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Spinachovia

Spinachovia (also known as Nazilia, Spinachia, Spinachania, Splotovia, New Atlantis, Blozoland and Uncle Willy's Toupée) is the island kingdom ruled by King Blozo. The kingdom has had numerous names over the years due to Blozo's indecisive nature as well as his poor paperwork management, but eventually "Spinachovia" became the permanent name of the country. Fitting, considering the kingdom's hefty spinach crop. The country is often under attack by threats both big and small, ranging from internal conflict and war to attacks from monsters like giants.

Population

Spinachovia is mainly home to a reasonably large number of people of presumably European origin. However, the current Spinachovian inhabitants of the island were not the first humans to set foot on the shores of the island. Before them, the island was home to the Big-Eared Pygmies, warring large-lobed dwarfs who lived in secrecy in the highest mountains of the island, not letting the first settlers of Spinachovia even know of their existence, something the pygmies used to their advantage as they enjoyed stealing from the farms of the Spinachovian settlers, that remained completely unaware of their presence. At least, until the pygmies became sick of the Spinachovian spinach crops, which was all they ever bothered to farm. The island also receives many strange visitors and dangerous invaders from other islands, such as warring clans and giants.

Setting history

Thimble Theatre

In the original comic strip by E. C. Segar known as Thimble Theatre, Spinachovia first appeared under the name of "Nazilia" in the 1931 strip "The Great Rough-House War". There, it was a kingdom at war with neighboring Tonsylania, which led Nazilias's king Blozo to hire Popeye's services in hopes of ending the war. Since its first appearance, Segar continued to use the kingdom on occasion. However, in future appearances, it would be renamed several times.

In Bud Sagendorf's continuation of the comic, Spinachovia returned with more frequency, where it was an even more fantastical place and where Popeye's more amazing adventures took place.

Popeye's first TV series

Spinachovia made its animated debut in the 1960s Popeye television series under the name of "Spinachia" throughout the show's run, with episodes focusing on it being quite strange or fantastical, such as one episode featuring Spinachovia being at war with a kingdom of living missile people.

Revivals

Spinachovia would re-appear in IDW Publishing's revival of the Popeye comics in 2012 as a recurring location. Its first appearance was in the fourth issue, where once again it is a location filled with war and unusual happenings. The comic also finally addresses the reason for the kingdom's many name changes, claiming that King Blozo is indecisive and bad at paper work, and even named it other extravagant names to help boost tourism, such as "New Atlantis" at one point.

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