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    NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM: The Wilmot Proviso Passes

    Huh, an American political system where I, by nature, would be a bit of a swing voter. Interesting. I always like those :)
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    Dystopian Pre Industrial Societies/States

    I'll have to find my notes that I did about Ur III after I went through a bit of a Mesopotamian kick early in the year. Everything I read seemed to make them sound ... extreme, even for that era. Though I suppose that could be authorial interpretation, I did some upon that same thread more...
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    Otto III Survives Longer

    True! And Zoe will probably have a closer relationship with Otto - much of her manueverings around Romanus and later Michael and Constantine was because she was on her home turf, as it were. She's going to be a fish out of water in the Ottonian Court and won't have an independent power base to...
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    Pride Goes Before a Fall: A Revolutionary Greece Timeline

    Yes, it might actually go the other way. The Greeks see the Ottomans do it - especially is the Ottomans start getting a bit revauncherist - and figure they have to do it as well in order to defend themselves. I wonder if the Greeks are getting military advisors from any of the Great Powers...
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    Otto III Survives Longer

    Hmmm. That's going to have some interesting knock-off effects on the Byzantien Empire as well. Though Zoe didn't have children in OTL, which raises some flags on whether she would have any with Otto as well (though the lack of children may have owed more to her relationship with her husbands...
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    Dystopian Pre Industrial Societies/States

    I'd also add: The Third Dynasty of Ur. The society appears to have been a Bronze Age controlled economy that was so centralized it bears some resemblance to some 20th centruy regimes. It looks to be highly stratified, with everyone being put to work for the good of the state (though there...
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    Dystopian Pre Industrial Societies/States

    http://www.danceshistoricalmiscellany.com/munster-rebellion-creation-16th-century-theocracy/
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    Otto III Survives Longer

    Bumping. There has to be some people with some knowledge of Medieval German history about ...
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    Dystopian Pre Industrial Societies/States

    I suspect the line between Utopia and Dystopia is disconsertingly opaque, depending how who one is and what their station in life is at a time. Nor should one rule out the way in which historical memory and legend can change and be co-opted over time: whatever Vlad's later reputation, he was...
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    Dystopian Pre Industrial Societies/States

    I mean, if you believe the chronicles, then Tepes' Wallachia could probably be considered fairly dystopic. All powerful ruler, harsh justice, paranoia, powerful enemies threatening the state. And, you know, the impalings.
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    Otto III Survives Longer

    Emperor Otto III died in 1002 at the age of 21. For much of his reign, being a child, he had been overseen by a number of regents (including Henry II of Bavaria who tried to rebel and overthrow the young King but was defeated). During the short period of his reign following reaching maturity...
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    What are the biggest mysteries of the Dark Ages?

    I'm not so sure of that - at least depending on the timeframe. Remember, that most of those illiterate peasants would have been hearing Classicalish Latin being spoken at least once a week in Mass and a rough understanding of it would have been fundamental to knowing what was going on. (And I...
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    WI Sweden converted to Islam?

    I know - and I find it confusing because ... nothing like that happened in OTL. There WERE Muslim nations in Europe during this period and though there was (obviously) fighting between them and their Christian neighbors, there was never anything along the lines of a wholesale "lets all unite...
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    Could Native Americans have domesticated bison?

    Bison are really hard to domesticate. They're rather tempermental animals at the best of times and difficult to control. Although modern 'bison' have been successfully ranched, these are not full-blooded bison - they're actually a cross-breed that is ideally (I believe) 1/8th cattle. The...
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    WI Sweden converted to Islam?

    Very very unlikely. Primarily because the Teutonic Order wasn't founded at the time - rather difficult to have a Crusading order invade and conquer Sweden when it doesn't actually exist yet. Also, I think you are vastly overestimating the power projection of continental Christian nations at...
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