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  1. The New Order: Last Days of Europe - An Axis Victory Cold War Mod for HoIIV

    The insanity, childishness and generally stupidity of the reddit TNO community is something that I just can't understand. What's the point of all the stupid memes about some characters and also some developers at times. It's beyond weird ...
  2. The New Order: Last Days of Europe - An Axis Victory Cold War Mod for HoIIV

    I am yet to have played them so far so I can't comment but from what I read they seem pretty good too. I just did a run with a conservative Vyatka this afternoon, economically they're pretty good too but they strike me as more likely to orient themselves towards developing light industries...
  3. The New Order: Last Days of Europe - An Axis Victory Cold War Mod for HoIIV

    In TTL world, a Russia that manages to rebuild itself, achieve prosperity for its citizens and reconquer Moskowien, the Caucasus and even Eastern Ukraine would become a case study in national revival and a near-miracle. It has everything it takes to do it on paper, the population, the natural...
  4. The New Order: Last Days of Europe - An Axis Victory Cold War Mod for HoIIV

    The whole matter of how quickly Russian can and should recover from its status in the TNO timeline is quite fascinating in my opinion. The canon timeline up to 1962 is very vague as to what happens in TTL Russian and whether or not horrors like the Holodomor and Stalin's purges are avoided. What...
  5. French Algeria partition?

    The corridor on the map I shown is almost 70km large so wide enough for plenty of infrastructure and wide enough to provide strategic depth. If France also goes "all in" with investing in the Sahara, there's also always scope of improving infrastructure towards the Niger valley and the coast as...
  6. French Algeria partition?

    You would be surprised at what could happen here. The OAS was in favour of political equality between the pied-noirs and the harkis. What's more there was de facto political equality in Algeria since the beginning of the 5th Republic in 1958, all Algerians were eligible to vote in the...
  7. French Algeria partition?

    For such a scenario to happen it requires the full support of the French state and the French army enforcing partition by force if needed. De Gaulle wasn't in favour of partition OTL but other members of his cabinet were so this provides an opening of sorts for it to happen. This or...
  8. Separated at Birth: America and Drakia

    A superb ending to a superb TL. Congratulations on finishing it!
  9. Is it possible to make a European power (that is not Germany or Russia) strong enough that it could rival the US?

    This I admit is the weakest part of the overall scenario. I may change it upon doing further research. The gist that the Union would turn Eastern-Europe into allies post-communism would remain though.
  10. Is it possible to make a European power (that is not Germany or Russia) strong enough that it could rival the US?

    There are barriers to a successful Franco-British Union for sure but there are also subtle and very surprising commonalities between France and Britain that could actually cement a Union in the longer run. 1. Both France and Britain had pretentions and aspirations of becoming world powers able...
  11. Is it possible to make a European power (that is not Germany or Russia) strong enough that it could rival the US?

    I was thinking about it last night, but there's a wildcard on this list if we only look at post 1900 powers or even a bit earlier like say 1870ish. This wildcard is a successful Austria-Hungary that avoids WW1 or wins a short WW1 and reforms/federalise itself in the process. It might seem like...
  12. Is it possible to make a European power (that is not Germany or Russia) strong enough that it could rival the US?

    While its true that the strategic position of a Franco-British Union is very strong on paper. It will nevertheless suffer from the same strategic dilemma that plagued France throughout its history, which focusing on either the army of the navy and on either north into the Atlantic or south into...
  13. Is it possible to make a European power (that is not Germany or Russia) strong enough that it could rival the US?

    France's population was essentially stagnant from 1870 to 1914 and there is no indication that avoiding WW1 would lead to a population boom or significantly greater population growth in France for the remainder of the 20th century. Therefore I'm not sure where this "much larger population" will...
  14. Is it possible to make a European power (that is not Germany or Russia) strong enough that it could rival the US?

    WW1 actually did the UK some relative good in some respects as it forced the industrial base to modernise. While avoiding WW1 will help the UK retain a lot of financial capital and assets. This won't do much good if other countries are able to accumulate more assets by having higher investment...
  15. Is it possible to make a European power (that is not Germany or Russia) strong enough that it could rival the US?

    +1 A Franco-British Union arising from WW2 could become a superpower if it plays its cards right post-war, though the task will require a willingness to take hard decision and a ruthless focus on pragmatism and bettering the Union and its people above all things. Some of what I mean by...
  16. Q: Would the Flevoland have been created if the Netherlands were part of Germany/France instead of an independent nation?

    This is an interesting scenario and one I've speculated on before. If the Netherlands were part of a lasting French Empire comprising France, Belgium, the Netherlands as well as the left bank of the Rhine. Then it is very unlikely that something like the Flevoland would have been created. Why...
  17. WI: Stalin wants to build a railway from Amur to the Bering Strait

    One must remember that the GULAG system was there to serve an economic purpose and not always there for the sake of sending political opponents to die away in northern wastes. Most of the projects were tied to industrial enterprises of some sorts. The Kolyma road for example was a needed piece...
  18. Russia Resurgent - A TL

    Even the 3 years that you've edited too are still irrealistic in my view. OTL's Transsib took nearly twenty years to build in total. The Bailkal Amur Mainline took a decade to build with modern equipment and machinery. Transport costs to the Far East will dramatically decrease if a railway is...
  19. Russia Resurgent - A TL

    I would be very interesting to know how one's manages to build a railway across 2000 km of taiga, tundra and permafrost in a matter of years. It means a tracklaying rate of 3km per day which is almost impossible to achieve and that's assuming that all of the time on the project is spent laying...
  20. The Footprint of Mussolini - TL

    Corsican separatism won't be a thing TTL as OTL is started as a direct result of Algerian independance and the repatriation of piednoirs to Corsica which created tensions with locals. French colonialims was driven by Corsicans, a fifth of administators in the colonies were Corsicans!
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