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  1. AHC/WI: Cradle of agriculture in Iberia/Italy/Southern France

    A relatively common discussion topic in the realm of alternate domesticates is the idea that Central Europe could have indipendently adopted farming and thus started cultivating their own local plants in a way that wouldn't have been possible in a post-neolithic environment with an already...
  2. AHC/PC: Great walls WITHIN China?

    The idea is to have a very long stretch of walls and fortifications, be they in stone or a combination of earthwork and stone, within the great plains of China north of the Yangtze and south of the Shandong mountains/peninsula. If possible those fortifications should be as extensive as possible...
  3. AHC/WI: Mountainous northern limes for the Roman Empire/Republic

    The challenge and what if scenario is to have a northern border along the Pyrennes, Massif Central and Alps for the Roman state, more or less what the border was from 120 BCE to 58 BCE but instead this border is kept for centuries like the OTL Rhine-Danube border. The earliest POD allowed is the...
  4. [Discussion] With Neolithic-Mesolithic PODs, can pure conlanging create plausible alt-languages?

    I was thinking about very deep PoDs involving maybe alternate domestication events or completely different demographic histories of various regions, from Europe, Siberia to pre-Bantu Central and Southern Africa and also looking at the fact we are unable to really prove language families like...
  5. [Discussion]Minimalist conlanging for AH purposes?

    Basically I want to discuss how one should go about conlanging using known languages and proto-languages for the purposes of creating lexical terms useful for alternate history and nothing more to not waste time. The main question is what list of words would one need? My hunch is to go for...
  6. AHC/PC: Late Republic/Early Imperial Roman collapse

    The challenge is to have the Roman state collapse with a POD from the Roman victory at Alesia in 51 BCE and the start of the Roman conquest of Britain in 43 CE. By collapse I mean permanetly losing control over many regions outside Italy, especially Iberia, Gaul and the Danube region and you can...
  7. AHC: More Paraguay-like cases(not just in the Americas)

    Basically the objective is, with a POD around 1000-1500, to have more populations that have substantial European admixture(like Paraguay, which is 50-60% European, believe it or not) and also native admixture(of course) that still speaks a native tongue along side their European tongue OR speaks...
  8. AHC: Western coast of North America or Chile is colonized by Europeans from the Pacific(without Mexico/Andes and no Russians!)

    The challenge is to have either the Western coast of North America(from Lower California to Alaska) or Chile(from the Atacama desert to Patagonia) be colonized from the Pacific from the Atlantic-Baltic-Mediterranean side of Europe without the colonizing force owning the Andes region or...
  9. AHC: Earliest plausible invasion/conquest of Arabia from the outside

    The challenge is to have the earliest possible invasion or conquest of Arabia from states outside this region, meaning something akin to the Sassanid or Aksumite conquest of Himyar but involving also Hejaz and maybe some of the interior. I'm particularly interested about an invasion before...
  10. Discussion: Canals that could plausibly have been built in pre-industrial times(be they existing today, historically proposed and more)

    The point of this thread is to discuss canals, either for sea going or not sea going ships, that could reasonably have been built before industrial technology all over the world. Some ideas about sea-level canals I though more about, first is real the other 3 shouldn't be: Corinth canal, was...
  11. AHC: Make the long-term survival of both Urartian-Hurrian, Elamite and East Semitic as spoken languages more likely than not

    The challenge is to have all those 3 language groups likely survive long term, let's say another millennia longer, as widely spoken languages in a given region, preferrably close to their OTL region. To be more precise the challenge is to make their survival likely, thus you need to create a...
  12. AHC/WI: High medieval colonization of the Americas

    This scenario probably requires a very early POD to work, maybe the initial POD is that Muslims don't conquer Iberia at all, thus already creating the geopolitical situation we see from the late 13th century 6 centuries earlier. The idea is to have an alt-high medieval Europe colonize the...
  13. WI: The Hittites win decisevely at Qadesh in 1274 BCE?

    So what would happen if the Hittites manage to kill Ramses II during the fight and completely crush the Egyptian army and reinforcements? Would they be able to evict the Egyptians out of the Levant entirely? I imagine they would also be in a better position to help the Mitanni vassals against...
  14. WI: Sea peoples overrun Egypt and Arameans overrun Assyria in the 12-11th century BCE?

    What would be the long term implications if those 2 states that historically fared better than others(at least for a century anyway) also fell to the surrounding chaos? Would there be important linguistic differences in the middle East, for example earlier ascendancy of Aramaic? Linguistic...
  15. [Poll] When did post-Roman Europe exceed the peak economical level of the Roman empire?

    This is a question that puzzles me since years, but I really see unsatisfactory or empty claims from the scholarly sources I read so far. I've seen some claim that the Roman empire around the 2nd century CE was the strongest economy up to the industrial revolution and I've seen such claims in...
  16. AHC: How to eliminate/reduce transatlantic slavery

    Hello, I want to start a discussion about alternate scenarios where transatlantic slavery either mostly eliminated or reduce to a smaller time frame and scale. First of all some statistics: (The ex-colonies, outside the USA, are considered under their respective mother country.) Some other...
  17. AHC: Afroasiatic instead of Bantu migration in Central and Southern Africa

    As in the title, how do we get the Afroasiatic populations in the Horn of Africa to replicate want Bantu people did and take over Africa south Cameroon? This includes all Afroasiatic people in the region, be they Semitic, Omotic or Cushitic, but not Chadic(they are not in the Horn anyway), if...
  18. WI Greeks win decisively against Phoenicians in the Archaic and Classical period?

    As in the title, what would happen if the Greeks dislodge Carthaginians from Sicily, Cyprus, Sardinia and maybe even Southern Spain? What would happen then? How would Carthage react? How would the locals of the mediterranean fare in the long term?
  19. AHC/WI: Anti-Hellenistic Rome/Italy

    The challenge is to create a Roman or Italic state that is as little Hellenistic in culture and religion as possible, the POD can be as early as the start of the archaic era in Greece but I was still envisioning Greek presence in the Western Mediterranean world, so avoiding presence of Greeks...
  20. AHC: "Hungary-like" Sichuan

    The challenge is to have any Inner-North Asian(basically "Altaic", Tibetan, Iranian, Tocharian, Manchu, even Inuit or other Siberians) take over Sichuan and linguistically/ethnically assimilate it. For the sake of the challenge native South-Eastern groups are explicitly excluded but Tibetans...
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