Exiled wrote:I like the imaginary or invisible geography theory proposed on another thread. It seems to fit all the evidence or lack thereof the best. However, Dr. Shades' map likely shows from where Joseph Smith invented his imagined geography.
Some fictional island nations I used to read about:
- Tsalal: an island in the 1838 novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe and its 1897 sequel An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne. It has a tribal society led by a chief, Too-Wit
- Barclay Islands (the Barclays): British-dependent archipelago off the Bahamas embroiled in conflict between Castro's Cuba and the drug trade in Frederick Forsyth's novel The Deceiver.
- Saint Honoré: in Agatha Christie's novel A Caribbean Mystery
- Blefuscu: a land where all the people are tiny from the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. Enemies of Lilliput
- Lilliput: a land where all the people are tiny from the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Taprobane: a country described as "about ninety percent congruent with the island of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)" from Arthur C. Clarke's The Fountains of Paradise --- my pet ---
- Balnibarbi: land containing the metropolis called Lagado from the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Glubbdubdrib: an island governed by a tribe of magicians. About one third the size of the Isle of Wight. From the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Shwambrania: from Lev Kassil's Konduit (or Black Book) and Shwambrania, an island in the shape of an inverted molar tooth having three roots
Swift seems to win.