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19th May '16 11:38:45 PM DanaO
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* The entire dimension of Deeva in the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series.

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* The entire Bazaar on the dimension of Deeva Deva in the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series.series. While it doesn't come close to covering the world's landmass and in fact slowly migrates across it, it's the only settlement, transportation to Deva always routes visitors wherever it presently is rather than to geographic coordinates, and there's nothing else on Deva worth seeing in any event. (The land itself can no longer support life and the natives turned entirely to cross-dimensional trade to support themselves.)
28th Feb '16 4:31:09 PM Nerrin
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** The city of Union, introduced in the 3rd Edition ''Epic Level Handbook''. It was founded by the mercane, a ProudMerchantRace with a mysterious aversion to [[TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} Sigil]], and run largely to support the mercane's mercantile empire. Precious little has been done with it since it was first introduced, however.
7th Feb '16 11:17:10 PM Adept
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* Vanity Fair of ''PilgrimsProgress''.

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* Vanity Fair of ''PilgrimsProgress''.''Literature/PilgrimsProgress''.
12th Jan '16 5:24:17 PM nombretomado
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* QuestForGloryII 's [[ShiftingSandLand Shapeir]] has Katta in every square, selling all sorts of items, that's not taking into account the smithy, apothecary and the joke shop.
* Varrock city in ''RuneScape'' is this for players, as it's where the Grand Exchange, a big facility that lets people put their items for sale or buy from other players without direct contact, is located. Ardougne, another big city with lots of stalls in the middle is this for [=NPCs=].

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* QuestForGloryII 's ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'''s [[ShiftingSandLand Shapeir]] has Katta in every square, selling all sorts of items, that's not taking into account the smithy, apothecary and the joke shop.
* Varrock city in ''RuneScape'' ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' is this for players, as it's where the Grand Exchange, a big facility that lets people put their items for sale or buy from other players without direct contact, is located. Ardougne, another big city with lots of stalls in the middle is this for [=NPCs=].
7th Dec '15 4:31:24 AM NozzDogg
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* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' G'Pak, the only island city on Mars' silt sea is run by the Pilthuri, the merchant and diplomat class who most other city states look down on and despise. The royal and priests caste have no real power there and are essentially kept around for show, to ensure that other cities don't attempt to use the unusual arrangement against them.
4th Dec '15 5:30:23 PM nombretomado
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* Byzel/Baizel in ''SeikenDensetsu3'' -- a port city full of merchants, and has a Black Market that you can access by waiting for it to become night.

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* Byzel/Baizel in ''SeikenDensetsu3'' ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' -- a port city full of merchants, and has a Black Market that you can access by waiting for it to become night.
28th Nov '15 4:37:00 PM nombretomado
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* SecretOfEvermore has Nobilia.
* GuildWars: In-universe, the Kodash Bazaar is considered this, being the capital of a merchant nation. In gameplay terms, though, it has a pretty average selection of merchants.

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* SecretOfEvermore ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore'' has Nobilia.
* GuildWars: ''VideoGame/GuildWars'': In-universe, the Kodash Bazaar is considered this, being the capital of a merchant nation. In gameplay terms, though, it has a pretty average selection of merchants.
26th Nov '15 11:37:29 PM Nohbody
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* Although not full-fledged cities at first, many settlements, towns and cities in North America (and presumably other countries founded during the age of European colonization) were initially trading posts that grew with the prosperity of the colonies/countries.
* All major American cities have at least one suburb known as a shopping haven, towns whose economy revolves around a ginormous mall and dozens of smaller shopping centers surrounding it. They're usually upscale communities, and political tension can rise when they draw businesses, shoppers, and their money out of the [[DyingTown city proper]].
** This trope is seen on a very thorough level throughout urbanized America, actually. Each decently-sized city has its downtown area centered around commerce and trade, and given how large numbers of people commute to that downtown area to work every day (a central location makes commutes manageable for a person anywhere in or near the city, and is thus usually most efficient), businesses interested in trade want to set up shop there. Thus, the bigger the city, the more like this trope it becomes. Aside from the obvious series of large coastal cities on the eastern seaboard, San Francisco's unusual geography has turned that entire area in and around the bay into a single, stretched-out MerchantCity. Various public transportation networks, along with a traffic infrastructure designed to manage such massive throughput of cars across huge bridges and dense downtown-area, make the Bay Area something of a MerchantCity centered around its HubCity of San Francisco. Massive overseas trade into and out of the bay builds on this.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mall_of_america The Mall Of America]], but not really the rest of the city around it.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mall_of_america The Mall Of America]], but not really the rest of the city around it.



* Amsterdam

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* AmsterdamAmsterdam was and is a commonly used port for trans-Atlantic trade, especially when the Netherlands had overseas colonies.






* UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}. Two different flavors, too - the modern, fast-paced, latest fashion stuff led by the huge corporations known the world over can be found in the western and southern parts of the city (especially Ginza, Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya); and the smaller shop mom-and-pop entrepreneurs to the north and east around the Sumida River (e.g., the long line of small shops leading to the entrance of the temple at Asakusa).

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UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}. Two different flavors, too - the modern, fast-paced, latest fashion stuff led by the huge corporations known the world over can be found in the western and southern parts of the city (especially Ginza, Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya); and the smaller shop mom-and-pop entrepreneurs to the north and east around the Sumida River (e.g., the long line of small shops leading to the entrance of the temple at Asakusa).



* Historically, Osaka was this for Japan, as it wasn't until the Tokugawa shogunate was established in the late 16th Century that the center of power shifted east to the Kanto Plain. Being a port very close to the traditional center of power in Kyoto as well as being on the Inland Sea (so it wasn't as given to being trashed by tsunamis and typhoons), rice shipments (samurai were paid in rice) naturally congregated there and gave the otherwise looked-down-upon merchants (who traditionally were considered the lowest of the four classes in Japanese society[[note]]Burakumin, who were treated as outcasts because their occupations dealt with taboo things like death such as slaughterhouses and tanners, weren't counted[[/note]]) economic power over the samurai by the time of the Meiji Restoration.

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* ** Historically, Osaka was this for Japan, as it wasn't until the Tokugawa shogunate was established in the late 16th Century that the center of power shifted east to the Kanto Plain. Being a port very close to the traditional center of power in Kyoto as well as being on the Inland Sea (so it wasn't as given to being trashed by tsunamis and typhoons), rice shipments (samurai were paid in rice) naturally congregated there and gave the otherwise looked-down-upon merchants (who traditionally were considered the lowest of the four classes in Japanese society[[note]]Burakumin, who were treated as outcasts because their occupations dealt with taboo things like death such as slaughterhouses and tanners, weren't counted[[/note]]) economic power over the samurai by the time of the Meiji Restoration.



* Most famous Arab and Central Asian cities were this. Stuff was coming through all the way from China and India to the Meditteranean.


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14th Nov '15 5:20:49 PM eroock
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-->--'''High Market''' flavor text, ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''

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-->--'''High -->-- '''High Market''' flavor text, ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''
23rd Oct '15 9:14:41 AM megarockman
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* Mogadishu rose to become one of the most prominent merchant centers on the Horn of Africa during the Sultanate era (roughly the 10th through 16th Centuries), being situated on the Indian Ocean and conducting trade along the Arabian Sea - its zenith of prominence is around the 12th to 14th Centuries. The writings of the Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta, who visited the city in 1331, noted that it was already "an exceedingly large city" that exported many goods like silk to Egypt.
* Similar to Mogadishu, Mombasa also thrived since the Middle Ages under similar conditions in regards to Indian Ocean trade.
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