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Vinland
— Subdivision of Vinland
Timeline: The Kalmar Union
Vinland Vinland.svg
Flag of Vinland
Capital
(and largest city)
Isafjordhur
Population 476,850 

Vinland Fylk is comprised of the main island of Vinland, Vinlandaeyja, as well as several other smaller surrounding islands. It lies to the south of Markland and to the North-East of Kyreyja and Eikland fylkír. The city of Isafjordhur is both capital of the country and of the Fylk. The Fylk's population is 476,850.

The island of Vinland is the oldest of the fylkír and was the point of first settlement by Europeans on the Leifian continent. Due to its position on the very end of the then known world it is likely that the colony would have been abandoned if not for the overcrowding in Iceland and Greenland spurred by those fleeing the chaos in Scandinavia. Record of this early settlement is still apparent in several villages and farmsteads along the north and east coasts which still bear the names of early settlers.

After the accommodation with the native Skraeling tribes in the mid-11th century the island has been largely peaceful apart from a scare during the Leifian Wars of Religion after the Portuguese navy shelled Isafjordhur in 1569 it has never come under threat of attack. This relative security has led many Vinlanders from elsewhere in the country to label the islanders as insular and boring.

Due to a worsening of the climate after the 1350s most farms to the north of Isafjordhur had to abandon the growing of cereal crops and stick to animal husbandry and vegetables. The definitive shift in power towards Fjallasay and Hafsvaedaland occurred at much the same time. However the Vinlandic Althing has sat in Isafjordhur since 1040 and has so far resisted any attempts to be moved. The population of the rural areas has largely remained static for centuries with the over-population emigrating southwards or westwards to the Hafsvaedaland. The vast majority of the island's population lives in Isafjordhur.

Fishing remains the island's largest industry but this is coming under threat as fish stocks are shrinking. The interior is mostly forested and uninhabited but lumber and paper mills have stirred the growth of a few towns. The Kros-Eyja railway, which was completed in 1904, loops across the island and has supported the growth of the interior but is still attacked as a gross waste of money by critics of the government. Most of the telegraph cables linking Leifia and Europe run via the island and Isafjordhur.

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