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  1. Plausibility Check: New Netherland Settler Colony?

    Is it plausible that the Dutch would have made New Netherland a settler colony, with a larger number of settlers? Perhaps one with a great deal more agriculture in addition to its fur trading? I'm asking because I'm considering writing a timeline about a US analog where people of multiple...
  2. AHC: Longest possible airship age

    I'm putting this in Before 1900, because I suspect the solution would involve airships being invented earlier, in addition to planes catching on later. I know airships have loads of problems, but maybe there are possible situations where airships could have been dominant for a little while...
  3. AHC Maximize New Netherland's Population

    Challenge, make New Netherland far more populous than it was OTL. Preferably with more people in it than Virginia and New England. Wikipedia says it was less populated due to mismanagement. It's also pretty clear it was created for fur trading posts, so it wouldn't surprise me if she needs to...
  4. AHC Siberia Split Off of Russia

    Challenge: Make Siberia become independent from Russia. Bonus points if it splits off during the fall of the Soviet Union.
  5. Disappointed in 1632

    I recently read 1632 by Eric Flint. While I had fun reading it, and I liked having working class protagonists, I found the hero Mike Stearns to be too much of a Mary Sue. Everyone keeps calling him "a prince" and "a hidalgo" because they think he's the best person in the world. And even though...
  6. WI Multiple Member Votes in Cities for US congress?

    What if the United States congress had multi-member districts with ranked-choice voting contained only in its largest cities, but continued to have single-member districts in the rest of the country? Would that make the United States more proportional? Would it have the opposite effect that...
  7. A Risk game board for Napoleonic Wars

    I'm working on a project to make a new board for the epic board game Risk. My goal is to make the territories resemble the territories from the Napoleonic Wars. Just to be clear, this is an amateur project. I'm not affiliated with Hasbro. For my first draft, I made a map that doesn't change the...
  8. Once I was The King of Spain (Now I Eat Humble Pie)

    Recently, Juan Carlos has decided to leave the Spanish throne, and I discovered a song about a Spanish King doing just that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZPLv6lbhOI I'd like to see Juan Carlos' life resemble this timeline as much as possible. Now, with a POD after 1960, I want to see Juan...
  9. AHC Reverse present-day Germany and Russia!

    The challenge is, with a post-WWI POD, to reverse the political ideologies, powers, and behaviors of present-day Germany and Russia. That is, I want to see a Russian economic and political power house that protects the privacy and labor rights of its citizens more than most countries, and a...
  10. Hurricane Erin Strikes Before 9/11

    On September 11th, 2001, just 200 miles from New York City there was a hurricane named Erin - not to be confused with a 1995 Hurricane Erin - 200 miles from New York City. What if it was a little further west, and struck somewhere around September 9th?
  11. AHC and WI: President John Fremont in 1856

    Can you think of a way for John Fremont to be president in 1856? Perhaps it would be easier if you take Buchanan out of the picture, so Fremont can win Pennsylvania? And yes, I know this would lead to an earlier Civil War. How would such a war play out? Bonus points if your idea involves two...
  12. Plausibility Check: 2 Minnesotas?

    I'd like to have a timeline in which the Minnesota territory becomes two states, preferably a north, with a capitol in the Duluth area, and a south with a capitol in the Twin Cities area, possibly St. Anthony. Is it possible for the territory to be split two ways and be called either North...
  13. WI Many popes retired?

    Is it possible that in the 20th century, a pope would have stepped down and started a tradition of popes stepping down before they died? What if there were two pope emeriti alive at once? Would this have major consequences for the Catholic Church? For example, perhaps in the 40s a pope emeritus...
  14. AHC: Catwoman, Steel, and the Spirit have good movies

    With a POD after 1989, can all three of these characters star in good movies? Who would be in them? What would the story be?
  15. Hurricane Sandy's Effects on the Elections

    How would the 2012 elections have been different if hurricane Sandy had not occurred? Say, the weather was fairly nice in the northeast lately.
  16. DBWI Disney didn't buy Star Wars in 1997?

    We all remember what a disappointment the Disney Star Wars films were to their older fans, and everyone talks about how much better they would have been if George Lucas was involved. What would have been different? Would Lucas have even gotten around to making more Star Wars films in the first...
  17. Plausibility Check: 60s Flash TV series

    I'm considering writing a timeline with a TV series about the Flash, much like our Batman one. I think this would be a great show. Flash has Pied Piper, Gorilla Grodd, Giganta, Mirror Master. All of these villains would be perfect for camp! I'm thinking a lot of the required special effects...
  18. AHC and WI: No Dakota War

    Is it possible to avoid the 1862 Dakota War, and how would eliminating it affect history? I would like a specific focus on its effects on the upper midwest, as well as some information on effects on other areas.
  19. Movie ACH: Burt Reynolds is Green Lantern

    My challenge to you is to make plausible timeline with a much earlier Green Lantern film, starring Burt Reynolds as Hal Jordan. Bonus points if there's a Green Lantern/Green Arrow sequel and/or a Justice League sequel.
  20. Challenge: The USA linguistically diverse from the beginning

    I want to see the United States, or a US-like country start out with at least three dominant languages at its revolution, because I don't like my country being fulled of monolingual people. My criteria for "US-like" are as follows: 1) It is a large democratic republic that 2) began in eastern...
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