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[[File:Unova.png|thumb|250px|In-game map of the Unova region from Black and White]]
[[File:Unova 2.png|thumb|250px|In-game map of the Unova region from Black 2 and White 2]]
The '''Unova''' region (Japanese: '''イッシュ地方''' ''Isshu-chihō'') is a [[region]] of the [[Pokémon world]]. It is the setting of {{game|Black and White|s}} and [[Pokémon Black and White Versions 2|Pokémon Black 2 and White 2]]. It was the fifth [[maincore series]] region to be introduced.
It is far away from the four other large regions, and the Pokémon which inhabit Unova are diverse and different from those of [[Kanto]], [[Johto]], [[Hoenn]], and [[Sinnoh]]. In his director's column, [[Junichi Masuda]] suggested that the geographical and social background for Unova draws inspiration from the {{wp|New York City metropolitan area}}.<ref>[ Hidden Power of Masuda: Director's Columns]</ref><ref>"This new region was inspired by New York's Manhattan. I visited New York when Diamond and Pearl launched and I had the chance to wander around the town. When I walked through the streets, I saw a lot of different people having festivals and community events—Italian people, French people—they're coming from different countries and coexisting in one community", [[Junichi Masuda]], [[Official Nintendo Magazine]] Issue 65 page 30.</ref> Although it is geographically based on New York City, it draws inspiration for its landmarks from the entire state of New York, which features a mixture of rural locations and urban areas as well as factory towns and industrial complexes.