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30th Apr '16 1:00:33 PM Xennan
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* ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' feature Syldavia, a kind of Balkan Belgium menaced by its warlike neighbor Borduria. Borduria stands in for Nazism in ''Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre'' and for Stalinesque Communism in later stories. Syldavia is an atypically detailed version of {{Ruritania}} with its own flag, royal dynasty, historical events and even a language created by Hergé. The made-up language, despite being written in Cyrillic script, was, remarkably, not Slavic but a dialect of Flemish/Dutch with some curious phonetics. In ''Recap/TintinDestinationMoon'', it becomes the setting for a fictional space program.In ''Recap/TintinTheCalculusAffair'', Syldavia and Borduria are struggling in a secret war for [[AppliedPhlebotinum Calculus' device]].
[[IdenticalStranger The consul]] of Poldavia]] (see under Real Life) makes a brief appearance in ''Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus''.

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* ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' feature Syldavia, a kind of Balkan Belgium menaced by its warlike neighbor Borduria. Borduria stands in for Nazism in ''Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre'' and for Stalinesque Communism in later stories. Syldavia is an atypically detailed version of {{Ruritania}} with its own flag, royal dynasty, historical events and even a language created by Hergé. The made-up language, despite being written in Cyrillic script, was, remarkably, not Slavic but a dialect of Flemish/Dutch with some curious phonetics. In ''Recap/TintinDestinationMoon'', it becomes the setting for a fictional space program.In ''Recap/TintinTheCalculusAffair'', Syldavia and Borduria are struggling in a secret war for [[AppliedPhlebotinum Calculus' device]].
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device]]. The consul]] consul of Poldavia]] Poldavia (see under Real Life) makes a brief appearance in ''Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus''.
23rd Apr '16 10:35:20 AM Goldfritha
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The name comes from Anthony Hope's 1894 novel ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda''. The concept originated originated about the same time; the idea itself was at least in part inspired by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was popularly regarded by western Europeans as an incompetent backwater. It spurred an entire genre, known as 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. 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. The kingdom was forever being schemed against by a lot of [[EvilChancellor dastardly usurpers]] or [[TerroristsWithoutACause anarchists]] and was a source of tension amongst the Great Powers. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne That last bit was actually true, unfortunately]]. A classic 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 Germanic-style culture.

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The name comes from Anthony Hope's 1894 novel ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda''. The concept originated originated about the same time; the idea itself was at least in part inspired by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was popularly regarded by western Europeans as an incompetent backwater. It spurred an entire genre, known as the Ruritanian Romance (which is derived from ChivalricRomance, not the love story meaning of Romance).{{Romance}}). At that time and in most early 20th century depictions, Ruritania had a royal house. The King [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething actually did something]], the Prince [[TheWhitePrince was dashing]], the Princess [[PrincessClassic was a dazzling beauty]], dazzling]], and the [[NiceHat headgear]] was quite frankly ridiculous. The kingdom was forever being schemed against by a lot of [[EvilChancellor dastardly usurpers]] or [[TerroristsWithoutACause anarchists]] and was a source of tension amongst the Great Powers. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne That last bit was actually true, unfortunately]]. A classic 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 Germanic-style culture.
20th Apr '16 7:15:13 AM MyFinalEdits
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* ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' is probably one of the most notable avertions of this trope, with {{UsefulNotes/Montenegro}} portrayed as a modern Mediterranean country with a distinctive Italian-like charm, advanced infrastructure and luxurious facilities (so much so that apart from a few characters calling it by name and a flag popping out here and there, it could just as well pass as Italy). Needless to say, the movie was a godsend for the Montenegrin tourist industry.

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* ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' is probably one of the most notable avertions of this trope, averts this, with {{UsefulNotes/Montenegro}} portrayed as a modern Mediterranean country with a distinctive Italian-like charm, advanced infrastructure and luxurious facilities (so much so that apart from a few characters calling it by name and a flag popping out here and there, it could just as well pass as Italy). Needless to say, the The movie was a godsend for the Montenegrin tourist industry.
20th Apr '16 6:43:20 AM Jaro7788
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* ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' is probably one of the most notable avertions of this trope, with {{UsefulNotes/Montenegro}} portrayed as a modern Mediterranean country with a distinctive Italian-like charm, advanced infrastructure and luxurious facilities (so much so that apart from a few characters calling it by name and a flag popping out here and there, it could just as well pass as Italy). Needless to say, the movie was a godsend for the Montenegrin tourist industry.
17th Apr '16 8:44:00 PM frogpatrol
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* ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' feature Syldavia, a kind of Balkan Belgium menaced by its warlike neighbor Borduria. Borduria stands in for Nazism in ''Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre'' and for Stalinesque Communism in later stories. Syldavia is an atypically detailed version of {{Ruritania}} with its own flag, royal dynasty, historical events and even a language created by Hergé. The made-up language, despite being written in Cyrillic script, was, remarkably, not Slavic but a dialect of Flemish/Dutch with some curious phonetics. In ''Recap/TintinDestinationMoon'', it becomes the setting for a fictional space program.In ''Recap/TintinTheCalculusAffair'', Syldavia and Borduria are struggling in a secret war for [[AppliedPhlebotinum Calculus' device]].\\
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The [[IdenticalStranger consul of Poldavia]] (see under Real Life) makes a brief appearance in ''Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus''.

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* ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' feature Syldavia, a kind of Balkan Belgium menaced by its warlike neighbor Borduria. Borduria stands in for Nazism in ''Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre'' and for Stalinesque Communism in later stories. Syldavia is an atypically detailed version of {{Ruritania}} with its own flag, royal dynasty, historical events and even a language created by Hergé. The made-up language, despite being written in Cyrillic script, was, remarkably, not Slavic but a dialect of Flemish/Dutch with some curious phonetics. In ''Recap/TintinDestinationMoon'', it becomes the setting for a fictional space program.In ''Recap/TintinTheCalculusAffair'', Syldavia and Borduria are struggling in a secret war for [[AppliedPhlebotinum Calculus' device]].\\
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[[IdenticalStranger consul The consul]] of Poldavia]] (see under Real Life) makes a brief appearance in ''Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus''.



* Poldavia (Poldévie) was a fictional country, invented by a French journalist who was a member of a far-right organization in 1929. Its supposed representatives wrote letters to French Senators to ask them to intervene in a Civil War supposed to take place in their country. The prank mainly targeted radical-leftist and anticlerical Senators.\\
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The [[IdenticalStranger consul of Poldavia]] makes a brief appearance in the ''{{Tintin}}'' adventure ''The Blue Lotus''.\\
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The politician Marcel Déat in an editorial printed on May 4, 1939, wrote that Danzig was not worth fighting a war over and that French farmers had no desire to die for the Poldavians ("mourir pour les Poldèves"). Déat went on to become a prominent fascist politician in Vichy and occupied France.\\
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Poldavia was also cited as the "birth place" of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Bourbaki Nicolas Bourbaki]].
* Sometimes real world politicians are asked about situations in fictional countries as part of a "gotcha" test. One example referenced "[[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.
* In fact, the history of many real-life east-european provinces can explain the mishmash of unrelated cultural elements (German, Slavic, Turkic, Greek, etc.) usualy found in the description of fictional Ruritania. For instance, the real-life province of Bukovina has successively belonged to Poland, the Ottoman Empire, Austria, Romania, the USSR and is at the present time cut in half between Ukraine and Romania.

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* Poldavia (Poldévie) was a fictional country, country invented by a French journalist who was a member of a far-right organization in 1929. Its supposed representatives wrote letters to French Senators to ask them to intervene in a Civil War supposed to take place in their country. The prank mainly targeted radical-leftist and anticlerical Senators.\\
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The [[IdenticalStranger consul of Poldavia]] makes a brief appearance in the ''{{Tintin}}'' adventure ''The Blue Lotus''.\\
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The politician Marcel Déat in an editorial printed on May 4, 1939, wrote that Danzig was not worth fighting a war over and that French farmers had no desire to die for the Poldavians ("mourir pour les Poldèves"). Déat went on to become a prominent fascist politician in Vichy and occupied France.\\
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Poldavia was also cited as the "birth place" of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Bourbaki Nicolas Bourbaki]].
* Sometimes real world politicians are asked about situations in fictional countries as part of a "gotcha" test. One example referenced "[[Film/DuckSoup Freedonia]]" which at least one Congressman did recognize. Others did not. claimed to recognize. 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.
that they did.
* In fact, the history of many real-life east-european east European provinces can explain the mishmash of unrelated cultural elements (German, Slavic, Turkic, Greek, etc.) usualy found in the description of fictional Ruritania. For instance, the real-life province of Bukovina has successively belonged to Poland, the Ottoman Empire, Austria, Romania, the USSR and is at the present time cut in half between Ukraine and Romania.
17th Apr '16 8:32:15 PM frogpatrol
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* 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 [[MacGuffin trisilicate]].

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* 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 [[MacGuffin [[MineralMacGuffin trisilicate]].
17th Apr '16 8:29:20 PM frogpatrol
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A Ruritania is a fictional country located in Central Europe or the Balkans -- in an area encompassing most of the territory east of Germany and west of Russia. This country is characterized by its small size, backward customs, and forests full of SavageWolves and {{bears|AreBadNews}}. It is often the home of the FunnyForeigner.

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 Germanic-style culture.

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A Ruritania '''Ruritania''' is a generic name for any archetypal fictional country located in Central Europe or the Balkans -- in Balkans, an area encompassing most of the territory east of Germany and west of Russia. This country is characterized by its small size, backward customs, and forests full of SavageWolves and {{bears|AreBadNews}}. It is often the home of the FunnyForeigner.

The name comes from Anthony Hope's 1894 novel ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'', and the ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda''. The concept originated around originated about the same time; the idea itself was at least in part "inspired" inspired by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was viewed popularly regarded by many western Europeans as an incompetent backwater. It spurred an entire genre, known as 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 house. 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 ridiculous. The kingdom was forever being schemed against by a lot of [[EvilChancellor dastardly usurpers]] or [[TerroristsWithoutACause anarchists]] and was a source of enormous tension among amongst the Great Powers. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne That last bit was actually true, unfortunately]]. A good classic 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 Germanic-style culture.



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** To some extent, the portrayal of real Central and Eastern European countries in Marvel comics can verge on this -- it can be only a small step from e. g. {{Oktoberfest}} to Ruritania. Germany, apart from Berlin, for instance is generally portrayed as a mostly rural place rife with superstitious villagers and sinister looming medieval castles. ''Giant-Size X-Men'' #1 for instance opens in the village of Winzeldorf that "has hardly changed over the centuries", apparently to such an extent that they haven't even installed street lighting, and the society of the place in which Mystique gave birth to Nightcrawler, lorded over by a local baron, sounds like pre-war. Pre-[[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]], that is.
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** To some extent, the portrayal of real Central and Eastern European countries in Marvel comics can verge on this -- it can be only a small step from e. g. {{Oktoberfest}} to Ruritania. Germany, apart from Berlin, for instance is generally portrayed in older Marvel comics as a mostly rural place rife with superstitious villagers and sinister looming medieval castles. ''Giant-Size X-Men'' #1 #1, for instance example, opens in the village of Winzeldorf that "has hardly changed over the centuries", apparently to such an extent that they haven't even installed street lighting, and the society of lighting. Culturally, the place in which where Mystique gave birth to Nightcrawler, lorded over by a local baron, sounds like pre-war.resembles part of prewar Europe. Pre-[[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]], that is.
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** Lampshaded repeatedly in the four-part Justice League/Avengers intercompany crossover. The JLA members in particular are very nonplussed about the absence of many of their universe's Ruritanias and fictional cities.

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** Lampshaded A MythologyGag brought up repeatedly in the four-part Justice League/Avengers intercompany crossover. The JLA members in particular are very nonplussed about the absence of many of their universe's Ruritanias and fictional cities.



* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' - Ruritanias were very common in both UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks and UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, ranging from simple backdrops for foreign royals to stand in's for Hitler's Germany. 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.
* ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' feature Syldavia, a kind of Balkan Belgium menaced by Borduria, its warlike neighbour. Borduria stands for Nazism in ''Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre'' and for Stalinesque Communism in later stories. Syldavia is an atypically detailed version of {{Ruritania}} with its own flag, royal dynasty, historical events and even a language created by Hergé. The made-up language, despite being written in Cyrillic script, was remarkably not Slavic but a dialect of Flemish/Dutch with some curious phonetics. In ''Recap/TintinDestinationMoon'', it becomes the setting for a fictionalized space program.In ''Recap/TintinTheCalculusAffair'', both Syldavia and Borduria are struggling in a secret war for [[AppliedPhlebotinum Calculus' device]].\\

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* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' - Ruritanias were very common in both UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks and UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, ranging from simple backdrops for foreign royals to stand in's for Hitler's Germany.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.
* ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' feature Syldavia, a kind of Balkan Belgium menaced by Borduria, its warlike neighbour. neighbor Borduria. Borduria stands in for Nazism in ''Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre'' and for Stalinesque Communism in later stories. Syldavia is an atypically detailed version of {{Ruritania}} with its own flag, royal dynasty, historical events and even a language created by Hergé. The made-up language, despite being written in Cyrillic script, was remarkably was, remarkably, not Slavic but a dialect of Flemish/Dutch with some curious phonetics. In ''Recap/TintinDestinationMoon'', it becomes the setting for a fictionalized fictional space program.In ''Recap/TintinTheCalculusAffair'', both Syldavia and Borduria are struggling in a secret war for [[AppliedPhlebotinum Calculus' device]].\\



* ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'' is set in the fictional Central European country of Zubrowka, the seat of an empire before a conflict (described by director Wes Anderson as a re-imagined amalgamation of WWI and WWII) with its "neighbor to the north" breaks out in late 1932. The Empire of Zubrowka quickly falls due to government and military incompetence, endures a short-lived but "imperious" occupation, becomes the Republic of Zubrowka, and is overtaken by a Communist regime in the 1940's. By the modern day, "the former Republic of Zubrowka" is a quiet Alpine backwater. Zubrowka itself was designed as a representation of Austria, with Lutz, its capital city, intended to be Vienna, Prague, and Budapest "all rolled into one".

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* ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'' is set in the fictional Central European country of Zubrowka, the seat of an empire before a conflict (described by director Wes Anderson WesAnderson as a re-imagined amalgamation of WWI and WWII) with its "neighbor to the north" breaks out in late 1932. The Empire of Zubrowka quickly falls due to government and military incompetence, endures a short-lived but "imperious" imperious occupation, becomes the Republic of Zubrowka, and is overtaken by a Communist regime in the 1940's. By the modern day, "the the former Republic of Zubrowka" Zubrowka is a quiet Alpine backwater. Zubrowka itself was designed as a representation of Austria, with Lutz, its capital city, intended to be Vienna, Prague, and Budapest "all rolled into one".



* 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 [[MacGuffin trisilicate]].



* ''Series/PerfectStrangers'', of course, has the Mediterranean island nation of Mypos, a takeoff on Greece/Cyprus with elements of Turkey, Armenia and Lebanon as seen by a tourist. Certain aspects of Mypos culture seem to be borrowed from George Papashvily's famous book ''Anything Can Happen'', about his early days in the U.S. as a Georgian immigrant. In fact, one episode was a retelling of Papashvily's epic tale of how he attempted to go into business with some friends, making and selling ''khinkali'' dumplings to restaurants.
* Often invoked during the Improbable Mission segments of Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway. Colin and Ryan inevitably end up doing a task for the president or prime minster of a country with a name like Allupania or Garfunkistan.

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* ''Series/PerfectStrangers'', of course, has the Mediterranean island nation of Mypos, a takeoff on Greece/Cyprus Greece and/or Cyprus with elements of a tourist's eye view of Turkey, Armenia and Lebanon as seen by a tourist. Certain aspects Lebanon. Aspects of Mypos culture seem to be borrowed from George Papashvily's famous book ''Anything Can Happen'', about his early days in the U.S. as a Georgian immigrant. In fact, one episode was a retelling of Papashvily's epic tale of how he attempted to go into business with some friends, making friends and selling made and sold ''khinkali'' dumplings to restaurants.
* Often invoked during the Improbable Mission "Improbable Mission" segments of Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway. Colin and Ryan inevitably end up doing a task for the president or prime minster of a country with a name like Allupania or Garfunkistan.



** There were some hints at the Ruritania being located in Eastern Europe, and one episode (relating to a St. Grotus day) also strongly implies that said country was actually Croatia (as it took place at a Croatian community center, had a Croatian flag, and it even had poster of Zagreb Cathedral).
*** Of course, nothing they say or do has any resemblance to the actual country: history, customs or language.
* ''Series/GetSmart'' had several episodes featuring the Balkan nation of Coronia, which was so much a Ruritania that the episodes it appeared in were a retelling of ThePrisonerOfZenda.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has a country called Belgravia. (See the comics section for derivation.) In one episode the team has to protect the daughter of the Belgravian ambassador.

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** There were some hints at the Ruritania this country being located in Eastern Europe, and one episode (relating to a St. Grotus day) also strongly implies that said country was actually Croatia (as it took place at a Croatian community center, had a Croatian flag, and it even had poster of Zagreb Cathedral).
*** Of course, nothing they say or do has any resemblance to the actual country: history, customs or language.
* Several episodes of ''Series/GetSmart'' had several episodes featuring featured the Balkan nation of Coronia, which was so much a Ruritania that the episodes it appeared in were a retelling of ThePrisonerOfZenda.
''ThePrisonerOfZenda''.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has a country called Belgravia. (See the comics section for derivation.its origin.) In one episode the team has to protect the daughter of the Belgravian ambassador.
29th Feb '16 1:41:30 PM Menshevik
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** To some extent, the portrayal of real Central and Eastern European countries in Marvel comics can verge on this -- it is a small step from e. g. {{Oktoberfest}} to Ruritania. Germany, apart from Berlin, for instance is generally portrayed as a mostly rural place rife with superstitious villagers and sinister looming medieval castles. ''Giant-Size X-Men'' #1 for instance opens in the village of Winzeldorf that "has hardly changed over the centuries", apparently to such an extent that they haven't even installed street lighting, and the society of the place in which Mystique gave birth to Nightcrawler, lorded over by a local baron, sounds like pre-war. Pre-[[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]], that is.

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** To some extent, the portrayal of real Central and Eastern European countries in Marvel comics can verge on this -- it is can be only a small step from e. g. {{Oktoberfest}} to Ruritania. Germany, apart from Berlin, for instance is generally portrayed as a mostly rural place rife with superstitious villagers and sinister looming medieval castles. ''Giant-Size X-Men'' #1 for instance opens in the village of Winzeldorf that "has hardly changed over the centuries", apparently to such an extent that they haven't even installed street lighting, and the society of the place in which Mystique gave birth to Nightcrawler, lorded over by a local baron, sounds like pre-war. Pre-[[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]], that is.


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** Of course one may say this is so from a perspective that tends to overlook the mixture of ethnic groups, religions and language families at home because they are familiar. For instance, the United Kingdom (from which the Republic of Ireland separated since Hope invented Ruritania) contains at least four ethnic groups (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish) and at least six indigenous languages from two families (Germanic and Celtic) without counting the immigrant communities (often from former British colonies).
29th Feb '16 1:28:01 PM Menshevik
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** To some extent, the portrayal of real Central and Eastern European countries in Marvel comics can verge on this -- it is a small step from e. g. {{Oktoberfest}} to Ruritania. Germany, apart from Berlin, for instance is generally portrayed as a mostly rural place rife with superstitious villagers. ''Giant-Size X-Men'' #1 for instance opens in the village of Winzeldorf that "has hardly changed over the centuries", apparently to such an extent that they haven't even installed street lighting, and the society of the place in which Mystique gave birth to Nightcrawler, lorded over by a local baron, sounds like pre-war. Pre-[[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]], that is.

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** To some extent, the portrayal of real Central and Eastern European countries in Marvel comics can verge on this -- it is a small step from e. g. {{Oktoberfest}} to Ruritania. Germany, apart from Berlin, for instance is generally portrayed as a mostly rural place rife with superstitious villagers.villagers and sinister looming medieval castles. ''Giant-Size X-Men'' #1 for instance opens in the village of Winzeldorf that "has hardly changed over the centuries", apparently to such an extent that they haven't even installed street lighting, and the society of the place in which Mystique gave birth to Nightcrawler, lorded over by a local baron, sounds like pre-war. Pre-[[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]], that is.



* Creator/SheriSTepper created the Ruritania of Alphenlicht ("elf light"?) for her Marianne trilogy (''Marianne, the Magus and the Manticore'', ''Marianne, the Madame and the Momentary Gods'' and ''Marianne, the Matchbox and the Malachite Mouse''). Alphenlicht is a micronation tucked away somewhere where Iran, Turkey, and the Soviet Union get their borders muddled up in the mountains. It is ruled by a hereditary theocracy of Magi (Zoroastrian priests and the original magicians), and has the neighboring micronation of Lubovosk as its dire enemy. Lubovosk used to be part of Alphenlicht but was seized by the USSR and made into a puppet state. It, too, is headed by a Magocracy, an evil branch of the same family.
29th Feb '16 1:22:02 PM Menshevik
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Compare BananaRepublic, {{Qurac}}, SimSimSalabim and {{Bulungi}}.



** To some extent, the portrayal of real Central and Eastern European countries in Marvel comics can verge on this -- it is a small step from e. g. {{Oktoberfest}} to Ruritania. Germany, apart from Berlin, for instance is generally portrayed as a mostly rural place rife with superstitious villagers. ''Giant-Size X-Men'' #1 for instance opens in the village of Winzeldorf that "has hardly changed over the centuries", apparently to such an extent that they haven't even installed street lighting, and the society of the place in which Mystique gave birth to Nightcrawler, lorded over by a local baron, sounds like pre-war. Pre-[[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]], that is.



* The TropeNamer is the fictional country from Anthony Hope's novel ''ThePrisonerOfZenda'', which was [[OlderThanTelevision published in 1894]] and inspired a whole genre of "Ruritanian Romances." Ironically, there's some evidence that Hope intended Ruritania to be a NoCommunitiesWereHarmed version of {{UsefulNotes/Romania}} rather than a generic East European country, having done [[ShownTheirWork rather a lot of research]], but it was hard to tell [[GeniusBonus unless one happened to have done as much research as he did.]]

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* The TropeNamer is the fictional country from Anthony Hope's novel ''ThePrisonerOfZenda'', which was [[OlderThanTelevision published in 1894]] and inspired a whole genre of "Ruritanian Romances." Ironically, there's There's some evidence that Hope intended Ruritania to be a NoCommunitiesWereHarmed version of {{UsefulNotes/Romania}} rather than a generic East European country, having done [[ShownTheirWork rather a lot of research]], but it was hard to tell [[GeniusBonus unless one happened to have done as much research as he did.]]did]] and overlooks that he placed Ruritania not in Eastern Europe, but smack in between Saxony and Bohemia, two of what then were some of the most advanced industrial regions in Central Europe[[note]] The capital of Ruritania seems to be roughly where Prague is in the real world, and Prague is further west than Vienna[[/note]].



* Creator/SheriSTepper created the Ruritania of Alphenlicht ("elf light"?) for her Marianne trilogy (''Marianne, the Magus and the Manticore'', ''Marianne, the Madame and the Momentary Gods'' and ''Marianne, the Matchbox and the Malachite Mouse''). Alphenlicht is a micronation tucked away somewhere where Iran, Turkey, and the Soviet Union get their borders muddled up in the mountains. It is ruled by a hereditary theocracy of Magi (Zoroastrian priests and the original magicians), and hasthe neighboring micronation of Lubovosk as its dire enemy. Lubovosk used to be part of Alphenlicht but was seized by the USSR and made into a puppet state. It, too, is headed by a Magocracy, an evil branch of the same family.

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* Creator/SheriSTepper created the Ruritania of Alphenlicht ("elf light"?) for her Marianne trilogy (''Marianne, the Magus and the Manticore'', ''Marianne, the Madame and the Momentary Gods'' and ''Marianne, the Matchbox and the Malachite Mouse''). Alphenlicht is a micronation tucked away somewhere where Iran, Turkey, and the Soviet Union get their borders muddled up in the mountains. It is ruled by a hereditary theocracy of Magi (Zoroastrian priests and the original magicians), and hasthe has the neighboring micronation of Lubovosk as its dire enemy. Lubovosk used to be part of Alphenlicht but was seized by the USSR and made into a puppet state. It, too, is headed by a Magocracy, an evil branch of the same family.
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