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  1. WI: Internet Not Wholly Priviatized?

    Chatrooms still exist and are arguably more popular than ever given how Discord has partially supplanted forums in a manner older chatrooms never did. IRC dates back to the late 80s and was very popular in the 90s and 00s.
  2. A Horn of Bronze--The Shaping of Fusania and Beyond

    Maps are my weak point IMO since I always have trouble figuring out just how to portray the information. Right now I'm working on and off on a map for the previous set of Eastern North America entries (might be a few maps if I can't my current idea ends up looking bad) and will probably do one...
  3. Water (& River) Buffaloes in Colder Climates

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_buffalo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Mediterranean_buffalo There are other populations in the Balkans that seem to be centuries old. The lack of spread might be more cultural than anything. Perhaps they were historically too associated with...
  4. A Horn of Bronze--The Shaping of Fusania and Beyond
    Threadmarks: Chapter 88-Chasing the South Wind

    -LXXXVIII- "Chasing the South Wind" Off Cape Ropakka, 1280 Yoqt'aawu cursed his miserable luck. By this time, he should be nearly home, his ship full of timber, ivory, and iron as his crew dined on freshly dried salmon and all the foods of the land. Yet thanks to what the relatives of the...
  5. What if the Uralic people managed to repel the slavic migrations and managed to make their own states?

    Volga Finns already had hillforts and metalworking by the time the Russian principalities started making serious incursions on their lands. I believe the main distinction was economic/social, and probably not that much since some of their tribes were absorbed into the Russian nation.
  6. Questions on the logistics and economics of medieval raiding and looting

    Stealing pottery and dinnerware was good. That's free stuff for their family, and especially good if the people being raided were under attack for not paying tribute. If it was metal, they could always melt it down to make something more useful too. For nomadic peoples, much of the loot they'd...
  7. What if the Uralic people managed to repel the slavic migrations and managed to make their own states?

    Mordvins and Permians came the closest IOTL. Permians had their own alphabet and two of their own states . But IIRC Great Perm by that era was already fairly assimilated into Russian culture because it emerged as a vassal state of Novgorod and maintained a sort of independence by being at the...
  8. What alternate history ideas you wish they were used more often?

    Japan-related TLs usually focus on the Sengoku or Meiji eras, which is disappointing since there's a lot of PODs regarding the Emishi and the area today known as the Tohoku region in earlier times. The Emishi were basically a collection of Japonic-speaking peoples (including refugees from Izumo...
  9. Kingawa Mk. II Brainstorming

    I used actual groups and tried to rename as many as possible with plausible-sounding endonyms. Often I used Japanese/Chinese exonyms so I could definitely separate them from any OTL group and sometimes I used historic exonyms or exonyms from another group. My disclaimer was that they're very...
  10. WI: An Universal Norse Religion on the Americas

    Runes are attested to the 2nd century in Scandinavia and encode what is essentially a local dialect of Proto-Germanic. There are also runic inscriptions known from as far away as medieval Greenland. A script might not be a problem. The Mikmaq and Ojibwe have a sort of proto-writing in the form...
  11. AHC/WI: (False) Dimitry Successfully Keep The Throne

    It's happened before. Medieval Norwegian king Sverre Sigurdsson, one of the most successful Norwegian kings of his era, claimed to be an illegitimate son of previous king Sigurd Munn (which was common in his day). Before entering Norwegian politics, he was a Faroese priest and may have been too...
  12. Miscellaneous <1900 (Alternate) History Thread

    The entire population of that area (Whatcom County) is only about 230K and most of that is in Bellingham at the far southern edge of it. Note that OTL, Abbotsford is not part of Metro Vancouver, yet is closer than Bellingham. I don't think having the entire lower Fraser under one country...
  13. Scenario: American Greenland and Newfoundland

    Greenland is rather economically distressed and akin to rural Alaska or many Indian reservations in the lower 48 so it will perpetually remain a territory. It would be interesting to see Labrador become a separate US territory as some have proposed (in the context of it being a Canadian...
  14. Miscellaneous <1900 (Alternate) History Thread

    Don't have the exact stats (I know I could search by census tract), but it looks like about 25K people live in what could plausibly be considered "Metro Vancouver" (assuming the area is organized the same as OTL) south of the 49th parallel. Like I said, I don't think you'd have much more than...
  15. Miscellaneous <1900 (Alternate) History Thread

    Would Vancouver even exist ITTL? New Westminster was more important and Vancouver's deeper port only matters in the 20th century. It only became important because New Westminster was deemed too close to the US border, but if there's a much more defensible border along the Coast Mountains, then...
  16. Effect on America of a long participation in WWI ending in defeat?

    Very likely, since the only way America loses that war is by refusing to commit their full forces and industry to it. And that's a real possibility since isolationist and anti-war feelings were strong OTL, so the government strong-arming the nation into a conflict will be seen as having...
  17. Population of Australia and New Zealand with an advanced aboriginal civilization?

    The maximum population in pre-contact Australia could not have been any higher than 1 million and was probably closer to 750K. This is in line with what we know from similar environments with cultures who lived similar hunter gatherer lifestyles such as indigenous California. Were Australia...
  18. Population of Australia and New Zealand with an advanced aboriginal civilization?

    Depends when. I think a premodern indigenous agriculture Australia might only be 10 million or so, especially if it's Southeast Asian-esque since they didn't have large populations either. Water is still going to be a huge issue so it probably would never pass 40-50 million total before future...
  19. The Americas Get an Extra 1000 Years

    The most likely situation is that the equivalents to empires and states we know i.e. Inca, Aztecs, etc. collapse in the 6th century or so for the same reason Teotihuacan did--volcanic eruption, drought, and global cooling. Such a collapse would also devastate the alt-Mississippians who might...
  20. Alternate Planets, Suns, Stars, and Solar Systems Thread

    Technically no, because they'd be tidally locked. In addition, they'd have to evolve life during the red giant phase and then migrate inward from further outside the habitable zone as the red giant dies.
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