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23rd Apr '17 4:24:46 PM nombretomado
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** In the future history of ''TranshumanSpace'', the Kaliningrad oblast gains independence - the country so formed is named Königsberg, but the city remains Kaliningrad.

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** In the future history of ''TranshumanSpace'', ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'', the Kaliningrad oblast gains independence - the country so formed is named Königsberg, but the city remains Kaliningrad.
29th Mar '17 5:49:37 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Trucial Coast used to be named the Pirate Coast. After a major pirate hunting operation by the Royal Navy, involvin a series of truces and alliances with local rulers, it became known under the name "Trucial."

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* Trucial Coast used to be named the Pirate Coast. After a major pirate hunting operation by the Royal Navy, involvin involving​ a series of truces and alliances with local rulers, it became known under the name "Trucial."
14th Mar '17 5:59:00 PM FF32
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* Bechuanaland became '''Botswana'''. In ''The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency'' TV adaptation [[spoiler: Grace references this when complaining the office does not have a computer]].

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* Bechuanaland became '''Botswana'''. In ''The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency'' ''Literature/TheNo1LadiesDetectiveAgency'' TV adaptation [[spoiler: Grace references this when complaining the office does not have a computer]].
24th Feb '17 9:45:42 AM narm00
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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' was originally called Romeyn Falls, but was renamed in 1947 to honor Golden Age hero the Astro-Naut, who'd stopped an alien invasion that devastated the city.
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20th Feb '17 4:08:37 PM jormis29
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* The capital of Karameikos, a nation from the ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' D&D setting, was changed from Specularum to Mirros by royal decree. In-character, this was done because "Specularum" was a name imposed by the Thyatians and raised bad feelings among the Traladaran populace, whom King Stephan wanted to appease; out-of-character, it's because one of [=TSR=]'s female employees pointed out that "Specularum" sounds unpleasantly like a [[WomensMysteries gynecological implement]].

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* The capital of Karameikos, a nation from the ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' D&D setting, was changed from Specularum to Mirros by royal decree. In-character, this was done because "Specularum" was a name imposed by the Thyatians and raised bad feelings among the Traladaran populace, whom King Stephan wanted to appease; out-of-character, it's because one of [=TSR=]'s Creator/{{TSR}}'s female employees pointed out that "Specularum" sounds unpleasantly like a [[WomensMysteries gynecological implement]].
3rd Feb '17 5:12:05 PM harotype
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* Toronto, Ontario was named York. Note that the original name for the area was Toronto and it was renamed to Toronto (a native name) when New York was growing and becoming larger, i.e. they did not want to be a 'second York' in North America. Made funnier ever since Peter Ustinov called the city "New York run by the Swiss." One section of Toronto is still known as "North York".

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* Toronto, Ontario was named York. Note that the original name for the area was Toronto and it was renamed to Toronto (a native name) when New York was growing and becoming larger, i.e. they did not want to be a 'second York' in North America. Made funnier ever since Peter Ustinov called the city "New York run by the Swiss." One section of Toronto is still known as "North York".York"; other sections were formerly known as York and East York before merging with the city. Quite a lot around the city is still named York something-or-other, despite the name change being more than a century ago.
26th Jan '17 10:52:56 PM PaulA
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* Atlanta, Georgia started off as Terminus and then became Marthasville before becoming Atlanta. That's right. Atlanta used to be called [[Literature/{{Foundation}} Terminus]].

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* Atlanta, Georgia started off as Terminus and then became Marthasville before becoming Atlanta. That's right. Atlanta used to be called [[Literature/{{Foundation}} Terminus]].
21st Dec '16 7:41:26 PM mirisu92
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*** The bill never passed, however, and there are no plans so far to refile it in the 17th Congress (that is, the Congress that assumed office after the May 2016 elections).
14th Dec '16 12:59:44 PM DarcyFoster
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* The capital of Estonia is Tallinn. It was called Reval before Estonian independence in 1918 - and it was reverted back to Reval when the Nazis invaded in 1941. It was re-renamed Tallinn when the Soviets regained Estonia in 1944.
6th Dec '16 7:56:30 AM AgentKyles
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* Persia => UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} (in this case reflecting local usage)
** Persia is a Greek exonym, the Persians/Iranians have been calling themselves some version of 'Irani' as long as they've been a distinct group. (The term derives ultimately from "Aryan," as the ancient Iranians and ancient Indo-Aryans were closely related and were probably two branches of one people, one that went west and the other east.)

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* Persia => UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} (in this case reflecting local usage)
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usage). Persia is a Greek exonym, the Persians/Iranians have been calling themselves some version of 'Irani' as long as they've been a distinct group. (The term derives ultimately from "Aryan," as the ancient Iranians and ancient Indo-Aryans were closely related and were probably two branches of one people, one that went west and the other east.)



* Ceylon => Sri Lanka
** Another example of the international spelling changing to reflect the actual name of the place instead of what Europeans heard[[note]] The Portuguese used to call it "Ceilão"[[/note]].

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* Ceylon => Sri Lanka
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Lanka. Another example of the international spelling changing to reflect the actual name of the place instead of what Europeans heard[[note]] The Portuguese used to call it "Ceilão"[[/note]].



* UsefulNotes/{{Singapore}} -- formerly Temasek.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Singapore}} '''UsefulNotes/{{Singapore}}''' -- formerly Temasek.



* '''The Philippines''', curiously enough, is the exception to this rule, as it's retained its Spanish colonial name, although it was originally lumped with other islands into a group collectively called the Spanish East Indies. Most likely this is attributable to the majority of Filipinos' sheer ForeignCultureFetish for their colonisers, Spain and the United States, not to mention the fact that the country didn't exist as a political unit before Spanish occupation.

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* '''The Philippines''', curiously enough, is the exception to this the rule, as it's retained its Spanish colonial name, although it was originally lumped with other islands into a group collectively called the Spanish East Indies. Most likely this is attributable to the majority of Filipinos' sheer ForeignCultureFetish for their colonisers, Spain and the United States, not to mention the fact that the country didn't exist as a political unit before Spanish occupation.
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