Its monarchy was established around 1776.
During World War II, Markovia was occupied by Nazis. When they were defeated, most of the Nazis were banished from the place by the United States Army and the kingdom was restored under King Victor's rule.
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.
However, Baron Bedlam, a former Nazi who had occupied Markovia, tried to reclaim the throne several years later, causing the death of Viktor. In the ensuing armed confrontation, Bedlam tried to murder the rightful heir Gregor, but he was stopped and defeated by the youngest son of Viktor, Brion, who had gained super-powers and become Geo-Force. With Bedlam out of action, his army was easily defeated by the Outsiders and peace was restored to Markovia.
Shortly after the ascension of King Gregor, Markovia had its first elections for prime minister. The race was between the bureaucrat Wilhelm Vittings and academic Josef Müller. The country was new to this circus, and violent arguments filled the streets. Vittings was in league with Baron Bedlam (or actually, Psycho-Pirate in disguise), and he won by default after Psycho-Pirate mind controlled Müller to commit suicide.
Points of Interest
- Brion Markov
- Frederick DeLamb
- Helga Jace
- Tara Markov
- Prime Minister Wilhelm Vittings
- King Gregor
- Queen Ilona
- In Batman and the Outsiders #1, Markovia was said to be in Eastern Europe, and the map accompanying it placed it in Belgium, taking over parts of Belgian Luxembourg and Namur - not Eastern Europe by any stretch of the imagination. Outsiders #21 describes it as Western European, and Infinity Inc. Special #1 as a principality rather than a kingdom. The Atlas of the DC Universe describes it as a Western European republic located just west of Lake Como, taking the place of the southern tip of Switzerland's Ticino canton. Guide to the DC Universe Secret Files and Origins 2000 also calls it Western European, and places it in the border region of Austria and Hungary.