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  1. LSCatilina

    AHC/WI/POD: Successful unified Indo-Greek Empire and settlement.

    Thing is, Tokharian languages are really tardily attested, in the Vth or VIth centuries AD. It's almost a given that Tokharian speakers were present at the very least in the Late Iron Age giving that there's no record of important migration in the concerned region. We can't decisively attribute...
  2. LSCatilina

    AHC/WI/POD: Successful unified Indo-Greek Empire and settlement.

    The problem is that you mention an PIE "race". The very concept is largely abandoned since the 40's for pretty much obvious reasons. We simply don't know of an original IE people, let alone race : as soon we observe PIE peoples these are already differentiated genetically and culturally from...
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    AHC/WI/POD: Successful unified Indo-Greek Empire and settlement.

    It's fairly common among ancient societies, IE or not. After all, there's always the necessity to explain why a given social order exists generally as a mirror to the cosmic world, in order to sacralize it in face of change (it's true you don"t have as much need to justify social order or...
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    AHC/WI/POD: Successful unified Indo-Greek Empire and settlement.

    That identifying ancient peoples with modern conceptions is at best anachronistic. It was and remains a common trope of nationalist historiography (ranging from "Our ancestors the Gauls", protochronism in Albania or Romania, Kossina's Indogermanen, Polish Sarmatism, Ossetia's identification with...
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    AHC/WI/POD: Successful unified Indo-Greek Empire and settlement.

    He did, but that's not necessarily useful to characterize either Scythic people at large or even Pontic people. "Blonde" in these contexts tended to be a literary trope of geographical accounts appliable to virtually any northern (read, "Hyperborean") people Greeks encountered. Not necessarily...
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    AHC/WI/POD: Successful unified Indo-Greek Empire and settlement.

    Any specific reason why you're assuming I didn't read the thread and the other posts? It's kind of appearant that all the first pragraph I wrote after quoting you was agreeing with you on most of your post, and trying to answer you about how it came that since Antiquity, a particular phenotype...
  7. LSCatilina

    What would a Christian Arabia actually be like?

    Probably, Arabia would remain a very diverse region when it came to Religion including Christianity : it's extremely likely that you had a mix of Orthodox (in fairly limited numbers), Gnostics, Judeo-Nazoreans, Nestorians, Copts, etc. that neither really managed to take the lead even locally...
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    AHC/WI/POD: Successful unified Indo-Greek Empire and settlement.

    You really have a weird fixation on historical/cultural/genetic pureness. Ossetians might be the people with more cultural ties with Alans, a sub-group of Sarmatic peoples themselves more or less related to Scythians. Except in nationalist and protochronist historiography, I never saw argued...
  9. LSCatilina

    AHC: have powerful, long-lasting Phoenician/Greek colonies outside of the Mediterranean

    The main obstacle you'll met is that Punic or Greek colonies were seen as trade establishments that while interacted with their respective hinterland, didn't really went into the idea controlling it or even exercing a political influence there. Some Greek colonies had little to no chorè to speak...
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    AHC/WI: Germanic and Slavic,etc Dynasties of the Undivided Roman Empire

    Not really : early Roman republic was basically a regional league of related peoples (namely, Latins) and it grew from it into a regional confederation dominated by Rome. Provincial peoples played no real role before they were integrated into Roman state apparatus : it took a lot of times...
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    AHC/WI: Germanic and Slavic,etc Dynasties of the Undivided Roman Empire

    That's rather the Vth century you're describing, with groups of Barbarians moving and settling on their own, after negotiating or forcing their way, in Roman provinces. But for the IIIrd and IVth centuries, Barbarians essentially raided down Roman provinces and rarely settled as whole peoples...
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    Roman Hibernia worth it?

    On the other hand, linguistical differences might not have played a major role into ethnic or tribal differentiation : we know several instances of Germanic peoples having either Celtic (Gaulish) names or some of their kings having Gaulish names as well. It really was something that appeared...
  13. LSCatilina

    AHC: fracture arabic

    Subtitled Canadian French on french TV isn't rare. It's understable enough for most with some effort but for many, hearing it on the spot isn't obvious
  14. LSCatilina

    AHC: fracture arabic

    Indeed, but because they're used to hearing and processing various differences : on the other hand, I can tell you that a significant of French speakers are unable to really understand French canadian without subtitles and it's still definitely the same language.
  15. LSCatilina

    A China-like Roman Empire

    But China didn't had the same frontiers at all during all the imperial dynastic rule : it ruled over core areas and not necessarily all of them in the same time (the traditional North/South contrast). Similarily, an imperial Roman state apparatus could have survived as a dynamic and varying...
  16. LSCatilina

    AHC: fracture arabic

    A language isn't defined necessarily by mutual incomprehension, at least between neighbours : an Italian-speaker can, as you said with some effort and context clues make up for the differences at least up to a point, with another not-too much divergent Romance language. This is greatly supported...
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    AHC: fracture arabic

    Isn't effectively the situation IOTL? Granted, the prestige of Qu'ranic and Litterary Arab is big enough to have slowed the evolution down and having Arab speeches being considered as Arab rather than say, Maghrebi. But it does seems Arabic can't be considered a single language, not obviously at...
  18. LSCatilina

    AHC: Have other nations adopt an electoral college

    Have French President be elected by the Parliament (low and high chambers) functioning as an electoral college until 1962. It was influential enough in the XIXth and XXth century, and without presidential crises of the 1890's, you might see French president holding more power than IOTL...
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    Roman Hibernia worth it?

    Celts ("companions", "allied", possibly) were probably, originally, a confederation/coalition of Gaulish peoples in southern Gaul based on economical and possibly political grounds that traded and interacred with Phoceans of Massalia : initially Greeks named local "Lyges" or Ligurians (basically...
  20. LSCatilina

    AHC/POD/WI: Celtic Empire in Europe with the Roman Empire

    Thing is, I simply don't see how you could jump from heavily disputed leardership of a Pan-Gallic ensemble, to leader of a centralized state of Gaul. It's a bit, if you allow me the comparison, wondering how Pausanias, the leader of the pan-Hellenic coalition against Persians could pull up some...
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