History

Our History

Our micronation's history is very much intertwined with the history of our neighboring countries. We share common ancestors, languages, cultures, traditions and religion. We have been influenced by the same paradigm shifts through the millennia, and are proud to share that history even-though Unixploria and our sourounding nations were not yet formed.

 

Paleolithic (125,000 - 10,000 BC)

The oldest (preserved) human settlement in our region is the Wolf Cave (Finnish: Susiluola, Swedish: Varggrottan) in Kristinestad, near the border with Bötom in Ostrobothnia, Finland. It is the only site in the Nordic region where traces can be found after Neanderthals and thus the oldest known human settlement in the Nordic region. Investigations conclude that the Neanderthals lived and worked in the cave during the Paleolithic period about 125,000 years ago, i.e. before the last ice age.

 

The Paleolithic Period (also referred to as the Old Stone Age) occurred during the Weichselian glaciation when the area was completely or partly covered with ice, and although it was likely that during the occasional withdrawal of the ice sheet there were people living in our region.

 

Around 14,000 years BC people migrated to the area from South and South-East. These people immigrated from those areas of Europe that were not ice-covered. Remains, mainly in Skåne, the Southernmost province of Sweden, are preserved. Commonly occurring animals during this time were, among other things, reindeer, wolf and hare, as well as a number of species that became extinct due to the occuring climate change, such as woolly rhinoceros, mammoth and giant deer. As these species died, the way of living changed under the Mesolitic period.

 

Mesolithic (10,000-4,000 BC)

Since many of the important food animals died out, the inhabitants were forced to rely on hunting for small game and fishing, which is one of the reasons that this time is also called "the hunter age".

 

Large parts of the Nordic region were underwater or beneath ice, only land areas above 75 meters were above surface during this time. Due to the spread of the sea and the extinction of terrestrial animals, the marine resources were of great importance to the Mesolithic cultures.

 

Lakes such as the Swedish Lake Vänern and Vättern are meltwater collections that have counterparts in the Great Lakes of North America, and pine forests have been formed by the melting of ice.

 

From this time, the oldest places for settlements in Northern Scandinavia could be found in Aareavaara and Kangos in Pajala municipality, as well as Dumpo-kjauratj in the municipality of Arjeplog (9,000-10 700 years ago). These settlements seem to have been used by people who lived near the edge of the ice sheet. These early inahbitants of the land are believed to have come from the north.

 

The de-glaciation during this period lead to a continual land uplift as the Earth's crust rebounded from the pressure exerted by the ice. This process, which was originally very rapid, continues to this day.

Europe and the Baltic area during the Weichselian glaciation at the time the ice sheet was at its maximum extent ca. 20,000 years ago.
The entrance to the Wolf Cave, holding the only Neanderthal artifacts  in the Nordic region.
The Antrea Net is one of the oldest known fishing nets in the world, found from Karelian isthmus in Antrea, in Korpilahti village, Finland in 1913. It is dated to 8540 BC.