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    AHC: Tibet recieves diplomatic recognition

    Well, there was this treaty, in which Mongolia and Tibet recognized each other. According to Wikipedia, there was some doubt about whether or not the Dalai Lama's representative had the legal authority to negotiate such a treaty, but I would say the treaty constitutes both a country recognizing...
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    Q: Less British India = Curbed Industrial Revolution ?

    If you want to explore the impact on the British balance of trade, I think one potential PoD would be for the British to not control the parts of India where they had farmers grow opium. If Britain can't export huge amounts of opium to China, then they lose a massive revenue stream in silver...
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    Japanese semi-auto rifle in 1933

    Somewhat counter-intuitively, the best chance for this happening is if Japan doesn't get engaged in a total war. If she is, then it makes sense to favor tried-and-true weapons that you can mass produce easily to equip the army. If Japan is at peace, or is only engaged in small-scale battles...
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    No Ray Kroc

    White Castle has been a thing since 1921... Perhaps they could become the model for the fast food industry?
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    Impact of German nuke

    While I don't doubt that the US occupation carried with it a lot of cultural influence, I have long held that the "Japan/Japanese people/Japanese culture is so weird!" même comes down to two main things. One, Japan was the first non-Western culture to become wealthy in modern times. Being a rich...
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    China Develops an Alphabetic script...China smash?

    It might be worth mentioning that there is a limited form of this in English, too. One of the reasons we spell "meet" and "meat", or "see" and "sea", differently is to help distinguish between words that sound the same. It's not strictly necessary--I can't think of a context where it would be...
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    So How Effective Were Kamikazes Anyways (Also, Sources Needed)

    IIRC, in Japan in the 1940s, bulk commodities, like rice and coal, were mainly shipped by barge via the canal network. The rail net was for people, and for more expensive goods. In the last few weeks of the war, the USAAF started air-dropping mines into these canals, which was already hampering...
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    China Develops an Alphabetic script...China smash?

    IIRC, both Hokkien and Cantonese have seperate written forms. Are they the only Chinese languages, aside from Mandarin, that do ? Why, in your mind, did not written "vernacular" forms develop for other Chinese languages? If you don't mind, I will try to provide an example. This is the Japanese...
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    WW2 interceptor with 4 engines ?

    I'm cheating a bit, but how about a bomber converted to a night fighter powered by the Aichi Ha-70? Like the German DB-606, it was an experiment to couple a pair of engines to a single driveshaft for more power. I have no idea how plausible it is, but if you could somehow stuff the thing into...
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    No Tripartite Pact?

    If you don't mind, I'll quote what I said one of the other times the idea of Nazi Germany allying with China instead of Militaristic Japan came up on here: To sum up, I don't think Nazi Germany would ever choose to ally with China over Japan if it has to choose one or the other. However, if...
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    What happens to Britain without ANY American aid in WWII?

    It's an intriguing idea, no doubt. I could see the UK coming to terms with Japan, and even agreeing to try to broker a peace between China and Japan (which probably wouldn't work, but still). The government could sell it to the public as "we must do whatever it takes to prevent our involvement...
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    What happens to Britain without ANY American aid in WWII?

    It depends on a lot of factors, obviously, but my instinct is to say that Militaristic Japan will not strike south in 1941 if they can get the resources to continue the war in China on the world market. The priority will be on the fighting in China, and the Army was keen to keep a large force in...
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    WI: Ki-43 with cannons

    To be fair, according to my Osprey book on the Ki-44, it was only pilots who had flown the other Japanese fighters who tended to dislike it. It required different tactics than the ones that they were used to, and they disliked the high landing speed required. Pilots who went straight from...
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    AHC: a Richer Japan

    On the topic of the growth of GDP per capita in Japan, this may be relavent: As you can see above, the growth rate of GDP per capita in Japan has outpaced all other developed nations in the past 18 years. If that rend continues, than Japan should start to catch up to the level of the US...
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    AHC: All three major european monarchies (England, Germany, Russia) survive post-1960

    Here's a brief sketch of a TL idea I've been playing around with for years. Parts of it are a bit implausible, but overall, I think it's workable. The crux of the idea is a worse Dogger Bank Incident. The Russian Navy fires on some British ships, leading to a brief firefight, with loss of lives...
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    WI: Taiwan has nuclear capability in 1989

    It all depends on how this becomes public knowledge, I think. If China finds out that Taiwan is developing nuclear weapons before the first sweapon is built, then I think China will attack. In 1989, I think it most likely that this results in a Chinese defeat, but the US had helped to defend...
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    What happens to Britain without ANY American aid in WWII?

    When I was a college student, I completed an internship at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum. One of the files I got to work on was from the estate of a bomber pilot who served for years in the Pacific. He had included his written orders from his missions. This is actually one of the...
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    No Second Sino-Japanese War: What Fate for the Treaty-Port System?

    Let's say, for whatever reason, Japan avoids the slide into militarism in the 1930s, and there is no invasion of Manchuria, no First Battle of Shanghai, and no total war in China. (The reason why falls outside the scope of this discussion.) Absent the war, and with no need to appease a Chinese...
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    What happens to Britain without ANY American aid in WWII?

    While I don't disagree with your larger point, I have to quibble with the phrase "the Japanese occupation of French Indo-China" . This is not solely directed at you, for I have seen other posters on this site phrase it the same way. Nonetheless the occupation of French Indo-China by...
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    AHC: Socially progressive Japan

    OK, before I can weigh in on this, I will need to ask for some clarification. I don't understand what many of these points are supposed to mean, so I can't really offer anything meaningful yet. Point number one: What does this mean? The linked post doesn't mention the phrase Civil rights at...
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