Russia

The country of Russia evolved gradually around the growing power of Moscow, which formally overthrew the regime of tribute to the Mongols in 1480, several decades after they had achieved independence in practice.

The Russian empire was interested in Alaska and beginning with Bering, explored and later colonized.

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