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8th May '18 5:33:30 PM mirisu92
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* UsefulNotes/{{Manila}}, capital of the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}, used to be a prominent one, especially in the days of Spanish colonialism as early as the late 1500s, as the hub where richly laden Mexican galleons docked after the long Pacific voyage from Acapulco, in UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}}. Colonial Manila was in fact something of a bridge between the silver mines in Spanish Latin America on the one hand, and the huge Chinese market on the other. This continued to be the case into the 1800s, when British firms started setting up in Manila and other Philippine cities mainly to capitalise on sugar milling and textile production and shipping. Today, while perhaps not as globally outsized in influence as it used to be, the modern Manila (that's ''Metro'' Manila, the entire metropolitan area surrounding and including the ''City'' of Manila proper), still holds some of Asia's largest malls, many built or owned by Chinese-born or -descended entrepreneursóreflecting the Filipino people's incredibly consumerist mindset.
3rd Apr '18 9:51:32 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonGrandBazaar'' has the world-famous Zephyr Town. Or ''had''. At the start of the game the bazaar is a shadow of its former glory. It's up for the newbie farmer protagonist to revitalize it.
30th Mar '18 5:26:26 PM danlansdowne
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* Most people outside Southern Africa tend to forget that Pretoria is the state capital of South Africa... simply because its younger sibling, Johannesburg, massively overshadows it both in size and international financial importance. The gold and diamond mines (and the rushes they spawned from in the C19th) lie behind the whole of Gauteng being the beating heart of the entire greater region's trade links, despite not being anywhere near a coastal port. Rivers, roads, rail, airport ''and mines'' for the win. For the biggest traditional ''sea port'', that would be Durbin (sorry, Cape Town, but you know it's true). And, Jo'burg could still swallow ''both'' whole.

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* Most people outside Southern Africa tend to forget that Pretoria is the state capital of South Africa... simply because its younger sibling, Johannesburg, massively overshadows it both in size and international financial importance. The gold and diamond mines (and the rushes they spawned from in the C19th) lie behind the whole of Gauteng being the beating heart of the entire greater region's trade links, despite not being anywhere near a coastal port. Rivers, roads, rail, airport ''and mines'' for the win. For the biggest traditional ''sea port'', that would be Durbin Durban (sorry, Cape Town, but you know it's true). And, Jo'burg could still swallow ''both'' whole.
28th Feb '18 3:26:28 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Pokemon'' has [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Celadon City]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Goldenrod City]], [[VideoGame/PokemonrubyAndSapphire Lilycove City]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Veilstone City]]. One big department store for each region.

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* ''Pokemon'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Celadon City]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Goldenrod City]], [[VideoGame/PokemonrubyAndSapphire Lilycove City]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Veilstone City]]. One big department store for each region.
20th Feb '18 2:31:40 AM Cryoclaste
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* The Carcino region from ''FireEmblem: The Sacred Stones'' comes to mind; it's the only nation of the six in the game that doesn't house a MineralMacGuffin, in favour of being a mercantile state. That said, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation it doesn't have any particularly special items for the player party purchase ingame...]]

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* The Carcino region from ''FireEmblem: The Sacred Stones'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' comes to mind; it's the only nation of the six in the game that doesn't house a MineralMacGuffin, in favour of being a mercantile state. That said, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation it doesn't have any particularly special items for the player party purchase ingame...]]
11th Feb '18 1:50:54 PM Euodiachloris
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* Most people outside Southern Africa tend to forget that Pretoria is the state capital of South Africa simply because Johannesburg massively overshadows it both in size and international financial importance. The gold and diamond mines (and the rushes they spawned from in the C19th) lie behind Gauteng being the beating heart of the entire greater region's trade links, despite not being anywhere near a coastal port. Rivers, roads, rail, airport ''and mines''.

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* Most people outside Southern Africa tend to forget that Pretoria is the state capital of South Africa Africa... simply because Johannesburg its younger sibling, Johannesburg, massively overshadows it both in size and international financial importance. The gold and diamond mines (and the rushes they spawned from in the C19th) lie behind the whole of Gauteng being the beating heart of the entire greater region's trade links, despite not being anywhere near a coastal port. Rivers, roads, rail, airport ''and mines''.
mines'' for the win. For the biggest traditional ''sea port'', that would be Durbin (sorry, Cape Town, but you know it's true). And, Jo'burg could still swallow ''both'' whole.
11th Feb '18 1:25:49 PM Euodiachloris
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* Most people outside Southern Africa tend to forget that Pretoria is the state capital of South Africa simply because Johannesburg massively overshadows it both in size and international financial importance. The gold and diamond mines (and the rushes they spawned from in the C19th) lie behind Gauteng being the beating heart of the entire greater region's trade links, despite not being anywhere near a coastal port. Rivers, roads, rail, airport ''and mines''.
30th Jan '18 5:37:58 AM Cryoclaste
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* The goblin-controlled cities Gadgetzan, Booty Bay, and Ratchet in ''WorldOfWarcraft''. As a ProudMerchantRace they are open to both factions and also provide access to the Neutral Auction House, the only method of cross-faction trading.

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* The goblin-controlled cities Gadgetzan, Booty Bay, and Ratchet in ''WorldOfWarcraft''.''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. As a ProudMerchantRace they are open to both factions and also provide access to the Neutral Auction House, the only method of cross-faction trading.
29th Jan '18 4:43:14 PM Unknownlight
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* [[StargateCity Vancouver]] is home to a massive port and ships almost all of the goods passing from Canada to Asia and vice versa. As such, you can buy almost anything if you know where to look.

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* [[StargateCity Vancouver]] UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}} is home to a massive port and ships almost all of the goods passing from Canada to Asia and vice versa. As such, you can buy almost anything if you know where to look.
8th Oct '17 9:30:01 PM DrVonOppendown
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* Jita has become such a massive trade hub in ''VideoGame/EVEonline'' that all missions and resources have been removed from the system and it's been moved to own server in order to handle the traffic.

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* Jita has become such a massive trade hub in ''VideoGame/EVEonline'' that all missions and resources have been removed from the system and it's been moved to own server in order to handle the traffic. Of particular interest is the fact that Jita became the premier trading hub of New Eden not through developer edict, but through players following actual market forces of supply and demand.
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