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Since the winter holiday is approaching and I'm going to be away for most of it, I don't feel like starting any new project now. And so last week, I did some small fixes in my country and elsewhere, or just spent time offline, relaxing and stuff... On the weekend I drew a 'countryball' comic in Microsoft Paint (duuh, I don't know how to use Inkscape), so I just figured I'd share it here.

Not so Drabantia

Basically the whole premise of my country is that it's not really trying. By that I don't mean I don't try to map it nicely - that's a different thing - it's just that the country isn't number one in anything, has no ambitions to become the leader of the region and just wants peace, egalitarianism and reasonably priced alcoholic beverages. (Honestly, same, except the part about alcohol.)

I still actually haven't come up with an etymological background for the name Drabantia. I've only learned the word drab like 14 months ago, when my country was already settled down. At first I wasn't very happy - you know, what will all the English speaking users think of the country, drab isn't necessarily a positive adjective - but then I just went with it. There is the quote 'when life gives you lemons, make lemonade' (often accompanied by a random cartoon character and shared rampantly by Facebook moms), so I figured if anything I could make a tourism promo campaign out of it.

Since my skills at art software are almost negative, so I can't make authentic professional-looking commercials per se, I at least drew this.

Not so Drabantia comic.png

(a zoom in of the last panel:)

Not so Drabantia comic 2.png

What's your country's tourist campaign slogan? Also, I would absolutely love more users to draw countryball comics too. You have my permission to make fun of Drabantia in any way you want to.

Also, special shout-out to Vodeo, Myrcia, Gobrassanya, Khaiwoon, Litvania and Escadia for the guest appearance.

Monday bliki by Eklas

Comments are v welcome

how terrorism is in ogf? i have this questions since 2 months so i will ask it now

I don't know how terrorism in OGF is, but when I have seen the name Drabantia I thought its name is derived from the polish word drab, which maybe also exists in Czech (I don't know). According to polish dictionary it means a big, scary man or (historically) a private in old polish infantry or (regionally) someone who collects donations at Shrove Tuesday. You can always pick one :P And at the end I would to know how you made this beautiful image of your country on the last panel? --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 17:29, 18 December 2017 (CET)

Native English speaker here, I assumed Drabant was a word that had been tia'd to get to Drabantia.. Drabant, sounds like it might be piece of armour, a type of bread, maybe a part of a clock.. Ruadh (talk) 17:51, 18 December 2017 (CET)
You're close! I just found out drabant is apparently a form of the Old Czech word dráb, which means 'pedestrian soldier.' I guess that's not too bad. The last panel I made by taking a screencap of my country on the map, altering the perspective in Zoner Photo Studio, then opening MS Paint, deleting everything except the outlines of the lake and my country and then drawing over it. Took about three hours, but arguably worth it. Thanks! --Eklas (talk) 18:12, 18 December 2017 (CET)

Love the comic and especially the map of Drabantia! I always thought the name was very apt given the state of your housing estates but it isn't the most appealing. Still better than 'Czechia' though? Myrcia (talk) 17:54, 18 December 2017 (CET)

Thank you! It's true I like my buildings clean and subtle, and everything is better than Czechia. --Eklas (talk) 18:12, 18 December 2017 (CET)

Litvanias is "a unknown beauty" (neznáma krása, reference to the mountains I plan on drawing I guess). I like your portrayal of my country there, just peeking over the border highlands.... I'd love to see some cartoons that show the uncomfortable and exploitable originality situation between our countries. --Michal (talk) 18:08, 18 December 2017 (CET)

Great, you can make some too then! --Eklas (talk) 18:12, 18 December 2017 (CET)

Usually I never comment in any bliki, even that ones I love the most about reading (Eklas, Myrcia, and more friends), but this time I need to say something: LOVE THESE COMICS!!!!! hahahaha ;-) -- BMSOUZA (talk) 18:34, 18 December 2017 (CET)

Thank you, BMSOUZA! --Eklas (talk) 18:43, 18 December 2017 (CET)

Your drawing is A+²! I really love it! I can't tell if it's a coincidence or not, but I've actually been drawing random memes about Antharia and OGF in general for quite some time now, I wish I was still writing blikis so I could actually publish them... --Stjur (talkOGF) 19:29, 18 December 2017 (CET)

Well I think it's only time you publish a special memepisode of your bliki then! Thanks btw. --Eklas (talk) 21:55, 18 December 2017 (CET)

Oh my! It's great to see another Polandball artist here. I love it! Have you submitted anything to r/Polandball yet? So far I haven't done any PB comics-hopefully that will change. For now I will leave you with a small doodle of Agarderia and Glastian Agarderia. Yuanls (talk) 20:07, 18 December 2017 (CET)

I don't even use Reddit actually. Making comics about real world countries isn't this fun :D Anyways, thanks and good job on your drawing too --Eklas (talk) 21:55, 18 December 2017 (CET)

Nice one for the upcoming Christmas season, for people wanting to visit your country.--Happy mapping and God bless, Zhenkang (talk) 02:15, 19 December 2017 (CET)

Thanks! --Eklas (talk) 19:00, 19 December 2017 (CET)

I've actually been making some medium rare to well done memes about Xenica, because I can. First one: 'You Reposted in the Wrong Union Division'. FictiveJ (talk) 02:30, 19 December 2017 (CET)

I want to see! --Eklas (talk) 19:00, 19 December 2017 (CET)

So, you said... "You have my permission to make fun of Drabantia in any way you want to."? Alright! Although what I've done is more of a joke on Shilesia not being fully Slavic. --Trabantemnaksiezyc (talk) 15:45, 19 December 2017 (CET)

I sincerely apologise for not doing this in Paint, like it should be. --Trabantemnaksiezyc (talk) 15:45, 19 December 2017 (CET)
👍 --Eklas (talk) 19:00, 19 December 2017 (CET)

Well, I took an equally long time to invent the etymology (etymology=study of the origins of words) for the name Karolija, particularly as I realised country names should end in -maa in my language. So I just put it was uncertain, possibly named after and ancient king or a goddess. Another idea would be to have an ancient tribe called the Drabi, like Britain and England are called after the Brithons and the Angles, or a river, or other geographical feature. More interesting is how foreign names for countries come about. How did 'Magyaroszag' become 'Hungary'? Suomi, Finland? Masr, Egypt? Sarepava (talk) 18:20, 19 December 2017 (CET)

I'm familiar with the word. I have a provisional backstory for Drabantia - one historical land in the country is conveniently called 'Drania' (after Dranii, an ancient tribe) and another is 'Banuy,' so the name Dra-ban-tsko was created artificially some time in the Middle Ages when the historical lands merged into a single country. I'm not very sure if that's realistic though. --Eklas (talk) 19:00, 19 December 2017 (CET)

This is awesome! I honestly really like this style XD Even for a countryball comic there's a certain charm here that seems hard to achieve. :) --Ernestpcosby (talk) 22:27, 19 December 2017 (CET)

You did this in Paint?! Huge props, it's actually pretty great. I could totally see a tourism campaign adopting a kind of lo-fi, cartoon aesthetic to appeal to the Nintendo generation. --LW (talk) 18:34, 19 December 2017 (CET)

Just to add on to my comment (I was using a phone at the time), Singkangia's tourist campaign slogan will likely be 'See as much as you want, the real view is not censored like the communist times!', but I think that will be straight after Singkangia was freed from communism.

I like investigating etymologies, it sometimes make me think up of meaningful translations for the Babelic language, like Ardisphere as the 'Fire Country' (you can look up why in the article), and Commonia being (surprise, surprise) being 'Common Country'.

Singkangia (Singkang'ra) was named because of the presence of lions (now not so many after many years of lion hunting), thus 'Sing' and 'kang'ra' from the phrase 'Kangsamlan la Pobaora', meaning country of/with refuge (to the Katayans). The actual fact, however, is that I named because I thought of bringing some Singapore stuff into the country, since it is a bit small, then in vanity I named it after myself. Haha. It is also similar for my planned country 'Kanglapo' which I will map in the future.--Happy mapping and God bless, Zhenkang (talk) 10:32, 20 December 2017 (CET)

Sorry for posting twice, I thought I might share this article. I think I explain Litvanias etymology pretty decently. --Michal (talk) 11:38, 20 December 2017 (CET)

The area around the Strait of Lyc --Tito zz (talk) 11:55, 23 November 2019 (CET)