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|First appearance||The Brave and the Bold #200 (July 1983)|
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.
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. 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.
The Markovian language appears to be based on German. 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.
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. When the world starts a "metahuman arms race", Markovia is listed as having the Outsiders as their residential superhero team.
In the Amalgam Comics universe, Markovia was later combined with Latveria of Marvel Comics to form the nation of Latkovia.
In other media
- Markovia is featured in the TV shows set in the Arrowverse:
- Markovia is mentioned several times in the 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 v. 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" (Oliver). The country made its first appearance in the episode "Suicide Squad". The eponymous team led by Amanda Waller went on a mission in to Markovburg, Markovia to obtain a deadly nerve agent. In "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 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. In the season finale, the teleporting bounty hunter Instant breaks into the Freeland Police Department and makes off with Dr. Jace in order to hand her over to the Markovians. Agent Odell informs the Pierce family that the Markovians have a large meta-human army and see freeland as a threat due to its large number of green-light and vaccine kids. In season three, the Markovian soldiers led by Colonel Yuri Mosin (portrayed by Thomas K. Belgry) have positioned themselves outside of Freeland. In a discussion with Dr. Jace, Mosin plans to find the information that Lynn Stewart used to stabilize the metahumans on their side like the ones that are in the A.S.A's custody. At the end of "The Book of Markovia: Chapter Two: Lynn's Addiction," a Markovia operative managed to taser Lynn and Sergeant Gardner Grayle as he contacts Mosin to send Instant over. The episode "The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four: Grab the Strap" featured the country's stable metahuman Gravedigger who was given orders by his superiors to take over Yuri Mosin's operation.
- Markovia is featured heavily (particularly the Markov Royal 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". By the end of the third season, Brion becomes the new ruler of Markovia.
- "Black Lightning's Metahuman World Just Got Bigger in the Most Unexpected Way" by Charles Pulliam-Moore, iO9 (Jan 31, 2019)
- "Black Lightning Drops a Reference to a Major DC Location" by Russ Burlingame, Comic book.com (Nov 20, 2018)
- Markovia's Future in the DC Universe From Doomsday Clock – The Outsiders by Rich Johnston, Bleeding Cool (May 31, 2018)
- A Guide to the Fictional Cities of the DC Universe by Graeme McMillan, The Hollywood Reporter (Feb 18, 2016)
- Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (July 1985)
- Birds of Prey Volume One, #7 (July 1999)
- Suicide Squad Most Wanted #1 (2016)
- The Doomsday Clock #2 (December 2017). DC Comics.
- The Doomsday Clock #5. DC Comics.
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