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A very, very popular naming scheme for many, many things. Simply take an attribute and append "-land" or "-world" to it. It's the easiest way to come up with the name of a country (sometimes to the point of parody). Amusement Parks in particular are almost always guaranteed to use this name scheme, if only to riff on Disneyland and Walt Disney World. (In fact, the trope for parodies of those parks is named "Souvenir Land".)

Similar to Premiseville. Compare Countrystan, where -stan is the Persian equivalent of -land. The Egopolis has a good chance of employing this, especially if the ruler is a Card-Carrying Villain.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Berserk has a kingdom known as Midland, which was engaged in a hundred year long war with Tudor.
  • In-Universe Example: In Fairy Tail the "normal" world is called Earthland.
  • Fist of the North Star has Godland, a country founded by fundamentalist ex-US military.

    Comic Books 
  • Kree Homeworld, Skrull World and Mojo World.
  • DC Comics has Warworld, an artificial planet that can feasibly annihilate life on a global scale if left unchecked. Naturally, it's usually under the command of Mongul.
  • As with the Video Game, the Swordquest tie-in comics have Earthworld, Fireworld, Waterworld, and Airworld.



    Live Action TV 
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: The Southlands was the former name of Mordor before being inhabited by Orcs. The name is also canon only to the show.
  • Blake's 7. In "City At The Edge Of The World", Vila discovers a new world suitable for colonization, and there's a joking debate over whether to call it Homeworld or Vilaworld.
  • Red Dwarf: In one episode, Rimmer crashes on to a lifeless planet, which he proceeds to terraform. Afterwards, he decides to refer to the planet as "Rimmerworld". Given that he has to populate it with his own clones, it's actually appropriate.

  • Norse Mythology does this with the nine worlds as most of them end with the word "Heim" (translates as world, land, and sometimes home).

    Tabletop Games 
  • Paranoia adventure Send in the Clones. The adventure is split up into 3 segments titled "Sewerworld", "Bureaucracyworld" and "Entertainmentworld". They take place in the Absurdly Spacious Sewers, contorted Alpha Complex bureaucracy and the HPD & Mind Control section of NBD sector, respectively.
  • The Greyhawk setting of Dungeons & Dragons has the island continent of Hepmonaland, and the nations of Keoland and Perrenland.

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Within the Ace Attorney series, there exists a theme park called Gatewater Land.

    Web Comics 
  • Erfworld
  • In Drowtales, "Chel'el'Sussoloth" literally translates to "city of light within darkness". It's located within a cave roughly the size of the island of Manhattan. There's also a region known as the Skyworld on the surface.

    Western Animation 
  • Great Waterland, Dryland, Broad Reedland, and Twoland/Land of Two in Alfred J. Kwak.
  • Pac-Land from Pac-Man.
  • In The Fairly OddParents!, in addition to "Fairy World", there's also a Dairy World, Hairy World, and Scary World, all of which are pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls, "The City of Townsville" is an example of both this trope and Department of Redundancy Department, as the suffix "ville" also means "city".
  • The native homeland of the eponymous character of Mr. Bogus is called Bogusland.
  • The PBS animated series WordWorld, where everything's made out of words. Literally.
  • Every single location in the Super Mario Bros. television series has a name in this format. You have the James Bond themed Spy Land, the Mad Max themed Car Land, the fairly obvious Pirate World and the twist on the formula with its naming El Desert Land and a Mexican theme.
  • My Little Pony:
  • Rainbowland in Rainbow Brite.
  • Strawberryland in the first two versions of Strawberry Shortcake. The third version subverts it a little. The name Strawberryland isn't used, instead taking place in "Berry Bitty City"note .

    Real Life 
  • Earth, whose name is the Old English word for “land.”
  • Walt Disney World and Disneyland, Legoland, Canada’s Wonderland, and many other Theme Parks. Also, Disneyland (Disneyland Resort) and the Magic Kingdom (Walt Disney World Resort) have Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland. Tokyo Disneyland changes Frontierland to "Westernland" (because "frontier" doesn't have a good equivalent word in the Japanese language) and Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris changes Tomorrowland to "Discoveryland" (because this version of Tomorrowland took inspiration from European thinkers and creators such as Jules Verne).
  • Finland, Poland, Thailand and a handful of other countries—including England. The various -istan countries as well; the suffix comes from the Persian word for "land."
  • The United States Of America has many cities with names that end in “land.”
    • California: Woodland, Oakland
    • Oregon: Portland, Ashland, Oakland
    • Washington: Woodland
    • New Jersey: Vineland
    • Texas: The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Pearland, Midland
  • The German word for "Germany" is Deutschland.
  • An archipelago off the southernmost tip of the South American mainland and across the Strait of Magellan is called Tierra Del Fuego, which is Spanish for “land of fire.”
  • The Guadeloupe archipelago (French oversea territory located in the Caribbean) is made of six islands, the largest being named "Basse-Terre" ("Lowland") and "Grande-Terre" ("Greatland" or "Bigland"). The region's capital city is called Basse-Terre too.
  • The greater Chicago metropolitan area is referred to as "Chicagoland"