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  1. Thanks, I will check it out at some point. Hope you've been well.

    Thanks, I will check it out at some point. Hope you've been well.
  2. What if the Eastern Pact was real?

    Mao establishes a permanent occupation force in North Korea after the Korean War and takes a much bigger role in the Vietnam War, also with a mind to keeping Chinese troops there. The PRC "gifts" North Korea a massive piece of Stalinist neoclassical architecture built in Pyongyang. In 1955 the...
  3. What would an area of Manchuria and the Far East be called as an independent nation?

    Probably "Amuria" or "Trans-Kitai" is the best bet. But to get the demographics you're thinking of, you would have to start far earlier than World War II. If your PoD is the Soviets taking Manchuria at the end of World War II, there are already 30-40 million Chinese living there. The total...
  4. AHC: A more ethnically diverse China

    Eliminate or diversify the use of Chinese characters. IOTL the widespread use and standardization of writing across different spoken languages had a strong unifying effect as it meant the same ideas and orthodoxies could be disseminated across a continent-sized area for thousands of years...
  5. What TL ideas do you have that will probably never see the light of day?

    Strangely, I found it easier to harbor the fantasy of researching and writing a TL to completion back when I knew less history. Now, the more I learn the less I feel equipped or even interested enough to seriously try. But if I ever managed to surmount these problems, I'd probably do some...
  6. If Japan remained a democracy and never joined the Axis, would manga/anime exist in its modern form?

    It would still exist but in a much different form, as the influences and development would be different. It could easily end up not being well-known in the West at all if the greater historical path prevents Japan from becoming an economic superpower.
  7. The Anglo/American - Nazi War - The on-going mystery

    I practice Falun Gong. Its teachings are basically Buddhist and Daoist in nature (and no, not of the "Yellow Turban rebellion" sort) so things like notions of racial superiority or political power don't come into the picture at all. Due to a combination of cultural unfamiliarity and CCP...
  8. Wars that could have had a second round

    Second Sino-Soviet War. The first one being a border conflict between the Red Army and the Northeastern Chinese Fengtian Clique in 1929 concerning rights to the China Eastern Railway.
  9. How far could a Denguist North Korea go?

    I can imagine this happening, especially if something like the "Yan'an faction" takes over that is more clearly aligned with China than trying to strike a balance between Beijing and Moscow. Come the 1980s, the Korean Workers Party follows the new line of Deng Xiaoping to develop the commodity...
  10. Hypercolonialism: A TL in a day by an utter illiterate in pre-1900 events

    Thanks! I think by far the most implausible part of this TL is how France semi-magically imposes its will upon the rest of west-central Europe while simultaneously running a worldwide colonial project rivaling that of the British empire. The speed of the Americans' expansion is also pretty...
  11. Hypercolonialism: A TL in a day by an utter illiterate in pre-1900 events

    While thinking of variations for Risk a couple years ago, I envisioned a four-player scenario where each side is assigned territories based (very vaguely) on OTL colonial powers. Late last year I became curious as to how this might look on an actual map, so I took one of those micro Worlda...
  12. AHC: Perfect Stalin?

    I think it's sort of possible for Stalin to be remembered as a "benevolent dictator" if he can keep the body count low and avoid things like the Great Terror, dekulakization (and associated famine), and gulag system. The huge question is whether he could manage this and still be able to seize...
  13. AHC/WI: "De-Hitlerize" a victorious Nazi Germany

    Pretty much this. I think people are giving the Nazis too much credit when they claim that they can just stay ideologically consistent for years and decades. People operate on interests and particularly after revolutionary fervor has worn off, comfort and profit take over. IMO it wouldn't take...
  14. AHC: Perfect Stalin?

    Make a wholesome and benevolent Stalin? Sure, he'd be a priest or a poet, maybe both. With the skill he demonstrated IOTL, he might even become famous for his charitable works or something. Wholesome and benevolent Stalin who is also head of the USSR? Impossible; the best-case scenario is that...
  15. What should the United States, Britain, and France, have done differently regarding Germany, and Europe, at the End of World War One?

    The main thing is to contain/mitigate Germany's military threat while encouraging its economic and cultural integration with the rest of Europe. The only other solution is to destroy Germany and rebuild it as was done IOTL WW2, which sort of defeats the purpose of the thread. To this end, I'd...
  16. East Germany as a North Korea analogue

    IOTL, East Germany was probably the best-developed country in the Eastern bloc, and on paper it was an open society that had rejected the evils of Nazism and endeavored to rebuild the country as a humane and advanced socialist state. Throughout the Cold War it tried to maintain this image...
  17. How could you create 'true' world peace by the 21st century?

    The Cold War wasn't just two superpowers. It was the superpowers and their client states, which did the fighting.
  18. How could you create 'true' world peace by the 21st century?

    Have the world be taken over by two massive superpowers. They are locked in a permanent Cold War with each other and hence there are no hot wars.
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