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The Scandinavian kingdoms
of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, having all experienced political instability, came together in the Union of Midgard. Midgard
was once the ancient norse name for The Middle earth the land between Asgard and Hel placed in the middle of Yggdrasil. By the terms of this union, all
three countries choose a single monarch to rule them all, but are otherwise
more or less self-governing.

Although each kingdom had a high degree of autonomy, there was constant friction
between them, sometimes breaking out into open war. It was a personal union
that joined under a single monarch the three kingdoms of Denmark, Sweden Finland and Norway, together with
Norway’s overseas dependencies (then including Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe
Islands and the Northern Isles). The Union was not quite continuous; there
were several short interruptions. Legally the countries remained separate
sovereign states, but with their domestic and foreign policies being directed
by a common monarch.

There is the perpetual
struggle between the monarch, who wants a strong unified state, and the nobility
which does not. Diverging interests have given rise to a conflict
that would hampered the union in several intervals until its
recent breakup.


Scandinavia is surrounded by an
impassable ocean inhabited by Jormungand
. Midgard is also the name of the wall  that the
gods constructed from the eyebrows of the giant Ymir as a defence
against the Jotuns who lived in Jotunheim, west of Mannheim, “the
home of men,”. An intermediate world between
Asgard and Hel. It was said to have been formed from the flesh and
blood of Ymir, his flesh constituting the land and his blood the oceans,
and was connected to Asgard by the Bifrost Bridge, guarded by Heimdall.

Midgard
will be destroyed in Ragnarok, the battle at the end of the world.
Jormungand will arise from the ocean, poisoning the land and sea with
his venom and causing the sea to rear up and lash against the land.
The final battle will take place on the plain of Vígríðr,
following which Midgard and almost all life on it will be destroyed,
with the earth sinking into the sea.

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