About the Icelandic Republic and its decline
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By 930, the new state had developed enough to establish the Althing, the national assembly of all Icelanders of voting age. It has survived all the turmoil of time to this day.
But the history of the Icelandic Republic is also a history of failure. Aristotle is reported to have said that "democracy arises from the pursuit of freedom and equality for all citizens, taking into account the number of citizens but not their peculiarities". These idiosyncrasies, such as vanity, greed for power and the concentration of wealth through ruthless and selfish behaviour, led to the collapse and downfall of this progressive and exemplary social order of the Vikings. The laughing stock was the Norwegian king, under whose rule the republic eventually came to be.
The medieval Icelandic Republic can be seen as a historically early failed democratic state.
And that is what makes the downfall of the Icelandic Republic so relevant today. When individuals take advantage of a system for their own benefit, it becomes dangerous for everyone.
Albert George Viktorsson Trolle (Hrsg.)
The family roots of translator, author and editor Albert George Viktorsson Trolle lie within sight of the fabled Yew Island, where Wieland is said to have had a smithy. These roots, in the long-disputed border region between Denmark and Sweden, have contributed to his enthusiasm for historical subjects since early childhood.
He now lives with his wife and three children in the southernmost reaches of historic Iarnwith.
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