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  1. DanMcCollum

    Poland-Lithuania become independant in 1864

    This would make for an interesting timeline. Mainly because this is going to cause conniption fits amongst the Prussians and Austrians who ae going to see increased Polish agitation in their hown holdings in Poznan, Danzig and Galicia (one could see a scenerio where the Austrians might be...
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    And All Nations Shall Gather To It - A Crusades TL

    I do believe it's been confirmed that the Reconquesta will push across the Pillars of Heraclese in this timeline and into OTL Moracco and I believe that a Crusader Tunis is pretty much assured. This doesn't meant that all of North Africa will be Christian, of course - but there are going to be...
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    And All Nations Shall Gather To It - A Crusades TL

    Well, we know that Crusade Egypt will eventually become a thing - so that would remove the need to go around Africa. Also, you're forgetting about the port city of Aqaba (though, to be fair, I'm not entirely sure that this falls within the borders of Crusader Jerusalem at this point. Although...
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    And All Nations Shall Gather To It - A Crusades TL

    I totally agree with this, with the possible (POSSIBLE!) exception of Yemen - if for no other reason than to seal up the Red Sea and further control the trade into the Indian Ocean. But I suspect that that would be a bridge too far, and not worth the effort whenestabishing non-hostile relations...
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    This Guilty Land: A Post-Civil War Timeline

    Alright, this has my interest. You've got a strong writing style and your passion for the subject comes through (sorry if that praise sounds a bit too 'teachey-y' - I'm a former English teacher and am doing my PhD in History so ... well, I am what I am :D ). Can't wait to see where you take...
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    And All Nations Shall Gather To It - A Crusades TL

    Something else to consider: It was just about this time, duing the 12th centuries that we first see evidence of the Legend of Prester John - a Christian Monarch which was thought to live, first, in India (and then in Central Asia and, later, in Africa). There is some evidence that an Indian...
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    And All Nations Shall Gather To It - A Crusades TL

    This makes sense to an extent. But: while Egypt was strong, I would suspect the government would let crusader merchants through the sea for a fee - religion is certainly important, but business is business after all. However, with the collapse of Egypt, you are likely to see the rise of...
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    Female Eunuch Court Ladies or Slaves

    Also, Eunuchs were often created so that they could interact withthe female court without worrying about the King or other nobles being cuckolded. This is much less of a concern for women - many cultures had few problems with the King siring bastards after all. Furthermore, as others have...
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    And All Nations Shall Gather To It - A Crusades TL

    That brings up a really interesting point. If Jerusalem is going to have first-hand knowledge of the Thomasian Chistians they are going to have to have connections with Egypt that either go across the sea or across land. Now, across land means following the Silk Road (and passing through a...
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    Your least favourite AH tropes & motifs

    Exactly! And never mind the fact that ANY of those scenerios would be fascinating to develop! Honestly, I think the problem goes back to the Western history bias of the board - something which is hard to get away from entirely due to the vast majority of membes being from the anglosphere. The...
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    Your least favourite AH tropes & motifs

    And if Poland DOES develop into an elected monarchy, it is doomed to fail and fail miserably because, see point 1 and something something something veto something. God, I am being spicy today. LOL
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    Your least favourite AH tropes & motifs

    Yes, this, a million times this! In reality, nationalism was and is a complex ideology that developed due to the conditions of the Western world during the 19th and 20th centuries (including improved mass education, the rise of republican thought, the growing strength of the middle class as...
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    "Era of American Prominence" James G. Blaine's Presidency

    Okay, I'd never heard of that game before, and absolutely love it! I played the 1896 campaign as Bryan and was horrified when I won the popular vote (by a good margin!) and still lost the electoral college. Hopefully they create some more scenerios about early 20th century elections :D
  14. DanMcCollum

    And All Nations Shall Gather To It - A Crusades TL

    Ah, a typo on my part. I was referencing Strongbow - the Norman adventurer who became King of Leinster and inadvertently became the founder of the Pale in Ireland. Basically, I was saying that the conditions in Egypt were so fractured at this point, that it would be entirely possible (perhaps...
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    And All Nations Shall Gather To It - A Crusades TL

    Honestly, what I think would be rather fascinating would be, once the Komenoi eventually fail, for an Orthodox Turkish dynasty to take the throne. This certainly wouldn't Turkize the Greeks (and it could, actually, work to further Romanize the Turks in the long run) but it would have all sorts...
  16. DanMcCollum

    They Come in All Colours: A Timeline

    Okay, I don't know why: I'm a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen and just got back to school from the US yesterday. Anyway, I got a thrill seeing Aberdeen on the detailed UK map :) (and an even bigger thrill reading about Scotland and Ireland in this TL). Great job! When (if) you get...
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    Caligula, Bram Stoker's bestselling novel of 1887.

    Byron wrote longer pieces and novels as well, I believe
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    Your least favourite AH tropes & motifs

    I could easily see the rump Russian Whites - after the intervention to crush the SU - get a bit more revenge minded when it comes to their lost Western territory. And I could also see politics in France getting moe extreme after a loss as well. This doesn't add up to an inevitable rematch - it...
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    Resources and Sources Thread Pre 1900s

    Topic: American Catholic History Source: Book Author: Leslie Woodcock Tentler Title: American Catholics: A History Availability: Amazon and most othe Book sellers. Also available in ebook. Description: A modern single volume history of the Catholic Church in the United States, that...
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    Your least favourite AH tropes & motifs

    I generally agree with this. I like to think of possibility in stages. There are things that are utterly impossible (How would the Roman Empire deal with Hitler's Germany), there is the highly unlikely (The Nazies defeat the Soviet Union), the moderately unlikely, and so forth. Personally, as...
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