Created By: CaptainRainbowz on March 23, 2012 Last Edited By: CaptainRainbowz on April 8, 2012

Exceptional Region

A specific region of a country is significantly different from the rest of the country.

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Countries are often composed of many diverse and autonomous regions. Most of the time, these regions are equal in size, population and most everything else. Sometimes, however, one region stands out from the rest. There are many reasons for this:

  • The region is significantly larger than all of the others, often making up a significant portion of the country's area.

  • The region was formerly its own country, and some regional 'national' pride still exists.

  • The region is culturally very different from all of the others, often speaking a different language or having a different religion.

  • The region is home to a harsher environment, causing the native population to adapt accordingly.

In addition, residents of this area often identify themselves as natives of the region before citizens of the country said region is in. In military settings, units from this region are often considered 'elite', being divided into their own units and being stronger than their other countrymen.

No Real Life Examples,Please.


Examples:

Literature
  • In Eric Flint's 1632, Finnish and Croatian soldiers (Now independent, but then part of Sweden and Austria, respectively) are feared throughout Germany for their ruthless tactics. Their commanders use them for missions regular troops could not accomplish.
  • In ASOIAF, the North definitely falls under this trope due to its size, religious differences and military might. Dorne, as the last kingdom to fall to Valyrian rule, could also be considered as one of these.

Video Games
  • The Unova region in Pokémon, while not actually a part of any country, varies significantly from the other four regions, being the only one not based on a Japanese region and having completely different Pokémon.

Comics
  • In Scandinavia and the World, Svalbard and Ĺland could both fall under this trope (while they are actually characters, they are both just personifications of their respective real-life regions

TV
  • n the original Battlestar Galactica, among the survivors in the Rag-Tag Fleet were a group of "Borellian Nomen," a human ethnic group or possibly a subspecies distinguished by ridged foreheads not unlike Star Trek's Klingons.
Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • March 23, 2012
    Mauri
    The little Village from Asterix and Obelix could qualify.
  • March 23, 2012
    CaptainRainbowz
    Yes, but since it isn't actually a part of the Roman Empire, it's more of an Undefeatable Little Village.
  • March 23, 2012
    aurora369
    Traditionally, Siberia (large, harsh) was viewed this way in Russia. That is, until the stupid Chelyabinsk meme spread.
  • March 24, 2012
    fulltimeD
    If launched, this would need a better title... Remember- Clear, Concise, Witty, in that order. Texas is known for a LOT of things, so the title could be much more clear.
  • March 24, 2012
    Mauri
    Two things first I was meaning of it as in the case of Gaul in its time, you can say the case of Gergovia)but then again there are other options. In the case of Ancient Greece the Greek army was good (when they came together or until Alexander forced them to) but of them you have the Spartan army.
  • March 24, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    I would definitely say this needs a rename. Texas is also the author of a lot of laws that are considered controversial, and they tend to have a rather liberal opinion on guns, but a super conservative opinion on everything else...which kind of makes it hard to think of the whole state as badass.
  • March 25, 2012
    SingingRain
    ^This refers to the Texas portrayed in fiction, not the one in real life. There's a big difference.
  • March 25, 2012
    OmarKarindu
  • March 25, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ And? The name doesn't indicate that. If this is like World Of Badass, but limited to one place, it should reflect that.

    Badassland? Badassia?
  • March 25, 2012
    fulltimeD
    I like Region Of Badass. But the problem is, according to the trope description, it's not necessarily badassness that defines this region, just that that's a common manifestation.
  • March 25, 2012
    CaptainRainbowz
  • March 25, 2012
    CaptainRainbowz
    I'll change it to Region Of Badass for the time being.
  • March 25, 2012
    Routerie
    Another trope with "badass" in the title? *shudder*

    How about Superlaive Region or something? Because so far, few if any of the examples have anything to do with being badass.
  • March 26, 2012
    Jhimmibhob
    This is a time-honored trope for Sicilians.
  • March 26, 2012
    jatay3
    "I would definitely say this needs a rename. Texas is also the author of a lot of laws that are considered controversial, and they tend to have a rather liberal opinion on guns, but a super conservative opinion on everything else...which kind of makes it hard to think of the whole state as badass. "

    Is the political ideology of a region indicative of it's badassery?
  • March 26, 2012
    jatay3
    Possibly a "be cautious about real life examples".
  • March 26, 2012
    jatay3
    See Proud Warrior Race, Humans Are Warriors and Humans Are Special(for when Earth is a region of badass), Had To Be Sharp, etc.
  • March 26, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Maybe something like Exceptional Region or Standout Location? Lone Location? Location Specification? It's not like it's a bad trope but using the word "Badass" makes it seem like one region is better than the rest of a country and I don't see how that CAN'T lead to nasty Edit Wars. Every country has some kind of rivalry between North and South, urban and rural areas, wealthier and less wealthy areas, not to mention places near borders that have traditionally been fought over.

    I mean look at what's already happening with Texas on this discussion! In a number of ways the OP has backed up their opinion that Texas differs from other US states in a number of ways, but it's obviously no better or worse or more "badass" than any other state. I can say that coolly only because I'm not American, if I was then I bet I'd be arguing that my home state was the best one, too!

    London is often treated as separate and exceptional from the rest of the UK. News outlets are often criticised for being too London-centric, it's very different to other UK cities and much, much bigger, and of course it's often treated as shorthand for the UK, to the extent that we have a trope for that. Which I forget the name of.

    And in fiction, Macondo from One Hundred Years Of Solitude.

  • March 26, 2012
    CaptainRainbowz
    Britain Is Only London

    I agree that 'Badass' might be going a little too far. I didn't mean for it to be a region that's better, just a very large one that stands out from the rest due to cultural and national differences.

  • March 26, 2012
    Martello
    Enough with the Badass titles in new Tropes. We're moving away from that as much as possible.
  • March 26, 2012
    CaptainRainbowz
    I'm particular to Exceptional Region.

  • March 26, 2012
    fulltimeD
    That's a good title.
  • March 27, 2012
    Jhimmibhob
    Thumbs up to Exceptional Region as well.
  • March 27, 2012
    ginsengaddict
    Sparta.
  • March 27, 2012
    Jhimmibhob
    Along with Texas, I'd include the American South (deep and otherwise). Despite the de jure defintions, both areas are, in many ways, de facto countries unto themselves.

    Although the more I think about Real Life examples, the more I see that this trope applies to dozens--nay, hundreds--of minority and minority-language regions across the planet. It'll attract Misplaced Nationalism like a rare-earth magnet. Thinking we should eliminate the RL examples.
  • March 31, 2012
    CaptainRainbowz
    So, all in favor of No Real Life Examples Please?
  • March 31, 2012
    fulltimeD
    In the original Battlestar Galactica, among the survivors in the Rag-Tag Fleet were a group of "Borellian Nomen," a human ethnic group or possibly a subspecies distinguished by ridged foreheads not unlike Star Trek's Klingons. They come from "the land of endless sands and the megasun," possess a warrior ethos and culture far different from most of the Colonial humans in the show, and don't generally mix with Colonials either.
  • April 2, 2012
    Jhimmibhob
    Yeah, I'm more sure than ever on this one: No Real Life Examples Please.
  • April 5, 2012
    wotnoplot
    Is this like an Outlier? Malcolm Gladwell describes at a place where things are statistically above average-he gives the example of Roseto in Pennsylvia where heart disease and cancer are rare among young people.
  • April 5, 2012
    Jhimmibhob
    ^ I'm pretty sure nobody considers the citizens of Roseto not-quite-Pennsylvanians on the strength of that. So "outlier" doesn't really cover it.
  • April 6, 2012
    AgProv
    In Shea and Wilson's Illuminatus!, they "invent" a Texas county and town called Bad Ass which is specically described as an embarrassment to the rest of the USA. It is old-time Confederate, still flies the Confederate flag, its sherriff spends off-duty time wearing KKK white robes and being robust in his attitude to interracial relations. Seems the "Bad Ass" idea goes back a lot further than Shea and Wilson....
  • April 7, 2012
    CaptainRainbowz
    Midgar in Final Fantasy VII isn't really a region of a "country" as the world-at-large's government is never defined but it is extremely different from the area around it and the rest of the planet - it's the only urban setting in the game.

    Vector, the Imperial Capital in Final Fantasy VI, is the only industry-heavy urban setting in the Empire's domains.
  • April 8, 2012
    Koveras
    Maybe Kenalloa in Reflections Of Eterna? It is part of the kingdom Talig and a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Spain, populated exclusively by badasses and pirates more loyal to their Duke than to the king, so basically, whatever is going on in the kingdom doesn't directly affect them unless they want to get involved.
  • April 8, 2012
    fulltimeD
    In Dune, Arrakis is a desert-planet, home to desert-dwelling Fremen, giant Sand Worms, and is also the only source of the Spice, a substance that enables faster-than-light navigation and makes interstellar civilization possible.
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