Australia does not exist.
That's the position being adopted by a number of flat-earth conspiracy theorists, it seems, after a viral Facebook rant declared the nation is in fact an elaborately-constructed ruse.
The hypothesis resurfaced at a recent Flat Earthers conference in Birmingham, in the UK - where more than 200 people congregated to discuss their steadfast belief that planet earth is flat.
A viral Facebook rant has alleged that Australia is not real, but in fact an elaborately-constructed lie used as a cover-up for 'one of the greatest mass murders in history'iPhone transfer software
The hypothesis, which has since been deleted from social media, resurfaced at a recent Flat Earthers conference in Birmingham, UK - where more than 200 people congregated to discuss their steadfast belief that planet earth is flat
The 'fake Australia' tack is not a particularly new angle on flat earth theory: the original post, penned by Shelley Floryd, first picked up steam on Reddit in early 2017.
But its assertions have, for better or worse, remained a talking point among the online community for the past twelve months.
'Australia is not real,' the rant begins.
'It's a hoax, made for us to believe that Britain moved over their criminals to someplace. In reality, all these criminals were loaded off the ships into the waters, drowning before they could see land ever again.
'It's a coverup [sic] for one of the greatest mass murders in history.'
Floryd declares that 'All things you call 'proof' are actually well fabricated lies... made by the leading governments of the world'; that 'Your Australian friends [are] all actors and computer generated personas'