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  1. Are there any parallels to the Louisiana/Alaska purchases for other countries?

    Reading a book on the history of Alaska as a Russian colony, and its occurred to me how truly fortunate the US has been, having huge swaths of land sold to them by rival empires for dirt cheap. I get that each case was a unique product of circumstances, but it is still amazing, considering the...
  2. Alternate Large US Cities

    Louisville, KY- Handwave the two major riots and the city could top 1 million. The first, the anti immigrant riot Bloody Monday in 1855, caused a massive exodus from the young city, and tarnished its reputation to immigrants for years after. A lot of the Irish and German that would've ended up...
  3. The Castles of North America

    The Martin castle sits between Versailles and Lexington, Kentucky, amid a bunch of horsefarms. I've driven past it hundreds of times and its still kind of jarring.
  4. Fallout Style Series by Other Countries?

    Well, I hate to be that dude, but ive actually had a similar topic on my mind for the last few days from this article. I don't think Fallout could be developed by another country, without said country being in America's place in the world. I've wondered how uniquely American the...
  5. 2000s/2010s without cell phones

    People continue to engage in moments of idle speculation, conversation, and appreciation without documentation.
  6. Book suggestions to avoid Eurocentrism

    Japan at War: An oral history (Cook). Deals with the Japanese experience during what we call World War 2. It cuts across a huge swath of society, and deals a lot with the impact of the war, rather than focusing on just the soldiers perspective. I can't recall reading something else that has...
  7. Maryland Annexes Virginia

    Assuming it did happen, it would be very interesting to see what happens if little pieces or chunks of states are ceded to the the victorious side. I have to imagine that Virginians would be very.. very angry about territorial changes, especially losing a piece of their land to a much smaller...
  8. WI various rulers' grand visions came to fruition?

    Thread inspired by this line from the article on the New Virginia Colony: I hear on this forum, from time to time, interesting snippets of what various rulers and tyrants planned on doing with a territory once it was conquered. Years ago, i read that Alexander the Great planned on swapping...
  9. Kentucky Decides Against Slavery, 1792

    I don't know the exact details, but i know that the division between KY and VA was in part to keep people from having to trek across the mountains to do any business in the capital. Settlers tended to come in from Maysville in the northeast or the Cumberland Gap in the southeast precisely...
  10. USA-CSA alliance and other minutae

    Hey now, that reading counteracts a lifetime of propaganda. You're right, though (as much as any of us can be). In OTL, the Confederates viewed themselves as the successors to the revolution. And honestly, they probably had a more accurate reading to the Revolution than we do. They were closer...
  11. The President of the United States has more influence

    "Wait" if you want to see that change in real life. This may be a bad reading of history, but i have gotten the impression that the presidency has grown more powerful throughout US history. The most memorable presidents are the ones who enlarged the office. Lincoln took the presidency to its...
  12. So different

    Well, considering i was 4 years old, i have no idea. I do know, however, that the media was saturated with OJ, and posts like this have only confirmed that. Really, you just have to ask yourself, what was happening at the time that was best kept out of the public eye?
  13. AHC: US still with 48 states

    I can't see the US incorporate the entire pacific into a state (considering how many thousands of miles it is) but i could see them instituting a policy that anything outside the lower 48 gets some designation between statehood and independence. Seems worth mentioning that in 1900 there are...
  14. Wouldn't the victorious Nazis just attempt to engineer a coup in the US?

    Ive been hearing more about the major American players that were pretty cozy with the Nazis, Ford being the first to come to mind. In a timeline where the Nazis and Imperial Japanese end up with something close to victory (each controlling half of Eurasia, not facing rebellions, etc), wouldn't...
  15. Better Romney Running Mate

    Paul Ryan, having decided to grow his beard a few years earlier. It would go a long way to making him not look like a teenager in a suit.
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