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  1. Are there any parallels to the Louisiana/Alaska purchases for other countries?

    Reading a book on the history of Alaska as a Russian colony, and its occurred to me how truly fortunate the US has been, having huge swaths of land sold to them by rival empires for dirt cheap. I get that each case was a unique product of circumstances, but it is still amazing, considering the...
  2. Alternate Large US Cities

    Louisville, KY- Handwave the two major riots and the city could top 1 million. The first, the anti immigrant riot Bloody Monday in 1855, caused a massive exodus from the young city, and tarnished its reputation to immigrants for years after. A lot of the Irish and German that would've ended up...
  3. The Castles of North America

    The Martin castle sits between Versailles and Lexington, Kentucky, amid a bunch of horsefarms. I've driven past it hundreds of times and its still kind of jarring.
  4. Fallout Style Series by Other Countries?

    Well, I hate to be that dude, but ive actually had a similar topic on my mind for the last few days from this article. I don't think Fallout could be developed by another country, without said country being in America's place in the world. I've wondered how uniquely American the...
  5. 2000s/2010s without cell phones

    People continue to engage in moments of idle speculation, conversation, and appreciation without documentation.
  6. Book suggestions to avoid Eurocentrism

    Japan at War: An oral history (Cook). Deals with the Japanese experience during what we call World War 2. It cuts across a huge swath of society, and deals a lot with the impact of the war, rather than focusing on just the soldiers perspective. I can't recall reading something else that has...
  7. Maryland Annexes Virginia

    Assuming it did happen, it would be very interesting to see what happens if little pieces or chunks of states are ceded to the the victorious side. I have to imagine that Virginians would be very.. very angry about territorial changes, especially losing a piece of their land to a much smaller...
  8. WI various rulers' grand visions came to fruition?

    Thread inspired by this line from the article on the New Virginia Colony: I hear on this forum, from time to time, interesting snippets of what various rulers and tyrants planned on doing with a territory once it was conquered. Years ago, i read that Alexander the Great planned on swapping...
  9. Kentucky Decides Against Slavery, 1792

    I don't know the exact details, but i know that the division between KY and VA was in part to keep people from having to trek across the mountains to do any business in the capital. Settlers tended to come in from Maysville in the northeast or the Cumberland Gap in the southeast precisely...
  10. USA-CSA alliance and other minutae

    Hey now, that reading counteracts a lifetime of propaganda. You're right, though (as much as any of us can be). In OTL, the Confederates viewed themselves as the successors to the revolution. And honestly, they probably had a more accurate reading to the Revolution than we do. They were closer...
  11. The President of the United States has more influence

    "Wait" if you want to see that change in real life. This may be a bad reading of history, but i have gotten the impression that the presidency has grown more powerful throughout US history. The most memorable presidents are the ones who enlarged the office. Lincoln took the presidency to its...
  12. So different

    Well, considering i was 4 years old, i have no idea. I do know, however, that the media was saturated with OJ, and posts like this have only confirmed that. Really, you just have to ask yourself, what was happening at the time that was best kept out of the public eye?
  13. AHC: US still with 48 states

    I can't see the US incorporate the entire pacific into a state (considering how many thousands of miles it is) but i could see them instituting a policy that anything outside the lower 48 gets some designation between statehood and independence. Seems worth mentioning that in 1900 there are...
  14. Wouldn't the victorious Nazis just attempt to engineer a coup in the US?

    Ive been hearing more about the major American players that were pretty cozy with the Nazis, Ford being the first to come to mind. In a timeline where the Nazis and Imperial Japanese end up with something close to victory (each controlling half of Eurasia, not facing rebellions, etc), wouldn't...
  15. Better Romney Running Mate

    Paul Ryan, having decided to grow his beard a few years earlier. It would go a long way to making him not look like a teenager in a suit.
  16. Smartest possible imperial Japan

    Found on Wikipedia, "The failure of Japan to understand the goals and interests of the other countries involved in the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere led to a weak association of countries bound to Japan only in theory and not in spirit. Dr. Ba Maw argues that Japan could have...
  17. Where, when and who could've invented String Instruments in Precolumbian America?

    Well, this is sort of outside the topic, but its possible that they were invented but just didn't catch on. I'm gonna work off a lot of assumptions here: The forms of music that a society produces have something to do with the available materials. The guitars (and banjos, etc) evolved out of...
  18. AHC: Anti-pleasure dictatorship

    Totally possible, but i think there is a requirement that the dictatorship be "total" in that it spans the globe. Not like in 1984, with the three interlocking dictatorships, but one. Otherwise, you need to keep people together in some aspect, to keep yourself from getting conquered or...
  19. Minnesota, the American Siberia

    Eh, Minnesota is a bit too close to the major population to become our Siberia. The point was the sheer amount of distance, not just the cold/desolation. If the US were building camps, we would probably stick people up in Alaska, or out in the desert. Or Hawaii, if we are concentrating the rich.
  20. DBWI: Elephants not reintroduced to the Americas?

    You know, elephants would probably be way worse off. Without regular contact, i doubt Americans would have developed the same love and fascination with Elephants. I mean yes, they are incredibly intelligent and deeply emotional creatures, but I don't think we'd have come to understand that if...
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