Political map of the Arctic & the Far North 31 October 1921 (Wrangel Island Fiasco): While Soviet Russia faced off against the Japanese in the Far East (Japanese intervention in Siberia), the Canadian explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson led an expedition to attempt to claim uninhabited Wrangel Island for Canada and the British Empire (Vilhjalmur Stefansson#Wrangel Island fiasco). Stefansson's settlement lasted a little over a year before being replaced by an American effort, which was in turn dislodged when the Soviets reasserted their claim to the island in 1924.