History UsefulNotes / Slovakia

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]]''...
20th Sep '15 6:40:01 PM nombretomado
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* LaResistance: The anti-Nazi version is the most famous one, but Slovaks fought in a lot of defensive wars throughout the various centuries (e.g. during the [[ForeverWar 15th-17th century wars with the Ottoman Empire]], the NapoleonicWars and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI).

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* LaResistance: The anti-Nazi version is the most famous one, but Slovaks fought in a lot of defensive wars throughout the various centuries (e.g. during the [[ForeverWar 15th-17th century wars with the Ottoman Empire]], the NapoleonicWars UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI).



* 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]] [[NapoleonicWars 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]] [[NapoleonicWars [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Empire]] and [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria-Hungary]]. Czechoslovakia, especially the inter-war one, was also naturally multiethnic, but not on such a grand scale.
5th Sep '15 8:15:37 PM nombretomado
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After the turbulent political era of TheNineties, modern Slovakia eventually became prosperous with a steadily growing economy. Of course, not everything is perfect, with various corruption scandals in politics on the local and national level still being a major problem, though recently the situation seems to be improving, with more uncompromising civic activism starting to influence Bratislava. The country has been a member of both UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion and {{NATO}} since 2004. In January 2009 it replaced its previous monetary unit, [[http://www.slovensko.com/about/banknotes-coins/ the Slovak crown]], and is now using the euro, unlike the UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic.

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After the turbulent political era of TheNineties, modern Slovakia eventually became prosperous with a steadily growing economy. Of course, not everything is perfect, with various corruption scandals in politics on the local and national level still being a major problem, though recently the situation seems to be improving, with more uncompromising civic activism starting to influence Bratislava. The country has been a member of both UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion and {{NATO}} UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} since 2004. In January 2009 it replaced its previous monetary unit, [[http://www.slovensko.com/about/banknotes-coins/ the Slovak crown]], and is now using the euro, unlike the UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic.
6th Jul '15 10:44:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''The Peacemaker'': That 1997 thriller starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. In a humourous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TnFmlPAuLE&feature=relmfu inversion to]] ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', scenes shot in Bratislava stand in (quite badly) for parts of Vienna... ''and'' Sarajevo !

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* ''The Peacemaker'': ''Film/ThePeacemaker'': That 1997 thriller starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. In a humourous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TnFmlPAuLE&feature=relmfu inversion to]] ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', scenes shot in Bratislava stand in (quite badly) for parts of Vienna... ''and'' Sarajevo !
6th Jul '15 10:44:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''BehindEnemyLines''

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* ''BehindEnemyLines''''Film/BehindEnemyLines''
21st Mar '15 5:18:56 PM StFan
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* FolkHero: Several, the [[HistoricalDomainCharacter real]] 18th century outlaw [[{{Janosik}} Juraj Jánošík]] [[SmallReferencePools being the most famous]].

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* FolkHero: Several, the [[HistoricalDomainCharacter real]] 18th century outlaw [[{{Janosik}} [[Myth/{{Janosik}} Juraj Jánošík]] [[SmallReferencePools being the most famous]].
19th Mar '15 11:57:39 AM TheUnsquished
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* HandicappedBadass Viktor Vasko of ''LackadaisyCats'' hails from Bratislava.

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* HandicappedBadass Viktor Vasko of ''LackadaisyCats'' ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' hails from Bratislava.
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