History Main / Ruritania

5th Oct '17 3:12:09 PM DaibhidC
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** As a ShoutOut, Ruritania is mentioned by name by both Creator/EvelynWaugh (in ''Vile Bodies'') and Creator/PGWodehouse (in several works) ''Literature/{{Jeeves}}'' stories, which both feature the "ex-King of Ruritania" living in reduced circumstances in London. One Wodehouse story mentions the ex-king as visiting Nice with the Prince and Princess of Graustark (below).

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** As a ShoutOut, Ruritania is mentioned by name by both Creator/EvelynWaugh (in ''Vile Bodies'') and Creator/PGWodehouse (in several works) ''Literature/{{Jeeves}}'' stories, which works), both feature portraying the "ex-King of Ruritania" living in reduced circumstances in London. One Wodehouse story mentions the ex-king as visiting Nice with the Prince and Princess of Graustark (below).
5th Oct '17 3:11:24 PM DaibhidC
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** As a ShoutOut, Ruritania is mentioned by name by both Creator/EvelynWaugh (in ''Vile Bodies'') and Creator/PGWodehouse (in several works) ''Literature/{{Jeeves}}'' stories, which both feature the "ex-King of Ruritania" living in reduced circumstances in London. One Wodehouse story mentions the ex-king as visiting Nice with the Prince and Princess of Graustark (below).
26th Sep '17 10:18:48 AM Divra
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* Arulco in ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2''. Possibly. Arulco seems to have some difficulty in deciding whether it wants to be a Ruritania or a BananaRepublic. Parts of the country are pine forests and log houses, others are deserts and jungles. The BigBad is explicitly Romanian, but married the former king, with the very Spanish-sounding name Enrico Chivaldori. The inhabitants all speak English, but their names accents vary between American, Spanish, German and vaguely East European with no rhyme or reason whatsoever.

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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] "secret recipes", Strong Bad claims his family is from "Bumdumbourge". "It's near, uh, Totalslava."

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* Arulco in ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2''. Possibly. Arulco seems to have some difficulty in deciding whether it wants to be a Ruritania or a BananaRepublic. Parts of the country are filled with pine forests and log houses, others are deserts and jungles. The BigBad is explicitly Romanian, but married the former king, with who has the very Spanish-sounding name Enrico Chivaldori. The inhabitants all speak English, but their names accents vary between American, Spanish, German and vaguely East European with no rhyme or reason whatsoever.

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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] "secret recipes", Strong Bad claims his family is from "Bumdumbourge". "It's near, uh, Totalslava."
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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] "secret recipes", Strong Bad claims his family is from "Bumdumbourge". "It's near, uh, Totalslava."
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26th Sep '17 10:15:31 AM Divra
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* Arulco in ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2''. Possibly. Arulco seems to have some difficulty in deciding whether it wants to be a Ruritania or a BananaRepublic. Parts of the country are pine forests and log houses, others are deserts and jungles. The BigBad is explicitly Romanian, but married the former king, with the very Spanish-sounding name Enrico Chivaldori. The inhabitants all speak English, but their names accents vary between American, Spanish, German and vaguely East European with no rhyme or reason whatsoever.

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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] "secret recipes", Strong Bad claims his family is from "Bumdumbourge". "It's near, uh, Totalslava."



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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] "secret recipes", Strong Bad claims his family is from "Bumdumbourge". "It's near, uh, Totalslava."
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** Wallachia is a real place, nowadays a geographic region of Romania. It was formed as a principality in the 14th century, an independent nation ruled by a price.

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** Wallachia is a real place, nowadays a geographic region of Romania. It was formed as a principality in the 14th century, an independent nation ruled by a price.prince.
17th Sep '17 2:06:39 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''OperationFlashpoint'''s {{Spiritual Successor}}s, ''{{ARMA}}: Armed Assault'', is [full of those as their main settings. Mostly to prevent controversies but still provide an accurate foregin conflict zone.
** ''{{ARMA}}: Armed Assault'' has The Kingdom of Sahrani Island played this trope fairly straight, being a stereotypical [[OliveGarden Mediterranean]]-[[TorosYFlamenco esque]] 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. There's even a city, called ''Corazól'' located in the border between the North and South where there's a walled demilitarized zone diving the city in two, filled with ruined buildings. [[spoiler:If you succeed in beating the main campaign, you can defeat the Democratic Republic of Sahrani and help restore the original united kingdom.]]
** In ''{{ARMA}} II'', you get the Republic of Chernarus, a Czech-speaking country bordering on Russia that gets entangled in bloody civil war with Russophone Communist extremists (and later with Nationalist militias), sparking first a NATO, then a Russian intervention. It takes its name from Belarus, its geography from the Czech Republic, the conflict from the UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars, and its general aesthetics from Ukraine. Incidentally, since the outbreak of the Ukrainian Civil War in 2014, it has become [[LifeImitatesArt surprisingly prophetic]] [[FunnyAneurysmMoment in its subject matter]].

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* ''OperationFlashpoint'''s {{Spiritual Successor}}s, ''{{ARMA}}: ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}}: Armed Assault'', is [full of those as their main settings. Mostly to prevent controversies but still provide an accurate foregin conflict zone.
** ''{{ARMA}}: ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}}: Armed Assault'' has The Kingdom of Sahrani Island played this trope fairly straight, being a stereotypical [[OliveGarden Mediterranean]]-[[TorosYFlamenco esque]] 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. There's even a city, called ''Corazól'' located in the border between the North and South where there's a walled demilitarized zone diving the city in two, filled with ruined buildings. [[spoiler:If you succeed in beating the main campaign, you can defeat the Democratic Republic of Sahrani and help restore the original united kingdom.]]
** In ''{{ARMA}} ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}} II'', you get the Republic of Chernarus, a Czech-speaking country bordering on Russia that gets entangled in bloody civil war with Russophone Communist extremists (and later with Nationalist militias), sparking first a NATO, then a Russian intervention. It takes its name from Belarus, its geography from the Czech Republic, the conflict from the UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars, and its general aesthetics from Ukraine. Incidentally, since the outbreak of the Ukrainian Civil War in 2014, it has become [[LifeImitatesArt surprisingly prophetic]] [[FunnyAneurysmMoment in its subject matter]].
4th Sep '17 11:14:04 AM FF32
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* It's not set there, but ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' brings us Niko Bellic, who comes from a generic Eastern European country. They do drop hints as to which one it is, but all the hints contradict each other.
4th Sep '17 9:15:52 AM MadAnthony94
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** According to the [[AllInTheManual Manual]], JRK "thinks" (but isn't certain; the location is very secretive, you know) Durmstrang is actually in Norway or Sweden.
31st Aug '17 6:29:05 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* Surprisingly, the Habsburg/Austro-Hungarian Empire in real life was a subversion of this trope, partly because many Europeans didn't bother looking into the state that much. Among other things, it was also home to the second oldest subway on the Continent (in Budapest) and one of the most comprehensive education systems there as well.

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* Surprisingly, the Habsburg/Austro-Hungarian Empire in real life was a subversion ''subversion'' of this trope, partly because many Europeans didn't bother looking into the state that much. Among other things, it was also home to the second oldest subway on the Continent (in Budapest) and one of the most comprehensive education systems there as well.


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* In another technological subversion, the Kingdom of Hungary in the second half of the 15th century was one of the first European countries to outfit large parts of the infantrymen in its royal army with matchlock handgonnes and early arquebuses. As standard issue, for specifically trained gunners, which wasn't really common yet in Europe, even with handheld firearm usage on 15th century battlefields. Matthias I. Corvinus learnt from the proliferation of firearms during the Hussite Wars and in their aftermath (he fought in the latter with his relatives as a young man), and wanted to make sure Hungary would get its hands on the latest toys and field them in intimidating numbers. Every ''fourth'' soldier in the Black Army had an arquebus in the infantry, an unusual ratio by the standards of the time. Hungary's late 15th century [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Army_of_Hungary Black Army]] was also one of the first examples of a traditional European royal army adopting traits of the standing army model that would come to dominate in the early modern era.
28th Aug '17 8:37:15 PM PaulA
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* UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Orsinian Tales'' - The fictional Central European nation Orsinia fits this trope perfectly, covering several centuries of imagined history.

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* UrsulaKLeGuin's Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Orsinian Tales'' - The fictional Central European nation Orsinia fits this trope perfectly, covering several centuries of imagined history.
24th Aug '17 7:12:54 PM angie710
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* Discover's advertising includes a bearded Ruritanian man calling himself "Peggy," who acts to mock their competitors' overseas call centres.

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* Discover's advertising includes a bearded Ruritanian man calling himself "Peggy," "Advertising/{{Peggy}}," who acts to mock their competitors' overseas call centres.
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