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Great Northern war by SilvesterVitale Great Northern war by SilvesterVitale
I actually find it kinda funny that Sweden once were a great empire ruled by kings hungering for power lol. Todays Sweden is nothing what it once was, we have not been in war for.. I donno how long and we are always stupidly nice :iconpapcryplz:

but ok, now to some history taken right out from Wikipedia because I'm too lazy write myself :iconmingplz:

    To compensate for the lack of manpower and resources Sweden strove for innovative ways to make an effective army. The successful path of innovative military ideas was in fact the only way Sweden managed to achieve a great power status. However, having to rely on this to maintain power status was uncertain. The Carolean soldiers were effective soldiers, as shown by the their efforts in the Great Northern War (1700-1721), with the battles of Narva, Jēkabpils, Malatitze, Fraustadt and Holowczyn. Thanks to their achievements during this war, they are regarded to have been perhaps the most effective military troops of that day. The Carolean army was small and because of the sparse number of soldiers it needed a continuance of victories, as a heavy defeat could be irreparable. It was defeated after a long and fateful march into the Russian interior, where they were exposed to scorched earth tactics, small frequent raids and the cold Russian climate. The Swedish soldiers who reached the battle of Poltava were exhausted and hungry. During this long march an estimated 35,000 Swedish soldiers - 70 percent of the army - died of famine, disease and exhaustion. The battle ended in a decisive Russian victory which resulted in the decline of the Swedish Empire.

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Mrzeromaster95 Nov 22, 2013  Student Artist
What do you mean with Power hungry? It was Russia that declared war on us. :|
Gabbanoche Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
vem skall bruden föreställa?
NiccoloMachiavel Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o_o I'm speechless. First, your STYLE!! Second, the horses are stunning and you've captured their movement so well. Third, the uniforms and Sweden and history and gaahh!! You've definitely inspired me to look closer at this era.
SilvesterVitale Jun 11, 2013  Student General Artist
kfjdhgkfjdbh it's you who I resently followed on tumblr! *_* your style and movements in the poses are awesome aswell and your horsies <3
We are still bigger then Germany, also Sweden is alot more then you think Tourism,museums, schools,universities, bigger then Denmark (very fucking important) But yeah our army turned into shit nowadays but you can't say its nothing yet!
SilvesterVitale Jun 10, 2013  Student General Artist
lol ofcourse =D As I said, it's nothing what it once was, meaning we're not a war nation anymore.
Men karolinerna är skittuffa! ;) Och roliga att rita!
Jag tycker det är sorgligt hur Sverige har förfallit ända sedan vi bröt vår union med Norge. Vi har gått från ett mäktigt monarkistiskt imperium till en liten obetydlig, maktlös stat med en maktlös kung och en sjukt dysfunktionell demokrati. Önskar att vi åtminstone fick tillbaka våra karoliner...
SilvesterVitale Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
det ligger någonting i det du säger. Det första folk tänker på nu förtiden när de hör Sverige är porr och blonda kvinnor med stora bröst ^^;
Exakt. Jag vill inte riktigt dra den här klichén, men det var bättre förr.
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