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3rd Dec '16 12:15:50 AM Cinereous
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' begins in the Kingdom of Lucis, which once was a large country but has been losing ground for decades to the expanding Empire of Niflheim. When the game starts, Lucis has been reduced to its capital city of Insomnia. The external regions are ''de facto'' independent: Insomnia uses its own currency, and the series staple [[FictionalCurrency "Gil"]] is a new concept to your party members outside the city walls.
9th Nov '16 10:30:43 AM StFan
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* ''Film/TheMatrix'' had Zion, the last human city. Within the Matrix is a single, gigantic megalopolis that houses the entire enslaved population, and is known only as the City.
* ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' is implied to have only one civilized area surrounded by a continent of wilderness: [[ShapedLikeItself Ape City]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Coruscant is a city that has [[CityPlanet grown to cover the entire planet it is on]]. Its name is therefore synonymous with the city and the planet.
* In the live action ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie, the parallel world where Koopas reside had only one city, surrounded by endless tracts of desert.

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* ''Film/TheMatrix'' had Zion, the last human city. Within the Matrix is a single, gigantic megalopolis that houses the entire enslaved population, and is known only as the City.
* ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' is implied to have only one civilized area surrounded by a continent of wilderness: [[ShapedLikeItself Ape City]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Coruscant is a city that has [[CityPlanet grown to cover the entire planet it is on]]. Its name is therefore synonymous with the city and the planet.
* In the live action ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie, the parallel world where Koopas reside had only one city, surrounded by endless tracts of desert.
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* ''Film/TheMatrix'' has Zion, the last human city. Within the Matrix is a single, gigantic megalopolis that houses the entire enslaved population, and is known only as the City.
* ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' is implied to have only one civilized area surrounded by a continent of wilderness: [[ShapedLikeItself Ape City]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Coruscant is a city that has [[CityPlanet grown to cover the entire planet it is on]]. Its name is therefore synonymous with the city and the planet.
* In the live action ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie, the parallel world where Koopas reside had only one city, surrounded by endless tracts of desert.
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* Trantor from the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' universe is a planet whose entire surface has been urbanized, thus making it one big city.
** The Terminus-based (First) Foundation was the interstellar equivalent of this trope for much of ''Foundation'', being a Land Of One Planet (and growing from an Imperial foundation cut off from the Galactic Empire to a HegemonicEmpire effectively ruling a decent portion of the galaxy). At least at the beginning it was a Land Of One City as well -- Terminus was the youngest colony in the galaxy, and simply hadn't had ''time'' to get the population for more than one city. By ''Foundation and Empire'' at least the Four Kingdoms, the surrounding states that were the beginning of the Foundation's hegemony, seems to have been formally annexed into the Foundation, and it's definitely true that as far as the Galaxy is concerned, being from one of the former Four Kingdoms was very nearly as good as being from Terminus itself. (One gets the feeling that Asimov, an almost-lifelong New Yorker, set up the relationship between Terminus and the Four Kingdoms as being analogous to that between Manhattan and the four "Outer Boroughs".)

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* ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'':
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Trantor from the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' universe is a planet whose entire surface has been urbanized, thus making it one big city.
** The Terminus-based (First) Foundation was the interstellar equivalent of this trope for much of ''Foundation'', being a Land Of of One Planet (and growing from an Imperial foundation cut off from the Galactic Empire to a HegemonicEmpire effectively ruling a decent portion of the galaxy). At least at the beginning it was a Land Of of One City as well -- Terminus was the youngest colony in the galaxy, and simply hadn't had ''time'' to get the population for more than one city. By ''Foundation and Empire'' at least the Four Kingdoms, the surrounding states that were the beginning of the Foundation's hegemony, seems to have been formally annexed into the Foundation, and it's definitely true that as far as the Galaxy is concerned, being from one of the former Four Kingdoms was very nearly as good as being from Terminus itself. (One gets the feeling that Asimov, an almost-lifelong New Yorker, set up the relationship between Terminus and the Four Kingdoms as being analogous to that between Manhattan and the four "Outer Boroughs".)






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* ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' fiction can edge into this, with worlds frequently depicted as thinly populated {{Planetville}}s on which only the capital matters. Other settlements are sometimes mentioned but rarely actually depicted -- notably, forces driven back from the capital seem to favor retreating into outright wilderness over actually falling back to any more developed locales.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' fiction can edge into this, with worlds frequently depicted as thinly populated {{Planetville}}s on which only the capital matters. Other settlements are sometimes mentioned but rarely actually depicted -- notably, forces driven back from the capital seem to favor retreating into outright wilderness over actually falling back to any more developed locales.
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* The eponymous village of ''TheQuestportChronicles''.
* ''Literature/MetamorKeep'' consists of the titular keep and a few outlying villages. By the time of ''MetamorCity'' the keep has developed into an arcology covering most of its original territory and is the capital of an empire spanning most of the continent.

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* The eponymous village of ''TheQuestportChronicles''.
''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles''.
* ''Literature/MetamorKeep'' consists of the titular keep and a few outlying villages. By the time of ''MetamorCity'' ''Podcast/MetamorCity'' the keep has developed into an arcology covering most of its original territory and is the capital of an empire spanning most of the continent.
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26th Sep '16 9:05:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* The SavageWorlds setting Runepunk by RealityBlurs takes place entirely within the city of Scatterpoint, a Steampunk-eqsque city 600 miles across that was torn from its home plane and set adrift between dimensions.

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* The SavageWorlds ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' setting Runepunk by RealityBlurs takes place entirely within the city of Scatterpoint, a Steampunk-eqsque city 600 miles across that was torn from its home plane and set adrift between dimensions.
21st Sep '16 8:12:27 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''VideoGame/BioShock'': Rapture isn't especially large compared to most real-world cities, but it's definitely self-contained, self-sufficient, and a sovereign nation as far as anyone's concerned.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'': Columbia was originally part of America, but has since declared its independence and become a self-sustaining city.

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* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' series:
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''VideoGame/BioShock'': Rapture isn't especially large compared to most real-world cities, but it's definitely self-contained, self-sufficient, and a sovereign nation as far as anyone's concerned.
* ** ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'': Columbia was originally part of America, but has since declared its independence and become a self-sustaining city.city.
*** In-universe for both games, many people believe that Rapture and Columbia are just urban myths with little to no hard evidence for their existence. In addition both cities, while independent, don't have the society to ''stay'' self-sustaining, as both fall into a bloody and viscous civil war.
13th Sep '16 7:23:42 PM WillKeaton
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* PerdidoStreetStation and IronCouncil feature New Crobuzon, which in the latter book is at war with the city-state of Tesh. TheScar also features a city-state made of pirate ships stuck together.

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* PerdidoStreetStation ''PerdidoStreetStation'' and IronCouncil ''IronCouncil'' feature New Crobuzon, which in the latter book is at war with the city-state of Tesh. TheScar also features a city-state made of pirate ships stuck together.
13th Sep '16 7:23:08 PM WillKeaton
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* In the live action Film/SuperMarioBros movie, the parallel world where Koopas reside had only one city, surrounded by endless tracts of desert.

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* In the live action Film/SuperMarioBros ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie, the parallel world where Koopas reside had only one city, surrounded by endless tracts of desert.
3rd Sep '16 11:02:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* Also many of the smaller states that made up the HolyRomanEmpire. Fully 51 were officially deemed ''Freie und Reichsstädte'' (Free and Imperial Cities) as of 1792; while a number of the monarchies, prince-bishoprics, and abbeys sharing representation in the Imperial Diet were often even smaller than most of said cities. There were even five ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Village Reichsdörfer]]'' directly under the emperor's authority[[note]]yes, they were as small as the name implied[[/note]] on record as of 1803.

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* Also many of the smaller states that made up the HolyRomanEmpire.UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire. Fully 51 were officially deemed ''Freie und Reichsstädte'' (Free and Imperial Cities) as of 1792; while a number of the monarchies, prince-bishoprics, and abbeys sharing representation in the Imperial Diet were often even smaller than most of said cities. There were even five ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Village Reichsdörfer]]'' directly under the emperor's authority[[note]]yes, they were as small as the name implied[[/note]] on record as of 1803.
20th Aug '16 7:02:38 PM Jhonny
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** West Berlin [[ZigzaggedTrope is a special case]]. Officially, the city was a free and independent entity jointly ruled by the Mayor of (West) Berlin and the Western Allies (US, UK, France), and West German laws had no legal effect inside West Berlin. Practically, the city was ''de facto'' part of the ''Bundesrepublik Deutschlands'', as the citizens of West Berlin held West German citizenship [[note]]technically, West German citizenship was also extended to the citizens of the ''Deutsche Demokratische Republik'', but for obvious reasons, this could not kick in until the person was actually on West German soil to claim it, something [[UsefulNotes/TheBerlinWall East Germany went to insane lengths to prevent]][[/note]], West German currency was the official legal tender of West Berlin, when Bonn passed a law, West Berlin would enact the same law to keep legal parity, and West Berlin sent non-voting observer delegates to the ''Bundestag'' and ''Bundesrat'' in Bonn. Still, the Allies blocked official incorporation of West Berlin into the ''BRD'' in 1950 to avoid a serious flare-up in east-west tensions (the relevant law in the Berlin Constitution passed then didn't kick in until 1990, at the time of reunification). Additionally, West Berliners were not subject to the West German compulsory military service for young men[[labelnote *]]Not only that, you ''couldn't'' join the military living in Berlin, even if you volunteered. You had to move to West Germany proper if you were keen on joining the military[[/labelnote]], which was a major reason why West Berlin was famously full of anti-establishment punks. The fact that West Berliners were West German citizens but not in West Germany led to the bizarre situation where a West Berliner could not vote in West German elections, but ''could'' run and even be elected to office in them (as happened with former West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt, who would eventually be elected Chancellor of West Germany in the '70s.)

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** West Berlin [[ZigzaggedTrope is a special case]]. Officially, the city was a free and independent entity jointly ruled by the Mayor of (West) Berlin and the Western Allies (US, UK, France), and West German laws had no legal effect inside West Berlin. Practically, the city was ''de facto'' part of the ''Bundesrepublik Deutschlands'', as the citizens of West Berlin held West German citizenship [[note]]technically, West German citizenship was also extended to the citizens of the ''Deutsche Demokratische Republik'', but for obvious reasons, this could not kick in until the person was actually on West German soil to claim it, something [[UsefulNotes/TheBerlinWall East Germany went to insane lengths to prevent]][[/note]], West German currency was the official legal tender of West Berlin, when Bonn passed a law, West Berlin would enact the same law to keep legal parity, and West Berlin sent non-voting observer delegates to the ''Bundestag'' and ''Bundesrat'' in Bonn. Still, the Allies blocked official incorporation of West Berlin into the ''BRD'' in 1950 to avoid a serious flare-up in east-west tensions (the relevant law in the Berlin Constitution passed then didn't kick in until 1990, at the time of reunification). Additionally, West Berliners were not subject to the West German compulsory military service for young men[[labelnote men[[labelnote: *]]Not only that, you ''couldn't'' join the military living in Berlin, even if you volunteered. You had to move to West Germany proper if you were keen on joining the military[[/labelnote]], which was a major reason why West Berlin was famously full of anti-establishment punks. The fact that West Berliners were West German citizens but not in West Germany led to the bizarre situation where a West Berliner could not vote in West German elections, but ''could'' run and even be elected to office in them (as happened with former West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt, who would eventually be elected Chancellor of West Germany in the '70s.)
20th Aug '16 7:02:09 PM Jhonny
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** West Berlin [[ZigzaggedTrope is a special case]]. Officially, the city was a free and independent entity jointly ruled by the Mayor of (West) Berlin and the Western Allies (US, UK, France), and West German laws had no legal effect inside West Berlin. Practically, the city was ''de facto'' part of the ''Bundesrepublik Deutschlands'', as the citizens of West Berlin held West German citizenship [[note]]technically, West German citizenship was also extended to the citizens of the ''Deutsche Demokratische Republik'', but for obvious reasons, this could not kick in until the person was actually on West German soil to claim it, something [[UsefulNotes/TheBerlinWall East Germany went to insane lengths to prevent]][[/note]], West German currency was the official legal tender of West Berlin, when Bonn passed a law, West Berlin would enact the same law to keep legal parity, and West Berlin sent non-voting observer delegates to the ''Bundestag'' and ''Bundesrat'' in Bonn. Still, the Allies blocked official incorporation of West Berlin into the ''BRD'' in 1950 to avoid a serious flare-up in east-west tensions (the relevant law in the Berlin Constitution passed then didn't kick in until 1990, at the time of reunification). Additionally, West Berliners were not subject to the West German compulsory military service for young men, which was a major reason why West Berlin was famously full of anti-establishment punks. The fact that West Berliners were West German citizens but not in West Germany led to the bizarre situation where a West Berliner could not vote in West German elections, but ''could'' run and even be elected to office in them (as happened with former West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt, who would eventually be elected Chancellor of West Germany in the '70s.)

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** West Berlin [[ZigzaggedTrope is a special case]]. Officially, the city was a free and independent entity jointly ruled by the Mayor of (West) Berlin and the Western Allies (US, UK, France), and West German laws had no legal effect inside West Berlin. Practically, the city was ''de facto'' part of the ''Bundesrepublik Deutschlands'', as the citizens of West Berlin held West German citizenship [[note]]technically, West German citizenship was also extended to the citizens of the ''Deutsche Demokratische Republik'', but for obvious reasons, this could not kick in until the person was actually on West German soil to claim it, something [[UsefulNotes/TheBerlinWall East Germany went to insane lengths to prevent]][[/note]], West German currency was the official legal tender of West Berlin, when Bonn passed a law, West Berlin would enact the same law to keep legal parity, and West Berlin sent non-voting observer delegates to the ''Bundestag'' and ''Bundesrat'' in Bonn. Still, the Allies blocked official incorporation of West Berlin into the ''BRD'' in 1950 to avoid a serious flare-up in east-west tensions (the relevant law in the Berlin Constitution passed then didn't kick in until 1990, at the time of reunification). Additionally, West Berliners were not subject to the West German compulsory military service for young men, men[[labelnote *]]Not only that, you ''couldn't'' join the military living in Berlin, even if you volunteered. You had to move to West Germany proper if you were keen on joining the military[[/labelnote]], which was a major reason why West Berlin was famously full of anti-establishment punks. The fact that West Berliners were West German citizens but not in West Germany led to the bizarre situation where a West Berliner could not vote in West German elections, but ''could'' run and even be elected to office in them (as happened with former West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt, who would eventually be elected Chancellor of West Germany in the '70s.)
20th Aug '16 3:24:52 PM thatmadork
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[[caption-width-right:350:And you said a country can't have one city...]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Welcome to the city... uh, country... [[VerbalBackspace Tropico! Welcome to Tropico!]]]]
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