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    Could preventing WW1 make the world a much worse place?

    The Soviet government did the things it did to build the Soviet system for political reasons. The collectivization of agriculture was a policy the Soviet leaders subscribed to because they believed due to political and ideological reasons that it would benefit the Soviet state and system. It...
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    Could preventing WW1 make the world a much worse place?

    An example of the Soviet powers that be "killing people from all ethnic and cultural groups, due to political reasons", I believe. I see no reason why an oppressive, racist Russian Empire gone very bad could not at its worst cause similar death among its various minorities in a WWI-less world...
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    Could preventing WW1 make the world a much worse place?

    More or less, if you look at just the level of oppression and death. But in this case, instead of the state killing people from all ethnic and cultural groups, due to political reasons, it would be a racist Russian government that practically targets mostly just minority nationalities, and of...
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    Could preventing WW1 make the world a much worse place?

    The oppression of millions can also easily turn into the mass murder of millions. Without WWI, for example Imperial Russia could eventually evolve into a *Fascist Russia that subjects its cultural and ethnic minorities to increasingly draconian and violent Russification policies, to the...
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    Make Brewster Aircraft less terrible

    One important point here is that the Finnish pilots who flew the Brewster Model 239 (it was never called a Buffalo in Finland during the war) were not only better than the Soviet pilots they faced, they were also very good pilots in a general sense. And the Finns also had very good, modern...
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    WI: Russian Poland for a longer period of time

    Yep. You could say that Finland wasn't an issue for Tsarist Russia, traditionally, but that didn't stop Nicholas II (and assorted imperial Russian chauvinists) from trying hard to make it into one since the 1890s.
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    Create an ATL Museum

    The Winter War Museum (Talvisotamuseo, Vinterkrigsmuseet): A popular museum in Helsinki, at Eteläranta near the Market Square. The museum was opened in 2007 as a result of the reorganization of the Finnish Military Museum (Sotamuseo, Krigsmuseet) which was since the 1990s having issues with its...
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    Impact of the Bolsheviks continuing the war in 1918

    The Germans would not make their help conditional on the Finns electing a German king, but will consider the White Finns allies against the (Bolshevik) Russians even if they exhibit republican tendencies. In any case, any project to get a German king would need to be realized after the fighting...
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    Impact of the Bolsheviks continuing the war in 1918

    It all depends on how the timeline of the battles develops and how much the Bolsheviks, on one side, and the Germans, on the other, bring troops to Finland, and how they manage to supply them. The Reds might be able to stabilize the front somewhere between Helsinki and the Karelian isthmus, by...
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    Impact of the Bolsheviks continuing the war in 1918

    I doubt it. It would look like an unnecessary complication while the battle for Finland is still continuing. The Finnish White side included more republicans than royalists, arguably, and pushing for a German king too early would not be a unifying measure to say the least. Also, Mannerheim would...
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    Impact of the Bolsheviks continuing the war in 1918

    The Finnish Whites would ask Germany for direct support, especially if/when they know that the Finnish Reds are given direct support by the Bolsheviks, moreso than IOTL. There were Finnish activists being trained and fighting for the German military at the time, through the so-called Jäger...
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    Naval Equipment that should and shouldn't have entered service

    The way I am using the words here is basically about differentiating vessels of different cost, sophistication and mission. A modern minehunter or a mine countermeasure vessel is designed and built to be used against modern mines. Their design minimizes different signatures, magnetic, acoustic...
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    Naval Equipment that should and shouldn't have entered service

    Vessels like the Katanpää class are designed and built to be used against modern mines. They are fully up to date in that regard. So for US use, you'd just need to make a bigger version with longer legs, and perhaps upgun it if you need more protection. Generally, though, I'd not have mine...
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    Naval Equipment that should and shouldn't have entered service

    I think that most navies lack traditional minesweepers (and equipment) and practice in using them at the moment. One could do a lot of harm by laying a few simple contact mine barrages in maritime choke points.
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    Naval Equipment that should and shouldn't have entered service

    For minehunting, you could get modern mine countermeasure vessels for well under 100 million a piece. Ask the Finns about their experiences with the Katanpää class, and you could build a decent littoral minehunter based on those specs alone. In practice, though, you'd like to pair them with...
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