This Portuguese satirical map presents the Cold War politic situation. Published in September 1953, shortly after the Soviets announced that the USSR had a hydrogen bomb, the map shows Europe as a circus arena. Russia, portrayed as a ringmaster, forces the Soviet satellite states to entertain spectators in Western Europe and the Americas.
The circus is fenced off by the Iron Curtain which casts a shadow over the countries on its eastern side. The legend at the bottom right hand corner explains the zoomorphic characteristics of each country.