Venice is a city located in the country of Italy on Earth, notable for being built entirely on water. By the 25th/26th century, it was regarded as "a sacred icon of [humanity's] Earth heritage", at least in the mind of Ed Smith. It provided the name for the space platform New Venice.
The list of authors can be seen in the page history of Venice.
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1999-10-08. New Venice StarCraft Compendium Map Archives. Accessed 2007-08-26