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24th Jul '16 2:38:12 PM nombretomado
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23rd Jul '16 4:38:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' visit the country of Bretzelburg, a [[{{Kaiserreich}} faux-Austrian military dictatorship]] which borders another imaginary country of faux-Italian flavor, Maquebasta. It is probably a faux-Liechtenstein, a very tiny monarchy located betwen Austria and Switzerland.
* CarlBarks's and Creator/DonRosa's ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse have Brutopia, an obvious name-changed version of the USSR.

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* ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' visit the country of Bretzelburg, a [[{{Kaiserreich}} faux-Austrian military dictatorship]] which borders another imaginary country of faux-Italian flavor, Maquebasta. It is probably a faux-Liechtenstein, a very tiny monarchy located betwen between Austria and Switzerland.
* CarlBarks's Creator/CarlBarks' and Creator/DonRosa's ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse have Brutopia, an obvious name-changed version of the USSR.
20th Jul '16 7:50:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* However, the literary UrExample is found in RobertLouisStevenson 1885 novel ''Prince Otto'', featuring the alpine country of Grunewald.

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* However, the literary UrExample is found in RobertLouisStevenson Creator/RobertLouisStevenson 1885 novel ''Prince Otto'', featuring the alpine country of Grunewald.
1st Jul '16 7:51:01 PM nombretomado
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* AndreNorton's first novel, ''The Prince Commands'', took place in "Morvania" in the early 1930s. The Air Force consisted of one [[AllegedCar barely-flyable plane]], and horse cavalry was still a viable force because machine guns were rare and armored cars or tanks not available. The conspirators against the throne included a Communist agitator; the old king had been a brutal tyrant; and the rightful new king, [[spoiler:after dodging an assassination attempt, was FakingTheDead '''and''' pretending to be]] a bandit chieftain, rebel, and werewolf. Despite its small size, the place was apparently strategic enough that the main character, [[SpareToTheThrone newly designated as Crown Prince]], had to make state appearances in Paris, London, and Berlin on his way to Morvania (he'd grown up in the U.S., and ignorant of his heritage, too).

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* AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's first novel, ''The Prince Commands'', took place in "Morvania" in the early 1930s. The Air Force consisted of one [[AllegedCar barely-flyable plane]], and horse cavalry was still a viable force because machine guns were rare and armored cars or tanks not available. The conspirators against the throne included a Communist agitator; the old king had been a brutal tyrant; and the rightful new king, [[spoiler:after dodging an assassination attempt, was FakingTheDead '''and''' pretending to be]] a bandit chieftain, rebel, and werewolf. Despite its small size, the place was apparently strategic enough that the main character, [[SpareToTheThrone newly designated as Crown Prince]], had to make state appearances in Paris, London, and Berlin on his way to Morvania (he'd grown up in the U.S., and ignorant of his heritage, too).
28th Jun '16 9:31:24 PM ObssesedNuker
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Between the wars, the typical Ruritania became slightly less primitive. Wolves, bears, and superstitious peasants still abounded, but automobiles had been introduced and the army now had tanks and planes, with which it prepared bloody revenge on its neighbours. The royals were still around, now being schemed against by even more dastardly [[ThoseWackyNazis fascists]] and [[DirtyCommies communists]]. When WW2 rolled around, Ruritania was likely occupied by the Germans, or was possibly itself an Axis power. In either case, brave partisans equipped with [[BadassBeard formidable beards]] kept up a heroic struggle against tyranny without forgetting their true enemy - the village on the other side of the valley. After the war, many Ruritanias became CommieLand and continued to be a lurking place for DirtyCommunists, either Soviet-backed or home-grown.

With the coming of HoleInFlag revolutions, Ruritania has pretty much reverted to what it started with: ludicrous hair, ethnic strife, poverty, and backwardness. The monarchy is (usually) gone, replaced by a [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny mock democracy]] run by some [[TheGeneralissimo unsavoury generals]]; the Great Powers are now acting through NATO or the UN. Everyone still seems to hate his neighbours, the anarchists may still be around, or they may have mutated into [[TerroristsWithoutACause terrorists]] or plain old gangsters. With any luck, contemporary Ruritania might be a part of the EU, causing more trouble for its finances than Greece, Spain and Ireland taken together.

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Between the wars, the typical Ruritania became slightly less primitive. Wolves, bears, and superstitious peasants still abounded, but automobiles had been introduced and the army now had tanks and planes, with which it prepared bloody revenge on its neighbours. The royals were still around, if a bit less powerful then before, but are now being schemed against by even more dastardly [[ThoseWackyNazis fascists]] and [[DirtyCommies communists]]. When WW2 rolled around, Ruritania was likely occupied by the Germans, or was possibly itself an Axis power. In either case, brave partisans equipped with [[BadassBeard formidable beards]] kept up a heroic struggle against tyranny without forgetting their true enemy - the village on the other side of the valley. After the war, many Ruritanias became CommieLand and continued to be a lurking place for DirtyCommunists, either Soviet-backed or home-grown.

With the coming of HoleInFlag revolutions, Ruritania has pretty much reverted to what it started with: ludicrous hair, ethnic strife, poverty, and backwardness. The most noticeable changes are that the monarchy is (usually) gone, replaced by a [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny mock democracy]] run by some [[TheGeneralissimo unsavoury generals]]; the Great Powers are now acting through NATO or the UN. Everyone still seems to hate his neighbours, the anarchists may still be around, or they may have mutated into [[TerroristsWithoutACause terrorists]] or plain old gangsters. With any luck, contemporary Ruritania might be a part of the EU, causing more trouble for its finances than Greece, Spain and Ireland taken together.
23rd Jun '16 7:59:18 PM nombretomado
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* Sercia (presumably a pun on Serbia) in ''TimeCrisis''.

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* Sercia (presumably a pun on Serbia) in ''TimeCrisis''.''VideoGame/TimeCrisis''.
20th Jun '16 12:04:18 AM gewunomox
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If the place shows some of the characteristics of Ruritania, but is also full of [[{{Dracula}} vampires]], {{werewolves}}, {{Mad Scientist}}s, and [[Film/HammerHorror other]] {{Fantasy}} or {{Horror}} genre tropes, you've strayed over the border into [[{{Uberwald}} Überwald]]. We hope you brought some garlic and don't leave the hotel room at night.

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If the place shows some of the characteristics of Ruritania, but is also full of [[{{Dracula}} vampires]], {{werewolves}}, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], {{Mad Scientist}}s, and [[Film/HammerHorror other]] {{Fantasy}} or {{Horror}} genre tropes, you've strayed over the border into [[{{Uberwald}} Überwald]]. We hope you brought some garlic and don't leave the hotel room at night.
30th May '16 5:58:09 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Brungaria in some of the TomSwift books (e.g. ''Tom Swift and the Galaxy Ghosts'').

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* Brungaria in some of the TomSwift Literature/TomSwift books (e.g. ''Tom Swift and the Galaxy Ghosts'').
10th May '16 2:55:50 PM Kooshmeister
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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 [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinousOktoberfest]] [[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 [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinousOktoberfest]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous Oktoberfest]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking all year long]].
10th May '16 2:55:13 PM Kooshmeister
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** Baron von Rottweiler's castle appears to be located in such a place the few times it's seen.
** The actual Transylvania, complete with Castle Frankenfido, appears in another episode. Everyone has a vaguely German accent and there are mobs of villagers in Victorian garb carrying torches and pitchforks.
** 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 [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinousOktoberfest]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking all year long]].
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