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Latveria is a fictional nation in the Marvel Universe. It is an isolated country ruled by the villainous Doctor Doom, supposedly located in the Banat region. It is surrounded by the Carpathians, and also borders the fictional Symkaria (to the south), home of Silver Sable.
Victor von Doom is the ruler of Latveria, and has been since Fantastic Four Annual #2 of the first series. Though he has been dethroned a number of times, von Doom has inevitably managed to return to the throne of his country within a matter of months.
Von Doom also has a council who obey him entirely. In Fantastic Four #536 in 2006, he killed his own Prime Minister for claiming control of Latveria in his absence, and threatened to kill two other ministers if they failed to find the landing spot of Thor's hammer.
Doctor Doom's style of rule can best be described as an absolute monarchy, as it was revealed in the comic strip that there is no parliament, and one minister boasted "Doctor Doom decides everything. His slightest whim is Latverian law!"
Latveria under the Fantastic FourEdit
Due to Doom's constant activities that drive him away from Latveria, the monarch is often absent. After Doom's descent into Hell, the nation became a target for conquest by the neighboring countries, forcing Reed Richards to seize control of the country, attempting to pry the populace out from under the thumb of Doom, while at the same time disarming all of Doom's weaponry and technology, so if he ever returned, he would come back to absolutely nothing. In the process, Richards relocated Doom from Hell into a pocket dimension of his own design, and although Doom used his consciousness-switching abilities to escape, the death of his host body seemingly caused him to die as well, and the Fantastic Four pulled out of the country. Recently, Doom has returned from hell, and has retaken the reins of Latveria. He is however keeping his return a secret as of now, ruling via a puppet Prime Minister. Doom also uses robotic versions of himself to keep the peace while he's away.
Series of TakeoversEdit
After the Fantastic Four left, the United States attempted to fill the void left by Doom by establishing a democracy for the nation. The Countess Lucia von Bardas was elected as Prime Minister. However, when it was revealed that von Bardas was employing the Tinkerer to use Doom's technology to arm various tech-based villains in America, S.H.I.E.L.D. Commander Nick Fury took action. During Secret War, Fury and a number of superheroes invaded Latveria without permission of the US Government and attempted to assassinate von Bardas. While von Bardas survived, she was horribly disfigured and sought to destroy Fury and the heroes responsible. She was killed by S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Daisy Johnson while trying to blow up New York with the armor of the various villains she employed.
The population consists of mixed European stock and Gypsies, in whose welfare von Doom takes a particular interest.
Superheroes and DoombotsEdit
Because it lacks a native superhero populace, Latveria relies largely on Dooms' robot sentinels called Doombots to keep law and order. One of the few known Latverian superhumans is Dreadknight, whom Doom himself created.
In the Marvel 1602 storyline, Latveria is ruled by Count Otto von Doom, also known as Otto The Handsome. It is inhabited by mythical beings, and Latveria experiments on intricate clockwork devices, one of which was used to kill Queen Elizabeth I of England. The native language appears to be a close resemblance to modern German.
Latveria was once on the brink of war with its neighbor, Symkaria, thanks to the machinations of the evil Decepticons. Their leader, Megatron, stole an aggression machine from Doom and used it to start threats of nuclear war between the two nations. When the New Avengers were sent to investigate, they teamed up with the Autobots and Doom to defeat Megatron and the Decepticons, thus preventing war.
Latveria was introduced as a bankrupt peasant nation, but thanks to Doctor Doom it was made the ninth richest country on Earth. The townsfolk wear Doom's dragon tattoos as backup, the tattoos being far more than they seem, should anything ever happen to him. Where this Latveria lies is unclear but there are Belgian Flags on display in the background in the one picture displayed of Latveria.
In other mediaEdit
In Spider-man: the game, a billboard can be seen in the first level advertising tourism in Latveria. Latveria is referred to in the Spider-Man 2 video game when J. Jonah Jameson says that a Latverian diplomat is landing at the United Nations building by helicopter, although circumstances force the player to miss sighting any such diplomat.
In the Ultimate Spider-Man game, the supervillain Beetle is first seen coming out of the Latverian Embassy. In the special edition of the game, you can look at concept art that shows what happens to Beetle. He flies into the embassy and walks up to a throne, kneels down, and presents the Sandman vial to Doom.
In the Fantastic Four film, Latveria is mentioned initially in reference to Victor Von Doom's past and is described as "the old country", possibly indicating his birth there. After "The End" has appeared, Von Doom's incarcerated body is shown on board a ship bound for Latveria.
In the sequel, Doom is reawakened in his castle by the Silver Surfer's passage through Latveria.
The common geographic description of Latveria places it as a small nation, around the area where Hungary, Romania and Serbia (Vojvodina) meet in real life. To its south in the Marvel universe is the nation of Symkaria, which is depicted as a benevolent constitutional monarchy in contrast to the dictatorship to its north. The capital city of Latveria is Doomstadt, formerly Hassenstadt (German for "Hatetown"), renamed when Doom seized power, located just north of the Kline River. The administrative center is Castle Doom.
- Population: 500,000 (This is an approximation since the government of Latveria has not allowed an outside census in over 20 years)
- Type of Government: Dictatorship (Victor von Doom prefers to call this an "enforced monarchy")
- Languages: German, Hungarian, English, Latverian (local dialect, derivative of Hungarian), Romany, Esperanto.(in the Fantastic 4 movie the back of the boat transporting Doom was in Cyrillic characters, "головка пальца ноги" which is Russian for "toe top")
- Ethnic Groups: Mixed European stock, Roma
- Major Business Centers: None
- Currency: Latverian Franc
- Public Holidays: Doom's Day, Christmas, New Year (Note: Doom's Day is an eclectic holiday, celebrated whenever Doom declares it. It is different from Doomsday)
- Airports: The only airport for the country, Doomsport, lies on the southern outskirts of Doomstadt. It maintains two runways and a modern terminal, but flights into and out of Doomsport are quite limited.
- Robert Gandy- artist and illustrator