|First Seen:||Tropic of Capricorn|
Avalon is a formerly uninhabited small volcanic island in the South Seas, about sixteen hours from Fiji. The island has a strong, naturally occurring magnetic field which naturally disrupts communications and navigation equipment, which is why it has remained largely uninhabited. The nature of the field drew a secret US military research group to the island following the Second World War, although it only lasted two decades before it was abandoned.
In 2011, Magneto discovered the existence of the island and traveled there, using the magnetic field to rejuvenate his ailing body. He enlarged the abandoned base into the volcano and moved the Brotherhood there, calling it Avalon and declaring it to be the world's first sovereign mutant nation. After his plans were thwarted by the X-Men, the volcano had a minor eruption, destroying a third of the island. Naval officials rescued the mutants who had settled there, but several have since returned illegally without Magneto, attempting to settle there permanently.
In May 2014, disaster struck again, this time in the form of a tsunami. Fortunately for the residents, a team of volunteers from Xavier's was able to teleport to the island and evacuate a number of them to higher ground, but suspicion and paranoia made the job difficult and there were casualties. In the aftermath, those who wished to leave were assisted by X-Corps to find new homes, but a surprising number of mutants remained on the island.