History Main / Ruritania

23rd Apr '17 9:12:30 PM Golondrina
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* CharlieChaplin's 1957 comedy film ''Film/AKingInNewYork'' begins with King Igor Shahdov being deposed by a revolution in his distinctly Ruritanian East European country, fleeing to the United States only to discover his securities were embezzled by his Prime Minister.

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* CharlieChaplin's Charles/CharlieChaplin's 1957 comedy film ''Film/AKingInNewYork'' begins with King Igor Shahdov being deposed by a revolution in his distinctly Ruritanian East European country, fleeing to the United States only to discover his securities were embezzled by his Prime Minister.
16th Apr '17 1:05:15 PM nombretomado
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* In the SpaceRace episode of ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'', the "other side" was Catsylvania, represented by the feline cosmonaut [[PunnyName Bestov Breed]].

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* In the SpaceRace UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace episode of ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'', the "other side" was Catsylvania, represented by the feline cosmonaut [[PunnyName Bestov Breed]].
5th Apr '17 10:11:31 AM TheGreatUnknown
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* JeanPaulSartre's ''Dirty Hands'' (''Les Mains Sales'') is set in a fictional European country called Illyria during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. It is supposed to be an ally of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, on the verge of being annexed to the [[HistoryOfTheUSSR Eastern Bloc]].

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* JeanPaulSartre's ''Dirty Hands'' (''Les Mains Sales'') is set in a fictional European country called Illyria (in real life, a historical name for roughly the parts of the former Yugoslavia along the Adriatic) during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. It is supposed to be an ally of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, on the verge of being annexed to the [[HistoryOfTheUSSR Eastern Bloc]].
3rd Apr '17 7:34:35 PM PaulA
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* In the murder mystery novel ''Literature/AShillingForCandles'' by Creator/JosephineTey, there are several mentions of a fictional Eastern European nation where several different ethnic groups are simultaneously fighting for independence. [[spoiler:It turns out that one of the suspects has ties to the independence movement, and lied to the police about his movements on the day in question because he was involved in dubiously legal activities on its behalf.]]



* The ''DoctorWho'' story "The Androids of Tara" takes place on a Ruritanian planet called Tara, where aristocrats fence with electrified swords. Peladon, the setting for "The Curse of Peladon" and "The Monster of Peladon" has Ruritanian elements. The technologically premodern and tradition-bound planet of Peladon, which still has a monarchy nevertheless has great significance to the galactic powers, given its natural reserve of [[MineralMacGuffin trisilicate]].

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* The ''DoctorWho'' story ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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"The Androids of Tara" takes place on a Ruritanian planet called Tara, where aristocrats fence with electrified swords. swords.
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Peladon, the setting for "The Curse of Peladon" and "The Monster of Peladon" has Ruritanian elements. The technologically premodern and tradition-bound planet of Peladon, which still has a monarchy nevertheless has great significance to the galactic powers, given its natural reserve of [[MineralMacGuffin trisilicate]].
7th Mar '17 5:30:54 PM nombretomado
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* The MarxBrothers movie ''Film/DuckSoup'' (1933) has Freedonia, land of the brave and free! In a clear-cut case of Western Imperialism, the wealthy Mrs. Teasdale insists running dog Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) be appointed President in return for half her husband's fortune to avoid an impending liberation by neighboring Sylvania. (It's not clear whether this is the same Sylvania portrayed in the 1929 film ''Film/TheLoveParade,'' in which Creator/MauriceChevalier plays a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob who becomes prince consort to Sylvania's Queen Louise.)

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* The MarxBrothers Creator/MarxBrothers movie ''Film/DuckSoup'' (1933) has Freedonia, land of the brave and free! In a clear-cut case of Western Imperialism, the wealthy Mrs. Teasdale insists running dog Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) be appointed President in return for half her husband's fortune to avoid an impending liberation by neighboring Sylvania. (It's not clear whether this is the same Sylvania portrayed in the 1929 film ''Film/TheLoveParade,'' in which Creator/MauriceChevalier plays a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob who becomes prince consort to Sylvania's Queen Louise.)
1st Mar '17 2:13:32 PM rafi
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** The DCAU has Kaznia/Kasnia.



* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' - Ruritanias were very common in both UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks and UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks. The first appearance of Lex Luthor was in a 1940 comic in which he was revealed to be the mastermind behind a war between fascist Toran and peaceful Gallonia.

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* ** ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' - Ruritanias were very common in both UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks and UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks. The first appearance of Lex Luthor was in a 1940 comic in which he was revealed to be the mastermind behind a war between fascist Toran and peaceful Gallonia.


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* The ''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse'' has Kaznia/Kasnia, a fictional country which appears to be located in the Balkans and to alternate (throughout the various time periods it is visited) between peace and a civil war between Northern and Southern factions.
1st Mar '17 2:07:16 PM TheGreatUnknown
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' proper, Griffonstone is eventually revealed to be this, as a counterpart to Equestria's SchizoTech MedievalEuropeanFantasy. Everyone wears clothing that ranges from Hungarian/Romanian to Turkish to Mongolian. The houses seem vaguely reminiscent of Eastern European Gothic architecture, and are notably more primitive (for instance, they seem to have no internal plumbing). It's also backwards technologically and culturally, and almost everyone is impoverished and unfriendly since the loss of their national treasure.
28th Feb '17 4:15:06 AM Jaro7788
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Part of what makes a Ruritanian setting attractive in the eyes of an average Westerner (especially West European) and which sets it apart from its equivalents from other continents, is the pure nostalgia factor. Unlike a BananaRepublic or {{Qurac}}, Ruritania does resemble what much of now developed Europe used to look like just a few decades ago: a highly conservative, racially homogenous Christian society that is nevertheless fully literate, has relatively few children and doesn't suffer from lack of food, clean water or electricity, even if their daily routine tends to be shaken every once in a while by some kind of political upheaval.
7th Feb '17 6:17:15 AM Vir
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** In "Bark to the Future," von Rottweiler takes over Dog City and turns it into Rottersburg, a Ruritania-style dystopia where StateSec {{Mooks}} patrol the streets and propaganda posters urging everyone to vote for von Rottweiler (OR ELSE!) adorn every wall and they have [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous Oktoberfest]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking all year long]].

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** In "Bark to the Future," von Rottweiler takes over Dog City and turns it into Rottersburg, a Ruritania-style dystopia where StateSec {{Mooks}} patrol the streets and propaganda posters urging everyone to vote for von Rottweiler (OR ELSE!) adorn every wall and they have [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous [[FelonyMisdemeanor Oktoberfest]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking all year long]].
7th Feb '17 4:53:45 AM Vir
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** 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, Robonia, made up by Bender as a part of a con to win the Olympics. It's Its national anthem? "Hail, Hail, Robonia! [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial A land that I didn't make up!"up]]!"
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