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  1. Soviet Sanity Options 1939-1941

    So, either the whole Soviet Union, or just Beria, depending on how you look at it? I'm not sure how seriously you mean this, but I know there really are people who think the Stalinist era was a time of spineless lick-spittles doing the bidding of a single psychopath, so please excuse me while I...
  2. Wank the Russian Federation

    "Demographic laws"? I think you overstate the case. Shifting demographics is like turning an oil tanker. There are definite constraints and one heck of alot of momentum, but in fact demographic trends are in a constant state of change. And yes, the aftershocks of two German invasions and the...
  3. What would a Russian empire look like today?

    Yes it was. Keep in mind between 5-12 million people died in the Russian Civil War (more if you add in related wars like the Polish-Ukranian wars and the Polish-Soviet war). Add to that, the Spanish Flu was in the process of ravaging Russia. No. The Bolsheviks had also committed atrocities...
  4. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    This TL continues to be just great fun to read. fasquardon
  5. WI: Trotsky leads the USSR instead of Stalin?

    No, no it does not result in realistic Red Alert. That is an oxymoron. The games are cheesy fun where the Soviets are evil because Kane says so. The real Bolsheviks did evil things because they were zealots who tried to force reality to look like their fantasies with other people's blood...
  6. AHC: Make professional wrestling stereotypically associated with the left wing and/or progressivism.

    Which leads to in interesting question: if pro-westling had taken off in the USSR, what sort of stories would it tell to help people survive Communism? Just imagine the dry humour the Soviet citizens applied to their day-to-day lives applied to the physical theater of pro wrestling. An...
  7. What if the Soviet Union won the Cold War?

    Then the red US would win the Cold War. You may have noticed from real history that the communist states were really good at falling out with each other. China was for most of the Cold War more hostile to the USSR than the US was. And besides which, a "red" USA would mostly just be the USA...
  8. What would a Russian empire look like today?

    The possibilities are vast. However, I'll tell you what it won't be: the Soviet Union. The Russian Revolution was an enormous convulsion, as was WW1 itself, and without a Russian Revolution WW2 is also butterflied away or changed enormously. With the 3 defining events that shaped what would...
  9. What if the Soviet Union won the Cold War?

    Given how far ahead the US started, I just cannot imagine how the Soviet Union could overtake the US before we go into future history. The US is really, really powerful and there is alot of infrastructure, alot of factories, alot of smart, educated people, alot of coal, alot of oil, alot of...
  10. AHC: Make Tsar Nicholas II a communist.

    I think a true conversion would be pretty much impossible. But I could imagine Nicholas coming around to some sort of Nationalist Bolshevik fudge for his personal beliefs that would let him justify to himself mouthing support for the regime. I think Nicholas did have a real sense of duty...
  11. Allied victory if Russia falls in WW 2

    I would imagine it would take at least another year or two. It does depend on when the USSR falls though. Most likely, the USSR would break in 1942. The Germans seem to have come very, very close to shattering organized resistance in that year. It doesn't mean the end of fighting on the...
  12. AHC: Make Tsar Nicholas II a communist.

    All of what you say is true. Added to that, Nicky's screw-ups made him justly hated by large segments of the population. Even so, I don't think it is impossible to imagine the Bolsheviks taking a different course. For example, taking the view that executions are a bourgeoisie instrument of...
  13. AHC: Make Tsar Nicholas II a communist.

    Considering that Nicky was a bit of a Christian fundamentalist (combine this with the old divine right of kings idea, and you see why he thought he needed to rule Russia as an autocrat) this could be difficult. Some of his children might become genuine supporters of the regime, and if Nicky...
  14. What would a Lukashenko-led Russia look like today?

    This is an interesting one. Belarus has done pretty well since 1991, especially compared to other post-Soviet states. I'm not familiar enough with the how and the why of Lukashenko's politics and the Belarusian context to say if he could turn Russia into a giant Belarus (which would be a vast...
  15. What kind of peace could Germany get in Fall of 1941

    That would be a disaster. But completely in character for the Nazis. 1) it wastes alot of German lives. 2) they may not be able to take Moscow. 3) IF they take Moscow they may not have a Soviet government left to make peace with, and end up stuck in a quagmire. Yes, from the modern histories...
  16. Soviet Sanity Options 1939-1941

    Well, if we're picking the next ruler of the Soviet Union based on luck, surely Anastas Mikoyan is the man? Who better than the man reputed to be so lucky he could walk between raindrops to lead the Soviets through WW2? OK, I kid. I am not sure how one could spend decades being entrusted...
  17. Soviet Sanity Options 1939-1941

    Thanks for the info! The reason why I ask is because in reading accounts of Barbarossa, over and over there are stories of Soviet units fighting fiercely but without the coordination that would make best use of their equipment. For example tank units attacking without infantry or artillery...
  18. Soviet Sanity Options 1939-1941

    All of your points are very good. Especially pointing out the lack of people low down on the chain of command (indeed, the rapid inflation of the Red Army from 1.3 million men in 1937 to 5 million men before the war, added to the high mortality rates for officers during the war, meant extremely...
  19. What if the british transfered all the irish catholic population of Northern Ireland to the RoI?

    You can't have forced population transfers without mass killing. 'Cuz people are pretty attached to their homes. And as others have mentioned, the communities in Ireland were very close and intertwined. Religious persecution on this level would leave lots of protestants in Northern Ireland...
  20. An Age of Science - America in the Feynman Era

    Out of curiosity, how had California solved similar funding crunches before this? fasquardon
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