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  1. US-Township BAM 2: All of Them

    This is the sort of thorough background work I can really appreciate! That said, I have to wonder just what depicting the "township" subdivisions accomplishes for AH. I suppose a story that does not involve large PODs from OTL US history would benefit from the detail of tracking just what...
  2. Nuts as a founder crop for a civilization

    This. Fundamentally, we don't want to be handwaving away grain production but rather considering what additional staple types might be added to the general stock as of say 1500 CE--picking that year as beginning of Columbian Exchange and general spread of European sea voyagers essentially...
  3. Nuts as a founder crop for a civilization

    As a general thing one reason cereals and other annual species tend to be favored is that their short, single year, generations, mean that selection activities are effective in fewer generations. Of course it is a big big mistake to think that ancestral gatherer-hunter peoples had any kind of...
  4. Pre-Columbian knowledge confirmed: A monk in 14th-century Italy wrote about the Americas

    Well just knowing someone went there and back again once or twice is not sufficient; it matters how risky and harrowing their voyage was, how low the chances are of surviving the round trip. Navigational technology was advancing fast in the late medieval to early modern transitional era. The...
  5. Nuts as a founder crop for a civilization

    I believe Lands of Red and Gold by @Jared was going in this direction with a number of ATL-Australian indigenous crops being periennial instead of annual, and some even being actual nuts. He did want to explore how the development of capitalism and industrialization would differ (along with...
  6. How would you make Alsace-lorraine a independant country

    I don't think much of Alsace-Lorraine being a distinct thing from the pre-Westphalian times, and therefore suppose the earliest chance as noted above to be a post-Napoleonic creation of the victorious coalition, and France would always be trying to regain it. I've seen TLs where either a late...
  7. A British nuclear Triad.

    I suspect that with more funding the British efforts at developing a hydrogen peroxide oxidized, kerosene burning missile system for both land based and submarine launched applications could have borne fruit considerably earlier than OTL, by perhaps a decade or more. If it had been realized...
  8. Rocketry and Space Exploration in a surviving Weimar Republic

    The advantage of the Army spending money on rocket research is that it was a loophole in Versailles--none of the Entente interests imposing the treaty considered rockets as a practical weapon system, so there was no mention of limiting or denying German rights to develop them. In the 1930s...
  9. Weave Hangings for Asherah: An Iron Age Timeline

    I just recently caught sight of this TL and have been following with some interest. It actually gives me a funny feeling of losing something unique o history with the henotheistic/proto-monotheistic faction of Hebrews losing out and apparently being eradicated as the dominant definers of...
  10. Due Opposition - Capitulation Over Cuba

    Looking at his career overall, and at his candid personal attitudes (and those of his trusted handpicked men) as revealed in various ways post-administration (such as the Frost interviews and interviews with former officials, the tapes, etc) he was first and foremost an opportunist, interested...
  11. Due Opposition - Capitulation Over Cuba

    Well, sort of. The "Reagan Revolution" had the long term effects it did largely because the one-two punch of the Vietnam crisis (regarding Nixon being Nixon as part of that) followed by the global stagflation crisis, capstoned by stuff like the OPEC oil squeeze in the wake of the Yom Kippur War...
  12. Essai en Guerre: an FFO-inspired TL

    This general subject of ATL nuclear development, could "someone" reasonably have The Bomb substantially earlier than the middle of1945, came up in A Blunted Sickle too. The author claimed that just by happenstance, the particular method of acquiring fissionable material most rapidly and...
  13. WI Hadrian had abandoned Britannia

    I suspect Roman settlers in Britannia is exactly why the possibility of retreating and trying to rely on an autonomous client regime was not considered. I am unaware of the Romans ever abandoning territory that had been long claimed by Rome--instances of retreat do come to mind--Mesopotamia of...
  14. Essai en Guerre: an FFO-inspired TL

    Given that the Stringbag was surprisingly capable, I want to predict "Famous Last Words" here. But of course I am happy to remain in deep suspense. Again even if this phase of the war is almost as much a debacle for the Allies as OTL (I am disappointed the Philippines are not apparently going...
  15. Alternate Planets, Suns, Stars, and Solar Systems Thread

    @Rosella pretty well covered most of it. I'd stress two opposite constraints--to keep one moon's tide below Lunar levels, it can be bigger than Luna but then needs to orbit farther out, whereas the "Hill Sphere" is a limit on how far out it can be and still be in stable orbit around Earth. This...
  16. Alternate Planets, Suns, Stars, and Solar Systems Thread

    Um, what? Do I understand your question to be "can these six rocky planets, each one 60 degrees from its leading and trailing neighbors, rotate at all" as opposed I suppose to being tidally locked to turn one face to the Sun, and thus each other (they would be rotating, but only once a year)...
  17. Alternate Planets, Suns, Stars, and Solar Systems Thread

    Oxygen is the third most common element, though I grant it is withal far less common than hydrogen. Still, might we not have a situation where the hydrogen is depleted by some nearby star heating a very massive protoplanetary cloud, leaving a higher fraction of oxygen, which then, when the...
  18. Most extreme results if XYZ affair blew up into the war with France and Spain Hamilton wanted

    The core of your argument is political, and I agree with it-- There it is. If the Federalists fail to "sell" the war, indeed these pathetic outcomes are likely, and it was probably shrewd recognition that the war would not be popular that compelled the administration to back off OTL. The OP is...
  19. Most extreme results if XYZ affair blew up into the war with France and Spain Hamilton wanted

    Well, the Spanish Empire had a big budget versus the USA and a long established naval infrastructure to order to fight the Yankees in an instant, granted. But--the early USA had a very very parsimonious regime. State governments were newly restrained from raising navies of their own (or that...
  20. WI: Persian Arabia

    Perhaps this thread is as good as any for discussing why no imperial power prior to the Arab Caliphates themselves (and them not for long) ever dominated the Red Sea as a Mare Nostrum for any long time or to the full extent of being strong on all shorelines. Apparently controlling both shores...
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