As you can see, the war was actually a three-way, and the northern territories to the White Sea and Barents Sea to the Urals, and that all historical maps show Novgorod, the Novgorod area, were the only influence, but no more. And so Novgorod intensified trade with Western Europe. Though they Novgorod did not go on the Baltic Sea, as the Baltic Way is entirely controlled by the Germans, Western merchants came to Novgorod and made it profitable bargains. It would seem that it was enough to make this ancient city could exist independently. But in fact, on the way to full independence were natural barriers.