I compiled a High 10 Fictional International locations for The New Assessment, the Impartial on Sunday’s journal, yesterday, however this was such a preferred one which I can now provide the High 50.
Right here they’re, in alphabetical order:
1. Ambrosia. Location of most of the fantasies of Billy Liar, within the 1959 novel by Keith Waterhouse, and the 1963 movie. Nominated by Alan Beattie.
2. Angria. Created by Charlotte and Branwell Brontë: Penguin has revealed the ensuing novelettes (Tales of Angria). Nominated by David Crawford.
3. Archenland, Calormen and Narnia. The nations of CS Lewis’s Narnia books. Nominated by Xlibris1, Jonathan Ford and James Bennett.
4. Atlantis. Pictured above: Athanasius Kircher’s map of 1669 (with north on the backside). First talked about in Plato’s Timaeus, c. 360 BC, so virtually as previous as Cloud Cuckoo Land (see under). Xlibris1 and Graham Kirby.
5. Avalon. Island in Arthurian legend that first appeared in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 1136 Historical past of the Kings of Britain. Richard Morris.
6. Averna. Tiny oil-rich principality on the Adriatic Sea, featured within the Albert Campion novel Candy Hazard by Margery Allingham. Simon Draper.
7. Buranda. A Commonwealth mess; Qumran (later Qumranistan) a “dry” Center Japanese nation, and St George’s Island. Sure, Minister and Sure, Prime Minister. Giles Dilnot, Ian Dunn and David Crawford.
8. Carbombya. Arab state featured in The Transformers cartoon. “I’m not making this up,” mentioned Tom Doran.
9. Cloud Cuckoo Land. Probably the earliest instance: the town constructed by birds in Aristopha nes’ play, Birds, 414 BC. Steve Van Riel.
10. Costaguana. Setting of Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo, 1904.
11. Drenai Empire. David Gemmell’s fantasy land perpetually saved by hard-bitten antiheroes. John David Blake.
12. Eastasia, Eurasia and Oceania. Nineteen Eighty-4, George Orwell. Ms Particular person and Kevin Higgins. Additionally Airstrip One, though technically a province of Oceania, nominated by William Barter.
13. El Dorado. Candide, by Voltaire, 1759. The place the streets are paved with treasured stones and all of the king’s jokes are humorous. Rupert Myers.
14. Elbonia. Dilbert cartoon, Scott Adams. Nick Reid, Ian Dunn.
15. Erewhon. Samuel Butler’s novel (1872). Martin Cable and David Crawford.
16. Freedonia. Duck Soup, starring the Marx Brothers, 1933. Stewart Wooden, Ian Dunn, David Crawford.
17. The Republic of Gilead. The Handmaid’s Story, Margaret Atwood, 1985. Piali Das Gupta.
18. Grand Fenwick. The Mouse That Roared (novel, 1955, movie, 1959). Stewart Wooden, Matthew Burchell and Simon Parker.
19. Herzoslovakia. The Secret of Chimneys, Agatha Christie. Peter Milburn.
20. Ishmaelia. Scoop, by Evelyn Waugh, with its “very promising little warfare” (Lord Copper). Nick Reid, Dan Kelly and Fiona Laird.
21. Laputa. This checklist started with Lilliput, island nation of tiny folks in Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, 1726, nominated by Ben Ross. Different nations within the e-book embrace Laputa, the flying island in whose considerate inhabitants transfer provided that struck by a bladder; additionally within the 1986 movie by Hayao Miyazaki. Jonathan Ford.
22. Latveria. Physician Doom’s kingdom in Marvel Comics. Willard Foxton and Rogan Dixon.
23. Laurania. In Winston Churchill’s novel Savrola, 1900. Nominated by Thatchersrise.
24. Loompaland. Residence of the Oompa Loompas, Charlie and The Chocolate Manufacturing unit, Roald Dahl, 1964. Stewart Wooden.
25. Molvania. Japanese European nation within the eponymous 2003 journey e-book parody, subtitled “A Land Untouched by Dentistry”. Adrian Brodkin.
26. Isle of Naboombu. Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1971. Rob Heat.
27. Neverland. Initially “the By no means By no means Land” within the 1904 play, Peter Pan, however shortened by JM Barrie within the 1911 novel. Simon Wilder.
28. Paflagonia. In WM Thackeray’s The Rose and the Ring. David Crawford.
29. Pimlico. Passport to Pimlico, 1949. Will Oulton and Don Thomson.
30. Qumar (generic Arab petro-terror-state) and Equatorial Kundu (generic sub-Saharan hellhole) from The West Wing. In style nominations: Tom Doran was first.
31. Ruritania. Probably most well-known fictional however reasonable nation, setting for trilogy by Anthony Hope: The Prisoner of Zenda, 1894, The Coronary heart of Princess Osra, 1896, and Rupert of Hentzau, 1898. Nominated by Sir Dick of Hearts, Martin McDonald and Willard Foxton.
32. San Lorenzo. Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. Graeme.
33. San Marcos. Woody Allen’s Bananas, 1972. Rhys Needham.
34. San Pedro. Central American state whose exiled dictator, “The Tiger”, eludes justice by the hands of Sherlock Holmes and the police in Conan Doyle’s “The Journey of Wisteria Lodge”. David Crawford.
35. San Serriffe. The Guardian’s April Idiot of 1977. John Ruddy.
36. Shangri-La. Valley in Misplaced Horizon, by James Hilton, 1933. Nick Reid.
37. The Shire – “though technically the Shire is a area, not a rustic, positioned within the Kingdom of Arnor”, mentioned Tom King. Ian Dunn additionally nominated Mordor and Gondor in Center-Earth.
38. Syldavia and Borduria. Tintin. Tom Doran and Jake Goretzki.
39. Tazbekistan. Setting for the Mitchell and Webb comedy Ambassadors. Faye Harland.
40. Themyscira. Residence of Surprise Lady and the Amazons, DC Comics. Rogan Dixon.
41. The Three Islands. Pirates’ lair dominated by Missee Lee within the eponymous tenth e-book of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons collection. The islands – Dragon, Tiger and Turtle – are a confederation. David Crawford.
42. Uqbar. The topic of Louis Borges’ story “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”. “It’s doubly fictional, as it’s fictitious within the story as nicely. Uqbar is the topic of a centuries-long hoax by a secret society within the story with a collection of fabricated articles, encyclopaedias and artefacts related with the nation. The conclusion of the story sees the ‘actual’ world of the story being assimilated by the fictional world because it adopts the tradition described within the fabricated writings. That Borges, eh?” Paul T Horgan.
43. Utopia. Thomas Extra, 1516. Not a lot fictional as theoretical, it’s a Greek pun that means each no place and good place. Nominated by Graham Kirby, Will Oulton, Ms Particular person.
44. Val Verde. Latin American dictatorship answerable for foiled terror plots in Die Exhausting 2 and Commando. Paul, John Clarke.
45. Vulgaria. In Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the movie of Ian Fleming’s e-book, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang (which is hyphenated, and which doesn’t characteristic Vulgaria). Fiona Laird.
46. Wakanda. Kingdom dominated by Black Panther within the Marvel comics. Twlldun, Rogan Dixon.
47. Wonderland. As in Alice in. “It has a king, queen, aristocracy, class construction, court docket of regulation, training system (mouse offers lecture on William the Conqueror), equality coverage (caucus race has no declared winner), sports activities infrastructure (the Queen’s Croquet Floor), laws that has but to ban outside smoking (the hookah-using caterpillar sitting on a mushroom)…” David Crawford.
48. Zembla. “If solely to underline the brilliance of the novel it options in – Pale Hearth, by Vladimir Nabokov, 1962,” mentioned Patrick Hennessy and John Meredith.
49. Zubrovka. Grand Budapest Resort. Paul Colligan, Tom King.
50. Zuy. Affluent elfin kingdom within the Netherlands, in Kingdoms of Elfin, by Sylvia Townsend Warner, 1977. Ben Ross.
Thanks once more to you all. Listellany: A Miscellany of Very British High 10s from Politics to Pop is out now.