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United States of Vinlandia by DaneOfScandinavy United States of Vinlandia by DaneOfScandinavy
The United States of Vinlandia, commonly referred to as the USV, the United States or Vinlandia, is a sovereign state in North America. The federal capital is New York, known in Vinlandish as 'Ny Jórvik', and the official languages are Dano-Norwegian and Vinlandish. Vinlandia is one of the world's largest economies and a very influential nation, playing a major role in both American and European politics.

History:
In the 1000's, an area of the North American east coast was claimed by Norse settlers as Vinlandia. The Colony of Vinlandia gradually expanded to cover a large part of the North American continent, and being the first Europeans in the continent, the Norsemen had no competition. There were, however, the indigenous populations to deal with, but they were unable to stop Norse success. In the 1500's, Vinlandia sought more autonomy from the government back home in Scandinavia, and in 1527, the nation was granted self-rule. It was, however, still a member of the Kalmar Union, but this ended in 1719 when the United States of Vinlandia, as it was now known, achieved full independence. In 1867, Vinlandia purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire. Vinlandia, being a Viking nation, had previously acted harshly towards neighboring nations and the indigenous populations, and so Russia feared an expensive, long-drawn war with the nation. Alaska later brought large amounts of wealth to Vinlandia.
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Arbarano Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Where would have the French settlers of Louisiana come from if there had been no French colony up north?
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DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Couldn't they just get there directly from France?
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Arbarano Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
They did, but the exploration went from North to South.
The Saint-Lawrence River was a way through the mountains towards the Great Lakes.
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CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
They'd probably just start at some other unexplored area in this case.
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DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I see.
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coldblood11 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
What is the Vinlandian name for New York? 
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:icondaneofscandinavy:
DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Well, the Norse called York for "Jorvik", so why not "Ny Jorvik"?
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Arbarano Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
But why name a Vinlandian city after an English one? Dutch called it Nieuw Amsterdam, and then Nieuw Oranje. French called the bay Nouvelle-Angoulême.
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DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
At the time of the foundation of the city, the Norse still controlled England with York as an important city.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
And then that brings up another issue. If the Norse controlled England during the era of colonization, then the whole empire would be completely different than OTL, and if the British Empire has been altered, then global politics for centuries have been altered. And if global politics for centuries have been altered, then the World Wars and Cold War, as we know them, would almost certainly have not occurred. I'm not trying to shoot down your idea, only some of the history built around it. 
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DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
During the era of colonization, England was independent, but when this city was founded even further back, before the era of colonization really began, England was Norse territory. That's what I meant.

Of course, the point of divergence is way, way back, so everything is totally different, but I honestly didn't bother to figure all that out when I came up with this idea.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
But since the Dutch did not explore the bay until 1609, and England stopped being Norse territory long before then, I take it that this New York is totally unrelated to the New York of OTL and is only similar in its location and extremely coincidental name? If that's the case, then I'll just accept it as a coincidence. This New York would have to be founded long before ours. 
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DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Well, it is just an extreme coincidence.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So why did Russia sell Alyeska to Vinland if (presumably) the Crimean War never happened and English-inhabited British Columbia wasn't there to make the Russian government anxious enough to want to sell? Also, you can already definitely say that World War I (as it is in OTL) would not have occurred, given that the POD is between 1000 and 1492. I could also question the existence of Louisiana, Mexico, the USSR, and even unified UK and France.
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DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
This was just an idea I got and it is not supposed to be highly realistic, but I shall try to answer your questions.

Russia feared that Vinland might just invade and take it with European assistance, causing a war, and so Alaska was sold.

World War 1 did happen, although there were some differences of course, but the sides were more or less the same.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I can believe the part about Alaska, although that means Vinland would have to be pretty aggressive, completely the opposite of Canada. World War I would have been a completely different war, considering that the POD is before even the Protestant Reformation and all of the hundreds of alliances and wars that happened between the Reformation and World War I.
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EuropeanCar650 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
This is very good, I especially like the detail of the borderlines (along the rivers). And one would wish the Norse would've colonized the continent more, because they were awesome people.
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DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Thank you.
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you think this effects the colonization further south in the Americas?
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AMilliner Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
The potential building up of immunity to European disease could have blocked future settlement by the Iberians (assuming that Vinlandia maintained contact with the Old World). Not that an increase in Indigenous presence would stop them from simply killing their way towards a colony. Although, in this case, we might assume that the Native people developed better methods of warfare and weaponry, as they had after contact with Europeans in the real world? So this too could be a barrier to the Spanish establishing themselves in the southern part of North America.
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DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I think Spain and Portugal would still have colonized large parts of the area, but Britain would certainly also have created colonies there as North America is already occupied by other countries. 
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Alpha-Squid Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting!
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DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Thanks!
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Alpha-Squid Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!!!!!!!!
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