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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
The islands are what's left of Atlantis.
An ancient civilization destroyed by the sea a long time ago. It just makes sense. Ok, so it seems to be on the wrong ocean. But what kind of legend is 100% accurate?
  • There's a mythic civilization of Mu supposedly located in the Pacific ocean. Depending on who you ask, it's either separate or synonymous with Atlantis.

That is, they're alternate-universe analogues of each other.
  • ...perhaps suggeting that Nation and that scene in Color of Magic actually take place in the same Alternate History version of Roundworld?
    • Possibly it's the version from the original Science of Discworld, that developed without the elves' assistance and left those differently-spelled signs behind at the space elevator's entry-bays. It's not impossible that the wizards' interactions with early humans in the second book gave the resulting iteration of civilization a different slate of place-names thousands of years later, while incidentally cultivating an unfortunate taste for things like sailfin-crocodile eggs and tree-climbing octopus.

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