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    Road Less Traveled: WW1 negotiated peace in 1916/17

    Bethmann could have very well been sincere in pulling out of Belgium, but the problem is that Germany had no clear war aims. The civilian government wanted a much more lenient peace that would minimize gains (if any were to be made) while the military had no idea what they wanted, just that they...
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    Spain Joins the Axis: Where do D-Day and Dragoon Happen?

    He allows it to happen because otherwise he will be shot. What part of “Xian Incident” is under confusion here? That doesn’t matter, it’s literally a plot device. It really seems that you’re more interested in being nit picky that actually answering the question at hand.
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    Spain Joins the Axis: Where do D-Day and Dragoon Happen?

    Pro-Axis cliques pull a Xian Incident and force Franco to join the Axis. There, was that so hard?
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    Spain Joins the Axis: Where do D-Day and Dragoon Happen?

    Right, and tell me, did the British throw their hands up and go “Well, looks like we’re sailing around Africa!”, or did they organize a force to retake the territory? Besides, we’re talking about Gibraltar, not Suez, being closed at a time when significant American aid was moving into Africa...
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    Spain Joins the Axis: Where do D-Day and Dragoon Happen?

    Except supplying the Med through Suez adds literal weeks to the journey, eats up additional shipping, and increases the supply consumption due to the aforementioned two points. Not to mention the prestige blow due to the potential fall of the Rock. If just sailing around Africa was a decent...
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    Spain Joins the Axis: Where do D-Day and Dragoon Happen?

    I honestly don’t see how the Allies could avoid landing in Spain if it was in the Axis. The threat to Gibraltar and the sea routes into the Med would be too great to ignore. While by no means requiring a full occupation, I’m convinced that at the minimum the Allies would want to establish a...
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    WI: Mexico on good shape during the Mexican American War

    Isn’t trying to create a Texan buffer state a recipe for disaster? The locals were American (well, the ones with political power who weren’t Natives, anyway), and would swiftly become a de facto client state of the US due to said fact. It gets re-annexed as soon as the States feel strong enough...
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    Were Stalin's purges justified? and what if they never happened?

    Well the Nazis didn’t give them much choice. I imagine even Tsarist Russia would have fought to the bitter end of the Nazis came knocking on their door. Engaging in mass murder tends to do that to a population.
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    Until Every Drop of Blood Is Paid: A More Radical American Civil War

    I would disagree. American generals have experience with drawn out conflicts versus the short, decisive wars of Europe (Crimea aside). Depending on what nations are looking for, having experience in multi-season campaigns that would be impossible for most European nations to provide. Of course...
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    Q: How Inevitable was the Scramble of Africa?

    Would the discovery of vulcanization and the increasing use of rubber be a reason for Europeans to try and push into the interior (if only in the Congo)? Rubber was a massively profitable commodity in the late 1800s if I remember correctly, and Britain did go to war with China over opium...
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    Wrapped in Flames: The Great American War and Beyond

    Toleration is allowing them to operate on your own soil, ignoring them is just what it says: ignoring their actions. While you can base yourself out of somewhere, that’s far less valuable than being allowed to campaign for support there. Considering the Fenian were arrested OTL, I highly doubt...
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    Wrapped in Flames: The Great American War and Beyond

    You do realize that the USA merely tolerated those groups and didn’t provide them active support, right? That the USA arrested members of the Fenian Brotherhood I was asked how the US could support British independence movements, I gave an answer. Of course things depend on context, that...
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    Wrapped in Flames: The Great American War and Beyond

    Ignoring or protecting the Fenian Brotherhood, looking the other way while Americans violate the Neutrality Act, sneaking weapons aboard merchant vessels, allowing American territory to be a haven for pro-independence groups, constructing private vessels that happen to have a sizable...
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    Wrapped in Flames: The Great American War and Beyond

    That’s a very dangerous game for Britain to play, though. If they threaten to recognize the CSA, the US can threaten to support Irish or Indian independence movements (while Ireland might not be taken seriously, the Mutiny will still be large in Britain’s memory). It also leaves a terrible...
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