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Overview

Latveria, officially Kingdom of Latveria is a small eastern European country within Europe. It's capital and largest city is Doomstadt. It is ruled by it's president for life Dr. Victor von Doom aka Doctor Doom.

Flag of Latveria

Flag of Latveria

Ancient History

The Haasen family ruled Latveria for almost six centuries. Starting with Baron Karl Haasen in the 14th century, Vlad Draasenin the 15th century and Count Sabbat in the 16th century.[citation needed]Hassenstadt Castle in the capital of Hassenstadt was constructed in 1593, by King Stefan I and Count Sabbat.[citation needed]

World War II

During World War II; the Fortunov Family retained control on the throne. The latest king Vladimir Vassily Gonereo Tristian Mangegi Fortunov, Baron of Sabbat, Baron of Haasen, Baron of Krozi. Even then, the country was a technological leader and Baron Wolfgang von Strucker solicited their help in exchange for not overrunning the country with Nazis. Although Latveria was spared from the Nazi war machine, the Fortunov took notes on leadership from Adolf Hitler.[3]

Reign of the Fortunov Family

After the war Fortunov became an even more ruthless leader, in which he began persecuting the local gypsy clans.[4] One of the clans, the Zefiro, had one of the greatest healers in Europe; Werner von Doom and his wife Cynthia a practitioner of magic. They gave birth to their son Victor von Doom shortly before Cynthia's death.[4] Cynthia became fed up with the constant persecution of her people and made a pact with the demon Mephisto for more power in exchange for her soul. The spell gave her power and she wiped out an entire town, including its women and children, something that horrified Cynthia. She later fell by one of the King's soldiers.[5] Other prominent Zefiro's were Werner's best friend Boris[4] and his granddaughter Valeria, whom was friends and later the lover of Victor.[6]

Doomstadt from Thor 410

Years later, Werner was asked by the King to try and cure his wife of cancer. When he failed he took himself and Victor into the Latverian Alps to flee retribution. While they escaped imprisonment, by the time Boris and the others found them, Werner had suffered severe frostbite and later died of exposure. Before his death, Werner had Boris promise to look after Victor. Furious over the death of his parents, Victor found his mothers trunk of arcane objects and began studying both magic and science. He became a thorn in the King's side for years until he was asked to study at State University in the United States of America. There Victor became obsessed with contacting the afterlife resulting in an accident that scared his face. He later returned to Latveria in an iron suit and calling himself Doctor Doom.[4] With his advanced skills in science and sorcery he gathered his people together and overthrew the King, slaying him and taking over Latveria for his own.[7]

Reign of Doom

During Doom's long rule of the country, the Zefiro were no longer persecuted and likely disbursed among the general population.

Rotruvia's annex

Early in his rule, Doctor Doom built a weapon of mass destruction with the intent to intimidate and annex Rotruvia, the small neighboring country whose entire economy depended on the exportation of Molynite, of which 94% of the global export corresponded to them, a power source irreplaceable for potential future electronic innovations and weaponry.

Tthe Avengers questioned whether or not they should intervene. On Thor's suggestion, they sought the help of omniscient Asgardian god Heimdall, who informed the heroes that if they acted against Doom, they would win the battle but lose the war.

Having chosen to interfere regardless of Heimdall's warning, the Avengers were transported by the Asgardian gatekeeper to the battlefield, and aided the Rotruvian army (far lesser in numbers and already suffering casualties). The heroes stopped Doom and destroyed his weapon. However, a failsafe measure caused it to disperse an alchemical radiation that eliminated every trace of Molynite in their land. In order to avoid an economic meltdown, Rotruvia's regent (under the protection of the Avengers) was forced to accept Doom's terms of surrender and the country was annexed.[8]

Puternicstan's invasion

Decades from now, when Strelonivich was ten years old, the Latverians replaced a four-years Symkarian occupation of the contested land of Puternicstan. They seemingly the locals as much as the Symkarians, and when the Soviets came, their occupation brought a relative rest in comparison.[9]

...

At some point, Doom intended to marry a local princess, Princess Lenka of Symkaria and make her queen of Latveria. Lenka's father had offered her to Doom to cement political bonds between their countries, while Doom was after her magical potential, as she was to become mother of the next Sorcerer Supreme, or attain the title herself. Opposed by Silver Sable, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, Doom even went to the extend of attacking the Symkarian Embassy in New York City to prevent the wedding of Lenka with Marek, but withdrew when the wedding had been performed.[10]

To this day Boris remains ever faithful to Doom, while Valeria was killed by Doom and her skin fashioned into a suit of enchanted armor.[11] Doom has kept the nation protected from international affairs and economic downturns. Doom's personal patents in the field of high technology and specially robotics are the main export of the country.[citation needed]

Though he has been dethroned a number of times, von Doom has inevitably managed to return to the throne of his country and restore the nation to economic prosperity within a matter of months.[citation needed]

Despite (or perhaps because of) its complete lack of a native super-hero populace, Latveria boasts an unparalleled rate of safety. The nation was policed by guardian robots designed and manufactured by Doctor Doom himself. Due to Doom's constant activities that drove him away from Latveria, the monarch was often absent.[citation needed]

After Doom's descent to Hell at the hands of the Fantastic Four, the nation became a target for conquest by the neighboring countries. Iron Man alluded to the fact that several dictators might have attempted to rule Latveria in Doom's absence or that, while Doom went through one of his famous disappearances, other people might take over before Doom came back and deposed them.[12][citation needed] Doom also used Doombots, robotic versions of himself, to keep the peace while he was away.[citation needed]
Victor von Doom (Earth-616) from Books of Doom Vol 1 6 0001

Andro, the first of an android army, developed a mind of its own, and refused to obey Doom. He has since led rebellions against Doom in attempts to liberate his robotic brethren.[citation needed]

The Marquis of Death a mysterious inter-dimensional traveler, known as the Marquis of Death, whom destroyed much of Latveria and severely reduced the population. The damage he caused was altered by Doom's use of time travel, and the Marquis himself was killed by Doom for the attack.[citation needed]Red Skull has been able on two occasions to occupy Latveria, but these coups were undone within days.[citation needed]

The Fantastic Four once occupied Latveria, but surrendered the country in the face of mounting international pressure.[citation needed]

Doomwar

During the Doomwar, Latveria entered in conflict with the Kingdom of Wakanda. The relations between the two countries are vague, it is know that the two kingdoms maintained a treaty of unknown form (i.e. trade or non-aggression pact). When Wakanda refused a proposed alliance by Doom, on the grounds that neither the King (Black Panther) or Queen Consort (Storm) of Wakanda could trust Doom,[13] Doom invaded the country for its rich national resource of Vibranium. This conflict effectively destroyed any former treaties or alliances.[citation needed]

After the contested land Puternicstan discovered Uranium in its soil, Symkarians troops massed on the border, and Latveria seemingly advanced on Romanian territory, prompting the NATO[14] and UN to declare a no-fly zone, to prevent a conflict over Puternicstan in the territorial dispute opposing Latveria and Symkaria.[15]

Despite the no-fly zone, the Symkarians

Doom's Abdication

After the multiverse restoration, and following a change of heart that accompanied having his facial features restored,[16] Victor von Doom abdicated the throne of Latveria.[17] Doom put in charge the top military mind in the country, General Karadick, who had agreed to help restructure the government and turn the country into a free state, so he could then relinquish power to a democratically-elected leader.[18]

Doomstadt from Infamous Iron Man Vol 1 4 003

War-torn Latveria

Temporary regime of General Karadick

However, under General Karadick's leadership, the country fell into a civil war under the actions of rebels and revolutionaries, and became a vulnerable target of attacks from neighboring countries.[17] The two warring factions in this war were the conservative terrorist group Doom's Children led by Octavio von Bardas[19] (protecting their views of Doom's legacy) and the radical Latverian New Prosperity Alliance (promoting the end of Doom's laws).[20] The struggle between the two groups, presented as terrorists, was central into the US presidential elections.[19][20] Clashes between both forces provoked great damages as Loki (then US presidential candidate) led to Latverian New Prosperity Alliance to obtain Doom-issued weapons, when opposed by Doom's Children, use them with literally explosive consequences, killing dozens including Doom's Children's leader Octavio von Bardass.[20] This temporary also regime didn't cooperated with S.H.I.E.L.D.[17]

US protection

Latveria soon fell under United States protection (announced by the deployment of War Machine) until a preliminary democratic government could be implemented.[21] When Doom traveled to Latveria for personal matters, he was disgusted by the state of his country, confronted General Karadick, and ordered him to locate professor Angela Kror, who would be an excellent chancellor to help him put together a proper government structure.[18]

Road to Democracy

International arms and drugs dealer Geraldo Lucky facilitated Lucia von Bardas' return to the country, and she improved the nation's infraestructure to garner support from the troops.[22] With the objective to consolidate Latveria as a world power, von Bardas orchestrated a terrorist attack on a gala at the Smithonian which almost killed S.H.I.E.L.D.'s second-in-command Sharon Carter.[23] With S.H.I.E.L.D.'s hands tied due to lack of actual proof to blame von Bardas for the attack, Carter convinced rookie superhero Ironheart to confront von Bardas on her own as third party unaffiliated to S.H.I.E.L.D.[24]

Williams' intervention proved to be more efficient than expected. Not only did the young hero defeat von Bardas in combat, but also delcared herself Latveria's new monarch,[25] gaining the support of General Karadick and the army due to her empathy for their situation. When S.H.I.E.L.D. met up with Ironheart, Williams de-escalated tensions between the army and civilians, and subsequently had Carter agree to her list of demands, which namely consisted of helping improve the quality of life of Latverians. Ironheart subsequently abdicated, leaving Latveria close to holding its first free elections.[26]

Facts

Localization

LocationLatveria
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  • Symkaria localization seems to have retconned over the years:
    • One account states it is bordered by Serbia/Montenegro (at west), Romania (at north and east), Transylvania (at south-east) and Symkaria (at south-west).[2]
    • Another one present it landlocked by Hungary as west and north-west, Transylvania at east and Serbia on south.[27]
    • Yep another map seems to engulf Transia and Transylvania among Romania, while the region around the Serbian border correspond to Puternicstan,[9] a contested land near the Symkaria and Latveria borders,[14] disputed by the two countries.[15]

It share with Symkaria the border of Lichtenbad.[28]

Colossus also hinted Transylvania was to the West of the Latveria-Symkaria region.[14]

It formerly bordered Rotruvia, whom Doom annexed at the early times of his rule.[8]

Surrounded by the Carpathians to the north and the Malhela range to the south, Latveria has remained protected from the strife of neighboring countries.[2]

Languages

The major languages of Latveria are; German, Hungarian, Latverian (a local dialect, that is a derivative of Hungarian) and Romany (an Indic language of the gypsies, spoken in many dialects).[2]

Latveriamap

Economy

The monetary unit used in Latveria is the Latverian Franc.[2]

Doom's personal patents in the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots. Doom is known to export patents of his robots to other countries in favour of the public treasury of his country, however these patents are generally outdated by Doom's standards and the latest designs are kept for himself and the Latverian Army. Furthermore, many (if not all) of Doom's robots feature a self-destruct device, so that Doom can personally destroy them should they be used against him. Doom's personal patents in the branch of physics and technology concerned with the design of circuits using transistors and microchips, and with the behavior and movement of electrons in a semiconductor, conductor, vacuum, or gas.[citation needed]

Defenses

Quote1 We live - and die - for the Baron. Quote2
--Elite Doom Guards[29]

The Latverian Army numbering 2000 men and approximately 500 Servo-Guard robots.[citation needed] It is comprised of both the Latverian Ground Forces and Latverian Airforce. Doctor Doom serves as the Commander-in-Chief of the Latverian Armed Forces. The Latverian Armed Forces are trained to be absolutely loyal and efficient. With the military dogma being victory or death, but never defeat.The human soldiers of the Latverian Armed Forces remain brave when defending Latveria, however they have been reported to become cowardly when fighting superhuman threats, unless Doctor Doom himself is present on the battlefield.[citation needed]

  • Elite Doom Guards[30][citation needed]
  • Doom’s Personal Guard: Formed of at least 1000 Warrior Robots and 50 Latverian humans (as an alleged propaganda tool, to show Doom values humans too).[citation needed]
  • Doom Squad: Formed by Doctor Doom from four of the best human soldiers in the Latverian Armed Forces. They were provided with high-tech battle-suits, designed by Doom himself; “To defeat the Fantastic Four”.[citation needed]

Latveria lacks an official standing navy, due to being a land-locked-country.[2]

Politic and international relations

Flag of Latveria

The capital city of Latveria is "Hassenstadt" later renamed Doomstadt, located just north of the Kline River. The alocdministrative center is Castle Doom.[2]

For centuries the nation had been ruled by the Fortunov family as an absolute monarchy. The later adopted a constitutional monarchy with the Prime minister being no more then a puppet to the king. This however came to an end when Doctor Doom took over his native land. Internationally Doctor Doom's rule and regime is recognized as a Dictatorship, this is due to the combined factors of Doom's rule with total power over the country and his obtainment of power by force. In practice and by his own admission, Doom's rule is that of an Absolute Monarch, or as Doom prefers to call it an "Enforced Monarchy".

He created his own nation holiday "Doom's Day" an eclectic holiday, celebrated whenever Doom declares it.[2]

The day chosen by Doom as the anniversary of Latveria's founding was his mother's birthday.[31]

They are now a member of the United Nations.[citation needed] This allowed them to have political envoys across the globe such as the Latverian Embassy in the United States of America.[citation needed]

Education

Education in Latveria, seems to be provided for by the government (in this case Doom), based on Doom’s mention of education being universal in Doomwar when showing Earth under his control to the Panther Goddess (Bast); thus one can assume that if Doom provides universal education when he rules the world, then he would provide it in Latveria. However, the education is most likely controlled by Doom, and thus various subjects and taught concepts are most likely censored.[2] However given Doom's substantial intellect and appreciation for the arts it's likely science, mathematics, technology, history and art are core subjects. It's a requirement to graduate from high school regardless of the discipline to memorize the body schematics and the code required to produce core Doombot engrams, for which, essentially, every Latverian high school graduate should be able to know how to build a Doombot.[32]

Technology

Due to technological advancements far beyond anything in any other nation Latveria has managed to remain unfoulled by industrial pollutants. Because of Doom's many weapons and his mere presence in Latveria the country is considered a world superpower. See Doctor Doom's robots.[citation needed]

Points of Interest

  • Boars' Vale[citation needed]
  • Castle von Doom (Castle Doom): Located within Doomstadt, the castle was constructed in 1588 by King Stefan I and Count Sabbat. It serves as Doom’s royal and official residence.[citation needed]
  • Doom Falls[citation needed]
  • Folding City: An experiment in space/time began by Doctor Doom that left the entire complex phased outside normal perception and interaction.[citation needed]
  • Werner Academy: It is named in honour of Doctor Doom's father Werner von Doom.
  • Kron Victory Sward: Located within Doomstadt.[citation needed]
  • Cynthia von Doom Memorial Park: Located within Doomstadt. It is named in honour of Doctor Doom's mother Cynthia von Doom.[citation needed]
  • Doomstadt Rathauz: Located within Doomstadt.[citation needed]
  • Doomstadt Rail Station: Located within Doomstadt.[citation needed]
  • Latverian Academy of the Sciences: Located within Doomstadt.[citation needed]
  • Monument Park: Located within Doomstadt.[citation needed]
  • St. Peter Church: Located within Doomstadt.[citation needed]
  • St. Blaise Church: Located within Doomstadt.[citation needed]
  • Heroic Andrew Boulevard: Located within Doomstadt.[citation needed]
  • Old Town of Doomstadt: Located within Doomstadt and being overlooked by Castle von Doom (Castle Doom).[citation needed]
  • Slokovia: A neighboring nation, which was divided by religious strife when it’s people began to worship the Asgardian Thunder God Thor; when the country's rulers were overthrown, Doom expanded Latveria’s borders by quietly annexing the country.[citation needed]
  • Latverian Southern Border: The Latverian border to the Kingdom of Symkaria, it is located alongside the Draken River.[citation needed]
  • Doomsport Airport: 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.[citation needed]

Capital City

  • Doomstadt: Capital city and seat of the Kingdom of Dr. Victor von Doom, located just north of the Kline River.[citation needed]

Major Cities

Mountains

Forests

Lakes and Rivers

  • Draken River: The Latverian border to the Kingdom of Symkaria.[citation needed]
  • Klyne River: Located just south of Doomstadt.[citation needed]
  • Doom Lake: Located within Doomstadt, to the left of Castle von Doom (Castle Doom).[citation needed]

Alternative Realities

Earth-1610 (Ultimate Universe)

Dr. Victor Van Damme returned to Latveria, and in six months turned the country around. Latveria went from being a Third World nation to the ninth-richest country in the world. While seemingly happy, the citizens of Latveria are bearers of Doom's Dragon tattoos. He was revered by its citizens, who referred to him as "the good doctor".[33]

Earth-295 (Age of Apocalypse)

An ancient castle located within Latveria, was where Victor von Doom was raised as royalty in it's ruins. After a Mutant uprising, Latveria was turned into a processing facility. All unworthy, criminal or threatening mutants in Europe are sent there and turned into a primordial genetic soup to be used for scientific experiments. Due to its lucrative genetic production, Latveria is afforded some autonomy by both Weapon Omega's empire in the west and Omega Red's empire in the east who both desire its gene-pools. It eventually came under the control of Emma Frost. Victor von Doom brokered a deal with her to allow the human Latverian population to survive in camps instead of being exterminated.[citation needed]

Earth-311 (1602)

Latveria is ruled by Count Otto von Doom, to whom imprisoned the Four from the Fantastick within Castle Doom. Resultantly, the castle was attacked by a collection of heroes who tried to free the Four from the Fantastick.[citation needed]

Earth-928 (2099 A.D.)

Various power struggles over the fate of Latveria, end with most of the country destroyed by nanites.[citation needed]

Earth-1610 (Ultimate)

The devastating Ultimatum event, which caused global catastrophe, left Latveria to suffer a little ice age; covering the entire nation under deep snow and ice.[citation needed]

Earth-2149 (Zombiverse)

Latveria has been devastated, with Castle Doomstadt being besieged by Zombified Super-Heroes (despite being defended by a magical force-field), as it is the last remaining location on Earth-2149 (Zombiverse) which has any uninfected Humans. Unfortunately, several hordes of Zombified Super-Heroes break through the magical force-field protecting the castle, thus the castle is ransacked by the Zombies and infect the available Humans (thankfully the Latverian civilians are teleported safely into a different dimension by Doctor Doom).[citation needed]

Earth-9047 (Humorverse)

Flatveria

Latveria (Earth-9047)

Alternatively known as Latveria[34] Flatveria[35] or Blatveria[36], it is Doctor Doof's headquarters.

The Latverian Embassy appears in the Guide to Super-villains' Homes.[37]

Earth-9997 (Earth-X)

Castle Doom (within Latveria), formally served as the residence of Victor von Doom (until his death), and then served as the residence of Reed Richards (who had taken to wearing a Dr. Doom's armor and living in Doom's old castle). Following the construction of the "Human Torches", Reed Richards resumed residence at Castle Doom with Benjamin Grimm (Thing) and his family (Alicia Masters-Grimm/Buzz Grimm/Chuck Grimm) as well as Adam Warlock (Him) and Ayesha (Her).[citation needed]

Earth-58163 (House of M)

New Latveria, one of the last remaining Human societies in a Mutant dominated world. It is ruled by the Latverian Royal Family, the von Doom's.

Earth-93726 (Humorverse 2099)

On Earth-93726, happening in the year 2099, Latveria is called the Kingdom of Latvania and was described as the lost kingdom of Ducktor Doom. Spider-Ham believed that Ducktor Doom was on a quest to recover control over Latvania, but this was later proven false - Doom was not that ambitious.[38]

Earth-121698 (Fantastic Four movies)

Though not shown in the first film, it was mentioned when Doom's company investors suggested him to go back to his home country of Latveria. Also, the inscription on the glass case containing the iconic mask says that it was a presentation from the citizens of Latveria for Doom's services. It shown in the second film, as it was where Doom had been transported to after his defeat in the first film.

Residents

Main article: Latveria/Residents
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Notes

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Trivia

  • "Doomesque" is part of the Latverian lingo. It's essentially the equivlanet of the colloquial use of "cool."[32]
  • "May Doom's terrifying face inspire you to devotedly implement his policies until you die" is the legally mandated way Latverians say goodbye.[32]
  • In an effort to discedit foreign linguistics, Latverian media claimed that "goodbye" was an acronym that stood for "Gall, Outrage and Oppose Doom Because You'reall Extremelybadpeople."[32]
  • Souvenirs from foreign nations are banned in Latveria.[32]


See Also


Links and References

General references

Footnotes

  1. Earth-58163 (House of M)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Marvel Atlas #1; Latveria's entry
  3. X-Force #63
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Fantastic Four Annual #2
  5. Marvel Graphic Novel #49
  6. Marvel Super-Heroes #20
  7. Books of Doom #6
  8. 8.0 8.1 All-New, All-Different Avengers #15
  9. 9.0 9.1 X-Men Vol 3 #21
  10. Avenging Spider-Man #8
  11. Fantastic Four Vol 3 #67
  12. Avengers Disassembled
  13. Black Panther Vol 4 #19
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 X-Men Vol 3 #20
  15. 15.0 15.1 X-Men Vol 3 #21's recap
  16. Secret Wars #9
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #1
  18. 18.0 18.1 Infamous Iron Man #4
  19. 19.0 19.1 Vote Loki #2
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Vote Loki #3
  21. Civil War II #0
  22. Invincible Iron Man Vol 3 #6
  23. Invincible Iron Man Vol 3 #7
  24. Invincible Iron Man Vol 3 #8
  25. Invincible Iron Man Vol 3 #9
  26. Invincible Iron Man Vol 3 #10
  27. Secret Avengers #19
  28. U.S.Avengers #4
  29. Marvel VS. System (Card Game).
  30. Marvel VS. System (Card Game).
  31. Fantastic Four Annual Vol 5 #1
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 2 #23
  33. Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol 1 30
  34. I'll Be Doom For Christmas in What The--?! #11
  35. Secret Wars III in What The--?! #1
  36. "World Tour 1992 in What The--?! #17
  37. What The--?! #20
  38. What The--?! #26