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  1. AHC: better Italian Performance in the third war of independence

    The 1866 Italian War of Independence was something of a mess for Italy owing to the disorganized state of her army. Nevertheless I wonder if it would have been possible for Italy to win at Lissa and effect the invasion of Trento and Trieste before Prussia signed her armistice, securing both...
  2. Without the Ottomans, what happens to the Mamluks?

    Let's say that the Ottomans get taken out by Tamerlane and/or a more successful Hungarian Crusade. Mamluk Egypt obviously doesn't get conquered by them, but I have to wonder what would become of it. My general impression is that the Mamluks were on the way out by the 16th century owing to the...
  3. Sun Yat Sen Lives: effects on China and WWII

    Dr Sun Yat Sen is the only polticial figure revered in both Taiwan and thr PRC, and for good reason- he was one of the greatest political leaders in modern Chinese history. His premature death to cancer in 1925 undoubtedly hampered the ROC. So what if he lives longer and is able to unify...
  4. AHC: Wank the Aksumite Empire

    Pre Islamic Arabia and thr Horn are something of a fascination of mine, thanks in part to Imperator rome. The Aksumites briefly held sway not only over Ethiopia and Eritrea but also Yemen. In a world where the Sasanids don't invade Yemen could Aksum have maintained a stronger presence in the...
  5. AHC/WI: Norman conquest of Byzantium

    Its not often appreciated how close to destruction the Byzantines came in the 11th century. Were it not for the Komnenoi I suspect the Normans would have carved Greece and Asia Minor like a fat turkey- Guiscard conquered Epirus and reached as far as Thessaloniki, while Roussel de Bailleul...
  6. AHC/WI: Sino Japanese allince vs the Allies (and USSR?)

    Merely averting thr Sino Japanese war has serious ramifications, as it means Japan is uncommitted during Barbarossa and the FoF and of course avoids the oil embargo. Let's assume that we butterfly the conquest of Manchuria and the broader engagement in China so that Imperial Japan is neutral...
  7. A unified Rhineland/Franconian kingdom in the Middle Ages

    The Netherlands development is rather peculiar, and the process of German unification tends (IMO) to obscure some of the historical ties between the Low Countries and the Rhineland. Would it be plausible, given a medieval POD, to have a state unifying "Greater Franconia" or Austrasia stretching...
  8. WI: the raid on scarborough is a decisivr german victory

    In December 16th 1914 the German fleet sorted out and attacked the harbor at Scwrpbpruh. On the way home a British squadron of ten capital ships, mistakenly believing this to be a smaller segment of the fleet, skirmished with the German screen. The German commander, under strict orders not to...
  9. What does a Japanese "Star Wars" look like?

    OTL Star Wars was a concoction blending flash Gordon serials, kurosawa films, and WWII blockbusters, with a panache of Campbellian monolith and Hollywood gunslingers. So what would it look like if it was "invented" in Japan by a Westaboo avante garde director instead of George Lucas? Lucas...
  10. Victor Amadeus of Savoy inherits Spain

    something I came across during my research is that Victor Amadeus, Duke of Savoy and the first king of Sardinia, was floated as a possible match for Maria Antonina of Austria, heiress to Charles II, last Habsburg king of Spain. So let's say the marriage went through and when Charles is on his...
  11. The Lion of St Mark: Venice and the Morean War
    Threadmarks: The Lion of St Mark

    For two centuries the Venetian Republic had fought a series of costly wars against the Turks. Although small, the Republic leveraged its wealth and sea power to contest the Eastern Mediterranean against the greatest military power of its age. In 1669, the island of Crete- Venice’s most prized...
  12. WI: Louis XIV dies before the Nine Years War; is the Glorious revolution averted?

    thr Sun Kings later reign was IMHO counterproductive for france, as the kingdom faced serious opposition to Louis' aggressive attitudes. If Lpuisbdied of disease sometime around 1688, that could reduce the risk of the Nine Years War. The Grand Dauphin, now Louis XV, would probably pursue a...
  13. WI: Russian Intervention in the Seventh Ottoman Venetian War

    I've long considered a later timeline on a Venetian resurgence in the latter 17th/early 18th centuries, and I believe that dealing with the Turks is the best, if not only way to do that (ironically there are parallels with the decline of the Byzantines). Let's say that the Great Northern War...
  14. An Unmutilated Victory
    Threadmarks: An Unmutilated Victory

    Unmutilated Victory Italy’s unification ended four centuries of Habsburg Hegemony, but left ancient Italian communities outside the borders of the new kingdom. Istria and Dalmatia- the old Venetian possessions; the Trentino, and the strategically significant Brenner Pass; all were Italia...
  15. Wilson defeated in 1916

    the 1916 election was surprisingly close- Wilson very nearly lost the electoral college, securing California (and thus the white house) by less than four thousand votes. Had California flipped Charles Hughes would have won. Suppose he didnt scorn Governor Hiram Johnson, and so the governor of...
  16. AHC/Wi: Sino Japanese allaince- plausiblity and effects

    Prior to Japan going nuts Chinese intellectuals had fairly decent relations with them. In the event that China avoids fragmenting- say Uuan Shikai dies earlier, and Sun Yat Sen relatively smoothly seize power, and lives a vit longer than OTL- assuming also that perhaps the soviets are more...
  17. Austrian collapse in 1916, armistice and in what terms?

    I've been mulling a timeline for an Italian breakthrough at the sixth battle of Izonzo (according to MacMillan at least, if Cadorna et al had pressed they might have reached as far as Ljubjana, rather than stopping at Gorizia) and the broader impact of the war given a plausible Austrian...
  18. AHC/WI: wank Romance languages

    So just how far and wide could romance languages endure if Rome is more successful? Say Caesar isn't assasinated and conquers Dacia and Pannonia, and Augustus manages to conquer Germania, while Britain and Africa both keep romance languages after the fall of the empire. Could the entire former...
  19. WI: Caesar goes east

    Dacia was sort if on the Roman to do list since before the founding if the empire. Indeed Caesar seems to have contemplated a campaign into the region as perhaps an alternative to gaul. For whatever reason say that the gallic campaign is averted and Caeser conquers Dacia (and Pannonia/Thrace?)...
  20. AHC: A Competent WWI Italy

    Italys reputation in WWi tends, IMHO, to suffer from back projecting WWII in to the prequel (something not unique to Italy). With better preparation and critically better leadership I think that Italian performance in the Izonzo (or wherever elee) could have been more obviously decisive. As a...
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