In the 1920s and 1930s, in the Quality Universe, the post-World War I hellscape of Europe spawned a significant number of Central European dictatorships, including: Aryania, Barbaria, Bothnia, Darmania, Dunland, Govania, Jarmania, Kampfland, Latavia, Nordicha, North Germany, Tuvania, Wurtberg, and others. When the Second World War began in earnest, all of these countries were not only admitted to the Axis Powers, but politically annexed and absorbed into Hitler's Nazi Germany. After WWII, none of these nations existed again.
In 1938, two Tuvanian-sponsored businessmen bought, for two billion dollars, the biggest arms factory in the U.S.A., Klegfield Arms. Their real names were Bronislaus and Karl Lescu, but they called themselves J. Howard Kean and Rand Stevens. Their financial backers in the Tuvanian government had a scheme: Klegfield's new executives would do business as usual until a certain date, when the Tuvanian government would demand the Hawaiian Islands from the U.S., then would blow up their own factory. This scheme was stumbled upon, penetrated, and disrupted by an American secret agent known only as Black X. At gunpoint, Black X extorted "Kean" and "Stevens" into signing over their factory to the U.S.Government, then let them escape, expecting that Tuvania would have an unpleasant surprise for them later.