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Kasnia or Kaznia is a fictional country which appears in the DC animated universe. It appears to be located in the Balkans, and to alternate (throughout the various time periods it is visited) between peace and a civil war between Northern and Southern factions. The religion of the royal family appeared to be Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Kasnia
Flag of Kasnia.png
The flag of Kasnia.
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TypeCountry
Notable charactersQueen Audrey
PublisherDC Comics

DC Animated UniverseEdit

Superman: The Animated SeriesEdit

Kaznia (or Kasnia) first appears in the premiere episode of Superman: The Animated Series, "The Last Son Of Krypton". At this point, it appears to be ruled by a "Regent", who makes a secret deal with Lex Luthor to acquire a prototype of LexCorp's new military battlesuit. Because Kaznia is under a trade embargo, the transaction is carried out by staging a theft from Lexcorp using a team of hired mercenaries, led by John Corben. Superman's fight with Corben in the suit marks his high-profile debut in Metropolis.[1]

It was also featured in the first issue of Superman Adventures, the comic book based on the series, where Lex Luthor deploys an android Superman imposter to attack the Kaznian embassy both to discredit Superman and instigate Kaznian-U.S. problems. Superman, after destroying the fake, confronts Luthor and forces him to make a public statement admitting responsibility, as well as appropriate a large amount of money to repair the embassy.

Batman: Mystery of the BatwomanEdit

In Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, a faction of the Kasnian military attempts to purchase a large number of high-tech weapons from Gotham mobsters The Penguin, Rupert Thorne, and the assassin Bane. The Kasnians never receive these arms and likely intended to retaliate against the Penguin and Thorne for cheating them.[2]

Justice LeagueEdit

Kasnia makes several appearances in the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series.[3][4] In the Season 2 episode "Maid of Honor", the country becomes the vehicle for a plot by Vandal Savage. He manipulates Kasnia's substantial contribution to an International Space Station to mount an orbital weapon. After becoming affianced to Princess Audrey, the heir to the throne, Savage has the current incumbent, King Gustav, poisoned and takes the throne in Audrey's name (their wedding appears to be Greek Orthodox in nature).[3][5]

After the Justice League foiled Savage's plot, their marriage was ended, either through divorce or annulment, and Audrey, as Queen, resolved to be a more conscientious ruler than her father.

By the episode "Hawk and Dove", a North-South civil war had erupted, and was further exacerbated when the overwhelmed Northern Kasnians were given a mobile battlesuit by the Greek god Ares. Though the Northerners and Southerners stopped fighting when they realized they were being manipulated by the god, it was clear that they intended to resume hostilities later.[4]

Subsequently, in "The Great Brain Robbery", Kasnia had apparently reunified and joined the European Union, adopting the Euro as its official currency. The Secret Society attempted to steal a shipment of Euros as they were being transported into the country.[5] In the same episode, a location in Kasnia is listed at the coordinates 45°9'8" N, 19°58'13" E. This would seem to locate the nation in the autonomous region of Vojvodina, Serbia, in northern Serbia.[6] The second coordinate is unclear: although it appears to be 19°58'13", the "8" is obscured, and could be a "9" or "0".[7]

Batman BeyondEdit

In "Rebirth", the pilot episode of Batman Beyond, the Kasnian ambassador, Vilmos Egans (who briefly appears as a background character at Audrey's engagement party in Justice League episode "Maid of Honor") appears in Gotham to do business with Derek Powers. Wayne-Powers has developed a lethal nerve gas, which the Kasnian government wishes to acquire. When Terry McGinnis's father, a Wayne-Powers employee, tried to expose the project, he was murdered on Powers's orders, causing Terry to become the new Batman.

Another Batman Beyond reference to Kasnia is in the episode "Spellbound", where the auction house director is locking up the "Princess Audrey Collection" of dresses.

Other appearancesEdit

Justice League: Gods And MonstersEdit

The first appearance of the League features them infiltrating a bunker beneath the Kasnian embassy to retrieve data stolen by terrorists.

Batman: Arkham KnightEdit

One militia soldier will occasionally speak the line "Yeah, I've got a job lined up after this, Kasnia. There's a king there we're gonna depose, or restore, or kill maybe? Look I just shoot who they say, ok".

ArrowverseEdit

ArrowEdit

Kasnia appears in season three episode "Suicidal Tendencies" of the CW TV series Arrow. After Diggle and Lyla officially remarry, Amanda Waller (A.R.G.U.S.) interrupts their honeymoon to recruit them for a Suicide Squad mission to rescue Senator Cray from a kidnapping in the Republic of Kasnia. The kidnapping turns out to be a ruse by Cray, to help his bid for the presidency. The mission ends with Diggle, Lyla, Cupid, and Lawton killing all the mercenaries and saving the hostages. Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot sacrifices himself in the explosion caused by the explosives-rigged by Cray's mercenaries.

Kasnia also appears in season six episode “Deathstroke Returns”. After meeting back up with Oliver on Lian Yu, Slade Wilson tracks his son from Calgary to Kasnia. Finding out that his son is dead, Slade drugs Oliver and goes after The Jackals. Only then does he find out that his son is living and actually is leading this dangerous group. Later, in the season six episode twenty-one "Docket No. 11-19-41-73", John Diggle rescues Christopher Chance from Kasnia to testify at Oliver's court trial, where Chance wears Tommy Merlyn's mask and confesses being the "Green Arrow".

SupergirlEdit

In the season two premiere "The Adventures of Supergirl" of the CW TV series Supergirl, the assassin John Corben is described as having links to "Kaznian terrorists".

In the season four premiere "American Alien," Supergirl briefly visits Kaznia in a montage of her acting as a superhero internationally. After this montage, she shows up a few moments late for a press conference with the President of the United States and tells James Olsen that she's sorry she's late, but "comes bearing gifts." She then hands him a bottle of vodka, which prompts him to ask if she was in Russia. She replies that she was in Kaznia. It is later revealed that Supergirl's Harun-El-(AKA Rock of Yuda Kal) created double is also in Kaznia. The country is featured prominently in season four episode sixteen entitled “The House of L”, in which Lex Luthor travels there to study and train Supergirl’s clone, whom he nicknames “Red Daughter”. In "The House of L", Kaznia is briefly shown on a map, and its borders appear to correspond to those of Irkutsk Oblast.

DC's Legends of TomorrowEdit

In the season one episode "Progeny", Rip Hunter's team: Sara Lance, Martin Stein, Jefferson "Jax" Jackson, Ray Palmer, Leonard Snart, and Kendra Saunders, travels to the nation of Kasnia in an attempt to stop the immortal tyrant known as Vandal Savage from manipulating the heir to rule Per Degaton (played by Cory Grüter-Andrew). The country is shown to be largely utopian, with apparently no crime, pollution, or poverty, but does feature a heavily advance police of A.T.O.M. robots. By the end of the episode, Rip Hunter is informed that the timeline has remained unchanged, and Per Degaton proceeds in murdering his father, causing a worldwide genocide.

Justice League ActionEdit

In the episode "Keeping Up with the Kryptonians"[8] history is altered by the villain Mister Mxyzptlk to show Superman and Supergirl how different their lives would be if they did not arrive in Smallville, Kansas. Supergirl becomes a vain celebrity in Hollywood and Superman a Kaznian enforcer.[9] Kaznian Superman and the plot of this episode are most likely references to the Elseworlds comic, Superman: Red Son, which shows an alternate history where Superman's spaceship lands in Soviet Russia.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (3) Recap - TV.com[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ The World's Finest - The New Batman Adventures
  3. ^ a b Justice League Unlimited: Maid of Honor (2) Recap - TV.com Archived 2009-03-22 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Justice League Unlimited: Hawk and Dove Recap - TV.com
  5. ^ a b Justice League Unlimited: The Great Brain Robbery Recap - TV.com
  6. ^ Google Maps
  7. ^ Google Maps
  8. ^ Keeping Up with the Kryptonians, retrieved 2019-04-29
  9. ^ "Justice League Action S 1 E 50 Keeping Up With The Kryptonians / Recap". TV Tropes. Retrieved 2019-04-29.