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Countryballs, also known as Polandballs, are an art form and a mapping genre. Mainly it is the most popular mapping genre in Polish-language mapping community.

The countryball representing DroneQi, a famous Polish mapper.

A countryball is a style that consists of user-generated cartoon comics, artworks, and communities. It satirises countries, characterised as balls, with the exception of a few countries, with eyes and their flag as their skin, interacting with each other mostly in poorly written English, unless it is an English speaking country, and exhibiting personalities derived from national and international opinions and stereotypes of them. The comic style can be called Countryball, or more commonly known outside of Mapperdonia, Polandball.

The meme has developed differently than many other internet memes in that it has a strong community of followers across many websites, but is not always completely known of or understood outside of its communities. Regardless, countryballs have become a staple of many websites to depict international events. It has drawn the attention of scholars, front pages of websites and newspapers, game developers, politicians and ministries, and even celebrities, amongst other people.

A polandball.

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