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24th Sep '16 4:04:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' has [[MeaningfulName Vulgaria]]. It is as much [[{{Prussia}} Prussian]] as [[{{Ruritania}} Ruritanian]].

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* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' has [[MeaningfulName Vulgaria]]. It is as much [[{{Prussia}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Prussian]] as [[{{Ruritania}} Ruritanian]].
15th Sep '16 11:08:15 PM DEGLIS
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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 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.

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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 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.
6th Sep '16 9:28:49 PM PaulA
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* Lutha in ''The Mad King'' by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs.

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* Lutha in ''The Mad King'' ''Literature/TheMadKing'' by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs.Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs is a small kingdom tucked in between Serbia and Austria-Hungary.
1st Sep '16 11:04:04 PM MarissaSkud
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* ''Literature/TheTinPrincess'' by Creator/PhilipPullman is a Ruritanian romance that takes place in the fictitious little kingdom of Razkavia (near Germany).

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* ''Literature/TheTinPrincess'' ''[[Literature/SallyLockhart The Tin Princess]]'' by Creator/PhilipPullman is a Ruritanian romance that takes place in the fictitious little kingdom of Razkavia (near Germany).
1st Sep '16 10:56:31 PM MarissaSkud
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* ''Literature/TheTinPrincess'' by Creator/PhilipPullman is a Ruritanian romance that takes place in the fictitious little kingdom of Razkavia (near Germany).
30th Aug '16 2:56:16 PM LondonKdS
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* Many Creator/MichaelMoorcock works feature the fictional Central European state of Waldenstein and its captial Mirenberg to a greater or lesser extent, although it's quite a lot more culturally and artistically sophisticated than the usual Ruritania.

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* Many Creator/MichaelMoorcock works feature the fictional Central European state of Waldenstein and its captial capital Mirenberg to a greater or lesser extent, although it's quite a lot more culturally and artistically sophisticated than the usual Ruritania.
30th Aug '16 9:38:50 AM LondonKdS
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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 WesAnderson as a 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, Zubrowka (named after a well-known brand of Polish flavoured vodka), the seat of an empire before a conflict (described by director WesAnderson as a 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, pre-WWI Austro-Hungary, with Lutz, its capital city, intended to be Vienna, Prague, and Budapest "all rolled into one".
30th Aug '16 9:34:57 AM LondonKdS
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* Many Creator/MichaelMoorcock works feature the fictional Central European city-state of Mirenberg to a greater or lesser extent, although it's quite a lot more culturally and artistically sophisticated than the usual Ruritania.

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* Many Creator/MichaelMoorcock works feature the fictional Central European city-state state of Waldenstein and its captial Mirenberg to a greater or lesser extent, although it's quite a lot more culturally and artistically sophisticated than the usual Ruritania.
17th Aug '16 7:15:41 PM general_tiu
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* It might be well to note some people do take offense. ''Inventing Ruritania: The Imperialism of the Imagination'', by author Vesna Goldsworthy, is one attempt to prove how the perceived Ruritania is essentially an offensive "Balkan-sploitation": the various Central and Eastern European peoples are turned into a silly {{Flanderization}}, an exotic setting full of funny and silly ethnic stereotypes, where all the many problems are exclusively their own fault, and which contrasts with self-perceived "civilization" and "high culture" of the Western audience.

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* It might be well to note some people do take offense. ''Inventing Ruritania: The Imperialism of the Imagination'', by author Vesna Goldsworthy, Goldsworthy (from Serbia, an Eastern European country frequently stereotyped as a Ruritania), is one attempt to prove how the perceived Ruritania is essentially an offensive "Balkan-sploitation": the various Central and Eastern European peoples are turned into a silly {{Flanderization}}, an exotic setting full of funny and silly ethnic stereotypes, where all the many problems are exclusively their own fault, and which contrasts with self-perceived "civilization" and "high culture" of the Western audience.
12th Aug '16 1:36:20 AM PaulA
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* Barrayar in LoisMcMasterBujold's [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga book series]] is basically a [[PlanetOfHats planet-wide]] {{Ruritania}}. The planet was settled by Russians, Greeks, French, and English, with Russian culture dominating. Take a multi-cultural interstellar colony, add [[LostColony several centuries of dark ages]], and shake.

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* Barrayar in LoisMcMasterBujold's [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga book series]] series is basically a [[PlanetOfHats planet-wide]] {{Ruritania}}. The planet was settled by Russians, Greeks, French, and English, with Russian culture dominating. Take a multi-cultural interstellar colony, add [[LostColony several centuries of dark ages]], and shake.
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