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  1. Eivind

    Wank Russian war effort during WW1

    With a POD no earlier than then beginning of the war, how much can you wank Russian war effort during WW1?
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    How isolated was Australia before the European arrival?

    Sometimes one can get the impression that the Europeans were the first outsiders to have contact with the Aboriginals since they arrived in Australia tens of thousands of years ago, but Australia is close to Indonesia (and New Guinea) and one would assume that both Indians and Chinese would be...
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    The development of separate Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian nationalities/ethnicities

    This has been discussed earlier, but as this was back in 2013, I guess it is against the rules to continue that thread, so I start a new one instead. Why did Ukraine and Belarus develop separate ethnicities? I would assume that there would be a dialect continuum rather than a clear cut dividing...
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    Delayed WW2?

    It has been pointed out that it was a mistake by Britain and France not to go to war against Nazi-Germany earlier. The French army was larger than the German as late as 1937, and even in 1938 France and the UK would have been in a better position to fight Germany than one year later, as Germany...
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    Did the Norman victory at Hastings lead to a more imperialist England?

    Would an Anglosaxon victory at Hastings have meant a less imperialist England? My impression is that many authors are of the opinion that the wars between England and its neighbours on the British isles would have been less likely to happen if the Normans had not conquered England. They would...
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    Surviving Kalmar Union

    Given how successful Sweden was in the 1600s, it is interesting to consider a surviving Kalmar Union. I believe this could have been achieved if the Swedish and Danish nobility had developed more common interests, in particular if many nobles had land in both Sweden and Denmark (possibly also in...
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    Why did Lithuania remain Pagan long after the rest of Europe became Christian?

    As the title says. Why did other parts of Europe give up their old religion, while Lithuania resisted Christianity for centuries? Some regions became Christian by conquest, while others, like e.g. Scandinavia, became Christian after their monarchs converted.
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    The forces of Guthrum wins at Edington (878)

    What could be some short- and long-term scenarios for South-Britain following a Danish victory at the battle of Edington?
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    WI: The newly arrived Jews in Palestine chose Arab as lingua franca?

    The Zionist movement lead to an increase in Jewish immigration to Palestine beginning in the late 1800s. How plausible is it that Arab could have been chosen as lingua franca? The original Zionist movement was not particularly religious. An argument for choosing Arab as their language would be...
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    Egypt wank, POD: 1800

    With a POD no earlier than 1800, make Egypt as powerful as possible.
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    WI: Andrew Johnson never becomes president of the United States?

    There are various scenarios here. 1) Lincoln chooses Hannibal Hamlin or another Republican as vice president. In this scenario there are two sub-scenarios: Either Lincoln gets killed or he does not. 2) A somewhat later POD: Andrew Johnson is chosen as vice president, but he never becomes...
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    WI:Mark Antony and Cleopatra wins the final war against Octavian?

    Assuming that Octavian is killed in the battle, what would be the consequences of this? Would Antony remain in Egypt or go back to Rome? His relationship with Cleopatra was very unpopular in Rome. Would he end it in order to avoid rebellion and the rise of other rivals?
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    WI:Stalin decides that Poland shall keep its pre-WW2 borders?

    The idea is that Stalin decides that it is not in his interest to create an ethnically more heterogenous Poland by moving Poles from areas that OTL what taken from Poland and given to the Soviet Union to areas OTL taken from Germany and given to Poland. Instead he decides that the former German...
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    Protestantism becomes stronger in France during the Reformation.

    France gradually strengthened its central power during the late middle ages and early modern times. But what if Protestantism/the Hugenotes became a stronger force than in OTL? In OTL there was a civil war in the latter half of the sixteenth century.What if the Hugenots managed to create a...
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    Sassanid wank POD no earlier than 600 AD

    With a POD no earlier than 600 AD wank the Sassanid Empire and Zarathustrianism as much as possible.
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    WW1: Central Powers victory: How long will the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary last?

    Would these two empires disintegrate sooner or later anyway or could they manage too last? What would be the internal political developments in the three main central powers? In OTL, Germany saw a period of democracy followed by the world´s worst regime so far, before it gradually developed in a...
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    Chronicles vs annals

    Not sure if this is the forum, but it definitely does not belong to after 1900, so I try here. Can anyone give a good explanation of the difference between chronicles and annals? From what I understand, they are both historical records in which events are arranged chronologically. I think I...
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    Finnic kingdom by 1000 AD

    How likely is a medieval Finnic kingdom centered around the Gulf of Finland? POD after 800 AD. The area was strategically important as it was close to the Russian rivers were the Vikings OTL went towards Constantinople and founded Kievan Rus. The kingdom could have its origin in Swedish Vikings...
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    No Nyköping Banquet

    The Nyköping Banquet was an event in 1317, where King Birger of Sweden imprisoned his two brothers and then let them starve to death in the prison. The following year, king Birger lost the power in a coup and went into exile in Denmark, while his son was killed. After an interregnum, his nephew...
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    Wessex screw POD 900

    With a POD no earlier than 900, screw Wessex as much as possible. What would be the consequences?