Countries invented especially for movies: top 12

By SSPDailyFeb 1, 2024 12:07 PMEntertainment
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Countries invented especially for movies
Countries invented especially for movies. Source: premiere.fr

When watching a movie, many of us wish we could travel through the screen to join the characters wherever they are. From snow-capped mountain ranges to warm summer beaches, many filmmakers really know how to make certain places look incredible.

Some countries seem too perfect. And it's not surprising, because they were invented specifically for movies. a selection of such fake, but impressive places was published by MovieWeb.

Themyscira/Rai Island ("Wonder Woman")

Themyscira, also known as Paradise Island, is more than just the home of fierce Amazonian women.

It is believed to be a hidden island located off the coast of Turkey. DC fans can learn more about the civilization in the prequel TV series Paradise Lost.

Agrabah (Aladdin)

Although Agrabah is more of a city than a nation, it's worth noting how the creators have incorporated various Islamic and Middle Eastern factors into the fictional melting pot. Different races, ethnicities, and social classes are represented to show that the city is not a strict affiliation and does not follow the policies and laws of one country.

Republic of Wadiya ("The Dictator")

Wadiya is a fictionalized North African state, but looking at the borders and surrounding areas, it is actually a physical depiction of Eritrea. Given the black humorous nature of the movie, it was a good idea to invent a country. After all, if it were real, its leadership would have been offended by now.

Nambutu (Casino Royale)

Having received the status of 007 agent, James Bond pursues the bomb maker Moloka'i all the way to the Nambutuan embassy in Madagascar. Although Madagascar is a real country off the southeastern coast of Africa, the embassy as well as the country of Nambutu are fictional.

The Atlantic (The Little Mermaid)

Life under the surface of the ocean is still a mystery to many, so the creation of an underwater kingdom modeled after the mythological city of Atlantis, where mermaids and very self-confident sea creatures live, is really plausible.

The Greek island of Kalokairi ("Mamma Mia!")

Although Greece has about 6000 islands, Kalokairi is not one of them. Mamma Mia!was filmed on the island of Skopelos. The exact name of the island is fictitious, but the beautiful location and friendly culture are quite real.

The Kingdom of Wakanda (Black Panther)

Wakanda is a fictional country located in East Africa, best known as the birthplace of Black Panther in the movie of the same name. Although its citizens present their small nation as a third-world country, they are not at all behind the technologically advanced world.

Krakozhiya (Terminal)

Victor Navorsky tries to fly home to the fictional country of Krakozhia, but finds out that his homeland has undergone a coup d'etat and a new government has come to power. American airlines cannot allow him to travel, but he is also banned from entering the United States.

Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia)

In the English countryside, no one would expect to find a luxurious winter wonderland filled with snow and polite animals, let alone one that was entered through a wooden wardrobe. The country of Narnia is fictional, but many fans still hope to find it someday.

Sokovia (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Sokovia is supposedly located between two real European countries, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, but it is actually a completely fictional country in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the movie, Sokovia serves as the location for Baron Wolfgang von Strucker's experimental laboratory.

Panem (The Hunger Games)

Modeling a dystopian world from our modern world gives viewers a better understanding of how our mixed society can be divided and what this division is likely to do to the civilian population.

Nibia (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls)

Ace Ventura is on a mission to the fictional African country of Nibia to find an important bat. Using a fictional country is the best idea here because the movie focuses on two tribes that could potentially go to war if Ace doesn't complete his mission on time. Instead of explicitly representing real tribes and their political conflicts with each other, it is easier (and perhaps more respectful, as this movie is extremely comedic) to use a fictionalized place with fictionalized groups of people.

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