In Li'l Abner, the hapless residents of Lower Slobbovia were perpetually waist-deep in several feet of snow, and icicles hung from every frostbitten nose. The favorite dish of the starving natives was raw polar bear - and "vice-versa". Lower Slobbovians spoke with burlesque pidgin-Russian accents; the miserable frozen wasteland of Capp's invention abounded in incongruous Yiddish humor. General Bullmoose or Senator Jack S. Phogbound - Capp's caricatures of ruthless business interests and corrupt political interests, respectively - were often pitted against those of the pathetic Lower Slobbovians in a classic mismatch of haves versus have-nots.
Conceptually based on Siberia, or perhaps specifically on Birobidzhan, Capp's icy hellhole was ruled by King Stubbornovsky the Last, (aka: King Nogoodnik). The Slobbovian politicians were even more corrupt than their Dogpatch counterparts. Their monetary unit was the "Rasbucknik", of which one was worth nothing, and a large quantity was worth even less, due to the trouble of carrying them around. Conditions couldn't be worse, as tourists were readily assured by the miserable, highly vocal residents.
Besides biting political satire, Capp employed black humor, irony, social commentary, parody and slapstick in his Slobbovia stories; the series featured many memorable moments over the years. Lena the Hyena was a resident of Lower Slobbovia, as was Slobbovian correspondent Quentin Rasputinreynolds, (a parody of World War II journalist, Quentin Reynolds.) The local children were read harrowing tales from Ice-sop's Fables, which were parodies of classic literary fables, but with a darkly sardonic twist. Liddle Noodnik, a local waif, was frequently employed to recite a farcical poem of greeting to visiting dignitaries, or sing the absurd Slobbovian national anthem. It went like this:
We are citizens of Slobbovia / (Oh, that this should be happening to us!) / We are giving you back to the Indians / (But they are refusing, of cuss!) / Ptui! to you, Slobbovia! / We hate your icebound coast / Of all the countries in the world / WE ARE HATING SLOBBOVIA MOST!!