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  1. Map Thread XIX

    OTL the reasons for the Jordan/KSA border are for Aqaba to be in Jordan, for Jordan to border Iraq, andfor Qurayyat to be in KSA. There's also some respect for natural land forms (the reason for the "indentation" on what seems like it should be a straight line along Jordan's southeast). The...
  2. Map Thread XIX

    The Biblical description of the Promised Land says "from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River" (the word river appears twice in close succession like that in the text). The river of Egypt is generally taken to mean the Nile. Of course, historically there were other rivers...
  3. The status of slavery without European abolitionism

    One interesting observation is that even in the absence of moral arguments against slavery, there are economic/labor ones. OTL, [free] workers often opposed slavery on the theory that slavery suppressed wages. While the modern labor relations structure is ultimately the child of the European...
  4. Map Thread XIX

    Amazing maps, both of you. I wanted to point out that the use of the term "Ghengisid" is weird because Genghis literally means "Universal" (which together with "khan" made him the "Universal Leader/Ruler/King/Whatever"), but it turns out that the Chinese apparently thought that Genghis was his...
  5. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict if Jordan keeps the West Bank?

    I'm pretty sure what we were explaining is why people who went to West Bank settlements OTL likely wouldn't just go to other settlements ITTL. As an aside, I wouldn't call OTL a consistent policy, since while there was somewhat continuous settlement, it wasn't for consistent reasons nor did it...
  6. Map Thread XIX

    That looks like...After the End? EDIT: Wow, multi-ninja'd.
  7. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict if Jordan keeps the West Bank?

    I broadly agree with you, though I do disagree on your point about Mt Hermon. I don't think Israel wanted Mt Hermon per se; the entire Golan Heights is of fairly equal strategic importance because it's a large portion of the basin of the Kineret, though I guess that the Hermon probably...
  8. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict if Jordan keeps the West Bank?

    It's also worth noting that a lot of the appeal of the West Bank settlements is the proximity to the Merkaz. A surprising number of setters are motivated less by ideology than pragmatism - West Bank settlements offer a way to live near Tel Aviv for much less money. The Golan, with its...
  9. What if the british transfered all the irish catholic population of Northern Ireland to the RoI?

    Don't forget it was also okay for the Greeks. Population transfer, overseen by the League of Nations, was seen at the time as a legitimate tool to help nation-states, not as the terrible force we perceive it as today. A population transfer of Catholics to RoI and Protestants to NI would see a...
  10. AHC Have the Jews become a majority in europe during the bubonic plague

    This is, unfortunately, pretty unlikely. Jews were well under 1% of the population of Europe as a whole at this time. Any event permitting Jews to be a majority of Europe's population due to plague-related die-off would also involve the complete collapse of civilization. You'd need something...
  11. If every US state had a Monarch, who would they choose?

    New Mexico would almost certainly be the Salazar family. They were and are also very prominent in Colorado as well, but I'm not sure if Colorado could/would have a Hispanic family.
  12. Does No Stalin = Large African American Population in USSR?

    Israela Avtau was born in Israel (thus the name) to Ethiopian immigrants. Anyway, for the premise, I don't think so. I don't think Stalin's racism extended to blacks, per se. But the thing is that very few Americans of any color moved to the USSR, because it became clear fairly quickly that it...
  13. AHC: Have Anatolia be considered European

    This. "Christendom" was used more-or-less as a synonym for "Europe" well into the Renaissance.
  14. Map Thread XIX

    The Hapsburg court is in Bruges, but who populates it? Spaniards, for the color? Germans, since Bruges is in Flanders and therefore basically Germany? What is the milk-tongue of a Hapsburg prince? EDIT: Also, absolutely amazing map.
  15. What was a best use for Elephants in the ancient world?

    Honestly, I'm pretty sure that the best use of elephants would have been for heavy construction projects. Elephants can lift and manipulate 200kg+ with their trunks as well as hauling immense loads, and have been used for this in Southeast Asia and India. Such elephants would also have longer...
  16. Map Thread XIX

    This was always the OTL plan. Egypt and Syria gave some lip-service to Palestinian independence, but Jordan's annexation of the West Bank speaks for itself and Egypt dissolved the nominally independent government in Gaza in the 50s. Zionists losing the the war doesn't mean an independent...
  17. Spacecraft launch locations in Mexico

    Alright, I concede.
  18. Spacecraft launch locations in Mexico

    Woomera is 1500 km west of the densely populated Australian east coast, which is about the same distance from southeasternmost Mexico to Haiti. It's true that both the American and French launchsites have lots of big empty ocean to their east, but they're also coincidentally the most equatorial...
  19. Spacecraft launch locations in Mexico

    I don't think anyone's ever worried about launching over inhabited areas except for Israel, which wanted to keep their rockets from being shot down more than anything else. Lots of launch sites are west of inhabited regions.
  20. AHC: a proxy war in name only

    The easiest that comes to mind for me would be for China (or the USSR) to send forces into Vietnam to support the North. Actually, one cool thing could be both. The Sino-Soviet split occurred during the Vietnam War and OTL the Vietname communists tried to play China and the USSR against each...
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