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* ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'': When gold is discovered at the delta of the Yukon river, the only settlement in the area, the small logging camp of Dawson, explodes into a city with thousands of inhabitants virtually overnight, just as happened in real life. However, in this universe, the city has another claim to fame; this is where legendary adventurer and businessman Scrooge Mcduck struck it rich.


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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': In ''Operation N.U.G.G.E.T'', Numbuh 4 inadvertenly creates one of these when he stumbles over a fortune in nuggets in a creek...''chicken'' nuggets that is, starting a huge nugget rush, and what follows is a parody of just about every western movie trope you can imagine.


* Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan, while not a hamlet in anyway beforehand (it was a port town for Western India), ''exploded'' in both population and importance after Pakistan's independence. Its 1947 population of just under 500,000 kept doubling every ten years: the biggest jump would be from 1998 to 2010, which went from 9 million to ''22 million''. The culprit for this was the population movement of Muslims of the Indian subcontinent towards Pakistan, which mostly ended only a couple of years after independence, followed by urbanization for hopefuls of the countryside, hence the sudden swelling. It also made the city the most cosmopolitan of all, since the new immigrants came from various backgrounds and cultures, only united by a single religion.
* Shenzhen, China is probably the uber example. 30 years ago there was almost nothing there. Not a city, not a town, barely a fishing village. Today it's got 7 million people, is the third largest city in the entire country and, quite possibly, the richest. How you ask? Magic, of course!. The magic of ChummyCommies being just on the mainland side of Hong Kong when China decided to open up as well as a pet project of the premier.

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* Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan, while not a hamlet in anyway beforehand (it was a port town for Western India), ''exploded'' in both population and importance after Pakistan's independence. Its 1947 population of just under 500,000 kept doubling every ten years: the biggest jump would be from 1998 to 2010, which went from 9 million to ''22 million''. The culprit for this was the population movement of Muslims of the Indian subcontinent towards Pakistan, which mostly ended only a couple of years after independence, [[UsefulNotes/ThePartitionOfIndia the Partition]], followed by urbanization for hopefuls of the countryside, hence the sudden swelling. It also made the city the most cosmopolitan of all, since the new immigrants came from various backgrounds and cultures, only united by a single religion.
* Shenzhen, China is probably the uber example. 30 years ago there was almost nothing there. Not a city, not a town, barely a fishing village. Today it's got 7 million people, is the third largest city in the entire country and, quite possibly, the richest. How How, you ask? Magic, of course!. The magic of ChummyCommies being just on the mainland side of Hong Kong when China decided to open up as well as a pet project of the premier.


* Shenzhen, China is probably the uber example. 30 years ago there was almost nothing there. Not a city, not a town, barely a fishing village. Today it's got 7 million people, is the third largest city in the entire country and, quite possibly, the richest. How you ask? Magic, of course!. The magic of being just on the mainland side of Hong Kong when China decided to open up as well as a pet project of the premier.

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* Shenzhen, China is probably the uber example. 30 years ago there was almost nothing there. Not a city, not a town, barely a fishing village. Today it's got 7 million people, is the third largest city in the entire country and, quite possibly, the richest. How you ask? Magic, of course!. The magic of ChummyCommies being just on the mainland side of Hong Kong when China decided to open up as well as a pet project of the premier.


* In ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'', the town of Lustrum was a pleasant little town until Hour mines were discovered within the Mother of Mountains on which is was built. Ever since, prospectors and alikes come en masse in hope of mining Hours or maybe even Years from the mountain and earn lots of money by doing so.

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* In ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'', the town of Lustrum was a pleasant little mountain town until Hour mines were someone discovered that the crystals buried within the Mother of Mountains on which is was built. could speed up or slow time (and one's lifespan) when processed into yarn (those weird glowing-white strands you occasionally see around farms and workshops). Ever since, prospectors and alikes mega-companies come en masse in hope of mining Hours or maybe even Years from the mountain and earn lots of money by doing so.so. You can stake a claim and source your crew as miners, but it's a thankless nightmare for a few barrels of crystals every month. One of the original colonists resorts to mugging you for a spare ticket off this rock.



* Container City in ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}'' is this, a sprawling town built out of shipping containers, built when refugees arrived on The Ark by the boatload. Supposedly modelled on the favelas of Brazil.

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* Container City in ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}'' is this, a sprawling town built out of shipping containers, built when refugees arrived on The Ark by the boatload. Supposedly modelled modeled on the favelas of Brazil.


* Holy Wood in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/MovingPictures''.

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Holy Wood in ''Discworld/MovingPictures''. The buildings are described as being quite ramshackle, but have impressive frontages, essentially as if the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/MovingPictures''.whole town was a set.
** Various towns on the route of the new railway in ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'' are said to be booming as a result in ''Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook'', although in some cases Mrs Bradshaw expresses regret that traditional industries have been abandoned in the process.

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* ''Film/BoomTown'' has a boom town! And a real one, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkburnett,_Texas Burkburnett, Texas]]. The film opens in 1918 as the discovery of oil nearby has attracted thousands of people to what was once a tiny village, as happened in RealLife.

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* In ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'', the town of Lustrum was a pleasant little town until Hour mines were discovered within the Mother of Mountains on which is was built. Ever since, prospectors and alikes come en masse in hope of mining Hours or maybe even Years from the mountain and earn lots of money by doing so.



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* PlayedWith in ''Literature/RiverOfTeeth''. Echoing the California Gold Rush, this AlternateHistory of America had the Great Louisiana Hippo Rush which drove many would-be {{rancher}}s to the area around the southern Mississippi and Baton Rouge to stake their claims, swelling the area's population.


* Ireland in the 80s was a million miles away from Ireland of the 00s. A lot the people who moved abroad to find jobs had by now come back, which attracted a lot of property developers. This led to an entire country almost solely based on a housing bubble. Suffice to say, we're not a boom country any more.

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* Ireland in the 80s was a million miles away from Ireland of the 00s. A lot the people who moved abroad to find jobs had by now come back, which attracted a lot of property developers. This led to an entire country almost solely based on a housing bubble. Suffice to say, we're not they aren't quite a boom country any more.


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* ''The'' most extreme example has to be New Town in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'': If you time it right, you can turn a mostly-vacant patch of land a hundred world-map tiles from nowhere into the game world's largest and most-populous town ''and'' witness it undergo a revolution against the leader (whom you appoint). The game has an active day-night cycle, so all of this can transpire, literally, within a few ''days''.

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''The'' most extreme example has to be New Town in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'': If you time it right, you can turn a mostly-vacant patch of land a hundred world-map tiles from nowhere into the game world's largest and most-populous town ''and'' witness it undergo a revolution against the leader (whom you appoint). The game has an active day-night cycle, so all of this can transpire, literally, within a few ''days''.



* [[http://theblueprint.typepad.com/theblueprint/images/dubai1990_2003_1.jpg Dubai.]]
** Really, any Persian Gulf cities qualify, thanks to the discovery of oil in the early 20th century, which attracted multinational expatriates to settle (the native population mostly stays unchanged). It's kind of uncanny to see many dying desert port towns sustained only by prickly pearling trade got suddenly transformed into futuristic [[SkyscraperCity Skyscraper Cities]] virtually overnight.

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* [[http://theblueprint.typepad.com/theblueprint/images/dubai1990_2003_1.jpg Dubai.]]
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Dubai]] is the most famous of the many examples on the Persian Gulf cities qualify, Gulf. They suddenly expanded thanks to the discovery of oil in the early 20th century, which attracted multinational expatriates to settle (the native population mostly stays unchanged). It's kind of uncanny to see how many dying desert port towns sustained only by prickly pearling trade got suddenly transformed into futuristic [[SkyscraperCity Skyscraper Cities]] virtually overnight.



* St. Petersburg is arguably a subversion, since it was built over the course of several years; on the other hand, as soon as it became the capital, it was filled with many more people than it could support, including many, many construction workers.

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* St. Petersburg is arguably a subversion, since it was built over the course of several years; on the other hand, as soon as it became the capital, it was filled with many more people than it could support, including many, many construction workers.



* Leipzig already contained a university and an important trade fair by TheLateMiddleAges, but only in the 19th century did it really take of. In 1839 the railway arrived to acity of barely 50 000, linking it with Dresden. In 1870 Leipzig surpassed the mark of 100 000 people for the first time, by the turn of the century half a million was surpassed and by 1930 it stood at just above 700 000 inhabitants, making it Germany's fourth biggest city. Today it hovers just above half a million again and fights for the OverlyNarrowSuperlative of being the biggest city in Saxony (currently Dresden barely edges it out).

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* Leipzig already contained a university and an important trade fair by TheLateMiddleAges, but only in the 19th century did it really take of. off. In 1839 the railway arrived to acity a city of barely 50 000, 50,000, linking it with Dresden. In 1870 Leipzig surpassed the mark of 100 000 100,000 people for the first time, by the turn of the century half a million was surpassed surpassed, and by 1930 it stood at just above 700 000 inhabitants, making it Germany's fourth biggest city. Today it hovers just above half a million again and fights for the OverlyNarrowSuperlative of being the biggest city in Saxony (currently Dresden barely edges it out).


* Soviet "Monotowns". Basically, a manufacturing plant, factory or mine was built in the middle of nowhere, and then a town was built around it. Resulted in a lot of troubles in TheNewRussia, with the industries dying out and the towns getting plagued by unemployment, since everybody was supposed to work at a single workplace.

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* Soviet "Monotowns". Basically, a manufacturing plant, factory or mine was built in the middle of nowhere, and then a town was built around it. Resulted in a lot of troubles in TheNewRussia, UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia, with the industries dying out and the towns getting plagued by unemployment, since everybody was supposed to work at a single workplace.

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* Creede, Colorado, is this in ''Film/IShotJesseJames'', being right in the middle of a silver rush that is attracting thousands of [[{{Prospector}} prospectors]] to the area. While [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creede%2C_Colorado the city is real]] and did experience a silver rush, it didn't grow much after the rush and only has a population of around 300 people today.


* Berlin went from four hamlets on the outskirts of the residence of Brandenburg/Prussia to the capital of one of the biggest industrial and military powers in Europe. On the eve of World War II it had four million inhabitants. After reunification Potsdamer Platz (which had been too close to the wall to build anything of use during the ColdWar era) became the biggest building site in Europe.

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* Berlin went from four hamlets on the outskirts of the residence of Brandenburg/Prussia to the capital of one of the biggest industrial and military powers in Europe. On the eve of World War II it had four million inhabitants. After reunification Potsdamer Platz (which had been too close to the wall to build anything of use during the ColdWar UsefulNotes/ColdWar era) became the biggest building site in Europe.

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** Really, any Persian Gulf cities qualify, thanks to the discovery of oil in the early 20th century, which attracted multinational expatriates to settle (the native population mostly stays unchanged). It's kind of uncanny to see many dying desert port towns sustained only by prickly pearling trade got suddenly transformed into futuristic [[SkyscraperCity Skyscraper Cities]] virtually overnight.


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* Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan, while not a hamlet in anyway beforehand (it was a port town for Western India), ''exploded'' in both population and importance after Pakistan's independence. Its 1947 population of just under 500,000 kept doubling every ten years: the biggest jump would be from 1998 to 2010, which went from 9 million to ''22 million''. The culprit for this was the population movement of Muslims of the Indian subcontinent towards Pakistan, which mostly ended only a couple of years after independence, followed by urbanization for hopefuls of the countryside, hence the sudden swelling. It also made the city the most cosmopolitan of all, since the new immigrants came from various backgrounds and cultures, only united by a single religion.

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