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  1. Franz Ferdinand became emperor of Austria-Hungary in 1909?

    Franz Ferdinand believed in good relations with Russia. He opposed the annexation of Bosnia and in the 1890s favored partitioning the Balkans with Russia- Russia would get Romania and Bulgaria while Austria got Serbia, Albania and Montenegro. I'm not sure if this was still possible in 1909 but...
  2. What if Germany invaded France in 1905

    In 1905, Britain will go to war whether or not Germany invades Belgium. They'll do it in 1914 as well but that's for a different thread
  3. What if Germany invaded France in 1905

    The British we're even more belligerent than the French. They considered the German challenge as a challenge to Britain as much as France The entire crises grew out of an Anglo-french accord. If Britain doesn't stand by France, she would be viewed as unfaithful and no one would deal with her...
  4. What if Germany invaded France in 1905

    You used supposedly to argue that there was a consensus among the powers that Germany was the stronger There just wasn't such a consensus. If there had been, the powers would have rallied to Germany. They didn't France also never doubted that Britain would stand with them. If anything...
  5. What if Germany invaded France in 1905

    The Germans found out about the French 75s during the boxer Rebellion. It takes time to develop and deploy replacements The Kaiser cited the French 75 as a reason not to go to war France is also using the old three year law. They have better trained men and can use their reserves Even Zuber...
  6. What if Germany invaded France in 1905

    "Supposedly strongest military power". Both Germany and France were highly regarded military powers. No one in 1905 would assume a German victory. Italy is the only power that matters - only she can intervene British support isn't dependent on Belgium. The British we're sdament throughout...
  7. A Question About Romanov Succession

    I should have added that Michael claimed that none of the rules applied to him since,unlike the others, had held the title of heir to the throne before his marriage In the end, you might need a zemsky sabor to sort it out More likely some Romanov girl is forced to marry some general's line...
  8. A Question About Romanov Succession

    @Lalli @Stenz This gets real tricky. The Romanovs had always treated the Pauline laws as a sick joke. Alexander II had legitimized his children and planned to crown his wife But after 1905 the Pauline laws became part of the fundamental laws. As such, Michael could be read out of the...
  9. AHC: Make the entente come out of WW1 stronger than they were before WW1

    France could win even with Plan XVII if the British push through the gap and separate the German 1st and 2nd armies. There are other chances The Russians could also win Tannenberg and close the trap on Conrad Any one of those would seriously weaken the Germans. Italian entry early and...
  10. Can the Allies win WW1 before Russia collapses ?

    Quick list: Belgians delay the Germans forcing them through the Netherlands Anglo-French push through the gap at the Marne and encircle the First German Army Rennemkampf pushes through the Cavalry screen and wins Tannenberg Russians succeed in encircling Conrad in the south With prewar...
  11. WI no dreadnought race between Britain and Germany?

    The Anglo-French Entente isn't even aimed at Germany. It's more to separate France and Russia. That it leads to Franco-German discord is a bonus as far as Britain was concerned
  12. WI no dreadnought race between Britain and Germany?

    Not sure what "feelers" you're talking about. Chamberlain made some moves but Salisbury put an end to the talks The HSF was a response to a several factors. In a multipole world, there are always multiple reasons. Anglo-German relations sink under Roseberry and don't improve with the return...
  13. Larger German Overseas Empire

    If the Germans wanted an overseas Empire, then anything not taken by a European power would be available. France got Indochina and Madagascar, Italy Somalia and Eritrea and Japan Taiwan. All could have been German As mentioned, the French could have been forced to give up any possessions...
  14. Could The Entente Win Without America?

    Sorry to jump into this thread so late but two glaring errors pop out to me: First, if America is more isolationist the POD is not 1917 but rather 1915. Without American pressure, the Germans would have continued Unrestricted Submarine Warfare throughout the war. There would have been no...
  15. Could The Entente Win Without America?

    this is totally wrong On August 1, 1914 the Germans got a message from their Ambassador in London that France and Britain wished to be neutral. Moltke considered the plan a trap. If the Germans went East, the French would let them deploy and attack in the rear. The Kaiser overrode Moltke...
  16. WWI WI: Germany offered French territory to Belgium?

    The Germans did this. The actual phrase was "look with favor upon any request for compensation at the expense of France". In other words, name your price
  17. Russia holds onto Port Arthur in the Russo-Japanese war

    If the Russians can hold out at Port Arthur for another 5 months, the Baltic Fleet would not have to run the gauntlet through the Straits of Tsushima. Instead, it would have easily sailed into Port Arthur. The combined fleet would have given Russia complete naval control. Japan's war effort...
  18. Russo-British Empire?

    My dear Mr. Milman you will have to do far far better than his No, sir, I picked the Orthodox one which was the important part You are appallingly ignorant of the Christian faith and the Great Schism. Before 1054, the EnglishChurch was "Orthodox" as was the entire Western Church. It was...
  19. WI: Britain and France on different sides in WW1

    The English Channel and the high seas. An Anglo-French War in the late 1890's isn't a British cakewalk. The French would decline battle on the high seas and pursue a war on commerce like the Germans do in WWI. In the 1890's that means destroyers, torpedo boats, armed merchant men and...
  20. Russo-British Empire?

    It's silly to make an issue of typos and spelling on a site with so many non English speakers As to Harold II having "nothing to do with Orthodoxy", a simple Google search of Harold II orthodoxy would have enlightened you about Harold, the passion bearer and martyr to the faith, who died...
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