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The Regency of Sweden
Starting Resource: 36
-- From Land: 33
-- From Trade: 3
Capital Territory: Stockholm
Nation Class: Large
Total Starting Military
Ships of the Line: 1
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Starting as early as the 5th century AD raiding parties and colonists began leaving Scandinavia in search of wealth and a better life within the rest of Europe.
Initially these were the Angles and the Saxons moving into England, later to be followed by the Danes and the Norse. Tales of Viking expeditions are wide
spread through the west. A similar, even more powerful movement happened in the east in the middle of the ninth century. Large numbers of people left
Sweden to establish settlements along the major rivers of Russia. These became trading posts influencing much of eastern Europe. These settlements
eventually came to rule over the Slavs of the Russian steppe and the many principalities of early Russia were formed. While nominally independent, those
principalities still relieve heavily on trade with Sweden and officially recognized the King of Sweden as their monarch. For a time a rise in Danish power and
civil war in Russia left the Swedes too occupied to expand their domains further. Russia had been lost to them completely and was rapidly becoming a rival.
Eventually the Swedes faced off against the Principality of Novogorod for control of Finland, which finally fell to Sweden while the nation was backed by the
unified might of the Union of Kalmar.
By 1483 Sweden had withdrawn from the Union of Kalmar and its chief opposition was the Kingdom of Denmark and the Principality of Moscow. Though
alliances with either of these two nations may allow the Swedes to expand their already strong navy and let them embark on conquests overseas on the far side
of the Baltic or beyond.