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    WI Axis Switzerland

    To be honest, I think that the Swiss will only join "the Axis" (in the hybridised, fascism-lite manner I described in my post above) in the context where there is A) no Free France, and Vichy France ceases to be "Vichy France" and is instead simply "France" and B) Britain makes an early peace...
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    WI Axis Switzerland

    For Switzerland to become Fascist by the ballot box or by force is indeed extremely unlikely, but at the time this was not how it was feared Switzerland would become Fascist anyway, and more importantly - Fascist and para-Fascist regimes didn't take over nearly the entirety of Europe OTL because...
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    Russo-German peace after a CP victory in the west

    While it's not exactly the most plausible outcome, I think a WWI TL where France is defeated but the Russian Steamroller somehow goes all the way to Berlin would be quite original and mildly hilarious.
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    AHC: World War II in a Central Powers victory scenario.

    Insurgency might be too strong a word, but Poland had pretty serious trouble with the Ukrainian terrorism of the OUN in Volhynia and Galicia, with methods ranging from sabotage to assassination, resulting in a violent crackdown in 1930 - and even with its greatly reduced borders, Weimar Germany...
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    Spain Joins the Axis: What is its fate?

    AH.com threads on Spain consistently seem to memory hole the Spanish Socialist Workers Party and how dramatically more popular it was than any other group on the Spanish Left, in particular the Communist Party, which was one of the smaller parties in the Popular Front. A post-Franco Government...
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    WI: Fascist Germany under Kurt von Schleicher

    The plan to split the NSDAP in the Reichstag was a feint designed to spook Hitler into a weaker negotiating position, and was based on fantastical parliamentary arithmetic that would never have really materialised, and it didn't work because Hitler had already brutally humiliated Strasser and...
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    Gaming industry in a surviving USSR?

    The main high-tech production centre of the Soviet Union was, if you can believe it, Belarus - which was said to the USSR's "assembly shop." Among other things it was producing the lion share of the USSR's microchips. An increase in the ownership of home computers and gaming consoles will...
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    What would Iran look like in the event Pahlavi dynasty retains power

    Now you mention it he was probably referring to strikes and related labour unrest. The general gist was the same - British society is breaking down while the White Revolution is a great success, so shut up.
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    What would Iran look like in the event Pahlavi dynasty retains power

    What people have to understand is that Muhammed Reza was deeply ideologically opposed to democracy at a fundamental level, to the point where he didn't even allow himself to understand how democracies even worked. No matter how many times the British ambassador and his own advisors tried to...
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    WI: JFK killed by a Klansman instead of Oswald

    Historically speaking, the Klan has been very vulnerable to scandals - being involved in a very public murder case (of a white person, that is), as well as with systemic political corruption in multiple states was the downfall of the Second Klan - which was the most popular Klan. The more...
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    WI: JFK killed by a Klansman instead of Oswald

    Conspiracy theories about the assassination become (even more) popular with the far-right.
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    If Nazi Germany won would Hitler keep Göring as his heir or choose someone else like Himmler?

    Yes, but if we are talking about Hitler setting aside Göring for the likes of Himmler or Heydrich, we are already in the realm of "extreme choices driven by Hitler's mental deterioration." As to the idea of "someone relatively unknown becoming the German Stalin via bureaucratic manoeuvres" - I...
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    If Nazi Germany won would Hitler keep Göring as his heir or choose someone else like Himmler?

    Göring was more intelligent and capable than many people give him credit for, certainly one of the sharpest tools in the Inner Circle, and while he was no Goebbels or Rosenberg his grasp of and commitment to National Socialist ideology and his ability to communicate it was not bad either. In...
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    Japan aides Ethiopia during the Fascist invasion

    That would be borderline impossible from a logistic and military standpoint, too much risk for too little gain, and by inserting themselves into African politics Japan will most like make itself seem the bigger aggressor. Italy is behaving badly inside the European colonial sphere of influence...
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