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  1. Crimson Banners Fly: The Rise of the American Left

    To me, it seems more like the opportunists seeing "a nation in need of a savior" are more of the proto-fascist kind, demagogues ready to speak to the fears of an uncertain middle class.
  2. Solar Dreams: a history of solar energy (1878 - 2025)

    Just came across this solar desalinator article from last year: https://news.mit.edu/2020/passive-solar-powered-water-desalination-0207 And the paper: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/ee/c9ee04122b#!divAbstract A design with multiple stages, to get useful work out of the heat...
  3. AHC: Japanese sponsorship of successful Philippine independence before 1940?

    How large or early of a PoD would you need, to have a successful Filipino independence movement with substantial Japanese backing? And would such a scenario be possible in a world where Japan has an opportunity to occupy Indochina as OTL, whether it be from WWII in Europe as OTL, or alternative...
  4. Spector and Spirit - A TL on if Alexander II was never assassinated

    Nice TL! With this retcon, I'm not sure how France could have been ground down hard enough, in only one year of trench warfare, that the soldiers would mutiny like in late spring 1917 OTL, when OTL they withstood almost 3 years of trench warfare, and were ordered to make several bloody...
  5. Crimson Banners Fly: The Rise of the American Left

    Yeah, after all he was a bit of a dark horse as Pyro's written it, and he could just have the support of some players who are fine with him but rivals with each other. If he manages to gain the presidency, then I can see his administration being full of figures that can't stand each other, and...
  6. Crimson Banners Fly: The Rise of the American Left

    And so we come to the prologue, and to a future unfettered by preordained events. We already know that this martyrdom is a unifying force, but as a self-proclaimed anarchist, an anarchist of the deed, as it were, I suspect Lufkin has furthered the divide between socialists and anarchists, common...
  7. Feeble Constitution - A Red-and-Green Russia 1917 Timeline

    Salvador, I gotta say that this is one of the nicest send-offs I've seen for a TL :) Might Italy become a key player in maintaining the security of the oil trade from the Persian Gulf to Europe? I don't recall what the political ties you alluded to, here, are, but their OTL interest in East...
  8. Crimson Banners Fly: The Rise of the American Left

    Why do I have the feeling that Associate Justice Chase might die slightly ahead of schedule, giving Johnson the opportunity to try to ram through a pliant nominee?
  9. Crimson Banners Fly: The Rise of the American Left

    Great update, I love the format experimentation with the section from a televised debate/discussion, it gives some great future context. It's great to see that the unions are by and large managing to maintain cross-racial and cross-nationality unity in the face of attempts at chauvinistic...
  10. Kaiserreich: Legacy of the Weltkrieg

    @moopli does too, as of last week ;)
  11. Crimson Banners Fly: The Rise of the American Left

    He was one of the Republican senators to cross the floor in support of the new deal, in his case until FDR threatened to pack the supreme court. He was also isolationist, but I'm not sure if that's still the case ITTL. He supposedly opposed anti-immigrant legislation in his early years in...
  12. For Want of a Word – Stolypin endures

    This, exactly this, is the root of the issue. European peasant communities since time immemorial would distribute risk across the families of the village by giving everyone some plots of land on good farming soil, and some on poor soil. This is obviously an oversimplification, it wouldn't be...
  13. Crimson Banners Fly: The Rise of the American Left

    I was just assuming that the social changes are either in line with OTL, or are long-term trends that have political consequences slowly, and since this TL has a focus on the political consequences, we were just seeing the effects of those trends marching slightly differently. If societal or...
  14. For Want of a Word – Stolypin endures

    Given the discussion that goes on in this thread, you're definitely not in the minority here. I for one definitely want to see the gritty details of statesmanship, it is in those details where states succeed and fail. Even the greatest transformation or revolution, whether technological...
  15. For Want of a Word – Stolypin endures

    IIRC this was due to confiscations, possibly during a year where there was already a poor harvest - I remember that several of the harvests of the period were poor. There was at least one drought in central Russia though that might have been 1915, not 1917. I believe the issue here is that the...
  16. For Want of a Word – Stolypin endures

    I was thinking to ask this question and then I see that you have raised the exact same point :)! To restate it: what do you think the state of the Russian economy / society is likely to be, for Russia to have been able to manage the given victories ITTL? Skimming back through the TL, Russia was...
  17. A Day in July: An Early 20th Century Timeline

    On the discussion about the restoration of the French monarchy, I do have one thing to note: With a name like that, it seems to me like the monarchy is not long for this world. If the monarchist right has made use of temporary political disarray among all their opposition, to steal a march and...
  18. Crimson Banners Fly: The Rise of the American Left

    Yeah, I suspect with America distracted, that's the end of any possible major foreign intervention in the Russian civil war, and probably a sad end to the Czechoslovak legion. Germany already has its gains to consolidate (and can't really ship troops across the world to vladivostok easily)...
  19. Crimson Banners Fly: The Rise of the American Left

    The most likely way I see this going is with many left-moderates saying to themselves "we stuck by Teddy through the war, we stood with him against the strikers, and he just spat in all our faces," especially when his administration uses their new freedom to crack down indiscriminately on...
  20. The Mare Nostrum doctrine: an alternate Italian Empire

    I don't think it really is needed, but I recognize that it's much easier to just quote Wikipedia directly rather than paraphrase the information you need to include in the updates - but if you do quote Wikipedia, you need to make it clear that a section is quoted from Wikipedia. I'm not going to...
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