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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.
27th Oct '16 9:36:40 AM Derkhan
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* The ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'' series has Bingtown, situated near the mouth of the Rain Wild River on the Cursed Shores. The Bingtown Traders consider themselves an exclusive caste, basically rule themselves via the Traders Council and are very proud of being the descendants of those who came to the Cursed Shores with nothing but themselves and not only managed to survive but also to make a fortune.
14th Oct '16 1:17:03 PM superstrijder15
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*Rotterdam doesn't look like it in city centre, but it has the biggest port of Europe, most of it located outside the city and largely automated.
17th Aug '16 8:25:20 PM PaulA
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* Jackson's Whole from the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''.
** Arguably, Komarr also.

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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Jackson's Whole from is nothing but BlackMarket, selling devious and unethical goods and services for high prices.
** Komarr's society is based on {{Intrepid Merchant}}s, taking advantage of its location at
the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''.
** Arguably, Komarr also.
crossroads of several interstellar trade routes.
9th Aug '16 1:21:00 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Paris}}, back in her early days. That's why the city's coat-of-arms displays a trim merchant ship in silver (representing money by commerce, not through the royal mint.)

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* {{Paris}}, UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, back in her early days. That's why the city's coat-of-arms displays a trim merchant ship in silver (representing money by commerce, not through the royal mint.)



* Germany: Lübeck, UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}}, Danzig and the rest of the HanseaticLeague.
* {{London}} specialises in merchant ''banking'' these days, but is still a busy port.

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* Germany: Lübeck, UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}}, Danzig and the rest of the HanseaticLeague.
UsefulNotes/HanseaticLeague.
* {{London}} UsefulNotes/{{London}} specialises in merchant ''banking'' these days, but is still a busy port.
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