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  1. Zachariah

    PC/AHC: Largest possible Cairo, Illinois

    Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, the first municipal charter for Cairo, Illinois, and for the Bank of Cairo, were issued in 1818; but without any settlement and without any depositors, this first attempt was stillborn. A second and successful effort to establish a...
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    WI: German Venezuela/'Klein-Venedig' endures

    In 1528, the leader of Augsburg loaned the Habsburg Emperor Charles V a large sum of money. The emperor, however, did not have the money to pay back so, instead of giving a cash settlement, he gifted Augsburg the colony of Venezuela (which was renamed Klein-Venedig). Unsurprisingly, they were...
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    AHC: Britain with a larger population than Japan

    With a POD no earlier than 1900, your challenge is to give the British Isles a larger population than the Japanese archipelago. Bonus points if you can do so in an AU where Formosa and Sakhalin are under Japanese rule, and considered as part of the Japanese archipelago as well; and even more...
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    WI: 2017 IS attempt to assassinate Trump succeeded?

    In November 2017, President Trump attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila, Philippines. The Secret Service, after intercepting “chatter” of a possible attack, tracked an ISIS operative who plotted to kill the president at the summit. The Philippine National...
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    WI: No Beatles?

    So, this is essentially the same premise as the soon-to-be released British film, Yesterday- or rather, the ATL where the film's protagonist gets spontaneously ISOTed away to. An alternate timeline in which The Beatles either never formed, or dissolved before they got their first music contract...
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    WI: 'Super Wood' developed in the 1800's?

    Last year, scientists reported the development of a simple and effective two-stage industrial process, purportedly capable of transforming bulk natural wood directly into a high-performance structural material, with a more than tenfold increase in strength, toughness and ballistic resistance...
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    AHC- Ireland reunites with the UK

    As it says in the tin- with a POD post 1916, how could Ireland, after gaining its independence (either by the means it did IOTL, or by other means) plausibly reunite with the UK by the present day? What could possibly bring about this outcome? And what would the reunification most closely...
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    PC/AHC: Less Dystopian Axis Victory Scenario?

    So, a plausibility check/alternate history challenge for you here. Does anyone think that it might be plausible for the world in an ATL where the Axis Powers won WW2 to pan out as being less dystopian (/more 'utopian') than our own world, IOTL? Generally speaking, of course, for the world as a...
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    Holocaust without WW2

    Let's say that, in this ATL, neither WW2 nor any of the preceding conflicts and annexations initiated by the Nazis which built up to it take place; but the Nazis remain in power in Germany, and without the Lebensraum provided by expansionist conquests, still resolve to pursue a "Final Solution...
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    WI: Nazi Germany goes bankrupt before WW2?

    Let's say that, ITTL, Adolf Hitler decides to get rid of the "free-market" faction in his government, led by Minister of Economics Hjalmar Schacht and Price Commissioner Dr. Carl Friedrich Goerdeler- who urged Hitler to reduce military spending, turn away from autarkic and protectionist...
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    WI: Ugandan oil reserves discovered earlier?

    Oil was discovered in Uganda in 2006, in the Western Rift Valley around Lake Albert, and it was confirmed that these oil discoveries were commercially viable. Today, it's known that Uganda has proven crude oil reserves of at least 6.5 billion barrels, about 2.2 billion of which is recoverable...
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    WI: First Continental Congress petition succeeds

    IOTL, The First Continental Congress met briefly in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 5 to October 26, 1774. It consisted of fifty-six delegates from twelve of the thirteen colonies that were to become the United States of America. The President of the First...
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    WI: Austrian Africa

    In 1775, after having fallen foul of the British East India Company, William Bolts offered his services to the Imperial government of Austria, putting forward a proposal for re-establishing Austrian trade with India from the Adriatic port of Trieste. His proposal was accepted by the government...
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    WI: Magic Mushrooms trade

    Hallucinogenic species of the Psilocybe genus have a history of use among the native peoples of Mesoamerica for religious communion, divination, and healing, from pre-Columbian times to the present day. Mushroom stones and motifs have been found in Guatemala. A statuette dating from ca. 200 CE...
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    AHC: Make the Percy Jackson films more successful than the Harry Potter films

    You challenge is to make the film adaptations of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympians series (potentially including the subsequent book series in the Camp Half Blood Chronicles, and any of Riordan's other works set in the same fictional universe) more successful, both critically and...
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    WI: Kingdom of Mysore conquers Travancore in 1790?

    Let's say that the pivotal twenty-man Travancorean ambush in the Battle of the Nedumkotta, led by Vaikom Padmanabha Pillai, is thwarted ITTL- instead of successfully killing Tipu Sultan's army chief Meer Qamaruddin Khan in the ambush by a group of twenty Travancoreans, and inflicting lasting...
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    WI: Swedish Australia

    With the British preparing to colonize Botany Bay, the Government of Gustav III agreed to sponsor William Bolts' proposal for an equivalent colonisation venture in Nuyts Land (SW Australia), and in November 1786, William Bolts was given a contract by King Gustav III of Sweden to discover an...
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    WI: Lagos Colony (and Yorubaland) never merged with Southern Nigeria?

    Lagos Colony was a British colonial possession centred on the port of Lagos in what is now southern Nigeria, with a protectorate over most of Yorubaland established in the aftermath of prolonged wars between the mainland Yoruba states between 1890 and 1897. The colonial office wanted to...
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    AHC/WI: Tiwi Empire

    So lets say that, ITTL, the Tiwi people begin practicing agriculture around 2,000-3,000 years ago (either developing it independently, or through contact with SE Asia) and begin to cultivate all of the crops native to the Tiwi Islands which they already gathered to eat (and still do) IOTL. These...
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    PC: Successful Slave Rebellion on Madeira before 1470CE

    How plausible would it be for the conditions on the original sugar plantations on Madeira- where manual work was done by enslaved Africans captured and brought from the African mainland, who were worked to death, with more and more Africans captured and brought to the island to replace them...
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