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The Reichtangle/The Fourth Reich/The German Empire
Guten tag.

A tall rectangle in the colours of the German Empire, Reichtangle represents (depending on who you ask) the future Fourth Reich, the German Empire, or German's militaristic side in general, and is Germany's Superpowered Evil Side. Its sole purpose is to absorb other countries into itself.

Nazi Germany
Defining him as Ax-Crazy would be an understatement.

East Germany
  • Always Someone Better: He had the best standard of living and economy compared to all the Communist and third world capitalist nations, but being right next to his brother is a grim reminder that he can't keep up with the west.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Stasi side of him can be really prevalent. You might be noticing a certain trend when it comes to Germany's past incarnations.
  • Blood Knight: Will do anything to hunt down traitors.
  • Degraded Boss: Invoked in universe. Although he's retained Prussia's militaristic and authoritarian demeanor, the Allieds splitting of Germany means that he isn't much of a threat to them anymore. Although he was more than competent enough to hold his own against most powers, even being second to Soviet in the Eastern bloc.
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether he's a Sour Supporter that wants to reunite with his western brother and hates communism, whether he's a diabolical State Sec obsessed Bond villain, or an idiot that can never compare to the west.
  • Germanic Depressives: Sometimes portrayed as just wanting to reunite with his brother amid miserable conditions. See Depending on the Writer.
  • Germanic Efficiency: Less so than the west due to to having a fraction of his power, but still there. Much to Sovietball's displeasure.
  • I Have Many Names: He can be called DDR, GDR, and East Germany without any problem.
  • Killed Off for Real: Not "killed" so as much that West Germany anschlussed him upon reunification and removed traces of his existence in the East. Then again, united Germanyball seems to have developed a secret side for world domination all of a sudden.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The last "Germany" to ever have overtly Prussian militaristic tendencies... but see above.
  • Sour Supporter: Sometimes loves what he does for real, or sometimes is only doing it because Sovietball said so.
  • State Sec: Of course.

The Roman Empire/SPQR

"How tiresome. I was many enjoyings this vnopposed svperpower business"
-Rome's Famous Last Words before going off to fight the barbarians.

The Soviet Union/USSR
  • Abusive Parents: Frequently depicted as abusive to several of the non-Russian SS Rs. Occasionally also to Russia as well, holding him to unrealistic standards as a global superpower and leaving Russia to deal with all of his problems.
  • Berserk Button: Capitalism.
  • Chummy Commies: More favorable portrayals of him, especially if the artist in question is a communist, which many are.
  • Commissar Cap: Sometimes wears one.
  • Dirty Commies: The non-favorable portrayals of him. There is no doubt that the Baltic and Eastern European nations (except Belarus) hated and feared him, and still dread his return.
  • Freudian Excuse: USSR can trace his origins to a time when the impoverished Russian people resented the upper class and wished to displace them...
    • Well-Intentioned Extremist: ...In order to create a better and more equal society. Whether he strayed from this ideal later as a result of being jaded is up to interpretation.
  • Glorious Mother Russia: Is often drawn even larger than Russia. Bearing in mind that he was not just Russia, this trope is sometimes played down in favor of a more calculating and sinister Bond villain style demeanor.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dissolved in 1991.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His personality is mostly based off of a caricature of Stalin's, even though each soviet leader was rather distinct.
  • The Rival: USA, obviously. During the second World War, it was Nazi Germany.
    • Worthy Opponent: Eventually considers him as this. Depending on the portrayal of USA's reaction to the USSR's downfall (see Why We Are Bummed Communism Fell, below), this sentiment may be reciprocated.
  • Villainous Legacy: While the villainous part changes from author (See Chummy Commies vs Dirty Commies) his legacy in world is usually wholly negative. The biggest part of this is the fact that he never sought to resolve ethnic tensions within his borders or sphere of influence causing a great deal of political strife when his children became independent. A great deal of Russia's antagonism is wanting to relive the glory days of his father.
    • He also played a hand in creating many of the traditional antagonist of Polandball such as China. Much of the instability of the Middle East comes from the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
  • Why We Are Bummed Communism Fell: Russia greatly misses the good old days and America doesn't even have a rival to take its anger out on.

  • The Ace: Came strong out of World War II, managed to play both the Eastern Communist and Western Capitalist states and had a pretty good economy despite minor setbacks.
    • Broken Ace: And when he died, his sons had a pretty violent break up party.
  • Balkanize Me: A more outstanding example than the Trope Namer (and occurring in the same region). Yugoslavia is almost never portrayed in the flesh.
  • Broken Pedestal: Most of his successors are fairly ambivalent about him these days, with a few diehard supporters and detractors on each side.
  • Body Horror: His dissolution is either depicted as the Non-Serb republics either budding off Yugoslavia or becoming full on chest bursters.
  • Guile Hero: In his prime, he was an excellent political player, managing a profitable relationship with both the US and USSR. Just holding himself together was a feat in itself, but he suffered major Badass Decay in his twilight years.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dissolved in 1992. Somewhat existed as a union between Serbia and Montenegro, but that ended in the 2000s as well.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Since he's what most think of when people mention Communist Yugoslavia, his personality is based off of Marshal Tito's.
  • Parental Favouritism: Is generally portrayed as loving Serbia the most.
  • Team Switzerland: A variation as he started the Non-Aligned Movement.
  • Token Good Teammate: How the capitalist countries viewed him as a communist due to being non aligned.


     Provinces, States, and Territories 

  • Berserk Button: He doesn't like being called a city.
  • Composite Character: Cornwall and, less frequently, other countyballs make an appearance alongside or instead of the rest of England.
  • Football Hooligans: Is very passionate about football and will often get violent and unruly if things don't go his way.
  • The Leader: As stated above, dominates the Union and is treated in much the same way as UK, albeit with a greater tendency toward violence and swearing.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's terrified of Normandy.
  • Working-Class People Are Morons: In comics that contrast him with the posh UK, he's generally portrayed as being rather dim.

Isle of Mann

  • Spear Carrier: Appears exclusively for name puns, flag jokes and comics containing the entire Celtic or United Kingdom cast.

Northern Ireland
  • Ax-Crazy: Downplayed as he is not as murderous as the other examples of this trope, but he is already a pretty crazy one himself.
  • Berserk Button: Flags are a very touchy subject for him.
    • He hates being confused with his neighbour Ireland.
  • The Ditz: Out of all the countryballs on this page, he's portrayed as not being the brightest.
  • Pokémon Speak: Talks like this in some comics; his most repeated words are "norn iron" (parodying the thick Northern Ireland accent) and "fleg".
  • The Un-Favourite: UK seems to resent his inclusion the most out of all his regions.


  • Animal Motifs: Dragons.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Sheep, of course.
  • Gratuitous Welsh: Welsh is just mainstream enough to appear as one of Wales' habits without it being comprehensible to most people, although that said, an unusually large amount of writers who use it get it correct.
  • The Unintelligible: When speaking Welsh; comes close when speaking English as well, as seen by the fact that he is one of the only anglophone countryballs to use butchered grammar and spelling in some comics.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Averted with the Rebecca Riots.

I wantings independencia!
  • Antagonistic Offspring: While a lot of Spain's regions kind of hold some sort of animosity towards him due to him refusing to give them independence, Catalonia is by far the most adamant and notorious one in this. Every comic he is featured in has him bickering with Spain at some point.
  • Commonality Connection: Gets along well with other separatist territories such as Kurdistan, Kosovo and other regions of Spain that seek independence.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Basque, since they are the most demanding of independence out of all separatist regions in Spain.
  • Spear Carrier: Generally appears in comics featuring Spain's problems with separatism.

Falklands/Islas Malvinas

Hong Kong
Don't call him Xianggang, by the way.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Doesn't get along well with China, as their ideologies oppose each other.
  • Berserk Button: Associating him with China, or calling him Xianggang are big pet peeves for him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Downplayed, as it is not as bad as most of the other examples, but it's still present. He gets bullied by China in a lot of comics that feature him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is usually very polite and affable. When China starts making problems again with him however, he will do anything to defend himself.
  • Determinator: As shown in the Butt-Monkey and Yank the Dog's Chain entries, he gets a lot of abuse from China everytime he demands his independence. One thing though; he never gives up.
  • Happily Adopted: In contrast to his relationship with China, Hong Kong was needless to say, very content with his adoption by UK. He is very grateful towards him and loves him very much... Until UK has to give him up to China. Saying that he misses him is understating it.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uses umbrellas in defend himself against China. Too bad it doesn't stop tear gas.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He's Chinese, but clings to his past as a British colony, as evidenced by his top hat and monocle.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Like his relative Singapore, he may be tiny, but he has a pretty big economy going on for him, and other countries have apparently forgotten how rich he is.
    • Not to mention he has successfully taken care of Chinese policemen coming to suppress his demonstrations, as seen in this comic. Using an umbrella, no less!
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Comics that show him trying to get independence from China will usually have something go wrong for him in the end.


  • Butt-Monkey: Frequently tormented by China.
  • Incendiary Exponent: He often sets himself on fire to protest China. Sometimes the latter uses it as a power source akin to coal.

Jewish Autonomous Oblast
  • Ambiguously Gay: His flag is a rainbow. Depending on the Writer, he's usually portrayed as either being gay, or being mistaken for gay (and bullied by Russia).
  • Artifact Title: He did used to be Jewish, having been established as a homeland for Jews in the Soviet Union, but these days if he expresses interest in any religion at all it's Orthodox Christianity.
  • Fridge Logic: Causes this in-universe. He's got "Jewish" in his name (and is portrayed as a cube), but isn't actually Jewish.
  • Greedy Jew: Sometimes depicted as Russia's banker.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: A cube like Israel (even though his population is only 0.2% Jewish).
  • Straight Gay: In his gay portrayals.

The Omsk Bird
If there is another guy to fear in-universe, this is the go-to-guy for you.
A tall, anthropomorphic bird in a red cloak and with glowing red eyes, Omsk Bird is an Eldritch Abomination to rival the Reichtangle. Often seen getting countries addicted to drugs such as krokodil, or simply scaring the everloving hell out of them. Since it represents the Russian city of Omsk, it is sometimes considered to be Russia's child, but other than that, it is veiled in mystery.

  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Omsk Bird doesn't seem to be pure evil, as much as stoking the countries' self-destructive impulses out of some enigmatic purpose.
  • The Corrupter: Many of his appearances has him offering countries the thing they most desire, but at a terrible cost.
  • Crossover: Originated as a meme separate from Polandball on Russian imageboards, making fun of Omsk for allegedly being a Wretched Hive of drugs and general weirdness. However, it has gained enough traction in the Polandball community to count as an honorary Polandball character.
  • The Dreaded: Omsk is the definition of fear. Everyone dreads it, except possibly the Reichtangle.
  • Emotion Eater: One of the theories as to whatever the hell Omsk Bird is is that it feeds on countries' fear and despair.
  • In the Hood: Wears a hood that hides its face in darkness, except for its beak and glowing eyes.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: The only sapient character with a humanoid body. (However, it's sometimes depicted in ball form, negating this.)



The cultural region traditionally inhabited by the Sámi people, and represented locally by Sámi Parliaments.

  • Butt-Monkey: Most comics about him show him getting kicked around by the Nordics and Russia.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": He doesn't like being called Lapland.
  • Mushroom Samba: Sometimes shown using Amanita muscaria for religious purposes... or just for the hell of it.
  • Out of Focus: He doesn't show up much except as a side-character in comics about the Nordics or Russia.


He was an independent nation once.

  • Ascended Extra: Texas easily appears more often than some countries (and more often than all of the other states), and is prevented from being considered part of the supporting cast only by his integration into USA.
  • The Ace: In a very forgiving definition, his strength is one of the few reasons he hangs alongside USA as an Ascended Extra.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: May act like one, especially after becoming independent.
  • Cowboy: His most common portrayal.
  • Deep South: Of course. What? Did you expect the urban liberal cities of Dallas, Austin and Houston to undo a classic stereotype?
  • Happily Adopted: Although USA is less than trilled.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Alternative Character Interpretation is in full effect with this trope. In comics where he is portrayed as USA's child, he is shown to be rather naive and therefore, isn't generally trusted with a gun. However, in Stateball comics, he usually holds his ground and can be quite Trigger Happy.
  • The Un-Favourite: USA doesn't hesitate to call him "retarded" due to being a Trigger Happy Bratty Half-Pint.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With California. They have opposite personalities and fight a lot but still hang out out the end of the day. They also agree to split the other states after getting independence.

     Supranational Organizations 


African Union

The European Union
Or secretly the fourth reich, as some people would believe.

If there is any completely unsympathetic character in PB universe— this guy is one.


The United Nations
Supposingly bringing you world peace... Yeah.

UN: "What is a solution."
EU: "When you make a problem better."
UN: "That is not something I do."

    Everybody Else 


Since Antarctica isn't an actual country, he represents the scientists and researchers that stay there.


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Some portrayals has depicted them this way in regards to Turkey, which is ironic since they are actually Iranian in origin.
  • Arch-Enemy: Ba'athist Iraq, Turkey and ISIS have been candidates since they tried to repress or straight up genocide them.
  • Composite Character: Representative of the Kurdish people regardless of country of origin.
  • Chummy Commies: A typical portrayal by sympathetic artists, since they have an "socialist" reputation among Muslims.
  • Fighting for a Homeland: They are completely stateless and living in someone else's clay. They have campaigned to gain their own land since World War I.

The Roma/Gypsies
Gib fer plox?

A ball representing the Romani people, based off the flag of the World Romani Congress.

  • All Take and No Give: Pretty much why they're hated. They're treated akin to a parasite.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nobody wants them in their country.
  • Catch Phrase: "Gib fer?" Fer means iron, in reference to the traditional gypsy profession of metalworking, and the modern scrap-metal trade.
  • Impossible Thief: Can steal stuff directly from their victims without them noticing.
  • Scape Goat: Is often blamed for crimes they didn't commit.
  • Sticky Fingers: Has a tendency to steal anything that isn't pinned down.


  • Forgettable Character: Other countries don't recognise Sealand (in the literal sense) to the point that they don't even see him - this may also be due to the fact that Sealand is drawn far smaller than even other famously small countries such as the Vatican.
  • Funny Background Event: His small size makes for funny cameos in otherwise unrelated strips.
  • The Runt at the End: Is consistently drawn the smallest out of the countries.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: No matter what Sealand does, he'll never become relevant or recognised as a proper nation.

Faceblock (Facebook)

The only private company in Polandball. His social networking services dare either a welcome pastime or a dreaded evil to the countries of the world. He himself is pretty ditzy though.
  • Berserk Button: Changes constantly and tends to be increasingly trivial things.
  • The Dreaded: Some countries fear him like hes the Reichtangle.
  • The Ditz: Faceblock's opinions often change at a moments notice and he tends to forget what hes talking about.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Usually pretty nice but if he becomes offended by something he will come for you.

Alternative Title(s): Polandball Organisations, Polandball Historical Nations


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