Earth ends up biting the Reapers, though; [[spoiler: it means most of their other major offensives are underpowered and ultimately thrown back once the races start working together, freeing forces for the counterattack.]]
4th Jul '17 11:03:24 AM M84
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* Earth doesn't exist in the ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' series, but there, Azeroth is the center of the universe. Only one other planet has ever been visited in the games, and it's a ShatteredWorld, torn apart as a side effect of one of the [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed many conflicts Azeroth has withstood]] ''just within the past generation''. But we know that many other worlds exist, and every named one is a ThrowawayCountry. Argus and probably Xoroth were conquered by the Burning Legion, K'aresh was conquered by a different kind of demon, we're told that the Titans have created or remodeled countless worlds as a matter of course and the Burning Legion in turn has destroyed countless, the Old Gods are imprisoned on Azeroth and have some kind of influence on Draenor as well... but the intelligent life on Azeroth has survived attacks by ''all'' of the above and more.

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* Earth doesn't exist in the ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' series, but there, Azeroth is the center of the universe. Only one other planet has ever been visited in the games, and it's a ShatteredWorld, torn apart as a side effect of one of the [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed many conflicts Azeroth has withstood]] ''just within the past generation''. But we know that many other worlds exist, and every named one is a ThrowawayCountry. Argus and probably Xoroth were conquered by the Burning Legion, K'aresh was conquered by a different kind of demon, we're told that the Titans have created or remodeled countless worlds as a matter of course and the Burning Legion in turn has destroyed countless, the Old Gods are imprisoned on Azeroth and have some kind of influence on Draenor as well... but the intelligent life on Azeroth has survived attacks by ''all'' of the above and more. It turns out there is a reason Azeroth is so important: [[spoiler:it is the host of the last Titan world-soul, one that is destined to be the most powerful Titan in existence. The Void Gods want to corrupt it, which is why the sent the Old Gods to Azeroth in the first place. Sargeras covets the world-soul for himself since he fell in LoveAtFirstSight with it after it opened its eye towards him in a vision.]]
4th Jul '17 10:58:29 AM M84
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** ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight'' reveals ''why'' Earth is so special. [[spoiler:It formed around '''Unicron'''.]]
1st Jul '17 3:23:06 PM Leefan
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* Earth is the centre of the ''visible'' universe. This is not a reflection of its cosmic status, however. It's just the point the observation is being done ''from''. Beyond the visible universe is just too far to see, limited by speed of light. Confusingly, despite the universe being ~13 billion years old the observable universe has a radius closer to ~45 billion light years and the radius of the actual universe is even bigger. Something to do with how the expansion of space-time isn't limited by the speed of light. It's a consequence of Hubble's Law, that the further two bodies in the expanding universe are from each other the faster they are moving away from each other (or, more precisely, the faster the amount space in between them is expanding). The horizon of the observable universe is the distance at which that point in space is moving away from us faster than the speed of light, so that no light originating beyond that point can ever reach us.

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* Earth is the centre of the ''visible'' universe. This is not a reflection of its cosmic status, however. It's just the point the observation is being done ''from''. Beyond the visible universe is just too far to see, limited by speed of light. Confusingly, despite the universe being ~13 billion billion(?) years old the observable universe has a radius closer to ~45 billion light years and the radius of the actual universe is even bigger. Something to do with how the expansion of space-time isn't limited by the speed of light. It's a consequence of Hubble's Law, that the further two bodies in the expanding universe are from each other the faster they are moving away from each other (or, more precisely, the faster the amount space in between them is expanding). The horizon of the observable universe is the distance at which that point in space is moving away from us faster than the speed of light, so that no light originating beyond that point can ever reach us.
10th Jun '17 12:45:45 AM Az_Tech341
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Some alien or another, whether it's one ship or its entire race, crash-lands, with no possible means of control for where they end up? Earth. (More specifically, the United States. (More specifically, [[BigApplesauce Central Park]].))

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Some alien or another, whether it's one ship or its entire race, crash-lands, with no possible means of control for where they end up? Earth. (More specifically, the United States. (More States; more specifically, [[BigApplesauce Central Park]].))
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It could be that the reason we don't hear about the invasions of other planets is that we weren't there, and we don't know about the baddies till they visit us. If that's the case, though, the universe must be teeming with ancient evils, reviving marauder races and professional invaders to the point where it's amazing any peaceful race has survived for more than five minutes.

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It could be that the reason we don't hear about the invasions of other planets is that we weren't there, and we don't know about the baddies till they visit us. If that's the case, though, the universe must be teeming with ancient evils, reviving marauder races races, and professional invaders to the point where it's amazing any peaceful race has survived for more than five minutes.
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