The Road to Recovery
Norway's treasury had, for the most part, endured the war, as had her people. But she was in no shape to fight another war against any dangerous foe. She had less ships than she should, and if she had to pay for her soldiers to fight abroad, she would have to take a far more painful blow to her economy than she had as of yet. Priorities were jumbled, but amongst them was the restoration of the fleet, and thereafter followed by the building of a small reserve of coin, and then finally, the continued renovations of the wildernesses of Finnmark and Lappland. But as the months following the war wore on, ill news hit the Norwegian high command.
Torsson, the man who had dominated Norwegian efforts in the war, seemed to have died of niggling war injuries. He had not been a general, but he had seen far more combat, and was more the hero than any soldier in Norway. Norway would miss him, and as things stood, there was no candidate to succeed him. Meanwhile, relations with Denmark continued to suffer, as the people of Norway began to wonder if Denmark would ever produce a king, or if the union was simply the plaything of a once again landless noble who had done little to aid the other elements of the union come war time. However, it was only 5 years before England was at war with Denmark again.
This time, however, the Norwegian high command simply abstained. Embittered by the lack of Danish aid in the last war, and incapable of fighting the current, Norway looked on as Denmark was invaded by the English. Sweden still honored the union, although many in Oslo felt that a second war with England would see the union dissolved. The ongoing regency under an ailing Denmark was not what was right for Norway, nor Sweden. Norway was metaphorically playing her fiddle as Denmark burned. The generals used the treasury to continue to develop Lappland and Finnmark, and even began to expand upon the docks in Oslo. Long years of peace passed by - for Norway, as she returned to health and fighting form, and the count desperately summoned the Norwegian army to assist, time and again. And time and again, the generals declined to move. This was no longer just spite, but simple pragmatism. England had brought war to Denmark this time with more allies, more ships, and more troops, and for Norway to make a target of herself would be simple madness.
The war was eventually concluded with the count ceding the province of Skåne to the English, giving them a naval base within the baltic, and suggesting further ambitions therein.