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  1. Your least favourite AH tropes & motifs

    It is an overbeaten point, but I think the Tudors are a key tipping point in European history given how much of a weight on the balance one way or the other they are to the Reformation. If the Tudors stay Catholic and successfully stamp out the Reformation, you have a strictly Northern European...
  2. Your least favourite AH tropes & motifs

    Another is that no or virtually no figure in modern times stories devoutly and sincerely (as opposed to cynically) holds to religious beliefs, it’s a primary motivator of their actions, and is a positively presented character. Piers Sjodset (sp) of Stupid Luck and Happenstance is a pretty rare...
  3. Your least favourite AH tropes & motifs

    Sealion as an impossibility to bring the British to terms because of historical hindsight. Sealion militarily in the context of conquering Britain is rightly impossible and probably even then was largely seen as unlikely given what was known of German naval capabilities. But the people...
  4. Crises in a no ww2 world

    Japan is so unstable and grasping it will be impossible for it to not “step in it” and cause a big crisis that blows up further. I think a European war is potentially avoidable but it’s really hard to not see a major Pacific War happen simply because Imperial Japan was collectively insane from...
  5. Martin Luther's birthday a federal holiday in the US

    You would need something like a Catholic gunpowder plot in the US or a state like Maryland aimed at creating a repressive Catholic state either broken off from the US or in open defiance of the 1st Amendment that’s actually persecuting Protestants in a visible way, and not just one but multiple...
  6. AHC: Make Gerald Ford's Prediction Come True

    Here’s one. She (hypothetical VP) catches Clinton in the act or even more Clinton’s brazen enough to sexually harass the VP just a bit too far. Jordan wouldn’t be an option because she had MS and was pretty frail by the 1990s, but that was good thinking.
  7. Great Industrial disasters that never happened

    I’ve got a fun one. Get a CDC lab leak on 9/11/01 due to either a screwup or terrorist attack. That day they were testing efforts to get smallpox to develop in monkeys to facilitate the development of a new vaccine since the FDA required/requires a non-human additional animal for pre human...
  8. A Covid-19 type pandemic that occurred in the 1950s?

    The 50s just changes the dynamics, todays super-unhealthy and vulnerable 75 year olds are that era’s frail 60-65 year olds and a lot of chronic conditions that are now quite manageable are crippling by the time many are in their 40s-50s. Life expectancy up to age 60-65 is primarily based on...
  9. AHC: Make Gerald Ford's Prediction Come True

    If New Jersey’s Christine Todd Whitman had held pro life views instead of pro choice ones she’d have been very high on the Republican VP track in 2000, arguably for either McCain or Bush. If Bush is assassinated or suffers a freak accident (he was far too healthy for something otherwise to kill...
  10. AHC: Make Gerald Ford's Prediction Come True

    Bob Dole and Kay Bailey Hutchison narrowly win 1996 and the stress of the job or something kills Dole. Ann Richards wins the Texas Governorship in 1992 and is VP to Al Gore who gets assassinated. Let’s say Bush 41 wins 1992 but the Rs are toast in 1996.
  11. WI: Pinochet Starts his own Church

    Henry burned plenty of Lutherans, enough that the English reformation was moderate Calvinist and Erasmian and not much at all Lutheran by the time he was done.
  12. A Covid-19 type pandemic that occurred in the 1950s?

    COVID-57 would be a nasty SOB. If gas masks filtered small enough then you might see heavy use of gas masks among medical personnel but as with COVID, plenty of medical personnel due off from high viral exposures. The biggest difference is that if you translate the numbers now to then, anyone...
  13. The b.b.c the begining of the end

    As a non Brit, is the idea of the POD a Diana coverup instigated by the royal family that’s abusing the press and government influence on the BBC, perhaps either leading to the replacement of the BBC or the denationalization of it at some point in the future relative to this timeframe? I am...
  14. The problem with althistory forums that I have experienced(Its actually my personal problem)

    I mean OTL, a GRU Stalinist colonel wanted to cause a communist Revolution by going back to capitalism so he approached the French domestic intelligence and started sharing info about the Soviet military, namely than 40% of the budget was industrial espionage. As a result there was a 3Kt gas...
  15. How can the trade protection Carrier come about before WW2

    Could you get a situation with South Seas or Somali pirates being strong enough not to challenge the US or Royal Navy but enough to warrant small seaplane carriers to defend merchant shipping during the interwar period? You’d likely need a state sponsor AND sufficient great power activity to...
  16. An American Pope?

    Moderate in two senses. One American Catholics are perceived as more Protestant friendly and two if anything the concern would be that the American candidate is far too liberal compared to historical Catholic positions.
  17. Feel the Bearn - A Timeline of France's Only Carrier in WWII and Beyond

    If it’s jammed successfully, they’re doomed and the ship becomes a huge mystery that the Brits can maybe cover up. If a US sub happens to be nearby and hear it, then Anglo-American relations go down the toilet fast. Unless serious questions about orders come up, it’s almost certainly doomed to...
  18. Red Spies in the White House: An Alternate Cold War

    The biggest difference is that regardless of one’s opinion as to the constitutionality, functionally, the United States has had a unitary executive for many decades now, and that means 100% of the executive branch is the POTUS alone. It is a scale of responsibility equal to that of the most...
  19. Operation Sealion (et al)...with a twist

    I think one key difference is that regardless of whether you think the Wehrmacht was dirty or clean, actual combat is a universal human experience and war games have existed for thousands of years. Actual battles can be brutal or more civilized but combat is hell regardless, and you can interact...
  20. Red Spies in the White House: An Alternate Cold War

    Interesting, so maybe making the terms 8 years and allowing 2? Or even 6 year terms and allowing 3?
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