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How chaotic would the politics of a surviving Yugoslavia in the 21st century be? I’d imagine it’d be like Belgium but 10x messier.
 
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How did the nuking chain of command work in the US?
Like I know that the president had a passcode but not much else, so who told who to do what before the missiles were launched?
 
How did the nuking chain of command work in the US?
Like I know that the president had a passcode but not much else, so who told who to do what before the missiles were launched?
Apparently in the 90s the President enters the nuclear codes and the entire staff goes into launch mode without even bothering to check if the order has really been given to launch everything in the arsenal. At least is what happens in various series.
 
Apparently in the 90s the President enters the nuclear codes and the entire staff goes into launch mode without even bothering to check if the order has really been given to launch everything in the arsenal. At least is what happens in various series.
The impression I got as well
Asking here just to check since I dont trust my TV series knowledge
 
How did the nuking chain of command work in the US?
Like I know that the president had a passcode but not much else, so who told who to do what before the missiles were launched?
From what I know the Secretary of Defense also has to approve and nuclear launch by law it but for all intents and purposes he is just a rubber stamp and he has to just agree with whatever the president has said. The roll he really seems to play is more of a verifier who guaranties that it is actually the president giving the order.
 
AHC: With the POD after September 1 1939, make civil war happened in UK and became a totalitarianism states, basically a North Korea in Europe, yeah it's 1984 Oceania.
There's a old TL which called images of 1984 did a very impressive job, but I wonder how would make it happened realistically ?
 
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kingdom of croats serbs and montenegrins what instead of slovenians it was montenegrins and slovenia ether independent or part of Austria why did this not happen in the original timeline?
 
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kingdom of croats serbs and montenegrins what instead of slovenians it was montenegrins and slovenia ether independent or part of Austria why did this not happen in the original timeline?
Well, I don't consider myself an expert on this but from what I have found it seems to be for two main reasons. One, many in Montenegro viewed themselves as Serbs even today almost 28% identify as Serbian while 42% speak Serb. There was a real sense of cultural and Slavic connection between the 2 groups. Two was Politics, Montenegro after the war had 2 major political parties the Whites (Bjelaši) and the Greens (Zelenaši) the south slavic unification movement had been gaining a lot of steam, especially after World War I as such the pro-unification whites dominated the government. Initially, the kings of Montenegro and Serbia came to an agreement known as the Venetian agreement where Montenegro would be unified with Serbia but Montenegro would have autonomy. However, the whites who dominated the government and were in favor of a total unification with no autonomy voted in a majority to do just that on October 26, 1918. The Greens after the war who were in favor of autonomy revolted in the Christmas Revolution which the Serbian army crushed after a few days except for minor resistance that continued until 1929.
 
Would it have made that much of a difference if the US joined the League of Nations, or was this organization too toothless even with US involvement?
 
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s china and cambodia north Vietnam goes to china middle laos south cambodia could this happen if veitnam was not communsit and laos and combodia were and invaded with china or vietnam was communist china laos and Cambodia were a monarchy and invaded vietnam and split it giving laos a coastline could this happen?
 
Would it have made that much of a difference if the US joined the League of Nations, or was this organization too toothless even with US involvement?
From what I can gather the League of nations was a fundamentally quite weak organization but regardless the USA leaving was still a major blow to its legitimacy. The USA was the one who pushed for the organization in the first place so without its primary advocate it’s no wonder that it turned into what we saw IOT. If the USA actually joined the league it is likely it would be a more reputable and stable organization probably a lot closer to the modern UN where they do definitely have some impact on world events but they can’t change that much on the ground if nations really push back.
 
vietnam split between laoView attachment 866703s china and cambodia north Vietnam goes to china middle laos south cambodia could this happen if veitnam was not communsit and laos and combodia were and invaded with china or vietnam was communist china laos and Cambodia were a monarchy and invaded vietnam and split it giving laos a coastline could this happen?
No, that part of Vietnam has almost as many people as all of Laos. It has never had anything to do with Laos and would not be desired by them. The parts you assigned to Cambodia were more or less desired by Pol Pot however as they were formerly part of Cambodia centuries ago and still have a Khmer minority. But Pol Pot's attempts to start a war there ended in his overthrow, and neither Cambodia nor Laos could do much. Annexing northern Vietnam to China of course would never end well because the Vietnamese repelled the Chinese invasions several times. They'd prefer a fight to the death rather than be ruled by China again, especially an ideological struggle i.e. communism vs anti-communism.
 
Would it have made that much of a difference if the US joined the League of Nations, or was this organization too toothless even with US involvement?
Considering that apparently many small countries left it because they considered that the membership fees were too high and that only the interests of the great powers were paid attention to (while the not so strong countries were ignored or ignored) - and this was before that USSR, Italy or Japan leave - I doubt that the presence of the United States would be a catalyst for legitimacy.

If anything, it could reinforce the idea that the LoN only exists to impose the will of big countries on small ones, especially if the United States starts shouting that its Banana Wars are legitimate because the LoN supports them.
 
How did the US Army get good fast in WWII? There was a mass mobilization (awakening the sleeping giant) fueled by a large population and the largest economic base, but usually "instant armies" are not that good? So exactly how did the US Army and the other armed forces for that matter become really good really quickly in WWII, capable of beating Wehrmacht and Imperial Japanese forces with much more experience than they did? Competent leadership is a start, but cannot explain all of it?
 
How did the US Army get good fast in WWII? There was a mass mobilization (awakening the sleeping giant) fueled by a large population and the largest economic base, but usually "instant armies" are not that good? So exactly how did the US Army and the other armed forces for that matter become really good really quickly in WWII, capable of beating Wehrmacht and Imperial Japanese forces with much more experience than they did? Competent leadership is a start, but cannot explain all of it?
They didn't get good at first in many of the initial campaigns the USA performed very badly, The biggest example that I can think of was Operation Torch where the USA struggled to defeat the German forces and took a ton of early losses. But I would say that the US Army got its act together very quickly just because it already had a very good military with great generals and structure that just took some time to find its footing.
 
How strongly would a full-out nuclear war between the US and USSR affect the rest of the planet in terms of societal collapse, if one broke out at the end of the 50s, say 1958 or 1959? Making a mini-TL for a small online circle and need to know the potential impact with that rough date
 
I found this on the Sufficient Velocity forums yesterday while searching for something completely unrelated, but I thought that some might appreciate me sharing it here:


(SV — and SpaceBattles, too, for that matter—actually has/have a fair amount of alternate-history discussion and scenario threads, but I'm not digging through them to list all of them, at least not right now.)
 
I found this on the Sufficient Velocity forums yesterday while searching for something completely unrelated, but I thought that some might appreciate me sharing it here:


(SV — and SpaceBattles, too, for that matter—actually has/have a fair amount of alternate-history discussion and scenario threads, but I'm not digging through them to list all of them, at least not right now.)
Shouldn't this go in ASB? I say this because it implies an ISOT.

I will try to give the story itself a chance, but I think the author made a mistake by saying in the preface that his objective is to make "GATE without nationalism" because the premise seems to have nothing to do with it and the impression it conveys is that It's going to be more hate writing than an attempt to make a good story...
 
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