History Main / LandofOneCity

17th Jun '17 1:47:26 PM nombretomado
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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.) East Berlin was claimed to be under the same status by the Western Allies, but apart from regular protest notes, this had less and less of an effect on daily life in East Berlin as years went on.

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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 [[UsefulNotes/BerlinWall 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.) East Berlin was claimed to be under the same status by the Western Allies, but apart from regular protest notes, this had less and less of an effect on daily life in East Berlin as years went on.
7th May '17 4:51:35 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''VideoGame/Spore'', the Empire stage starts off with about four or five single-city nations. As you progress through the stage, smaller nations merge to form larger one, subverting this trope.

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* In ''VideoGame/Spore'', ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', the Empire stage starts off with about four or five single-city nations. As you progress through the stage, smaller nations merge to form larger one, subverting this trope.
7th May '17 4:50:42 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''VideoGame/Spore'', the Empire stage starts off with about four or five single-city nations. As you progress through the stage, smaller nations merge to form larger one, subverting this trope.
7th May '17 4:41:49 PM GMon
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* {{Implied|Trope}} in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series: the [[AllThereInTheManual Codex]] mentions that the asari homeworld, Thessia, was divided into loose confederacies of republican cities, similar to Earth's ancient Mediterranean city-states, for much of the asari's pre-spaceflight history. These city-states only started to truly grow close in the asari Information Age.
24th Mar '17 6:31:27 PM Pichu-kun
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* Subverted in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. At first It looks as if the entire country is delegated to the castle and that village, however it's been specified that Arendelle is actually larger than that.

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* Subverted in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. At first It it looks as if the entire country is delegated to the castle and that village, however the village shown in the film. However, it's been specified that Arendelle is actually larger than that.
24th Mar '17 6:28:46 PM Pichu-kun
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* Subverted in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. At first It looks as if the entire country is delegated to the castle and that village, however it's been specified that Arendelle is actually larger than that.
17th Mar '17 3:17:11 PM JoeMerl
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* Corona from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}.'' The [[WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries TV continuation]] shows that the capital is a short horse-ride from the border, which is walled, so it's not implausible that it's just a city-state.
7th Mar '17 8:46:51 PM DesertDragon
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** UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, the capital of the United States, is an interesting case. It effectively functions as a city, but its history is complicated. The District of Columbia used to be composed of two counties--Washington (land from the state of Maryland) and Alexandria (land from Virginia)--that both contained several towns, but Alexandria was eventually given back to Virginia, while the remaining county of Washington was consolidated into a single city, meaning Washington, DC is at once a city, county, ''and'' federal district. But most Americans just think of it as a city and call it a day. However, there have been numerous votes over the years for DC to become a full-fledged state due to its limited representation in Congress, especially since it's more populous than two ''actual'' states. The White House and National Mall area would remain a federal district, while "New Columbia" would become the only state in the US to be composed of a single city. Despite Washingtonians voting overwhelmingly for this change every time it appears on the ballots, Congress has final approval and the current political climate (DC is 90% Democrat while Congress currently has a Republican majority) makes this unlikely in the foreseeable future.

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** UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, the capital of the United States, is an interesting case. It effectively functions as a city, this trope but its history is complicated. The has a complicated history. Formed in the border region between the North and South, the District of Columbia used to be composed of two counties--Washington (land from the state of Maryland) and Alexandria (land from Virginia)--that both contained several towns, but Alexandria was eventually given back to Virginia, while the remaining county of Washington was consolidated into a single city, meaning Washington, DC is at once a city, county, ''and'' federal district. But most Most Americans just think of it as a city and call it a day. However, there have been numerous votes over the years for DC to become a full-fledged state due to its limited representation in Congress, especially since it's more populous than two ''actual'' states. The White House and National Mall area would remain a federal district, while "New Columbia" the rest of DC would become "New Columbia", and the only state in the US to be composed of a single city. Despite Washingtonians voting overwhelmingly for this change every time it appears on the ballots, ballot, Congress has final approval of admitting new states, and the current political climate (DC is 90% Democrat while Congress currently has a Republican majority) makes this unlikely in the foreseeable future.
7th Mar '17 8:19:48 PM DesertDragon
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* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games and expanded media, the Free Marches are a region of 11 independent city-states in eastern Thedas. They trade amongst each other and are able to form a joint military when necessary, but each city operates as its own entity, meaning they all fall under this trope. The southernmost city, Kirkwall, is the setting of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
4th Mar '17 2:32:50 PM StFan
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* The kingdom of Overture in ''VisualNovel/AnOctaveHigher'' is a technologically-advanced nation with colonies all over the world, yet the nation itself is just one city.
* The entire continent of Gransys in [[DragonsDogma Dragon's Dogma]] has only one city (Gran Soren) and one small fishing village. Lots of vast, wide-open tracts of land, though.

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* The kingdom of Overture in ''VisualNovel/AnOctaveHigher'' is a technologically-advanced nation with colonies all over the world, yet the nation itself is just one city.
* The entire continent of Gransys in [[DragonsDogma Dragon's Dogma]] ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'' has only one city (Gran Soren) and one small fishing village. Lots of vast, wide-open tracts of land, though.



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* The kingdom of Overture in ''VisualNovel/AnOctaveHigher'' is a technologically-advanced nation with colonies all over the world, yet the nation itself is just one city.
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