In 1940, Latavia was a Central European Dictatorship. By 1942, it no longer existed.
In the 1920s and 1930s, in the Quality Universe, the post-WWI hellscape of Europe spawned a significant number of Central European Dictatorships, including: Aryania, Barbaria, Bothnia, Darmania, Dunland, Govania, Jarmania, Kampfland, Latavia, Nordicha, North Germany, Teutonia, Tuvania, Wurtberg and others. These countries were very similar in their national cultures, and the some of the leadership cadres of their ruling parties bore strong resemblances to their foreign counterparts. When the Second World War got well and truly rolling, all of these countries, except Teutonia, were not only admitted to the Axis Powers, but politically annexed and absorbed into Hitler's Nazi Germany. After WWII, almost none of these nations existed again.
In 1940, Latavian secret agent Herman Weizer attempted to buy Bozo the Iron Man from American criminologist Hugh Hazzard, for millions of dollars. When that failed, Weizer hatched a plan to destroy the dangerous robot, with a death ray. A test firing of this death ray destroyed a small civilian aircraft, but it was completely useless against Hazzard's super-powered robot, and after a series of fights and chases, Weizer was turned over to the U.S. Army.
Herman Weizer, spy