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16th Nov '17 7:03:43 PM GeorgeT-SLC
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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]]. [[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, 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]]. [[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.
18th Oct '17 1:36:31 AM GoblinCipher
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* The nation of Ul'dah in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has the architecture, desert location, mercantile culture, harem girls, and ruling Sultan(a) of medieval Islamic trade centers, and is one of the two cities (the other being Ishgard) with notable scientific achievements.
11th Oct '17 8:36:08 AM NotThisThing
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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' has its share of fictional countries, particularly Kazhistan in "The Queen's Gambit Job," who is secretly developing a nuclear weapon. There's also the African country of Wadata in "The Scheherazade Job" - that one focuses on the (honest) ruler's corrupt brother.
27th Sep '17 5:44:28 AM LondonKdS
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Note that such a country is only Qurac if it's on Earth. Middle Eastern countries on other worlds are {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s.

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Note that such a country is only Qurac if it's on Earth. Stereotypically Middle Eastern Eastern-style countries on other worlds are {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s.
20th Sep '17 4:41:39 AM WillyFourEyes
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Another version has a [[TheGeneralissimo Tin-pot Dictator]] whose pretentious title is inversely proportional to the size of his domain. His ragtag army and air force will probably be equipped with rusting Soviet surplus and manned by luckless conscripts, a few of which may be [[SociopathicSoldier genuinely crazy]]. Oil is optional, America-hating terrorists are a must. It is usually located in the Middle East or Northern Africa, with Saddam-era Iraq, Gaddafi-era Libya and contemporary Syria as prototypes. It, however, may also be former USSR territory in Central Asia (Turkmenistan appears to be the prototype here, with its batshit insane dictator [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saparmurat_Niyazov Saparmurat "Turkmenbashi" Niyazov]]).

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Another version has a [[TheGeneralissimo Tin-pot Dictator]] whose pretentious title is inversely proportional to the size of his domain. His ragtag army and air force will probably be equipped with rusting Soviet surplus and manned by luckless conscripts, a few of which may be [[SociopathicSoldier genuinely crazy]]. Oil is optional, America-hating terrorists are a must. It is usually located in the Middle East or Northern Africa, with Saddam-era [[UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein Saddam]]-era Iraq, Gaddafi-era [[UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi Gaddafi]]-era Libya and contemporary Syria as prototypes. It, however, may also be former USSR territory in Central Asia (Turkmenistan appears to be the prototype here, with its batshit insane dictator [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saparmurat_Niyazov Saparmurat "Turkmenbashi" Niyazov]]).
16th Sep '17 5:17:28 PM nombretomado
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* [[YanksWithTanks United States Army]] [[MilitaryAcademy Reserve Officers' Training Corps]] programs at universities involve planning operations in an area that includes the edges of the Middle East and the Caucasus. Maps tend to show that the United States Army was not particularly creative in renaming the countries: the most creative was turning Azerbaijan into "Atropia" (and that was the only country that didn't have its capital city renamed or misspelled) and calling Turkey "Kemalia" (the man who is considered to be the father of the modern state of Turkey was named Mustafa Kemal); other than that, they don't go much further than rearranging the letters and adding or removing one or two letters.

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* [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks United States Army]] [[MilitaryAcademy Reserve Officers' Training Corps]] programs at universities involve planning operations in an area that includes the edges of the Middle East and the Caucasus. Maps tend to show that the United States Army was not particularly creative in renaming the countries: the most creative was turning Azerbaijan into "Atropia" (and that was the only country that didn't have its capital city renamed or misspelled) and calling Turkey "Kemalia" (the man who is considered to be the father of the modern state of Turkey was named Mustafa Kemal); other than that, they don't go much further than rearranging the letters and adding or removing one or two letters.
7th Sep '17 6:02:10 AM Wuz
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** Averted in ''Modern Warfare 2'' - a few missions are directly stated to take place in Afghanistan. [[spoiler:Only one of them actually features you fighting against insurgents, though.]]

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** Averted in ''Modern Warfare 2'' - a few missions are directly stated to take place in Afghanistan. [[spoiler:Only Only one of them actually features you fighting against insurgents, though.]]
7th Sep '17 6:01:28 AM Wuz
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** ''Bad Company'' is even more blatant about the Iraq parallels, actually going so far as to have the MEC fly the Iraqi flag, as opposed to the made-up one from ''Battlefield 2''.
** ''Battlefield 3'' seems poised to buck the trend, though, with campaign missions explicitly set in Iran and Iraq, and with the MEC nowhere in sight (though the bad guys fought in said countries are still fictional).

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** ''Bad Company'' ''[[VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany Bad Company]]'' is even more blatant about the Iraq parallels, actually going so far as to have the MEC fly the Iraqi flag, as opposed to the made-up one from ''Battlefield 2''.
** ''Battlefield 3'' ''VideoGame/Battlefield3'' seems poised to buck the trend, though, with campaign missions explicitly set in Iran and Iraq, and with the MEC nowhere in sight (though the bad guys fought in said countries are still fictional).
7th Sep '17 5:54:43 AM Wuz
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A FictionalCountry in the Middle East/ North Africa region, named for the fictional country that causes so much trouble in Franchise/TheDCU. There are three (often overlapping) versions:

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A FictionalCountry in the [[UsefulNotes/TheMiddleEast Middle East/ East / North Africa Africa]] region, named for the fictional country that causes so much trouble in Franchise/TheDCU. There are three (often overlapping) versions:
5th Sep '17 9:20:50 AM LondonKdS
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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 three (often overlapping) versions:

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The BananaRepublic or {{Ruritania}} of A FictionalCountry in the Middle East, East/ North Africa region, named for the fictional country that causes so much trouble in Franchise/TheDCU. There are three (often overlapping) versions:
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