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The continent of Antarctica has intrigued mankind since its discovery centuries ago. Further study has proven that it once was the home of much the same populations of plants and animals as much of the tropical and subtropical lands surrounding the Indian Ocean. Beneath that ocean, as beneath the other oceans and across the several continents, are faults in the crust of the earth that indicate a separation of land masses long before men walked upon them.
The universe represented in these articles is one in which the island continent of Antarctica did not "drift" to the bottom of the world, but stopped about half way there - only a thousand miles south of India. There, poised between Africa and Australia, was a land rich in wildlife and flora much like its neighbors, but different in subtle ways based on the slight differences in their isolated existence. Birds that in our universe would traverse the sea would have instead found homes within its trees and on its shores. The majestic emperor penguin would have adapted into quite a different bird due to a lack of ice on most of the island. However, the southern shore, with winds from the southern polar seas, did provide a home for a version of that penguin on the southern shores of what would become known as "Indusia" in modern days.
The First Indusians were of Polynesian origins, that came with the great australasian migration.The world apart from Indusia would develop much the same as it did in our own universe, but at the dawn of civilization on the Indian sub-continent, a fateful storm would brew in the sea off southern India. A clan of seafaring Hindi fishermen had decided to relocate to the region on the southern tip of the continent from their home along the Indus River. Blown off course and into the open sea, they feared that the gods were destroying them for abandoning the old ways. They huddled in the bottom of the boat and prayed for preservation. Days later, their battered ship was washed ashore near a river looking much like "home." However, they knew from the location of the stars at night that they were in some place new. In deference to the gods, they named the River "Indus" after the home which they had fled. With no competition in the land, they did very well. And not just fishing. They learned to hunt, and to gather the bounteous harvest of tropical fruit that grew wild over much of the continent. After centuries had past, the clan had spread out over much of the continent and numbered in the hundreds of thousands.
This would change, though, as nations took to the seas in search of the riches previously brought at great price across the dangerous expanse of Asia. Arabs came to the north of Indusia trading long ago transforming much of the native population to Islam, although some Indus Valley's people which doesn't wanted to convert to Islam moved to the center of Indusia were they started a period of Isolation
Later Indusia was rediscovered by Portuguese who established posts in Indusia's coast, this posts were destroyed by the Muslim population which expelled the Portuguese from the Indusia. Later the Dutch would colonize great part of Indusia, followed by the French and British. These colonies would be taken and transformed into a puppet state by the Japanese during WWII.
After WWII the Continent was taken again by their European owners, that eventually the colonies would be Independent nations.
This Timeline will show the countries, languages, cultures, fauna, etc.
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