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Borealia is the name of a region in north-central North America consisting of the North American boreal forest belt, which was home to parts of the British colonies of Rupert's Land, Canada, and the North-Western Territory and most of the the Russian territory of Alaska. Home to one of the world's largest forest ecosystems, Borealia is home to a wide range of wildlife and some of the richest mineral deposits on Earth, yet the cold temperatures prevent most agriculture that sustains civilization.
Today, Borealia is a large yet sparsely populated land which houses a wide range of peoples, known collectively to southerners as Kanuks that share a similar lifestyle due to the harsh and widespread conditions of Borealia. The Canadian settlers that had moved onto the land before the Chaos have mostly become integrated into the native tribes to the point where their cultures mixed into a unique and interesting way of life.
- Main Article: History of Canada
Several tens of thousands of years ago, during the Pleistocene Ice Age, Central Asians migrated across the Beringia land bridge between Siberia and Alaska which was exposed due to low sea levels. These migrants, thought to be ancestors of today's Athabaskans, were the first denizens of Borealia which was then mostly covered in a massive ice sheet, limiting them to the then ice-free Alaska.
Throughout the course of thousands of years, many new groups of migrants entered North America through the land bridge as the ice sheets that covered much of the planet began to wane. From circa 14000 BC to 10000 BC, the ice sheets began to melt, submerging the Beringia land bridge and opening passage from Alaska to the other regions of the continent. Around this time, post-glacial Borealia became covered in boreal forest as the climate changed.
People spread out throughout the region, and speakers of Athabaskan languages and speakers of Algonquin languages, such as the widespread Cree began to dominate the west and eastern parts of Borealia, respectively. Around 1492, the region of Borealia was divided between the various Cree tribes, the Algonquins, and the Athabaskan tribes, such as the Beaver (Dane-zaa). All tribes in Borealia were hunter-gatherers, as agriculture of the time was impossible in cold Borealia.
To the south of Borealia, France began settling the region in the mid-1500s, and by the early 1700s, New France was well established, with settlers pushing north to partake in the fledgling fur trade. After the Seven Years War, though, France gave up its Canadian colony to the British at the Treaty of Paris in 1763. The fur trade pushed many Canadians north to Rupert's Land, which would one day become part of Borealia.
Around 1850, the events later known as the Chaos began to affect Borealia, which was at the time a vast backwater wilderness. A myriad of unfortunate events struck the more southerly and densely populated British colonies of Canada, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Isle, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, turning the once-thriving cities and towns into rubble and ashes. War and plague forced many of the survivors north into the vast wilderness that would become Borealia. Many of the natives reacted with hostility, but due to the large amount of land in the region, the refugees began to spread out.