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  1. AHC: More anarchic enclaves like Kowloon Walled City

    The Kowloon Walled City was a 2.6 hectare enclave within British Hong Kong that was always legally an exclave of China, in all its iterations. However, because there was never any Chinese central government willing or capable of governing it, it was de facto a legal vacuum, where in practice the...
  2. PC: US Foreign Legion

    Would it have been possible at any time, for the US to form a French style foreign legion? Maybe during a period of isolationist sentiment, a foreign legion is formed to allow the US to wage foreign wars without risking US lives. The USFL would be headquartered outside CONUS to eliminate the...
  3. AHC: Catholics are majority of world population

    Your challenge is to make Catholics (those who at least nominally owe spiritual allegiance to the Roman Pontiff) more than 50% of the world population. Must haves: Catholic Church must still be a hierarchical organization with a clearly defined central leadership The leader must still claim to...
  4. PC: more widespread rice cultivation in Europe

    Is it plausible to give us Asian-level population densities in Europe, as a result of much more widespread rice cultivation? IOTL, rice is grown in the Po River Valley and the Spanish Levant. Can we see rice becoming the predominant staple food of Italy and the Iberian peninsula, causing...
  5. Alt-Wikipedia entries from my "China industrializes" TL

    So for a long time I've thought of a "Ming China industrializes" TL, but know this will be a very long project. So I'll start instead by posting articles from the ATL Wikipedia. You'll notice I haven't decided the years. This is because I'm unsure of the specific timeline and will fit them in...
  6. WI: No Syrian civil war

    So let's say, in early March 2011, Obama and Clinton are advised that not only is the Assad regime is vulnerable to the Arab Spring, Syria itself would implode into a bloodbath where only cartoonishly evil Islamists could gain. It's therefore not in the interest of the US to see the Assad regime...
  7. DBWI: Tbilisi occurs without incident

    We know how fateful that day in 2005 was when that Georgian threw the grenade at George Bush in Tbilisi. There are some similarities with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, but the similarities IMO are exaggerated. Goes without saying that, after Cheney became president and launched his...
  8. WI: Chernobyl located 25 km from Kiev

    From the Wikipedia page on Pripyat: What if the original plan went ahead, and assuming no butterflies by the plant operators? Where would the inhabitants of Kiev be relocated, and could the Ukrainian SSR continue to function? What are some wider effects of such a catastrophic disaster?
  9. DBWI: Opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics!

    The opening of the Sochi Olympic Games was simply breathtaking in true Soviet precision. There were parades of all 15 SSRs, of the Soviet values of solidarity of the proletariat, and the accomplishments under socialism. By the time General Secretary Putin proclaimed the games open, it was the...
  10. AHC: "Northern Irish" Canada

    In the Canadian Colonies thread I went off on a tangent and speculated upon a Canada with Northern Ireland-levels of division between Catholics and Protestants. Here it is: Would the British, and later Canadian Family Compact, entertain this policy, especially given how adept they were at...
  11. DBWI: Former British President Kyle Johnson Dies!

    OOC: Inspired by the outpouring of grief following Mandela's death. Imagine if Ming Dynasty China grew to dominate the world and settle Australia and much of America. In the process, Britain is colonized and an apartheid-like regime is imposed on the native British people even after the Chinese...
  12. AHC: Roman Catholic Church organized along national lines

    Make it so the Roman Catholic Church is associated with nationalities, similar to the Orthodox Church. For instance, an Italian Catholic Church, Polish Catholic Church, Spanish Catholic Church, etc. Church membership becomes even more related to national identity than IOTL. However, the Vatican...
  13. DBWI: German Reichskanzler denies Holocaust!

    OOC: We're in a world where the attitudes of Germany and Japan towards the war are switched, so the Japanese are almost cartoonishly apologetic and eternally guilty about the war, while denial and right-wing militarism remain strong undercurrents in German politics. At a press conference today...
  14. AHC: more formal clothing etiquette in the west

    I've often noticed that prior to the 1960s, in the west there were very formal clothing etiquette compared to today. Men were expected to wear suit and tie even when strolling outside or running routine errands, while women wore dress. Today these are only acceptable in business meetings and...
  15. Cold War Tropes

    We've had WW2 Tropes, WW1 Tropes, let's have a Cold War Tropes thread. My suggestions: The US will always support tinpot banana Latin American military juntas. Finland can never join NATO without war. If Israel becomes Soviet-aligned and Arab states become US-aligned, Israel is defeated...
  16. DBWI AHC: Hitler conquers France

    While Guderian's plan to push through the Ardennes and race to the Channel was sound, it had no chance against the French Army defending their land for the third time in as many generations. Two weeks later the French were occupying the Rhur while Germany crumbled into a three way civil war...
  17. AHC: Japan-like militarist USA

    The Business Plot is well known. Fascist conspiracies are a trope in many threads here. So your challenge if you choose to accept it, is for the US Army and Navy to gradually erode the Republic using a religious or nationalistic ideology to whip the masses into a frenzy (let's say a Manifest...
  18. AHC: Nazi bases in Antarctica

    I know that Nazi UFO bases in Antarctica are a staple conspiracy theory, but is an actual Nazi presence in Antarctica plausible? Here's my idea from another thread:
  19. AHC: make Germany and Japan switch their attitudes towards the war

    Your challenge if you choose to accept it, is for Japanese society to be eternally repentant for the events of the war and to gladly provide compensation long after it's legally required. Every Japanese schoolchild has the detailed events of the early 20th century drilled in their minds, and...
  20. DBWI: Civil war in Germany!

    OOC: In this world, Europe never industrializes and the Islamic world and East Asia are dominant. Instead, Europe is wracked by all sorts of nastiness like in the Middle East IOTL. Germany is in a sectarian, foreign-backed civil war like IOTL Syria. The following thread gives a good background...
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