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29th Jan '16 9:48:09 AM Vir
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* ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' gives us Zarkovia, a small monarchy somewhere in Europe.
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* ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' gives us Zarkovia, a small monarchy somewhere in Europe.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' has Ustinkistan where Vlad and Gladys, Timmy's maternal grandparents, hail from.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has Ustinkistan where Vlad and Gladys, Timmy's maternal grandparents, hail from.

** There's also an in-universe {{Ruritania}}, Robonia, made up by Bender as a part of a con to win the Olympics. It's national anthem? "Hail, Hail, Robonia! A land that I didn't make up!"
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** There's also an in-universe {{Ruritania}}, Ruritania, Robonia, made up by Bender as a part of a con to win the Olympics. It's national anthem? "Hail, Hail, Robonia! A land that I didn't make up!"

* ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' had Boris and Natasha's home country of Pottsylvania, an imaginary Soviet satellite where literally ''everyone'' is a spy.
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* ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' had Boris and Natasha's home country of Pottsylvania, an imaginary Soviet satellite where literally ''everyone'' is a spy.
10th Jan '16 2:13:29 AM Richmonde
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Adding a Ruritanian film.
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* In ''Film/Koenigsmark/Crimson Dynasty'' (1935), Grand Duchess Aurora is forced into marriage with the much older Grand Duke Rudolph, who mysteriously "dies abroad". Aurora returns to her castle and duchy, where she falls in love with her husband's nephew's French tutor. War between France and the eastern empire or federation breaks out. Caught between divided loyalties and a dynastic struggle, what is Aurora to do? Takes place mainly in a Bavarian-style castle surrounded by wolf-haunted forests. Based on a novel by Pierre Benoit, it was made in both English and French.
4th Jan '16 9:02:52 PM Willbyr
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* ''IonoTheFanatics'' is a two-issue GirlsLove manga whose whole plot is about an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent being pursued by the LoveableSexManiac queen of a small and obscure European nation. In fact, it's implied at several points that the queen's obsession with having a massive (several ''thousand'' strong) harem of women is partially responsible for the traditional poverty associated with Ruritania -- one part the economic drain of having to support hundreds of women who live lavish lifestyles but basically do nothing but lounge around, have sex and otherwise amuse themselves, one part the implcation she's already taken most, if not all, of the women in the country as her courtesans.
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* ''IonoTheFanatics'' ''Manga/IonoTheFanatics'' is a two-issue GirlsLove manga whose whole plot is about an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent being pursued by the LoveableSexManiac queen of a small and obscure European nation. In fact, it's implied at several points that the queen's obsession with having a massive (several ''thousand'' strong) harem of women is partially responsible for the traditional poverty associated with Ruritania -- one part the economic drain of having to support hundreds of women who live lavish lifestyles but basically do nothing but lounge around, have sex and otherwise amuse themselves, one part the implcation she's already taken most, if not all, of the women in the country as her courtesans.
4th Jan '16 5:31:13 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Lower Slobbovia is a communist Ruritania which plays a large role in many ''LilAbner'' plotlines.
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* Lower Slobbovia is a communist Ruritania which plays a large role in many ''LilAbner'' ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' plotlines.
28th Dec '15 12:35:51 PM Anddrix
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** The country of Latveria, home of DoctorDoom.
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** The country of Latveria, home of DoctorDoom.Doctor Doom.
19th Dec '15 10:42:28 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Sometimes real world politicians are asked about situations in fictional countries as part of a Gotcha test. One example referenced "[[DuckSoup Freedonia]]" which at least one Congressman did recognize. Others did not.
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* Sometimes real world politicians are asked about situations in fictional countries as part of a Gotcha "gotcha" test. One example referenced "[[DuckSoup "[[Film/DuckSoup Freedonia]]" which at least one Congressman did recognize. Others did not. A similar prank poll targeted at voters asked them if they supported bombing "[[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Agrabah]]." 30% of Republican respondents and 19% of Democratic respondents said yes.
14th Dec '15 10:33:45 AM h27kim
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*** The Russian Empire is assumed to have been mostly Slavic, but also ended up with regions that were Turkic, Mongol, Korean, Baltic (frequently mistaken for Slavic), Romanian, and even Finnish. Most of it would carry over into the USSR, some parts more willingly than others.
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*** The Russian Empire is assumed to have been mostly Slavic, but also ended up with regions that were Turkic, Mongol, Chinese, Korean, German, Baltic (frequently mistaken for Slavic), Romanian, and Finnish, as well as various immigrants who settled in the Russian (or later Soviet) Empire, including French, Spanish, Scottish, Welsh, and even Finnish.African-Americans and Africans. Most of it would carry over into the USSR, some parts more willingly than others.
1st Dec '15 10:21:52 PM rjd1922
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This came from a role-play server and is not canon. See http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Talk:City_17
** Before the invasion, City 17 was known as Биркутград, or Birkutgrad when translated into English.
15th Nov '15 9:58:22 PM LTR
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The name comes from Anthony Hope's 1894 novel ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'', and the concept originated around the same time; the idea itself was at least in part "inspired" by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was viewed by many Europeans as an incompetent backwater. It spurred an entire genre, the Ruritanian Romance (which is derived from ChivalricRomance, not the love story meaning of Romance). At that time and in most early 20th century depictions, Ruritania had a royal house (of which the King [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething actually did something]], the Prince [[TheWhitePrince was dashing]], the Princess [[PrincessClassic was a dazzling beauty]], and the [[NiceHat headgear]] was quite frankly ridiculous), which was forever being schemed against by a lot of [[EvilChancellor dastardly usurpers]] or [[TerroristsWithoutACause anarchists]] and was a source of enormous tension among the Great Powers. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne That last bit was actually true, unfortunately]]. A good example is, of course, the original. Although it is worth noting that where most examples of this trope are set in the Balkans or Eastern Europe, the original was wedged between Germany and Bohemia and had a [[Main/Kaiserreich Germanic-style culture]].
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The name comes from Anthony Hope's 1894 novel ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'', and the concept originated around the same time; the idea itself was at least in part "inspired" by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was viewed by many Europeans as an incompetent backwater. It spurred an entire genre, the Ruritanian Romance (which is derived from ChivalricRomance, not the love story meaning of Romance). At that time and in most early 20th century depictions, Ruritania had a royal house (of which the King [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething actually did something]], the Prince [[TheWhitePrince was dashing]], the Princess [[PrincessClassic was a dazzling beauty]], and the [[NiceHat headgear]] was quite frankly ridiculous), which was forever being schemed against by a lot of [[EvilChancellor dastardly usurpers]] or [[TerroristsWithoutACause anarchists]] and was a source of enormous tension among the Great Powers. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne That last bit was actually true, unfortunately]]. A good example is, of course, the original. Although it is worth noting that where most examples of this trope are set in the Balkans or Eastern Europe, the original was wedged between Germany and Bohemia and had a [[Main/Kaiserreich Germanic-style culture]]. culture.
15th Nov '15 4:17:24 PM Divra
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** There is also a fair bit of UnbuiltTrope at work. Most later Ruritanias tend to be small, backwards and, at least in the early imitations, idyllic. Stephenson's Ruritania was a modern (if not particularly socially progressive) country which played a pivotal role in European history on a number of occasions, and which was plagued by public order problems, deep socio-economic divides and having an absolute monarch who was neither particularly well-liked nor particularly competent.
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** There is also a fair bit of UnbuiltTrope at work. Most later Ruritanias tend to be small, backwards and, at least in the early imitations, idyllic. Stephenson's Ruritania was a decent-sized (the capital city is large enough to have a cathedral and is described by Londoner Rassendyl as a "great city") modern (if not particularly socially progressive) country which played a pivotal role in European history on a number of occasions, and which was plagued by public order problems, deep socio-economic divides and divides, having an absolute monarch who was neither particularly well-liked nor particularly competent.competent and internal squabbling in the royal family bringing the nation to the brink of civil war.
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