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  1. The Dragon of Greece

    Upon my recent trip to Istanbul I was inspired to revisit a scenario that is a favourite of myself and many others; saving the Byzantine Empire. Already not too long ago I have played such a game in Europa Universalis 4, so, despite it seeming like too easy a challenge, I decided this time to...
  2. WI another St Pats

    A friend of mine once made an interesting observation. There are only two days of the year the whole world gets drunk; new year, and paddies day. An exaggeration of course. But still, it is curious how widespread st pats is, even beyond the domain of areas of Irish settlement. How could we...
  3. Post war- save the UK

    The world wars were not great for Britain. They utterly destroyed British power, both the obvious surface stuff in the empire, and the far more important but less tangible unofficial empire, the economy, etc... Of course keeping Britain as number 1 in the world would require something to be...
  4. The Years of Potatoes and Chillis

    What would have happened in the Americas had they been left to develop themselves? To get to this assume some sort of ASB level event keeps the Europeans and Asians in their place. A big virus knocks them down to a stone age level or some such. However posted here because the actual point of...
  5. WI: No Native American civilizations

    WI when the Europeans show up in the Americas they find no 'civilizations'. By this I mean no Aztecs, Incas, et al. No pyramids. No cities beyond a small agricultural village level and no gold beyond trinkets. Basically the whole of two continents never got far beyond a NE US native american...
  6. WI no atomic bombing of Japan

    As I made clear in the thread we recently had about what made Japan surrender I very much fall with the academic train of of thought that the nuclear bombs had very little to do with it. Japan was already making serious moves towards surrender and it was only a matter of time. The US however...
  7. Do away with cars

    Cars suck. I hate cars. They have their uses sure but the way short sighted idiots destroyed the world in the 20th century in order remould it to be more car friendly...simply criminal stuff. So. A challenge. How can we make it so that automobiles (no technicalities by making everyone go...
  8. WI the native americans were white?

    There is a theory (which at the moment is falling out fashion) which speaks of ice age Europeans contributing a lot to the makeup of the Native Americans. That as well as people coming over the land bridge from Asia, people who lived along the edge of the ice sheet also made the trip over...
  9. How could the Spartans go imperial?

    I've been playing Rome Total War 2 recently. Yes, I know, sharp intakes of breath, an absolutely horrible way to learn anything remotely to do with history. Obviously Sparta becoming an analogue for the Roman Empire as it has in my game is stupid. But, playing the game has got me thinking...
  10. WI no doping rules

    WI professional sports never developed an objection to performance enhancing drugs? I mean, it doesn't really make sense; to deny certain specific chemicals that make sports people better.... Of course, the long term health effects raise major questions over the long term wisdom but hey-ho...
  11. Surviving Lombard League

    Lately I've been reading a fair bit about medieval communes, the history of Switzerland, city states, etc... It is quite interesting stuff to see how widespread such pseudo-democratic institutions were in the high medieval period, where by the early modern period they had largely vanished...
  12. WI no Swiss unification

    WI the Swiss never federate in the 19th century and remain a loose confederation? Sure, its Switzerland, post renaissance they've never exactly rocked the boat so the impact won't be on a par with other nations not unifying. But still. The effect of having a bunch of small, semi-united...
  13. WI no aids?

    A odd thought that hit me today. What if there was no HIV/Aids? It doesn't seem such a hard thing to have occur. All it might take is some lonely African guy not getting busy with a chimp. Certainly its emergence was a odd event which was by no means inevitable. In particular what I was...
  14. WI Gypsy Israel

    WI in the wake of WW2 a decision is made to give the Roma a homeland? Ah, I hear you cry, its not so simple as that. The Jews had many rich and powerful figures amongst them and on their side, who had been pressing for Israel for decades. And yes! The Roma didn't want such a thing. It goes...
  15. WI: More sporting Berwicks

    This is in after 1900 but it is really more of a late victorian period onwards question, no 1900 limit needed. Berwick Rangers are a rather insignificant football team from a small town which have never really amounted to anything. They are however fairly famous down to one odd fact about...
  16. WI: A European North Korea

    With a cold war POD, preferably the 80s/90s. How could we have a European (west of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine definition) nation which to this day continues to hold on to a totalitarian, rogue state government? The regime has to be nasty. Merely being totalitarian or keeping communist...
  17. WI No Yamato people?

    What if the ancestors of the Japanese never colonise Japan? The islands get left for the Ainu, the Emishi and whatever other pre-Japanese groups there may be. I guess some Koreans are bound to show up sooner or later (but then that it sort of covered by the POD, the Koreans being believed to...
  18. DBWI: Non-European world cup winner

    So the world cup (the association football one, bugger off cricket and baseball fans, you had your turns last year) is coming up soon. This year it is going to be held in Brazil due to the now aborted (poor Australasia won't get its chance) FIFA masterplan to have a world cup on every...
  19. WI no Tianmen Square massacre

    What if the Tianmen Square protests were succesful? What if the Chinese government doesn't crack down and the PRC goes the way of the Warsaw Pact? How would things develop in China towards a full overthrow of the government? What would happen next? I wouldn't be very enthusiastic about the...
  20. Football WI: No class of 92

    Last night I watched the (actually rather depressing) documentary, The Class of 92. It was about the famous Man Utd team of the late 90s and how they all came through the youth system together. So WI for various reasons Man Utd doesn't quite invest in its youth scouting system in the same way...
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