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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.

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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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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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