The name of the location of your setting is important. Stories sometimes have more than one location, so you may need to fill out multiple character setting sheets. Having a name for the location will help you remember what you are working on.
Places also have nicknames. The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The Big City, Gotham, The Empire City, and The City So Nice They Named It Twice are all nicknames for New York City, or NYC. Using too many nicknames in one story might confuse the reader. However, a certain character always using a certain nickname, while other characters do not, may contribute to voice. Another reason to identify nicknames of a setting is that it helps to make it feel more like a character.
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