Geography Nicknames

Can you name these countries, cities, regions and others which are sometimes known by these nicknames?
These nicknames are not official, if more than one answer applies pick the most common.
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Last updated: February 26, 2022
First submittedFebruary 26, 2022
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Countries
The Emerald Isle
Ireland
The Land of the Rising Sun
Japan
Land of Fire and Ice
Iceland
The Holy Land
Israel
Land of the Incas
Peru
 
 
Cities
The Big Apple
New York City
The Forbidden City
Beijing
Birthplace of Democracy
Athens
Sin City
Las Vegas
Steel City (UK)
Sheffield
Regions
Sunshine State
Florida
West Country
Southwest England
Tassie
Tasmania
Golden State
California
West Indies
Caribbean
 
 
Other Geography
Peaceful Ocean
Pacific
Imaus Mountains
Himalayas
The Greatest Desert
Sahara
Pillars of Hercules
Strait of Gibraltar
Zaire River
Congo River
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Level 56
Feb 27, 2022
Nooooooooooo! The "Sunshine State" is Queensland's nickname:( Maybe that could be included too? Yeah, I did read the caveat, but personally I had never heard that it was Florida's nickname too. I can't imagine too many Aussies would either.

Good quiz, though:) Nominated

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Level 68
Feb 27, 2022
I added it as a typein
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Level 56
Feb 28, 2022
Thanks!
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Level 60
Mar 1, 2022
Great quiz, thanks for giving Tassie a mention! And also thanks for the Queensland type-in, otherwise I'd have to use my guesswork which isn't very reliable... :)
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Level 74
Mar 5, 2022
The Forbidden City is not a nickname for Beijing. It's the palace complex. (Maybe some people use it metonymically but I don't remember ever seeing that)
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Level 68
Mar 5, 2022
While some of these are not official, google says that The Forbidden City is often a nickname for Beijing after the palace complex, it's not saying they're the same thing, but it's what it is known for to many