The United Kingdom is a country located to the Northwest of mainland Europe. It has been the primary setting of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and encompasses a history that begins from ancient times up to the modern day.
Ancient Times Edit
For centuries before civilisation, the British Isles were an untamed wilderness inhabited by a race of giants. However, following the battle of Troy, Brutus, accompanied by the sex-changing immortal Orlando, arrived on the island, slaughtering the native population of giants, renamed the isles Brutain, or Britain, and founded a new city by the name of Troy Novatum, or New Troy. This city would eventually be the site of a battle between the legendary queen Boudicea as she attempted to defend the region from invading Romans. The Romans, taking over New Troy, renamed the city Londonium, or London. For centuries, the islands remained under Roman rule, yet during the collapse of the Roman Empire, Britain was officially declared a pagan nation by the Roman Empire.
Middle Ages Edit
For centuries, Britain remained a land untouched by civilisation, being the home of faeries and ogres. However, during the rule of King Uther, and his son Arthur, Britain entered a period of prosperity, only to return to wilderness following the death of King Arthur and the removal of Excalibur. By the 1100s, Britain had apparently returned to some semblance of civilisation, with the return of humanity to the isles.
1500s and 1600s Edit
Following the crusades, Britain entered a period where magic coexisted side-by-side with the general population. The ultimate expression of the unification between magic and humanity in Britain was the ascension of Queen Gloriana to the throne. Gloriana, the daughter of King Henry VIII and faerie half-breed Nan Bullen, ruled over Britain for half a century, seeing many improvements in the general condition of life as well as in the arts. It was also during this time that the first League, also known as Prospero's Men, was formed, under charge of Duke Prospero of Milan. This League, composed of individuals with powerful or unique abilities, would help defend the British isles from unnatural and dangerous threats. However, following the death of Queen Gloriana, the original league was disbanded, with Duke Prospero retiring to the Blazing World. The new King, the deeply Christian King Jacob, then perpetuated a genocide of Britain's faerie population, forcing the remaining faeries to escape to the Blazing World, and effectively disenchanting Britain. It was also during this period that the King Jacob Bible became the religious norm. In 1666 the Great Fire of London occurred, damaging most of the capital. Much of this, in reality, was the hidden work of the time-travelling alien known as the Doctor .
The 1700s saw the formation of a new League under King George: this new League was lead by British explorer Lemuel Gulliver, and thus became known as Gulliver's Fellowship. With the immortal Orlando included once more, the new League battled threats to the nascent British Empire, as well as charting new territories and exploring the world. Despite the eventual dissipation of this League, the format for a group of extraordinary individuals who would defend Britain from threats was cemented into British society. The 1700s also saw the exploits of the famed naval commander Horatio Hornblower, as he battled the French at sea during the Napoleonic Wars.
Victorian Era Edit
The Victorian Era was a time of extensive progress for Britain, as the Empire continued to expand its territories across the world. A good example of this progress was the construction of the Channel Causeway; a vast bridge connecting England to France via the English Channel. However, multiple dangers both inside and out threatened to topple the Empire's foothold on the known world. During the reign of Queen Victoria, a new League was formed, this time composed of a new set of individuals: Mina Murray, who had survived the perils of Count Dracula, the legendary explorer Allan Quatermain, the physician Dr. Henry Jekyll and his monstrous counterpart, Edward Hyde, the invisible sociopath Hawley Griffin, and the Science-Pirate Captain Nemo. This new League would be instrumental in defending London from the rogue leader of British Intelligence Professor James Moriarty (who controlled the British intelligence under the alias of M), who had attempted to bomb the East side of London, where his rival, the "Devil Doctor" operated. Moriarty planned to do this from his Cavorite-powered heavy-than-airship.
While the threat of Moriarty was solved (with Mycroft Holmes becoming the new M), a new threat came to plague the British Isles: an extraterrestrial invasion. These extraterrestrials, known as the Mollusc, had invaded and occupied the planet Mars, enslaving its native population of Red and Green Martians (this led to humanity erroneously calling the Mollusc "Martians"). In 1898, the Mollusc attacked London as well as the rest of the British Isles; this invasion saw the betrayal and death of Hawley Griffin, as well as the death of Mr. Hyde as he attempted to defend London from invading tripods. London saw extensive destruction, such as the explosion of Rotherhithe Bridge, and the multiple atrocities conducted by the aliens. However, due to the work of the biologist Dr. Alphonse Moreau, the invaders were quelled with the introduction of a synthetic virus that the British government claimed to be nothing more than the common cold. Due to this, most of the invaders were quelled, and British society resumed normalcy. The introduction of the virus, would however lead to the departure of Captain Nemo from the League.
Early 20th Century Edit
The early 20th century saw tremendous progress for the British Empire; in 1901 the scientist and explorer Selwyn Cavor facilitated the British colonisation of the Moon; however, he did not return to Earth and was presumed dead. It was during this period that the cult of Oliver Haddo began gaining strength, as they planned to bring about an apocalypse facilitated by a "Moonchild".
In 1910, the new League, composed of the now-immortals Allan Quartermain and Mina Murray, as well as Orlando, the occult detective Thomas Carnacki, and the master thief A.J. Raffles, attempted to prevent disaster at the coronation of King George. This disaster was supposedly related to Haddo's Moonchild and the return of the terrible assassin "Jack the Ripper". During this time, the East End was raided by the heir to Captain Nemo, his daughter Janni, who bombarded London's East End with artillery and explosive harpoons after being brutally raped in the previous night.
By 1914, much of the peace in this period ground to a halt with the sudden start of the First World War, when Germany invaded Belgium, having failed to incite tensions between Britain and France. World War I saw many battles across Europe, including the famed Battle of Mons, where ghostly archers helped the British in repelling the German advance. The Great War eventually ended with Germany being reduced into a shadow of its former self.
World War 2 and the Postwar Era (1939-1958) Edit
International conflict, however, did not disappear, with the rise of the clownish, albeit charismatic, dictator Adenoid Hynkel in Germany. Uniting the German-speaking states of Tomania and Meccania into a Pan-German Union, Hynkel plunged the world into another devastating conflict with his invasion of Poland and Osterlich in 1939. By 1940, most of Europe had fallen under Germany-Tomania, as well as under Hynkel's allies, such as Benzino Napaloni of Bacteria. The 1940s saw the extended bombardment of London by advanced Tomanian Jet-Fighters, as well as a failed land invasion of Britain, which resulted in the destruction of the Channel Causeway. By 1945, the war had turned to the Allies' favour. Yet things seemed bleak on the horizon, with the rise of the INGSOC party in Britain. Riding on post-war fears, the INGSOC party, under Sir Harold Wharton , defeated the Conservative and Labour parties, and took over Britain. Under INGSOC. Wharton was referred to as Big Brother, freedom and democracy were suppressed, and a new language known as "Newspeak" became the norm in England. However, following the assassination of Wharton, INGSOC collapsed. By 1958, most of Britain was in the process of rebuilding what had been lost during the INGSOC era.
1960s and beyond Edit
Following the removal of INGSOC, Britain entered a period of social liberalisation that culminated in the "love generation". It was during this time that superhero teams in Britain became popular, with the introduction of the famed Seven Stars League. By 1969, Britain was a hotbed of the psychedelic movement. Pop bands such as the Rutles and the Purple Orchestra enthralled the public, and hippies became a norm in society. However, there were darker things lurking beneath the surface: the death of Basil Thomas, lead singer for the Purple Orchestra, occult activities, as well as oversue of a new drug known as "Taddies", or Tadukik Acid. By the 1970s, most of the optimism of the 1960s faded, and Britain entered a period marked by stress and punk rock.
The 21st Century Edit
The 21st Century saw the beginning of new trends and threats: international terrorism, the rise of the information age, and many others. 2005 saw what may have been the deadliest terror attack on British soil, when Islamic fundamentalists suicide bombed multiple tube stations and buses. By 2009, Britain was experiencing problems due to the war on terror as well as the economic recession, London by now had become a dystopia. However, it was during this time that the Antichrist (Oliver Haddo's so famed "Moonchild") was defeated by an incarnation of God, but not before he could slay Allan Quatermain and almost kill Mina Murray and Orlando, the last living members of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.