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  1. Dual Kingdom of Scotland and Norway.

    We've had the occasional thread abut a survving Maid of Norway, but afaik none where it is her *mother*, daughter of Alexander III, who survives the childbbirth.. If she does, and she and Eric go on to have more children, perhaps including a son, then (if Alex III's accident isn't butterflied...
  2. King Tosti?

    WI, instead of getting shpwrecked in Normandy in 1064. Harold Godwinsson had been drowned? Presumably that leaves his brother Tosti (or Tostig or whatever) as head of the House of Godwin. Does Tosti stay in Northummbria or resign to become Earl of Wessex? If so, who is lkely to get...
  3. House of Grey; Could they Become Dukes o York?

    Richard 3rd Duke of York had no children until the birth of his daughter Anne in 1439. Had he died before then, his next heir would seem to be Sir Thomas Grey, son of hi sister Isabel by her first marriage.. But what exactly would Sir Thomas be heir to? He would certainly become Earl of March...
  4. Von Mackensen Wins Tannenberg

    Had Ludendorff been unavailable to send to East Prussia (wounded at Liege?) is there any possibility that Prittwitz would simply have been told to turn over command to von Mackensen? If so is the course of the battle likely to be any different under him? And is anything changed later if a...
  5. Denmark; WI No Frederick I?

    When Christian II of Denmark was deposed in 1523, his immediate family were passed over in favour of his uncle Frederick. But what if said uncle had died young? There seem to be three possibilities 1) Christian's sister Elizabeth, married to Elector Joachim I of Brandenburg or her son...
  6. WI Flu In 1916?

    Have jut been watching a very interesting doc on PBS America, about the 1918 flu epidemic. Seems they think it may have started in western Kansas, of all places. If so, is there any way it could have got started a couple of years earlier -sometime in 1916 - and if so any thoughts on possible...
  7. Charles VI dies 1720 - Empress Maria Josepha.

    PoD - Emperor Charles VI of Austria dies suddenly in 1720. His ministers are in a pickle. Per his decree, the heir is his daughter, 3yo Maria Theresa. But this presents huge problems. As if the thought of a fifteen-year regency wasn't bad enough, they are already in the midst of agreeing peace...
  8. American Socialists at Stockholm 1917

    In 1917 there was a Socialist Conference at attended in particular by German and Russians. Socialists from the Entente countries (by then including the US) were not permitted to attend. WI the US had still been neutral at the time, so that Eugene Debs et al were free to go? Des their presence...
  9. 1917/18 - Cold Wave In a Neutral US

    In late Dec 1917 America was hit by the coldest weather for a century, which lasted for the next two months. Baltimore harbour was blocked by ice three feet thick, and ships were stranded in NYC and other ports because bunker coal could not reach them. Rail transport was crippled by shortage of...
  10. NGC w/o Bismarck

    Koniggratz; At 7-45am on July 3 1866; King Wilhelm I arrived at HQ, accompanied by Bismarck. They had been there only a few minutes when an artillery duel broke out, and a shell exploded only a few feet away, causing brief alarm but no injuries. WI a fragment from that shell had killed...
  11. Edward IV Captured By The Germans

    An oft-overlooked aspect of the WotR is that much of the time England was in a naval conflict with the German Hanseatic League. This nearly had serious consequences for Edward IV. When fleeing to Burgundy in 1470, his ship was pursued by Hanseatic vessels, and he and his party got safe ashore...
  12. President Adlai Stevenson - 1893.

    In 1893 Pres Grover Cleveland survived a highly dangerous surgical operation. WI he dies? Vice-Pres Stevenson, I gather, was more sympathetic to the Silverites than Cleveland, so presumably Bryan won't challenge him in 1896. Can he win re-election, and what sort of Presidency would it be...
  13. Seeckt Instead of Ludendorff

    Suppose Ludendorff is wounded at Liege and out of action for a couple of weeks. This means that someone else would need to be sent to East Prussia. Suppose it was Von Seeckt. After all, not long after he was made Chief of Staff to Von Mackensen, so there's no obvious reason why he couldn't play...
  14. No Arsenal at Harpers Ferry.

    Is there any way the Harpers Ferry Arsenal could have been located somewhere else? Frex, would Fort Monroe have the space to accommodate it? Iirc that post remained in Union hands throughout the ACW. It would also be harder for John Brown and co to get at. Assuming that political...
  15. Winfield Scott in 1856.

    In 1852 Winfield Scott narrowly edged out Millard Fillmore for the Whig nomination - and then went on to catastrophic defeat in November. But WI he hadn't? Not much change in 1852. The Whigs pretty certainly still lose. But Scott is now still available for 1856 - if any party wants him. But...
  16. WI No New Hampshire?

    I get the impression from reading around that during the Colonial period NH only narrowly avoided absorption by Massachusetts. Indeed from 1699 to 1741 the Royal Governor of MA was responsible for NH as well. Yet NH retained a separate Legislature all through this time. WI it hadn't? After all...
  17. Deadlock in 1825

    No candidate having secured a majority, the HoR chose JQ Adams as POTUS by 13 votes, against seven for Jackson and four for Crawford a bare majority. WI the House deadlocks? Say its Adams 10, Jackson 9 and Crawford 5. In that situation there would seem to be too possibilities. Either enough...
  18. Monroe Dies 1819

    WI James Monroe dies in 1819? His immediate successor is of course VP Daniel D Tompkins, but iirc he was in poor health so a doubtful runner for an elected term. Judging from 1816, the likeliest DR nominee is Crawford, who in 1820 hasn't yet had a stroke, so might be in with a real chance...
  19. Presidential Election 1854 - Know-Nothing POTUS

    Sep 29, 1854. President Franklin Pierce has been feeling unwell all day, and now has a severe headache. He decides to go to bed early, hoping to feel better the next day. However, during the night a blood clot reaches his brain, and he dies in the small hours of Sep 30. This causes...
  20. District System in 1824 - Who Comes Third?

    In 1821, a constitutional Amendment narrowly failed in the HoR, which would, if adopted, have mandated that States choose all but two of their Presidential Electors in Congressional Districts rather than at large. So what happens in 1824? Afaics, Jackson and Adams will still be first and second...
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