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First appearanceThe Brave and the Bold #200 (July 1983)
RulerKing Frederic
Queen Ilona de Lamb
Notable locationsMarkovberg
PublisherDC Comics

Markovia is a fictional nation in the DC Comics Universe, first seen in The Brave and the Bold #200 (July 1983). Markovia is a small country in Europe, ruled by the Markov family.

Fictional history[edit]

The capital and only major city of Markovia is Markovburg. Markovia suffered a Nazi invasion during World War II. In the same period, the commando team known as the Losers died defending Markovia from a cosmic threat.[1] The King of Markovia had two sons, Gregor and Brion, and an illegitimate daughter, Terra. To avoid a scandal, the King quietly sent Terra to the United States. Her mother is unknown (to the readers).

Later, during the time Prince Brion operates as Geo-Force, the country was invaded by the Soviet Armed Forces, in an operation overseen by the Bad Samaritan, backed up by the villains Masters of Disaster and led by Baron Bedlam. This particular invasion was beaten back with the assistance of the Outsiders, only for the country to suffer a far worse invasion years later. A vampiric invasion, led by a vampire known as Roderick, slowly takes over the country. The Queen is murdered in a method that frames Brion, and the country suffers for some time. Again, the Outsiders help repel the invaders.

While Terra was taken in by the Teen Titans, Markovia fell into the hands of the revolutionaries and was finally absorbed into the Soviet Union.

The Outsiders are seen again helping to protect Markovia in the limited series Day of Judgment. This time it is from an invasion of demons, a situation most of the world is undergoing. Other heroes stop the demons at their source.

As detailed in Detective Comics #829–830, Markovia is in a state of war with the newly formed Republic of Jalib. However, representatives do attend a Bruce Wayne-sponsored peace talk.

Markovia is often depicted as an authoritarian country with a secret police. Prior to its annexation by the Soviets, Western countries and a number of other anti-communist regimes, such as South Africa's apartheid government, had supplied the Markovian military with arms.[2]

The Markovian language appears to be based on German.[2] However in Young Justice series one of the Baltic languages - Latvian, with a heavy accent, is used.

In "DC Rebirth", an independent terrorist organization called Kobra invades Markovia, conquering part of it. The Justice League associate called Katana become involved in this incident when she tries to ally with the scientist Doctor Helga Jace and has a run in with the Suicide Squad.[3]

In the Watchmen sequel Doomsday Clock, Markovia and Russia are allied in what is called "The Superman Theory" which claims many superpowered beings are controlled by the American government.[4] When the world starts a "metahuman arms race", Markovia is listed as having the Outsiders as their residential superhero team.[5]

Other versions[edit]

In the Amalgam Comics universe, Markovia was later combined with Latveria of Marvel Comics to form the nation of Latkovia.

In Other Media[edit]

  • Markovia is mentioned several times in TV series Arrow. Its first mention is in "Lone Gunmen" when Oliver Queen is tracking Deadshot and finds out he once operated out of the country. In the episode "State vs. Queen" Markovia is suggested as where Count Vertigo is hiding. In "Tremors" a businessman wished to acquire the second Markov Device to use in Markovia, however he was caught by The Arrow. The country made its first appearance in the episode "Suicide Squad". The Suicide Squad led by Amanda Waller went on a mission in to Markovburg, Markovia to obtain a deadly nerve agent. In "The Monument Point", Markovia was mentioned by Lyla Michaels as one of the countries with a nuclear missile arsenal, which the Rubicon protocol, developed by A.R.G.U.S., could theoretically control. In "Bratva", the rogue American general J.G. Walker went to Russia to sell nuclear switch to Markovian terrorists, but the deal is stopped by Team Arrow and Bratva. In "Tribute", four Markovian delegates meet with mayor Oliver Queen in Star City as part of a Markovian delegation intent on brokering a trade deal with city.
  • Markovia is featured heavily (particularly the Markov Family) in the third season of Young Justice. It is where that version of Terra (named Tara) is princess and has elder fraternal twin brothers Gregor and Brion/Geo-Force. It appeared in the first three episodes: "Princes All", "Royal We" and "Eminent Threat".
  • Markovia is mentioned in the Black Lightning TV series. Its first mentioned in the episode "The Book of Blood: Chapter Two: The Perdi" in the news. It is said that "after the mysterious death of King Victor, the war in Markovia rages on. Factions loyal to the royal family fight against insurmountable odds". In the episode "The Book of Secrets: Chapter One: Prodigal Son", Helga Jace mentioned in a conversation with Tobias Whale that the A.S.A. helped her to defect from Markovia. In the episode "The Book of Secrets: Chapter Two: Just and Unjust", gunmen from Markovia's secret service attack Lynn Stewart and Anissa when they exit the supermarket only to be driven away by the A.S.A. agents led by Agent Odell. The same gunman tried to target Perenna only for her to use her abilities to repel them. After tracking their location and identifying them as members of Markovia's secret service, Peter Gambi informs Jefferson and Black Lightning defeats the gunmen, but Deputy Chief Henderson can't arrest them for the attacks due to them having diplomatic immunity. Agent Odell informs the Pierce family that the Markovians have a large meta-human army and see freeland as a threat due to it’s large number of green-light and vaccine kids.


  1. ^ Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (July 1985)
  2. ^ a b Birds of Prey Volume One, #7 (July 1999)
  3. ^ Suicide Squad Most Wanted #1 (2016)
  4. ^ The Doomsday Clock #2 (December 2017). DC Comics.
  5. ^ The Doomsday Clock #5. DC Comics.