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  1. Mary I Lives Longer, Still No Children

    So what if Mary 1 lives another 15 years, but still has no children? Everything happens as OTL, she's still married to Phillip, she still has the same half siblings as OTL, its just that she doesn't come down with cancer or whatever. So she dies in her mid to late 50s. That's reasonable...
  2. A Successful Crusade of Varna

    Any good TLs about a successful crusade of Varna?
  3. Churchill Dies Suddenly after the UK is Already Committed to Fighting On.

    Suppose Churchill dies suddenly sometime after the summer of 1940. Does it make a difference? The null hypothesis is that it doesn't make much difference. Probably the later on the war it is before he dies, even less likely it is that his death matters much. But I would love to hear your...
  4. No Haber-Bosch

    OTL WWI Germany relied heavily on the Haber-Bosch process for high explosives. What if the process hadn't been invented yet? What is going to happen to the German war effort? 1. Assuming it doesn't get developed at all, how does WWI go? 2. Alternatively, what happens if Germany does a crash...
  5. Bigger and Better Early Federal Navy

    I just ran across a passing reference that said that Governeur Morris proposed building a fleet of 10 two-deckers. Jefferson and the Republicans rejected the idea. Instead, they built gunboats and funded a few frigates. What if Jefferson and the Republicans are much more receptive to the idea...
  6. Plains Indians compared to Steppe Nomads

    I have the impression that the Steppe Nomads had more population than the Plains Indians. Larger polities, more population density. Is that accurate or not? If accurate, why? Generally, anyone who knows enough to make an intelligent comparison between the Plains Indians and the Steppe...
  7. Operation Flash

    Anybody read Operation Flash? It's a very well done story about a Hitler assassination attempt that succeeded. The author did his research. The POD is that the Freiher von Gersdorf suicide bombing worked. The author says that he went with that plot instead of the conventional 20 July one...
  8. MesoAmerican Gunpowder

    If the Mesoamerican civilizations stumbled across gunpowder, what would they use it for? How would it get adapted into and change their societies? Assume it doesn't lead to any particular advances in metallurgy. Based on this post: Simple discoveries that would radically change ancient times...
  9. AHC: Presidential Personal Union

    At any time (pre-1900 is OK) your challenge is to have two countries with republican/democratic forms of government in personal union, meaning they share a president, dictator, prime minister, etc. Heads of State is fine, but bonus points if its actually heads of government. For instance, the...
  10. AHC/WI: Pro-King George III American Revolution

    The American rebels originally claimed loyalty to the crown and argued that they were only fighting parliament. This was partly just a fiction, of course, but it wasn't all fiction. For awhile there was in fact some sentiment that parliament was the problem, not the monarchy. OTL the...
  11. AHC: lasting National Cattle Trail

    In 1884, there was a giant cattle growers convention in St. Louis with the object of flexing their political muscle. The Northwest ranchers wanted Congress to authorize long-term grazing leases on public land. The Southwest/Texas cattlemen wanted to establish a national cattle trail. The...
  12. AHC: Beria Succeeds

    Beria was a murderer and torturer by trade and a rapist by avocation. He was also the major Stalinist magnate who was not a Communist true believer. After Stalin died, he wanted to cut a deal with the West to let Germany reunify, he wanted to decollectivize agriculture, and he wanted to...
  13. Borbones in Mexico

    Your challenge: Have the Spanish Bourbons pull a Portugal and flee Napoleon to their American possessions. -Mexico is in the title but its acceptable to have them set up court somewhere else in the Americas -earlier PODs are acceptable if they don't butterfly Napoleonic France What would the...
  14. AHC: Slow Roll the Industrial Revolution

    OTL, the Industrial Revolution was a massive take-off in rates of growth, in technical development, and rates of change. What if it had all happened much slower? In other words, what if the Industrial Revolution were not a revolution, but a slower process of development? Make whatever changes...
  15. AHC: Relegation in American College Football

    Like it says on the tin. It can be a nation-wide thing, specific to a couple of different conferences, run by the NCAA, run by the old BCS or the new College Football Playoff, however you want.
  16. Alternate Genres

    It can be for novels, movies, whatever. Give us some alternate genres or subgenres.
  17. No Polish Guarantee and/or a Soviet Alliance

    The Chamberlain government's guarantee of Poland was fairly off-hand and not part of a well-considered plan. It also went against Chamberlain's grain. So it seems to me that it easily could not have happened. However, the pressure was on Chamberlain after Hitler's naked conquest of...
  18. AHG: Most Exotic Agricultures

    Challenge: come up with plausible, widespread/dominant agricultural systems that are the most divergent from OTL's widespread/dominant systems of annual cereal crops, annual root crops (potatoes and manioc) and grazing domesticates (cattle/sheep), browsers (goats), and omnivores that can eat...
  19. Effects of a duodecimal system

    What if civilization gradually settles on a base 12 numbering system in antiquity instead of a base 10 system as OTL--would there by any significant effects? Ignore butterflies, I'm talking about intelligible effects. So, for instance, you could say that the First Great Awakening would kick...
  20. Virginia's Secesson Convention adjourns sine die

    OTL, apparently there were some sporadic attempts at a deal where Lincoln would order a withdrawal from Ft. Sumter if the Virginia secession convention adjourned sine die (i.e., permanently). So what if the deal is made and put through? My guess is that it merely postpones the clash, that...
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