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25th Aug '17 7:12:05 PM megarockman
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* Name a city-state from medieval or early Renassiance UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} and it's probably a Merchant City.
** Special mention should go to UsefulNotes/{{Venice}} - there is, after all, a Shakespeare play called ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''.

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* Name a city-state from medieval or early Renassiance UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} and it's probably a Merchant City.
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City. Special mention should go to UsefulNotes/{{Venice}} - there is, after all, a Shakespeare play called ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''. ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''.
* Seville's merchants flourished during much of the Age of Exploration once Columbus reached the New World, as that city was given a legal monopoly on all transatlantic trade going into Spain. The loss of the monopoly to Cadiz, a plague in 1649, and the silting up of the Guadalquivir all contributed to its decline by the 18th Century.
18th Aug '17 8:37:31 AM skyandbeyond49
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* Virtually every major city in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' are packed with [[IntrepidMerchant Intrepid Merchants]], but a special mention goes to the PortTown of Alberta, where Merchants are trained from Novices.
6th Aug '17 9:06:19 AM optimusjamie
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* Most starports in ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' have facilities for buying and selling goods, but a few worlds such as Regina in the Spinward Marches are notable for having grown rich from their position on the interstellar trade routes.
25th Jun '17 11:18:21 AM nombretomado
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** Akihabara can be thought of as a mix of these two things - it was a radio and electronic parts mecca after the end of WorldWarTwo, where shops were small (and often black-market) but one could find parts for nearly anything electronics-related. Then just as the wave for futuristic parts passed, the anime explosion and the emergence of otaku culture starting in the 1980's revived the area, this time as the place where one could get all sorts of anime merchandise.

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** Akihabara can be thought of as a mix of these two things - it was a radio and electronic parts mecca after the end of WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, where shops were small (and often black-market) but one could find parts for nearly anything electronics-related. Then just as the wave for futuristic parts passed, the anime explosion and the emergence of otaku culture starting in the 1980's revived the area, this time as the place where one could get all sorts of anime merchandise.
31st May '17 10:16:08 AM megarockman
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* Guangzhou could be considered Hong Kong's forerunner, as for several centuries that city was the only one where foreign merchants could legally trade in China - many countries and companies sent ships there. It began losing its footing in the mid-19th century as Britain and France forced open other ports to trade (and the UK founding Hong Kong); it wouldn't be until Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms in the 1970's and 80's that Guangzhou would start trying to catch up again.
3rd Feb '17 6:36:03 PM Nerrin
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** And though the sourcebooks don't really focus on it, it's clear that [[TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} Sigil]] itself is one - hosting portals to literally anywhere means that it's THE crossroads of the multiverse. The Golden Lords are periodically mentioned as some of the most fantastically rich individuals on the planes, mostly by taking advantage of Sigil's opportunities. However, since the game is focused on the ideological conflict of the factions as well as Sigil's potential as a jumping-off point for adventure, the mercantile side of the city went largely unexplored by the writers except as what would support adventurers.
17th Jan '17 3:24:40 PM donkyhotay
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* Jita is such a massive trade hub in ''VideoGame/EVEonline'' it has it's own separate server to handle all the traffic.

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* Jita is has become such a massive trade hub in ''VideoGame/EVEonline'' it has that all missions and resources have been removed from the system and it's been moved to own separate server in order to handle all the traffic.traffic.
17th Jan '17 3:11:35 PM donkyhotay
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* Jita is such a massive trade hub in ''VideoGame/EVEonline'' it has it's own separate server to handle all the traffic.
4th Jan '17 3:15:40 AM Chabal2
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* Warhammer has the Free City of Marienburg in the Wasteland to the north of the Empire. There is also the far more upmarket High Elf version in Lothern and the Arabyan version in the Spice Port of Copher.

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* Warhammer ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' has the Free City of Marienburg in the Wasteland to the north of the Empire.Empire (the Wasteland used to be known as the Westerlands, but ever sine Marienburg bought its independence and refused to return the Imperials have taken to demeaning its importance in every way they can). There is also the far more upmarket High Elf version in Lothern and the Arabyan version in the Spice Port of Copher.
27th Nov '16 7:19:19 PM Fireblood
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** Jackson's Whole is nothing but BlackMarket, selling devious and unethical goods and services for high prices.

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** Jackson's Whole is nothing but a BlackMarket, selling devious and unethical goods and services for high prices.


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* ''Literature/GuardiansOfTheFlame'': Pandathaway, a port city which is a commercial hub and caters to visitors looking for goods. There is practically nothing that's not out for sale (this also makes it the center of the regional slave trade, much to the heroes' disgust). Merchants and guild heads run it.
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