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  1. Luath

    DBWI: Ashkenazia, Europe, Ukraine and the 'I' word.

    Since there are on going border clashes between Ashkenazian and Ukrainian forces, I felt it might be pertinent to have this discussion. Ashkenazia is the only country in Europe that can't trace its history beyond the 20th century. It is also, if we don't count the nutters in Jaffa, the only...
  2. Luath

    Photos from the Universe of For All Mankind
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    FOR ALL MANKIND FAM is an Apple Tv exclusive, the show is based on the premise of Sergei Korolev, the chief engineer of the Soviet Space Program (yes I know there were competing buro's, but the show sees him like this) survives his OTL fatal heart surgery and perfects the Soviet N1 rocket...
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    Plausibility: A Jewish homeland in Eastern Galicia

    Hello all, I've been thinking about the possibilities of a timeline involving the establishment of a Jewish nation state in Europe, East Prussia was once suggested after WW2, though Crimea would be a more practical alternative. I saw it mentioned that Eastern Galicia, thats the former Austrian...
  4. Luath

    Preserve the Holy Roman Emperor.

    No not the Empire, your reading that title correctly. Hello all. I'm interested in ways the institution of the Holy Roman Emperor, I.e a sovereign elected by the political and religious heads of the various member states of the Empire, could survive. With the twist being that the Empire itself...
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    Did Nazi Germany ethnic cleansing policy shorten WW2?

    Hello all, this is a question that I've pondered recently, would WW2 have been longer if a hypothetical German government was not waging a war of annihilation against central and Eastern European peoples? Leaving aside the problem that a 'hypothetical German government' that one assumes is not...
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    DBWI: Should we still be going to the Moon?

    Hello all, so this is a debate that circles the Space Buff community periodically, and with the recent success of SpaceX's crew Starship to the IMB (International Moon Base) its come up again. Are we spending too much time on the moon? Sure the moonbase is nice and all, permanently manned since...
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    DBWI: Who remembers James Cameron's Titanic

    Hello all, does anyone remember this 1997 work of the famous director behind the Terminator franchise, Aliens and later Avatar, with its distinctive soundtrack, all star cast, and sumptuous set design? I speak of course of James Cameron's excellent documentary series on the famous middle ship of...
  8. Luath

    The Yorkshire Mammoth by Harry Turtledove.

    One of the podcasts I enjoy listening to is Clarkesworld, a science fiction story podcast, so when this came up I rather enjoyed it. Not merely because of its obviously a nod to James Herriot, a pen name of a British vet who wrote a series of books on the animals he treated, set in Yorkshire. So...
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    Space Fans; Could the Soyuz be combined with an Energia?

    Hello all, or more specifically the space buffs amongst you. This isn't referring to specific POD, more its a curiosity on my part. But I'd like to know is, would it have been technically possible to use an Energia rocket. To launch a Soyuz capsule, and presumably Block II Second stage of a...
  10. Luath

    Generic Balkanised USA map and Electoral college questions

    Michigan is grey due to being annexed by Canada so as Alaska, Hawaii is part of the broader British Empire. Hello all, this cliched to hell map is part of a little scenario that I've been working on, mentally, for some time. You can probably guess were I got the idea for this from, as if the...
  11. Luath

    DBWI: No 'Lebhaftigkeit'

    Hello all, so as I imagine a great many of you know or will be somewhat familiar with, after the devastation of World War 2 a new art form emerged from Germany, i.e 'Lebhaftigkeit' or Animation. This was simply Cartoons made in Germany and usually targeted at a majority German audience, but...
  12. Luath

    LMSR Explorer Class; An ATL Vignette

    Here is my first attempt to write something vaguely alternate history lite. Its Rail themed, please enjoy The London Midland and Scottish Railway's 6000 class 'Explorer' class Pacific were, prior to the introduction of the Princess Royal and the Coronation class 4-6-2, the principal express...
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    DBWI: Columbia beats Buran

    Hello all, whether or not you consider the space shuttle programs of both the USA and the USSR to be worthwhile or pointless endeavours the two programs were interesting duringin that they managed to trigger a mini-space race between the two powers. It would have seemed that the USA would have...
  14. Luath

    DBWI: Kaiser Heinrich's Jutland Shetland visit

    Hello all, June 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, the first and last sea battle of the Great War. The confrontation between the Royal Navy and the Kaiserliche Marine just off the coast of Denmark had been expected by the British to be a 'Second Trafalgar', it was...
  15. Luath

    German Empire vs Austro-Hungary

    Hello all, given the animosity felt by German nationalists towards the peoples of Eastern Europe, the ethnic splits in Austro-Hungary and the Pan German movement it makes sense that the two Empires would ally with each other. But would it be possible for the two to end up opposed to each other...
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    DBWI: The Soviets didn't rescue the Columbia

    Hello all, the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia incident is rightfully one of the most mythologized events of the 21st century thus far, the tale of two shuttles and two space programs putting the Cold War aside to save seven astronauts. Anyway, on the 16th of January 2003 the space shuttle Columbia...
  17. Luath

    DBWI: Thoughts on Kaiser Heinrich II?

    So 2013 was a fairly interesting year for the German monarchy, for the first time since the formation of the country, a ruling monarch abdicated. Wilhelm IV stepped down in favor of his 31 year son Heinrich, the youngest man ever crowned Kaiser and the youngest monarch in Europe. Of course...
  18. Luath

    DBWI: What if the Germans didn't send troops to the USA?

    Guten Tag One of the most storied tales of our military in the Second Great War surprisingly did not take place in Europe but in North America. When Jake Featherston's Freedomite CSA invaded the USA and began on the madness that was 'population reduction', 250'000 German Soldiers were sent...
  19. Luath

    DBWI: Star Trek made by Paramount and Doctor Who made by the BBC?

    Hello all. So 2013 was a fairly momentous year for scifi fans, with two of the most famous shows of that genre celebrating there fiftieth anniversaries. The BBC serial Star Trek created by Sydney Newman and the Paramount show Doctor Who by Gene Roddenberry, though ST was the only one that...
  20. Luath

    Does it matter if one nation controlled the Baltic

    So an idea I have for a project I'll probably never do, would be for a United Kingdom of Scandinavia. This nation would control the Scandinavian peninsula, the Baltic duchies, Finland, Karelia and Denmark, In effect making the Baltic a Scandinavian lake. For a caveats sake, and my lack of...
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