Atlantis, according to the Athenian philosopher Plato, the oldest source, was a technologically advanced archipelago that went down about nine thousand years before the beginning of the era due to the defying of the gods. What if Atlantis really existed?
Atlantis has fascinated people for centuries. Was it a compelling story that Plato made up his mind, or did he build on a long-circulating folk tale from Greece or lore from Egyptian temple priests? At the moment, the scientific consensus is leaning towards the former.
Alternate history explores what would happen if an important event in history had turned out differently. At first glance, it seems like a fascinating but pointless hobby. Certainly, when it comes to a mythical empire like Atlantis that according to the current state of science probably never existed.
Alternative history, if practiced seriously, can provide valuable insight into how historical processes run. How do the rich become powerful? What causes them to deteriorate? Are we now making the smartest choices to provide humanity with a free and happy future? And yes, the question of how a highly developed island continent on the spot where the Azores are now located can also yield very interesting insights ...