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  1. Latinokratia scenarios

    What if the dreams of Enrico Dandolo and various medieval popes of Catholic Rhomania had been realized in a more substantial, successful sense than the Latin Empire of OTL? I don’t want to discuss the possibility of a more successful Latin Empire here, as that has been done a lot before. My...
  2. AHC: More Unusual Romance Languages

    The Romance language family is globally successful and ubiquitous today, but it’s dominated by only a few internationally successful languages like French and Spanish. A number of more minor Romance languages do and previously did exist, from Romansh to Aromanian to African Romance. My challenge...
  3. WI the Jews of England were not expelled?

    Historically there is no evidence for the habitation of a Jewish community in England until William the Conqueror; however, that community only lasted slightly over two centuries until they were formally expelled in 1290 following a gradual intensification of anti-Semitism in England during the...
  4. English Monastic Restoration post-Henry VIII?

    If Mary had remained Queen for longer than OTL, how much more successful might her foundering attempts at re-establishing the English monasteries have been? I understand most of the former monks and nuns refused to return to monastic life and Parliament staunchly refused to force the new gentry...
  5. WI: Wu Sangui lived a little longer?

    The Revolt of the Three Feudatories was a major early test of the Qing Dynasty, where a number of major Han Chinese viceroys under Qing revolted in a supposed attempt to restore the Ming dynasty. They were led by Wu Sangui, a former Ming general who had ironically enough defected to Qing and won...
  6. AHC: Successful Invasion of the Russian Empire pre-1900

    By the title, I mean a comprehensive and successful invasion that sees a foreign government/military (so it cannot be a civil war faction) occupy and hold onto a substantial portion of Russia long enough to force it to the table in negotiations. It must be after the proclamation of the Tsardom...
  7. Music WI: Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix Live?

    These three musicians’ untimely and sudden deaths in quick succession rocked the music world and arguably sent popular culture down a different path in the early ‘70s. If they had all survived—even just for a few more years—what impact might that have had on music and pop culture?
  8. AHC: Wank Greek Colonization

    Just to be clear, this isn’t referring to either modern Greece or Alexander’s colonization efforts—this is about the society-wide colonization efforts from the 8th to 6th centuries BCE. How much farther afield could Greek apoikia have been established? For instance, how could we get them to pass...
  9. Alternate National Parks

    Are there any natural landmarks, forests, mountains, etc, in your country which you feel could have feasibly been formally made a national park of some kind but haven’t been OTL for one reason or another? This could even be with a theoretical PoD way way back, like a city built centuries ago...
  10. WI: Alternate Fascist Germany in the 30s

    The sequence of events leading to the Nazis taking power in Germany is, as I understand it, somewhat due to some lucky breaks and coincidences. However, the general trend towards a revanchist, aggressive, authoritarian Germany of some kind seems to have already been occurring in the late 20s and...
  11. AHC: Surviving Hellenistic State with Least Historical Impact

    What would be the best candidate for a Hellenistic state—for the purposes of this thread, a nation beyond Greece proper, separate from whichever nation controls Greece proper, that could be considered Greek in culture—to survive past the Hellenistic era, or come into existence after its...
  12. An Alternate Fate for Khwarezm?

    In a scenario where Temujin’s empire is strangled in the cradle, say through a devastating civil war during his lifetime, how might Khwarezm develop? I am aware that its hold over Iran was very tenuous, and that more likely than not some other steppe empire would eventually overrun it...
  13. WI: No Second Balkan War?

    What if Bulgaria and Serbia had not gradually seen a souring of relations during the First Balkan War, planting the seeds for the second conflict? I’m relatively unknowledgeable about the conflict, but one possible PoD from Wikipedia seems to be the Bulgarian censor not cutting mention of the...
  14. Indo-Greek Literature Advice

    For a little while now I’ve had the idea of trying to write an Indo-Greek timeline. The issue is that literature on the Indo-Greeks is extremely obscure and hard to find. Case in point: a recent and very pertinent book published by the Hellenic Numismatic Society, “Decline of the Indo-Greeks” by...
  15. WI: Someone Else’s Mongol Empire

    The historical Mongol Empire was a very impressive incidence of a meteoric trajectory: quickly conquering an absolutely gigantic swath of Eurasia, from China to Hungary, and then nearly as quickly losing it all. So, what if some other nomadic group had “unified the tribes” and done the same...
  16. AHC: Independent Macedonia

    Inspired by reading about the Macedonian Question and its effects on the Balkans, what would be the easiest way for an independent Macedonia to be created before the Cold War? I suspect this would need a pre-1900 POD which is why I put this here. There were a few occasions where the Great...
  17. Literature on Ancient and Medieval Armenia

    Does anyone on here know of any good literature on the culture, daily life, society, and so on of ancient and medieval Armenia that’s not in Armenian? I’ve found some excellent online resources (Oxford History of Byzantium, Encyclopedia Iranica, A History of Armenia by Kurkjian) and I’m about...
  18. AHC: An ancient nation NOT CALLED ROME OR CHINA industrializes

    Inspired by the latest “Rome industrializes” thread, I’m curious if anyone on here has thoughts on another ancient nation industrializing besides the two most common suggestions. I came up with a long-winded and highly unlikely method of giving Ptolemaic Egypt the steam engine once and I think...
  19. AHC: Sino-Roman War

    Your challenge is to have a war occur between a nation that can reasonably call itself Rome (so no, Russia IOTL does not count) and a nation that can reasonably claim to rule China. Is it possible without a massive Rome- or China-wank?
  20. AHC: Ottoman Empire Reconquers Greece

    With a PoD after 1832, is it possible to see the Ottoman Empire reconquer Greece? I’m assuming they’d make it an autonomous vassal like Romania.
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