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In the universe of Steven Universe, "Delmarva" is a state on the east coast of the United States where Beach City is located.

In Steven Universe

Ronaldo Fryman states on his blog Keep Beach City Weird that Old Bay is popular in Beach City, implying Beach City is in the general area of Maryland. In the same post, he states that they have to put Old Bay on everything as they live on Delmarva, providing further evidence for the claim. Additionally, Ronaldo also mentions that DelmarvaCon is held every year in Charm City (a nickname for the real-world Baltimore, Maryland) and that it "isn't too far of a drive" from Beach City.

Blue Crabs, a prominent animal of Maryland culture, are seen in many episodes, including the video tape that Steven finds in "Lion 3: Straight to Video".

As revealed in the episode "Political Power", according to Bill Dewey, as well as a comment by Mr. Fryman, there was once a city in Delmarva that was close to Beach City called "Ocean Town". It is implied that due to an inadequate mayor, riots and other unsolved issues within the town led to the town's complete downfall. The destruction of Ocean Town was apparently so great that Steven didn't even know it existed.

In "Keeping it Together", there is a card on the fridge with the phone number for Fish Stew Pizza which shows a 443 area code. This is the real-world area code for Maryland.

Behind the scenes

In the real world, the Delmarva Peninsula is a large peninsula on the east coast of the United States. Its name comes from Delaware, Maryland, and the abbreviation for Virginia combined into one word. The Delmarva Peninsula is a flat and sandy region mostly associated with coastal cities and seafood; it is the location for the fictional town of Beach City in Steven Universe.

Trivia

  • Due to Steven Universe being set in an alternate timeline Earth which had been influenced by Gems, Rebecca Sugar stated that Delmarva is its own state within the show.[1]
    • This could explain why Beach City has a unique state flag, rather than one of the three states that encompass the real-life Delmarva.
  • The Delmarva flag was implied by Rebecca Sugar to be that of the snake found on both Beach City's money and also on educational messages seen in certain arcade games found in Funland Arcade.[1]
    • The Snake itself resembles the "Join or Die" political cartoon created by Benjamin Franklin in 1754.
  • Since Delmarva is a state within the show, it can be assumed much of the Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia areas don't exist as unique states.
  • It is revealed in "Keystone Motel" that Keystone (a parallel to Pennsylvania) is Delmarva's neighboring state. This is supported by a tweet from Matt Burnett.[2]
  • It is confirmed in "Joking Victim" that the sales tax in Delmarva is 6%, as sung in Harold Smiley's song.
    • It shares this rate with Maryland.

References

ve Locations
Beach City Businesses: Aqua-MexicanBeach City Funland (Funland ArcadeWiener in Hand/Hot Dogs) • Beach Citywalk FriesBeach City WoodsBig DonutBuddwick Public LibraryClassic ThymeCrab ShackDanny'sFish Stew PizzaIt's a WashMini-Golf CourseSpacetriesSuitcase Sam'sT-Shirt ShopU-Stor

Residences: The BarnBarriga ResidenceBeach HouseMiller ResidenceOnion's House
Other: Abandoned WarehouseBeach City PierBeach City StageBeach City WoodsBrooding HillDead Man's MouthLighthouseMayor's OfficeUnderwater SwordWater Tower

Crystal Temple and the Beach House Amethyst's ChamberAmethyst's RoomBurning RoomCrystal HeartGarnet's ChamberPearl's ChamberPearl's RoomRose's RoomSteven's BathroomSteven's ConservatorySteven's RoomSardonyx's Room
Earth Locations Canada • Cool RanchDelmarva (Charm City • Ocean Town • Wilmington) • Dhawar • Empire State (Empire City (Le Hotel)) • Ghana • HospitalJersey • Kansas (University of Jayhawk) • Keystone (Keystone MotelThe Best Diner in the World) • Korea • Maheswaran ResidenceWest Keystone (Showne)

Other: Cram School • Space Camp • Starlight Roller Rink

Gem Locations Earth: Ancient Gem Colony ShipAncient Sky ArenaBeta KindergartenCloud ArenaCommunication HubDesert (Rose's Landfill) • Flower MeadowForgeGalaxy WarpGem BattlefieldGeodeGreat NorthIce CavernKindergartens (BetaPrime) • Little HomeworldLunar Sea SpireMask IslandPearl's ArenaPearl's TreePrime Kindergarten (Prime Kindergarten Control Room) • Pyramid TempleRose's FountainRose's Secret ArmorySand FortressSea ShrineSky Spire

Earth's Moon: Earth Moon Base
Jungle Moon: Jungle Moon Base
Gem Homeworld:Blue Diamond's Pool ChamberKindergartenKlavius 7Pink Diamond's PalacePrison TowerThrone RoomUpsilon 9Yellow Diamond's Extraction ChamberYellow Diamond's Bubble Room
Other: Garnet's RealmMalachite's RealmPearl's DimensionPink Diamond's GardenPink Diamond's ZooPink DimensionUnknown Ocean planet (The Reef) • Unknown Beach planetUnknown City planetWarp Space

Attack the Light Beach City • Beach House • Crystal Temple • the Desert • Indigo CaveRed Temple • Strawberry Battlefield • Sunken Lunar Sea Spire
Save the Light Ancient Sky Arena • Astral Plane • the Barn • Beach City • Beach City Woods • Beach House • Crystal Temple • the Forge • Gem Battlefield • the Great North • Hessonite's Warship • Secret Temple of Secrets
The Phantom Fable Abandoned Ward • Arcane Acropolis • the Barn • Beach City • Beach City Woods • Buried Bastion • Delta Kindergarten • Forgotten Forest • Library 9
Unleash the Light Crystal System Colony 215 • Demantoid's World • Pyrope's World (Blue 4) • Yellow 4 • Palace of Light
Comic Locations Arctic Harmony Core Temple • Canary CoveClock TowerEmpire City Wildlife Rehabilitation Center • Harmony Core Temple • Moors of MarcoonUniverse Family Camping Ground

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