In 2007 Russia planted their national flag underwater in hopes of securing the arctic’s potential natural resources. “This isn’t the 15th century,” one foreign minister said. “You can’t go around the world and just plant flags and say, ‘We’re claiming this territory.’
The Inuit conquered the Arctic from a now-extinct people called the Dorset. The Dorset were allegedly larger and stronger than the Inuit but not warlike and easily scared off.