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    WI: Early Rubber

    From what I can tell - and I'm no expert - the use of rubber in the Old World never really became a major thing until the late 1700s or early 1800s despite Eurasia and Africa having had the potential to access it since Europeans arrived in Central and South America. However, in the New World, it...
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    DBWI: Reverse the Fates of Rome and Constantinople

    As we all know, the split of the Roman Empire into east and west created some serious dividing lines between the two sides. Ultimately, one of those sides couldn't last. What if the fates of the two divisions of the Empire were reversed? What was it that caused the Western Roman Empire to...
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    DBWI/AHC: Explain This Map

    I was checking out the Map Thread and I found this unsourced map: Evidently it's supposed to feature some empire from the eighth century. But I can't figure out what kind of POD would lead to borders like this. I mean, an empire stretching from Hispania to Transoxiana to literally Arabia...
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    DBWI: A Frankwank

    There was a time - sometime in the sixth century - when it looked like everything was moving in the direction of the Franks. Their kingdom was one of the strongest in Europa and had overcome the Roman remnant at Noviodunum to get there. It sure looked like the Continent was ripe for a long...
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    AHC: Earliest Possible Independent Finnish Kingdom

    I'm always a sucker for wanking the Finns, but I'm also totally clueless on the topic. It seems like there's not a ton of information out there about early medieval Finland beyond Sagas and scattered archaeological evidence, before the Swedish show up in earnest, anyway. But would it be...
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    AHC: Save Pannonian Romance

    After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Latinized population of Pannonia was pretty heavily reduced, limited to some few thousand living in fortified settlements around Lake Balaton. While a lot of these remaining Romanized Pannonians were assimilated by subsequent waves of invaders, it would...
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    DBWI: Explain This Map

    I was browsing through a few timelines recently and I came across a bizarre map posted in the Map Thread, with no context given. Here it is: I'm at a total loss to explain it. I mean, how can any border be as straight and neat as the one between the two big countries? And neither of these...
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    AHC: Make Circassia Great (Again?)

    So I've picked up an interest recently in the North Caucasus. OTL, the Circassian/Adyghe people - up there in the northwest Caucasus - always seemed to have the bad luck of living next to some manner of big, surly, aggressive power, before ultimately being steamrolled by the Bear and scattered...
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    DBWI: Wank the Mongols

    I've always been fascinated with the Mongols, and really a lot of the nomadic peoples of east Asia. We know that the Jin Dynasty was considering changing its divide-and-rule approach to the Mongol tribes in the mid-12th century. Ultimately they stuck with the status quo, and the Mongols were...
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    WI: Long-Reigning Constantine VIII

    Let's head back into ERE history and assume Basil II dies sometime during his campaigns against the Bulgars, possibly from being wounded in a battle, possibly from an illness. Lacking for a direct heir, the imperial throne goes to his hedonist of a brother, Constantine VIII, much earlier than it...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline
    Threadmarks: ACT I: Hisham II and al-Mughira

    With thanks to XanXar for rekindling my interest in actually sharing my first honest-to-goodness TL publicly, and more broadly to everyone who's discussed al-Andalus on these forums over the years for leaving behind a massive body of discussion to trawl through over the past several months, and...
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    Can a Muslim Sicily be sustained?

    With a POD between 970 and 1000 AD, can Muslim rule in Sicily be sustained into modernity? It doesn't have to be the Kalbid Emirate, which I'm fairly sure is doomed. The obvious answer would seem to be "avert the Normans," but that doesn't solve the problems with other western Islamic states in...
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