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  1. Most Plausible Countries

    Modern Israel is quite implausible, a religious minority spread all over the globe that decides to organize itself as a nation, and then move to another country that they claim 2000-year-old ancestral roots to? And this all work out in just a few decades? And they don't get crushed by all the...
  2. WI: Stalin drops dead just before the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact

    Suppose a scenario where Stalin suffers an unexpected stroke or some freak accident, around late July or early August 1939. By that point, Germany had already determined to go to war with Poland soon, France and Britain had repudiated their policy of appeasement, Soviet-Western talks mostly...
  3. Save one extinct Royal House/Imperial Dynasty

    IIRC during the second Morisco revolt in the 16th century the rebels elected a man who claimed descent from the Umayyads as their leader. Imagine if the revolt had succeeded, and this supposed Umayyad claimant and his descendants still ruled southern Spain.
  4. Save one extinct Royal House/Imperial Dynasty

    Also to add another one: the Hasmonean dynasty. They’re probably responsible for why there even was a Jewish people, otherwise the Jews might have been just one of many smaller nations that got assimilated into the greater Greco Roman world. Think how cool it would have been for a continuous...
  5. Map Thread XXI

    I'm assuming, based on the small percentage of Jews ITTL's AH, that there somehow still was a Holocaust? Or perhaps Zionism still ended up being successful?
  6. Save one extinct Royal House/Imperial Dynasty

    The Rurikids are the oldest house on this list and they survived for like over 700 years until the early 17th century. If they were to survive you could have more than a millennia of uninterrupted Rurikid rule, making them the oldest ruling dynasty in Europe and second oldest in history. I’d...
  7. What type of government would Russia most likely get if Kolchak's White Army won the Russian Civil War?

    In the immediate aftermath of the war, it would remain de-facto under a White military junta. Over the longer term though (the next 5-15 years) I think all options listed in the poll are likely. Edit: to elaborate a bit, I think a post-civil war Russia in that scenario would be very unstable...
  8. Options for Haiti after 1800

    IIRC Henri Christophe during his reign as “king of Haiti” enforced a system of corvee labor in order to keep the plantations running. It was economically profitable, but politically it did not end well for him. I think Haiti is sadly in a bit of a bind in this period. No way to restore economic...
  9. Which dictator would you rather live under?

    Another one is Thomas Sankara. He did make significant efforts to improve the educational and healthcare conditions of his people, reduce corruption and excess, and from what I’ve heard did not commit any major human rights abuses.
  10. Which dictator would you rather live under?

    I think the DDR is probably one of the better ones. It gets a bad rep mostly cause it gets compared to West Germany, but if you compare it to any other 20th century dictatorship it probably ends up better than the vast majority on both human rights, standard of living, and political stability.
  11. Countries that could have pulled a Braganza/Taiwan

    True, forgot to write them down. Though I wonder how long it could have lasted, with a hungry massive Qing right across the sea?
  12. Countries that could have pulled a Braganza/Taiwan

    I’m gonna define “pulling a Braganza” in the following way: a regime that, having its metropole occupied by a foreign power, chooses to relocate itself to one of its colonies, ruling the rump of its empire from the colonies while still claiming the now-occupied metropole. “Pulling a Taiwan” is...
  13. WI: Saudeleur dynasty survives?

    Sadly, I think they won't survive European colonization. Hawaii is somewhat of an outlier in that it was colonized fairly late, but the rest of Polynesia\Micronesia\Melanesia was conquered earlier in the 19th centuries, despite also having their own fairly-centralized kingdoms. However, if the...
  14. Assuming a surviving Vinland, in what ways might Norse and Native American beliefs syncretise?

    The Norse would only be coming into Vinland in very small numbers, and if they get in trouble they can’t easily call on reinforcements from Scandinavia. I’m also not sure about your point on what happens when agriculturalists come into contact with hunter-gatherers, there are numerous historical...
  15. WI the Russians don't back the Ottomans during the first Ottoman-Egyptian war?

    In 1831, Muhammad Ali of Egypt sent an invasion force commanded by his son Ibrahim into Syria. The modernized Egyptian army managed to overpower the Ottoman garrisons of Syria and easily beat back the reinforcements sent by the Sultan to check them, then proceeded to advance into Anatolia. The...
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