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  1. AHC: Dystopian Australia (2.0)

    With a PoD sometime in the last century, how bad - as in how authoritarian, aggressively racist, environmentally fucked, what have you - can Australia be, either by 2020 or at any point in the 20th Century compared with the OTL counterpoint time frame? What PoD works best, in terms of derailing...
  2. WI Mulroney Loses 1983 PC Leadership Bid

    A question for Canadians (or Canadian experts) on the board - with the latest possible POD (and none prior to the calling of the contest in January of that year), how could somebody other than Brian Mulroney have won the 1983 Progressive Conservative Leadership Election? And depending on if Joe...
  3. WI Reginald Maudling wins 1965 Leadership

    Supposing Reginald Maudling had won the 1965 UK Conservative Party Leadership Contest? Would he have performed worse in 1966 than Heath had; if so, by how much? And how does his leadership of the Tories, and the effect this has on subsequent elections, change British politics and alter history...
  4. AHC: Earlier "Prince Consort"

    During the medieval and renaissance eras, the norm of Jure uxoris meant that queens had great difficulty in ruling in their own right - in order to have (legitimate) heirs, they had to be married, but to be married entailed surrendering a substantial level of control over their realm to their...
  5. WI No Longest Suicide Note

    Let’s start with the UK Labour Leadership Election of 1980, and have someone other than Michael Foot win - so either he doesn’t run, and someone like Peter Shore wins; or Healy prevails on the last ballot. Given the other problems the party was facing at this time - the Winter of Discontent and...
  6. No Korean War - Effects on Japan

    Suppose that the Korean War is either avoided or is far shorter (and less expensive) than OTL - maybe Stalin doesn’t give the go ahead, maybe Mao loses the Chinese Civil War, or maybe China just doesn’t intervene. In any event - Japan is still defeated by the Allies, but TTL doesn’t get the...
  7. WI No Donald Trump (2.0) - effects 1968 to 2011

    So I thought we might take another stab at this - just remember to keep this out of Chat territory and focus on Trump’s legacy on American business and pop culture, prior to his emergence as a Republican figure in the 2010’s.
  8. Small WI - Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing had surviving offspring

    So this might be a very insignificant question, but - what if any of the five cubs, born to the two pandas that were gifted to the US in 1972, had survived and grown to maturity? I ask because in OTL, China changed it's Panda Diplomacy rules in 1982, such that it would no longer "gift" pandas...
  9. WI No Tate Murders

    Just saw Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; checker, find this board hasn’t really asked anything like this in a decade. So - what if Sharon Tate, her unborn child, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Steve Parent had a (more or less) uneventful evening the night of August 8, 1969...
  10. Thatcher w/o Reagan (2.0)

    I think most of us here are familiar with the standard scenario - Ford wins in 1976, a Democrat wins in 1980, thus very different 1980’s. What I’m particularly interested in here is how this affects Britain - since I think it’s fair to say the premiership of Margaret Thatcher still happens - her...
  11. AHC: Strong Liberal Democracy in Brazil

    With PoDs preferably in the 20th Century (nothing before 1831, at the very earliest), how can liberal democratic institutions in Brazil plausibly be made by the 21st Century? How do these changes, necessary to the challenge, change Brazil's history, culture, and identity as a whole? And what is...
  12. AHC: Ross Perot Wins or Deadlocks in 1992

    So with the recent passing of such a historic figure, I figured it was a fine time to revisit this topic. (@MaskedPickle ) With no PoDs prior to January 1992, how could the election have resulted in either an outright victory for Perot, or an Electoral College deadlock which in turn denied the...
  13. AHC: South Africa Demographics

    With no PoDs prior to 1900, is it possible for South Africa (or area comprising it, or equivalent) to have a population where non black Africans - whites, coloreds, and Asians combined - comprise over half the population? If so, than depending on the PoD that works, what would the effects be?
  14. AHC: GOP holds House in 1874

    With (preferably) no PoDs prior to the 1872 elections, how can Republican losses in the upcoming midterm be mitigated enough that they hold it a little longer?
  15. WI America “Discovered” via the North

    What if Columbus doesn’t get support for his expedition west in the 1490’s, but someone else gets support that decade to sail west along the North Atlantic? From an earlier discussion:
  16. Lollards in the 15th Century

    So I’m thinking about the followers of John Wycliffe - first, just how popular were they in England from the later 14th Century to the early 16th Century? Second, how close were they to the various factions of English monarchy during this time - to John of Gaunt, the Mortimers, Henry V, the...
  17. DBWI: Wank Catholic Europe

    “Catholic” here meaning those parts of Christiandom which sided with the Bishop of Rome over the Eastern Roman Empire in the Schism of 1054, or those religious sects splitting from said tradition.* No PoDs prior to the 14th Century. *OOC: What OTL would call Catholic or Protestant.
  18. AHC: Save Protestant Bohemia

    With the latest possible PoD (preferably nothing before 1610), how can the religious subjugation of Bohemia, which OTL followed its famous revolt, be averted, and remain of Hussites and other protestants in continental Europe?
  19. AHC: Alternate Swiss Reformation

    With no PoDs prior to 1531, how different can the Reformation in Switzerland in the short term? What I’m specifically wondering here is, can the theology of Double Predestination and Election be significantly reduced in influence during the 16th Century? Suppose, for example, that Zwingli...
  20. Q: Was there a “Counterculture” (equivalent) circa the 1880’s

    What got me thinking about this - it strikes me that we are currently living in the Digital Age, which started with the rise of Microcomputers and Video Games in the 1970’s; that further, the eight decades of so preceding this era could be considered the Age of Mass Culture, which began with the...
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