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  1. WI: Saddam Hussein dies in 1959

    On October 7, 1959, an attempt on the life of Iraqi dictator Abd al-Karim Qasim was made by assassins sent by the Iraqi Ba'ath Party, allegedly with backing from Gamal Abdel Nasser. Among the assassins was a young man named Saddam Hussein. While Saddam was shot in the assassination attempt, the...
  2. GameBawesome

    WI: Plymouth Colony during the American Revolution

    What if Plymouth Colony, after the dissolution of the Dominion of New England, didn't get absorbed into Massachusetts. Instead, Plymouth asks for a formal charter from the crown, and Plymouth Colony remains separate from Massachusetts throughout the 18th Century. After uneventful for Plymouth...
  3. GameBawesome

    Cuisine of the Confederate States of America

    This is seems like a minor idea, but I’m curious about. In a POD where the Confederate States of America won independence around 1862, with international recognition from Britain and France, and war-wariness from Copperheads and Civilians of the North. So after independence of the CSA, what...
  4. GameBawesome

    WI: Admiral Yi Sun-sin lived?

    Admiral Yi Sun-Sin. One of the greatest, if not the greatest admirals in world history. With no prior naval experience, he won naval battle after battle with the Japanese during the Imjin War (with superior naval technology). He was fatally shot by an Arquebus, during the last stages of the war...
  5. GameBawesome

    WI: Battle of the Alamo never happens?

    The Battle of the Alamo is one of the most famous battles in Texan History, to the point it's part of Texan Identity. Many famous leaders of the Texan Revolution were there, like William Travis, James Bowie, and Davy Crockett, died there, and were mythologized afterwards. So what if this...
  6. WI: Pothinus captures Pompey instead of killing him

    What if, instead of deciding to have Pompey killed, Pothinus had him arrested and handed him over to Julius Caesar alive?
  7. WI: Milton Obote and Tito Okello killed in 1980

    Just before the 1980 Ugandan elections, a group of Idi Amin loyalists known as the Western Nile Front ambushed former and future Uganda president Milton Obote as he was touring the West Nile sub-region of Uganda. Obote was nearly killed, and so was Tito Okello, a high-ranking military commander...
  8. GameBawesome

    WI: Yugoslavia breakups during mid-200s or early 2010s

    Yugoslavia was former nation in the Balkans, formed from the Southern Slavs after WWI. After decades of ethnic and religious tensions between Serbs, Croatians, Bosnians, Slovenians, and Macedonians, Yugoslavia broke up in 1992, which lead to the most horrific war of the 21st Century, the...
  9. WI: Greater Luxemburgian Empire?

    Louis I of Hungary died in 1382 and was succeeded in his realms by his eldest daughter, Mary. Since Mary was still underage, the real power at the time rested in the hand of her mother, Elisabeth of Bosnia and the noble faction led by the then Palatine of Hungary, Miklós Garai. In the few years...
  10. Prince Henry Frederick Stuart lives and gets to pick a bride. Who would he choose?

    So I've been trying to figure out what would have happened if Henry Frederick Stuart didn't die prematurely. I have him marrying Catherine de'Medici (1593-1629) when he's still the Prince of Wales. When Catherine dies in 1629 he has the chance to remarry without his father's interference...
  11. What if Elizabeth Stuart married a Catholic?

    James I wanted to be seen as a peacemaker and married his children to spouses of different denominations. What if he married his son to a protestant and his daughter to a Catholic instead of the other way around? Who would be Elizabeth's Catholic groom? I've heard that Anne of Denmark wanted a...
  12. HammerofWar

    Kennedy's post-Presidential career

    I've heard what people think Kennedy would do if he weren't assassinated, but I wonder what he would do after. Assume he serves only the one term or both both if you want. What does he do after the Presidency? Does he stay in politics? Write books? Raise his family?
  13. WI: Julian survived

    The Roman Emperor Julian, known to history as "the Apostate", was the last pagan emperor, and the last emperor of the Constantinian dynasty. He reigned for less than two years before dying from a spear wound at the 363 Battle of Samarra. The wound was probably dealt by a Lakhmid auxiliary in the...
  14. Challenge: Papal States Annexed By Spain

    As soon as Spain had control over southern Italy around the early 16th century could they somehow annex the Papal States too? Assuming the Sack of Rome that happened at that same century occurred could Spain then decide to annex the Papal States in order to ensure a loyal papacy and also to...
  15. WI: Michigan gets the Toledo Strip

    Today marks the anniversary of the unofficial end of the Toledo War, a mostly bloodless conflict between Michigan Territory and the state of Ohio over a disputed territory known as the Toledo Strip. Congress proposed a compromise where Michigan would get statehood and the entirety of the Upper...
  16. GameBawesome

    WI: No Russian Conquest of Central Asia

    With a POD from 16th Century to 19th Century, what if Russia (for whatever reason, such as financial troubles, military loses, or Western threats) never conquered and annex these Central Asia, including Kazakh Khanate Khanate of Khiva Khanate of Bukhara/Emirate of Bukhara Kokand Khanate Turkmen...
  17. President Sunflower

    If Pokemon never got released outside of Japan, would Digimon get recognized by American and Japanese alike?

    Let's say that Pokemon got a higher backlash regarding the banned Porygon Episode, Nintendo and Game Freak decides not to release it in America and other countries excluding Japan, Would Digimon get Recognized by The West and other Countries? Who would be Digimon mascot? would it butterfly away...
  18. WI: Alberto Pollio survives

    In 1914, during the leadup to World War I, Italian general Alberto Pollio died. The official cause of death was a heart attack, but suspicions that he was murdered have floated for over a century. What if he had lived?
  19. Rainbow Sparkle

    WI: Morocco wishes to become a US state?

    I recently remembered reading about how Morocco and the US have had very good relations dating back from the founding of the country or shortly after it, and had a very weird and random idea pop into my head. Moving aside the likely improbaility of it, what might the response be in the US or...
  20. Keith Relf joins Led Zeppelin

    After the Yardbirds broke up Keith decided to join Jimmy Page's band as a rhythm guitarist. What will change to the band? Keith doesn't die in 1976.
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