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18th Jul '16 6:04:05 AM Beatlemania
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* Speaking of cities with administrative divisions made up for a single city, UsefulNotes/{{Seoul}} is an explicit example, as it is the only "Special City" while other major cities are just called metropolitan cities. In fact, [[UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}} Koreans]] make fun of this by using a self-deprecating meme like "Republic of Seoul" which criticizes capital-centric behavior.
19th Jun '16 3:10:46 PM Jhonny
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** This also applies to some of the states that made and make up the successors of the Holy Roman Empire. For instance, one of the cantons of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}} Swiss Federation]] is the self-explanatory one of Basel-Stadt (Basel city, as opposed to the canton of Basel-Land (Basel countryside)). The [[UsefulNotes/TheBerlinRepublic Federal Republic of Germany]] contains three city-states, of which UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} and the Free and Hanseatic City of UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}} consist only of one city, and the third, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen consists of two (Bremen proper and Bremerhaven). This is also reflected in the fact that these three states do not have a ''Ministerpräsident'' (prime minister), but a ''Bürgermeister'' (burgomaster or mayor). Modern day Germany [[WhatCouldHaveBeen nearly got another city state]] with Lübeck, but the Nazis rescinded its sovereignty and the German constitutional court was unwilling to give it back in the 1950s or grant a petition to have a vote on Lübeck becoming a city state. Lübeck today has about 250 000 inhabitants, and that is rounding up.

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** This also applies to some of the states that made and make up the successors of the Holy Roman Empire. For instance, one of the cantons of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}} Swiss Federation]] is the self-explanatory one of Basel-Stadt (Basel city, as opposed to the canton of Basel-Land (Basel countryside)). The [[UsefulNotes/TheBerlinRepublic Federal Republic of Germany]] contains three city-states, of which UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} and the Free and Hanseatic City of UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}} consist only of one city, and the third, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen consists of two (Bremen proper and Bremerhaven). This is also reflected in the fact that these three states do not have a ''Ministerpräsident'' (prime minister), but a ''Bürgermeister'' (burgomaster or mayor). Modern day Germany [[WhatCouldHaveBeen nearly got another city state]] with Lübeck, but the Nazis rescinded its sovereignty (Hitler reportedly hated the place) and the German constitutional court was unwilling to give it back in the 1950s or grant a petition to have a vote on Lübeck becoming a city state. Lübeck today has about 250 000 inhabitants, and that is rounding up.
19th Jun '16 3:09:43 PM Jhonny
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** Capitals are often "city-states" or non-state entities of their country. In many cases they are another state in all but name, but the perhaps most famous example (Washington DC) is not and ironically pays federal taxes without having a representative to vote on them - that in a country where "no taxation without representation" [[SeriousBusiness was used as a battle cry]] in a revolution.
19th Jun '16 3:05:03 PM Jhonny
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** This also applies to some of the states that made and make up the successors of the Holy Roman Empire. For instance, one of the cantons of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}} Swiss Federation]] is the self-explanatory one of Basel-Stadt (Basel city, as opposed to the canton of Basel-Land (Basel countryside)). The [[UsefulNotes/TheBerlinRepublic Federal Republic of Germany]] contains three city-states, of which UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} and the Free and Hanseatic City of UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}} consist only of one city, and the third, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen consists of two (Bremen proper and Bremerhaven). This is also reflected in the fact that these three states do not have a ''Ministerpräsident'' (prime minister), but a ''Bürgermeister'' (burgomaster or mayor).

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** This also applies to some of the states that made and make up the successors of the Holy Roman Empire. For instance, one of the cantons of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}} Swiss Federation]] is the self-explanatory one of Basel-Stadt (Basel city, as opposed to the canton of Basel-Land (Basel countryside)). The [[UsefulNotes/TheBerlinRepublic Federal Republic of Germany]] contains three city-states, of which UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} and the Free and Hanseatic City of UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}} consist only of one city, and the third, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen consists of two (Bremen proper and Bremerhaven). This is also reflected in the fact that these three states do not have a ''Ministerpräsident'' (prime minister), but a ''Bürgermeister'' (burgomaster or mayor). Modern day Germany [[WhatCouldHaveBeen nearly got another city state]] with Lübeck, but the Nazis rescinded its sovereignty and the German constitutional court was unwilling to give it back in the 1950s or grant a petition to have a vote on Lübeck becoming a city state. Lübeck today has about 250 000 inhabitants, and that is rounding up.
15th Jun '16 8:13:14 AM erforce
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* As revealed in ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey Kong Land]]'', Donkey Kong Island has one city: Big Ape City.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has Lindblum and Burmecia, which control a goodly portion of the continent with only one city. Also, narrowly averted in that Alexandria has a whopping three cities (or two, it's [[EpilepticTrees ambiguous]] where Treno stands)

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* As revealed in ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1 Donkey Kong Land]]'', Donkey Kong Island has one city: Big Ape City.
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''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has Lindblum and Burmecia, which control a goodly portion of the continent with only one city. Also, narrowly averted in that Alexandria has a whopping three cities (or two, it's [[EpilepticTrees ambiguous]] where Treno stands)



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'''s nations of [[TheKingdom San d'Oria]], [[TheRepublic Bastok]], [[TheFederation Windurst]], and [[HubCity Jeuno]] are all technically city-states in the present time, although the first three have historical areas that they controlled in the past that are now up for grabs. [[TheEmpire Aht Urhgan]] is seemingly the only in-game nation with actual vast stretches of territory.

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* ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'''s nations of [[TheKingdom San d'Oria]], [[TheRepublic Bastok]], [[TheFederation Windurst]], and [[HubCity Jeuno]] are all technically city-states in the present time, although the first three have historical areas that they controlled in the past that are now up for grabs. [[TheEmpire Aht Urhgan]] is seemingly the only in-game nation with actual vast stretches of territory.
2nd May '16 2:04:03 PM TheGreatUnknown
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* The eponymous city of ''Disney/{{Zootoopia}}'' appears be a political entity unto itself, as no authority higher than the mayor is ever suggested and there seems to be little in the surrounding area, as the only other mentioned towns are a good distance away with unclear associations. It is vaguely implied in supplementary materials that there may be other nations out there as well, just insular and xenophobic single-species ones.

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* The eponymous city of ''Disney/{{Zootoopia}}'' ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' appears be a political entity unto itself, as no authority higher than the mayor is ever suggested and there seems to be little in the surrounding area, as the only other mentioned towns are a good distance away with unclear associations. It is vaguely implied in supplementary materials that there may be other nations out there as well, just insular and xenophobic single-species ones.
2nd May '16 2:03:53 PM TheGreatUnknown
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* The eponymous city of ''Disney/{{Zootoopia}}'' appears be a political entity unto itself, as no authority higher than the mayor is ever suggested and there seems to be little in the surrounding area, as the only other mentioned towns are a good distance away with unclear associations. It is vaguely implied in supplementary materials that there may be other nations out there as well, just insular and xenophobic single-species ones.
28th Feb '16 3:35:48 PM Nerrin
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** The ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' setting has the eponymous Free City of Greyhawk, a major city-state which keeps its independence by taking advantage of its central location, ideal for trade and politics. It helps that most of its neighbors are ruled by [[CharacterAlignment Good-aligned]] leaders who are more concerned with their own hostile neighbors than sparking a war over ownership of the city.
23rd Feb '16 9:11:16 PM Kazmahu
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* Averted in the earlier ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' games, which had numerous small towns as well as the capitals, but this ended up achieving little besides making the Shares system [[GuideDangIt unnecessarily byzantine]]. Later games reduce Planeptune, Lastation, Leanbox, and Lowee to only having the capitals visible, with the understanding that the PlayerParty being composed of those nations' leaders means they're [[LawOfConservationOfDetail only interested in]] the industrial and political centers of each nation anyway.
29th Jan '16 12:38:50 AM Underachiever
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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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