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  1. WI: Rome stays away from Britain

    Problem with that is that Britannia had already come under Roman influence well before it was directly incorporated into the Empire. While Rome's military could stay away, its economic and cultural power could not since Britannia had resources which Rome would want. The major one here is tin...
  2. WI the far right brazilian coup of 1977 succeded?

    Probably. The main thing is that on both sides, getting a land war would be immensely difficult as there's no easy way to get to the border, so it would have to be done in other ways, meaning a heavier reliance on the Navy and Air Force. Even at this period, France has more manpower and better...
  3. WI the far right brazilian coup of 1977 succeded?

    I hate to say it, but Videla may be many things but - on that one topic - stupidity is not one of them. Still a horrible person, but I'd like to think there was a reason Galtieri was ultimately responsible for that and not Videla.
  4. WI the far right brazilian coup of 1977 succeded?

    Not so much that as leftover delusions from the Jânio Quadros era, where he thought it would make the map look more beautiful if Brazil took control of French Guiana. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed on that portfolio, which ultimately lead to Jânio's resignation because he was all around...
  5. WI the far right brazilian coup of 1977 succeded?

    If it was Gerald Ford, I don't know if he would do much unless he won against Carter - and even then, he's still a moderate Republican type that would prefer not to rock the boat too much. After all, we still have Kissinger, the delicate balance of terror, and all that. So much of the renewed...
  6. WI: 1952 Stalin Note leads to early German reunification

    In that case, how about a combo of both the EDC as a scaled-up version of the Brussels Treaty Organization (and also as a NATO satellite) on one hand, and on the other a <Deutsche Selbstverteidigungskräfte> on the JSDF model (which means it would have to be a joint effort of the Laender's...
  7. How Much Of China Can Be Effectively Colonized?

    Not quite; even during the 18th and 19th centuries, Written Chinese was changing and was not that entirely entrenched. Wényán was becoming more and more eclipsed by báihuà, despite the best efforts of the Imperial authorities, and even then basing it entirely on Mandarin was not that certain -...
  8. Learning to be Free Again: Electoral Wackiness in Post-Communist America

    Think of the US at this stage more like anything from Orbán's Hungary, to Vaclav Klaus and the Czech Republic, to the craziness that is Romanian politics. Or the National Union as something like Poland's PiS. In that case, Canada could best be seen as a sort of Belarus analogue, as the...
  9. How Much Of China Can Be Effectively Colonized?

    Definitely, and Dungan was part of what I had in mind because I've always been fascinated by their language.
  10. How Much Of China Can Be Effectively Colonized?

    They might, either through Romanization or a variation of characters or both. The usual explanation is the old Yiddish phrase that אַ שפּראַך איז אַ דיאַלעקט מיט אַן אַרמיי און פֿלאָט (a language is a dialect with an army and navy), which goes to explain why linguists in general are very wary...
  11. How Much Of China Can Be Effectively Colonized?

    Except that Written Chinese has never been that uniform, even among élites, and as a result it's easy to break it apart and have it go into different directions - not to mention that the gap between speech and writing is very wide between Written Chinese and Sinitic to the point where, at this...
  12. How Much Of China Can Be Effectively Colonized?

    Not even a revival of the Church of the East or similar Syriac Christian movement? After all, that branch of Eastern Christianity bent over backwards to accommodate itself to Chinese traditions and customs - until Emperor Wuzong of the Táng (唐) dynasty banned all "foreign" religions. Even if...
  13. 12:08 - Redux

    You know, I've only heard bits and pieces (primarily the title song) of Starlight Express from Andrew Lloyd Webber tribute/compliation albums, but never got to see/hear the musical. That makes a lot of sense the way you describe the character, and it would be interesting to see the butterflies...
  14. 12:08 - Redux

    Hmm, . . . It's too late now to contemplate, but if the tram revival in Britain coincided with Bombardier's purchase of UTDC from Ontario, and if the marketing effort was just a tad better, then vehicles akin to Toronto's streetcars could probably be a thing. There's also potential for some...
  15. 12:08 - Redux

    Makes sense, and why we (usually) never get the nicer train sets. I, for one, would love to see a Sprinter make its way across the Atlantic - heck, and apologies for sounding heretical on this, even a Pacer (either the OTL version or this TTL conception) would be an interesting sight to see.
  16. 12:08 - Redux

    Sounds like it would be much easier on the tracks than our potential, and ancient, trans-Atlantic equivalent: <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amtrak_Black_Hawk_in_Hillside,_July_1975.jpg>
  17. An automotive WI: What if MG/Rover was still around? What would their lineup look like?

    True, but my opinion is if you really want to get rid of many of the bad practices of the industry in Britain, many of the bad practices, from management on down, including stuff like the RAC tax hp rating, were set in stone before WW2 came about. (The unions were a later addition, but they...
  18. 12:08 - Redux

    I like that - we'll see if @Devvy goes along with it or not, since this is, after all, his TL.
  19. Request Maps/Flags/Coats of Arms/Heraldry here, II

    A lot of those designs look interesting. In particular, the third one looks great for just a torch, and the last one look great for a combo. No additional changes will be needed. :)
  20. An automotive WI: What if MG/Rover was still around? What would their lineup look like?

    Even if BL/Austin Rover became nothing more than a de facto Honda UK? (It would be funny seeing Rover serving a similar purpose in the UK/Europe as Acura did in North America.) The brands don't have to vanish much like how Talbot did under Peugeot ownership, but they could serve as auxiliaries...
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