FICTIONAL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD

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  1. Rufus T. Firefly
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    What, no Freedonia?? You’ll be hearing from my lawyers!

  2. Trentino
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Your lawyers? Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel?

  3. Posted January 17, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Rufus, I would love to include Freedonia, unfortunately I have no idea where it is located! All I know is that the shot we see of neighbouring Sylvania was taken in Loja, Spain (there is a Marx Bros statue there now). But the film is not really set there. Any ideas?

  4. Matt
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Isla Nublar, Isla Sorna from Jurassic Park or are these not countries? Costa Rican owned Islands…

  5. Posted January 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt, yeah they’re part of Costa Rica. But perhaps another entry later on Fictional Islands from films?

  6. Chris
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    @ Simon
    Wouldn’t Skull Island fit that criteria as well and therefore not belong in this list…?

  7. Posted January 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi Chris, I agonised about whether to include Skull Island (as much as one can agonise over a list of made up countries ;-) ). Technically it’s not really a country, it’s a ‘lost’ island with no real government or anything but I decided to keep it in anyway!

    Isla Nulbar and Isla Sorna are borrowed from the Cost Rican government by InGen for their experiments, so they are not really separate countries

  8. Ed Buskirk
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Miranda, somewhere in Central America, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.

  9. Posted January 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Ruritania?

  10. Danny Mann
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Krakozia – from ‘The Terminal’, presumably part of the former Soviet Union?

  11. Danny Mann
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    My bad! Just seen it’s on the list!

  12. Posted January 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for suggestions.

    @Ed. Buñuel is a little sophisticated for my tastes. I’ll add that in!

    @Elena. Ruritania is in the novels but I’m not sure it’s mentioned in any of the film adaptations is it?

    @Danny. Yep course that one’s in there!

  13. Matty Tea
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Slovetzia, from ‘The Beautician and the Beast’. It borders Hungary, Romania and Ukraine and Timothy Dalton lives there!

  14. Posted January 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I would’ve liked to see Maldonia from The Princess and the Frog here, but again, we never find out where it is. Not even which continent.

  15. Tom Kiley
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget Tecala, the fictional country in Proof of Life. It was filmed in Ecuador, and Tecala was loosely based on Colombia and its political troubles. Funny to me, though, how the opening scenes took place in Chechnya, and clearly referenced it as such. Neat map !

  16. The Viking
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    What about Latveria, the home country of Victor Von Doom from the Fantastic Four Marvel Universe, i believe this is in eastern europe somnewhere around pretty obviusly Latvia

  17. Jeremy
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    What about the small Caribbean island of St Nicholas from Club Paradise?

  18. Matt
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    What about Florin and Gilder from The Princess Bride?

  19. Posted January 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    @ Classic Steve. Yeah Disney left that deliberately vague to avoid the race card being played. Didn’t work!

    @Matt. Florin and Guilder are not ‘real-world’ places. One of two criteria I applied to this list.

    The other is that we need to be able to place them somewhere on the world map with at least some degree of accuracy. So I’m afraid Florin and Guilder don’t qualify on either count!

    Shame as I love the film!

  20. Posted January 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    RE: Guilder and Florin.
    Read the book. They are central European countries which S Morgenstern uses to parody the ruling elite (which parodies are mercifully left out of the “good parts” version). They can’t be as hard to pinpoint as Skull Island!

  21. Posted January 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    @Jake. I have done mate. But this is a movie map, so if the film doesn’t specify then I’m afraid I can’t include it, sorry!

    Besides, I’m running out of room (and colours) for the dots ;-)

  22. THE_CHULK
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget Bangalla, the african fictional country created by Lee Falk in The Phantom stories, which is the home of The Ghost Who Walks and appears in the movie starred by Billy Zane in 1996.

  23. Daniel Harris
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    How can you forget Vulgaria from Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang. It is clearly a European country, and implicitly Eastern Europe. It might even occupy the same space as the country of Bulgaria.

  24. Bob
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Zamunda! Awesome list, Simon. I’m saddened not to see Gilder and Florin. They’re blatantly European, dude, and they’re a sight more ‘real world’ than Agrabah! Was going to suggest the realms of Carpathia and Moldavia, of which Ghostbusters II villain Vigo was, respectively, the Scourge and the Sorrow, but Wikipedia seems to think they were real, unfortunately. Top stuff, Si.

  25. Charles Ellis
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    What about Caprona from The Land That Time Forgot and The People That Time Forgot? It fits the criteria as well as Skull Island does.

  26. Posted January 18, 2011 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    @The Chulk. Any idea whereabouts in Africa? It’s a big continent??

    @Daniel. Not so sure about eastern european. The castle looks Bavarian and they speak mainly German so I’d be tempted to place it there, but it has a coast.

    @Charles. Where to place Caprona? South Atlantic somewhere. The sequel is set in the Antarctic isn’t it??

  27. julio
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    You have included Tomainia (I think it’s “Tomania”) from “The Great Dictator”, but you haven’t included “Bacteria”, the nation from where Dictator Napaloni comes from. Is it just because it’s only mentioned in the movie?

  28. texgeekboy
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    I just watched The Lady Vanishes on archive.org, and was going to ask about that country, but damn if you didn’t already have it. Good job!

  29. RustyCrowe
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    I wish that some of the colors that were closer together weren’t sorta close in color. Also, I know it’s more technically a city and from a video game, but it would’ve been cool to see Rapture on there.

  30. Jean Guerin
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    What about Rolisica? That’s the fictional country from Ishiro Honda’s Mothra (1961) – an odd mix of America and Russia that’s populated by Turks.

    Or Saradia? The middle-eastern country rom Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989).

    And while we’re on the topic of fictional countries from Toho Studios, let’s not forget Raspur , “a nonexistent but real-sounding country” from What’s Up Tiger Lilly? which has its population packed up in crates and is waiting for a place on the map (hopefully by the Mediterranean as “its much warmer there”).

  31. danger
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    I’m Howard Cosell reporting from the nation of San Marco

  32. F. Hamada
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Hope this wasn’t mentioned before but how about “Coronado” from the film “Coronado”?
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0337945/
    In the title credits there are maps shown and one can postulate where in either Central or South America “Coronado” is supposed to be.

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