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11th Sep '16 6:55:01 PM karstovich2
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* Tōkyō - Used to be called Edo (roughly "estuary", being built on one), renamed when the capital moved there from Kyōto, which was done for several political reasons. Tōkyō means "eastern capital" in Japanese. The period of time after it became the center of power but before it was the official capital is often known as the Edo-jidai.

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* Tōkyō - Used to be called Edo (roughly "estuary", being built on one), renamed when the official capital moved there from Kyōto, which was done for several political reasons. Tōkyō means "eastern Kyōto in 1868. Of course, the move of the "official capital" in Japanese. merely meant that the Emperor moved there; the city had been the seat of government since the 17th century, with the Emperor as a ceremonial figurehead. The period of time after it became during which Edo was the center of power but before it was most powerful city in Japan despite not being the official capital is often known as therefore called the Edo-jidai."Edo-jidai" ("Edo Period").
11th Sep '16 4:37:49 PM karstovich2
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** Originally it was a small Greek colony called Byzantion. The Roman emperor Constantinus decided to move the capital of the empire from Rome to there, in the process renaming it Nova Roma (New Rome). Everybody just called it Konstantinoupolis (Constantinus's city), though, and the name stayed mostly the same (only changing to Turkish Kostantiniyye) until 1933, when it was changed to the popular title of İstanbul. The name İstanbul probably derives from a corruption of Greek 'eis tēn Polin' ('to the city' or 'in the city').

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** Originally it was a small Greek colony called Byzantion. The Roman emperor Constantinus decided to move the capital of the empire from Rome to there, in the process renaming it Nova Roma (New Rome). ("New Rome" in Latin, the official language of the Empire). Everybody just called it Konstantinoupolis (Constantinus's city), ("Constantine's City" in Greek, the language people actually spoke in the eastern part of the Empire), though, and the name stayed mostly the same (only changing to Turkish Kostantiniyye) until 1933, when it was changed to the popular title of İstanbul. The name İstanbul probably derives from a corruption of Greek 'eis tēn Polin' ('to the city' or 'in the city').
4th Sep '16 9:36:41 PM Jake
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** Also, while the ''planet'' is called Coruscant, the city that covers it officially has another name, which changes from Galactic City to Imperial City to New Republic City.

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** Also, while the ''planet'' is called Coruscant, the city that covers it officially has another name, which changes from Galactic City to Imperial City to New Republic City. [[CityPlanet There's not much point in making the distinction anymore]] so it doesn't come up much.
24th Aug '16 7:36:30 PM mirisu92
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*** The term "Manila," the name of the current Philippine capital, is a sort of [[InvertedTrope inversion]]; its meaning has evolved over the centuries. Originally it referred to the precolonial Kingdom of Maynila south of the Pasig River (which itself used to be named "Selurong" or "Seludong"); after the conquistadores arrived, "Manila" became Intramuros, the CitadelCity the Spanish built over the ruins of the Kingdom of Maynila. Much later, [[RoaringTwenties during]] [[TheGreatDepression the]] [[AmericaTakesOverTheWorld American]] [[{{Eagleland}} occupation]], Manila's jurisdiction expanded beyond Intramuros and grew to encompass surrounding districts. Today "Manila" has come to refer to both the country's capital ''and'' the conglomeration of sixteen cities [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers (and a lone municipality)]] situated in the region—which is more accurately called "''Metro'' Manila", but visiting foreigners and out-of-towners don't make the distinction.

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*** The term "Manila," the name of the current Philippine capital, is a sort of [[InvertedTrope inversion]]; its meaning has evolved over the centuries. Originally it referred to the precolonial Kingdom of Maynila south of the Pasig River (which itself used to be named "Selurong" or "Seludong"); after the conquistadores arrived, "Manila" became Intramuros, the CitadelCity the Spanish built over the ruins of the Kingdom of Maynila. Much later, [[RoaringTwenties during]] [[TheGreatDepression the]] [[AmericaTakesOverTheWorld American]] [[{{Eagleland}} occupation]], Manila's jurisdiction expanded beyond Intramuros and grew to encompass surrounding districts. Today "Manila" has come to refer to both the country's capital ''and'' the conglomeration of sixteen cities [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers [[AndZoidberg (and a lone municipality)]] the single municipality of Pateros)]] situated in the region—which is more accurately called "''Metro'' Manila", but visiting foreigners and out-of-towners don't make the distinction.



** In the most recent case, several Filipino politicians, in a bid to ingratiate themselves to the [[HereditaryRepublic (second)]] Aquino administration, even filed a bill to change the name of EDSA, Metro Manila's main highway, to [[{{Egopolis}} Corazon Aquino Expressway]] (after the mother of current President, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, who was ''[[GenerationXerox also]]'' a former President).

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** In the most recent case, several Filipino politicians, in a bid to ingratiate themselves to the [[HereditaryRepublic (second)]] Aquino administration, even filed a bill to change the name of EDSA, Metro Manila's main highway, to [[{{Egopolis}} Corazon Aquino Expressway]] (after the mother of current the previous President, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, who was ''[[GenerationXerox also]]'' a former President).
19th Aug '16 6:18:45 PM PatPayne
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* ''TabletopGame/Battletech'' has a few, but the cake has to be taken by Duenkelwalderduenkelerfluessenschattenwelt. This planet in the Draconis Combine labored under that jawbreaker of a name for centuries before deciding to change the name to something simpler, namely, "Bob". However, they did this right at the beginning of [[HopelessWar the First Succession War]], and the paperwork was lost in the Draconis Combine's bureaucracy amidst the maelstroms of the conflict. With that paperwork missing, requests for urgent supplies going to Bob went unheeded, as the planet didn't officially exist, at least as far as the interstellar government was concerned.

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* ''TabletopGame/Battletech'' ''TabletopGame/{{Battletech}}'' has a few, but the cake has to be taken by Duenkelwalderduenkelerfluessenschattenwelt. This planet in the Draconis Combine labored under that jawbreaker of a name for centuries before deciding to change the name to something simpler, namely, "Bob". However, they did this right at the beginning of [[HopelessWar the First Succession War]], and the paperwork was lost in the Draconis Combine's bureaucracy amidst the maelstroms of the conflict. With that paperwork missing, requests for urgent supplies going to Bob went unheeded, as the planet didn't officially exist, at least as far as the interstellar government was concerned.
19th Aug '16 6:17:31 PM PatPayne
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* ''TabletopGame/Battletech'' has a few, but the cake has to be taken by Duenkelwalderduenkelerfluessenschattenwelt. This planet in the Draconis Combine labored under that jawbreaker of a name for centuries before deciding to change the name to something simpler, namely, "Bob". However, they did this right at the beginning of [[HopelessWar the First Succession War]], and the paperwork was lost in the Draconis Combine's bureaucracy amidst the maelstroms of the conflict. With that paperwork missing, requests for urgent supplies going to Bob went unheeded, as the planet didn't officially exist, at least as far as the interstellar government was concerned.
1st Aug '16 4:07:12 AM Morgenthaler
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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 [[{{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 [[{{Foundation}} [[Literature/{{Foundation}} Terminus]].
18th Jul '16 8:36:10 AM Beatlemania
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* China has lots of cases that look like name changes, although in fact, most of the names have stayed the same in Chinese. The apparent change is due to either the new transliteration system, or due to the government mandating the use of standard Mandarin for placenames rather than local languages/dialects. For further details, see UsefulNotes/WhyMaoChangedHisName.
** Beijing (formerly Peking) is the most obvious example of the new transliteration system coming into effect.

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* China UsefulNotes/{{China}} has lots of cases that look like name changes, although in fact, most of the names have stayed the same in Chinese. The apparent change is due to either the new transliteration system, or due to the government mandating the use of standard Mandarin for placenames rather than local languages/dialects. For further details, see UsefulNotes/WhyMaoChangedHisName.
** Beijing UsefulNotes/{{Beijing}} (formerly Peking) is the most obvious example of the new transliteration system coming into effect.



** Occasional problem in other Asian languages also. While elongated "o" sound in Japanese is, in most cases, simply transliterated as plain "o" in English (thus, Tokyo), some insist on writing out the "correct" pronunciation as "ou"--thus "Tokyo" would be "Toukyou." While this is nice, it is also highly confusing; thus some have compromised and come up with macrons for long vowels--thus the capital city is spelled "Tōkyō".

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** Occasional problem in other Asian languages also. While elongated "o" sound in Japanese is, in most cases, simply transliterated as plain "o" in English (thus, Tokyo), UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}), some insist on writing out the "correct" pronunciation as "ou"--thus "Tokyo" would be "Toukyou." While this is nice, it is also highly confusing; thus some have compromised and come up with macrons for long vowels--thus the capital city is spelled "Tōkyō".



* Myanmar and Thailand, ''entire countries'' whose names changed from Burma and Siam, respectively. The former change is highly controversial, with several governments and the opposition not accepting it. This is because the name was changed by a military junta which overthrew the democratically elected Burmese government.

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* Myanmar and Thailand, UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}}, ''entire countries'' whose names changed from Burma and Siam, respectively. The former change is highly controversial, with several governments and the opposition not accepting it. This is because the name was changed by a military junta which overthrew the democratically elected Burmese government.



* Formosa => Taiwan. Of course, that's just the beginning...

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* Formosa => Taiwan.UsefulNotes/{{Taiwan}}. Of course, that's just the beginning...



* The capital city of South Korea was originally ''Hanseong'' (City [by] the Han [River]). When Korea was annexed by the Japanese in 1910, it was renamed ''Keijou'' or "the Capital City" in Japanese. Korean independence caused it to be renamed Seoul, meaning simply "capital city".

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* The capital city of South Korea UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}} was originally ''Hanseong'' (City [by] the Han [River]). When Korea was annexed by the Japanese in 1910, it was renamed ''Keijou'' or "the Capital City" in Japanese. Korean independence caused it to be renamed Seoul, UsefulNotes/{{Seoul}}, meaning simply "capital city".
22nd Apr '16 6:27:24 AM Doug86
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** This is more the case of changing the name to its equivalent in the dominant language (like Chinese city names being referred by the Mandarin pronunciation rather than the local dialect). Iskanderun means virtually same thing as Alexandretta, as Iskander is simply how the name Alexander is rendered in Arabic. (Same with other cities named after AlexanderTheGreat. Alexandria in Egypt is called Iskandariyah in Arabic (although hardly anyone outside the Arab world calls it by its Arabic name. Alexandria in Afghanistan is called Kandahar in Pashtun (although no one calls it by its original Greek name.))

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** This is more the case of changing the name to its equivalent in the dominant language (like Chinese city names being referred by the Mandarin pronunciation rather than the local dialect). Iskanderun means virtually same thing as Alexandretta, as Iskander is simply how the name Alexander is rendered in Arabic. (Same with other cities named after AlexanderTheGreat.UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat. Alexandria in Egypt is called Iskandariyah in Arabic (although hardly anyone outside the Arab world calls it by its Arabic name. Alexandria in Afghanistan is called Kandahar in Pashtun (although no one calls it by its original Greek name.))
13th Apr '16 12:00:07 PM intastiel
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** The Western Continent's nation-states and cities are constantly changing names around once a year, as that's how long it takes the average tyrant to be overthrown and [[MeetTheNewBoss replaced by another tyrant]].

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** The Western Continent's nation-states and cities are constantly changing names around once a year, as that's how long it takes the average tyrant to be overthrown and [[MeetTheNewBoss [[FullCircleRevolution replaced by another tyrant]].
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