Commonly abbreviated to AH Cliches (no accent because we're a bunch of lazy francophobes), these describe certain concepts, technologies, events and scenarios that tend to crop up in a large number of timelines, particularly those written by those unfamiliar with the wider AH community. What follows is an alphabetical list of the most notorious clichés.
Important note: Not all of the concepts or plots listed here are clichés themselves ! While most are, many are just good ideas (e. g. a surviving independent British space/aviation industry), marred by the same old unresearched assumptions of AH authors. Others are tolerable (e. g. the greater proliferation or survival of airships/battleships than in our history), but can be easily overdone to the point of irrelevance… Or worse - making the reader bored.
The Deutsches Reich Imperial European Union: In a world where the Central Powers have won WWI, it's nigh impossible to not have a German-led Zollverein in Europe, that will - of course - exclude Britain and France.
Everybody loves eugenics
: An easy, lazy way to paint an scenario as dystopic if one keeps butterflying
real historical genocides and massacres away.
Exiled royals go to the colonies: Wherein the home country in Europe is invaded, possibly by the French, and the royals have to go to the Colonies and continue from then on; inspired by the exiled of the Braganzas to Brazil between 1808 and 1822 after the Napoleonic invasion of Portugal in 1808.
Pan-anything: While movements such as Pan-Arabism, Pan-Germanism and Pan-Slavism existed in OTL, that doesn't mean other, sometimes ridiculous varieties would have existed in ATL.
: The idea that if a country/religion/ideology etc loses territory it has in OTL, it has to gain territory elsewhere to compensate.
Pin the Zion on the Eurasia
: A reference to the fact that Israel appears in multitudinous and bizarre places in many timelines. The title here was coined by ninebucks
. Despite the name, Patagonia, Alaska and Australia are also popular destinations.
Random Axis South America: When a random South American nation joins the Axis, or goes Fascist during the 1930s. Related to the already mentioned “Argentina becomes an instant refuge for vengeful Nazis, who set up a Third Reich in exile” cliché.