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* During the Cold War, in a rare meeting between senior military commanders from East and West, the Russian general looked at an American map showing the world from the usual Western perspective, centered on the Greenwich Meridian. From this point of view the USSR seemed to be extremely far from the USA. He then led his American counterpart to a room where a large map was pinned on the wall showing the world centered on Moscow. He explained that from this angle, the USSR saw itself having enemies on all sides: Europe on its western border, Turkey and Israel along its southern border, China on eastern border, the USA ''directly'' the north (across the north pole).

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* During the Cold War, in a rare meeting between senior military commanders from East and West, the Russian general looked at an American map showing the world from the usual Western perspective, centered on the Greenwich Meridian. From this point of view the USSR seemed to be extremely far from the USA. He then led his American counterpart to a room where a large map was pinned on the wall showing the world centered on Moscow. He explained that from this angle, the USSR saw itself having enemies on all sides: Europe on its western border, Turkey and Israel along its southern border, China on its eastern border, and the USA ''directly'' to the north (across the north pole).


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Evolution|1971}}'': The Americas are visible as the alien spacecraft sails to Earth.



** Even the "Blue Marble" photo, mentioned above as an exception to hemisphere bias, is actually an example of Northern Hemisphere Bias. When the photo was taken, the camera was oriented in such a position that north is on the bottom of the photo and south was on the top. When the photo is published it is always flipped around so that north is on top and south is on the bottom.

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** Even the * The "Blue Marble" photo, mentioned above as an exception to hemisphere bias, is actually an example of Northern Hemisphere Bias. When the photo was taken, the camera was oriented in such a position that north is on the bottom of the photo and south was on the top. When the photo is published it is always flipped around so that north is on top and south is on the bottom.

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* Maps made in Europe show Europe in the middle with Asia to the sight and the Atlantic and North America to the left, with the International Date Line as the divider. East Asian maps show China/Japan in the middle with the Pacific and the Ameicas to the right and Eurasia to the left with the Atlantic as the divisor. Some maps made in Canada and the U.S. have the Americas in the center , with the Atlantic and half of Eurasia to the right, and the Pacific and East Asia to the left; the dividing line runs through Russia and India. There is usually some overlap so all India and parts of Russia can be seen side by side.


** Not entirely for laughs: the map the lobbyists propose is in fact a much more accurate representation of the shape and comparative scale of the continents of Earth, the problem with traditional maps (As well as the above-described national and hemispheric biases) being that any attempt to represent the surface of a sphere on a 2d plane is going to have shortcomings. The proposition to have the poles inverted so south is on top is perhaps absurd practically, though there is no real reason other than Western power and tradition for 'north' to mean 'up'. The president is shown being struck by the innaccuracy and injustice of the present map, if not actually considering it in his scope to do anything about the issue.

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** Not entirely for laughs: the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gall%E2%80%93Peters_projection map the lobbyists propose propose]] is in fact a much more accurate representation of the shape and comparative scale area of the continents of Earth, the though it does introduce its own distortions in exchange. The problem with traditional maps (As well as the above-described national and hemispheric biases) being that any attempt to represent the surface of a sphere on a 2d plane is going to have shortcomings. The proposition to have the poles inverted so south is on top is perhaps absurd practically, though there is no real reason other than Western power and tradition for 'north' to mean 'up'. The president is shown being struck by the innaccuracy inaccuracy and injustice of the present map, if not actually considering it in his scope to do anything about the issue.


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4CXY6TVBMc Spoofed]] by [[HarryEnfieldAndChums Harry Enfield]], where a fake Imperial-era PSA series has in its opening credits a shot of the Earth with a Russia-sized British Isles in view.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4CXY6TVBMc Spoofed]] by [[HarryEnfieldAndChums Harry Enfield]], Series/{{Harry Enfield|AndChums}}, where a fake Imperial-era PSA series has in its opening credits a shot of the Earth with a Russia-sized British Isles in view.


* Almost every map of the world shows it with the Northern Hemisphere at the top and the Greenwich Mean line at the center. From this point of view Europe is the center of the world. There was originally a good reason for this, Europeans used the maps to navigate and thus centering their maps on Europe made for the most natural coordinate system (likewise the Chinese centered their maps on China). The spread of European culture around the world spread the maps as well until they came to be seen as a standard. Since maps are no longer major tools of navigation many people have advocated for showing a greater diversity of maps and thus of world perspectives.

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* Almost every map of the world shows it with the Northern Hemisphere at the top and the Greenwich Mean line at the center. From this point of view Europe is the center of the world. There was originally a good reason for this, This is mainly because European culture spread so widely across the world. Europeans used the maps to navigate and thus centering their maps on Europe made for the most natural coordinate system (likewise the Chinese centered their maps on China). The spread of European culture around the world spread the maps as well until they came to be seen as a standard.China). Since maps are no longer major tools of navigation many people have advocated for showing a greater diversity of maps and thus of world perspectives.


* The 1924 Soviet science fiction film ''Film/{{Aelita}}'' has the Queen of Mars fall in love with the protagonist while watching him via a telescope. Since our hero is naturally a good Soviet citizen most of the shots of Earth center on Eurasia.

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* The 1924 Soviet science fiction film ''Film/{{Aelita}}'' has the Queen of Mars fall in love with the protagonist while watching him via a telescope. Since our hero is naturally a good Soviet citizen citizen, most of the shots of Earth center on Eurasia.



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* ''WesternAnimation/WhatOnEarth'': Yes, that's North America front and center as the Martian spacecraft hurtles to Earth.


* The 1924 Soviet science fiction film ''Aelita'' has the Queen of Mars fall in love with the protagonist while watching him via a telescope. Since our hero is naturally a good Soviet citizen most of the shots of Earth center on Eurasia.

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* The 1924 Soviet science fiction film ''Aelita'' ''Film/{{Aelita}}'' has the Queen of Mars fall in love with the protagonist while watching him via a telescope. Since our hero is naturally a good Soviet citizen most of the shots of Earth center on Eurasia.

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** Not entirely for laughs: the map the lobbyists propose is in fact a much more accurate representation of the shape and comparative scale of the continents of Earth, the problem with traditional maps (As well as the above-described national and hemispheric biases) being that any attempt to represent the surface of a sphere on a 2d plane is going to have shortcomings. The proposition to have the poles inverted so south is on top is perhaps absurd practically, though there is no real reason other than Western power and tradition for 'north' to mean 'up'. The president is shown being struck by the innaccuracy and injustice of the present map, if not actually considering it in his scope to do anything about the issue.


* Almost every map or globe ever made shows ''Northern'' Hemisphere Bias. There is no reason that maps shouldn't show South as "up" or globes shouldn't be mounted with the South Pole as the one on top, but the bulk of the Earth's landmass and the vast majority of its people are in the Northern Hemisphere so North is always "up". TheOtherWiki has an article on "reversed map" that discusses this.

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* Almost every map or globe ever made shows ''Northern'' Hemisphere Bias. There is no reason that maps shouldn't show South as "up" or globes shouldn't be mounted with the South Pole as the one on top, but the bulk of the Earth's landmass and the vast majority of its people are in world shows it with the Northern Hemisphere so North at the top and the Greenwich Mean line at the center. From this point of view Europe is always "up". TheOtherWiki has an article the center of the world. There was originally a good reason for this, Europeans used the maps to navigate and thus centering their maps on "reversed map" that discusses this.Europe made for the most natural coordinate system (likewise the Chinese centered their maps on China). The spread of European culture around the world spread the maps as well until they came to be seen as a standard. Since maps are no longer major tools of navigation many people have advocated for showing a greater diversity of maps and thus of world perspectives.



* During the Cold War, in a rare meeting between senior military commanders from East and West, the Russian general politely looked at an American map showing the world from the usual Western perspective (i.e., centered on the Greenwich Meridian). This, of course, conditions Americans to see Russia as being a long way away. He then led his American counterpart to a room where a large map was pinned on the wall showing the world centered on Moscow. He politely explained that from this angle, Russia was surrounded by potential enemies - Western Europe, Turkey, Israel, China, Japan, and this rather large North American landmass just on the other side of the North Pole from us - not far away at all in global terms. Now do you see why we feel the need for very large military forces? The American general studied the map of the world as Russians see it, and agreed he could see the other point of view.

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* During the Cold War, in a rare meeting between senior military commanders from East and West, the Russian general politely looked at an American map showing the world from the usual Western perspective (i.e., perspective, centered on the Greenwich Meridian). This, Meridian. From this point of course, conditions Americans view the USSR seemed to see Russia as being a long way away.be extremely far from the USA. He then led his American counterpart to a room where a large map was pinned on the wall showing the world centered on Moscow. He politely explained that from this angle, Russia was surrounded by potential the USSR saw itself having enemies - Western Europe, Turkey, Israel, China, Japan, on all sides: Europe on its western border, Turkey and this rather large North American landmass just Israel along its southern border, China on eastern border, the other side of USA ''directly'' the North Pole from us - not far away at all in global terms. Now do you see why we feel north (across the need for very large military forces? The American general studied the map of the world as Russians see it, and agreed he could see the other point of view.north pole).


* ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' centers the charts of Earth's continents on Japan.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' centers the charts of Earth's continents on Japan.
Japan, because, of course, [[DevelopersRoom the developers are located in Neotokio]].


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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', whenever there's a view of Earth from space it centers on Africa. This is most likely because pretty much all of the Earth levels in the games are set in Africa.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the original ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' trilogy, whenever there's a view of Earth from space it centers on Africa. This is most likely because pretty much all of the Earth levels in the games are set in Africa.


* The third season of the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' ended with a shot of Earth which showed North America. (This should be a spoiler, but given the topic of ''this'' trope, it's fairly obvious what that spoiler would hide.) Averted in the fourth season, which shows Africa prominently.

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* The third season of the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' ended with a shot of Earth which showed North America. (This should be a spoiler, but given the topic of ''this'' trope, it's fairly obvious what that spoiler would hide.) Averted in the fourth season, which shows Africa prominently.



** Averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' as well. You never actually land on Earth, but there is a side mission to Luna whereby Shepard unlocks his/her [[PrestigeClass specialization]]. The "Blue Marble" view of Earth looks to be centered on Asia.

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