Follow-up Comment #2, patch #1255 (project freeciv):

The nation comes from medieval legend.  It appears for example in John
Mandeville (14th century), Otto of Freising (12th century) and the Letter of
Prester John (12th century).  From roughly the 12th until the 17th century
people believed that this country existed, although its location kept
shifting as the world became better known.  

Although more modern authors have written about Prester John, the basis for
the legend predates copyright law and details from modern works were not


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