The Northwest Territory (Russian:Северо-западная Территория), is a territory established in the northwest part of the former Soviet Union, covering large parts of Karelia, Komi and Arkhangelsk.
The territory came into existence after the Siberian operation Northern Hammer came to a close on July 27th, 2011. The territory was formally created the following day, with Belomorsk, the capital of the now defunct Provisional Soviet Socalist Republic of Russia being turned into the territories capital.
During the reclamation period, some incidents occurred between the USSR and the countries of Novgorod and Karelia. Seven border guards were killed in Karelia, while one Novgorodian wooden fortress was mortared during the establishing of the border between the countries, killing 37 and wounding 9 men. According to Siberian authorities, the act was an accident caused by false intelligence reports.
Siberian authorities have repaired many destroyed roads in the past two years and the parts of the Northern Railway located in Arkhangelsk and Komi are soon to be connected with the main railway lines of the USSR. The town of Onega, having survived the war, is well under way in its conversion into a northern base of operations for the USSR's navy. Several smaller vessels use it as a stop-off base when patrolling the Northern Sea and the Atlantic. Submarines still have to go to other bases, however.
The population of the territory has experienced a slight increase as well, as construction work, forestry and fishing are increasing, as well as some light industry.
For now, most of the economy consists of fishing, but the region is rich in natural resources: Lumber, oil, bauxite, titanium, gold, manganese, and basalt. Combined with the regions former forestry, woodworking, cellulose, and paper industries, there is hope of it becoming an important part of the USSR in the future, especially when the damaged parts of the railway lines become operational again.