Freedonia

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This article treats the fictional country Freedonia; if you're looking for the micronation called Freedonia, see Principality of Freedonia


Freedonia is a fictional country in Europe, seen during the 1933 movie Duck Soup, which starred the Marx Brothers. Duck Soup was a box-office flop at the time of its release, but it has since been recognized as a classic of comedy film, and seen as a subversive satire on war.

In the movie, Freedonia was suffering from severe financial problems, and these problems were so extreme that the governing council willingly allowed a crazy dictator named Rufus T. Firefly (played by Groucho Marx) to take control and run the country. Firefly promptly declared war on a neighboring country "just for the hell of it".

In the 1990s, the satirical magazine Spy pulled a practical joke on several members of the United States Congress. The magazine successfully convinced several Congressional members, such as Corrine Brown, to issue statements condemning the "ethnic cleansing in Freedonia", without their realizing that Freedonia was a fictional country.de:Freedonia

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