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Full NationStates Name:
The Kingdom of Saurland

Full Political Name:
Common name: Norway (Noregur)
Official: Kingdom of Norway (Konungsríki Noregs)

WA Nation:

Norway minus Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Bear Island, Bouvet Island, Peter I Island, and Queen Maud Land

Government Type:
Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy

Head of State:
King Kolbeinn II Wésteinnsson

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Haraldur Artúrsson

Capital City: Ósló

Estimated Population: 5,668,845

Not many of us may know but throughout our history Norway was fought over by Denmark and Sweden 21 times. This not only made the political system between the two states fracture and clash among another creating a sore relationship between the two Nordic kingdoms but it also influenced Norway’s culture and primarily its language. In this alternate history the saga and tales of Scandinavia alter drastically and the Norway we know changes drastically over its splendid isolation. Things in this timeline change drastically by nature, first, Greater Norway’s (1027-1397 in our timeline, 1027-1405 in the alternate world) rulers forbade from contacting the east or south or at least recommended their populace to expand westward rather than south or east. This happened mostly due to Norway’s low capacity to handle exterior threats and the paranoid monarch’s belief that meddling in southern or eastern affairs could lead to a surprise attack, thus, contacting the east or south either for trade or the spreading of ideas drastically diminished excluding the Christianization of 1400. Norway focused in exploration of Iceland, Greenland, the British Isles and even Vineland throughout its early years of splendid isolation. Perhaps one of the most influential things that led to what Norway became (in real life) is the Hanseatic League’s control over the Norwegian trade, this never happened however. Another important thing that unlike our timeline happened was Olaf Haakonsson’s unity with the Danish crown. The Kalmar Union still occurred, however, the Norwegian crown joined so voluntarily as an independent Kingdom. After the collapse of Greater Norway (a.k.a. the Norwegian Empire) Norway came to a limbo of various small wars until in 1405 the region formed the Norwegian Commonwealth which lasted till 1786. Throughout this era not much happened, Norway was isolated like Iceland for two reasons, one was the Norwegian’s skepticism of the outside world and the outside world’s low interest in Norway as many saw it for an image different than reality; Norway was left alone due to its lack of arable land and grazing which was the reason why the Norwegian Commonwealth lasted so long. Plus, the topography of Norway gave it a barrier that helped it last. Norway came to the world’s stage in the 18th century when the Kingdom of Norway was formed.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries Norway will fight 5 wars with Sweden and Denmark that in the long run Norway would win miraculously. In the mid 19th century Norway's splendid isolationism gave the country side effects such as a feudalist style of monarchy, famine, the economy's crash and overall poor living conditions. Things changed a bit when the house of Eriksson came to power, however Norway still remained among the poorest of the nations in Europe. The last nail on the coffin of Norway’s splendid isolationism came in 1881 when one of Norway’s most notorious Kings, Wilhélmur I Eriksson, died. This resulted in a power vacuum that finally ended the splendid isolation. Swede painter, Carl Fredrik Hill, which lived a decade in Norway trying to strive his career's success, came to power by a corrupt process of voting done by the Legislature’s members. This led to a three generation rule by Fredrik Hill's son and grandson in which Norway became a client state of Sweden. During these years most of the riches the country could produce were invested in the Fredrik Hills' personal uses. Eventually at the end of Sven Fredrik Hill's (Carl's grandson) reign (1922-1938) mass hunger struck. By 1938 Sven was overthrown and murdered thanks to the military's support on the coup. The 57 years of Swedish interference in Norway ended in a short lived Norwegian Socialist Republic (1938-1946). The Stalinist style of government impacted the country even more, the cold blooded regime killed 80,000~ men and women and even children that didn't show their support to the nation. Eventually, democratic powers intervened in Norway by capturing Ósló finally putting an end to Norway's tumult.

In the long run Norway's culture lasted and its language resembled Old Norse in many ways thanks to the splendid isolationism, but that same isolationist idea made Norway a place of turmoil. Norway set the stage with the discovery of its oil supplies, eventually it grew large economically, but its past has given the nation a scar large enough that some of the nation's accomplishments in real life never occurred in this alternate world. Norway sails to another sea of questioning its personality in today's digital world clashing with its culture.

Type: Free Market, Capitalist
Development: Developed

Nominal GDP: $401 billion

Nominal per capita: $70,589.76

Military Strength:

Priority: Medium
Equipment: Late 20th century Equipment

% GDP: 1.75%
Eligible Manpower: 2,129,000
Active Troops: 32,500