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  1. Role of Protestantism in the Industrial Revolution and modern capitalism

    I have seen numerous mentions of "Protestant work ethic" and so on throughout the years as being a major factor in the eventual rise of the West as an industrial and an economic power. However, how much of it do you think was really influenced by Protestant doctrines and the multitude thereof...
  2. AH Challenge: Make XIXth century a Russia-wank

    We all know that for all intents and purposes, XIXth century was a massive British Empire wank. Your challenge, should you accept it, is to make it a Russian Empire wank. Nothing ASB-ish, but at least similar in proportions and such to the British endeavors and accomplishments. The caveats...
  3. Challenge: the latest possible American monarchy

    Your challenge, should you accept it, is to create a monarchy in the United States of America at the latest possible date. The original US Constitution has to still be written and enacted, and the establishment of the US still has to proceed the same way as OTL, until at least the elevation of...
  4. ...And Still It Laughs

    Prologue - The Roman Empire 1204 A.D. How do you unite that which divides against itself? How do you preserve that which has lived for two thousand years already? How do you give life to that which is already dead? It was a great Crusade, perhaps even the last of its name. A host of...
  5. Preview of my next timeline...

    We are the Byzantines. Prepare to be assimilated! (or, at least, this is the basic idea) Think about it... and be afraid. Be VERY afraid. Coming soon to an Internet forum near you...
  6. Post-WW2 Germany without Soviet occupation

    So, let's posit a hypothetical scenario. For whatever reason, come 1945 the Western Allies beat the USSR to Berlin, while the Soviet troops do not manage more than relatively minor gains in Germany proper. The actual mechanics of how exactly that happened are not important, but let's presume the...
  7. Holy Roman Empire question

    So, when did HRE became a universally acknowledged historical curiosity, as opposed to having some real power? In other words, when did HRE actually became irrelevant, kept going through tradition, but with no actual power/advantage attached to title itself? Just wondering, not for any specific...
  8. AH Challenge: Satanist dictatorship

    There. I said it. Your challenge, should you accept it, is to have a Satanist dictatorship in at least one country of the world. Bonus points if it is a major country (one with large population, industrial base, and standing in the world affairs - regional power, or even a great power). Extra...
  9. Russia and Germany...

    The recent discussion on future of Russia got me thinking... if one considers their earlier histories, both Russia and Germany have some uncanny similarities. The predecessors of both were formed out of a variety of small states, princedoms, republics, and whatnot, under VERY loose central...
  10. War Goats!!!

    Inspired by incessant listening to the latest album by 3 Inches Of Blood (great metal band by the way)... What would it take for the goats to be used as war mounts? Not sure if this should go into ASB or here, but let's presume there was a culture on Earth determined to turn the goats to fill...
  11. AH Challenge: Eurafrica

    Your challenge, should you accept it, is to have Europe and Africa culturally much more closely intertwined and considered a part of the same overarching "history", along the lines of how far Asian states such as China, and various Indian states seem to have their history intertwined with that...
  12. The Sun never sets on...

    ...the Russian Empire. How could you achieve this result by the present day with the POD of 1800 or later? This Russian Empire CANNOT be the sole Great Power or superpower, and there has to be at least one other nation of comparable power. Have at it!
  13. WI: China does not repeal the Huns

    Inspired by Thande's post in "Timurid-wank" thread... So, let's presume the Huns manage to subdue large portions of China, possibly even creating a Hunnic Empire thereabouts. Do they still end up migrating West in sufficient numbers to cause problems for (decrepit, but still alive) Roman...
  14. AH Challenge: De-Islamicised Iran

    Disclaimer: before I go on - this post has nothing to do with merits or shortcomings of Islam. Your challenge, should you accept it, is as follows: With a POD after 1500 AD, create the chain of events that would lead to Islam becoming a minority or a very rare religion in Iran. It cannot...
  15. Dies The Fire series - a question

    So, I've recently picked up "Dies The Fire", and have greatly enjoyed it, which makes me consider buying the sequels as well (like to read through the entire story, if it makes sense). Before I do that, however, I'd like some honest opinions of the sequels, to know whether or not I should rush...
  16. AH Challenge - Ottoman non-Empire

    First, I am not trying to post this topic just to piss off Abdul :D Your challenge, should you accept it, is to have the Ottoman Empire fall apart as early as possible, with POD AFTER the Ottoman capture of Constantinople in 1453. It can either be reconquered by the Christians, fall to...
  17. A weird AH challenge: President Castro

    Your challenge, should you accept it, is to have Fidel Castro as the President of the United States with the POD after his birth. He has to be democratically elected (i.e. he cannot be installed through junta or by foreign power), and the United States has to resemble OTL with respect to being a...
  18. The Anti-Everything Timeline

    Prologue Part One: The Sun, The Desert, And The Other Discomforts 3012 of Avrakham “For the love of suffering.” The man climbed over the remains of a fallen wall, now little more than a mess of bricks baking in the hot Mediterranean sun, barely able to make a step without falling; the...
  19. Hollywood AH Challenge: Sheep, not Penguins

    Inspired by this thread. So, how could you turn the Sheep, not the Penguins, into Hollywood's darlings? Discuss!
  20. AH Challenge: Elite gay samurai death squads

    In ancient Greece, both Spartans and Thebans sometimes encouraged homosexuality between their elite soldiers, believing that it would create stronger bonds between the men fighting side by side, and that it would make them stronger fighters, less likely to run, and more willing to protect their...
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