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After more than half a century of almost constant warfare, the Swedish economy had deteriorated. What happened to the crew is unknown, but it is believed that they died of sickness.

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Ale's Stones I have seen the Rus as they came on their merchant journeys and encamped by the Itil. Still, Sweden remained a poor and economically backward country in which barter was the primary means of exchange. The island of Gotland was disputed by other than Swedes, at this time Danish, Hanseatic, and Gotland-domestic. They sought agreement to be free of all customs and taxes. The foundations laid by Gustav would take time to develop.

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But there were Swedish settlements along the southern coastline of Norrland. Having their own navy, the Hansa were able to sweep the Baltic Sea free of pirates. With Sweden's lost influence, Russia emerged as an empire and became one of Europe's dominant nations. Shortly afterwards the new king rejected Catholicism and led Sweden into the Protestant Reformation.

Former slaves tended to be absorbed into the peasantry, and some became labourers in the towns. The swords are broad and grooved, of Frankish sort.

The League sought civil and commercial privileges from the princes and royalty of the countries and cities along the coasts of the Baltic Sea. The main exports from Sweden were iron and copper. Sweden and Gothia were two separate nations long before that and since antiquity. The campaign was the last time Sweden was at war. The defeat meant the beginning of the end for the Swedish Empire.

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The Swedes were not militarily defeated at Fredriksten, but the whole structure and organisation of the campaign fell apart with the king's death, and the army withdrew. Sweden's largest threat at this time, Russia, had a larger army but was far behind in both equipment and training. In interest of re-establishing Swedish dominance in the Baltic Sea, Sweden allied itself against its traditional ally and benefactor, France, in the Napoleonic Wars.

Still Sweden remained a poor