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  1. How good can you make a crossbow?

    Late medieval Europe made some very powerful crossbows, but they were difficult to reload, firing twice a minute at best. The Chinese made repeating crossbows, but they were not powerful and relied on poison to kill. Given our much greater understanding of engineering and physics, was it...
  2. Roman Suez Canal - Was it Possible?

    There was no need for locks since the Mediterranean and the Red Sea are level, so if an Emperor like Augustus or Trajan ordered one built and had 20,000 men put to work on it, it would be finished eventually wouldn't it, even if it fell to one of their successors to finish it? This analysis I...
  3. Assuming the same alliances, is Gross Deutschland in a worse strategic position than OTL?

    Gross-Deutschland is often assumed unbeatable, but is that really the case? Let's assume the Prussians won big in the Austro-Prussian War and the Empire partially collapses. This results in the Kingdom of Austria and Bohemia joining the Kaiserreich under a Hapsburg king and the Kingdom of...
  4. Alternate NFL Draft Selections

    For example, what if Mel Kipper was right? How unstoppable would the Patriots be with J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins?
  5. Canadian Confederation fails, wither Rupert's Land?

    Apparently there was political infighting among the Maritimes, Upper & Lower Canada and among the colonial elite, and on top of that the transcandian railroad nearly went bankrupt, so the Confederation of Canada was not a sure thing. I've read here on AH.com that a sale of the Rupert's Land to...
  6. Plausibilty Check: American invasion of Cuba during the 1st Carlist War

    Could the U.S. have successfuly invaded Cuba while Spain was embroiled in the 1st Carlist War?
  7. Increased Soviet Expansionism In Asia in the Interwar Period

    I was wondering how much the Soviets could get away with before the U.S. and Britain perceive an upset in the balance of power and react strongly. They probably could have got away with annexing Xinjang and Mongolia without much protest, but if they followed that up with an invasion of...
  8. Canada collapses in the wake of Quebec voting yes in 1995

    This has been discussed in some depth in chat, however not all people post there and this is a classic POD. Given recent revelations, it seems that Canada was less stable at the time than previously thought. It seems that the major political parties had no plan to deal with a Yes vote. Given...
  9. Wolfenstein: New World Order

    The Nazi's took over the world with mad science, and after agent Blazkowicz wakes up in an asylum after being in a coma for 20 years it's time to take it back. Complete with a sound track of alternate Nazi rock and roll. Looks great! Alt timeline http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlvfqfGTar4...
  10. US manages to conquer Canada in 1812, what really happens next?

    It's not really material how this happens. Suffice to say that in the War of 1812 the U.S. manages to fluke itself way into victory. Perhaps Napoleon does better in Russia forcing the British to focus more and longer on Europe. It doesn't really matter. However, having won it's simply not as...
  11. AHC: British Royals forced to flee to N. America, return to liberate Britain by force

    My challenge, the British Isles are conquered by a hostile foreign power and some royals manage to flee to the colonies and set up a government in exile. Eventually British North America gets powerful enough to launch a great transatlantic invasion to liberated their oppressed brethren. Is their...
  12. How long does general European Peace last without an American Revolution?

    What it says on the tin, how long would Europe go without a major war after 1763 without the American Revolution? The lands of British North America are so vast and empty that I can't see the colonists dragging the British into a war with Spain until the mid 1790s at the very earliest. The...
  13. Universe Sandbox

    There's a new game on steam that allows you to play around with the solar system. Move planets around, make them bigger, etc. Only $3.99 Seems very intuitive too use. As you can see in the screen shot it was easy for me to make Mars the same mass, density and size as Earth. Perfect for people...
  14. CP China vs. Entente Japan

    Is there any way to get China involved in WWI so that there's a major far eastern front between it and Japan?
  15. Teddy abstains from 1912, wins in 1916

    How would Roosevelt have handled the Great War? http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history_book_blitz/2005/05/deconstructing_teddy.single.html#pagebreak_anchor_2
  16. T.R. reelected in 1908; Ramifications?

    I am somewhat surprised that I was unable to find a time line of note based on this premise, given that everyone seems to agree that he would have easily won another term. Is my search-fu simply weak? He would have likely appointed Taft to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1910, so who...
  17. Neolithic civilizations of Mesoamerica compared to those of the Old World

    Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Aztecs and the Maya seem to have been much more advanced to me than the Neolithic civilizations of the Fertile Crescent (I don't know anything about the neolithic civilizations of India or China). Mesopotamia didn't have a city as large as Tenochtitlan...
  18. AHC: Stable Roman Imperial Government

    Snake Featherston has frequently and eloquently described the flaws of the Roman imperial government. It's legitimacy was based solely on might is right; and while all premodern states (and unfortunately some modern ones) were based on this, Rome in particular was on the extreme end of the...
  19. Latest possible invention of gunpowder

    The discovery of gunpowder was basically a fluke, not achieved by anything approaching the scientific method. What's the furthest back the discovery of gunpowder could be pushed? A society with a 17th century technological base? 18th century? What would war look like in such a society?
  20. Korea & Taiwan in a Japanese Empire that stayed small

    I'm putting this in the before 1900 because the POD would be somewhere in the 1890-1914 time frame I think. Lets say for whatever reason the country didn't fall to insane militarists who bit off more than they could chew and Japan today consisted of the Home Islands, Korean peninsula and...
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