Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Flag svg.png
Continent: Asia
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte Administrative
Colombo Commercial
National Language: Sinhalese
English (recognized)
Government: Unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic
Status in OTL: Active

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (known as Ceylon before 1972) is an island country in South Asia, a short distance from India.

Because of its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia, and has been a center of Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times. Today, the country is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation, with more than a quarter of the population following faiths other than Buddhism, notably Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.

Most Harry Turtledove works are set when the country was still "Ceylon", and still part of the British Empire.

Flag of British Ruled Ceylon

Sri Lanka in Days of Infamy[]

Japan subjected Ceylon to aerial bombing throughout 1942.

Sri Lanka in "News From the Front"[]

On April 25, 1942, the New York Times reported that Ceylon was the workplace of a number of British cryptographers.[1]

Sri Lanka in The Two Georges[]

Ceylon was a part of British India.[2]


  1. Atlantis and Other Places, p. 102.
  2. The Two Georges, frontispiece map.