Recent content by Brady Kj

  1. WI Contraceptive pill invented early?

    Belfast, that's a very good point. And since so many hospitals are run by religious groups, what financial incentive would people have to manufacture the pill, or even do the research in creating it? There may need to be an economically different healthcare system for an earlier contraceptive to...
  2. WI: Europeans are the first to colonize New Zealand

    Has the British empire claimed any exotic animals as royal property before? I'm not familiar with such a tradition.
  3. WI Contraceptive pill invented early?

    The eugenics movement was powerful then, and early advocates of research to create birth control pills were both eugenicists and feminist. Maybe countries would be polarized between eugenicists and Christians. If the pill is legal, hospitals would probably prescribe it to women, claiming they...
  4. WI: Europeans are the first to colonize New Zealand

    I suppose Polynesians could sail there later on, and be discriminated against by British immigration officials and the general public of New Zealand. I don't agree that New Zealand would be better if white people got there first. One could say the argument is that a whiter New Zealand is a...
  5. Golden Age comics PODs

    What if Siegel and Shuster publish a character called "Clark Kent: Action Reporter!", and Superman is a recurring villain. Later on, Bill Finger publishes Detective Gordon, Occult Detective, whose first villain is the Bat-Man. The comic book industry has a prosperous Modern Fantasy genre, along...
  6. Fawcett comics survives

    I think if Bucky O'Hare were the inspiration for other people to make action animals, they'd avoid doing rabbits. So Usagi Yojimbo would be some other animal with a different name. Sonic wouldn't be a rabbit either, and I like the idea of Sonic the Armadillo, and they curl up into balls too, and...
  7. Population of China if the CCP never came to power?

    Didn't the communist government at one point encourage people to have as many kids as possible, before they imposed a one-child limit?
  8. Plausibility Check: New Netherland Settler Colony?

    Well, I can't have everything I want in a timeline. But New Netherland set specific work hours for slaves, and allowed slaves to work for wages outside those hours. And they had an interesting institution called half-freedom. After people were slaves for a while, they became half-free, where...
  9. AHC: Longest possible airship age

    That's intriguing. When might such a revival happen, and under what conditions?
  10. Lutheran Henry VIII

    Or German Lutheran families. Were Scandinavian royal families Lutheran at this point in history?
  11. AHC: The US with a high speed rail system as prolific as in East Asia or western Europe

    Did people distrust specifically for the railroads themselves, or did they only distrust the people who owned them? Would people have a better attitude for railroads, if their owners didn't buy all the mineral rights to the half the land that touches a railroad?
  12. Plausibility Check: New Netherland Settler Colony?

    Debtors and convicts is something I haven't considered. Do you think they would be indentured servants for other settlers? Or are you thinking of another plausible option? And does it make sense the Dutch would want to develop the east coast for lumber or agriculture, or something else that...
  13. Plausibility Check: New Netherland Settler Colony?

    Is it plausible that the Dutch would have made New Netherland a settler colony, with a larger number of settlers? Perhaps one with a great deal more agriculture in addition to its fur trading? I'm asking because I'm considering writing a timeline about a US analog where people of multiple...
  14. AHC: Longest possible airship age

    I was just grasping at straws. It wasn't a solution I liked anyway. Ideally, I'm hoping for something with more airships, more passenger planes, less planes, and less cars. Ooh, fun! Maybe in an airship world, alternate history writers would write about flapping wing aircraft taking off. And I...
  15. AHC: The US with a high speed rail system as prolific as in East Asia or western Europe

    In one of my freshman-level history classes, the professor said that Europe's railroads are better than US's because their old railroad system was destroyed in World War II, so they build a more modern one. How true is that? And is a mid-20th century railroad easier to convert to a high speed...
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