Atlantis, officially the Kingdom of Atlantis, is an underwater kingdom located somewhere deep in the Atlantic Ocean. It is home to the ancient, isolated, and highly advanced Atlantean culture. Originally part of a larger Atlantean empire, the present day Atlantis is now one of four surviving kingdoms after the Sinking of Atlantis.
Heavily isolated from the surface, the only way into Atlantis is a colossal glowing gate in front of an ancient bridge, guarded by customs and enforced by a massive array of powerful hydro-cannons, Stinger squadrons and Shark cavalry also patrol the gate, Stinger Squadrons also patrol the interior for criminal activities.
During the First Invasion of Earth, the armies of Atlantis sided with the Amazons and the tribes of Mankind to fight off Darkseid's army and prevented the destruction of earth from the Apokoliptian conqueror. Aided by the Old Gods and Yalan Gur, the armies of Earth fought off the invaders, at a heavy price.
However, the forces of Earth were successful in driving away the invasion. Afterward, the Mother Boxes retrieved from the Apokoliptians were given to the armies of Earth for safeguarding, anticipating the eventual return of the forces.
Eventually Atlantis developed a series of new technologies centered upon their greatest achievement - the discovery of an inexhaustible source of energy, allowing the creation of machine walkers, advanced aircraft and the powerful Trident of Atlan. During a test of the Trident, a massive energy pulse violently radiated outward and destroyed Atlantis, causing it to sink into the sea with great loss of life.
As a result of the disaster, Atlantis and its empire splintered into seven successor kingdoms. Atlantis itself would form its own kingdom while others, such as Xebel, the Kingdom of the Deserters, the Fishermen, the Trench, the Brine, and the Missing Kingdom were formed from breakaway factions. As time went on, the seven Kingdoms would eventually undergo significant changes, either surviving, evolving to a new form, collapse or completely die out: Atlantis and Xebel would survive to the present day and retain the original characteristics of the ancient Atlanteans. The Kingdom of the Fishermen evolved to become fish-like and are considered adverse to conflict. The Kingdom of the Brine evolved into a crab-like and brutish people. The Kingdom of the Trench has regressed into savage creatures incapable of speech or intelligent thought. The Kingdom of the Deserters died out as the Sahara became a desert. The Missing Kingdom was reported to have completely disappeared, leading to it being called "lost."
The Fall had an unexpected side effect: the energy pulse affected the survivors biologically, causing them to gain the ability to breath underwater and superhuman strength needed to survive in the deep ocean. Alongside the biological improvements, the survivors safely harnessed the energy source to rebuild their destroyed civilization despite the Atlantean empire splintering.
As a result of the Fall, the despondent King Atlan took the Trident and went into exile, never to be seen again by anyone. His last words were copied onto a recording device and left clues to his whereabouts for future generations to find.
Years later, various theories were crafted about the possible reason for Atlantis' fall. The second most popular theory that came about was the idea that Atlantis was the victim of an initial alien attack and was followed up by later abductions. The theory posited the notion from the idea that Atlantis was simply too advanced for Earth at the time.
The Search for the Missing Paradise
The ensuing secrecy and uncertainty of Atlantis' existence later prompted various enterprises to try their hand at finding the missing kingdom. The first-ever recorded expedition was carried out in 1892 by a Catalan team armed with the latest in scuba-diving technology. They sought to find it near the northwestern coast of Africa. After numerous failed attempts, the expedition came to a frustrating end.
The second recorded expedition was manned by a Peruvian diving team, who in 1941, began testing diving depths off the coast of the Mediterranean. Due to the onset of World War II, however, the diving team soon ran out of financial sponsors, forcing them aground.
During his return to Earth, Steppenwolf invaded the Atlantean Mother Box Stronghold in his quest to re-obtain and unify the Mother Boxes. There, he faced off against Mera and Arthur, as well a few numbers of the Atlantean guards. Despite their attempts to combat his invasion, Steppenwolf successfully retrieved the Mother Box, escaping through a Boom Tube. Aquaman decided to join the Justice League and Steppenwolf was later defeated.
- It was stated when Atlantis split into seven kingdoms, four of the seven are needed to ascend and attack. At the beginning of Aquaman, it had to be unanimous among the four remaining kingdoms to attack. This implies that this law is not focused on majority rules, but rather having a strong enough army to conquer the surface.
- It was initially a majority rules system, but the law seems to be written such that the number of kingdoms was never expected to change, as with three kingdoms inactive, the remaining four need to agree unanimously.
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