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  1. Independent Texas as failed state

    I know folks here tend to have a dim view of the CSA's prospects, and the smart money is certainly on the Union. I generally don't do CSA victory timelines because A) been done and B) I'm a bit troubled by their association with a kind of wish fulfillment that Ta-Nehisi Coates calls the "corrupt...
  2. The renaming of Maryland

    Chesapeake Potomac Charlesland New _____ (New Essex, New Yorkshire, etc.)
  3. Independent Texas as failed state

    I'm kicking around an idea for a story set in an AH universe. The story would be set in Houston in the present day, so the AH timeline is backstory and doesn't have to be realistic, but I'd like to at least make a go of a plausible backstory. The present day has the following characteristics...
  4. Does this ruin the Constitutional Convention?

    The procedural concerns of Southern secessionists were essentially a smokescreen for their distributive interests -- that it was in their interest for slavery to survive. It's a common thing. Notice, for example, what people say about the filibuster depending on who is doing the filibustering...
  5. One thing you would change

    No 3/5 compromise. Dan Walker Howe in What Hath God Wrought points out all the things that would get butterflied away by this, including the Trail of Tears and (IIRC) the Mexican-American War. More recently, I would love to see a successful People's Party. I'm not sure how to do this (maybe...
  6. Keep Five Points as an existing neighbourhood

    Cool! Then I guess the next question I would have is, what is the backstory of your world that is leading towards that future? Is it post-apocalyptic? What sort of apocalypse? If current transportation technologies are knocked offline, and Manhattan becomes, still a great city at the center...
  7. American Revolutionary War as European Land War?

    Any interest in this one? I think it's an intriguing scenario with some interesting butterflies for the French revolutionary wars.
  8. Alternate Endings for the American Revolution

    In this scenario, white supremacy is even stronger in the United States than OTL, and the interpretation of the United States and its destiny that rose in rebellion in 1861 would dominate the country. Filibustering expeditions would be more successful. A greater portion of Mexican land would be...
  9. Keep Five Points as an existing neighbourhood

    So the story takes place in an alternate, steampunk version of the 19th century? In what time period is the story set? I was under the impression that this was sometime in the future, which is why I was talking about 20th century urban planning trends, but steampunk means an earlier point of...
  10. Keep Five Points as an existing neighbourhood

    Well, I mean, it already does. Two of the five streets are gone, and the other three all have different names. There are honking big buildings that are used for major government business where they used to run. So, I'm suggesting that for the Five Points to plausibly exist as the Five Points...
  11. Question for Arab world scholars

    The opening chapters of No God but God by Reza Aslan have some great information on pre-Islamic Arabia, though more focused on its spiritual and religious aspects. The cosmopolitanism of it in particular is fascinating.
  12. Keep Five Points as an existing neighbourhood

    There is a difference between improving the fortunes of an impoverished community, and forcing that community elsewhere. I went to the Five Points once, and it was unrecognizable. Though New York changes quite a bit, the city now changes less than the old city used to. The existing buildings...
  13. American Revolutionary War as European Land War?

    The invasion never really got off the ground. They never actually landed on British soil, they were thwarted in some inconclusive naval actions. The plan was for France to retain Portsmouth. I like this. I was intrigued by an AH challenge thread about increasing the prestige of Czech language...
  14. American Revolutionary War as European Land War?

    Here's one I don't think I've read here. The ARW was a far-reaching conflict, whose European powers kept fighting after the Thirteen Colonies had secured independence. Spain and France fought Britain in colonial struggles across the world, invaded Minorca and attempted to do the same at...
  15. Davis' Empire

    I think, um, I think that you are joking? If you are joking this is pretty great satire of Lost Cause/Confederacywank BS. If you are not joking this is so, so wrong.
  16. Map Thread X

    That is a heck of a map. What base map and program did you use?
  17. Alternate Electoral Maps

    1896: William Jennings Bryan/Arthur Sewall -- Democratic (244 Electoral Votes) William McKinley/Garet Hobart -- Republican (203 Electoral Votes) American political historians fiercely debate the meaning of the 1896 election, some labeling it the beginning of the Fourth Party System, and...
  18. Map Thread IX

    I like it. Now that we have enough Signatures of Redress to force a vote of no confidence in the Wisconsin parliament, I'm gonna try to make my balkanized North America map again, and I might use this scheme.
  19. Nazi Victory Scenario: What happens to Russia?

    This fits into my long-term vision of a successful Nazi Germany. Such vast land, not enough population to people it, and such a fractious political system--and imagine how it will be after Hitler dies! We'd see it revert to something like a larger Holy Roman Empire: a series of overlapping...
  20. AHChallenge: USA-like New Spain

    New Spain became Mexico. In Look to the West, the UPSA is a successor state to the Viceroyalities of Peru and the Rio de la Plata.
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