History Main / Qurac

8th Aug '17 2:54:58 AM LondonKdS
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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. 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.

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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. Oil optional. Prototypes are Taliban-era Afghanistan, the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan during its civil war, Islamic State-occupied territory, and the Tribal Zone in Pakistan; Iran appears to be a mix of types 2 and 3.



** Turmezistan returns in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E7ThePyramidAtTheEndOfTheWorld "The Pyramid at the End of the World"]] as the site of an impending clash between the American, Russian and Chinese armies, and hence where the titular pyramid appears.

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** Turmezistan returns in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E7ThePyramidAtTheEndOfTheWorld "The Pyramid at the End of the World"]] as the site of an impending clash between the World"]]. At this point, it's somehow become a major geopolitical flashpoint, with American, Russian and Chinese armies, forces openly confronting each other, and hence where the titular pyramid appears.
4th Aug '17 8:40:33 AM mariofan1000
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29th Jul '17 10:22:20 AM fractured
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* Qurac, which ironically hasn't existed in AGES, having been wiped off the face of Earth by the assassin Cheshire, using nukes she stole and ultimately detonated for the evilulz.

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* Qurac, which ironically hasn't existed in AGES, having been wiped off the face of Earth by the assassin Cheshire, using nukes she stole and ultimately detonated for the evilulz.[[ForTheEvulz evilulz]].
23rd Jul '17 12:54:30 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/ASailorMadeMan'': Harold's Navy vessel takes shore leave in Agar Shahar Khairpura, the "City of a Thousand Rascals", in the country of Khairpura-Bhandanna. Harold then has an adventure where he rescues his girlfriend from the predatory maharajah.
16th Jul '17 6:16:51 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''[[Literature/OrsonScottCardsEmpire Empire]]'' makes use of one of these. An unnamed Muslim country, where the USA is doing something unauthorized, seems to be the ThemePark version of Afghanistan but is explicitly ''not'' Afghanistan.

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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''[[Literature/OrsonScottCardsEmpire Empire]]'' makes use of one of these. An unnamed Muslim country, where the USA is doing something unauthorized, seems to be the ThemePark {{Theme Park|s}} version of Afghanistan but is explicitly ''not'' Afghanistan.
25th Jun '17 9:19:26 AM 64SuperNintendo
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26th May '17 1:25:27 PM AthenaBlue
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* The Papercutz ''HardyBoys'' graphic novels heavily feature war-torn Osyria-- the first book is about a stolen ancient artwork from the country and later books feature miscellaneous Osyrians as henchmen.

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* The Papercutz ''HardyBoys'' ''Literature/HardyBoys'' graphic novels heavily feature war-torn Osyria-- Osyria -- the first book is about a stolen ancient artwork from the country and later books feature miscellaneous Osyrians as henchmen.



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* ''Film/BenHur'' had a few scenes of Arabia during BibleTimes / AncientRome time. Of particular note was Ilderim, a [[BoisterousBruiser lusty, swaggering sheik]] who gleefully raised Arabian horses and cleverly mocked the Roman soldiers. It's his chariot that Heston is driving in the famous Chariot Race scene.

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* Naturally, Agrabah in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is an ''Literature/ArabianNights'' version of this trope. Doubly so as when the show was released in other countries, the writers were careful about name and design choices to not potentially offend anyone.
** In the source material, the story of Aladdin is set specifically in China. But since it's an Arabic folktale, and everyone in the story has Arabic names (the original storytellers presumably not being too familiar with the actual China), Disney moved it to Qurac.
*** That said, China does have a lot of land that is actually central Asian Muslim, so it's not far fetched.
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* ''Film/BenHur'' had a few scenes of Arabia during BibleTimes / AncientRome BibleTimes[=/=]AncientRome time. Of particular note was Ilderim, a [[BoisterousBruiser lusty, swaggering sheik]] who gleefully raised Arabian horses and cleverly mocked the Roman soldiers. It's his chariot that Heston is driving in the famous Chariot Race scene.



* Turaqistan, from ''Film/WarInc'', is a Middle Eastern country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President.

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* Turaqistan, ''Covert Assassin'' (you can tell a lot about it just from ''Film/WarInc'', is that title) involves a flight to "The Middle Eastern East". It never even specifies what ''country'', suggesting the makers of the movie thought of the entire region as this trope.
* The film ''Death Before Dishonor'' featured the nation of Jemal, where anti-American sentiment spills over into terrorist acts. Media studies professor Jack Shaheen wrote in his book, ''Reel Bad Arabs'', that it ranked in the 4 most anti-Arab films of all time.
* Creator/SachaBaronCohen's latest movie, ''Film/TheDictator'', is about the dictator of the fictional Republic of Wadiya. The dictator, Admiral General Aladeen, is pretty much a combination of UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi and UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein. Subverted somewhat in that we are shown where the
country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President.is, which is where Eritrea is in Real Life.



* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' begins with an assault of some base in the middle of an unspecified desert.
* ''Film/MidnightExpress'' did this to Turkey, creating the whole "Turkish prison" cliché and ironing it on everyone's mind.
* ''Film/{{Syriana}}'' revolves around who controls the oil reserves of an unidentified Qurac.



* ''Covert Assassin'' (you can tell a lot about it just from that title) involves a flight to "The Middle East". It never even specifies what ''country'', suggesting the makers of the movie thought of the entire region as this trope.
* ''Film/MidnightExpress'' did this to Turkey, creating the whole "Turkish prison" cliché and ironing it on everyone's mind.
* The film ''Death Before Dishonor'' featured the nation of Jemal, where anti-American sentiment spills over into terrorist acts. Media studies professor Jack Shaheen wrote in his book, ''Reel Bad Arabs'', that it ranked in the 4 most anti-Arab films of all time.
* Creator/SachaBaronCohen's latest movie, ''Film/TheDictator'', is about the dictator of the fictional Republic of Wadiya. The dictator, Admiral General Aladeen, is pretty much a combination of UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi and UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein. Subverted somewhat in that we are shown where the country is, which is where Eritrea is in Real Life.
* ''Film/{{Syriana}}'' revolves around who controls the oil reserves of an unidentified Qurac.
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' begins with an assault of some base in the middle of an unspecified desert.

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* ''Covert Assassin'' (you can tell a lot about it just Turaqistan, from that title) involves ''Film/WarInc'', is a flight to "The Middle East". It never even specifies what ''country'', suggesting the makers of the movie thought of the entire region as this trope.
* ''Film/MidnightExpress'' did this to Turkey, creating the whole "Turkish prison" cliché and ironing it on everyone's mind.
* The film ''Death Before Dishonor'' featured the nation of Jemal, where anti-American sentiment spills over into terrorist acts. Media studies professor Jack Shaheen wrote in his book, ''Reel Bad Arabs'', that it ranked in the 4 most anti-Arab films of all time.
* Creator/SachaBaronCohen's latest movie, ''Film/TheDictator'', is about the dictator of the fictional Republic of Wadiya. The dictator, Admiral General Aladeen, is pretty much a combination of UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi and UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein. Subverted somewhat in that we are shown where the
Eastern country is, which is where Eritrea is in Real Life.
* ''Film/{{Syriana}}'' revolves around who controls the oil reserves of
occupied by an unidentified Qurac.
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' begins with an assault of some base in the middle of an unspecified desert.
American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President.



* A long-running arc on ''Series/TheWestWing'' involved the fictional country of Qumar, noted for its strategically useful location for US military interests, its cruel treatment of women ("The Women of Qumar"), and the fact that [[spoiler: the President ordered the assassination of its secretary of defense ("Posse Comitatus"), which eventually prompted the retaliatory kidnapping of his daughter ("Twenty Five").]]
** Qumar's relationship to the US is modeled closely on Saudi Arabia's, as are its human rights issues. Brief glimpses of maps in the situation room show Qumar is a small nation north of the Strait of Hormuz, bordered on all other sides by Iran.
** At the same time much of the West Wing is modeled on past events in the real world which Sorkin read about and fictionalised. One of the war room subplots, for example, was inspired by Clinton's bombing of a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan, though in that case it was identified as being an attack on Syria.
** The West Wing also had 'Equatorial Kundu' which was undergoing a very African civil war.
** And ironically, despite having two fictional countries on the books, the series mocks a fictional Republican representative for not knowing that [[Film/DuckSoup Freedonia]] is a fictional country.
* In ''Series/YesMinister,'' Jim Hacker visits [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qumran_%28fictional_country%29 Qumran]], a fictional Muslim country based on Pakistan -- in fact, the scene where Hacker and his staff secretly consume alcohol was based on a real-life incident that happened on a British diplomatic visit to Pakistan.
** On another occasion a British nurse was sentenced to several lashes for possessing a bottle of whiskey, which provokes a miniature crisis as the government does not want to push too hard as the Qumranis are described as great friends of Britain, letting them know what the Soviets were up to in Iraq, allowing listening posts to be set up for Britain's use, and even sabotaging Opec agreements for them.
** Another possible Qurac in ''Series/YesMinister'' is [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny "The People's Democratic Republic of East Yemen"]]. In reality Yemen was divided into the communist People's Republic of South Yemen and North Yemen (first the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen and then the Yemen Arab Republic).
** Qumran becomes Kumranistan in TheRemake.
* Several of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'''s {{Big Bad}}s have come from Qurac. The show has also featured America attempting to start war on Qurac and its neighbours several times.
** The second season was particularly {{Egregious}}, only referring to the respective Quracs as "three Middle Eastern countries." Names for the countries on Website/TelevisionWithoutPity ranged from "Isn'treal" to "Tofurkey."

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* A long-running arc on ''Series/TheWestWing'' involved the fictional country of Qumar, noted for its strategically useful location for US military interests, its cruel treatment of women ("The Women of Qumar"), and the fact that [[spoiler: the President ordered the assassination of its secretary of defense ("Posse Comitatus"), which eventually prompted the retaliatory kidnapping of his daughter ("Twenty Five").]]
** Qumar's relationship to the US is modeled closely on Saudi Arabia's, as are its human rights issues. Brief glimpses of maps in the situation room show Qumar is a small nation north of the Strait of Hormuz, bordered on all other sides by Iran.
** At the same time much of the West Wing is modeled on past events in the real world which Sorkin read about and fictionalised. One of the war room subplots, for example, was inspired by Clinton's bombing of a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan, though in that case it was identified as being an attack on Syria.
** The West Wing also had 'Equatorial Kundu' which was undergoing a very African civil war.
** And ironically, despite having two fictional countries on the books, the series mocks a fictional Republican representative for not knowing that [[Film/DuckSoup Freedonia]] is a fictional country.
* In ''Series/YesMinister,'' Jim Hacker visits [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qumran_%28fictional_country%29 Qumran]], a fictional Muslim country based on Pakistan -- in fact, the scene where Hacker and his staff secretly consume alcohol was based on a real-life incident that happened on a British diplomatic visit to Pakistan.
** On another occasion a British nurse was sentenced to several lashes for possessing a bottle of whiskey, which provokes a miniature crisis as the government does not want to push too hard as the Qumranis are described as great friends of Britain, letting them know what the Soviets were up to in Iraq, allowing listening posts to be set up for Britain's use, and even sabotaging Opec agreements for them.
** Another possible Qurac in ''Series/YesMinister'' is [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny "The People's Democratic Republic of East Yemen"]]. In reality Yemen was divided into the communist People's Republic of South Yemen and North Yemen (first the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen and then the Yemen Arab Republic).
** Qumran becomes Kumranistan in TheRemake.
* Several of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'''s ''Series/TwentyFour'''s {{Big Bad}}s have come from Qurac. The show has also featured America attempting to start war on Qurac and its neighbours several times.
** The second season was particularly {{Egregious}}, only referring to the respective Quracs as "three Middle Eastern countries." Names for the countries on Website/TelevisionWithoutPity ranged from "Isn'treal" to "Tofurkey.""Tofurkey".



* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' averts this by using Libya as a setting in the pilot episode and Libyan agents occasionally return in the rest of the series; dictator Muammar Qaddafi is even named, if not shown, as the ultimate architect of the plots to steal Airwolf.
* Series/TheATeam visited one once as well, a country with a monarchy threatened by a revolutionary movement; the A-Team is hired as bodyguards for the nation's princess.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]], the militant Zygons (who are directly equated within the story with Islamic terrorists) have occupied a small town in the fictional country of "Turmezistan", which appears to be somewhere in central Asia, serving as a stand-in for RealLife central Asian country Turkmenistan.
** Turmezistan returns in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E7ThePyramidAtTheEndOfTheWorld "The Pyramid at the End of the World"]] as the site of an impending clash between the American, Russian and Chinese armies, and hence where the titular pyramid appears.
* The kingdom of Hortensia in ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' appears Qurac-ish with its "pointy-hatted army" and an Arabian-esque castle/fortress.
* Despite having several episodes taking place in the Middle East, ''Series/{{JAG}}'' subverts this trope by always using real countries, no matter how unfavorable the portrayal may be.
* ''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 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.
** 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 to be corrupt and abusive - soldiers harass street merchants, the prison warden colludes with a drug dealing inmate, and a prisoner Mac befriends 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.



* Despite having several episodes taking place in the Middle East, ''Series/{{JAG}}'' subverts this trope by always using real countries, no matter how unfavorable the portrayal may be.



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]", the militant Zygons (who are directly equated within the story with Islamic terrorists) have occupied a small town in the fictional country of "Turmezistan", which appears to be somewhere in central Asia.
* The kingdom of Hortensia in ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' appears Qurac-ish with its "pointy-hatted army" and an Arabian-esque castle/fortress.
* 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 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.
** 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 to be corrupt and abusive - soldiers harass street merchants, the prison warden colludes with a drug dealing inmate, and a prisoner Mac befriends 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.
* Series/TheATeam visited one once as well, a country with a monarchy threatened by a revolutionary movement; the A-Team is hired as bodyguards for the nation's princess.
* {{Airwolf}} averts this by using Libya as a setting in the pilot episode and Libyan agents occasionally return in the rest of the series; dictator Muammar Qaddafi is even named, if not shown, as the ultimate architect of the plots to steal Airwolf.

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]", the militant Zygons (who are directly equated within the story with Islamic terrorists) have occupied a small town in A long-running arc on ''Series/TheWestWing'' involved the fictional country of "Turmezistan", Qumar, noted for its strategically useful location for US military interests, its cruel treatment of women ("The Women of Qumar"), and the fact that [[spoiler: the President ordered the assassination of its secretary of defense ("Posse Comitatus"), which appears eventually prompted the retaliatory kidnapping of his daughter ("Twenty Five").]]
** Qumar's relationship
to be somewhere in central Asia.
* The kingdom of Hortensia in ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' appears Qurac-ish with
the US is modeled closely on Saudi Arabia's, as are its "pointy-hatted army" human rights issues. Brief glimpses of maps in the situation room show Qumar is a small nation north of the Strait of Hormuz, bordered on all other sides by Iran.
** At the same time much of the West Wing is modeled on past events in the real world which Sorkin read about
and an Arabian-esque castle/fortress.
* Series/MacGyver visited a few
fictionalised. One of these, especially the war room subplots, for example, was inspired by Clinton's bombing of a pharmaceutical factory in season 1, Sudan, though usually in opening gambits so we don't get much more than that case it was identified as being an attack on Syria.
** The West Wing also had 'Equatorial Kundu' which was undergoing
a glimpse of very African civil war.
** And ironically, despite having two fictional countries on
the country. One books, the series mocks a fictional Republican representative for not knowing that [[Film/DuckSoup Freedonia]] is a fictional country.
* In ''Series/YesMinister'', Jim Hacker visits [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qumran_%28fictional_country%29 Qumran]], a fictional Muslim country based on Pakistan -- in fact, the scene where Hacker and his staff secretly consume alcohol was based on a real-life incident that happened on a British diplomatic visit to Pakistan.
** On another occasion a British nurse was sentenced to several lashes for possessing a bottle
of these gambits portrays two tribes living whiskey, which provokes a miniature crisis as the government does not want to push too hard as the Qumranis are described as great friends of Britain, letting them know what the Soviets were up to in desert encampments ready Iraq, allowing listening posts to go to war over a stolen horse. be set up for Britain's use, and even sabotaging Opec agreements for them.
**
Another portrays a desert fortress where terrorist activities are being planned against possible Qurac in ''Series/YesMinister'' is [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny "The People's Democratic Republic of East Yemen"]]. In reality Yemen was divided into the United States. A third has him destroying a nuclear reactor that was about to go operational.
** We finally get a full episode in an unnamed
communist People's Republic of South Yemen and North African Qurac towards Yemen (first the end Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen and then the season, where he infiltrates a prison Yemen Arab Republic).
** Qumran becomes Kumranistan
in order to rescue a social worker. The country's authorities are shown to be corrupt and abusive - soldiers harass street merchants, the prison warden colludes with a drug dealing inmate, and a prisoner Mac befriends 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.
* Series/TheATeam visited one once as well, a country with a monarchy threatened by a revolutionary movement; the A-Team is hired as bodyguards for the nation's princess.
* {{Airwolf}} averts this by using Libya as a setting in the pilot episode and Libyan agents occasionally return in the rest of the series; dictator Muammar Qaddafi is even named, if not shown, as the ultimate architect of the plots to steal Airwolf.
TheRemake.



* Naturally, Agrabah in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is an ''Literature/ArabianNights'' version of this trope. Doubly so as when the show was released in other countries, the writers were careful about name and design choices to not potentially offend anyone.
** In the source material, the story of Aladdin is set specifically in China. But since it's an Arabic folktale, and everyone in the story has Arabic names (the original storytellers presumably not being too familiar with the actual China), Disney moved it to Qurac.
*** That said China does have a lot of land that is actually central Asian Muslim, so it's not far fetched.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' had the fictional state of Carbombya (Full Title: [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya]]) as a stand-in for then-newsworthy UsefulNotes/{{Libya}}. The country's main resources are oil and camels, its people frequently swear on the lives of their mother's livestock, and is ruled by a paranoid, egotistical dictator (whose similarities to UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi are [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial purely coincidental]]). The degree of racial/ethnic stereotyping in this case was so extreme that Lebanese-American voice actor Creator/CaseyKasem handed in his resignation, causing his most prominent character, Autobot computer Teletraan I, to be replaced by Creator/FrankWelker as the more advanced, visually identical, and different sounding Teletraan II.
** TheMovie (2007) was much nicer about it even though Qatar looks absolutely nothing like the dirt-choked slum shown in the film: Scorponok's attack was ended by a phone call to a nearby base from a little town in Qatar.

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* Naturally, Agrabah in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'' had Khakistan, whose population is an ''Literature/ArabianNights'' version of this trope. Doubly so as when 90% terrorists (according to text at the show top of the screen), and the main export was released in other countries, khaki pants (which grow on cacti), and whose leader, King [[PunnyName Huj Asman]] had kidnapped Dave and Todd (believing Todd to be Jerry) as to make games for the writers were careful about name and design choices [=ImpalaVision=] consoles he stole to not potentially offend anyone.
** In
corner the source material, market (as the story of Aladdin is set specifically in China. But since US had pants subsidies, allowing The Gap to flood the market with cheap knockoffs, causing Kakhistan's economy to suffer; yeah, it's an Arabic folktale, that kinda show). However, the Game-A-Vision staff manages to rescue them in time before the US bombs the hell out of the country (having thought that they had stolen the consoles to make a supercomputer that was capable of targeting the greatest infidel cities of the West; [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike Dave had thought that too]], only to have Asman to dismiss that as being "crazy" and everyone then [[HypocriticalHumor introduce his real plan]]). Also, they used to have magic and flying carpets, but the Jews somehow "stole their magic" (according to Asman).
* The 1980 Creator/DrSeuss TV special ''Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?'' has Pontoffel visiting Casbahmopolis, a Middle Eastern sheikdom that resembles classical Arabia. He falls in love with a dancer
in the story has Arabic names (the original storytellers presumably not being too familiar with employ of the actual China), Disney moved it to Qurac.
*** That said China does have a lot of land that is actually central Asian Muslim, so it's not far fetched.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' had the fictional state of Carbombya (Full Title: [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya]]) as a stand-in for then-newsworthy UsefulNotes/{{Libya}}. The country's main resources are oil
sheik and camels, its people frequently swear on the lives of their mother's livestock, and is ruled by a paranoid, egotistical dictator (whose similarities comes to UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi are [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial purely coincidental]]). The degree of racial/ethnic stereotyping in this case was so extreme that Lebanese-American voice actor Creator/CaseyKasem handed in his resignation, causing his most prominent character, Autobot computer Teletraan I, to be replaced by Creator/FrankWelker as the more advanced, visually identical, and different sounding Teletraan II.
** TheMovie (2007) was much nicer about it even though Qatar looks absolutely nothing like the dirt-choked slum shown
her rescue when she's locked in the film: Scorponok's attack was ended by a phone call to a nearby base from a little town in Qatar.palace tower.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the space station Gargantua-1 landed in "Iranistan". It crashed straight into a secret hideout where all the world's terrorist leaders were meeting.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a nearly throw-away reference to a foreign land called Saddle Arabia. Nothing is really known about it apart from its name and it being a different country from Equestria, but two its ambassadors are briefly seen: they wear pony-clothing quite clearly inspired by the Arabian Nights aesthetic. Interestingly enough they are much taller and slenderer than Equestrian ponies: nearly as tall as Princess Celestia.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'' featured Tashistan, a desert country with clear Middle Eastern architecture and a currency consisting of "dinars" and "rials" (which are both real currencies used in real Middle-Eastern countries). If memory serves correct, it's ruled by a Sultan, and [[CrapsackWorld this being Sonic Underground]], it's a rather poverty-stricken place. At one point Sonic and Manic cross-dress as stereotypical Middle-Eastern dancers for... some reason or another.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' had the fictional state of Carbombya (Full Title: [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya]]) as a stand-in for then-newsworthy UsefulNotes/{{Libya}}. The country's main resources are oil and camels, its people frequently swear on the lives of their mother's livestock, and is ruled by a paranoid, egotistical dictator (whose similarities to UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi are [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial purely coincidental]]). The degree of racial/ethnic stereotyping in this case was so extreme that Lebanese-American voice actor Creator/CaseyKasem handed in his resignation, causing his most prominent character, Autobot computer Teletraan I, to be replaced by Creator/FrankWelker as the more advanced, visually identical, and different sounding Teletraan II.
** TheMovie (2007) was much nicer about it even though Qatar looks absolutely nothing like the dirt-choked slum shown in the film: Scorponok's attack was ended by a phone call to a nearby base from a little town in Qatar.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the space station Gargantua-1 landed in "Iranistan". It crashed straight into a secret hideout where all the world's terrorist leaders were meeting.



** They are apparently equipped with modern first-line U.S. army weaponry up to and including M1 tanks and Predator Drones [[RuleOfCool armed with miniguns for some reason]]. That's not to mention that their queen is a woman who a) appears to be black rather than arab/middle eastern and b) tends to dress rather [[{{Stripperific}} stripperifically.]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'' featured Tashistan, a desert country with clear Middle Eastern architecture and a currency consisting of "dinars" and "rials" (which are both real currencies used in real Middle-Eastern countries). If memory serves correct, it's ruled by a Sultan, and [[CrapsackWorld this being Sonic Underground]], it's a rather poverty-stricken place. At one point Sonic and Manic cross-dress as stereotypical Middle-Eastern dancers for...some reason or another.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'' had Khakistan, whose population is 90% terrorists (according to text at the top of the screen), and the main export was khaki pants (which grow on cacti), and whose leader, King [[PunnyName Huj Asman]] had kidnapped Dave and Todd (believing Todd to be Jerry) as to make games for the [=ImpalaVision=] consoles he stole to corner the market (as the US had pants subsidies, allowing The Gap to flood the market with cheap knockoffs, causing Kakhistan's economy to suffer; yeah, it's that kinda show). However, the Game-A-Vision staff manages to rescue them in time before the US bombs the hell out of the country (having thought that they had stolen the consoles to make a supercomputer that was capable of targeting the greatest infidel cities of the West; [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike Dave had thought that too]], only to have Asman to dimiss that as being "crazy" and then [[HypocriticalHumor introduce his real plan]]). Also, they used to have magic and flying carpets, but the Jews somehow "stole their magic" (according to Asman)
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a nearly throw-away reference to a foreign land called Saddle Arabia. Nothing is really known about it apart from its name and it being a different country from Equestria, but two its ambassadors are briefly seen: they wear pony-clothing quite clearly inspired by the Arabian Nights aesthetic. Interestingly enough they are much taller and slenderer than Equestrian ponies: nearly as tall as Princess Celestia.
* The 1980 Creator/DrSeuss TV special ''Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?'' has Pontoffel visiting Casbahmopolis, a Middle Eastern shiekdom that resembles classical Arabia. He falls in love with a dancer in the employ of the sheik and comes to her rescue when she's locked in the palace tower.

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** They are apparently equipped with modern first-line U.S. army weaponry up to and including M1 tanks and Predator Drones [[RuleOfCool armed with miniguns for some reason]]. That's not to mention that their queen is a woman who a) appears to be black rather than arab/middle eastern Arab/Middle Eastern and b) tends to dress rather [[{{Stripperific}} stripperifically.]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'' featured Tashistan, a desert country with clear Middle Eastern architecture and a currency consisting of "dinars" and "rials" (which are both real currencies used in real Middle-Eastern countries). If memory serves correct, it's ruled by a Sultan, and [[CrapsackWorld this being Sonic Underground]], it's a rather poverty-stricken place. At one point Sonic and Manic cross-dress as stereotypical Middle-Eastern dancers for...some reason or another.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'' had Khakistan, whose population is 90% terrorists (according to text at the top of the screen), and the main export was khaki pants (which grow on cacti), and whose leader, King [[PunnyName Huj Asman]] had kidnapped Dave and Todd (believing Todd to be Jerry) as to make games for the [=ImpalaVision=] consoles he stole to corner the market (as the US had pants subsidies, allowing The Gap to flood the market with cheap knockoffs, causing Kakhistan's economy to suffer; yeah, it's that kinda show). However, the Game-A-Vision staff manages to rescue them in time before the US bombs the hell out of the country (having thought that they had stolen the consoles to make a supercomputer that was capable of targeting the greatest infidel cities of the West; [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike Dave had thought that too]], only to have Asman to dimiss that as being "crazy" and then [[HypocriticalHumor introduce his real plan]]). Also, they used to have magic and flying carpets, but the Jews somehow "stole their magic" (according to Asman)
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a nearly throw-away reference to a foreign land called Saddle Arabia. Nothing is really known about it apart from its name and it being a different country from Equestria, but two its ambassadors are briefly seen: they wear pony-clothing quite clearly inspired by the Arabian Nights aesthetic. Interestingly enough they are much taller and slenderer than Equestrian ponies: nearly as tall as Princess Celestia.
* The 1980 Creator/DrSeuss TV special ''Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?'' has Pontoffel visiting Casbahmopolis, a Middle Eastern shiekdom that resembles classical Arabia. He falls in love with a dancer in the employ of the sheik and comes to her rescue when she's locked in the palace tower.
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** Still doing better than the [[BritsWithBattleships British Army's]] Land Warfare Centre, where operations are planned on maps of Salisbury Plain training area...titled "Wessexstan'', and where ground briefs always describe the prominent "Avon Wadi"...
* In 2015, a prank poll in the United States asked voters if they supported bombing "[[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Agrabah]]." 30% of Republican respondents and 19% of Democratic respondents said yes.

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** Still doing better than the [[BritsWithBattleships British Army's]] Land Warfare Centre, where operations are planned on maps of Salisbury Plain training area... titled "Wessexstan'', and where ground briefs always describe the prominent "Avon Wadi"...
* In 2015, a prank poll in the United States asked voters if they supported bombing "[[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Agrabah]]." Agrabah]]". 30% of Republican respondents and 19% of Democratic respondents said yes.
20th Jan '17 9:40:47 AM luord
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* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' begins in a Qurac.

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* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' begins with an assault of some base in a Qurac.the middle of an unspecified desert.
19th Jan '17 11:20:46 AM KaiYves
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* The Papercutz ''HardyBoys'' graphic novels heavily feature war-torn Osyria-- the first book is about a stolen ancient artwork from the country and later books feature miscellaneous Osyrians as henchmen.
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.
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