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Norrland Fylk (The Kalmar Union)

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— Subdivision of Vinland
Timeline: The Kalmar Union
Vinland Norrland.svg
Flag of Norrland
(and largest city)
Population 50,450 

Norrland Fylk is a huge, sparsely inhabited region stretching from the Issjo westwards to the Imakpik Strait. It also includes the Arctic islands to the North. The Fylk capital is Vesturíshóvn on the far Western coast and the estimated population is around 50,000.

Vinland claimed several of the Atlantic-facing islands after the annexation of Greenland in the mid-1200s but with no agriculturally viable regions, or for that matter any challenge to their ownership Vinland made little attempt to stake a proper claim to them. Later, the Northern Company's efforts to traverse the Northwest Passage led to a string of small trading points with the native Inuit peoples. Trading for ivory solidified relations and mutual treaties slowly increased Vinland's territorial stake over the region.

When Keewatin Territory gave up its independence in 1852 a vast area comprising almost the entire Northern coast of Leifia was transferred to Vinland to pay off its debts. This forms the Western half of Norrland. The island of Heklaeyja on Lethjafyllvatn was given to Keewatin in return.

Most of the Fylk is Arctic tundra and is of little use agriculturally. Mining forms a small part of the economy but permafrost limits exploitation. Due to virtually constant sea-ice there is currently no navigable sea route around Norrland and the extreme climate and distances make inland travel no less difficult. Practical travel between the main Vinlandic Flykír and Vesturíshóvn has be done within Lingit Aani and Keewatin Territory or by sea from Ohlonemark or Ktunaxa.

With Japan now heavily increasing their military presence in the West the strategic value of Norrland is growing. There is a heavy Vinlandic military presence in the west.

Norrland forms a single county; Norrland ó Eyjar, at the Althing.

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