Borduria is a
fictional countryin the comic strip series " The Adventures of Tintin" by Hergé. It is located in the Balkansand has a rivalry with the fictional neighbouring country of Syldavia. Borduria is depicted in " King Ottokar's Sceptre" and " The Calculus Affair", and is referred to in " Tintin and the Picaros". In the latter two comic books it is depicted as a stereotypical Stalinist Eastern bloccountry.
Appearances in "Tintin" books
In "King Ottokar's Sceptre",
Tintinreads a Syldavian tourist pamphlet that reveals the early history of Syldavia and its relationship with Borduria. In 1195, Borduria annexed neighbouring Syldaviaand was under its rule until 1275, when Baron Almaszout drove the Bordurians away and established himself as King Ottokar I. In the later "Tintin" stories, this ancient rivalry continues with the Bordurians continually trying to invade or undermine Syldavia.
"King Ottokar's Sceptre" (written in 1939 by Hergé) depicts an unsuccessful Bordurian attempt at staging a "
coup d'état" against Syldavia, trying to remove the king and invade the country with the support from Bordurian sympathizers within Syldavia.
In "The Calculus Affair" (1956), Borduria is depicted as a stereotypical
Eastern Bloccountry complete with its own secret police(ZEP) (led by Colonel Sponsz) and a Stalinistmilitary dictator called Kurvi-Taschwho promotes a "Taschist" ideology. A statue of Kurvi-Tasch appears in front of a government building, in which he wears a moustache similar to Stalin's and gives a Nazi-like salute. The Bordurian military of this period is depicted as technologically inept — unable to stop a stolen tank commandeered by Tintin and his companions as a result of defective mines and anti-tank guns.
In "Tintin and the Picaros" (1976), the
South American banana republicof San Theodoros, ruled by General Tapioca, has formed an alliance with the Bordurian government, which has sent him military advisors, including Colonel Sponsz. In an unpublished page drawn by Hergé for this book, a bust of Kurvi-Tasch can even be seen in the office of a San Theodorean colonel. Eventually, Tapioca is deposed by Tintin's friend General Alcazar, and Sponsz is exiled.
In "The Calculus Affair", Marshal Kurvi-Tasch's mustache is used as Borduria's national symbol, appearing on the state flag, in its architecture, on the body fenders of Bordurian cars (such as Tintin's getaway car in "The Calculus Affair"), and even as a
diacritical mark over vowels. Policemen and officials wear red armbands with the mustache symbol in the centre of a white circle. It is similar to that worn by the various organisations in Germany under the Nazi regime . Even the Hotel Zsnorr in Szohôd where Tintin stays refers to the mustache ("snor" is Dutch for 'mustache', and is also an English pun on the word "snore"). In "Tintin and the Picaros", the Taschist moustache logo can be seen in the decorations on San Theodorean buildings. A common Bordurian oath is "By the Whiskers of Kurvi-Tasch!"
King Ottokar's Sceptre", the Bordurian flag is black, with a red circle and two black triangles. In " The Calculus Affair", it is red, and features the Kurvi-Tasch mustache logo.
Syldavia, Borduria has or has had Islamas one of its religions: in "The Calculus Affair", a minaretis visible behind the modernist buildings surrounding the statue of Kurvi-Tasch. The other architecture features typical Yugoslavian-like older buildings and modern Communistbuildings.
The "Tintin" books depict the country's language,
Bordurian, only in fragments. Like Syldavian, the language seems to be based on the Dutch Brusselsdialect Marols, such as "mänhir" for "mister" (cf. Dutch "mijnheer").
Tintin albums featuring Borduria:
* "Le Sceptre d'Ottokar" ("
King Ottokar's Sceptre", 1939)
* "L'Affaire Tournesol" ("
The Calculus Affair", 1956)
* Colonel Sponsz of Borduria features in "Tintin et les Picaros" ("
Tintin and the Picaros", 1976)
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