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Just a thought. Seems to me that Annesburg may have some sort of correlation to the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. Firstly, the spelling is near identical, if you just remove the first three letters from Johannesburg. Secondly, Joburg is known as the city of gold and was originally a gold mining settlement which expanded over time. Thirdly, the dude selling the newspaper in the town, there is an article in the paper which mentions the Southern African region and the English and the Dutch.

I just found this interesting and assume there may be some sort of link. What do you think?

Also, any other regions, areas, towns etc where you notice any similarities in terms of other real world places?

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On 5/27/2019 at 4:03 AM, Bag of Nuts said:

Just a thought. Seems to me that Annesburg may have some sort of correlation to the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. Firstly, the spelling is near identical, if you just remove the first three letters from Johannesburg. Secondly, Joburg is known as the city of gold and was originally a gold mining settlement which expanded over time. Thirdly, the dude selling the newspaper in the town, there is an article in the paper which mentions the Southern African region and the English and the Dutch.

I just found this interesting and assume there may be some sort of link. What do you think?

Also, any other regions, areas, towns etc where you notice any similarities in terms of other real world places?

One major difference between Annesburg and Johannesburg is that Annesburg is a coal town, though. There were quite a few "company towns" built around mining and other industries in the US back in the early 20th century. The Red Dead Wiki (the other one, I mean) cites Buxton as one possible basis. I think the similarity in names is just a coincidence, because it doesn't really make a lot of sense for Rockstar to base a town in their representation of the 1890s American south on a city in South Africa.

And just a point of fact, all the locations in RDR2 likely have some real world basis, such as Saint Denis being based on New Orleans and Marko Dragic's lab on Wardenclyffe Tower.

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Like @Parzival said and in fact, that's spot on.

The RDR2 locations even roughly coincide with general regions in the U.S. 

The deserts of the the SW, the Rockies in the NW, the Great Plains, Appalachians in the E/NE,  the swamps of the South and various stuff in between. 

As for Annesburg, it could represent a real town or any one if the many coal mining towns found in the Appalachian region.

You can tell that the placement of locations in RDR2 coincide with regions found in those same areas.  .... N, S, E, W and everything in between.

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