Scandinavia, After America


Today’s video comes from Doubtful Sound during my backpacking trip to New Zealand. We’re talking about an area in northern Europe fractured by history – the Scandinavian region. What was once a series of powerful and interconnected Viking port cities has been a fairly sleepy backwater for the past 300 years…but it might be time for a family reunion.

If there’s one thing that can get the family back together, it’s a common enemy. And Russia is the big bad wolf. This cluster of countries will reunite with similar geopolitical orientations, absent external powers pulling them apart, and Sweden will be at the center of it all.

The Brits and the Americans will be the best options for external allies. The Brits want to hold onto their naval independence, and preventing a single power (like Russia) from emerging is in their best interest. For a very small price, the Americans would gain a powerful ally that punches above its weight and dovetails with American power.

While we might not see epic battles as portrayed in the show “Vikings,” this cluster of Scandinavian countries will be a region to watch in the coming years.

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