Aratta was never associated with Afganistan (which in ancient times was called Gandhara) but rather, it was what is now Turkey, as is evident by mount Ararat. All of the cities and place names are in their proper places, this is NOT a "re-located geography". This map is the result of hundreds of hours of painstaking research. My sources were the Torah, King James Bible, Epic of Gilgamesh, Egyptian book of the dead, Book of Enki and of course Wikipedia. Yes there were some place names that produced conflicting locations, in those cases I used the most numerous or credible sources. I have personally translated some of the Sumerian names and placed their location based on my findings....which may differ from inaccurate mainstream interpritations. Mount Mashu for example has been a mystery to Archaeologists for centuries. Some say its only myth, others place it in various positions from Egypt or Sinai to India. This is because the mainstream translation has been "double mountains or brothers". This is incorrect. Ma-su (Mashu) in old Sumerian means "large, deep drafted ship". I placed Mnt. Mashu as Mnt. Ararat because of the flood myth. Also, the earliest records of the Sumerians say that they originated from Arrata and that their Gods first descended upon Mount Mashu (the Sumerian version of Olympus). What mountain in Arrata could be Mashu other than Ararat?! Furthermore, in all cases I used the oldest known name for a place, sometimes this name precedes a name that is more well known or more popular (Bab-ili for example is Babylon, Urim is UR etc.)
Also, the climate was very different in the ancient past. The great forests of Iraq were known the world around.....but today its a desert. I assure you I have done my homework. As accurate as I've tried to be, keep in mind this is in fact a "fantasy setting" based on mythology.