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  1. Realistic Trent War?

    I can see why you'd think that -- it would make a lot more sense and be consistent... but it's incorrect and a bit backwards. The USA didn't ban slavery nationwide before the southern states seceded -- they couldn't have -- and the South was up in arms over Northern refusal to enforce the...
  2. Realistic Trent War?

    The confederates wouldn't (and couldn't) ban slavery. (It's literally written into their constitution, and it was the whole reason they seceded; most of the "state's rights" rational came later.) The other reason -- the northern states not honoring the fugitive slave act -- would continue even...
  3. Realistic Trent War?

    I certainly think Britain could be co-belligerent without endorsing slavery. However, I also think any war between the US and Britain would likely end without Britain demanding the Union sign over the the confederate "Arizona territory" (thereby extending slavery to it), even if it comes to a...
  4. Realistic Trent War?

    Being co-belligerents requires being at war with a third party -- unless I had the wrong idea about what the 'balance of powers' doctrine means?
  5. Realistic Trent War?

    As they would have to -- keeping the two separate would be impossible, of course. That's one reason I'd be interested in reading a timeline where that happens -- and the US still does go ahead with emancipation to avoid the "get out of political repercussions free" card. Or perhaps there would...
  6. Realistic Trent War?

    I think if you take the comments "any benefit this brings to the Confederate cause being purely incidental" and "the USA has to sign a humiliating treaty where it accepts war guilt, recognizes the CSA (including everything it claims)" together, it's not only a pro-slavery intervention in effect...
  7. Realistic Trent War?

    I think that's how it would really go (well, provided it escalated to war at all -- obviously OTL it didn't, and for good reasons), but I was specifically thinking of Skallagrim's hypothetical when I wrote that (and how Lincoln threw in the towel without issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in...
  8. Realistic Trent War?

    I'd be more interested in reading a timeline where it somehow erupted into war and that didn't happen, and the US still goes ahead with the Emancipation proclamation so there's no pretending it isn't a pro-slavery intervention ... though I guess that's just OTL with minor changes, since the US...
  9. Permanent Medieval Age?

    IIRC -- and I'm only loosely familiar, so I might be wrong -- Westeros had cycles of magic working, getting stronger, then weakening again. If you had something like that with Science a la Dies the Fire, it might 'help' things stagnate -- when more advanced chemical reactions stop working the...
  10. Is it possible for Linux (or something like it) to become a serious competitor to Windows?

    Linux did kind of win on mobile -- as Android... maybe Linux on the desktop would look similar? (Or an alternate BSD; if USL v. BSDi doesn't happen or gets settled right away, you that could help a lot.)
  11. Would the CSA been doomed to economic disaster?

    Or when there was -- for instance, in Georgia -- the real results were ignored when they didn't fit what the politicians wanted.
  12. AHC: Versailles doesn't let Nazis rise to power

    I don't think anyone is accusing you of not subscribing to revisionist history here. If the thread's about rewriting the Treaty of Versailles, though, perhaps you could make a separate thread? "France and Russia never mobilize but Germany and Austria do" seems like a very different POD, even it...
  13. A Shining Valley - The Great Desert Lake in California

    It was the President pro tempore at the time, though.
  14. POLL: Is Byzantium a Continuation of Rome?

    Yes, though I think the arguments to view 1204 or 1261 as a breaking point are reasonable (despite disagreeing).
  15. Name Suggestions for Greater San Francisco

    The Takeshi Kovacs books called it Bay City, but San Francisco Bay City is probably cheating. ;) Go back even further and it was Yerba Buena, I think. Maybe Pacifica, based mostly on personal taste? It hadn't been incorporated yet and has a name that's both neutral and grandiose enough...
  16. Twilight of the Red Tsar

    Russians are rebelling against the Soviet army too -- I think the implication was that the anti-soviet Russians threw out the Soviets, but the Latvians and anti-soviet Russians kept attacking each other. Against the Soviets, or...? Of course the biggest worry is that both sides in this civil war...
  17. Twilight of the Red Tsar

    "Russia was that Georgian's biggest victim", perhaps? Well ... at least it'd be an improvement over some OTL attitudes. Of course, that assumes the Soviet Union does fall, and the pieces that come out are somewhat like the various republics! Good luck with your papers, and thank you for this...
  18. Twilight of the Red Tsar

    Last legal remnant; sure could create a good incentive for the rest to fall apart if the last one in takes on the debts, eh? Why would they blame the former? Well... no, there's all sorts of very dark reasons to blame a nation or ethnic group over blaming an ideology. :( Just like Stalin did to...
  19. Twilight of the Red Tsar

    Would they owe it or be owed it? :O Assuming the USSR breaks apart without nukes, would the international community blame the largest surviving piece or the last republic to leave? The same way Stalin did OTL and ITTL? It isn't impossible for a new, similar regime and leader to arise and do...
  20. Better Name for the U.S. and her states?

    I think something like Americland or Ameriland would be nice; it follows the pattern of England and Scotland and the different suffix would suffice nicely to differentiate it; none of the Spanish colonies would use the -terra suffix. Alas for me, it's never even been considered pre or post...
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