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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The world of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman is a fictional universe created by Alan Moore in the comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, where all of the characters and events from literature (and possibly the entirety of fiction) coexist. The world the characters inhabit is one more technologically advanced than our own, but also home to the strange and supernatural. Beyond the comic itself, the world of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is expanded upon by supplemental prose material, including The New Traveller's Almanac, Allan and the Sundered Veil, and the documents from the Black Dossier.


The British Isles

In the Black Dossier, the alternate history of the League's United Kingdom is explored in depth. As in medieval British legend, in approximately 1100 BC, Brutus of Troy founds the kingdom of Britain (then called Brutain) with the capital at New Troy. He is accompanied by the ageless and gender swapping Orlando, who aids Brutus in subduing Brutain's population of savage giants and their chieftain, Gogmagog. In 43 AD Britain is invaded by the Roman Empire under Claudius. In 363, the year of Merlin's birth, the Emperor Julian declares Britain a pagan nation. In 410 the Romans withdrew, and Uther Pendragon rose to power. Circa 450, his son Arturus became king, ruling until 468. Britain descended into barbarism and anarchy, plagued by ogres, giants, and faeries ruled by Arthur's half-sister Morgana. The faerie remained a powerful force in Britain, so much so that King Henry VIII took the second cousin of King Oberon of the Faerie, the polydactyl Faery-blooded Anne Boleyn, as his wife. From this union sprang Queen Gloriana the First, who reigned from 1558 to 1603. Under her rule, magical and otherworldly forces became more popular in Britain. Her court held such notables as Johannes Suttle, Edward Face, and Sir Basildon Bond (ancestor to Campion and James Bond). Gloriana was also the patron and associate of William Shakespeare.

After her death, the puritanical magic hater King Jacob the First ascended to the throne, and proceeded to purge the faerie and other supernatural races from Britain, resulting in the faerie kingdom cutting all ties with the human world by 1616. It was also under Jacob's rule that the King Jacob Bible was compiled. Beginning in 1610, Prospero, by order of a decree written by Gloriana before her death, began to assemble the first 'League' of extraordinary individuals to defend Britain. The group disbanded when Prospero returned to the Blazing World, but was succeeded by similar groups in the 1740s, early 19th century, 1890s, early 20th century, and a failed group in the 1950s.

In the late 1890s the United Kingdom was attacked by Martian invaders, who were defeated via germ warfare. The nation went on to fight in World War I and against the Germany of Adenoid Hynkel in World War II. After the war, General Sir Harold Wharton, an agent implanted by rogue factions of M15 into the Labor Party, took power and turned the United Kingdom into a fascist dictatorship. Under Wharton's Ingsoc government, cameras monitored citizens' daily activities, torture of dissidents was widespread, and a reduced and simplified version of English known as Newspeak was made the official language of the state. After Wharton's death in 1952, he was succeeded by Gerald O'Brien. O'Brien was unable to maintain power, and conceded to the Conservative Party's demands to be reinstated as an official party. Soon after he was voted out of office, and most of the Ingsoc government's programs were reversed. By 2008, Britain is engaged in a prolonged war in Q'umar.

The first chapter of the The New Traveller's Almanac covers Britain and Ireland, describing, in addition to sites related to British and Irish folklore such as faeries, leprechauns, giants, The Mabinogion, and Arthurian legend, sites from both British and Irish literature such as:


She gets sucked into the world again 10 years later while visiting Oxford, via a looking-glass, but returns with her body inverted so that features on her left side are now on her right side and vice-versa. She has situs inversus, but does not die from it. She dies from malnutrition, because her amino acids and proteins are now isomers. A being made of isomer proteins is 'incompatible' with Earth's biosphere, which exhibits a preferential handedness. An expedition to explore the original riverbank hole was then organized by a "Dr. Bellman," accompanied by a lawyer, a banker, a butcher, a shoemaker, a bonnet-maker, a billiard-maker, and a woman named "Miss Beever" (a reference to the cast of "The Hunting of the Snark"). They too disappeared, and reappeared again months later, except the baker (who vanishes in "The Hunting of the Snark"); their adventure log is nothing but nonsensical poetry (a reference to "Phantasmagoria" and other poems by Carroll, including "The Hunting of the Snark"). The banker suffers the same fate as Alice, as he is found with his clothes inverted in color (a reference to the line in the poem "While so great was his fright that his waistcoat turned white"). All of the survivors are institutionalized, and years later, Mina Murray visits the only living survivor, Dr. Bellman, who gives her a blank piece of paper that's supposedly a map to Snark Island (the same map which Bellman used to navigate the sea to Snark Island).
  • Winton Pond, from Graham Greene's "Under the Garden" (1963), which contains references to both Alice books, is subsequently mentioned in passing.
  • Nightmare Abbey, from Thomas Love Peacock's novel of the same name
  • Alderley Edge, as described in Alan Garner's "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen"
  • The various locations in Bram Stoker's The Lair of the White Worm
  • The world of the Vril, from a novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. They are enigmatically connected to C.S. Lewis's Narnia. The word for "sin" and "evil" in their language is "Nania" [sic], (an invention of Moore, not Lytton) and the reader is directed to a (fictional) document referring to a British project to grow an apple tree. (Apple trees are a common motif in The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • The underground Coal City from Jules Verne's "The Black Indies"
  • The underground "Roman State" from Joseph O'Neill's Land Under England
  • Brigadoon
  • Airfowlness, the meeting-place of the crows from The Water Babies
  • Coradine, from W.H. Hudson's A Crystal Age, where Mina Murray moves to at the end of volume two. (Moore ignores the fact that A Crystal Age takes place in the future. Although, in the world of the League, it's entirely possible that the future of the novel could be the past as we see it, much like the way Moore treated Orwell's 1984.)
  • The Glittering Plain, from William Morris' "The Story of the Glittering Plain", a valley that grants enterers immortality, but making them unable to leave the valley
  • The Isle of Ransom, from the same story
  • Greyfriars School from the Billy Bunter stories
  • Many of the sites mentioned in Arthurian lore are mentioned in the Almanac, with the legends treated as factual, historical events
  • A boarding house run by the mother of Jerry Cornelius


Continental Europe

The second chapter of the Almanac covers continental Europe.

Western Europe

  • The state of Meccania, from "Meccania, the Super-State", by Gregory Owen

Islands off the coast of Iberia:

Spain and Portugal

Islands off the coast of France






The Netherlands

  • Vondervotteimittis, from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Devil in the Belfry"
  • the island Laiquihire, from Voyage Curieux d'un Philadelphe dans des Pays nouvellement Découverts


Eastern Europe

The Americas

The third chapter of the Almanac covers the Americas

Off the coast of South America

In South America

Off the coast of North America

In North America

Africa and the Middle East

The fourth chapter of the Almanac covers Africa and the Middle East

Asia and the Australias

The fifth chapter of the Almanac covers Asia and the Australias

Polar Regions

The sixth chapter of the Almanac covers the Arctic and Antarctica

Islands and seas off the coast of Antarctica


Northern Asia

  • Plutonia from Plutonia by Vladimir Obruchev
  • The Arctic entrance to Pluto, a subterranean land, from Voyage au centre de la terre (or Journey to the Centre of the Earth) by Jules Verne

Islands and other locations in the Arctic Ocean

Beyond the world

See also

Characters in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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