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  1. WI: Austro-Hungarian victory at Marchfeld, but both Rudolf and Ottokar die?

    IOTL Rudolf was almost killed in the Battle of Marchfeld, but the timely arrival of Ulrich von Kapellen's cavalry broke the Bohemian army and Ottokar was killed in turn. So what if Rudolf if killed in the melee just as the relief force arrives (or injured, but succumbs to his wounds later), but...
  2. WI: decisive Swedish victory at Neva?

    Let's say the Swedes win a very decisive victory at the Neva in 1240. Alexander Nevsky dies (probably known ITTL simply as "Alexander"), the Novgorodian army is routed with very heavy losses. Now, contemporary sources claim the Swedish aim was the conquest of Novgorod, but that is obviously...
  3. AHC: Celtic "England", Saxon/Germanic Scotland & Ireland

    I had this cool idea, I thought it would make for a good AHC: make England (as in roughly the territory of OTL England) Celtic while OTL territories of Scotland and Wales become Saxon/Germanic. Some further rules: - England/Albion should be united to a single state instead of petty kingdoms -...
  4. PC: A civilized ancient Celtic culture?

    I have seen a number of threads about the possibilities of a non-Mediterranean culture developing similarly to Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, etc, but I understand that for such civilizations to rise, you need an urbanized culture developing complex religion, writing and agriculture. Due to the...
  5. WI: Saint Rurik?

    Okay, so this might be a stretch, but since so much of the man is clouded in myth, I think it might happen. What if Rurik, not long after his conquest of Novgorod (but before taking Kiev) meets a group of Catholic missionaries from Francia and decides for political reasons to convert to...
  6. WI: John Zapolya killed at the battle of Tarcal?

    So not long after the disaster at Mohacs, Ferdinand I and John Zapolya competed for the Hungarian throne. Ferdinand's forces took Buda and decisively defeated Zapolya in the Battle of Tarcal. Zapolya retreated and asked for Ottoman help, which culminated in the Siege of Vienna and Turkish...
  7. PC/WI: Earlier Sino-Soviet Split

    Is a Sino-Soviet split possible directly after WW2 (before 1950)? How would this affect the Korean situation, would this butterfly away the whole war? Or if it still happens, would China get involved alone, without Soviet nuclear support? How would Stalin react?
  8. WI: Hungarian victory and Mongol disaster at Mohi

    So I just came across this video about the less-discussed Battle of Mohi. I was surprised that it was at a few times quite a close call, and if the Hungarians were prepared better, they might have even won. So, here's an idea: The Cuman leader Köteny is not killed by an angry mob in Pest...
  9. PC/AHC: Byzantine Kiev... and a successor state?

    How realistic is a Byzantine Empire expanding up the Dniepr and controlling the Pontic Steppe based around Kiev? Could the population be assimilated properly so that it later could become the basis of a proper Greek successor state? I know the Mongol invasion makes this really really hard, but...
  10. WI/PC: Culling the nobility in the high/late middle ages

    Okay, so I’ve read at numerous places that the French defeats at Crécy, Poitiers and Agincourt actually contributed a lot to the centralization of the French state on account of most of the nobility dying in these battles, leading to a rise of royal power. So this got me thinking, what other...
  11. A fascist "USSR"

    Okay, I know what you're thinking, that title doesn't make sense at all. Let me explain. What I'm looking for is a name for a Russian fascist state that doesn't have "Russia(n)" in the title. Much like how the USSR was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. A nice sounding abbreviation is a...
  12. PC/WI: Mongols sack Mecca

    Was it plausible for the Mongols to reach Mecca and give it a Baghdad treatment? What would the repercussions be, especially if the holy paces are also put to the torch, maybe even the Kaaba Black Stone being lost?
  13. The Great Silent One - Moltke the Austrian TL
    Threadmarks: Prelude

    Hi everyone. After having some interesting conversation in a WI thread about an Austrian Moltke, I decided to formalize the ideas into a timeline. Given my lack of time to write, this will not be extremely detailed, but I hope you enjoy nonetheless. Feedback and criticism of course welcome. Many...
  14. WI: Moltke, the Austrian (TL brainstorming)

    While reading this thread, I had an idea and looked up the early life of Moltke the Elder. The wiki says: So what if instead of Holstein, the family settles somewhere in Austria, such as Graz? Now let's assume that he takes up soldiering as he did OTL, but in Austrian service, and rises...
  15. AHC: Gothic Egypt

    The challenge is to have the Goths conquer Roman Egypt. Hard mode: make it last.
  16. Occupation and division of Germany without Soviets

    So I had this idea that a combination of German sanity and Soviet incompetency leads to the Allies taking Berlin and the eventual Iron Curtain being on the OTL Soviet border. No Warsaw Pact, although Yugoslavia still goes communist, they remain unaligned due to being surrounded by NATO. I know...
  17. WI: Kutuzov dead at Austerlitz

    So what would be the ramifications of Kutuzov dying during or after the general chaos of the Russian retreat from Austerlitz? I assume most things would go as per OTL, but could have some serious ramifications during the French invasion of Russia. Who would be appointed in his place and...
  18. WI: Emperor Maximilian of Austria

    The assassination attempt against Franz Joseph succeeds in 1853 and Maximilian is shortly crowned Emperor, the Mexican adventure being butterflied away. What would happen? Could Maximilian's idealism lead to a better Ausgleich? Does his enthusiasm for the navy lead to Austria being a stronger...
  19. WI: Normandy... in Southern England

    Would it be possible for the Norse to establish themselves in Southern England(possibly East Anglia included) instead of the Seine estuary and become a proper Duchy like Normandy in OTL France? If yes, could this lead to the rest of England becoming more Scandinavian and be considered one of...
  20. Is slavery inevitable in the Caribbean?

    Pretty much what it says in the title. I know that plantations needed a large number of cheap labor, but are plantations the only option in the region? Could smaller farms not work, for example? Can we avoid having African slaves in the region? This scenario assumes that the region is...
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