Gideon Defoe

Maps from Extinct Countries
  • Maps from Extinct Countries

  • Countries die. Sometimes it’s murder, sometimes it’s by accident, and sometimes it’s because they had such a ludicrous start in life they didn’t really deserve to exist in the first place. In this alternative history of the world, discover new countries and far-off places you never knew existed (and now definitely don’t).

    A minor clerical error inadvertently creates an anarchist utopia and embarrasses a Pope. The self-proclaimed younger brother of Jesus declares independence from China and starts one of history’s bloodiest civil wars. A republic is formed to dodge a tax on lemons. Scotland wrongly decides it’s a great idea to colonise Panama. These are the obituaries of places that fell off the map.

    Complete with striking and immersive illustrations, explore the world’s deceased nations, both famous and forgotten, whilst also judging important academic issues such as ‘how much effort put into flag design’ and ‘catchiness of national anthem’.

    The unlikely and unusual stories of these annihilated nations offers a new perspective on global history and the state of the world today.

Gideon Defoe is the author of 'The Pirates!' book series, and wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated Aardman film The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists. He studied archaeology and anthropology, worked in several bars, a library, answered David Blunkett’s mail, wrote a book about how animals have sex and penned a computer game tie-in novel for Gollancz because he is bad at staying on brand.

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