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  1. The Sons of Semiramis - A house of Folkung Kalmar Union

    The latest update was dope. Getting the nobility & councils together for a 50th anniversary feast with gifts to hand out, and then re-affirming the founding contract of the Union as well as making a well defined addition to it? Smart in all sorts of ways. Such a clearly competent king dying...
  2. The Sons of Semiramis - A house of Folkung Kalmar Union

    Having different parts of Europe call the Union by different names makes a lot of sense. Germany goes by many different names, after all. Plenty of confused usage of Holland/Netherlands and of the UK/Great Britain/England to this day. Having the Union go by different names in southern Europe...
  3. The Sons of Semiramis - A house of Folkung Kalmar Union

    I'm leaning towards it being refered to as the Union by both common folk locally (but they'll rarely talk about it, the nearby provinces being of far greater importance for them, the seperate kingdoms next), and by the royal court. Outsiders on the other hand, will they call it Denmark (it...
  4. The Sons of Semiramis - A house of Folkung Kalmar Union

    Just finished the TL so far after finding it yesterday. The idea is one i mentioned elsewhere being one i wanted to read just a week or so ago! You are doing it beautifully! Both in terms of the writing style and in terms of the timeline. People having flaws, having imperfect knowledge, etc...
  5. Wild animals NOT in their natural habitat

    Llamas in the Himalayas and in the Alps could be done as domesticated animals. But as wild ones? I guess as descendents of runaways from domesticated flocks? Could happen, and would make for something very interesting to study if it did happen. Kiwis on other islands? I'm gonna say Iceland...
  6. Wild animals NOT in their natural habitat

    Penguins in the high arctic wouldn't get any good nesting apots since polar bears could get to pretty much all of them. But in the North Atlantic? There used to be similar bird there not long ago, went extinct due to hunting recently enough that the names of the men who stomped the last eggs are...
  7. Wild animals NOT in their natural habitat

    A version of this is being attempted in north east Siberia, it's called Pleistocene Park. They've got horses, yaks, bison, and other herbivores, and were aiming for musk oxen in 2020 but the pandemic messed up schedules.
  8. Wild animals NOT in their natural habitat

    Aren't there any iotl? Or were there and they all got hunted to extinction? Go go go. They did used to be in the Mid East until ancient times, right? And mammoths in North America til the end of the ice age? Without humans hunting them, and some help from an eccentric rich local?could happen...
  9. Wild animals NOT in their natural habitat

    Here's a thought: chimpanzees caught in Africa being transported on a ship to the Americas for sale to zoos and circuses in the late 1800s. Storm hits, ship runs aground on the north east coast of South America, someone on the crew sees the futility of keeping the apes locked up & getting food...
  10. Wild animals NOT in their natural habitat

    Is this not already done pretty much everywhere? Iirc there's such laws here in Sweden. The most successful modern invasive species was declared to be a reintroduction since it technically was: wild boar. Escaped in the 70s, now well established population that's soon everywhere up to its...
  11. Wild animals NOT in their natural habitat

    Could emus, ostriches, and greater rheas all live in the same area somewhere? Would make for an interesting place.
  12. Wild animals NOT in their natural habitat

    A small group of bison were moved to Siberia very recently as part of the Pleistocene Park project. 8 animals i think.
  13. Planetocopia Map Thread

    The vastness of a green Sahara would of course be interesting with new rivers, lakes and probably more differing biomes than one would initially realize given the variation of geology in the area. But the place i wanna see details about is the lower Mississippi. A large river with many...
  14. 12:08 - Redux

    Youve forgotten to threadmark the latest chapter. Which was excellent, of course. :)
  15. American Viking: a timeline

    Those pauldrons do look a lot like the steel ones you'd see on some steel plate armours. I guess the design principles stay the same for both materials :) which also means that as iron/steel becomes more common we'll see a pretty much inevitable move to something more like the classic plate...
  16. American Viking: a timeline

    1. That was very well written. 2. Ivar is a total badass in battle, dangerous to his enemies and protecting his own. Gunnar is just not ready for battle, let's see if he ever is. 3. Nice descriptions and comparisons of armors and tactics used. Medieval-ish without the knights, without horses...
  17. 12:08 - Redux

    Great updates, as usual. I kinda like that the Pullman services actually aren't at the same capacity as the OTL services to the same cities. Makes sense that the premium express service wouldn't fill all transportation needs. 14.4 MW, surely? mW wouldn't be enough for a H0 train ;)
  18. American Viking: a timeline

    That was well written and a fun way to jump into the shoes of a new protagonist. I take it you'll be showing us what life and death in war is like after this jump in the timeline?
  19. 12:08 - Redux

    The concept of short stretches of infill electrification is one I find intriguing, in otl as well. Hybrid trains does mean you can focus on electrifying in cities (less pollution where the people are!), and especially inside stations (depending on how the switch in power source works). And all...
  20. 12:08 - Redux

    Is it just me or did Cross Country get the Right Train at the Right Time with these Voyagers? Does sound like it. Also sounds to me like an old Voyager will be ideal for use as a test-bed for converting trains to using Fuel Cells and/or batteries. Just lift out the diesel and put the new stuff...
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