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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. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Bush I goes onto Baghdad, quagmire follows?

    Basically I'm wondering if we might have ended up with a similar situation as the OTL 2003 Iraq war, just a decade earlier. Of course this is pre-9/11, so the circumstances are entirely different. I was like a week old, so i'm not too sure what the international reaction might have been. I'm...
  6. Why is China united and Europe divided?

    I believe i saw this thread on here ages ago, but i figured i would start a new one. I read once ages ago that China is a world unto itself, an empire that has existed for so long that we stopped thinking of it as an "empire". And perhaps it isn't in the conventional sense. I feel i should...
  7. How many foreign powers can get involved in ACW?

    So there is always talk on this board speculating about British Involvement. I'm wondering who else could have been pulled in, and what the ramifications could be. For example, I know that Russia supplied battleships to the union (what a strange idea, considering today's headlines). Would...
  8. Does a failed ARW make the British Empire smaller or larger?

    Now i know the answer to this question seems obvious, but hear me out. I've read in multiple places that the loss of the North American colonies severally changed the trajectory of British Colonialism. For example, Australia became a penal colony due to the loss of Georgia. I've read that it...
  9. The Confederacy on the world stage?

    So i've noticed a trope on this forum, and point me to contradictions if i'm wrong. It seems as though the Confederacy, if it survives, always allies with either England, Nazi Germany, or South Africa. Once i saw them teamed up with Brazil as pariah slave states. So what i've wondered is...
  10. Best mapmaking software

    Hey yall. Right now i basically use Paint and a steady hand, i was wondering what software anyone recommends? I'm shooting for free, but wouldn't mind investing a little money if there is something that blows everything else out of the water. I'm just looking to make something a bit more...
  11. US/England are the "bad guys" of WWII

    So i recognize this topic is a bit out there, but i'm really curious about alternative alliences in WWII. A post about Italy being the bumbling, not-too-powerful member of the Axis got me thinking. In OTL, the Allies are definitively the good guys (who i know did their fair share of evil, but we...
  12. AHC: Swap the fortunes of Eastern and Western Europe

    Your Challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to create a reasonably plausible scenario where the geographical area of eastern Europe is one of the best educated, wealthiest, powerful (at least for a good amount of time) regions in the world. I accept essentially any tool in the kit. A military...
  13. Could England and France still be enemies in 2014?

    I ask because my knowledge of their histories, separate and shared, is pretty lacking. I'm not sure what exactly lead to them being allies (the threat of Germany or Russia?) but i was looking at maps and could easily imagine a heavily fortified English Channel. Perhaps and England that is...
  14. A Colonized Britain

    Hello everyone. I'm a longtime lurker, and i've noticed a common theme in most of the Alt History Tls. Great Britain never just gets straight up conquered. Another trope is them always being a united entity, regardless of the continental situation. I understand why this is, coming up on the...
  15. Christian-Muslim relations with surviving Al-Andalus?

    This just popped into my head. What religious butterflies do you all think would come about with a surviving, Muslim Spain? Initially i wondered about the proximity to France and England, and weather it would make them more tolorant or opposed to Islam? Would Al-Andalus attempt to spread Islamic...
  16. Russia invaded from the West

    So in the present day, Russia appears unconquerable. Both Napoleon and Hitler have tried and failed to invade from the East, but what about an army invading from the west? I don't know enough about Russian topography, population, and so on to speculate. For arguments sake, lets say its a joint...
  17. Maybe Hitler saved humanity?

    Inadvertently, of course. This idea came out of my wondering if Robin Williams death might lead to a more in depth conversation about mental illness which goes on to save many lives. A silver lining. And i began to wonder if perhaps everything has a silver lining, one that just may be...
  18. Alternative fates for the "New World"

    So i was looking at an Americentric map last night, and it occured to me that Alt history generally only focuses on very small changes that are at least familiar to the reader. I understand why, but i feel as though that places topics into a pretty narrow category. My thinking is this: We have...
  19. Names of conquored cities

    What do you think cities names would become if they were conquered by a foreign power? For example, i could see a Spanish Japan having cities with names like Toqueo and Quijoto (Tokyo and Kyoto). And it doesn't matter how the Japanese conquer Texas, or should i say Tekusa (or perhaps Tekasu).
  20. America encourages Asian immigration.

    So this is directed mostly at people with a better knowledge of East Asian history than myself (better than average, but bullet points. I can't see the web of people and events influencing one another). I've been curious for a long time what the effect of the United States, for whatever reason...
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