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  1. DanMcCollum

    Linguistic AHC: Norse Portugal Settlements

    A idea of a Norse settlement in Iberia is one which has appeared on these boards several times before and may *cough* have inspired a recent campaign of mine on CK3 :) But it got me thinking of what impact that Norse settlements would have on the cultural and linguistic landscape of the...
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    AHC: American Rules Football (Soccer)

    Spurred on by a conversation in another thread: There are, of course, several different games which evolved from what you might call Proto-Football in the English speaking world. Of these, you might say that there are two broad categories (and yes, I know, this is grandly over simplifying...
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    Thought Seed - The Conkling Court: Chief Justice Roscoe Conkling

    In May of 1873, the Chief Justicship of the Supreme Court became vacant with the death of Salmon P. Chase. President Grant, looking for an ally, initially pegged New York Senator Roscoe Conkling for the position - Conkling had managed to win Grant's respect for his aggressive defense of the...
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    DBWI: What if Manifest Destiny Was Successful

    In 1839, American journalist John L. O'Sullivan coined the phrase "Manifest Destiny" to describe a notion that the United States had a divine mission to uplift manking. Although his term was not used initially in a territorial manner - and O'Sullivan would not use it was such until six years...
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    AHC: Austrian Germany, Prussian Poland-Lithuania

    Okay, this is an odd little scenerio I've been playing with - largely because in its entirety I haven't seen it mentioned, and it definitelly falls into the Rule of Cool. Challange: With a POD no earlier than the Third Partitian of Poland in 1795 create a situation where Austria comes to unite...
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    Otto III Survives Longer

    Emperor Otto III died in 1002 at the age of 21. For much of his reign, being a child, he had been overseen by a number of regents (including Henry II of Bavaria who tried to rebel and overthrow the young King but was defeated). During the short period of his reign following reaching maturity...
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    AHC: Texia Delende Est

    Okay, this is a weird one! And I'll save you all the story of it's inspiration, save to say the above may have been uttered by me during a rather tense college football game a few years back :) In any case, the challange: Create a scenerio where the Republic of Texas not only maintains its...
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    AHC: Maximum Frisian

    Frisian is, of course, the closest language(s) to English (well, excluding Scots because, though I do see it as a seperate language, I don't want to rustle that particlar beehive). Today, the largest dialect/language of Frisian is spoken by about 400,000 speakers or so. Your challange, should...
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    AHC: The Holy Nubian Empire

    Warning: This was totally inspired by an epic campaign of questionable realism on CKIII Okay, now that that is out of the way The Challange: With a POD after 646, have an Empire form amongst the Nubians which eventually grows to encapsulate Ethiopia, Egypt and the Holy Lands. The dominant...
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    AHC: Greek Carthage

    An idea popped into my head today, and I thought I'd submit it here to see what thoughts people have. Carthage was founded about 814 BC, and Greek colonization efforts would begin a few decades later when the Euboeans founded the first first colonies in Southern Italy and into Macedonia. So...
  11. DanMcCollum

    AHC: Gallic Speaking Roman Gaul

    Since there always seems to be a plethora of posts here about what if *insert region* maintained a Romance population after the Fall of Rome, and because I seem to be a natural contrarian at times, I ask the following: What if there was still a larger population of Gaul speaking Gaulish at the...
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    AHC: Icarian Texas OR: Bury Me Not in this Self-Sufficient Communist Collective on the Lone Prairie

    The Icarian movement is today best remembered as the longest lasting non-religious utopian community in the history of the United States. Initially conceived as a socialist utopia by French political thinker-author Etienne Cabet, based on the society he outlined in his bestseller Travels to...
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    RESEARCH: Book List

    In the past, I've found myself making random posts asking for books or research materials upon a similar topics, and I've seen others doing the same. I thought it might be interesting to compile a list which other AH forum users could go to for references if they are looking for works related...
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    AH Inquiry: Post-Messiac Judaism

    Okay, a weird question for you all: Let's say that the Jewish presence amongst the Khazars is moderately stronger and you see Judaism becoming one of the many faiths at play throughout the Steppes. At some point, one of the local tribes convert enmass. They become united unite the leadership...
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    Thought Experiment: Byzo-Persian State Administration

    This is a thought I've been having lately, based on a few well known AH tropes. I thought I'd throw it out there to start some discussion amongst those more knowledgeable than myself. Do note, however: I'm not that interested in the plausibility of the scenerio per say (people argueing about...
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    WI: Samo's Empire Survives

    In what has got to be one of my favorite stories from Early Medieval Europe, many of the Western Slavs became united in a single kingdom (or tribal union) by one Samo - a Frankish merchant. During the early 7th century, many of the Western Slavs found themselves either under the dominion of the...
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    AHC: Long Lasting Norman-Sicilian North Africa

    Pretty much what the tin says: Create a scenario where Norman-Sicily remains in control of Roger II's North African lands for as long as possible. What would be the political and cultural ramifications of thus scenerio? Might this be enough to cause a rebirth of the African Romance language(s)?
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    Language AHC: Wank Ladin

    Ladin is a Romance labgusge currently spoken by a minority withing the Italian region of South Tyrol. Although some believe it to be considered a dialect of Italian, other scholars believe it may be part of it's own Language Sub-Family (Rhaeto-Romance) along with Romanisch of Switzerland as...
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    Discussion Thread: Save the Old North

    The Old North roughly refers to the region of Cumberland and Northumbria in Britain. Once the home to several powerful Brythonic kingdoms, much of the region was eventually subsumed by the Kingdom of Northumbria to the South and Scotland to the North. The memory of the region would go on to...
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    An Irish Pope or AHC: Pope Lukas Widding

    Lukas Widding (1588-1657) has been called the closest an Irishman ever got to doing Pope. A Franciscan friar, Widding was born in Waterford into the family of wealth merchants. He attended university of Portugal, joined the Franciscan order and went on to have a career which would see him...
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