Can I Construct a Map of Gaia?

You know, it really just depends if I can master my artistic skills but a map of Gaia is definitely something I’ve wanted to insert in both my Lord of Columbia e-books and paperback works for quite some time.

I’ve hand-drawn rough sketches in the past but to really sit down and design the entire world, something similar to what you might see at the beginning of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time work will definitely complete the dream of bringing Lord of Columbia from my imagination and the imagination of my readers to life in a visual setting.

But, before I draw up the map, what does my fantasy world of Gaia look like? As a few readers have asked me via Twitter.

Well, I can honestly say that Gaia itself is a carbon copy of Earth, but with a few stark differences.

One, the lost world of Atlantis exists on the map and for another, another lost world, Lemuria, also exists as a second additional continent, and Antarctica is located in a different spot as well bringing us to nine inhabitable continents.

I’ve imagined Atlantis and Lemuria both to be in places pop culture has placed them, with Atlantis being in the Atlantean Sea (copy of the Atlantic Ocean), and Lemuria within the Lemurian Sea (copy of the Indian Ocean), between Southwest Asia and Africa.

Each continent has its own real-life copy as well:

North Ithaca, which houses Columbia, Kanata, and Azteca serves as North America while Columbia is akin to the US, Kanata to Canada, and Azteca to Mexico.

South Ithaca, a match for South America.

Eura or Eurea, both of which are a copy of Europe.

Asa serves as the Asian continent.

Afrikaana is another name for Africa.

South Britannia represents Australia and other Oceanic nations, with the Australia copy going by Oceania, New Zealand as Zealandia, which derives its name from the real-life sunken continent.

There are also nations and their counterparts.

Southland is comparable to England.

Northland to Scotland.

Ddraigoch to Wales (where the bulk of The Skyehawk Chronicles takes place).

Nordica refers to the Nordic nations, where Norway would be West Nordica, Sweden serving as Central Nordica, Denmark as South Nordica, Iceland as Northern Nordica, and Finland as East Nordica.

Russia is known as Sovia.

Belgium is known as Dover.

Lowerland is akin to the Netherlands.

Hessia, a nation mentioned as early as Trilogy I, is comparable to Germany.

Romana was created in relation to Italy.

Shamaria to Ireland.

Lourdes/Tamuria both refer to France.

Persia, of course, serves as Iran.

Dari is Afghanistan.

Mestamia is comparable to Iraq, derived from Mesopotamia.

Nazarah is Israel.

Athenia refers to Greece.

Madridia is a reference to Spain, note the similarities between Madridia and Spain’s capital city.

Arkaanaman serves as Turkey, which was the key figure in the Ottoman Empire. In Neo Skyehawk, the Arkaanaman Empire is mentioned, – basically a comparison to the Ottomans.

Libia is Libya.

Berea serves as Switzerland.

Haman as Lebanon.

Yasara makes an appearance as the State of Palestine.

Damasca as Syria.

I can honestly go further and I probably will when the time comes to design and implement this map in my work.

But this article here gives you a strong idea that Lord of Columbia’s World of Gaia is a carbon copy, if not an allegory, of our real world, complete with nations similar in location to our own. Not every nation will have a comparison, but those depicted in the work at one point or another, definitely will.

Now, if I can show the actual geography on this map it’ll be lights out. I’ll be sure to post an update as I dive into this project, labeling the nations and their real-life counterparts. One main reason why I decided to make Gaia and its nations similar to the real world’s was so that in the event I ultimately couldn’t make an actual visual of Gaia, my readers would have a strong idea as to what was what, and where in this semi-fictional world.

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