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  1. 1717: Death of Louis XV

    Let's say Louis XV had fallen to one of the many deadly contemporary childhood illnesses, which wasn't all that statistically improbable and was a possibility contemporaries were well aware of. The two claimants to succeed him would have been Phillip V of Spain and the French Regent Philippe...
  2. Louis XIV keeps his cool

    In 1702 Louis XIV had a priceless opportunity to secure the whole Spanish inheritence for the Bourbons, with the British and Dutch so war-weary that they were initially unwilling to back the Habsburgs. In OTL he threw it all away by, sending French troops into the Spanish Netherlands to evict...
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