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1220 - 1291 (Leifsbudir)

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At the beginning of 1220, the culture, language and even the people of Dorset and Skræland were completely mixed with the Viking traditions. Some linguistic differences were found between the dialect of the continent, the dialect of Helluland and the dialect in those lands that were still controlled by indigenous people.

Anyway, that year the Heyjarl of Grønland died, his name was Thor, the Strong. Then his two sons, Olaf and Bjorn, competed for the throne of their father. While Bjorn desired by crowned with the title of Heyjarl and keep the regime under the Council of Jarls, his brother wished for crown himself King and expand Grønland to the continent.

In 1221, the Council, after many deliberations, elected Bjorn as Heyjarl to keep its power. Bjorn sent his brother to the colonies in the Nordøyr to keep him away from the political matters on the capital and use his military skills to extend his own domain. But Olaf was not disposed to be defeated and used as weapon in his brother's war machine. He recruited a huge army composed by the colonists and the skrælings of the zone, and sailed to Gardar in the end of the year. But the Heyjarl saw what was happening, and knew about the intentions of his brethren, so when Olaf arrived to the coasts of the island, a enormous army was waiting for him. In a few days, the entire army of Olaf was dead or laying down the weapons. The rebel noble had no more option than travel to Kawawachikamach, were his brother had no allies or spies. In the other countries the Vikings were majority and all of them were potential agents of Bjorn.

After three years in exile, Olaf finally saw his opportunity to return. This year the Marklandish, under the king Svend III, invaded the Kawawachimamachian lands. Olaf, using his military and diplomatic skills, raised an army in the north to fight the invaders, and manages to keep them away from the capital some time.

He obtained the Dorsetian support in exchange for the promise of some coast lands. The Dorsetian nobility managed to get the support of the Wyandot in exchange for some coast in the Lakes. Finally the skræling faction won the war, and the king Svend became so unpopular for the lands lost and the resources spent in the war that his peoples deposed him and offered the crown to a foreign prince. Obviously, Bjorn wished for be appointed new king, as Sweyn of Helluland and the Jarl Igmar of Skræland (crowned after the Hellulandish invasion of 1119). But the Council of Jarl was controlled by the victorious faction, so the obvious election was Olaf, appointed at 1226.

Being anger with the jarls' election, Sweyn invaded Markland at 1229 and proclaimed himself king. However his troops were defeated by the Kawawachikamachian even before they arrived to the main Marklandish lands, and the fleet was destroyed by the Dorsetians, who kept ships which survived the battle. Surrounded by his enemies, the king Sweyn offered Olaf the title of Kirge and the control of the southern islands of Helluland. Olaf accepted, but foresaw a hellulandish betrayal when the king Sweyn returned to his capital and asked Bjorn for help. Bjorn managed to get the support of Skræland in his project to invade Markland.

In the year 1232, one year after the massacre of the armies of Sweyn by the Marklandish troops, Bjorn invaded Markland, trying to obtain an alliance with Cnut, king of Vinland, and obtaining it one year later. The main advantage of his brother was that his allies attacked the enemies in many fronts, but now the Wyandot fought Vinland, the Dorsetian fought Skræland and Helluland and the the Markland-Kawawachikamachian alliance fought Grønland.

The situation changed in 1234: A unexpected death came to Skræland, killing the childless Jarl. Then Sweyn attempted to take the Jarldom for himself, bur the nobility knew that Sweyn will impose his own council and armies before the local ones, then there was war between the two countries. Dorset took advantage of this and offered the nobles the possibility of appoint Olaf as Jarl. He was very respectful with other cultures and policies in his own domains, and the protection of Markland would be great for the Skræland's economy. Olaf was appointed Jarl and is armies invaded Helluland, deposing the king and proclaiming himself with such title.

In 1235, the Wyandot, Dorsetian and Marklandish fleet finally invaded Vinland through the lakes, while the Markland's armies took the peninsula. Bjorn was so disappointed with the Vinlandish poignancy that himself invaded the main island and took the throne. Two years later, in the middle of a status quo, Bjorn died in battle against the Marklandish armies in the northern Helluland. The Olaf was crowned King of all the Vikings.

In the following five years Olaf dedicated himself to improve the economical, politic and cultural integration of his territories. In 1241 the kawawachikamachian nobles elected to join the Viking Empire after the death of the last king. Two years later the Dorsetian nobility deposed the king to crown a usurper, then Olaf conquered the kingdom and incorporate it to his own empire.

Ingmar's travel (Lifsbudir)

Map sowing the travel of Ingmar.

The most important event of the reign of Olaf was the travel realized by Ingmar Igorsson in 1248. He established diplomatic contact with the Mesoamerican civilization. The cities of Texcoco and Tlacopan, the Lordships of Cuzcatlan (OTL El Salvador) and Tlaxcala and the League of Mayapan, directed by Hunac Ceel Cauich, in the OTL Yucatan, the Kingdom of Xalisco, and even the Aztecs ruled by

Ingmar initiated the trade between the northern viking civilizations and the Mesoamerican proto-civilization. At first, the viking merchant just sold skins, some primitive weapons and materials, but the Mesoamericans soon became more interested in the strange Viking technology, so Hunac Ceel managed to contact the lower merchants, who quickly sold the main technologies, including weapons, steel and ships, with the corresponding techniques to build them and use them. The League of Mayapan promptly started its Golden Age, expanding to the south in the Yucatan peninsula, sending explorers and ambassadors around the known world.

Also the Tlatoani of Xalisco and the Tagatecu of Cuzcatlán started to trade and improve their economies with golden coins instead cocoa and exchange. The viking emperor Olaf was not happy with the idea of other nations taking territory which could be his own, but he couldn't sustain a war overseas. He decided to make good use of the trade with the Mesoamericans and conquers new lands to himself in the north.

In 1267 the Wyandot initiated a war with a specific group of neighbor tribes called the Algonquian, tribes which formed alliance to defend themselves against the hostilities of the oligarchic republic. A leader arose between the Algonquian, called Biauswah, to unify the tribes in one confederacy to confront the Wyandot. In a couple of years, the king Olaf thought that was better for the further of his empire destroy the Wyandot Republic now, before it become a menace, and install in its place a puppet state which he could absorb later.

But tribes which speak languages partially equal to the Wyandot arrived to the south and north, and promptly the Wyandot Republic was full of Iroquoian peoples, and the different tribes helped their brethren to defeat the vikings and Algonquians in exchange for lands, technologies and influence in the primitive and oligarchic political system of the republic.

In 1275, two years after the end of the war, an Iroquois leader was appointed king by the nobility, to defy the foreign armies invading the frontiers and lead the nation in its expansion, trade and military. That king was Garakonthie.

In 1278, Olaf died in battle against a barbarian tribe in the frontier during a expansion campaign. But his son Aegir succeeded him. Aegir was weak in his will and slow of mind in his government. The administration of the country was entirely delegated to the Jarls and other noblemen who led their own lands as almost independent and self-sufficient, directing their own expansionist campaigns and foreign relationships (even the relationships with the other Jarldoms). The King was almost as useless as the further bearers of the title that, in that moment, was his: the Kirges.

In 1284 some frontier Jarls and Hersirs started to suffer innovations from the west. The tribes were the Thule, and they stroke the viking and Algonquian borders. After years of war the king himself was called by the borderland lords to asks the cooperation of the whole kingdom in the rejecting of the barbarians. But was too late. The king died in 1289, and the conflict between the Jarls, among the external influence exercised by the Iroquois, Algonquian and Mayan ended in the division of the kingdom in three.

The oldest son of Aegir, Ingemar, inherited Grønland and Helluland. The middle son, Vegard, inherited Markland and Skræland and the old kingdoms of Dorset and Kawawachikamach. And the third son, Aaric, inherited the old kingdom of Vinland.

After two years of civil war each prince recognised the other's possessions, and, while Ingemar and Vegar confront the barbarian thule tribes and the difficult administration, trade and production of their lands, the kingdom of Aaric prospered, becoming ally many strong nations.

In 1291 the fourth younger son, Aege, who was minor during the partition of the kingdom, but supported Aaric, asked the title of Kirge as an inherit of his own. Aaric accept to give the headship of the viking church to his brother.

1291 Leifsbudir

Preceded by:
1186 - 1220
Discovery of Anahuac:
1220 - 1291
Succeeded by:
1291 - 1355

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