persia

  1. AHC: Higher population for Iran after 1900

    Like the title says, the challenge is make higher population for Iran. In OTL, Iran is over 83 million in year 2019. The POD is after 1900.
  2. SunKing105

    WI: Frataraka Empire?

    The Fratarakas were a dynasty in Persis that was present around 290-225 BC, as a rough figure, though they might have survived sometime after that, we really don't know a lot about the period, but they appeared to have broken away or at least gained serious autonomy after Magnesia, and they kept...
  3. SunKing105

    WI: Xerxes I dies in Greece?

    So let's say that after the disaster at Salamis, while Xerxes attempts to retreat as OTL, the Hellenic troops manage to either catch Xerxes on Mount Athos, or manage to destroy the pontoon bridges near the Hellespont, trapping his army in Europe, or Xerxes catches a deadly sickness...
  4. SunKing105

    WI: Kavad executed?

    In 496 AD, the nobles of the Sassanid realm met and agreed to imprison Shahanshah Kavad I, due to several reasons, most prominent being his execution of Sukhra, and his actions regarding the emerging Mazdakist sect. Gushnaspdad proposed that he be killed, but that proposal was rejected, and he...
  5. SunKing105

    DBWI: Macedon conquers Persia?

    One of the greatest and most successful of the Hellenic incursions into the Achaemenids came into the form of Alexander, son of Philip the Great. After Philip was assasinated by a bodyguard by the name of Pausanias, Alexander took the throne, and was remarkably successful in wrestling away the...
  6. GameBawesome

    WI: Sassanids pulls a Mughal- Sassanid India

    What if, instead of Peroz III, the descendent of the once mighty Sassanid Dynasty, and his Loyal allies, instead of fleeing his “Area Command of Persia“ (on the modern border of Afghanistan and Iran), and fleeing to Tang China by the Muslim Armies, instead was pushed further into India, and he...
  7. SunKing105

    WI: Ardashir loses at Hormozdgan

    In 224 AD the Arsacid King of Kings Artabanus IV met the forces of the dynast of Pars and future shahanshah of the Sassanid Empire Ardashir I at Hormozdgan, and lost the battle, with Ardashir I assuming the title King of Kings. Vologases VI, a pretender to the Arsacid throne, was subsequently...
  8. SunKing105

    WI: Cambyses II doesn't die in Egypt

    In 522 BC, Cambyses II, after subjugating Egypt and campaigning further against Cyrene, Kush, and the Ethiopian polities, traveled back upon receiving news that an impostor known as Gaumata claiming to be Bardiya, Cambyses' brother was claiming the title of King of Kings, but suffered a dagger...
  9. Challenge: Massive Persian empire survives to modern day

    For reference, here is a map of the territory that Persia must hold to complete this challenge. With a POD of any point in history, is there any possible scenario (no matter how unlikely) in which a Persian polity with the borders pictured above can exist by the modern day? What impact would...
  10. AHC: Eastern Christian Iran

    I was reading about the Safavid Era conversion of Iran to Shia Islam, and my first thought was to try and come up with a wild alt-hist where something similar happened there but with a form of Christianity instead. To my understanding, before Ismali I, what is now Iran was mostly Sunni, and...
  11. SunKing105

    Pyrrhic victory at Gaugamela

    Technically it's not "Pyrrhic" because Pyrrhus isn't even born yet and will probably be butterflied away with this POD, but what would be the implications if Alexander the Great still won at Gaugamela, but instead of having his army relatively intact, he suffers heavy casualties due to the left...
  12. Whiteshore

    AHC: Have Christianity have the geographic range of Islam

    With a POD after the crucifixion of Christ, come up with a scenario where Christianity has more or less the same geographic distribution as Islam does IOTL. Bonus points if you come up with a scenario where "Christendom" is roughly along the same geographic lines as OTL's Islamic World while...
  13. What's the worst possible outcome if the Persians conquered Greece?

    I made a youtube video where I'm trying to create videos in sets of two. One where I create the worst possible timeline of a change in history, and another where I create the best possible timeline after a change in history. Any thoughts on how you might've done it? Feedback and discussion is...
  14. What if the Ten Thousand conquered Persia?

    I'm talking about this campaign here. Ten thousand Greek mercenaries were hired by Cyrus the Younger, in an attempt to overthrow his brother to take over the Persian empire. Cyrus died in the first battle, which ultimately left Clearchus and the Ten Thousand stranded in Persian territory, before...
  15. Post-Umayyad Caliphate(s) without Persia

    It's without a doubt that Persia has has highly influenced Islam and the Caliphate in its early history. In fact, the Persians had formed the backbone of the Abbasid administration and most scholars of the Islamic golden age were Persian. So therefore I pose a question: What future does the...
  16. What was a best use for Elephants in the ancient world?

    War Elephants have been a controversial subject. One the one hand, they're cool and terrifying proto-tanks that can rout entire armies out of fear. On the other hand, they're outrageously expensive to maintain in significant numbers, and many of the large nations of antiquity developed reliable...
  17. A Constitutional Iran
    Threadmarks: Chapter One: A Royal Upbringing

    A Constitutional Iran Point of Departure Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was known for believing in mysticism and that he was ordained by fate to lead Iran into modernity. This was fuelled by his mother who nurtured this side to his personality from a young age. What if Mohammad Reza grew up more...
  18. AHC/WI: Modern Arab Country Controls The Persian Gulf

    Is it possible for a modern Arab country post-1800 to be able to take control of the entire Persian Gulf? This would include all the areas bordering it which would definitely include Persia/Iran. Is it possible for that region to be Arabized and to be permanently held? Would it require a...
  19. WI/AHC Qajar Iran gets all of its claimed territory

    As it's says in the tin: how, ramifications and possibilities. Any pod you want as long is Qajar. A few more cool maps:
  20. Mr_Fanboy

    Safavid Iran attacks the Ottoman Empire in the wake of the Battle of Vienna

    I am not an expert on either the history of the Ottoman Empire or Persia, but I found this paragraph from the Wikipedia article on the Battle of Vienna to be very interesting... So, what if the Shah, reasoning that this will be his best country's shot of taking back Baghdad for a while, had...
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