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  1. How fast can we destroy the Amazon rainforest?

    Half the Amazon Rainforest to be Lost by 2030 According to this article, half of the Amazon rainforest will be gone by 2030. That's quite a bit, and really upsetting, but it got me thinking: could this have happened earlier? For this to be a really meaningful discussion, it has to be a...
  2. A Pale Horse: The Plague of 1512 (Revision)

    I am posting this thread to announce my intention to continue work on my TL, A Pale Horse. If you're not familiar with it, my TL posits a variant of the Bubonic Plague spreading from the steppes of Asia to Istanbul and beyond in the year 1512. Almost all of the deaths are centered around the...
  3. A Pale Horse: The Plague of 1512

    A Pale Horse: The Plague of 1512 Perhaps if the storm had not been so severe, things would have been different. Perhaps if the storm had been gentler, the Zifa, a Crimean slave ship, would not have had to weather out the storm on the Caucasian coast for an extra few days. Perhaps, if the storm...
  4. Analyze this POD: Safavids vs. Ottomans in 1514

    I am in the beginning stages of a TL and need some input on my POD. This is mostly so that I can avoid people coming into the thread and telling me that my POD makes no sense. So, what if the Safavids hadn't been so badly beaten in the Battle of Chaldiran? In OTL the Ottomans defeated the...
  5. Why no earlier Suez Canal?

    So I was reading this website that says there was a canal that linked the Nile to the Red Sea (and obviously from there to the Mediterranean) pretty much throughout history until the Abbasids destroyed it in the 8th Century. It's also on Wikipedia. http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi1257.htm...
  6. Venice under the Ottomans

    OTL Venice had a sort of love hate relationship with the Ottoman Empire from about 1500 - 1700 or so. They paradoxically relied on the protection of the Ottoman navy for trade but resented the Ottoman's subsequent power over them. At times they had a vassal-like relationship to the Ottoman...
  7. Hungarian Victory at Mohacs

    Part 1: The Crown of St. Stephen August, 1526: Suleiman the Magnificent is killed at the Battle of Mohacs when Hungarian lancers break through his lines. The battle quickly turns into a route, and at the end of the day, more than 20,000 Ottoman soldiers are killed or taken prisoner by the...
  8. Russia Crushes OPEC

    A few weeks ago, I read this article. Basically, it talks about the power that Russia holds over OPEC because of Russia's more diversified economy. It is unusual to hear something positive about Russia's economy! Essentially, Russia would win a price war with OPEC because its economy has more...
  9. L'Amérique Française

    Articles of Confederation Persist 1788 • New Hampshire, Virginia, and New York fail to ratify the constitution. For now, the Articles of Confederation will persist. OTL these were all fairly close calls, for whatever reason, the votes fall in the opposite way. o...
  10. Christian Kingdoms in the Atlas Mountains

    What if the some of the Christian inhabitants of present day Morocco (then the nominally Byzantine province of Mauritania) had retreated into the Atlas mountains during the seventh century Arab invasion? I'm envisioning a kingdom or group of kingdoms roughly analogous to the Spanish March. I...
  11. Vasco Da Gama meets Chinese Treasure Ships in the Indian Ocean

    How can we postpone the Chinese Treasure Fleets by ~60 years so that Vasco Da Gama runs into them on his way to India? I don't want the Chinese to have sustained the expeditions for that time, because they would be deeply entrenched in the Indian Ocean by then and the Portuguese would have no...
  12. Stalin's Son Killed in Poland

    here is a rough timeline I sketched out in German class today: 1939: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the subsequent partition of Poland proceeds as in OTL, but Stalin's son is killed by Polish partisans in late 1939. This leads to a crackdown in Soviet Poland in which hundreds of Poles are killed...
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