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Zlobenia is one of many small Duchies and Principalities on the widdershins slopes of the Ramtops. Its neighbour is Borogravia, with which it is in a state of perpetual warfare due to the unreliable course of the river Kneck which marks the border. The country is ruled by Prince Heinrich; its capital city is Rigour and its main export is hand painted clogs. Prince Heinrich is a distant cousin of the Duchess who rules Borogravia and, since he believes, quite correctly, that she is dead, is the heir apparent to the throne of that neighbouring monarchy. Zlobenia location is unclear as it is not marked on The Discworld Mapp, but is likely rimwards of Borogravia and due widdershins of Ankh-Morpork. On the Disworld Mapp, there is empty space in this area and any one of three un-named rivers that rise in the Ramtops and feed into a large, un-named, inland sea could be the Kneck. Zlobenia has a Roundworld similarity to Slovenia, part of the former Yugoslavia (just like its rival Borogravia has connotations of Belgrade, the capital of the former Yugoslavia combined with Borogove, the nonsense word from Lewis Carrol's Jabberwocky and Belgravia, the area of London. Zlob is a Slavic word meaning 'evil' or 'malice'.

The capital of the country, Rigour, (meaning hardship, strictness or severity) which is close to a homonym for Riga, the capital of Latvia, another former Soviet satellite.

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