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  1. SavoyTruffle

    PC: More European monarchies survive WWII

    While one could point to the French Revolution as the beginning of the end of the dominance of monarchy over Europe, and the aftermath of the First World War as the continuation of the trend, it wasn't really until WWII when the pendulum swung firmly in the direction of republicanism. Italy...
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    WI: Castilian-Portuguese union instead of Castilian-Aragonese union?

    Let's say that instead of Castile and Aragon forming "Spain" in the 15th century, it's a union of Castile and Portugal that forms "Spain" instead. How would history change as a result? For starters, without Castile tied to Aragon and its Italian orientation, the Spanish monarchy is tied up less...
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    Consequences of a longer lived Charles VIII of France?

    Ah, Charles VIII, aka one of the Renaissance's also-rans. Often in Renaissance era AHs this poor guy gets set aside in favor of his much more interesting and competent cousin Louis XII, and is often done in before he can sire a child, let alone a son. But what if history were kinder to Louis...
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    Could the age of New Imperialism be avoided?

    By the 1880s, the dust had settled on Europe and its Great Powers. The UK, in the midst of the Pax Britannica, led the pack, with the newborn German Empire as its newfound rival. Meanwhile, old mainstays France, Russia and Austria-Hungary retained their influence, while a newly united Italy also...
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    AHC: More Christian majority states in Asia

    IOTL, there are only two Christian majority sovereign states in Asia as of 2021: the Philippines and Timor Leste[1]. With a POD as late as possible, make it so that you have as many plausibly Christian majority states in Asia. [1]Excluding Russia, which whilst having a Christian plurality has...
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    WI: Spanish less lucky in the Americas

    So Spanish colonization of the New World, while starting out similarly to future colonization models, got a huge shot in the arm with the efforts of the conquistadors Cortes and Pizarro. Their conquests of the Aztecs and Inca pretty much expanded the Spanish colonial empire virtually overnight...
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    AHC: as many countries with mandatory military service as possible

    IOTL by the present day some notable states that require citizens to serve in the military for some time include Singapore, South Korea and Israel, mostly due to geopolitical concerns. Your challenge is with a POD no earlier than 1900, preferably no earlier than 1945, to have as many countries...
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    So why were Renaissance monarchs more interesting than their Late Medieval or 17th century counterparts?

    Looking through this forum I've noticed that the bevy of Renaissance rulers tend to get a lot of attention. Aside from the usual Tudors you get the Valois (especially Louis XII and Francis I), the Habsburgs in Charles V, Gustav Vasa, John Frederick of Saxony, and so on. Was it because it was a...
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    WI: Clement VII killed during the Sack of Rome

    As the tin says. IOTL the War of the League of Cognac coincided with the early part of the Reformation, and while it had yet to become the continent-wide conflagration later on in the 16th century and culminating in the Thirty Years' War of the 17th century, a combination of alarm at Charles V's...
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    Could the warlord era in China have been prevented?

    In the period following the fall of the Qing dynasty, China found itself in flux, with Yuan Shikai's rule contested at first by Sun Yat-sen, then the country falling into infighting between warlords until the Northern Expedition. Would it be possible for China to right the ship earlier, and...
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    AHC: Qing succeeded by another imperial dynasty

    The Qing were notably China's last dynasty in a millennia-old dynastic cycle, ended by the Revolution of 1911 which gave way to the early republican period of Chinese history. Your challenge is to make it so that instead of a republic arising in the place of the Qing, a new dynasty enters the...
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    So just how important was the defeat of the Spanish Armada, anyway?

    The defeat of the Spanish Armada is often taken as one of history's inflection points, one where someone can point to it and say "if things went differently, then our world would be unrecognizable by now". While it can't be denied that it was a major event, given that its role in the national...
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    Could the Mississippi-Missouri river system have become a cradle of civilization?

    Many of the OTL cradles of civilization were based around major rivers like the Nile, the Indo-Gangetic plain, the Mesopotamian region with the Tigris and Euphrates, and the Yangtze and Yellow River of China. The New World isn't lacking in major river systems either, and in particular the...
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    AHC: Post-WWII Habsburg restoration

    With a POD no earlier than V-E Day, make a scenario where the House of Habsburg is the reigning house of at least one country that was part of Austria-Hungary in 1914 (e.g. Austria, Hungary, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia). Bonus points if it goes similarly to the Bourbon restoration in Spain...
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    Could there have been an Entente equivalent to Mitteleuropa?

    A common AH trope regarding a Central Powers victory in WWI is Mitteleuropa, that is, a Germany-dominated geopolitical picture of Europe with the other Central Powers falling in line as closely-tied secondary allies (in scenarios where Austria-Hungary and/or the Ottoman Empire survive the war)...
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    WI: Jack Ruby doesn't get to shoot Lee Harvey Oswald

    As the tin says. With Oswald presumably incarcerated instead of murdered en route to prison, will the JFK conspiracies have less appeal ITTL?
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    AHC/WI: Worse 18th century for Britain

    While one can definitively note that the 19th century was the time of the Pax Britannia, it must be noted that the seeds for it lay in a massively successful 18th century for Great Britain. The decade begins with Parliament ascendant and the British being one of the clear winners of the War of...
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    Alternate musician discographies

    We already have Rock Albums from alternate timelines, but I'm thinking this thread is more generalized (no specific focus on rock music, so other genres are fair game) and this is more on the discographies instead of individual albums. I'll get the ball rolling: The Who: My Generation (1965)...
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    Best case scenario for Austria after the Congress of Vienna?

    As the tin says. The Habsburgs reached a high-water mark with the Congress, not only hosting it but also proving instrumental in shaping the post-Napoleonic order of Europe due to Metternich's machinations. However, the following century would be anything but kind to Austria. Franz I succeeded...
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    No Kennedy assassination - no Beatlemania in the US?

    I've always heard it said that Beatlemania crossed the pond to the United States in part due to a country in need of solace after the untimely death of John F Kennedy. With that said, in a scenario where Oswald doesn't pull the trigger on JFK in Dallas, would Beatlemania still come to pass in...
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