In the Quality Universe, as elsewhere, the post-World War II "Cold War" kept Europe divided for decades, between the (mostly) democracies in the west and the (mostly) communist dictatorships in the east. During those years, the Communist Bloc included: Albania, Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, North Korea, North Vietnam, Poland, Romania, Rugaria, Transvania, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and others.
Transvania's mode of government was a unique blend of traditional monarchy and Soviet-style dictatorship; ultimately it proved unstable. In practical terms, the government was an uneasy alliance between Her Highness "the Raven" and the Hangman, Redrum.
In 1954, the Red aggressor nation of Transvania invaded neighboring Ramonia. The Blackhawks, on foot, pitched in with the defending army, against the Red Tyrants. Transvanian forces captured Blackhawk, and Transvania's rulers attempted to blackmail the Blackhawk Squadron into disbanding. Characteristically, they instead invaded Transvania and rescued their leader. The Raven, meanwhile, had been secretly organizing and leading an underground nationalist resistance movement. Seemingly by mistake, she ordered the Hangman's soldiers to shoot the Hangman. Very soon after that, the Blackhawk team left Transvania, and the former Queen of Transvania left with them. Behind them, the nationalists and communists presumably fought on, until one faction prevailed.
Points of Interest
- Raven Castle