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  1. Flag Thread IV

    My kind of althistory novel would have your flag, and the main character not notice the 15 stripes until he sees that the State of the Union Adress is going to be given by President Ossama Bin Laden, famous reality TV host and real estate developer turned populist politician.
  2. Flag Thread IV

    I actually kinda dig the idea of the 50 stars being replaced by a striking number 50. It feels very alien and disconcerting. I can imagine this as one of those signs of "oops, I'm not really back home..." moments of time travel novels.
  3. Flag Thread IV

    First of all, let me say that I mostly agree with you, I overdid my previous position and that was a bit rash of me. I'd argue that the armillary and the coat of arms are not integral parts of the flag, but that's just my opinion. I see flags as having a field, and then charges. The coat of...
  4. Flag Thread IV

    Most, IRL, follow the French revolutionary example, wich itself took inspirational cues from the Dutch (if tangentially). If the designs were there for religious reasons, they're not necessarily thought of as religious today. And even then, they're highly simplified. Your design fits well, I...
  5. Flag Thread IV

    Those are nice! I like them a lot. I'm torn between the first and second ones as a main state flag, although a modern (19th Century) state would drop the cross and have only a bi-color blue-white flag, very simple but different from Britain's, France's or many other European major powers. The...
  6. WI: United Italian City States

    The view someone had of a contemporary reality doesn't mean it's true. Criticism of sources is important, and it's very possible that Bayezid, himself the head of the most powerful Muslim state and one of Islam's main spiritual leaders (albeit nominally), saw no other possibility in another...
  7. WI: United Italian City States

    That's what I said. The crux of our disagreement is that you look at the theory and conclude "the Papacy and the HRE were the unifying factors in Italy, therefore Italy was united". I look at other Medieval kingdoms, more coherent within themselves, with common law and common institutions, and...
  8. WI: United Italian City States

    I think you're mistaken. When talking about political unity in the Middle Ages, the waters are very murky (after all, every lord was sovereign and voluntarily linked to a liege lord... in theory). But the theory, which you refer to, was far from practice. Saying Italy was united is more like...
  9. WI: United Italian City States

    The problem with this is that you need a strong, very very strong reason for these cities to stay together. Historically, each city state was embroiled in its own local politics, very distrustful of other city-states, and the Pope also had a stringent relationship with them, especially because...
  10. Q how to survive a gothic speaking people?

    Yes, but given how little we know of numbers and manner of arrival of these late Roman migrations, all we have are the examples. And the examples, generally speaking, say "we were not many and we assimilated rapidly into Roman culture and society". Archaeologically speaking, for example, there...
  11. Q how to survive a gothic speaking people?

    That's part of the problem we have nowadays studying ancient peoples. Most accounts and most attiudes we find tell us that pre-nationalist views on "culture" and "ethnicity" were much more flexible and mutable. Iberians as a culture, language and customs unit had long disappeared, but the people...
  12. Q how to survive a gothic speaking people?

    Even if they were the majority population, it might not suffice. Look at the Visigoths: they were the dominant "ethnicity" (I know modern late-roman historians don't like this word, unless you're Herwig Wolfram) in their iberian kingdom, and still a great deal of their culture and language got...
  13. The Napoleonic Diadochi. What would it take?

    If it was simply a student killing Kléber for his own reasons, then yes, the attempt failed, he got another wound and scar for his collection. If it was a subterfuge to rid Napoleon of him... that's another matter that needs more study. Either way, he survived the attempt alive. So far, the...
  14. The Napoleonic Diadochi. What would it take?

    According to his propaganda, he was more or less victorious there. Besides, here Kléber hasn't been assassinated and still rules over Egypt. Although Napoleon and Kléber were not the best of friends (who was with Napoleon?) and the governor-general of Egypt will probably have something to say...
  15. The Napoleonic Diadochi. What would it take?

    Given that Napoleon's power was not solely resting on Napoleon the man, but on Napoleon the myth and his tacit covenant with the French Army ("I'll treat you well, you'll give me power", Napoleon was very much Caesar in this regard, keep your army happy, which means that if some ruler is not...
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