1. some kind of chimp Well-Known Member

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    Challenge: with a POD as late as possible, get a significant Inuit population on Iceland. Preferably it would be the majority, but that is not required. There can still be Icelanders / Danes / whoever on the island.... but how could the Inuit have a large population there?
     
  2. Michael B Doomfarer

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    Going to be tricky as farming Vikings will have the advantage over hunting Inuit, ie the reverse of Greenland. The Inuits' best hope is that the natives and/or their livestock can decimated by disease just before their migration turns up.
     
  3. some kind of chimp Well-Known Member

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    teh bumpage.
     
  4. corourke Member Donor

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    If the Danish establish control over some of Northern Canada you could see Inuit immigration there in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    Also if somehow the British take over Iceland.
     
  5. Joseph Solis in Australia Well-Known Member

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    If Inuit is the majority of population of Iceland, maybe Iceland would be part of Canada as a territory.
     
  6. rcduggan 大元帅

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    There are also Inuits in Russia... that does not mean that Russia is part of Canada. That would only work in two ways:

    a) Iceland becomes part of Great Britain (sold by Denmark in the 18th century?)

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    b) For some reason, an independent Nunavut state is created at some point, and since there are a lot of Inuit on Iceland, it is included in Nunavut.
     
  7. Umbral Member Monthly Donor

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    Inuit made it quite far afield during the little ice age. They could reach Iceland, and get back there even. The problem is competition.

    They couldn't hold off the norse outside of their environment. Speeding up Inuit expansion just means the vikings slaughter them on Iceland.

    What is needed is some way of cutting off the Norse expansion. Something bad happening in Norway/Denmark. Perhaps combined with earlier Inuit expansion.

    Maybe a severe volcanic eruption, or several. Weather cools. Scandinavia does not produce a population surplus. Meanwhile, the Inuit spread faster due to less competition from the Indians, whose strategies were not as well suited for a cold spell as the Inuit.

    Iceland is settled by the Inuit, at abut the same time as the Irish monks. For once, two cultures with no cultural imperative to conquer their neighbours meet, in a marginal environment.

    The monks convert the Inuit to the Celtic Chruch, the Inuit provide the bulk of the population base, and an exceptional set of survival skills. Cattle and corn only become supplements to the diet.

    A vibrant hybrid culture results, with much classical learning being preserved by the church in the more peaceful and remote land of fire and ice.
     
  8. pa_dutch Member

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    Even more interesting, if, rather than Inuit, Iceland is settled by their predecessors, the Dorset Culture otherwise known as the Tuniit.
     
  9. Tyr air in space

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    The only ways I can think of involve ASBs- a more tightly integrated Greenland with a integrated native population, it then runs into a bit of a disaster and the population are evacuated to Iceland where they settle.
     
  10. Umbral Member Monthly Donor

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    I don't quite follow this? Even a single Inuit couple who gets lost should manage to fill up Iceland in 200 years. The climate is far more clement than they are used to, while retaining their food sources.

    As long as a small group lands there well before the Norse, we're in business.