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17th Jul '16 6:16:43 PM nombretomado
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** Names of planets and their systems in ''Classic'' are often references to famous novels and films, particularly those featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Examples include Franchise/{{Dune}} (Arrakis system), Akio ([[Film/GameraVsGuiron Guiron]] system), [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Beeblebrox]] (Zaphod system), ''Film/DarkStar'' (Nemesis system), [[Film/WomenOfThePrehistoricPlanet Hikeeba]] (Film/{{Gymkata}} system), [[Film/SamsonVsTheVampireWomen Samson's Planet]] (Wrestling/ElSanto system). Whether Sauron is a reference to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' or the CoDominium novels is unclear.

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** Names of planets and their systems in ''Classic'' are often references to famous novels and films, particularly those featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Examples include Franchise/{{Dune}} (Arrakis system), Akio ([[Film/GameraVsGuiron Guiron]] system), [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Beeblebrox]] (Zaphod system), ''Film/DarkStar'' (Nemesis system), [[Film/WomenOfThePrehistoricPlanet Hikeeba]] (Film/{{Gymkata}} system), [[Film/SamsonVsTheVampireWomen Samson's Planet]] (Wrestling/ElSanto system). Whether Sauron is a reference to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' or the CoDominium Literature/CoDominium novels is unclear.
12th Jul '16 6:49:17 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' this is the UNE's default naming convention for colonies. For instance you can end up with Tuscany orbiting Alpha Centauri.


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* There are a number of cities in America that are named after places in Europe, as displayed by [[https://notalwaysright.com/giving-the-french-stick/10042 this]] ''WebSite/NotAlwaysRight''.
27th Jun '16 5:01:46 PM StarSword
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* Parodied by ''Literature/CiaphasCain'', which will often give grandiose-sounding CanisLatinicus names that are actually BilingualBonus jokes, e.g. Nusquam Fundimentibus[[note]]"arse end of nowhere"[[/note]] and Simia Orichalcae[[note]]"brass monkey", as in "cold enough to freeze the balls off of"[[/note]].



* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': The Icarus Base, [[IcarusAllusion which of course gets blown up in the pilot]]. One imagines General Jack O'Neill, the DeadpanSnarker former lead of ''SG-1'', carving somebody a new one for jinxing the project.



* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' briefly mentions a planet dubbed "Sodallagain"[[note]]"Sod-all again"[[/note]], which according to Amberley Vail was charted by an apparently very bored explorator several millennia ago.

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* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' briefly mentions a planet dubbed "Sodallagain"[[note]]"Sod-all called Sodallagain[[note]]"Sod-all again"[[/note]], which according to Amberley Vail was charted by an apparently very bored explorator several millennia ago.ago. Also the planet ''The Last Ditch'' takes place on, Nusquam Fundimentibus[[note]]CanisLatinicus for "arse end of nowhere"[[/note]].
27th Jun '16 4:46:19 PM StarSword
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has an InUniverse use of this when the three superpowers of Jonas Quinn's homeworld name the planet Langara after a word found in all three of their ancient languages, in order to be symbolic of planetary unity. It was chosen by committee.


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* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' briefly mentions a planet dubbed "Sodallagain"[[note]]"Sod-all again"[[/note]], which according to Amberley Vail was charted by an apparently very bored explorator several millennia ago.
11th Jun '16 10:42:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* Orson Scott Card's ''[[EndersGame Ender]]'' series: Lusitania, Trondheim, Pacifica, Ganges, Moskva, Albion, Zanzibar.
* Gordon R. Dickson's ''ChildeCycle'': Ste. Marie, Freiland, Oriente.

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* Orson Scott Card's ''[[EndersGame ''[[Literature/EndersGame Ender]]'' series: Lusitania, Trondheim, Pacifica, Ganges, Moskva, Albion, Zanzibar.
* Gordon R. Dickson's ''ChildeCycle'': ''Literature/ChildeCycle'': Ste. Marie, Freiland, Oriente.



* ''ThousandCultures'': Hedon.
* TheEschatonSeries: The planet of Moscow.

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* ''ThousandCultures'': ''Literature/ThousandCultures'': Hedon.
* TheEschatonSeries: Literature/TheEschatonSeries: The planet of Moscow.



* A variation in Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''ArrivalsFromTheDark'' series, where an Earth-like world found and settled by humans is named Gondwana after an ancient Earth supercontinent (the southern one). Basically, it's named after a place that ''used to be'' real.

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* A variation in Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''ArrivalsFromTheDark'' ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark'' series, where an Earth-like world found and settled by humans is named Gondwana after an ancient Earth supercontinent (the southern one). Basically, it's named after a place that ''used to be'' real.
8th Jun '16 11:44:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* Larry Niven's ''KnownSpace'' has Fafnir and Kobold.
* MadeleineLEngle's ''AWrinkleInTime'' -- Camazotz, Uriel

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* Larry Niven's ''KnownSpace'' ''Literature/KnownSpace'' has Fafnir and Kobold.
* MadeleineLEngle's ''AWrinkleInTime'' Creator/MadeleineLEngle's ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' -- Camazotz, Uriel



* AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' has Annubis (sic).
* TheNightsDawnTrilogy has Perseus, Romulus, Remus, and Pallas.

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* AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' has Annubis (sic).
* TheNightsDawnTrilogy Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy has Perseus, Romulus, Remus, and Pallas.
2nd Jun '16 10:59:18 PM PaulA
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* LSpragueDeCamp's ''Viagens Inerplanetarias'' uses this, ThemeNaming different systems with different mythologies: Tau Ceti has Krishna, Vishnu, and Ganesha (Hindu), Procyon has Osiris, Isis, and Thoth (Egyptian), Epsilon Eridani has Kulkulkan (Maya).

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* LSpragueDeCamp's ''Viagens Inerplanetarias'' Creator/LSpragueDeCamp's ''Literature/ViagensInterplanetarias'' setting uses this, ThemeNaming different systems with different mythologies: Tau Ceti has Krishna, Vishnu, and Ganesha (Hindu), Procyon has Osiris, Isis, and Thoth (Egyptian), Epsilon Eridani has Kulkulkan (Maya).
27th May '16 11:55:05 AM Chabal2
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'' has a few, but none of them explain what the original place was (except New Badab, which replaced the Red Corsairs old homeworld of Badab).



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': No one has any idea in what universe it was a good idea to name a planet [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Armageddon]]. No matter [[TheEmpire the Imperium]] has been fighting so many wars against Orks on this planet that Armageddon has come to mean paradise in the Ork language. It doesn't help that the current war was caused by the schemings of [[TheChessmaster Eldrad Ulthran]] -- a [[RecycledInSpace space elf]] with the ability to see the future.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': No one has any idea in what universe it was a good idea to name a planet [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Armageddon]]. No matter [[TheEmpire the Imperium]] has been fighting so many wars against Orks on this planet that Armageddon has come to mean paradise in the Ork language. It doesn't help that the current war was caused by the schemings of [[TheChessmaster Eldrad Ulthran]] -- a [[RecycledInSpace space elf]] SpaceElf with the ability to see the future.future.
** One planet home to vicious giant spiders received its name from the punctuated transmission of one of the SpaceMarines deployed to its surface:
--> This. World. Is. Murder.
** One world was originally know as Mordax by its human owners, but the orks took over and gave it a name better suited to its industry: {{Moredakka}}.
** Abandoned Hope: Whatever's on it, the Inquisition has blocked off all access.
** Archipelaga, a world mostly covered by water.
** Cinderus IX, whose minerals are used in producing the Titan-killing Volcano Cannon.
** The planet Eldritch, which used to belong to the C'tan-serving Necrons, now a dead world after being subject to Exterminatus.
** Firestorm, a DeathWorld home to a SpaceMarine Chapter.
** Fortress, a... fortress world.


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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'' has a planet receiving very little light from its sun, whose inhabitants have fallen so far behind in technology that the musket is still in use, while literary and cultural stunting is prevalent. The name of this misbegotten wreck, nicknmaed "the Blighted Planet"? [[TakeThat Birmingham.]]
19th May '16 9:53:28 PM PaulA
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** Kagan's ''Mirabile'' is about a colony world of that name; it means "wonderful" or "marvelous".

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** Kagan's ''Mirabile'' * Creator/JanetKagan's ''Literature/{{Mirabile}}'' is about a colony world of that name; it means "wonderful" or "marvelous".
18th May '16 2:48:45 AM PaulA
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* The planet ''Hellspark'', in Creator/JanetKagan's book by the same name, is purposely spelled as one word, specifically to cause ambiguity on how it's to be pronounced: Either "Hell Spark" or "Hell's Park". It was originally settled by linguists, according to the planet's popular history.

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* The planet ''Hellspark'', Hellspark, in Creator/JanetKagan's book by the same name, ''Literature/{{Hellspark}}'', is purposely spelled as one word, specifically to cause ambiguity on how it's to be pronounced: Either either "Hell Spark" or "Hell's Park". It was originally settled by linguists, according to the planet's popular history.
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