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What country is the city of Ankh Morpork located in?

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    The city-state of Ankh Morpork, for all intents and purposes. The Tyrant doesn't officially answer to anybody. There are further subtleties, though... – Politank-Z May 14 '15 at 17:03
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Ankh Morpork is a city state and therefore regarded as a country in its own right.

According to the Discworld Mapp, published by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs and subtitled "Being the Onlie True & Mostlie Accurate Mappe of the Fantastyk & Magical Dyscworlde", the city is bordered on the hubward side by Quirm and Sto Lat, with the Sto Plains beyond.

Ankh Morpork lies on the coast, so to the rimward is the Circle Sea. Djelibeybi lies just across the sea.

In The Fifth Elephant, the 24th Discworld book, Ankh Morpork sends Sam Vimes to be the new Ambassador to Uberwald. Only a sovereign state can send or receive ambassadors - even in Discworld. So, it is not located within any other country.

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It's not much of a city, but Morepork Creek is located in Australia.
It's only about 15 miles from the town, if not quite a city, of Porcupine.
As both are in the Australian outback, 15 miles is a mere stroll by local standards, so Morepork Creek can, arguably, be regarded as a suburb of Porcupine.

If you don't look too hard you may decide that Morpork and Morepork are alike-enough to qualify as valid-enough for a question of this sort. Hopefully, Terry would have agreed :-).

  • Is there any reason to think that Terry Pratchett would have been aware of these or is this mere coincidence? – Valorum May 15 '15 at 5:46
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    How odd! They should have called it Echidna! It's too late to ask Terry now! – CJ Dennis May 15 '15 at 6:09
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    I suspect that if he had based the city on Morepork Creek it would have been located in Fourecks. – Chenmunka May 15 '15 at 7:38
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    @Richard Both. – Michał Politowski May 15 '15 at 8:43
  • @Valorum That link is now broken (I assume the section was removed), but I assume it related to PTerry being aware of the Morepork owl; this is also illustrated by the fact that the crest of Ankh-Morpork features an ankh held in the claws of a morepork. – tardigrade Jan 23 '18 at 17:09

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