Markovia

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Markovia
Notable characters Geo-Force
Terra
Baron Bedlam
First appearance The Brave and the Bold #200 (July 1983)
Publisher DC 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.[citation needed]

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]

Amalgam[edit]

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

In other media[edit]

  • Markovia is featured in the Arrow television show. Markovia is first mentioned in the episode "Lone Gunmen" when Oliver Queen is tracking Deadshot and finds out he once operated out of the country. In the episode "State vs. Queen" When wondering where Count Vertigo could possibly be hiding, Felicity Smoak suggested Markovia. In "Tremors" a businessman, Milo Armitage, wished to acquire the second Markov Device to use in Markovia, however he was caught by The Arrow before he could do a thing. 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 that Gholem Qadir had. A.R.G.U.S. ordered a drone attack on the building containing the nerve agent, as it was too big to move, however the Suicide Squad along with Deadshot, who the missiles were locked on to, escaped the building. They were able to get the chip out of his body, allowing the missile to explode some distance from them. However, the Markovian government were annoyed at the drone detonation in a no-fly zone, and threatened retaliation against the Americans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (July 1985)
  2. ^ a b Birds of Prey Volume One, #7 (July 1999)