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I was thinking about mega cities and realized a lot of countries have 1 major city and then nothing else. All other cities are pretty anonymous when compared to the major city.

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London, England
Bangkok, Thailand
Paris, France
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Djakarta, Indonesia
Athens, Greece

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New York, USA (there's LA, inter alia)
Tokyo, Japan (there's Osaka)
Moscow, Russia (not sure how big a city St. Petersburg is, but I think it's a pretty major city)
Germany has a host of major cities - Frankfurt, Berlin, etc.

So besides other examples, what kind of dynamics lead to having a major city? Is it the size of the country? The education? The rise of industrialization?
 

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It usually happens when the capital city of the country is also the biggest city, like:

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lima, Peru
Santiago, Chile
Caracas, Venezuela

In Brazil there are two global cities, Rio and Sao Paulo, and none of them is the capital city.
 

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I was thinking about mega cities and realized a lot of countries have 1 major city and then nothing else. All other cities are pretty anonymous when compared to the major city.

Examples

London, England
Bangkok, Thailand
Paris, France
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Djakarta, Indonesia
Athens, Greece

Not examples

New York, USA (there's LA, inter alia)
Tokyo, Japan (there's Osaka)
Moscow, Russia (not sure how big a city St. Petersburg is, but I think it's a pretty major city)
Germany has a host of major cities - Frankfurt, Berlin, etc.

So besides other examples, what kind of dynamics lead to having a major city? Is it the size of the country? The education? The rise of industrialization?
UK : Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow...
France : Nice, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Marseille, Toulouse, Lyon...

Don't you know these cities ?
 

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UK : Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow...
France : Nice, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Marseille, Toulouse, Lyon...

Don't you know these cities ?
I'm sure he's heard of those cities. He just meant that Paris for example has a population of around 9,644,507 while the next major city, Marseille is 1,418,481. Not only that but Paris is the capital and is pretty well known around the world while some people couldn't tell you another French city.
 

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well bandung in indonesia has a metro population of 7.5 million and surabaya is 5.5 million. those are pretty freakin big. indonesia is not a one city wonder
Bandung is part of a Greater Jakarta megalopolis.

Anyway, Indonesia has a one city wonder. Jakarta serves as the capital, largest city and economic & industrial centre of the country. Its a primate city. Other Indonesian cities aren't considered as major cities in a world point of view. Non Indonesians would only know Jakarta and Bali when it comes to places, Bali is not a city.

It's not like China where you have Beijing as the capital and 2nd largest city, Shanghai as the largest and major economic centre. And then you have several economic centres like The Pearl River Delta region.
 

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Manlia, the the Philippines

Pyongyang, N Korea

Seoul, S Korea (busan is not even close)

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Rangoon, Myanmar

Katmandu, Nepal

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The Philippines doesn't have a primate city. Its has three economic centres, Manila, Cebu and Davao.

Manila is the capital but not the largest city. Quezon City is. Makati is in fact the economic and financial hub. The only thing is these cities are within Metro Manila.
 

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if bandung is part of the jakarta metropolitan area then jakarta is the biggest city in the world with 36.5 million people
Compared to Tokyo's metro area and even a larger Taiheiyo Belt?

Anyway, this one is better off discussing in the megalopolis thread.
 

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so under your criteria japan is a one city wonder because of the Taiheiyo Belt? I suppose the US is too because of boswash, right?
The powers that be thought of that idea for Taiheiyo and Boswash. And as for US, its a big country much bigger than japan.
 

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if indonesia is one city wonder then japan is as well under
Japan's case is different. Ok, Tokyo is the capital and largest city, a major economic centre in Asia. But there's also the Osaka/Kansai region which also plays the same role as Tokyo in terms of economy.

Does any of Indonesia's cities other than Jakarta play a big role in the Asian/global economy like Osaka? Especially when it comes to business, finance and trade.
 

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Wanch, do you seriously not see the error in your logic? You were the one who compared Jakarta-Bandung to the Taiheiyo belt in Japan. You were the one who insisted on incorporating Bandung into greater Jakarta even though they are 200 km apart.

Basically you're using different standards for different countries. For Indonesia you're using the megalopolis standard. For Japan you're using the metropolitan standard. and for the Philippines you're using the individual city standard. This is obviously a flawed way of doing things.
 

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Wanch, do you seriously not see the error in your logic? You were the one who compared Jakarta-Bandung to the Taiheiyo belt in Japan. You were the one who insisted on incorporating Bandung into greater Jakarta even though they are 200 km apart.

Basically you're using different standards for different countries. For Indonesia you're using the megalopolis standard. For Japan you're using the metropolitan standard. and for the Philippines you're using the individual city standard. This is obviously a flawed way of doing things.
Size is really not the issue here but the city's role on global economy.

Ok lets break it down to these, both size and economy.

The US is a large country. And again, you have several major economic centres here. There's the BosWash area including NY and the capital, Washington DC. But there's also Chicagoland and West Coast (San Francisco-Los Angeles). These cities contribute a big role to the global economy.

That's the same with major Japanese cities like Tokyo and Osaka.

As for Indonesia, the Java area is the big player here. This is where most of the country's economy run plus its people. But how about other areas of Indonesia and their cities?

As for The Philippines, the cities I mentioned are part of Metro Manila but how about Cebu? Cebu is a player of its own right especially when it comes to trade.
 
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