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  1. AHC: Christian denominations with vastly different biblical canons

    That's OTL--Protestants reject the deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament, while Catholics and Orthodox consider them canon (Orthodox Christians even have a few more books that Catholics don't use).
  2. Organized Technorationalist Movement

    [Lyndon LaRouche would like to know your location] There has been some sense of this ideology in the US, in the science fiction fandom and some fringe political movements, but it was disjointed and fairly ineffectual in the grand scheme of things. How to give it broader appeal and make it a...
  3. How can Western Allied Troops end up fighting alongside the Soviets on the Eastern Front

    Maybe if Leningrad falls and the Finns threaten to cut off Karelia, he’d request some Allied divisions into Murmansk?
  4. Apollo: The Case for the Saturn C-3

    If one has the Saturn V production line open, why not use a Saturn INT variant for LEO ops?
  5. Apollo: The Case for the Saturn C-3

    IMO, Apollo 6 should be counted as a loss-of-mission due to LV failure. The point was to demonstrate TLI, the S-IVB failed to restart, so the primary mission objective was not fulfilled. Anyway, back to OP's proposal: There is a potential Option C: Daisy-chained upper stages. If you put a...
  6. For All Mankind (AH Tv series at Apple TV)

    No air resistance and less gravity drop means all guns have much longer range on the Moon.
  7. Maghreb Great Power?

    From the sixteenth century on, the Maghreb (sans Morocco) was largely dominated by the Ottomans, and the economy of the region is most known for piracy and extortion. Could that have gone differently, with an independent Maghrebi state forming an important power in the western Mediterranean with...
  8. For All Mankind (AH Tv series at Apple TV)

    Could be just some kind of art shot, like that scene in ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ where the first episode closes on Gemini-Agena pointed at the Moon while Buzz Aldrin straddles it. Payload bay doors are closed in the shot, so it might be during a launch. Still begs the question of ‘why.’ We...
  9. Should Poland Take Side Between USSR and Germany?

    Also one million more soldiers drowning in mud during the rasputitsa, one million more soldiers to stretch the supply lines, and a Soviet Union that doesn't dismantle its 1939 border fortifications and is likely on high alert. No, I think a Polish-German conquest of the USSR is a pipe dream...
  10. Challenge: Manned Mars mission by 1999

    Perhaps if one somehow gets Space Station Freedom done before 1991, so that instead of the International Space Station, the 1990s sees a joint US-Russian-European Mars program? Meeting the 1999 deadline would be tough, but not wholly impossible.
  11. Russia Without Peter the Great

    @alexmilman Is it true that, before Peter I's reign, weddings in Muscovy involved whipping the bride? The biography by Robert Massie says that that was one of the things he changed, going instead with the German custom of a kiss. Or is that another one of those legends? More broadly, the...
  12. PC: Norse colonisation of Pomerania / Prussia

    They did have some presence there--Jomsburg, whether it was at Wollin or elsewhere, is partially attested-to. It was toward the end of the period the OP proposes, by which point there was some interaction between the Norse and the Slavs (Cnut the Great's family links to the Piasts being one of...
  13. TL-191: Featherston's Finest - Uniforms, Weapons, and Vehicles of the CSA and Freedom Party

    I don’t know if this has been asked yet, but looking at the Hound Dog on the previous page, why not give it a Merlin engine? Since the CSA is a British ally and all.
  14. Ruled Britannia Aftermath

    Scotland is still Protestant in the book (the Spanish send a lot of troops to garrison the border). I’m curious about Ireland—the fact that Irish troops make up a big part of the Spanish occupation force in England implies that the Spaniards very firmly planted a Catholic aristocracy in place...
  15. No WWI, which nation or empire do you think would develop the A-bomb first ?

    Dark horse candidate: France. They also had a great deal of talent in nuclear physics and an incentive to develop a source of electrical power separate from their coal mines (so inconveniently located near the German frontier).
  16. TV series proposal " The Auschwitz"

    Yes, the difficulty is that it’s difficult to invest an audience in people whose day job is shoving trainloads of people into gas chambers. Maybe a one-season miniseries adaptation of *This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen,* bringing Borowski’s recollections of life in the camp to the...
  17. 1632/Ring of Fire series: Is Grantville having a net positive or net negative effect?

    I don't recall it ever cropping up again, but that might just be that the Spaniards, who have been in Florida for a century at this point, just laughed and figured out the guy was compromised. Maybe a Spanish agent strangled him off-screen. I confess I haven't read up on them since 1635: The...
  18. Could Poland ever become an independent state without WW1?

    The United Kingdom is a multiethnic state and it's held onto Scotland even to this day. Given another few decades of Tsarist rule, who's to say that Polish separatist sentiment won't eventually become a minority ideology even in Poland itself? That can be accomplished either with the stick...
  19. What is the earliest point that there could have been a Female Doctor Who?

    I'm inclined to say that the 7th Doctor is the earliest time a woman can be cast in the role. Sadly, such a move would be seen as last-ditch floundering to save the show after the hiatus, the change to the 25-minute format, and the general decline it hit in the 1980s, and the actress, no matter...
  20. White Victory in Russia; Horrible?

    Wasn’t so much mine as some others’, but I agree. The other thing to consider is that the Soviets were happy to encourage abortion as a form of contraception (a legacy that persist to this day in that the Russian Federation has the highest per-capita abortion rate on Earth), which is not a...
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