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2nd Feb '16 1:42:08 PM Dood95
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** The creators threw even more fuel on the fire by actually announcing a state during the "Behind the Laughter" episode. But they made several versions, each saying a different state. In the movie, Flanders threw another monkey wrench into the works by listing the states that border Springfield. States that are nowhere near each other (like ''Maine'' and ''Nevada'') and have vastly different geographies.
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** The creators threw even more fuel on the fire by actually announcing a state during the "Behind the Laughter" episode. But they made several versions, each saying a different state. In the movie, Flanders threw another monkey wrench into the works by listing the states that border Springfield. States Springfield: Ohio, Nevada, Maine, Kentucky, states that are nowhere near each other (like ''Maine'' and ''Nevada'') and have vastly different geographies.

** The movie has it located on the border of Ohio, Nevada, Maine, and Kentucky, a geographical impossibility.
30th Jan '16 10:59:12 AM Tdarcos
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* Creator/SinclairLewis created the fictional City of Zenith, Winnemac (later identified as being approximately where Toledo, Ohio is) for a number of his books including ''Literature/{{Arrowsmith}}'' and ''Literature/ElmerGantry'' after the residents of the town of Sauk Centre, Minnesota were displeased with the portrayal of their town in the book ''Literature/MainStreet''.
17th Dec '15 7:48:32 AM LondonKdS
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* Jack O'Connell's magic realist crime novels are set in the city of Quinsigamond, which is a thinly disguised Worcester, Massachusetts. ("Quinsigamond" was the Native American name for the area, and still survives in some local place names.)
26th Oct '15 6:30:00 PM eowynjedi
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* Much of the eponymous setting of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is modeled after the author's native city of Birmingham, England. In his video commentaries of chapters, he'll often point out specific locations (with photos) that he transplanted into the comic.
8th Oct '15 11:08:17 AM ProfEtheric
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Added an entry (Webcomic/Autumn Bay) for cross-linking purposes.
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* ''Webcomic/AutumnBay'' has the titular city, which, though not a stand-in for a particular city, is specifically set in upstate New York, and is meant to represent large communities in the northeastern United States in general.
3rd Oct '15 5:02:20 PM merotoker
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** This prefix-Tokyo practice is parodied in the first ''PhoenixWright'' game, where an in-game TV show, ''The Steel Samurai'', is set in "Neo-Olde Tokyo". ** This is something of a TruthInTelevision, as in its modern history Tokyo was completely rebuilt no less than ''four'' times. The first time was in the 1870s, when it went from the seat of Bakufu to the imperial capital (and ''started'' being called Tokyo, for that matter), then it was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1923, after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Kanto_Earthquake Great Kanto Earthquake]], then again it was [[WorldWarII firebombed almost into oblivion in 1945 by the US]], and in the early 1960s much of the city was remodeled in preparation to the Olympic Games, creating modern street plan in the central districts. They just didn't stick any fancy prefixes/suffixes on its name.
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** This prefix-Tokyo practice is parodied in the first ''PhoenixWright'' ''VisualNovel/{{Phoenix Wright|AceAttorney}}'' game, where an in-game TV show, ''The Steel Samurai'', is set in "Neo-Olde Tokyo". ** This is something of a TruthInTelevision, as in its modern history Tokyo was completely rebuilt no less than ''four'' times. The first time was in the 1870s, when it went from the seat of Bakufu to the imperial capital (and ''started'' being called Tokyo, for that matter), then it was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1923, after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Kanto_Earthquake Great Kanto Earthquake]], then again it was [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII firebombed almost into oblivion in 1945 by the US]], and in the early 1960s much of the city was remodeled in preparation to the Olympic Games, creating modern street plan in the central districts. They just didn't stick any fancy prefixes/suffixes on its name.

* The settings of the ''Pokémon'' movies are based off of real locations: Altomare is Venice, Forina is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wulingyuan Wulingyuan]], Larousse City is Vancouver, Cameran Palace is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuschwanstein_Castle Neuschwanstein Castle]], Samaya is Rome, Alamos Town is Barcelona, and Michina is Athens.
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* The settings of the ''Pokémon'' ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movies are based off of real locations: Altomare is Venice, Forina is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wulingyuan Wulingyuan]], Larousse City is Vancouver, Cameran Palace is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuschwanstein_Castle Neuschwanstein Castle]], Samaya is Rome, Alamos Town is Barcelona, and Michina is Athens.

* There is dispute over which is Franchise/TheDCU's UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity -- [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Metropolis]] or [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]]. Both are named after NY nicknames. Creator/FrankMiller said that Metropolis is [=NYC=] in the daytime, and Gotham is [=NYC=] at night; Denny O'Neil said that Metropolis is New York above 14th Street, and that Gotham City is New York below 14th Street. TheDCU also has an ''actual'' New York City, although it is reportedly a much smaller, less (ahem) metropolitan burg than its real-world counterpart (and, for that matter, than Metropolis and Gotham, leading to its nickname "the Cinderella City" in ''[[SevenSoldiers Seven Soldiers of Victory]]''). Right now, the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica forms much of NYC's superhero community, and the city was the target area for the Anti-Monitor's bid to destroy the Multiverse (again) during the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Sinestro Corps War]] arc.
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* There is dispute over which is Franchise/TheDCU's UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity -- [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Metropolis]] or [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]]. Both are named after NY nicknames. Creator/FrankMiller said that Metropolis is [=NYC=] in the daytime, and Gotham is [=NYC=] at night; Denny O'Neil said that Metropolis is New York above 14th Street, and that Gotham City is New York below 14th Street. TheDCU Franchise/TheDCU also has an ''actual'' New York City, although it is reportedly a much smaller, less (ahem) metropolitan burg than its real-world counterpart (and, for that matter, than Metropolis and Gotham, leading to its nickname "the Cinderella City" in ''[[SevenSoldiers ''[[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers Seven Soldiers of Victory]]''). Right now, the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Comicbook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica forms much of NYC's superhero community, and the city was the target area for the Anti-Monitor's bid to destroy the Multiverse (again) during the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Sinestro Corps War]] ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar arc.

** Franchise/TheDCU is filled with these. Among others, Coast City, Bludhaven, Central City, Star City, Fawcett City, Keystone City, Vanity, Midway City, Gateway City, and Dos Rios. Originally, the MarvelUniverse was thought of as extremely original for using New York itself.
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** Franchise/TheDCU is filled with these. Among others, Coast City, Bludhaven, Central City, Star City, Fawcett City, Keystone City, Vanity, Midway City, Gateway City, and Dos Rios. Originally, the MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse was thought of as extremely original for using New York itself.

* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' example under Video Games is parodied in [[http://lparchive.org/Grand-Theft-Auto-San-Andreas-(Screenshot)/Update%206/ this LP]], since GTARadio uses the names of real communities. "Yeah, that lawsuit . . . Got told they can't use real names and places or they be encouraging gang violence... stupid, as if people don't know they mean Ganton when they sing about Compton."[[note]]Compton is the real community, Ganton is the game's stand-in.[[/note]]
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* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' example under Video Games is parodied in [[http://lparchive.org/Grand-Theft-Auto-San-Andreas-(Screenshot)/Update%206/ this LP]], since GTARadio Radio/GTARadio uses the names of real communities. "Yeah, that lawsuit . . . Got told they can't use real names and places or they be encouraging gang violence... stupid, as if people don't know they mean Ganton when they sing about Compton."[[note]]Compton is the real community, Ganton is the game's stand-in.[[/note]]

* Creator/HPLovecraft based his fictional LovecraftCountry towns on real places: Arkham is a mix of Providence, RI, Salem, MA and Boston; [[Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth Innsmouth]] is Newburyport; and [[Literature/TheDunwichHorror Dunwich]] is a mix of Ipswich and Greenwich, MA and Greenwich, RI. The real towns also exist in the CthulhuMythos. * Creator/StephenKing's fictional Maine locales all have clear real-world analogues: Derry is Bangor, Castle Rock is a mix of Durham and Lisbon Falls, and Jerusalem’s Lot is probably a mix of Falmouth, Windham, and Cumberland. ** ''Literature/ElevenTwentyTwoSixtyThree'' also adds Jodie, a fictional Texas town somewhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, to the geography of King's universe.
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* Creator/HPLovecraft based his fictional LovecraftCountry towns on real places: Arkham is a mix of Providence, RI, Salem, MA and Boston; [[Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth Innsmouth]] is Newburyport; and [[Literature/TheDunwichHorror Dunwich]] is a mix of Ipswich and Greenwich, MA and Greenwich, RI. The real towns also exist in the CthulhuMythos. Franchise/CthulhuMythos. * Creator/StephenKing's fictional Maine locales all have clear real-world analogues: Derry is Bangor, Castle Rock is a mix of Durham and Lisbon Falls, and Jerusalem’s Lot is probably a mix of Falmouth, Windham, and Cumberland. ** Cumberland. ''Literature/ElevenTwentyTwoSixtyThree'' also adds Jodie, a fictional Texas town somewhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, to the geography of King's universe.

* {{Lampshaded}} in Creator/KimNewman's superhero pastiche "[[http://johnnyalucard.com/fiction/online-fiction/coastal-city/ Coastal City]]", about a CommissionerGordon on the point of realising his universe doesn't make sense; way back when the first hyperheroes appeared, Coastal City ''was'' New York, and then, one day, it wasn't.
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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Creator/KimNewman's superhero pastiche "[[http://johnnyalucard.com/fiction/online-fiction/coastal-city/ Coastal City]]", about a CommissionerGordon on the point of realising his universe doesn't make sense; way back when the first hyperheroes appeared, Coastal City ''was'' New York, and then, one day, it wasn't.


* In ''TabletopGame/HaltEvilDoer'', the cities superheroes operate in include New Amsterdam (New York), Los Dios (Los Angeles), Freehold (Boston), and Falconcrest (Chicago). As in DCComics, the real cities exist as well, and in the case of NY and LA have a rivalry with their "sister cities".
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* In ''TabletopGame/HaltEvilDoer'', the cities superheroes operate in include New Amsterdam (New York), Los Dios (Los Angeles), Freehold (Boston), and Falconcrest (Chicago). As in DCComics, Creator/DCComics, the real cities exist as well, and in the case of NY and LA have a rivalry with their "sister cities".

* The department store in the VisualNovel ''{{planetarian}}'' is based on the Matsubishi store in Hamamatsu, a town in the Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. In reality it lacks the dome of the planetarium, though. The shots of the dystopian city shown in the game are based on the store's surroundings.
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* The department store in the VisualNovel ''{{planetarian}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{planetarian}}'' is based on the Matsubishi store in Hamamatsu, a town in the Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. In reality it lacks the dome of the planetarium, though. The shots of the dystopian city shown in the game are based on the store's surroundings.

* In the Japanese localization of ''{{Homefront}}'', all references to North Korea are scrubbed and replaced with "a certain country to the north".
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* In the Japanese localization of ''{{Homefront}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'', all references to North Korea are scrubbed and replaced with "a certain country to the north".

* Though the level in ''MetalGearSolid4'' is only called "Eastern Europe", it is obviously Prague. In a BlinkOrYouMissIt moment, the motorcycle chase even crosses the Charles Bridge.
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* Though the level in ''MetalGearSolid4'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' is only called "Eastern Europe", it is obviously Prague. In a BlinkOrYouMissIt FreezeFrameBonus moment, the motorcycle chase even crosses the Charles Bridge.

* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] '''and''' [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] with ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth''. While the story [[CityWithNoName never names the city]] where Team Sleuth's offices are located but it is represented using stock photos of UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}. Then in the [[WordOfGod author]] [[AllThereInTheManual commentary]] it is revealed that the city is actually named Chicagopolis.
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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] {{Averted|Trope}} '''and''' [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] with ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth''. While the story [[CityWithNoName never names the city]] where Team Sleuth's offices are located but it is represented using stock photos of UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}. Then in the [[WordOfGod author]] [[AllThereInTheManual commentary]] it is revealed that the city is actually named Chicagopolis.

* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Springfield]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is largely based on creator Matt Groening's home town of Portland, Oregon, with elements of Olympia, WA, where he attended college. (The city square with its statue of Jebediah Springfield, to cite one example, is highly reminiscent of Olympia's Sylvester Park.)
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* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Springfield]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is largely based on creator Matt Groening's Creator/MattGroening's home town of Portland, Oregon, with elements of Olympia, WA, where he attended college. (The city square with its statue of Jebediah Springfield, to cite one example, is highly reminiscent of Olympia's Sylvester Park.)

* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. It's stated to be somewhere in in the South Park Colorado Basin, in Park County, Colorado, all of which ''does'' exist. But there is no actual city or town called South Park located there. However it has been confirmed that the town is loosely based on the city of Fairplay in Colorado. ** Within the series, Fairplay actually exists as its ''own'' town, and has been verbally confirmed to be somewhere a few miles away from the town of South Park, itself.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. It's stated to be somewhere in in the South Park Colorado Basin, in Park County, Colorado, all of which ''does'' exist. But there is no actual city or town called South Park located there. However it has been confirmed that the town is loosely based on the city of Fairplay in Colorado. ** Colorado. Within the series, Fairplay actually exists as its ''own'' town, and has been verbally confirmed to be somewhere a few miles away from the town of South Park, itself.

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29th Sep '15 6:39:26 AM Synch
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* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', the NSF's first big stand is said to have happened in the Pacific Northwest, at the "Battle of Squalnomie". Squalnomie is not a real place, but ''Snoqualmie'' is the name of a city and several geographic regions east of UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}.
10th Sep '15 12:16:02 AM west8777
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Beach City, which is based off the towns in Delaware that creator Rebecca Sugar went to as a child; it's since been confirmed that Beach City is located in the fictional state of Delmarva; in real life, that's the peninsula that Delaware is located on, along with portions of Maryland and Virginia.
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Beach City, which is based off the towns in Delaware that creator Rebecca Sugar went to as a child; it's since been confirmed that Beach City is located in the fictional state of Delmarva; in real life, that's the peninsula that Delaware is located on, along with portions of Maryland and Virginia. There is also the state of Keystone, a stand in for Pennsylvania.
7th Sep '15 1:21:57 PM nombretomado
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* The Big City (no other name given) in Creator/DynamiteComics' ''Legenderry: A {{Steampunk}} Adventure''. WordOfGod is that it's not quite turn-of-the-century UsefulNotes/NewYork, and it's not quite VictorianLondon.
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* The Big City (no other name given) in Creator/DynamiteComics' ''Legenderry: A {{Steampunk}} Adventure''. WordOfGod is that it's not quite turn-of-the-century UsefulNotes/NewYork, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, and it's not quite VictorianLondon.
7th Sep '15 12:44:10 PM nombretomado
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* Paragon City (the setting of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'') is located on the coast of Rhode Island and has been described as "Providence if it was the size of NewYorkCity".
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* Paragon City (the setting of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'') is located on the coast of Rhode Island and has been described as "Providence if it was the size of NewYorkCity".UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity".
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