History UsefulNotes / Slovakia

17th Sep '17 12:56:24 AM VoiceInTheWilderness
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* BigFancyCastle: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_castles_in_Slovakia Lots]], both preserved and ruined. ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi%C5%A1_Castle Spišský hrad]]'' in particular stands out (it [[http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/282596_10151188003552705_1686148735_n.jpg wouldn't look out of place]] in an episode of ''{{Series/Game Of Thrones}}''). Even many hundreds of smaller castles, fortified manor houses and mansions strewn across the country make for much SceneryPorn.

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* BigFancyCastle: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_castles_in_Slovakia Lots]], both preserved and ruined. ''[[http://en.''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi%C5%A1_Castle Spišský hrad]]'' in particular stands out (it [[http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/282596_10151188003552705_1686148735_n.jpg wouldn't look out of place]] in an episode of ''{{Series/Game Of Thrones}}''). Even many hundreds of smaller castles, fortified manor houses and mansions strewn across the country make for much SceneryPorn.
16th Sep '17 3:56:53 PM nombretomado
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* MultinationalTeam[=/=]CultureChopSuey : Slovakia has long been one giant crossroad of various European ethnicities, cultures, languages and customs, and it shows. Also, the country itself was a part of colorful multinational empires for much of its history -- the ([[ShortRunners short-lived]]) empire of [[TheLowMiddleAges Great Moravia]], then the ([[LongRunners much longer-existing]]) [[TheHighMiddleAges Kingdom]] [[TheLateMiddleAges of]] [[TheRenaissance Hungary]], and finally the [[TheCavalierYears Habsburg]] [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Empire]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria-Hungary]]. Czechoslovakia, especially the inter-war one, was also naturally multiethnic, but not on such a grand scale.

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* MultinationalTeam[=/=]CultureChopSuey : Slovakia has long been one giant crossroad of various European ethnicities, cultures, languages and customs, and it shows. Also, the country itself was a part of colorful multinational empires for much of its history -- the ([[ShortRunners short-lived]]) empire of [[TheLowMiddleAges Great Moravia]], then the ([[LongRunners much longer-existing]]) [[TheHighMiddleAges Kingdom]] [[TheLateMiddleAges of]] [[TheRenaissance [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance Hungary]], and finally the [[TheCavalierYears Habsburg]] [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Empire]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria-Hungary]]. Czechoslovakia, especially the inter-war one, was also naturally multiethnic, but not on such a grand scale.
7th Jun '17 12:43:49 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre the Lidice massacre]], one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assasination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate (though at the horrifying cost of the aforementioned Lidice massacre). As if that wasn't badass enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.

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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre the Lidice massacre]], one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assasination]] assassination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate (though at the horrifying cost of the aforementioned Lidice massacre). As if that wasn't badass enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.
7th Jun '17 12:40:47 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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The ethnic minorities mostly correspond to the nationalities of the surrounding countries, the biggest being the 8.5% of ethnic Hungarians in the south. Considering the fact that during the glory days of Austria-Hungary, a lot of Hungarians (especially their leadership) tried their best to pretend there was no such thing as a Slovak nation (or any Slavic nation, for that matter) within their territory, a lot of Slovaks aren't thrilled about having a bunch of them still living in Slovakia. The historical bad blood between both countries that started in the 19th century has led to various culture clashes over the years, with a recent highly-publicized law about the usage of the Slovak language getting eventually skewered by the EU. Thankfully, most of the population of modern day Hungary and Slovakia ''[[AvertedTrope aren't and never were]]'' a bunch of militaristic nationalists like in former Yugoslavia.

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The ethnic minorities mostly correspond to the nationalities of the surrounding countries, the biggest being the 8.5% of ethnic Hungarians in the south. Considering the fact that during the glory days of Austria-Hungary, a lot of Hungarians (especially their leadership) tried their best to pretend there was no such thing as a Slovak nation (or any Slavic nation, for that matter) within their territory, a lot of Slovaks aren't thrilled about having a bunch of them still living in Slovakia. The historical bad blood between both countries that started in the 19th century has led to various culture clashes over the years, with a recent highly-publicized law about the usage of the Slovak language getting eventually skewered by the EU. Thankfully, most of the population of modern day modern-day Hungary and Slovakia ''[[AvertedTrope aren't and never were]]'' a bunch of militaristic nationalists like in former Yugoslavia.
8th Dec '16 7:13:06 AM Morgenthaler
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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre the Lidice massacre]], one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assasination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate (though at the horrifying cost of the aforementioned Lidice massacre). As if that wasn't {{badass}} enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.

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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre the Lidice massacre]], one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assasination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate (though at the horrifying cost of the aforementioned Lidice massacre). As if that wasn't {{badass}} badass enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.
31st Oct '16 6:41:24 AM KCN
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* ''Film/BehindEnemyLines''

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* ''Film/BehindEnemyLines''''Film/BehindEnemyLines'', where it stood in for Bosnia. The Bosnian viewers were left puzzled, how come there are gothic cathedrals in the Bosnian countryside?
3rd Sep '16 7:11:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* MultinationalTeam[=/=]CultureChopSuey : Slovakia has long been one giant crossroad of various European ethnicities, cultures, languages and customs, and it shows. Also, the country itself was a part of colorful multinational empires for much of its history -- the ([[ShortRunners short-lived]]) empire of [[TheLowMiddleAges Great Moravia]], then the ([[LongRunners much longer-existing]]) [[TheHighMiddleAges Kingdom]] [[TheLateMiddleAges of]] [[TheRenaissance Hungary]], and finally the [[TheCavalierYears Habsburg]] [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Empire]] and [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria-Hungary]]. Czechoslovakia, especially the inter-war one, was also naturally multiethnic, but not on such a grand scale.

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* MultinationalTeam[=/=]CultureChopSuey : Slovakia has long been one giant crossroad of various European ethnicities, cultures, languages and customs, and it shows. Also, the country itself was a part of colorful multinational empires for much of its history -- the ([[ShortRunners short-lived]]) empire of [[TheLowMiddleAges Great Moravia]], then the ([[LongRunners much longer-existing]]) [[TheHighMiddleAges Kingdom]] [[TheLateMiddleAges of]] [[TheRenaissance Hungary]], and finally the [[TheCavalierYears Habsburg]] [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Empire]] and [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria-Hungary]]. Czechoslovakia, especially the inter-war one, was also naturally multiethnic, but not on such a grand scale.
8th Jul '16 3:10:23 PM GlitteringFlowers
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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and the Lidice massacre, one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assasination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate. As if that wasn't {{badass}} enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.

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Prague was pretty untouched. The Czechoslovaks were not. Hundreds of thousands went to death camps and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre the Lidice massacre, massacre]], one of the most notorious war crimes of the war, took place. As Slavs, the Nazis considered the Czechs subhuman and fit only for labor. As the remaining Czech lands were made into a protectorate of the Third Reich, Slovakia itself became an independent country for the first time in history -- [[LesCollaborateurs but it was actually nothing more than a puppet state of Germany]], very similar to Vichy France. And although they often acted like a laughable example of the "FascistButInefficient" trope, [[TheQuisling local Nazi sympathizers sitting in Bratislava]] still managed to eagerly send nearly all Slovak Jews into the camps. Thankfully, the Czech and Slovak anti-Nazi LaResistance later [[MisfitMobilizationMoment got their act together]] and proved absolutely vital in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid assasination]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich Reinhard Heidrich]], head of the Czech and Moravian Protectorate.Protectorate (though at the horrifying cost of the aforementioned Lidice massacre). As if that wasn't {{badass}} enough, after much careful planning, they managed to launch one of the largest and most determined anti-Nazi uprisings of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_National_Uprising on August 29, 1944]], and though it was ultimately crushed by the Nazis, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning it certainly helped a lot in quelling their presence in central Europe, helping pave the way to an Allied victory]]. The event is known today as the Slovak National Uprising and is one of the historical national holidays, much like Remembrance Day in Britain.
8th Jul '16 3:06:13 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''AxisPowersHetalia'' has Slovakia [[NationsAsPeople himself]] as a character, along with his close friend the Czech Republic. He's depicted as a NiceGuy who is among the few who can handle [[TinyTyrannicalGirl the very cheerful but also very stubborn Czechia]] [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl flawlessly]].
21st Oct '15 12:04:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Hostel}}'' : Notable because the actual filming took place [[CaliforniaDoubling in a small Czech village]]. On the day of the premiere in Bratislava, people were streaming out of the cinemas doubled-over in laughter. No joke. Most of the things viewers can see in the movie are not true (e. g. Russian police uniforms, emphasis on communist era buildings and people speaking more in Czech or [[FakeRussian mangled Russian]] rather than actual Slovak). The Slovak movie-going audience was divided into those [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously who were offended by the movie]] and [[WhoWritesThisCrap those who laughed their asses off]].

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* ''{{Hostel}}'' ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' : Notable because the actual filming took place [[CaliforniaDoubling in a small Czech village]]. On the day of the premiere in Bratislava, people were streaming out of the cinemas doubled-over in laughter. No joke. Most of the things viewers can see in the movie are not true (e. g. Russian police uniforms, emphasis on communist era buildings and people speaking more in Czech or [[FakeRussian mangled Russian]] rather than actual Slovak). The Slovak movie-going audience was divided into those [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously who were offended by the movie]] and [[WhoWritesThisCrap those who laughed their asses off]].



* Similar to the above, in ''{{Eurotrip}}'', Bratislava stands in for a generic East European city straight out of a CommieLand / {{Ruritania}} hybrid. It seems to be more of a deliberate PlayedForLaughs portrayal though. [[RunningGag And yet again]], ''[[ArtisticLicenseGeography the scenes were actually filmed in the Czech republic]]''...

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* Similar to the above, in ''{{Eurotrip}}'', ''Film/{{Eurotrip}}'', Bratislava stands in for a generic East European city straight out of a CommieLand / {{Ruritania}} hybrid. It seems to be more of a deliberate PlayedForLaughs portrayal though. [[RunningGag And yet again]], ''[[ArtisticLicenseGeography the scenes were actually filmed in the Czech republic]]''...
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