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Overview

The Confederation of The Norse Inuit Union


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Motto: Lost in Northern Lights, Living Free


Location: North American Arctic


Population: 156,739
-Density: 0.125 people per square mile


Capital: None
Largest City: Sedna-Odinland


Official Language: North Polean



National Language: North Polean,Kalaallisut,Inuktitut,Iñupiaq,Inuvialuktun,Norse.


Demonym: North Polean

Government: Confederation and Direct Democracy.


Legislature:
- Upper House: Peoples House
-Lower House: None


Founded: Founded on Jan 6th, 1384


Land Area: 725,018 mile²
1,877,787 km²
Water Area: 12,000 km²
Water %: 10%


Elevation
Highest Point: Mt. Gunnbjørn Fjeld (3,694 m or 12,119 ft)
Lowest Point: Hel Cave (-15.25 m or -50 ft)



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GDP (nominal): 12,987,789,658,184
GDP (nominal) per capita: 82,862,527.2471[

Currency: Ravenite


Time Zone: Alaskan, Pacific, Mountain, Eastern, Atlantic, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Greenland time zone.


Drives on: Any side, No Traffic laws.


Calling code: +299


Internet TLD: .NIU


The Norse Inuit Union
The Confederation of The Norse Inuit Union, commonly called the Norse Inuit Union, N.I.U or NIU, is a Direct Democracy in the North American Arctic that is made of 4 different Confederites which is the sub-division of the nation similar to Cantons of Switzerland, with a government that is similar to the one of Ancient Athens. Each of the Confederities are named after one of the four main Inuit languages. The NIU is neighbors with Canada and the U.S (due to Alaska) in the South. Its neighbors by the sea are Russia to the west and Iceland to the east. It covers 1,877,787 km² and has an estimated population of 156,739 North Poleans.

The NIU has had a decent influence on the world and they are the only nation in the world that is 100% socialist and has a government-run economy. Them being good allies with the superpower Mexico also helps with their influence. The NIU has demonstrated that they can defend themselves against anyone, even the British. The NIU is a 2nd world country but it used to be a 3rd world one.

Etymology
The name “Norse Inuit Union” describes just that, a union or friendship between the Norse and Inuit. The Inuit is a broad term that comes from the Inuktitut word for people, but it does not just represent the Inuktitut people but also other indigenous people of the North American Arctic. In real life however the other indigenous groups in the North American Arctic like the Kalaallit (Greenlanders) don't like being called Inuit as they view that term just being the member of the Inuktitut Inuit's. However it is the least offensive term to refer to the people indigenous North American Arctic with the other one being Eskimo which translates to "raw meat eater". If you know of a better term be free to telegram me telling me it.

History
The Thule people, who are the ancestors of the Inuit, arrived in North American Arctic from Asia between 900 and 1100 AD, however, there were already people that were living there called the Dorset who came to the same area in 500 AD to 1000 AD, but they disappeared between 1000s to 1500s. The reason is not exactly known. It is theorized that they either disappeared from climate change (The little Ice Age) or from the newly introduced diseases from Europeans or from the Thule. They also claim ancestry from the natives that arrived in North America between 6000 B.C and 2000 B.C.

Speaking of Europeans, the first Europeans to arrive to Greenland (North America) were the Norse, who were led by Erik the Red in 982 AD, after Erik was exiled from Iceland for murder around 980. The Thule would arrive in Qaqortoq, Greenland in the 12th century. The Norse would abandon Greenland around 1350, and the reason for them leaving is also unknown. The causes could be due to climate change (The little Ice Age), soil erosion due to overgrazing, or due to conflict with the Thule/Inuit (the last one is most likely the reason why as it is documented in the Icelandic sagas). After the Norse left the Inuit would take control of Greenland.

There are places in North America besides Greenland that were discovered. Leif Erikson, one of Erik the Red's sons, founded a settlement in Vinland (Newfoundland) in 1000 called the L'anse aux Meadows. This settlement served as an expedition center and as a way to get timber. They didn't stay long though and they left at an unknown date. They left as they had a conflict with the natives there and it was easier to get timber from Scandinavia so the settlement was short-lived.

Revisiting North American lands
A Norseman of the Name Rune Akeson would revisit Greenland on November 26th, 1374, and would land on the island on Jan 8th, 1375. Rune Akeson was in secret a believer in Norse Paganism and because he was born in a rich family, he had access to documents that explained in detail Norse Paganism. Rune Akeson was able to convince King Haakon VI of Norway to sponsor him in his travels into Greenland. There would be 1,000 Norse and 8 Norse Longships on the voyage. A lot of the people Akeson chose were felons and prisoners who he would later convert most of them to Norse Paganism. He left on November 26th, 1374, and he and his crew would never come back to Norway, which really pissed off King Haakon, and Akeson and his crew were presumed to have died during their voyage by Norwegian authorities. However, this was not the case.

He and his crew were able to land on the Island of Nanortalik, Greenland where they were greeted by Inuit who were hunting fish, seals, and walruses (They were not hunting whales as the whale population decreased during the little ice age, which was going on in this time period). The Inuit hunters were first terrified due to the intimidating ships and how many foreign white men there were, some of which were wearing armor and had weapons. Akeson ordered his men to drop their weapons and they all bowed down to the Inuits. They stayed with the Inuit in their homes and they would go hunting with them. The Inuit would teach the Norse how to make fur coats as the clothing they had wasn't enough to stand the Arctic Climate. They also of course taught them Inuit hunting strategies. The Norse and Inuit lived in harmony and over time they would learn each other's language and later create a new one called North Polean. On Jan 6th, 1384, the Norse and Inuit on the Island of Nanortalik created a confederation with a constitution alongside it, creating the Norse Inuit Union. In 1388, all of Inuit in Greenland would join this union.

The Voyage to the coast of North America and contact with the Aztecs
In 1428, a North Polean (Someone with Norse and Inuit genetics, this term is also used to refer to those from the NIU) named Asger Ignuk, inspired by Akesons voyage to Greenland, decided to sail south to the unknown. Ignuk would have 2000 men with him and 2 North Polean Sea Ships (Comparable to other large European ships) and 5 Norse Longboats. Ignuk would sail along the coast of North America, and sometimes stop in order to hunt animals and gain supplies. He made little contact with the natives as the natives would flee when they saw them or hide. When he arrived on the coast of what is modern-day Mexico in 1435, he stopped there to gather supplies and food and accidentally went to the Aztec Empire. When the Aztecs saw them they led them the way to Tenochtitlan. They then meet the Emperor and the emperor gave them gifts like corn and some gold. Ignuk then went with his fleet to tell the rest of the NIU what they discovered. They would then start trading outposts in Mexico, but they and the other foreigners that had made contact with the Aztec Empire, the Chinese, accidentally gave them diseases like smallpox. This resulted in the Aztec Empire moving their state to the east and west coast so they could still trade with the Chinese and NIU. The NIU were also involved in the Spanish-Aztec wars on the side of the Aztecs.
NIU Expansion
As I mentioned earlier, by the year 1388, all of Greenland was under NIU control. In 1400, the North Poleans explored all of Greenland. In 1456, they would start to expand into the Northern Territories of Canada. This would lead to conflict with the British when Martin Frobisher and his crew were exploring the region and made contact with the local Inuit in what he called Frobisher bay in 1578, April 18th. By This point in time the NIU had explored and claimed eastern Nunavut, and Northern Quebec, and Northern Labrador. The NIU would have its modern-day borders in 1647.

North Polean-English War
When Martin Frobisher made contact with the local Inuit in Frobisher bay, in 1578, April 18th, they attacked him and his crew as they were European explorers and they had heard about Europeans trying to claim land in North America at the expense of the native population. Martin Frobisher would return to Britain on October 7th, and told the British about the lands in the arctic he found and that there were natives there that were not so friendly to foreigners. On April 6th, 1579, the British navy and army invaded the NIU but were unsuccessful and they left on June 3rd, 1582.

They were unsuccessful as they were not fully prepared to face the arctic climate, and the NIU had superior ships, flamethrowers, and rocket launchers (They got the flamethrowers and rocket launchers from the Aztecs). The NIU also had help from the Aztec soldiers placed in the NIU. The NIU also used a military arrangement they learned from the Aztecs called "fire and chaos". This military arrangement had 4 rows of soldiers, the 1rst and front row being those with flamethrowers and some with rocket launchers, the 2nd row being gunmen, the 3rd being bowmen with fire arrows, and the 4th row being those with rocket launchers.

Some of the battles that took place were the naval battles of Frobisher Bay and Hudson Bay and some other battles were the battle of Arviat, the battle of Kimmirut (One of the few battles the British won), and the Bitter Defeat (at Cape Dorset, and it was the last battle of the war).

The NIU then signed the treaty of Cape Dorset, on April 8th, 1579, In Which Britain was to give up all claims on NIU land, recognize them as a sovereign nation, and not interfere with future NIU expansion into the Arctic.

NIU-Denmark-Norway War
In 1721 A Norwegian named Hans Egede convinced the King of Denmark-Norway, Frederik IV of Denmark-Norway, to search for the lost Norse colony in Greenland and convert the people there to Lutheranism, as he thought that the original settlers there were still there, and that if they were there they would either still be Catholic and have lost the Christain faith altogether.

On July 3rd, 1721 he arrived in Greenland, but he and his crew were attacked by the North Poleans living there. 5 of his crew were slain and Egede left Greenland and arrived back in Denmark-Norway in December 17th. He then told the king that there were violent “savages” there that attacked him. Frederik IV was not happy and he sent the army to Greenland on December 18th to insert sovereignty over the island. His Army arrived on the Island on March 6th, 1722, and his forces were quickly defeated on March 27th, they left. Barely any of his troops were able to reach the mainland and the war was mostly just naval battles in Southern Greenland. They lost the war for the same reason the British did. At the treaty of Qaqortoq, April 1rst, 1722, Denmark-Norway had to recognize the NIU as a sovereign country.

North Polean-Russian war
A few years after the NIU-Denmark war they would go to war with the Russian Empire. Russia in 1580 was in the process of conquering Siberia, so them going into North America was inevitable. In 1784 Grigory Shelikhov established trading outposts in Alaska, and these trading outposts also included the NIU. The NIU did not mind at first but once Russians started making settlements in their territory, things got ugly. The NIU kicked out the Russian settlers on November 26th and Russia was not happy. On December 1rst, Russia declared war on the NIU and invaded them on December 8th. The NIU had superior weapons so the Russians lost the war. On June 8th, 1786, the NIU and Russia signed the treaty of Utqiagvik, in which Russia would recognize the NIU as a sovereign state, and that they would leave NIU lands in Alaska alone.

World War 2
The NIU did not get involved in the first world war but they did get involved in the 2nd one, although not much. The NIU fought on the Pacific and Eastern Front with the Soviets, and the Western Front.

The Cold War
The NIU was not on the side of the western power bloc or the Soviets, they were on the side of the Mexican power bloc. Other nations that were in the Mexican power bloc were Kurdistan, Ethiopia, and China. The NIU got along more with the USSR than the western powers, this was especially true when the North Polean Socialist party was elected in 1964, and the NIU became socialist and still is to this day.

Attempted Coups
The NIU has a lot of oil reserves which were discovered in 1965 and the NIU used to profit off that and it made the country very rich. However, in 1982 the NIU started taking global warming very seriously and the people voted to stop using oil and exploiting the oil reserves. This made the U.S and oil companies angry and on April 6th, 1982 from May 4th, 1986 the U.S and oil companies propped up a series of attempted military coups that failed very embarrassingly. The military and the people would turn on the generals that tried to take power and they were arrested very quickly. After all the series of attempted military coups, which were just 30, there were only 14 casualties. U.S and oil companies' involvement in these coups was discovered from the very beginning. Today the NIU has the most untouched oil reserves.

Geography

Geography: A lot of the country is covered in Ice with that being 45%, the NIU contains the North American Arctic and Greenland. Some areas can be very rocky and Mountainous.

Climate: As you can imagine the climate is very cold but there are some non-cold areas in the NIU. The average temperature for the summer is 32° F (0° C) and the average temperature for the winter is −40° F (−40° C). Climate change is taken very seriously here as it has caused the temperature to be warmer than it should and the population for wildlife to go down, especially polar bears.

Environment: Even though the environment can be very cold, it can still be beautiful. For example, the Northern Light or Aurora, can be seen in the night sky and it's very beautiful. The wildlife is also beautiful. Polar bears and Arctic foxes live here. The NIU has unique wildlife.

Demographics
The Population of 156,739 North Poleans tend to be friendly, but also can be shy and not talk much. The majority of people are of the North Polean race (European and Inuit genetics) but there is a very big minority that are Inuit and the percent of the population that are Inuit and North Polean are not far apart. Most people wear fur coats due to the cold climate. A good amount of people still participate in traditional hunting, some do it for a living while others do it as a sport.

Religion
The majority of people follow the North Polean religion (A combination of Norse and Inuit Mythology), the 2nd most popular religion is the traditional Inuit religion, 3rd being irreligious, 4th being the traditional Norse religion, the 5th being Christianity, and 6th being other.

There are some gods from the Inuit religion that those that believe the Norse one believe in too, as there was no god for the thing the Inuit gods are of in their religion. This is also true vice versa. An example of this is the god of polar bears Nanook of the Inuit religion being worshiped by Norse North Poleans.
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The North Polean Religion: The two main gods are the God of gods Odin and the Sea Goddess Sedna. It's a combination of Inuit and North Mythology. There is one god that combined the two mythologies, he was a stone giant named Xiqi.

Race
The Majority of people are North Polean, the 2nd largest being Inuit, the 3rd being White, and the 4th being other.
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Largest Cities

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Rank

Metro area population

State

1

Sedna-Odinland

20,000

Inuktitut

2

Nuuk

17,645

Kalaallisut

3

Iqaluit

7,740

Inuktitut

4

Utqiagvik

4,383

Inupiaq

Government
The government system is similar to the one of Switzerland. It is a Confederacy and is a Direct Democracy. There is one legislative body, the Peoples House, which every adult is a part of. Every issue gets voted by the people and everyone is well educated in politics and law. There is no leader, as everyone makes the decisions for the country. There are only a few positions that require someone to get elected, military leaders, and ambassadors to other nations.
Military
The NIU has a small military of 10,000 people. Everyone in the NIU has military training at some point in their life, but unlike most military training, it only lasts for 6-ours each day and you are allowed to go home once you are done with the 6-hour training. The members of the military route every month. There are almost no restrictions on weapons that the public can have except for nuclear and chemical weapons. You can own a tank or a fighter jet if you wanted to. People also learn how to make guns in school and some schools have introduced making military helmets as well.

Foreign Relation and Diplomacy
The NIU gets along best with Mexico, as they are their oldest ally. The NIU also gets along well with Canada and the Nordic countries, especially Iceland. They don't get along well with the U.S, Britain, and France, as they don't like Socialism. The NIU has good relations with fellow nations in the Mexican power bloc. When Yugoslavia was a thing the NIU had really good relations with them. The NIU also had good relations with the USSR and has good relations with Russia too. The NIU also had good relations with India when they were socialist.
The NIU doesn't like getting involved with wars and is neutral in most wars that have happened since it was founded.

Economy

Economic Indicators

Rank: 126
Currency: Ravenite
Fiscal Year: January 1rst to December 31st


GDP (nominal): 12,987,789,658,184
GDP (nominal) per capita: 82,862,527.2471
Labor Force: 67,987
Unemployment rate: 0.02%

Economy
The Economy is all government-run all workers make the decisions as a collective. That means all decisions on the means of production are voted on and they decide how much of their product they will give to the consumer, which usually is a fair amount.

Culture
The Culture of the NIU is based on Inuit and Norse cultures. Whaling has been a part of Inuit and North Polean culture for a long time but there are regulations now on whaling. The way to travel was traditionally by using sleds and sled dogs (that mainly being the Inuit Dog), but now people use snowmobiles. Sled dogs are still used today though, but mainly for fun, hunting, and for sled races. The North Polean diet mainly consists of meat due to the lack of plants The plants that do grow there are berries. As it is very snowy, people wear winter coats or traditional fur coats. There is also a great emphasis on honor in North Polean society, and a lot of that came from the Norse. The culture is also very militaristic and values the military and weapons a lot.

Norse Surnames
Old Norse Surname names for most of their existence were not like how most surnames were. You got your surname based on your father's first name. “Son” is added at the end of a males last name and “dóttir” is added at the end of a females last name For example Leif Eiríksson and Freydís Eiríksdóttir last names are based on their father's name Erik the Red (Erik Thorvaldsson)

Infrastructure
The infrastructure has improved significantly ever since the People's Socialist Party got into power. People live in small houses and generally own a shed where they keep weapons like spears, swords, or guns. There are not any roads, as people prefer to ride snowmobiles rather than cars and there isn't much population density which makes the likelihood of accidents very unlikely. Because of this, there are no traffic laws. Anyways the infrastructure is very safe.
There are some old sites like the old Norse Settlements in Greenland, Sedna-Odinite Commons Tower, and a lot of forts and old Igloo towns. There are also some castles as well that were meant for either storage of supplies, a place for a lot of people to live, for defense, or just wanting to make something cool.

Energy
The government uses solar and water power. The NIU uses clean energy as they take climate change very seriously considering that they are a nation in the Arctic and Ice melting could cause massive floods. The NIU is also a signature of the Paris Climate Accords.

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