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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.
28th Feb '17 8:31:23 AM 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: *]]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.
27th Feb '17 9:24:40 PM DesertDragon
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* There are numerous first order administrative divisions worldwide (States, to use a US-specific example) that are made up of a single city. They all qualify for this trope to whatever extent the central government permits them to handle their own affairs. Berlin/Hamburg/Bremen are good examples, while others might be in doubt.
** There are also numerous examples of such divisions which are much larger than their largest city, but which have a significant majority of their population in said city which also has an overwhelming influence on the state and outsiders' views of the state. One notable example is New York City, which also has the same name as the first-order division containing it, and is a city which stretches among multiple second-order divisions (counties).
** 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.
* 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.

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* There are numerous first order administrative divisions worldwide (States, to use a US-specific example) (states, provinces, counties, or what have you) that are made up of a single city. They all qualify for this trope to whatever extent the central government permits them to handle their own affairs. Berlin/Hamburg/Bremen Berlin and St. Petersburg are good examples, while others might be in doubt.
** There are also numerous examples of such divisions which are much larger than their largest city, but which have a significant majority of their population in said city which also has an overwhelming influence on the state and outsiders' views of the state. One notable example is New York City, which also has the same name as the first-order division containing it, and is a city which stretches among multiple second-order divisions (counties).
** Capitals are often "city-states" or non-state entities of their country. In many cases they are another country, due to fears that if the federal capital were within a state/province, that state in all but name, but would be given preferential treatment. Ottawa, the capital of UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, is perhaps the most famous example (Washington DC) is not and ironically pays federal taxes without having a representative exception to vote on them - this rule, due to it being located explicitly within Ontario [[note]]It helps that Canadians are more likely to blame Toronto for Ontario's preferential treatment in Canadian culture and politics[[/note]].
** UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, the capital of the United States, is an interesting case. It effectively functions as
a country where "no taxation without representation" [[SeriousBusiness was city, but its history is complicated. The District of Columbia used as a battle cry]] in a revolution.
* Speaking
to be composed of cities with administrative divisions made up for 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/{{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.
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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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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* 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''.
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* ''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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