Hi everyone. This is no lego creation as such, but rather a post explaining the background for my AU Gotrige, made for Shipbucket. This page will be used to post the backstory of Gotrige, and as a rallying point, where I will post pictures of all forthcoming Gotrige ships, along with links to their respective pages.
About this creation
During the wars between the houses of Sverker, Erik and Folkung for the power in Västra Götaland, the House of Sverker would with the help of the Danes emerge victorious. The House of Sverker and Denmark kept their alliances, pushing the few remaining Eriks and Folkungs north, where the country of Erikrike would later be created. With the Calmar Union during the 14th century, Norway was pulled in as well. The CU would however have a sudden end in 1467, when Johan Sverkersson IV gathered his political opponents in Copenhagen, and executed them all, either by beheading or hanging.
In 1540 an expedition was sent to retake Iceland and Greenland. Despite initial difficulties, the two Islands were conquered.
In the middle 17th century an interesst for colonies in the New World was suddenly appearing in the goverment. As Gotrige allready had Greenland fairly close to The New World, initial expeditions to close island, and later the continent, would almost allways start from there. In the end, a fairly large part of what might otherwise have been Canada, ended up under the Sceptre of Gotrige. Colonies around Africa was later obtained as well, as well as some in the East Indies. There, a pact with the Dutch would be sealed in 1728 as to avoid fighting between the two nations, and to easier defend against other intruders. This pact would last until WW2, when both countries were more or less forced from their territories.
The following century would go on relatively peacefully, no serious danger to Gotrige's empire really happening untill WW1 started.
Hope you like the story, I will hopefully post some ships in a not too distant future. I'm currently at work with a missile cruiser from the 1980s, which is about 70% done.