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11th Oct '16 7:27:54 PM Terran117
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*** That said China does have a lot of land that is actually central Asian Muslim, so it's not far fetched.
9th Oct '16 11:29:16 PM TechPriest90
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* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' is set in the fictional Middle-Eastern nation of Asran (also spelled Aslan), following the exploits of a [[MultinationalTeam foreign legion]] of mercenary fighter pilots [[DuringTheWar during a civil war]].

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* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' is set in the fictional Middle-Eastern nation of Asran (also spelled Aslan), following the exploits of a [[MultinationalTeam foreign legion]] of mercenary fighter pilots [[DuringTheWar during a civil war]]. [[spoiler: Although it's fairly clear from the descriptions of the people, and the time-period it is set in, [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute that it's a fictional version]] of UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} during the the overthrow of the Shah.]]
8th Oct '16 10:43:33 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Whichever version you're in, expect Mosques, veils, scampering children demanding ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baksheesh Baksheesh]]'', heat, sand, and camels. And a lot of [[BeardOfEvil big-bearded]] {{Church Militant}}s wielding [=AK47s=], shouting "Jihad!" or "Allahu Akbar!" and [[SuicideAttack blowing themselves up for 72 virgins]], who may be either supporting or opposing the ruling regime. [[RunningGag Oh, and oil.]] [[HollywoodCuisine If you don't like Hummus, you'd better bring your own food]]. Ironically, do not expect to hear ArabBeobleTalk--this trope is almost unheard of in the West, so people familiar with it generally provide a more faithful depiction of Muslim countries.

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Whichever version you're in, expect Mosques, veils, scampering children demanding ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baksheesh Baksheesh]]'', heat, sand, and camels. And a lot of [[BeardOfEvil big-bearded]] {{Church Militant}}s (either for or against the ruling regime) wielding [=AK47s=], shouting "Jihad!" or "Allahu Akbar!" and [[SuicideAttack blowing themselves up for 72 virgins]], who may be either supporting or opposing the ruling regime.virgins]]. [[RunningGag Oh, and oil.]] [[HollywoodCuisine If you don't like Hummus, you'd better bring your own food]]. Ironically, do not expect to hear ArabBeobleTalk--this trope is almost unheard of in the West, so people familiar with it generally provide a more faithful depiction of Muslim countries.
8th Oct '16 10:42:19 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The BananaRepublic or {{Ruritania}} of the Middle East, named for the fictional country that causes so much trouble in Franchise/TheDCU.

There are two or perhaps three overlapping versions: the [[ArabianNightsDays Arabian Nights]] version has a [[ArabOilSheikh gobsmackingly rich Sultan]], smoky harem tents full of doe-eyed concubines to be put at the disposal of the Honoured Effendi, a scheming GrandVizier behind his back, and of course, oil. The {{genie}}s and {{flying carpet}}s are optional.

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The BananaRepublic or {{Ruritania}} of the Middle East, named for the fictional country that causes so much trouble in Franchise/TheDCU.

Franchise/TheDCU. There are two or perhaps three overlapping versions: the (often overlapping) versions:

The
[[ArabianNightsDays Arabian Nights]] version has a [[ArabOilSheikh gobsmackingly rich Sultan]], smoky harem tents full of doe-eyed concubines to be put at the disposal of the Honoured Effendi, a scheming GrandVizier behind his back, and of course, oil. The {{genie}}s and {{flying carpet}}s are optional.



The third version is a Jihadistan ruled by a junta of religious fanatics, imams, ayatollahs and mullahs. You are likely to see only men in the streets, with [[NoWomansLand women either being locked in the homes or wearing black burqas]] and escorted by men. An overall sense of squalor and apathy prevails, interrupted by occasional flag burnings, beheadings and stonings. [[RunningGag Oil optional]]. Prototypes are Taliban-era Afghanistan, the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan during its civil war, and the Tribal Zone in Pakistan; Iran appears to be a mix of types 2 and 3.

Whichever version you're in, expect Mosques, veils, scampering children demanding ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baksheesh Baksheesh]]'', heat, sand, and camels. And oil. And a lot of [[KnightTemplar big-bearded nutters]] wielding [=AK47s=], shouting "[[ChurchMilitant Jihad!]]" and [[SuicideAttack blowing themselves up for 72 virgins]], who may be either supporting or opposing the ruling regime. [[HollywoodCuisine If you don't like Hummus, you'd better bring your own food]]. Ironically, do not expect to hear ArabBeobleTalk--this trope is almost unheard of in the West, so people familiar with it generally provide a more faithful depiction of Muslim countries.

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The third version is a Jihadistan ruled by a junta of religious fanatics, imams, ayatollahs and mullahs. You are likely to see only men in the streets, with [[NoWomansLand women either being locked in the homes or wearing black burqas]] and escorted by men. An overall sense of squalor and apathy prevails, interrupted by occasional flag burnings, beheadings and stonings. [[RunningGag Oil optional]].optional. Prototypes are Taliban-era Afghanistan, the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan during its civil war, and the Tribal Zone in Pakistan; Iran appears to be a mix of types 2 and 3.

Whichever version you're in, expect Mosques, veils, scampering children demanding ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baksheesh Baksheesh]]'', heat, sand, and camels. And oil. And a lot of [[KnightTemplar big-bearded nutters]] [[BeardOfEvil big-bearded]] {{Church Militant}}s wielding [=AK47s=], shouting "[[ChurchMilitant Jihad!]]" "Jihad!" or "Allahu Akbar!" and [[SuicideAttack blowing themselves up for 72 virgins]], who may be either supporting or opposing the ruling regime. [[RunningGag Oh, and oil.]] [[HollywoodCuisine If you don't like Hummus, you'd better bring your own food]]. Ironically, do not expect to hear ArabBeobleTalk--this trope is almost unheard of in the West, so people familiar with it generally provide a more faithful depiction of Muslim countries.
19th Aug '16 4:48:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/JewelOfTheNile'': The fictional country of Kadir is ruled by your typical tinpot dictator, and the insurgents trying to depose him look just like Mujahideen.

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* ''Film/JewelOfTheNile'': ''Film/TheJewelOfTheNile'': The fictional country of Kadir is ruled by your typical tinpot dictator, and the insurgents trying to depose him look just like Mujahideen.
19th Aug '16 4:25:46 AM Morgenthaler
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*** A certain country is obviously UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} in the initial print run of ''A Death in the Family'', as a major plot point is the DiplomaticImpunity conferred on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker by ''Ayatollah Khomeni himself'' as part of a plot to gas the UnitedNations to death. Worse yet, Batman refers to an Iranian gunman firing at him in the Joker's helicopter as a "panicked Arab." (There is a reason why this chapter is not highly regarded.) Presumably the changed political climate necessitated a rapid RomanAClef when the time came for reprints, and Syraq was conveniently substituted in.

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*** A certain country is obviously UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} in the initial print run of ''A Death in the Family'', as a major plot point is the DiplomaticImpunity conferred on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker by ''Ayatollah Khomeni himself'' as part of a plot to gas the UnitedNations UsefulNotes/UnitedNations to death. Worse yet, Batman refers to an Iranian gunman firing at him in the Joker's helicopter as a "panicked Arab." (There is a reason why this chapter is not highly regarded.) Presumably the changed political climate necessitated a rapid RomanAClef when the time came for reprints, and Syraq was conveniently substituted in.
30th Jul '16 3:59:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/ASPAirStrikePatrol'' \ ''DesertFighter'' has you fighting in Zaraq, against the Zaraqis, in 1991, where the dictator bears an uncanny resemblance to a Middle Eastern leader captured and executed in 2003.
* Not one but two Quracs feature in ''StrikeFighters'', both as primary protagonist (USA-supported Dhimar--an Iraq) and antagonist (USSR-supported Paran--an Iran) states.

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* ''VideoGame/ASPAirStrikePatrol'' \ ''DesertFighter'' ''VideoGame/DesertFighter'' has you fighting in Zaraq, against the Zaraqis, in 1991, where the dictator bears an uncanny resemblance to a Middle Eastern leader captured and executed in 2003.
* Not one but two Quracs feature in ''StrikeFighters'', ''VideoGame/StrikeFighters'', both as primary protagonist (USA-supported Dhimar--an Iraq) and antagonist (USSR-supported Paran--an Iran) states.



* The ''{{ARMA}} II'' expansion ''Operation Arrowhead'' has Takistan, a deliberate PlayedForLaughs CultureChopSuey version of this trope.

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* The ''{{ARMA}} ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}} II'' expansion ''Operation Arrowhead'' has Takistan, a deliberate PlayedForLaughs CultureChopSuey version of this trope.
19th May '16 7:40:05 AM Viper16
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* Series/TheATeam visited one once as well, portrayed as a country in conflict between a monarchy and a revolutionary organization; the A-Team is hired as bodyguards for the nation's princess.

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* Series/TheATeam visited one once as well, portrayed as a country in conflict between with a monarchy and threatened by a revolutionary organization; movement; the A-Team is hired as bodyguards for the nation's princess.
19th May '16 7:38:31 AM Viper16
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* Series/MacGyver visited a few of these, especially in season 1, though usually in opening gambits so we don't get much more than a glimpse of the country. One of these gambits portrays desert encampments and two tribes ready to go to war over a stolen horse. Another portrays a desert fortress where terrorist activities are being planned against the United States. A third has him destroying a nuclear reactor that was about to go operational.

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* Series/MacGyver visited a few of these, especially in season 1, though usually in opening gambits so we don't get much more than a glimpse of the country. One of these gambits portrays two tribes living in desert encampments and two tribes ready to go to war over a stolen horse. Another portrays a desert fortress where terrorist activities are being planned against the United States. A third has him destroying a nuclear reactor that was about to go operational.
19th May '16 7:37:09 AM Viper16
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* Series/MacGyver visited a few of these, especially in season 1, though usually in opening gambits so we don't get much more than a glimpse of the country. One of these gambits has him infiltrating desert encampments to retrieve a horse stolen from one tribe by another before it can lead to war. Another sends him to a desert fortress to retrieve a map showing terrorist plans in the United States. A third has him destroying a nuclear reactor before it could go operational.
** We finally get a full episode in an unnamed North African Qurac towards the end of the season, where he infiltrates a prison in order to rescue a social worker. The country's authorities are shown as corrupt and abusive - soldiers harass street merchants, the prison warden colludes with a drug dealing inmate, and a prisoner Mac befriends says that he's here "for the crime of not bribing a judge." Slightly averted, however, in that the authorities turn out to have had a very ''good'' reason to lock up the alleged social worker, who's really a thief and arms dealer with terrorist connections.

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* Series/MacGyver visited a few of these, especially in season 1, though usually in opening gambits so we don't get much more than a glimpse of the country. One of these gambits has him infiltrating portrays desert encampments and two tribes ready to retrieve go to war over a horse stolen from one tribe by another before it can lead to war. horse. Another sends him to portrays a desert fortress to retrieve a map showing where terrorist plans in activities are being planned against the United States. A third has him destroying a nuclear reactor before it could that was about to go operational.
** We finally get a full episode in an unnamed North African Qurac towards the end of the season, where he infiltrates a prison in order to rescue a social worker. The country's authorities are shown as to be corrupt and abusive - soldiers harass street merchants, the prison warden colludes with a drug dealing inmate, and a prisoner Mac befriends says that he's here is there "for the crime of not bribing a judge." Slightly averted, however, in that the authorities turn out to have had a very ''good'' reason to lock up the alleged social worker, who's really a thief and arms dealer with terrorist connections.
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