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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.
20th Dec '16 12:22:42 AM Nicoaln
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* ''VideoGame/NancyDrew The White Wolf of Icicle Creek'' features a character named Yanni who is a skiier from a country called "Fredonia". Not much is learned of Fredonia, but one can guess that it is an Eastern Europe or possibly former Soviet-union state from his accent. For a series that usually tires to set itself within the real world, it really stands out to see an entirely fictional country implied to exist. This was likely justified in that [[spoiler: Yanni is the game's culprit, who was bombing to attempt to mine for Uranium on orders of his government. Given the political motivations for his actions, Her Interactive probably did not want to point fingers at any particular real-world government nor did they want to make it an even more dated game by setting it pre 1990s and have him be a soviet spy.]]
5th Dec '16 5:51:09 PM LadyJafaria
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The name comes from Anthony Hope's 1894 novel ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda''. The concept 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 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 [[BombThrowingAnarchists 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.
1st Dec '16 6:06:30 PM MonsieurThenardier
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* ''OperationFlashpoint'''s {{Spiritual Successor}}s, ''{{ARMA}}: Armed Assault''. TheKingdom of Sahrani Island from the first ''ARMA'' game played this trope fairly straight, being a stereotypical [[OliveGarden Mediterranean]]-[[TorosYFlamenco esque]] monarchy. It's adversary is the aforementioned PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny in the northern half of the island, which broke away from the kingdom a few years ago. [[spoiler:If you succeed in beating the main campaign, you can defeat the Democratic Republic of Sahrani and help restore the original united kingdom.]]

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* ''OperationFlashpoint'''s {{Spiritual Successor}}s, ''{{ARMA}}: Armed Assault''. TheKingdom of Sahrani Island from the first ''ARMA'' game played this trope fairly straight, being a stereotypical [[OliveGarden Mediterranean]]-[[TorosYFlamenco esque]] monarchy.monarchy based on Cyprus. It's adversary is the aforementioned PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny in the northern half of the island, which broke away from the kingdom a few years ago. [[spoiler:If you succeed in beating the main campaign, you can defeat the Democratic Republic of Sahrani and help restore the original united kingdom.]]
1st Dec '16 6:01:00 PM MonsieurThenardier
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** The car wrecks are distinctively eastern block, like the trabant.

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** The car wrecks are distinctively eastern block, Bloc, like the trabant.trabant.
** A background detail in Half-Life 2: Episode One practically confirms City 17 as Riga, Latvia. There is a map showing City 17 with a river called the Daugava flowing through it. This is the name of a real river that flows through... you guessed it, Riga. There are also other bits of evidence. The skyline of Riga resembles City 17's, City 17 is coastal and borders a sea (Riga is the only coastal city that the Daugava flows through), the lettering on most signs is Russian suggesting an ex-Soviet country, and there's also occasionally Swedish lettering, suggesting that City 17 is not too far away from Sweden (Latvia is a stone's throw away from Sweden, and hosts many Swedish businesses). Finally, there's numerous restaurants with signs that translate to "Café Baltic", which would match Riga's location in one of the Baltic States.
25th Nov '16 10:44:17 AM nombretomado
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* ''AustinPowers'' features a nuclear warhead being stolen from the country "Kreplachistan." Kreplach is a Yiddish word for small dumplings, possibly indicating that Kreplachistan is a disguised Israel.

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* ''AustinPowers'' ''Film/AustinPowers'' features a nuclear warhead being stolen from the country "Kreplachistan." Kreplach is a Yiddish word for small dumplings, possibly indicating that Kreplachistan is a disguised Israel.
10th Nov '16 8:22:13 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has Ustinkistan where Vlad and Gladys, Timmy's maternal grandparents, hail from.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has Ustinkistan where Vlad and Gladys, Timmy's maternal grandparents, hail from. Their economy is based around turnips and the fairy godparents who live there can only grant turnip-based wishes.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' has Bolbi Stroganovsky, the school's FunnyForeigner, who hails from "Backhairistan".
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