Political turmoil in the fictional kingdom of Wallachia … even the realms of satire are not imune to the financial crisis.

“There is an air force loyal to me, a royal guard; we even have a Trabant tank division,” [Boleslav I]  said. “We have not only conquered space but planted our sacred blue plum trees on the moon.” In fact, the Wallachian Royal Air Force consists of five Cessnas emblazoned with a Wallachian crest: an emaciated chicken falling through the sky.