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Re: Elves and Ill Bethisad (was Re: elves and jinn (...))

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Thursday, October 23, 2003, 9:09
Quoting John Cowan <jcowan@...>:

> Jan van Steenbergen scripsit: > > > > Excuse a stupid and OT question, but does that mean that the Union of > > > Kalmar did not finally break apart in the early 16th C? > > > > I think so. But if you really want to know, ask Kristian Jensen. He is in > > charge in Scandinavia, and he laid a solid historical foundation for it. > > In fact no, Kalmar did break up.
Please don't say that Kalmar broke up - it gives me unpleasant pictures in my head of major earthquakes occuring where they shouldn't!
> But it re-formed during the Napoleonic > Wars. > Denmark-Norway was neutral, and when Sweden's king was deposed for insanity, > they cleverly elected the Danish king.
Since Finland's still in, the 1808-09 war presumably didn't take place, which means there wasn't a reason for the '09 coup - which got the king's old uncle placed on the throne with a Danish prince as heir apparent* - so doing away with a Swedish king at this point would be another example of IB unmotivatedly - altho not necessarily unaccountably - mirroring our world. Is this intentional? * This guy then promptly died, whereupon, bizarrely, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, a Marshal of France on bad terms with Napoleon, was made heir. His descendants still occupy the Swedish throne.
> The result is called the > Scandinavian > Realm, and now includes Slesvig (as part of Denmark), Holstein, Oldenburg, > and various places in the Caribbean, India, and China.
China? How and why did they get a foothold there? (*Here*, Denmark for a while had a foothold in Guinea. I thought someone might want to know!) Andreas


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