In 1939, the country of Boravia was consumed by a civil war. A Boravian munitions magnate named Lubane hired an international armaments racketeer named Bartow to steal a formula from an American chemist, for an advanced type of poison gas. The gas' inventor was murdered, and Bartow took the formula to Boravia, but was pursued there by the American adventurer Superman. In Boravia, Superman intervened in a number of situations where civilians were endangered by the warring forces, then tracked down and confronted Lubane, who did not survive their encounter. Superman then flew to the capital city, and disrupted a stalemated peace conference, in which bad-faith negotiators from both factions were making no progress. He convincingly threatened to knock down the building in which they were haggling, with all the negotiators inside it; they very quickly reached a mutually acceptable agreement, and the civil war was ended.
In the mid-20th Century, in Europe, several traditional hereditary monarchies managed to survive both world wars, remaining independent and retaining their original form of government. Among these were Boravia, Carabas, Cornovia, Gardevia, Gavonia, Granaco, Kravia, Markovia, Moldacia, Norania, Numark, Offalia, Pan Balgravia, Ruina, Sardonia, Solvonia, and Valdania. Others, such as Cerania, Emporia, Patrania, or Resbia, are confirmed to have survived the First World War, but are not known to have survived the second.
Boravia was a small, traditional monarchy, in the Alps. In 1958, a treasonous nobleman, the so-called "Iron Duke", attempted to take control of the nation, and Rudolph, the king, fled the capital. The king's courtiers dragooned one member of the famous Blackhawk Squadron, Hendrickson, into impersonating the missing king. Hendrickson called in this team-mates, and after a violent battle between the loyal and disloyal forces, they overthrew the usurper, restoring the rightful king to his throne.
Points of Interest
- Boravia Castle (Earth-One)
- Alps (Earth-One)
- Lubane (Earth-Two)
- King Rudolf (Earth-One)
- Iron Duke (Earth-One)
- In the Blackhawk story, Boravia is described as a small Alpine kingdom, "not far from Hendrickson's old country."
- Boravia is explicitly located in Europe, in the Blackhawk story, and is probably in Europe, in the Superman story.