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  1. Japan goes north instead of south in WWII?

    *headdesk* I just sort of assumed there was, based on this being something that was seriously considered by a nation with such an obvious oil problem.
  2. Japan goes north instead of south in WWII?

    I recently learned that this idea had been floated and ultimately rejected, and also about the speculation surrounding it. (Specifically, on the effects it might have on the Eastern Front. Because Youtube.) The thing is, I think in and of itself this will be of minimal help to the Nazis. The...
  3. AHC: A Better Map of Africa

    I believe the name of the style I'm looking for is QBAM....
  4. AHC: A Better Map of Africa

    Looks awesome. Now lets make it into a patch for whatever this site's perferred map is named and also figure out which areas are most likely to form EU-style economic unions.
  5. AHC: A Better Map of Africa

    I was under the impression that SA was also sort of a state by the end of colonialism. Also, not sure about having people moving around so much when the explicit purpose is a nicer, more economically prosperous post-colonial period.
  6. AHC: A Better Map of Africa

    Well, one does not need to be setting out to make ethnic states per se to have thoughts like "let's not split this community between two states" or "if these two tribes are bitter enemies with centuries of traditional enmity behind them, perhaps we shouldn't force them to try to work together."...
  7. AHC: A Better Map of Africa

    Africa and the Middle East's borders are famously screwed up, drawn by European powers with no thought as to who actually lives in these places and their relationships with their neighbors. Say they had been kinder, decolonization done better, and borders had been drawn with the natives in mind...
  8. WI: Building a Launch Loop in 1997--political and practical ramifications

    Appreciated, but right now I'm more concerned with selling it to the American people. Though, the ballooning costs would put an arrow in the quiver against Gore... The obvious counter-argument is that the technology won't be there unless we make it. I mean, manned space flight hasn't really...
  9. WI: Gore presidency?

    I have a specific series of events in mind, but they're inconsequential to this thread--the important thing is that Gore wins the 2000 election. How is American politics and the world changed by this? I imagine 9/11 would still happen; as much shit as I gave Bush over his many questionable...
  10. WI: Building a Launch Loop in 1997--political and practical ramifications

    So I've been kicking around an idea for a timeline--it'll be ASB, as it involves scientists spotting a quasar that'll fuck the solar system up in 130 years (incidentally, it'd be nice to know how long these scientists would need to be observing it to make that determination)--involving Clinton...
  11. AHC: Colony of Muslims in the America's

    Well, what drove Spain to explore?
  12. AHC: Colony of Muslims in the America's

    Economically speaking, what we have with al-Andalus is a version of Spain and Portugal that's less tied into the trade of Europe and more tied into the trade of North Africa. I have to imagine it would occur to them that if they can sail down the coast, they can cut out a lot of middle men in...
  13. In Southern Africa, why did the Bantu have a greater resistance to smallpox than the Khoisan?

    Bantu civilization had cities and domesticated animals--and therefore, plagues. The Khoisan did not, and so didn't have such hardy immune systems. At least, that's my guess.
  14. OTL question: did medical cannibalism happen in America?

    It was consistent with the four humors system of medicine and homeopathy, and you'd think if people found it objectionable more would have been written about it.
  15. OTL question: did medical cannibalism happen in America?

    So yeah, in the not too distant past, Europeans were cannibals. There's no word in the article about whether the practice of using bits of dead bodies as medicine ever crossed the Atlantic, but I have to imagine that like most European fads it would have.
  16. If the Confederacy somehow did win...what happens next?

    Oh, we'll be jumping off the Turtledove train, like, as soon a the peace treaty is signed. While I can't rule out a second war (because I have no idea what I'm doing at this point), I sincerely doubt it'd go anything like How Few Remain.
  17. If the Confederacy somehow did win...what happens next?

    It's that time of year again when I start kicking around my Confederate victory TL idea, only this time I'm not looking for clever workarounds to make it at least somewhat plausible because, quite frankly, I don't believe it is. So instead we're going the tried and true route of not losing the...
  18. If the Confederacy somehow did win...what happens next?

    Wrong forum, sorry. Please lock thread. Or delete it, preferably.
  19. Flag Thread IV

    These are butt ugly concept arts--I made them in paint--but the same conservation of tradition that makes the Third American Republic's flags so "boring" makes me think I can get away with it; these are really just American flags with 52 and 53 stars, respectively, so really the only thing I...
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