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  1. United States of the Southern Cone/Estados Unidos del Cono Sur

    I recently came across a thread that discusses an alternate Argentina that doesn't fall victim to post-independence political instability and civil wars the way OTL Argentina did. The thread - along with an accompanying map/chart - can be found at the following link: According to its creator...
  2. make Karaite Judaism as popular as Hasidic Judaism

    What POD would it take to make Karaite Judaism as attractive among the Jewish masses anywhere in the Diaspora in the early Middle Ages (when it first started) as Hasidic Judaism among the Jewish masses in Eastern Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries (when that got its start), such...
  3. British defeat in 1811 invasion of Java

    If the British had lost their 1811 invasion of Java to the Dutch that had already been occupying that and many other islands in the East Indies (present-day Indonesia), what would have happened to the subsequent course of history in Java and in the rest of the East Indies? For example, would...
  4. POD for a more modern/stable, less corrupt Lebanon?

    Considering that Lebanon - just like Cyprus and Israel - is a small Eastern Mediterranean country with an overall Western outlook (much more than, say, Syria or Egypt or Iraq), and considering that before the outbreak of the civil war in 1975 Lebanon was a pretty modernized country: What would...
  5. WI Salta/Jujuy in Bolivia, not Argentina?

    Suppose that Manuel Belgrano and his Army of the North (on behalf of the United Provinces of La Plata) had lost the Battle of Salta in early 1813 to the Royalists, such that the latter became the occupiers of what are now Salta and Jujuy provinces in northwestern-most Argentina. Thus, in that...
  6. permanent Oriental Exodus from present-day Uruguay

    The OTL exodus from the Banda Oriental (now Uruguay) led by José Gaspar Artigas in 1811-12 that led ultimately to the other side of the Uruguay River, in Entre Rios (now part of Argentina), lasted only for a number of months. Suppose that ITTL it's allowed to continue in the longer term, such...
  7. Had Argentina Been Anglophone, Would It Have Been More Prosperous & Populous Today? (ctd.)

    I want to comment on some posts from a thread from almost two years ago, found here: https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/had-argentina-been-an-anglophone-country-would-it-have-been-more-prosperous-and-populous-today.409100/. But there's a rule against replying to threads over 1 year...
  8. Israeli-Palestinian peace soon after 1967 Six Day War

    As it was just the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, I think it's appropriate to reflect on the following: A Palestinian Christian lawyer from Ramallah and originally from Jaffa, Aziz Shehadeh, proposed the creation of a Palestinian state out of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the days...
  9. best way for Iran to be better-off country not lead by Islamists

    These days, most probably, Iran would be at the very least more secularized, more democratic, more respectful of religious minorities, and economically better off, if the Islamic clerics weren't in charge. At least on the level of Turkey (notwithstanding the present-day increased Islamization...
  10. Argentine Unitarists rather than Federalists win in Cepeda in 1820 + no Cisplatine War of 1825-28

    If the Buenos Aires-based Unitarists, under Jose Rondeau, had beaten the Federalist caudillos Estanislao Lopez of Santa Fe and Francisco Ramirez of Entre Rios in the Battle of Cepeda in early 1820, rather than the other way around, would the Constitution of 1819 have lasted longer? Would it...
  11. Rosario as capital of Argentina

    If Rosario had become the capital of Argentina, as was proposed (but then vetoed) in 1868, 1869, and 1873, would it have kept "Rosario" as its name or would it have changed its name (e.g. something like "San Martin" or "Rivadavia", the Argentine equivalents of "Washington", "Jefferson", etc.)...
  12. French Canada located in Nova Scotia/Acadia and not Quebec

    If Quebec and Nova Scotia (hereafter, Acadia) were reversed in the sense that Quebec became mostly anglophone (due to the expulsion of the Quebecois) and Acadia's French were allowed to remain upon British conquest, would Acadia have become its own British dominion in 1867? (This is assuming...
  13. British Argentina/Southern Cone - more gradual takeover than thought

    For the past month or two, I've been sort of re-evaluating the recent iteration of my British Southern Cone theory. In other words, I'm still very much thinking about Uruguay and at least pockets of Patagonia and the far south that get colonized by the British before other parts of the...
  14. extent of British colonization in Southern Cone from 1807

    Until recently, I've thought that with a British victory in Buenos Aires in 1807, virtually all of Argentina/Uruguay would have become a British colony, with British settlers as a consequence coming and developing the country much like Australia or Canada and ending up with a...
  15. no 1806-07 British invasions of Buenos Aires

    How would the process of independence for Buenos Aires and many other locations in Spanish South America have been altered if both the 1806 and 1807 British attacks on Buenos Aires had been cancelled before they would proceed? Would the porteños not have been as quick in claiming independence...
  16. independent Argentina with enhanced British influence + British Uruguay

    Once the British (under John Whitelocke) capture Buenos Aires in July 1807, they make the whole River Plate area (what they've captured up until then - Montevideo, Buenos Aires, etc.) a British protectorate. This would be a compromise between the policy of the previous British government...
  17. what next in Buenos Aires after 1807 British victory there?

    Given that the new British government that came to power in March-April 1807 was interested even more in just economic power than military/political power for South America (decided upon by Castlereagh's Memorandum of May 1807), though perhaps it could have changed its mind with a capture of...
  18. if Argentina becomes independent (or British protectorate) from 1806 or 1807

    If an 1806 or 1807 British victory in Buenos Aires were to result in accelerated independence - from Spain - of the Viceroyalty of La Plata, would Argentina's development have unfolded much like OTL (e.g. federalist-unitarist civil wars, Rosas regime, 1865-1930 economic boom, Peronism, Dirty...
  19. various PODs for a British River Plate/Argentina

    There were various times in the 18th and early 19th centuries when the British were at least talking about capturing and taking over, in one form or another, the Rio de la Plata area (Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Colonia, etc.). Which of the following PODs would work best for establishing either a...
  20. Garibaldi in Brazil and Italy but not Uruguay

    If Giuseppe Garibaldi had still been involved in nationalist struggles in the south of Brazil (in the late 1830s) and in Italy (in the 1850s and 1860s), but not in Uruguay (in the 1840s), would Garibaldi have fought in Italy by more or less the same means as OTL? Would Italy have unified in...
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