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  1. AHC: Make the Corps of Israelites a renowned unit in Napokeon’s army

    You would need to keep Dutch Jews poor and financially insecure ... say North Sea fishermen who are frequently devastated by storms. Or keep the Neatherlands a poor, agricultural country whose farms are too often flooded by North Sea storms. With too many young men and an insecure economy, more...
  2. Alternate names for real world cities?

    Erasing the names of previous rulers is common practice in many countries. For example, since French-Canadians gained control of Quebec during the Quiet Revolution (starting 1956) they have been trying to erase memories of how English-speaking United Empire Loyalists were the first white men to...
  3. Alternate names for real world cities?

    What if the American Constitution rigidly separated church-and-state and banned religion from gov't entirely? Then any city named after a god or saint would need to be renamed. Many Spanish names for towns or rivers derive from the Saint's Day that white men first discovered them. "Corpus...
  4. Why is an Axis Victory ASB?

    Germany never had the strategic reserves needed to conquer the entire world. By early 1941, Germany was rapidly depleting her oil reserves. She invaded Russia to secure more oil reserves, specifically oil wells in the Caucasus Mountains. When Germany failed to capture those oil wells by...
  5. AHC/WI: Rus and Iran or China in a single state after Mongol conquest

    Mongols already controlled parts of the Silk Route through Central Asia. The real challenge is uniting all those lands under one Kahan and stay one kingdom under that Kahan's sons.
  6. More successful F102 Delta Dagger

    Froom the Canadian perspective, recent cancellation of the Avro Arrow still leaves the RCAF short of interceptors. Maybe Convair could license production to Canadair. As for the ground attack role ... have Bristol of Canada perfect the CV-7 (2.75" rocket) a few years earlier and a lot of NVA...
  7. AHC: make Valentine's Day as widely observed as, say, Arbor Day or St. Swithin's Day

    Valentine's Day ... er ... "Family Day" became a provincial statutory holiday, in British Columbia a few years back. Now we have a long weekend every month of the year. Some people opt for romantic diners. Some go skiing and some would like to visit grandparents, etc. but this nasty COVID...
  8. WI: Reverse Mughals

    If you want these Persians or Iranians to Hinduism or Buddhists, best to invade before 600 AD. ... before the prophet Mohammed was born.
  9. AHC: As many communist African countries as possible

    Start with making all the client states of Russia and China communist. Then supply them with enough arms to conquer their neighbours. Mozanbique and Zambia switch to communism, then invade Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. Congo turns communist then invades Angola. A few Somali war lords receive communist...
  10. No Nordics in Iceland

    I am betting on Inuit. With no cold snap - around 800 AD. there would little incentive for Norse to flee west-wards. With luck, Inuit learn from Portugese fisherman, who soon become little more than cargo carriers returning to Iberia with fish caught, dried and salted by Inuit.
  11. Have Ireland Join the Allies in WW2

    Not much! The Irish Free State/Southern Ireland's primary contribution would be ports and airports to help suppress U-boats. Since WALLIES already had bases in Northern Ireland, SI contribution would be a minimal improvement.
  12. Slavic migrate further north

    Slavs would displace Siberian-Urgo-Hungarians along the Northern parts of Finnland and Norway. There would be less room for Germanic tribes to flee Mongol invasions circa 400 AD. Instead, more Germanic tribes would flee even farther South than Iberia, Sicily, Carthage, etc. I doubt if...
  13. Van Doos et d'autres Canadiens to FIC, April 1940

    Also consider accents. Québécois speak French with a Norman accent - albeit an accent separated from la belle France by 200 years. Ergo, stranded Quebecois soldiers could quietly “disappear” into the Province of Notmandy. Hardly anyone raised outside of Normandy or Quebec could distinguish them...
  14. WI: Pre-Columbian cultures survive or avoid the Conquistador period

    What if conquestadors were weakened by a New World disease?
  15. Atlantic slave trade... But with europeans?

    IOTL Hundreds of thousands of Irishmen were moved - unwillingly - to the Americas as indentured servants or sailors. We forget how many thousand Irishmen got drunk in a coastal port and woke up aboard a Royal Navy ship with the King's shilling in their pocket. IOTL Before 1750, about 5,000...
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