History Main / Ruritania

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]]!"
17th Jan '17 7:08:53 AM rafi
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* The Republic of Militaria in 'Manga/Eyeshield21'' (introduced for the World Cup arc) seems to be like this, except, naturally, with a strong focus on its military.

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* The Republic of Militaria in 'Manga/Eyeshield21'' ''Manga/Eyeshield21'' (introduced for the World Cup arc) seems to be like this, except, naturally, with a strong focus on its military.
17th Jan '17 7:08:38 AM rafi
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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' actually named its fake countries D Country, with its NerdGlasses-wearing princess simply named Princess D, and U Country, with its... vampire ambassador. No doubt D Country is the original home of [[VideoGame/BionicCommando Master-D.]] In the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], there's also the Amethyst Kingdom, where apparently, the concept of money doesn't exist. FridgeLogic much?

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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' actually named its fake countries D Country, The Republic of Militaria in 'Manga/Eyeshield21'' (introduced for the World Cup arc) seems to be like this, except, naturally, with a strong focus on its NerdGlasses-wearing princess simply named Princess D, military.
* ''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 U Country, obscure European nation. In fact, it's implied at several points that the queen's obsession with its... vampire ambassador. No doubt D Country having a massive (several ''thousand'' strong) harem of women is partially responsible for the original home of [[VideoGame/BionicCommando Master-D.]] In traditional poverty associated with Ruritania -- one part the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], there's also 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 Amethyst Kingdom, where apparently, implcation she's already taken most, if not all, of the concept of money doesn't exist. FridgeLogic much?women in the country as her courtesans.



* ''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.

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* ''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 ''Manga/SailorMoon'' actually named its fake countries D Country, with having a massive (several ''thousand'' strong) harem of women is partially responsible for the traditional poverty associated its NerdGlasses-wearing princess simply named Princess D, and U Country, with Ruritania -- one part its... vampire ambassador. No doubt D Country is the economic drain original home 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 [[VideoGame/BionicCommando Master-D.]] In the implcation she's already taken most, if not all, of [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], there's also the women in Amethyst Kingdom, where apparently, the country as her courtesans.concept of money doesn't exist. FridgeLogic much?
14th Jan '17 2:28:43 PM Xtifr
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'''Ruritania''' is a generic name for any archetypal fictional country located in Central Europe or the 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.

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'''Ruritania''' Ruritania is a generic name for any archetypal fictional country located in Central Europe or the 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.



** In FloydGottfredson's classic "The War Orphans" (1944), Mickey helps two kids from a Ruritanian country threatened by the Nazis.

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** In FloydGottfredson's Creator/FloydGottfredson's classic "The War Orphans" (1944), Mickey helps two kids from a Ruritanian country threatened by the Nazis.
31st Dec '16 7:15:02 PM nombretomado
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* The aforementioned Zladko "Zlad!" Vladcik, who claims to hail from Molvanîa. His songs "Elektronik Supersonik" and "I Am the Anti-Pope" were, InUniverse, Molvanîa's submissions to the EurovisionSongContest in 2004 and 2005, respectively.

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* The aforementioned Zladko "Zlad!" Vladcik, who claims to hail from Molvanîa. His songs "Elektronik Supersonik" and "I Am the Anti-Pope" were, InUniverse, Molvanîa's submissions to the EurovisionSongContest Series/EurovisionSongContest in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
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