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The State of Florida is a state in the United States, featured in the original Grand Theft Auto, and later appearing in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

It is the southeasternmost U.S. state, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. The state is based on the real-life Florida.

Geography

Much of Florida is on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Straits of Florida. Much of the state is at or near sea level, and is considered is the "flattest state in the United States" in real-life.

In both 2D Universe and 3D Universe, Vice City seems to be in the middle of the summer rainy season, having long, hot, humid days and occasional tropical thunderstorms.

The state is also exposed to hurricanes. In 1986, Hurricane Hermione was forecast to strike Vice City, which forced the closing of all bridges to and from the mainland. When the storm changed course before it could hit, the bridges were reopened.

Major Cities

Miami

Main article: Miami

A Miami vacation advertisement in Little Haiti in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

The Miami metropolitan area, mentioned in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, with a population of almost 6.2 million, is the most populous urban area in Florida and the seventh-most populous in the United States in real-life. The real-world Miami is used as a basis for Vice City in all three universes.

The official GTA III website makes clear a coexistence between Miami and Vice City in the 3D Universe, by mentioning both cities as flight destinations from the Francis International Airport.

Vice City

An overview of Vice Beach neighborhood of Vice City in the first Grand Theft Auto.

Skyline of Downtown Vice City in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

"Visit Vice City" FlyUS advertisement in Grand Theft Auto IV.

The City of Vice, commonly known as Vice City or simply Vice, is a city first featured in the 1997's original Grand Theft Auto game, as part of the 2D Universe of the series, before being introduced in 3D Universe with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and later mentioned in the HD Universe titles.

In the 2D Universe, the city is a former Spanish slaving colony, and by 1997, during the events of the first Grand Theft Auto, Vice City has the highest murder rates, the highest amounts of drug-related crime and the least respected police department of anywhere in the United States. Vice City is the archetypal 'melting pot', with large Caribbean, Colombian and European communities, always feuding with another. One of the Rastafarian communities from Kingston, the Brotherhood of Jah Army of Love, has a large turf in the town. The city is also known as the City of the Fallen Angel in this universe. [1]

In both the 3D Universe, Vice City was a major cocaine trans-shipment point for South America during the 1980s, as seen during the events of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City an Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. The city consists of two major islands and three smaller islands; both major islands are separated by the Ocean Bay, a large body of water which separates Vice Beach from the Mainland. Each major island is divided into several districts. The population of Vice City is given at around 1.8 million in 1986. [2].

While the city has yet to appear in the HD Universe, the city is still mentioned to be a major cocaine trans-shipment point. In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Charge Island Boatyard is used by the Russians to smuggle drugs from Vice City to Liberty City.

Reddick

Reddick is a real-life town mentioned as the headquarters for the V-Rock radio station in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Trivia

References

  1. Official GTA website
  2. Page 5 of the Tourist Guide, GTA Vice City's game manual


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