Inside The Empire Of Tartaria, One Of History’s Wildest Conspiracies

The Capitol in Washington, the Pyramids of Gaza, and the Great Wall of China. What if you are told everything you’ve been taught about them is wrong and that these structures were built by some ancient civilization long before ours?

Well, you may be probably rolling your eyes right now, calling this a load of claptrap. And you might be right too, but not to the thousands of people on the internet who are convinced that an ancient mega civilization called Tartaria or the Tartarian Empire is responsible for some of civilization’s grand architecture.

Just like stories of the lost civilization of Atlantis or the lost continents of Lemuria and Mu, this architectural conspiracy has been gaining some ground in recent years.

Starting as a bunch of videos by some creators on YouTube and being sparsely discussed on a forum on Reddit, this theory quickly spread like a raging fire, and now it has gathered a sort of following of over 14,000 people.

And just like the lost civilizations previously mentioned, their story ends in submersion, although this one is a flood of mud.

A mud flood was said to have wiped out this Empire, leaving only architectural marvels that could not be destroyed by the flood or our “backward” human hands. 

And if you think this is interesting, it gets much better. There is reportedly a cover-up going on—a cover-up by people who want to hide their existence and claim it all as their own. So follow along as we discover the truth together.

Origin Of The Tartaria Conspiracy Theory

The Tartaria Conspiracy Theory has its roots in Russian Pseudoscience, with mentions of the Empire of Tartaria first appearing in Russian conspiracy theorist Anatoly Fomenko’s New Chronology.

His work was now spread around by Nikolai Levashov in his racial occult history. 

This perpetuated Russia as Tartaria, whose real origins were covered by the West. Still, the Russia Geographical Society later debunked all these claims, which dismissed this conspiracy theory as an extremist fantasy.

Although various maps of the Russian “Tartary,” often used to support the claims, were presented as evidence to show that these maps were misrepresented.

Map of Tartaria by Giovanni Botero.

Talk about the Tartarian Empire seemingly fizzled out until 2016, when it started to appear online on various YouTube conspiracy theory channels and eventually gained ground in 2017 when it began to pop up on Facebook, Reddit, and other social media channels. 

However, this theory deviated from its Russian origins into an architectural conspiracy.

According to the proponents of this theory, Tartaria was a giant race of technologically superior beings who existed on Earth long before we came into the picture. Some even suggest that we devolved from them after the “Great Flood of Mud.”

This Flood was responsible for wiping them and most of their technological innovations out, leaving only remnants of their architecture.

And ever since we came along, some people have been trying to hide their existence from the world and claim their architecture as their own. 

This would all seem wild and ridiculous, but part of you might wonder, part of you might give room for the interpretation of this alternative history, which in turn begs the question,

Tartaria, Truth Or Tale?

Much of the Tartary conspiracy theories have often been attributed to conspiracy theorists misreading historical maps or not having enough knowledge of certain events that occurred century past.

Still, avid believers would tell you that this is the work of certain forces trying to cover up over much-enlightened past. And in some ways, their theories have a foundation in actual history.


So, the name Tartaria originated in the 18th century. Back then, the West had little to no knowledge about the people of central and inner Asia alongside Siberia, so they were called Tartars, and their lands were called Tartary.

This blanket term was used to generalize the area and people of that region so the West had a way of identifying them. The term “Tatar” is said to have been gotten from the Chinese word “dada” and was often used to refer to any nomad coming from China.

Modern Tartarian Conspiracists took it a step further with the premise of an alternative history in which a technologically advanced race that sprung up from north-central Asia was responsible for vast cities and infrastructures built around the world.

However, after this civilization collapsed, some claiming as recently as a hundred years ago, remnants of their building were recast, and their origins attributed to contemporary architects who could not execute such architectural marvels and defiled the buildings by subjecting them to clumsy changes.

The “Great Cover-Up”

Well, if you asked any Tartarian conspiracy theorists why there are no solid pieces of evidence of this lost city of Tartaria, they would all give you two answers, the Great Mud Flood and the Great Cover-Up. So, who would want to hide the existence of this technologically advanced race?

Who would want to wipe out any traces of their history? Well, the common answer to that would be world powers.

There is a shared opinion that many of the conflicts between the 19th and 20th centuries were actually because of Tartaria. It is believed that Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia was an attack on the Empire of Tartaria and after the Great Mud Flood, World Wars I and II were all just excuses to wipe out the rest of Tartaria.

This ties in with the factual knowledge that many historic buildings were destroyed, especially during the Second World War.

An ingenious conspiracy theorist would also mention that while using Google Ngram, words like “Tartaria” or “Tartary” seemed to dip into obscurity in the 19th century, which is often found suspicious.

The reason for this, though, is known, the blanket term that was often used to describe the people of central and inner Asia and Siberia was dropped for a more accurate name like Mongols, hence the drop off from the use of the words, “Tartaria” and “Tartary.”

The Tartarian Empire

The theory of the Tartarian Empire might seem ridiculous or a delusion of grandeur, but taking a moment to listen to some of these theorists will make you realize that all of this stems from a fear of change and how quickly it can happen.

A conversation with some of these theorists would slowly make you conclude that these people sound more like non-profit preservationists as you watch them explain how society walks around, not truly understanding or valuing their environment and believing only what they are being fed. And although we look at their misguided truths as ridiculous, their perception of the world is their reality.

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