-> ''"They are the utter opposite of everything we know as civilization, yet are not savage. Rather, they are like a black mirror unto ourselves. As industrious, as clever, as restless and dynamic. They have taken my ship apart like a child's puzzle, meditating over each component, striving to duplicate and better the production. I curse the day that the wandering spirit sent men to sail the seven days. ...in my heart, I feel fear, because now they know that we exist..."''
->'''Captain James Cook, July 1774, sometime [[{{Squick}} after castration]]'''

A DarkFic AlternateHistory from AlternateHistoryDotCom, written by its member D'Valdron. The story concerns a world that is to all appearances like ours, until Captain Cook discovers an enormous, technically sophisticated civilization in Antarctica that has been developing on its own, quite unaware of the rest of humanity. The people there are not friendly. The timeline starts with the colonization of a more livable Antarctica by a small group of swept-away prehistoric humans from Australia, and follows the development of society and technology on the southernmost continent. And a truely bizarre and often horrifying civilization it is...

Can be read [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=158364 here]] if you're a member of AlternateHistoryDotCom. Its overview on the AH.com wiki can be found [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/timelines/green_antarctica here]]. For easier reading, said overview now comes with a handy [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/timelines/green_antarctica#chapters chapter guide]] (currently, it is still under construction, but should be finished soon).

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!!This series contains examples of:

* AffablyEvil: The Hali culture. They'll invite you into their homes, politely respect your differences of opinion, and engage you in a discussion about the translated works of Charles Dickens. And then you find out that the Hali's hat is cold blooded torture. Even their women and children enjoy it as a recreational activity.
* [[TheAlliance Alliance, The]]: The Southern Pact, an alliance of European and South American against the expansive Tsalal in Southern Cone.
* AlternateHistory: You wouldn't want to live in [[DarkFic this one]]!
* {{Badass}}: The original survivors who founded the Tsalal society. Unfortunately, the very beginnings of Antarctic human civilization were a pure StartOfDarkness.
* TheBadGuyWins: This happens repeatedly in Tsalal history. That's how Antarctica gets the way it does.
* BeneathTheEarth: The Tsalal created numerous subterranean settlements called sunken cities. Tcho Tcho is the biggest sunken city, home to more than two million Tsalal, many unique species, and the oldest still-inhabited known human city.
* BlackSpeech: Most Tsalal languages sound this to people from the outside world.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The most recent "update" of this timeline takes the form of the author roleplaying as a modern Tsalal member of an alternate version of AH.com posting on an "ask me" thread.
* ButNotTooForeign: Johnny Tsalal. Hunter S. Thompson took comfort in this.
* ButterflyOfDoom: Averted until cca. the 18.-19. century, when Europeans start venturing closer to Antarctica.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Averted. Antarctica actually has a surprisingly detailed ecology of unique animals. Most of them are based on the prehistoric animals native to Australia and South America, of which they are evolved forms, specialized to the insanely hostile Antarctic climate and ecosystem.
* {{Chupacabra}}: The [[SpellMyNamewithanS Chupa/Shupa]] is a very obvious expy.
* ChurchMilitant: Several examples of Tsalal religious authorities that form a state within a state.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Too many to count, but the Hali culture is the most infamous practitioner of this. And they do it ForTheEvulz.
* [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Continent]]
* DarkSkinnedBlond & DarkSkinnedRedhead: Becouse of their Australoid origins and about 40000 years of social selection preferring black skin, Tsalal skin tones are as dark as humanly possible. Hair colors show more variety, but those redheads are quite rare.
* DeathWorld: The native lifeforms of Antarctica are just plain ''nasty''. There are the Gugs, ants that shoot fire, giant platypi that have evolved convergently similar to crocodilians, and a kind of small mammal whose bite sends humans into comas. [[IncrediblyLamePun And that's just the tip of the iceburg...]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: To some extent, Chal Lovegrove. While he's quick to defend the Tsalal from the flak it gets from the rest of the modern world, he still considers cannibalism and torture to be abhorrent, and even joins an Anti-cannibal League that persuaded many restaurants to take HumanResources off the menu.
* [[YowiesAndBunyipsAndDropBearsOhMy Drop Bear]]: The Southern Koala is this, with some flavoring of [[{{Film/Alien}} Xenomorphs]]. A dreaded taboo creature [[EvilerThanThou even for the Tsalal]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Nightmare Children (ChildSoldiers who were raised to be complete and utter psychopaths from birth) were viewed as horrific and cruel even by the Tsalal.
* EveryoneIsBi: More like "Everyone of the Tsalal is bi, if it's a way of degrading your inferiors or their [[ILoveTheDead dead bodies]]". Especially if the body's going to be ''part of the buffet'' that night.
* EvilerThanThou: The other Tsalal consider the Cold Islanders to be this.
** For reasons that an outsider would consider trivial, such as wearing the color white. [[spoiler: [[MadScientist And being obsessed with creating]] "[[BodyHorror Remade Men]]"]]
* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: The Sicaripods.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Face-crotch Guy. He's Hali.
* FeatheredFiend: Antarctic teratorns (type C) are two hundred pound acid spewing, horn-tufted killer birds with faces sort of like a big cat, a tiger or lion, except with a jagged beak instead of a muzzle.
* GodIsEvil: The central tenet of the Zhu religion.
* ImAHumanitarian: A whole continent of them.
* InSpiteOfANail: Something happened that Antarctica didn't have the glaciers they did in OTL. Yet world history still went on exactly the same until the Tsalal got into the picture.
* ILoveTheDead: The Yag culture.
* InTheOriginalKlingon: Tsalal claim Charles Dickens as one of them.
* KillerRabbit: The Kuddly Kritter or Tsalal Koala looks like a big Australian Koala Bear and is one of nastiest species from Green Antarctica.
* KnightTemplar: Most Tsalal religions are ''very'' dogmatic.
* [[LandofOneCity Land of One City]]: During the 19th century, Argentina is reduced to Greater Buenos Aires.
* LukeNounverber: The Tsalal have a mythological hero who's title is "the childraper".
* MerchantCity / ViceCity: Buenos Aires becomes a major hub of all kinds of trade between the Tsalal of the Southern Cone and the northern powers.
* MysteriousAntarctica
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Devils, lampshaded in-series.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The author described the Flayermen as "sort of like Nazi Pedophile Vampire Ninja, except unfriendly and evil".
* OedipusComplex. In time's of famine, it's perfectly acceptable in Tsalal culture for a boy to kill and eat his father, and then take his mother and sister as his wives. That is assuming his father doesn't do it first.
* OrangeAndBlueMorality: The Tsalal civilization in general, but especially the Hali.
* PeopleZoo: Irish in Tsalal Zoos are quite popular.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The Tsalal use children as guidance systems for their bigger rockets and space program. And they don't understand why the Northerners are so upset about it.
* PrisonRape: The Ptarh culture is built on it. Ironically, the same culture also lacks real prison.
* RuleOfScary
* SchizoTech: The Antarctic natives discover things like coal mining, rocketry, and domesticated monkeys way, way ahead of time. Guns, not so much.
* SchmuckBait: [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?p=6244242#post6244242 BY THE WAY, DO NOT READ POST 1515]]
* SealedEvilInACan: Howard Phillips' Flayerman mask.
* {{Shadowland}}: Antarctica is this to Europe.
* SecretPolice: Probably.
* ShoutOut / {{Homage}}:
** To EdgarAllanPoe and his famous adventure/horror novella ''Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket''. The very name of the disturbing Antarctic natives of this AlternateHistory is kind of a dead giveaway. The story by Poe featured the "Tsalals", black-skinned, black-toothed evil natives living near the South Pole. The author has acknowledged this series was InspiredBy them.
** Also, to virtually every other MysteriousAntarctica piece of fiction ever written. including those by H.P. Lovecraft : The ''[[CthulhuMythos Plateau of Leng]]'', complete with wierd landscape, architecture and really disturbing inhabitants. That, and... Suprise ! [[RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman Lovecraft himself is a journalist]] in this AlternateHistory, who travels to Antarctica to study all the weird and creepy native civilizations (and get some ideas for his short stories, presumably).
** To ''TheKingInYellow'', not only with the obvious "kings in yellow", but also by using other names supposedly present in the fictional play, like Hali.
* SlaveRace: All other humans. The Gugs.
** The Gugs (mentioned above) are a a kind of [[BeePeople eusocial]] gorilla sized monkeys that drag their prey under ground, rip their legs off so they can't get away, keep them alive so they can "use" (rape) them, and then eventually eat them. However, the Tsalal have found a way to domesticate them. This involves the Gug master wearing the skin of a Gug king, castrating the young males, and raping and beating them daily to show them who's boss. They are used in both mine labor, and as shock troops. They are also smart enough to use human tools and weapons.
* SnowMeansDeath: The Tsalal attitude.
** Justified by the long, deadly, and very snowy winter.
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: Tsalal art can be disturbing. Extremely.
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