Created By: 3of4 on November 29, 2011 Last Edited By: 3of4 on February 14, 2013
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Around the Corner Border

Another Kingdom after each turn of the road.

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A land of adventure and history! In the middle of it lies the great castle of the king, ruling justly over his people and negotiating with his Neighbors who live...about a walking day away.

Wait, what?

Basically, this trope comes into play if you have a large number of kingdoms very close together. This might be simply because the king only rules a city state or his realm IS simply that small or otherwise his realm may be implied to be big, but for storytelling purposes its only taking the Heroes a couple of days to reach a fully different kingdom.

Sometimes a subtrope of Traveling at the Speed of Plot, where it is so often applied it does influence geographics. Other times is simply a lot of nations in each others personal space.

Compare Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale. May rely on Willing Suspension of Disbelief.

Examples:

Live-Action Television
  • Merlin is a big offender, with multiple other kingdoms around Camelot, but the travel time is rarely more than a few days. Sometimes they are near enough for a simply hike in the middle of the night.
  • While exploring the Unknown may be the mission of all ships named Enterprise, sometimes you could really get the impression the various states of the alpha and beta quadrant all lived in the same block of the Street instead of about a quarter of the Galaxy.

Literature
  • Discworld has the Ramtop Mountains where any ledge with flat ground is its own kingdom, and very many kings have to milk their own cattle every morning. The Sto Plains have several independent City States all within a day or two's ride of each other (well ostensibly independent at least, in practice they are vassal states of Anhk-Morpork)

Video Games
  • Many Video Games where you can easily visit many kingdoms in the span of an hour.

Real Life
  • After a fashion: Germany during the late Holy Roman Empire is sometimes referred to as the "Flickenteppich" (rag rug), with dozens of small states close together. And long before the Duty Free Zone!

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • November 29, 2011
    elwoz
    Unless I miss my guess, the "Flickenteppich period" is more commonly referred to in English as the "late Holy Roman Empire" (famously skewered by Voltaire as "neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire").
  • November 29, 2011
    elwoz
    Also, 3of4, are you a native German speaker? You appear to be capitalizing nearly all nouns, which is not done in any language other than German as far as I know.
  • November 29, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    Discworld has the Ramtop Mountains where any ledge with flat ground is its own kingdom, and very many kings have to milk their own cattle every morning. The Sto Plains have several independent City States all within a day or two's ride of each other (well ostensibly independent at least, in practice they are vassal states of Anhk-Morpork)

  • November 29, 2011
    3of4
    elwoz, yes..and its a bit late here which always does affect my english spelling somewhat ;) will look over it tomorrow
  • November 29, 2011
    wanderlustwarrior
  • November 29, 2011
    LeeM
    ^^ Since Merlin is set in a fictionalised England this is pretty much Truth In Television, since before England became a single country it was a patchwork of smaller states, and of course it's only a few hundred miles long.
  • December 5, 2011
    elwoz
    ^ Generalize a bit and it applies to nearly everywhere at the right point in their cultural development.
  • December 6, 2011
    Omeganian
    Ancient Greece was composed of about a thousand states, most a couple hundred of citizens each. Hundreds more were scattered all over the Mediterranean.
  • December 6, 2011
    Specialist290
    Sister trope to Land Of One City.
  • December 8, 2011
    SharleeD
    The game-setting of Ravenloft is justified in being this, as it's a Patchwork Map of domains built to confine individual villains, many of whom are consigned to humiliatingly-small territories as punishment.
  • February 14, 2013
    elwoz
    I am discarding this because it has not been worked on since December 2011. If you bring it back, please consider rolling up the examples and taking responsibility for seeing it through to a launch.
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