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This is a follow up deviation for Thule.

Following the creation of Regnum/Kingdom of Eraldia they conquered much of the island and creating the title of Imperator Thule (Emperor of Thule) whilst calling the lesser chieftains Princeps (Princes) who continued to rule their tribes in a feudal like system. By 870 Thule received its second Imperator and the first with a concrete name, Gaius or Zorion to the average person. Gaius instead of focusing on conquest like his father made his kingdom stable and introduced many new things, from the Julian calendar to forcing all sons of Princeps to be taught Latin by the monks.

Though he didn't really war against people he did start the genocidal Highland Crusade against the various Hexs and Orcne of the area which would last a few more centuries. The first major challenge was a large Viking raid Garthar Arnarson. Although Thule history portrays the first Vikings as just an army it was much more slaves and settlers fleeing Norway fleeing the harsh rule of the Norwegian king. Gaius defeated them himself but offered there their "Rex" Garthar surrender which was accepted, Garther was certainly treated very well. The slaves and Vikings were allowed to settle and most men became part of the Exercitus Meridiem (Army of the South) which Garthar was put in charge of. Gaius only had daughters so he offered his eldests (still not exactly old at the time) hand in marriage to Garthar with the first child from the marriage to become the Rex, heir to the throne.

Over time more Norse came to Iceland some raiding but most settling. As more Norse came the natives began linking the blondes among the Vikings to the Dixies with their yellow hair, they also linked the fact that a good number of the Norse died quite young compared to the natives of Thule (medical differences) in the early years as the Dixies of the time lived for about 25 to 30 years. The Pagans were the main promoters of the belief believing the Dixies and Vikings to be closely related, the belief continued for many centuries later. The Norse became known as Nosk, Hegodek or Han-Dixie and had frequent spats of emigration to Thule through the years.

The Norse also explored the western seas in the name of the Imperator in the early Middle Ages discovering Greenland and North America. It generally wasn't that successful eventually just becoming logging trips or bringing home Arctic goods later to be sold in Europe.

Thule as a real place first comes into the view of Europe in the 12th century when a great number of Norwegians fled there, a still rather mystical place even for them, to get away from the wars of the petty kingdoms. Trade was opened up with Norwegian towns around this time as well, though most never believed there was a particularly powerful country up there, still it was creeping into the minds of Europeans a mythical northern Kingdom.

Norways King Haakon IV put the tales of the land to the test and launch an invasion round about 1250. Haakon was put to shame as half of his fleet smashed onto the shore in a storm and his tired army was defeated by the Exercitus Meridiem. The Norwegian king was taken prisoner and sold back to Norway. Europe became alive with fascination of this northern country and within a year of Haakon's defeat the Pope was sending a letter north.

By 1255 Thule was once again part of the Catholic Church, though distantly, and had its own bishop. Latin was also made the official language of the time it had been the only language used in administration before however. In the later 13th century Thule was rocked with civil wars as the first dynasty came to an end the Princes began asserting their own authority.

Eventually in 1302 Hadrian was crowned Imperator with the support of the Exercitus Meridiem, Hadrian was the first ruler of primarily Norse heritage. Hadrian greatly changed the country reducing the power of the Princes vastly instead encouraging them into the new Senate. Despite the Princes being in the Senate the real power rested with the Publica Senate where men from the cities who were over 30 could vote on certain issues. The Senate served pretty much as advisers to the Publica whilst the Imperator was in control of the Exercitus Meridiem and could veto issues.

The Princes armies were scrapped and the only armed forces left in Thule were the Imperators Exercitus Meridiem. The was Exercitus Meridiem was distinct in not only being filled with those of Norse heritage but under Hadrians reforms being a professional army rather than the feudal forces of the Princes. So with this the army was mainly Norse for much of Thules history but this became more and more eroded in times of need. Hadrian was certainly rather public in thinking the natives of Thule weren't that good at fighting. This started the trend of Thulians actually rarely serving in the armed forces, even in the modern day.

Another part of Hadrians reforms was allowing the Dixies into the cities in winter as well as summer, thus slowly bringing the traditional lifestyle of the Dixieto an end. Also by law they were allowed to vote but not many lived long enough to do so.

Thule continued content in what it had, they did connect with Europe more but still weren't that connected certainly never married much of their nobility into Europeans. Towards the end of the 15th century Thule joined Europe in the search for China via a western or eastern passage. Thule was the most successful in the long run owing to more experience in Arctic waters and the explorers themselves. Thule hired Arctic Dixies (mainly from Greenland) who were as you can imagine fairly accustomed to conditions like in Siberia and were able to spend the cold months on the island way points easily enough.
Thule was also smart enough not to land on territory territory Russians traded in (pretty much the mouth of the Yenisei). Still exploration was slow but certainly provided some resources. No official borders were established for centuries so hunters and the like certainly did wander as they pleased just warned to stay away from Russians.

Exploration of a Western passage was a rather lazy attempt. The Imperator in Thule Arctic Dixies generally lived in that region so he declared himself "Rex Septentrionali Nosk" (King of Northern Nosk) which at the time did still include Dixies, from Thules point of view if the Imperator had made himself King of Nosk then he would of declared himself King of all with blonde hair which as you can easily imagine would be a silly idea.
This didn't really stop other powers but they never got far anyway. It is also worth noting here Britain never gets into Hudson Bay but France still pushes its colonial ambitions south to make Louisiana its just Thule getting in the way this time.

Some more claims were made along the Arctic coasts but Thule retreated from the world as religious civil war raged along with other issues starting in the early 17th century.

By 1700 Thule had stabilized with its own Church and the Imperator had become the absolute ruler, after a century of near absense from the world they also began modernizing under the guidance of Britain. Thule gained the chance to put their technology to affect over the issue of France encroaching into what was claimed by them. Thule took part in the King George's War on Britains side, though the war for Thule was mainly skirmishes in the north. Thule also took part in the French Indian War but once again just skirmished with the French. In 1770 the Siberian borders you see on the map were drawn up.

Thule's big chance for expanding Vinland came with the new nation of America. Thule was starting to look for territory beyond the Arctic at this time and more importantly farmland, British land certainly did the trick. Thule didn't really actually help the Americans that much in a sense, didn't give them many supply's just gave the British a northern front to worry about, but most importantly of all they challenged the British navy on the coast.

In the Treaty of Paris Thule gained all British land in North America at the time an split the Northwest Territory of the River Ohio in half with America. With the new territory they renamed their western lands to Vinland and began going westward.

The 19th century saw Thule remain neutral in almost every war and remain rather content with what it had. In Vinland there were some territorial disputes with the Americans but they were settled. They tried to buy Alaska but the old enemy of Russia refused and sold it to the Americans. They took part in Franco-Prussian War on the Prussians side, they took little part in it sending some troops but most notably it was the first time non Norsk had served in the army for hundreds of years. Also during this time they began trying to dominate the Swedish/Norwegian and Danish economy.
Thule was also part of the 9 Nation Alliance (8 in our world) in the Boxer Rebellion but didn't do much.

In the later 19th century there was growing resentment for the absolute monarchy and a rise of free thinking, nationalism. It grew into more riots until in 1900 the Imperator re-created the Senate with the new Peoples Flag as its banner. The Senate of 1900 didn't have that much power but it began to grow.

The empire remained neutral in WW1, probably would of joined the Germans but decided it wasn't worth the risk. They took part in fighting for the Baltic countries and Finlands independence and once independence was won the Baltic and Finland fell under Thule's sway. Culturally in between the wars the interest in the old Pagan religions and general rise of occultism.

As the Axis began forming Thule became a part of it. With the Molotov Pact Thule did allow the Soviets into the Baltic being rather sure that they'd get it back when the Soviets were defeated. In 1940 Thule along with Germany invaded Norway and Sweden allows them to build bases in their land.

In 1941 Britain and America declare war on Thule at the same time and both countries navies clash in the Atlantic as the Allies try to starve Thule. Finland allows Thulian troops through the country in the war thus making the Continuation War more in Axis favour.

In the Eastern Colonies the Soviets easily took it and the locals (mainly Dixie) who couldn't get out were massacred.

Thule's dream of victory was them owning Scandinavia, most of Siberia and northern Russia but when the navy was defeated in mid 1943 the Allies set about starving them to death. For the troops isolated back on Europe they faced Soviet authority and thousands never saw their home again. Starving and with Germanys surrender in 1945 Thule also surrendered.

Thule in the war was not exactly the best equipped as the countries main focus was on the navy and pretty much always had been. The leadership was also rather ineffective.
Despite non Norsk being allowed in the army still it was largely only Norsk that were allowed to command, combined with Norsk arrogance it cost a number of could be victories. As for atrocities there were some but overall the Thulians were rather tame.

After the way every faction blamed each other to avoid Allied punishment and Thule was occupied by American and British forces whilst the country was stripped of most of its military. The Imperator was kept on the throne as the Allies viewed the groups that were linked with Paganism and against the Imperator were the founders of Fascism in the country. Still they did get democracy dominated by the typical two parties one more right wing and more left. Industry was dismantled but rebuild again under American guidance.

Culturally they certainly became more Western but still weren't tied to either North America or Europe. Notably Dixies actually got a bad deal with Westernization as the American attitude at the time (more coming from occupying Vinland) seeped into Thule society a little bit. Language wise Latin was disbanded as the official language of the country still it left a large impact.

Territorially Thule kept the dark blue areas but did loose the east to the Soviets, America proposed to buy Greenland and the Arctic islands from Thule in the 60's but Thule let the people of the area vote and it was refused. Thule was also helped up on its feet quickly by the Americans for its strategic position. Rather similar to Japan, both in the Axis but the Wests pincers surrounding the Soviets.

Now for cultural stuff .

Even culturally in the modern day it kinda resembles Japan with combining native culture with the West. Language wise there are tons of dialects with varying degrees of Dixie, Norsk and Latin influences. In the Standard Thulian the grammar is largely Alabakan (native) with a Latin and Norsk mix taking up about 60% of the language. The Latin Norsk mix is most notable in military terms where they originate from Norsk words but were Latinized. Dixie dialects have some traces of the old Dixie language (now only spoken in Vinland once education eradicated it in Thule) but in general Dixies sound quite high pitched.

Architectural it has historically been a bit of a mix. Important buildings have followed the standard of the Roman style with a mix of wood and stone. The average household was a long house with a thatched roof, eventually they got very long and expanded outwards almost never going upward. These houses certainly aren't common today, they are most common in villages or former villages that are now connected to a larger city, modern variations of them also do exist. Starting in 1700 the cities gained a good bit of Western architecture and with industrialization small one roomed homes became common, they remained traditional for some time in not building upwards and were fairly well spaced out from out complex's to avoid fires. By the early 19th century the apartments were going upwards but were eventually torn down and replaced by modern Western buildings.

Now for art.
Traditional art existed simply as carvings for many years in wood and then influenced by the Norsk as they arrived. As for paintings on say walls or statues until the early morning period it was as you can imagine based of Rome, or more on realism since the Monks didn't really have an examples to show anyone. In the late 19th century and up to the modern day the average persons Norsk ish art came into the upper class in various degrees of realism and complex patterns depicting things. In the modern day im sure there would be some modern art influenced by the older stuff but its that popular out of Thule.
Performing arts have a very long history in Thule dating back to perhaps 1000 BC. Traditionally on Dixies performed in summer when they came to the coast largely acting out myths and feats of warriors. With the rise of Christianity most of the plays were banned in human settlements but could still be found in Dixie camps. They only really came back under Hadrian when he allowed the Dixie back into cities. Overtime it developed to be elaborate and renamed a Dixie only business. The traditionally non Roman style art was and still is used extensively in theater mainly for mythical creatures, the actors of them traditionally also wore nothing but were covered in the painted patterns representing the beast. Nowadays humans do take part in theater but rarely in traditional things.
They do of course have traditional clothing i don't think it is that exciting, there is probably tons of stuff i could put into the culture section that i haven't thought up of yet or just won't be exciting anyway.

Economy wise Thule is doing very well, specially with the oil around it. It also has a high life expectancy, human's are the best example of this but Dixies are. Dixies naturally live about 25 to 35 years but Dixies in modern Thule live to about 65 on average. Thule is also a almost no immigration country, and a thing i have forgotten to mention is which continent they think they are part of. I have a feeling it would be none but really its still Europe for Thule and North America for Greenland and the Arctic.

As for how many people live in Thule perhaps 20 million, 55% Alabak/Native, 35% Norsk and 10% Dixie.

Now how does Thule gain such a population when our Iceland has only 500,000?

In a way its because in our world only not that many people settled on Iceland a mere 1000 or so years ago and went through no real industrialization.

Though Thule is far from the best place to grow things its position does benefit it a bit such as lack of pests and the long summers allows for grass to grow very well. As for crops that can be grown in Thule they are: potatoes, turnips, carrots, cabbage, kale and cauliflower. As for fodder crops we have grass (of course), rye and barley so allot of bread i think.

And now for human helps in making their population bigger. Unlike our Iceland there have been people on Thule for almost 6000 years now who have also had agriculture ever since and thirdly rather good medicine.

So i think the population could certainly be much bigger than our Iceland and of course Vinland did help when it came to food specially as Thule was becoming full of cities.

Now the history of Vinland.

Vinlands first Thulian settlers were mainly Norsk until 1810 when the Dixie Settlement Act was created that granted very cheap or free sometimes access to Dixies along with land in America. The Imperator that created the act was probably one of the first people to think the Dixie weren't actually human, though he never publicly declared it. The Dixies swarmed to Vinland and fulfilling Vinlands role to be the food producer for Thule. Arctic Dixies were also encouraged to emigrate to Vinland but they weren't that accepted by the other Dixies. As Dixies became the majority they tapped into Arctic Dixies mythology on how the Native Americans massacred them and cleared them from their land (true in this world however) so the Dixies began clearing the Indians from the land and laid the foundation for the anti human attitudes as more and more began seeing themselves as not human. Along with the rise in the Dixie identity came the slow abandonment of Christianity to various Pagan religions and later Atheism with some condemning religion as a human concept.

By 1850 the Dixie flag was flown by campaigners looking for more independence, they received a Res Publica (Republic in a way) in 1855, over the years its power grew and grew. By 1900 Dixies made up 85% of Vinlands population including the Arctic ones. They had renamed the Res Publica as the UrghUrghUrgh (kind of means "mass speaking") whilst naming their land Saa Shasha chi ze i Zeeza o which in direct translation means "Great Nation ours that it belongs to" or as they commonly call it Saa Shasha Chi. The language of administration was largely turned around from Latin to standardized Dixie.

Early 20th century saw a great number of changes to Vinland. Segregation of humans was introduced during ww1 under the guise of some inventiveness and of course lynch mobs. Speaking of lynch mobs the early 20th century saw the beginning of many of today's largest mobs, who had not by this time been made legal groups. The Imperial authority viewed the segregation as legal to avoid tensions and many humans didn't actually mind it either but they did not endorse violence towards humans or the "radical" views that Dixies aren't human.

More and more political power came to the UrghUrghUrgh and the various groups in Vinland became more violent towards Imperial administration.

As you know when Thule entered WW2 so did Vinland. Thule kept few military instillations in the country never really believing their to be a war with America and they weren't really welcome from the Dixies point of view.
So when America invaded in the winter of 1941 they weren't entirely expecting, a good amount of Dixies certainly welcomed theme expecting freedom from Thule. The Americans didn't really fancy being there finding it to be a rather weird place.

Many groups did oppose the Americans however the most prominent being the Eergh Keegh (Night Hunters), as you can imagine they operated purely at night. They were and remain to this day most notable for being the most brutal mob around and the sharpening of their canines to rip out human throats. Many are also known for eating humans, especially in the war if they lived in the wilderness they would be known for dragging away human bodies for breakfast.

After the war they did gain independence and American troops left in a hurry. They went through a period of violence and the UrghUrghUrgh was changed a bit to make it run better.
Essentially they became capitalist but more so with Dixie businesses, there is human companies but its not that socially acceptable to work for them, sometimes even cleaning toilets is considered more noble than working for a human company. They do have diplomatic links but they are still a good bit aloof. They have no armed forces to speak of more so just the mobs which are quite well armed. Mobs are also the political parties, or are linked to them. It isn't exactly a Western style democracy its more just a simple gathering of people, a heap of noise then decisions are decided.

Under Western pressure official segregation on humans was removed but unofficial segregation is still rampant and so is lynching. Things like schools are still defined by species because humans tend to live in one area whilst Dixie live in another and so forth, humans are only taught in Dixie at school but at home they do speak their own languages.

Culture wise there is allot of emphasis on the land and how it belongs to the Dixie which does of course reflect in every day life, human Western influences are there as well often twisted round to a more Dixie style.

As said about the land most of the country is still rural with a population of about 25 million.

As for other peoples attitudes on Vinland i think most people will have little clue on it. Most people do still think that Dixies are human just a bit of a distant one hence why you can't reproduce with them, but this fact is not going to be allowed out the box for some time. Overall its a weird place to people.

You may be thinking that Vinland here is a big evil nasty country (i have an odd feeling that not many are for some reason) but i would certainly have to disagree. The Dixies are pretty much giving into their survival instincts, when they have a population of maybe 30 million odd and their rival has a population of 6 billion its no surprise. Also the fear of h
umans that the Arctic Dixies have from probably being left to number in the few thousand is pretty much re-awaking in the other Dixie.
So yes it is survival and the fear of being massacred again.

So why do the Dixie not have the fear of humans like their cousins do? Why do they not have epicanthic folds or darker skin like their cousins when they only split off from them 4000 years ago?
Nobody knows pretty much and will probably never know. Perhaps one group went from America to Asia to Europe and then up north dodging humans or interacting with them along the way.

Finally the flags:

First flag is quite simple really just the Roman eagle.

The second one was created by Hadrian combining his own Norsk symbolism with the Roman one.

The third flag is representing all the peoples of Thule. The Wolfsangel (left symbol) represents the Norsk, Fish for the Alabak and their fishing traditions and the sun has been used as a Dixie symbol for a very long time probably to do with summer. The black represents the soil in Icelands Highlands (the center of the country) and how the Alabak are the center of the island whilst the red represents blood spilled, blood unity and the like.

And the final flag is as it says of the Dixie in Vinland. The sun is just the same as the other sun, the corn is to do with the farming and the land. The red is of all Dixie , if it was the ones massacred thousands of years ago or one dying last week.

That is all i think.
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