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  1. Is World War One unavoidable ?

    WWI is avoidable right up until the assassin's bullet is fired. Britain and Germany were mending fences, France and Russia were drifting apart, and the Austro-Hungarians had an aging emperor and reformist heir; butterfly the assassination and wait five years, and Europe's diplomacy would look...
  2. Atomic bomb ready to deploy before the Germans surrender

    If you handwave a POD that leads the American public to demand a Japan-first strategy - disregarding how impractical such a plan would be - you can shift some of the bombing runs from Europe to China, attacking Japanese forces there to placate the public. That should leave at least a few German...
  3. Q: Why Versailles was territorially harsher with Austria-Hungary than Germany?

    The Hapsburg Empire was collapsing and unable to really contest territorial claims, the German Empire was stable and could defend itself.
  4. USA doesn't join WW1 but Germany still loses?

    OP, we really need more details. OTL, the Germans were able to hold on and prop up their allies even with the Americans opening up the money spigot, reinforcing the blockade, and propping up Entente morale - ITTL, none of that happens. The Russian Provisional Government stayed in the war...
  5. WI - China detonates A-bomb on Japan during Korean War?

    China and the USSR can have whatever plans they want, the United States is going to know it was a false flag, and they're going to retaliate on that knowledge. China ends up irradiated and the USSR goes, "It wasn't us, they stole the bomb!" The Soviets do not have a meaningful nuclear...
  6. Your favorite reason why Britain would DoW Germany anyway if Berlin went east-first in 1914

    Topic: "Why would Britain get involved anyway?" Discussion on page 12+: "Why are the Germans/Russians really the ones at fault for WWI?" How about "Everybody decided they'd rather risk war than back down," and call it a day?
  7. Germany literally wiped off the map

    Short of outright and large-scale genocide, on a level that would make Pol Pol blush, you now have three countries with Germans as a near-majority. That's a recipe for instability, and also for a German-focused party to potentially become dominant and establish a ruling coalition. You could...
  8. Longest Possible ACW

    The French - but crucially, not the British - decide to openly support the Confederacy after (insert POD provocation here); maybe an alt-Trent Affair happens on a French ship. Napoleon III was much more willing to recognize and support the Confederacy than the British, but he wasn't willing to...
  9. Allies defer on Poland in 1939

    Second-rate troops being marched off to die fighting third-rate Soviet troops is a net win for Germany - fewer Poles to deal with after the war (presuming Hitler doesn't decide they're useful enough to be Honorary Aryans and content himself with plans to shift Poland's borders - he's done...
  10. Confederate Victory’s Effect on European History

    This is a fantasy that ignores the historical reality that Great Britain did not, absolutely DID NOT, want a war with the United States, and further invents war goals (a permanent occupation of California, really?) that have no basis in OTL. Why was the Trent Affair resolved peacefully...
  11. Russo-German alliance?

    Loss of a very valuable ally. A Russo-German alliance is nicely compatible with an Italian alliance and a friendly Ottoman Empire, but neither of those border Germany, and a Russian Revolution might result in an anti-German Russia which would lead to the Germans being surrounded by hostile nations.
  12. Could Stalin blitz Germany and Poland in the mid 30s?

    The French did go to war for Poland, though. Throwing the Czechs under the bus to avert war is one thing, but the Poles were regarded as a vital ally to keep Germany contained, and here you'd probably have Hitler enthusiastically offering to fight the Soviets if only the French will provide the...
  13. Russo-German alliance?

    A Russo-German alliance is capable of dominating Europe; it is so obviously dominant that, as long as the alliance holds, so does peace in Europe: * Austria-Hungary faces immediate invasion from two sides, with no strong allies able to reinforce her armies. They certainly won't start anything...
  14. AHC: World War 2 deaths cut in half

    Presuming that the goal is to put the death toll at around half, rather than half or less (which is trivial - France fends off Germany and you're done), how about Stalin being a bit more secure and a bit less paranoid? Only the highest ranks of the military are purged, and he's less convinced...
  15. WI: Gunpowder invented in Sumer 3000 BC

    Wealth, a habit of mixing chemicals together to see what would happen (alchemy was a big thing in ancient China), sheer size (the more people who are working on chemistry, the better the chance to stumble upon a mixture by chance), and enough stability that "Oh, that's cool," is a good enough...
  16. WI: Henry VIII dies too soon?

    Are you forgetting that Henry VIII would have died a Catholic monarch?
  17. WI: The American Civil War (According to Lyndon LaRouche)

    No. You can get a World War that includes the American Civil War, though - spark the Austro-Prussian War a few years early and have that escalate. Prussia isn't finished reforming and modernizing and so doesn't have as strong an advantage on Austria, plus Bismark wouldn't have had time to...
  18. Largest possible Private Military Company

    A psudo-military strikebreaker's outfit that evolves into an anti-gang security outfit, and from there into private military work in Mexico/Central America? A bit more plausible deniability by the US government when it goes meddling, and then anti-communist contracts to allow them to explode in...
  19. How would German confederation develop after Austria defeats Prussia?

    The issue isn't Austria winning, that's not really hard at all. The problem is that Austria simply wasn't in a position to dismember Prussia with a victory, so you really need to boost the Austrian side, and the way in which you do that radically changes the postwar situation. There's also...
  20. How would German confederation develop after Austria defeats Prussia?

    What changed to allow Austria this kind of super-dominant victory? That's going to have a huge impact on the politics.
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