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  1. Challenge: IJA vs IJN civil war

    The challenge: create a situation where the IJN and IJA begin a civil war against one and another. Background: Formed with warring States clans with blood feuds, backed by rival family conglomerates with political and economic dominance, given wide leeway in a decentralized system where the...
  2. WI: Hannibal in command of Roman–Seleucid War

    In The Roman Republic and the Seleucid Empire had been competing for influence in the Hellespont and by 192BC it had boiled over into open war. During this time the Carthiginian general in exile Hannibal was at the Seleucid court, where he met the emissary and former opponent Scipio Africanus...
  3. What If Ricimer was allowed into power?

    Traditionally the military dictatorship of Rome was controlled by the victorious general, yet come the 5th century the Roman aristocracy turned more racist and inflexible for a traditionally pragmatic and tolerant empire. With the Germanic and Arian Ricimer denied power while holding effective...
  4. Effects Of America within/leading OPEC+

    Traditionally a net importer of oil, America has become a net exporter in 2018 and the largest producer by 2019. Just 5 days ago Trump helped broker a quota deal with OPEC+ in hopes of maintaining oil prices in the wake of reduced supplies due to COVID-19. So what would be the effect of America...
  5. Effects of a Christian Eastern Mediterranean on the Papacy?

    POD: The Venetians make a deal with Timur ferrying his victorious host of 100,000 across the Bosporus in 1402 which finishes off the Ottomans. Similar to IOTL Timur turns east to invade Ming for their history of condescending correspondence and dies en-route. Aragon, Hungary, Poland, Venice, and...
  6. A Tsar For England!?

    Taken during the marriage of Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, this is a picture of Prince George V and his cousin Nicholas II (soon to be Tsar Nicholas II). They both donned the same hairstyles, had similar profiles, and both spoke excellent English due to Nicholas' frequent travels to...
  7. How Different Were The Stalin's Soviets From Tsardom?

    For the sake of simplicity let's reference the Tsar in the 1900s and the Soviets in the 1930s, how similar were they institutionally and ideologically? I admit that I'm just getting into Russian history but there seems to be so many similarities between the two. Sure the Tsar claimed divine...
  8. List of Polyculture Ideas (Agriculture)

    Polyculture is the cultivation of several crops and/or animals as a source of food, this is in contrast to monoculture which tends to create imbalances in the environment as specific nutritions are depleted while others are overproduced. While the green revolution with its pesticides...
  9. When Did The Practice Of Wartime Ransoms Decline In Europe?

    Known either as "buying back" or simple extortion the exchange of prisoners for payment has had a long-history up to today (ie; EU countries paying ISIS for a few citizens back). Long associated with chivalry when did the practice become uncommonly practiced in war? There were obvious drawbacks...
  10. Russian TL suggestions

    My artist and friend has recently professed an interest in Russian Alt History, something I want to encourage but lack the knowledge. Any well written Russian/soviet TL suggestions?
  11. Challenge: Minimize Post-Cold War Sino-Russian Cooperation

    Long time frenemies the PRC and Russian Federation have had a checkered history at times standing United against America and at times coming to arm's against each other(ie; Ussuri border skirmish). Ongoing today the frenemies have extensive trade ties which has helped Russia defy sanctions over...
  12. Challenge: A Communist Revolution In Communist China

    The CCP, the ruling party of China likes to define itself as "Socialism with Chinese characteristics." That particular characteristic is unrepentant capitalism complete with repression of workers, minimal consumer protections, and massive inequality of opportunity and wealth. Starting at the...
  13. Suggestions for media with time-travelers from the past?

    I find myself interested in the idea of people from the past time travelling to the present and I was wondering if you had any suggestions for such?
  14. Earlier Development of Science

    The premise is simple, what are some conceivable areas of science where development could happen a lot earlier. Obviously things such as quantum mechanics would have to wait for their pre-requisite knowledge and technology. To start off I'd like to suggest genetics or at least hereditary...
  15. Industrial Progress: A Story Of Venetian Suffrage (Haitus)
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    Summary: The story of Venetian suffrage as the Patricians of Venice blunders unintentionally toward equality and industry. This TL is written so that no background knowledge is required to enjoy the TL. Q&A in the post below. The focus is on social change in the aristocratic police state that is...
  16. Why did the Southern Italian city states falter?

    Gaeta, Amafi, Naples and more cities in the Italian south were at the turn of the 11th century some of the richest and most populous cities of the time with Syracuse reaching 200,000 at its peak. However they eventually came under the rein of despots while their economies faltered in contrast to...
  17. The Dance Of The Lion And The Serpent: A Renaissance Milan-Venice TL. Updated 24-04-2017
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    Summary: This is an Italo-centric techno-economic Tl starting in the 14th century, the Visconti duchy was perhaps the last pre-modern chance of a prosperous Italian state and this tl will delve into that. The POD will be revealed into the story. The Dance Of The Lion And The Serpent: The Story...
  18. WI Socialist Imperialism?

    I've been tossing an idea around and I'm hoping for feedback, how useful/practical is a system of imperialism where individuals of the home country are given direct dividends from a fraction of colonial profits. The logic being that it gave the entire electorate benefits from imperialism and...
  19. Challenge: Earlier Italian Industrialization

    Despite being at the forefront of industry, organization, and finance around the 13-16th centuries the various Italian states stagnated economically due to foreign taxation, war, poor administration, the failure of city state polities to scale to size, and shifting international trade...
  20. Could the Spanish conquer the new world without small pox?

    IOTL smallpox decimated the population of the Americas, killing between 50-90% of the natives showing chaos and resentment against the authorities that helped the Spanish immensely. But small pox was a fast burning disease, the transmission of which was only possible due to repeated high volumes...
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