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  1. A better HAL Marut aircraft

    I have to admit I do have a soft spot for the HAL Marut fighter from India which was India's first home-grown fighter and was based on a Kurt Tank design. However, the project had problems with the engines and so it was in limited service for a number of years in the IAF. What would it take...
  2. Ad Astra film

    Who has seen the new film Ad Astra with Brad Pitt? Any thoughts/comments on the spacecraft and launch vehicles depicted and also astronaut activities by the US Army and US Space Command? What about thoughts on the AH and era depicted in the film?
  3. Soviet Russia in the 1920-48 Olympics.

    As we all know, the USSR did not participate in the Olympic Games following the 1917 Revolution up to the 1952 Helsinki Games, claiming the Olympics were a "bourgeois capitalistic enterprise". The Soviets did have their own homegrown sporting events at the time, particularly the Worker's...
  4. Rollerball 2018

    I have been seeing the original 1975 version of Rollerball starring James Caan and it takes place in an alternate 2018 (!) where corporations have entirely replaced nations and the violent sport has not only replaced the NFL, the World Cup, and the Olympics but also global warfare. The...
  5. WI Northern Ireland in the 1970 and 1974 World Cups?

    George Best of Belfast is known to be one of the greatest players ever for Manchester United but he is also one of the greatest players never to play in the World Cup as he came from Northern Ireland. What if NI qualified for the 1970 or 1974 World Cups as Best was in his heyday then? How...
  6. WI Country music supported the Vietnam War?

    During the immediate post 9/11 period and during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, many country singers turned out highly patriotic tunes supporting the war and just being gung-ho pro-USA. Even when popular support against the war increased several years later, these singers still churned out...
  7. Nazi Germany in the 1939-40 New York World's Fair

    In the legendary New York World's Fair of 1939-40, Fascist Italy, Stalinist Russia, and militarist Japan had their own pavilions and exhibitions. Absent from the fair was Nazi Germany. How would a Third Reich pavilion be designed and what could it look like in the fair? Which exhibitions...
  8. Judge Roland Freisler in the dock in Nuremberg

    Judge Roland Freisler is better known as the chief judge of the People's Court of the Third Reich and presided over the trials of the 20 July 1944 plotters and would constantly scream at them at the top of his lungs during their trials. Freisler was actually killed on 3 February 1945 when a...
  9. USA in British Commonwealth?

    What is the possibility of the United States joining the British Commonwealth of Nations and be with its mother country and English-speaking allies? I have no problems with that as there also are several republics in Africa and Asia in the Commonwealth such as India, Singapore, Ghana, among...
  10. 1972: Nixon in Havana?

    WI in 1972, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger cap off their triumphant year with a surprise visit to Havana coming off the heels of their triumphant visits to Beijing and Moscow? Would this be considered ASB as the Watergate burglars were Cuban exiles? Would such a visit cost Nixon re-election?
  11. Bill Casey Lives

    How would Reagan's controversial CIA director, Bill Casey, fare had he not had that fatal stroke just before he was due to testify on Iran-Contra in 1987, if I recall? Would he be indicted or even fired by Reagan? How would ol' Bill react to the end of the Cold War and the fall of his old...
  12. Dulles shakes Zhou Enlai's hand at Geneva, 1954

    One famous anecdote from the Cold War is the one about Secretary of State John Foster Dulles rejecting the offered hand of Zhou Enlai to shake at the Indochina peace talks in 1954. What would have happened if Dulles and Zhou actually shook hands in public, out of politeness? How would this...
  13. Any good "Communist North Japan" TLs on the internet?

    Anyone know of any ATL "Communist North Japan" TLs on the net? I recall seeing one from Japan which actually had a seal but still used the normal Japanese flag and had more detailed info on the society, politics, culture, and military. However, I forgot the URL to locate it. Any help out there?
  14. V-S Day by Allen Steele

    Who has read the book V-S Day by Allen Steele and maybe his other writings such as The Tranquility Alternative? How about creating a TL based on them and also give reviews and comments on it?
  15. WI: Huston Plan is approved in 1970?

    The Huston Plan, the direct ancestor of the Patriot Act, was initially conceived in 1970 in the Nixon administration as a way to counter violent protestors and urban guerillas such as the Weathermen and included wiretapping, mail opening, and the like. However, it never really got off the...
  16. Panama Canal Zone still around

    In the 1976 campaign, Reagan expressed support for the Panama Canal Zone and voiced great opposition to the proposed treaties which would have returned the Canal to the Panamanians. WI Reagan had been elected in 1976 and kept his word or even cancelling the treaties following election in 1980...
  17. Anastasio Somoza lives

    WI Anastasio Somoza, former Nicaraguan dictator, had not been offed by a team of Sandinista agents in Asuncion, Paraguay. Instead, the hit team is caught and arrested for stalking. How would a living Somoza work with the Reagan administration in leading the Contra resistance and perhaps even...
  18. Limbaugh/Beck during Watergate?

    WI Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck were around during Watergate? How would they have viewed it and also what would be their attitudes toward Nixon, Woodward/Bernstein, and the Senate hearings not to mention Nixon's eventual resignation?
  19. Saigon Falls In 1978

    WI South Vietnam holds out for several more years, falling in 1978 instead of 1975 OTL? How would a Carter Administration handle the fall of Saigon and what would be the aftermath and repercussions be like? Would there be a "Who lost Vietnam" issue for the 1980 election? Also, would the fall...
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