Kasnia

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Kasnia
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The flag of Kasnia.
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Publisher DC Comics
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Type Country

Kasnia or Kaznia is a fictional country which appears in the DC animated universe. It appears to be located in the Balkans, and to (throughout the various time periods it is visited) alternate between peace and a civil war between Northern and Southern factions.

Superman[edit]

Kaznia (spelled with a "z") first appears in the premiere episode of Superman: The Animated Series, "The Last Son Of Krypton". At this point, it appears to be ruled by a "Regent", who makes a secret deal with Lex Luthor to acquire a prototype of LexCorp's new military battlesuit. Because Kasnia is under a trade embargo, the transaction is carried out by staging a theft from Lexcorp using a team of hired mercenaries, led by John Corben. Superman's fight with Corben in the suit marks his high-profile debut in Metropolis.[1] It was also featured in the first issue of Superman Adventures, the comic book based on the series, where Lex Luthor deploys an android Superman imposter to attack the Kaznian embassy both to discredit Superman and instigate Kaznian-U.S. problems. Superman, after destroying the fake, confronts Luthor and forces him to make a public statement admitting responsibility, as well as appropriate a large amount of money to repair the embassy.

Batman[edit]

In Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, a faction of the Kasnian military attempts to purchase a large number of high-tech weapons from Gotham mobsters The Penguin, Rupert Thorne, and the assassin Bane. The Kasnians never receive these arms and likely intended to retaliate against the Penguin and Thorne for cheating them.[2]

Justice League[edit]

Kasnia makes several appearances in the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series.[3][4]

In the Season 2 episode "Maid of Honor", the country becomes the vehicle for a plot by Vandal Savage. He manipulates Kasnia's substantial contribution to an International Space Station to mount an orbital weapon. After becoming affianced to Princess Audrey, the heir to the throne, Savage has the current incumbent, King Gustav, poisoned and takes the throne in Audrey's name (their wedding appears to be Greek Orthodox in nature).[3][5]

After the Justice League foiled Savage's plot, their marriage was ended, either through divorce or annulment, and Audrey, as Queen, resolved to be a more conscientious ruler than her father.

By the episode "Hawk and Dove", a North-South civil war had erupted, and was further exacerbated when the overwhelmed Northern Kasnians were given a mobile battlesuit by the Greek god Ares. Though the Northerners and Southerners stopped fighting when they realized they were being manipulated by the god, it was clear that they intended to resume hostilities later.[6]

Subsequently, in "The Great Brain Robbery", Kasnia had apparently reunified and joined the European Union, adopting the Euro as its official currency. The Secret Society attempted to steal a shipment of Euros as they were being transported into the country.[7] In the same episode, a location in Kasnia is listed at the coordinates 45°9'8" N, 19°58'13" E. This would seem to locate the nation in the autonomous region of Vojvodina, Serbia, in northern Serbia.[8] The second coordinate is unclear: although it appears to be 19°58'13", the 8 is obscured and the E does not actually appear; however, if one assumes it to be "West", the coordinates point to the middle of the Atlantic.[9]

Batman Beyond[edit]

In "Rebirth", the pilot episode of Batman Beyond, the Kasnian ambassador, Vilmos Egans, (who briefly appears as a background character at Audrey's engagement party in "Maid of Honor") appears in Gotham to do business with Derek Powers. Wayne-Powers has developed a lethal nerve gas, which the Kasnian government wishes to acquire. When Terry McGinnis's father, a Wayne-Powers employee, tried to expose the project, he was murdered on Powers's orders, causing Terry to become the new Batman.

Another Batman Beyond reference to Kasnia is in the episode "Spellbound", where the auction house director is locking up the "Princess Audrey Collection" of dresses.

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