Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia, is a sovereign state in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Between 1940 and 1991, it was a part of the Soviet Union as a puppet state, known as the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, before regaining independence.
Flag Smashers’ Campaign
In 2024, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and Helmut Zemo travelled to Riga in order to track down the Flag Smashers. Upon arriving, Barnes left Wilson and Zemo after seeing Kimoyo Beads in the street and then found Ayo, who demanded Zemo.
Barnes was told by Ayo that he had eight hours before the Dora Milaje would come for Zemo. He then returned to Wilson and Zemo in the residence Zemo owned and discussed the Flag Smashers. The three decided to go and ask for the location of Donya Madani's funeral. Wilson and Barnes had no luck, finding out that the refugees were supporters of the Flag Smashers. However, Zemo was able to entice children to give the location by giving them candy. After getting the location, the three walked towards it, only to be confronted by John Walker and Lemar Hoskins.
Walker and Hoskins joined them and went to the location, where Walker then handcuffed Zemo, and Wilson went inside to speak with Karli Morgenthau. After the funeral, Wilson managed to talk to Morgenthau, but it was interrupted by Walker who came inside impatient. Barnes chased after Morgenthau but lost her in the building. Morgenthau then gathered up the Super Soldier Serum vials and prepared to escape, only to be almost killed by Zemo, who then destroyed the serum vials. Walker, however, arrived and hit Zemo with the shield, knocking him out. Walker then grabbed the last vial and put it in his pocket.
Back at Zemo's residence, the three were met by Walker and Hoskins again, who demanded Zemo's arrest. Ayo and two Dora Milaje named Nomble and Yama then arrived, but were stopped by Walker, who instigated a fight. During the fight, Zemo escaped. After Wilson and Barnes tried to intervene, a disappointed Ayo took Barnes' vibranium arm off and then told the other two Dora to leave after finding Zemo gone. Barnes then put his arm back on and left the residence with Wilson.
At a nearby café, Walker and Hoskins discuss the Super Soldier Serum. Hoskins expresses his interest in taking the serum if offered, with Walker agreeing that it would be the best choice to make.
After getting a call from his sister, Wilson meets with Karli Morgenthau, bringing Barnes along. However, Wilson is then notified that Walker was going after the Flag Smashers in a separate location to which he, Barnes, and Morgenthau went too. Wilson arrived and witnessed Walker, with now enhanced strength, bend a metal pipe and defeat Dovich with ease. Wilson and Walker were then ambushed by two other Flag Smashers, and were soon joined by Barnes. After Morgenthau accidentally kills Hoskins, Walker brutally murders Nico in front of a public crowd using the shield.
Wilson and Barnes followed John Walker to an abandoned warehouse and demanded that he hand over the shield. When Walker refused to give them the shield, a fierce fight broke out. Walker used the shield to beat back Wilson and then gained the upper hand on Barnes, after knocking him back into an electric circuit that hit Barnes' vibranium arm.
Walker then fought against Wilson and after knocking him to the ground, tore his wings off. He then prepared to kill Wilson with the shield, but was stopped by Barnes. Barnes and Wilson then restrained Walker and tore the shield away from him. Barnes then hit Walker and Wilson then slammed Walker in the back with the shield, before they fell to the ground in exhaustion. Wilson then reclaimed the shield.
Following Nico's death, Karli Morgenthau met up with the rest of the Flag Smashers at their abandoned camp. She told them how angry she was due to their losses and then told them that they couldn't move away from their goals in the movement.
Following the fight, Barnes and Wilson met up with Joaquin Torres back at the Latvian GRC Resettlement Camp. After Barnes left, Torres updated Wilson on Morgenthau and then paid attention to the EXO-7 Falcon. As Wilson was leaving with the shield, he passed on the Falcon mantle to Torres, telling him to keep the wings.
|Appearances for Latvia|
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