What TL ideas do you have that will probably never see the light of day?

I have many ideas that will probably never see the light of day, or at least not for a while. I wonder if any of you have similar ideas that haven’t been posted for whatever reason.

I have an idea for a TL where Hitler is denied a spot in the German Army and instead joins the Austro Hungarian empire military serving in the Galician front. He then gets captured and introduced to Communism. He stays in Russia and fights in its civil war, even befriending Stalin. Eventually the two of them take over Russia and start an alternate WW2. Meanwhile Germany has a Monarchist restoration, but not the Hohenzollerns because that’s too cliche at this point. Instead it’s the Wittelsbachs who take power.

I don’t think I can do this idea justice or if it’s too ASB. I was toying with doing a map game with this concept but I don’t know how to do althist mapping or run a game.

Still I might do it one day. Maybe 5-10 years from now.
 
Any timeline about interwar France. Main reason is that I want to accumulate more information before doing anything, especially on political and organisational matters rather than technical. Second reason is that I am not yet sure what POD and story outline I want to start with. It can go anywhere from a Blunted Sickle sidegrade where the army and equipment don't change much prior to the war, to a story with a massively different state of the government and reformed forces. And for the latter case, there is the difficulty of keeping a challenge for France down the line (be it Germany or something else).

Might be forced to write multiple short timelines in the end. But definitely not anytime soon.
 
I have many ideas that will probably never see the light of day, or at least not for a while. I wonder if any of you have similar ideas that haven’t been posted for whatever reason.

I have one where a navy in WW2 produced very small torpedoes (12", range 5,000 yards or whatever, maybe a 75lbs warhead) intended for mounting on minesweepers and even landing ships, with the purpose of swamping attacking destroyers and cruisers with hundreds of torpedoes. On a similar note, the idea of free floating but very small mines with a charge of just 50lbs or so, deployed by the hundreds of thousands .
 
A few years ago someone proposed a Sealion scenario where the Germans ran 4 heavily armoured floating forts up on the landing beaches and used them as anchor points for the invasion, with onboard naval artillery to support the troops. I though of using surviving pre-dreadnoughts as the starting point for these contraptions. And writing the story as a comedy.
 

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I have an idea that would have to wind up in ASB as it would involve an asteroid strike in Europe in summer 1914, or September 1939.
 
A few years ago someone proposed a Sealion scenario where the Germans ran 4 heavily armoured floating forts up on the landing beaches and used them as anchor points for the invasion, with onboard naval artillery to support the troops. I though of using surviving pre-dreadnoughts as the starting point for these contraptions. And writing the story as a comedy.
I'll do you one better; The USSR teams up with Germany for an air/land campaign against the UK. I don't know if an actual invasion attempt would be in the cards, but an air campaign that continues until Barbarossa might be interesting.

It'd be complicated figuring out the time it'd take to establish VVS bases in range, but the Soviets had a LOT of medium bombers.
 
Had an idea about a charismatic teenage slave freed by British during War of 1812, gathers up a following in the Maritimes and establishes a settlement at Walvis Bay, and a strong relationship with British navy. More followers from Carribbean, from Nantucket whalers. A new wave from USA following the end of Reconstruction, a victorious war with the Boers/Portugese prior to Ww1 that attracts volunteers from Southern Usa and a Great Migration by sea,instead of Chicago,Detroit,Pittsburgh its funneled into Namibia, Angola,Western Cape. Outnumbered and hated, I figure they embrace airplanes from the start. We get the Jazz/Blues,Negro baseball leagues in Africa, big butterflies.
 
Odobenus Rosmarus Canaveralis
The story of an alternative Space Shuttle program, focused on changes to the booster used to launch it. Specifically, the adoption of a serial launch configuration using one of the Pressure-Fed Booster studies. The ensuing vehicle ends up being lovingly referred to as the Walrus, due to its amphibious existence -- with its reuse coming from its ballistic splashdown in and recovery from the Atlantic -- and its gargantuan size. Bonus points are awarded for its likely being propalox-fueled, giving a little credit to the most unloved of the hydrocarbon rocket fuels.

March of the Penguins
In a dystopia where the USAF has won the argument that it should control all ballistic missiles, there comes the problem of what to do about those on boomers. And thus we get an American equivalent of the wonderfully dysfunctional relationship between the Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm, as the men of the U.S. Navy and Submerged Deterrent Force stare daggers at each while trapped hundreds of feet underwater. The USAF's submariners ending up both mockingly and endearingly nicknamed "penguins" by the squids with whom they served. The TL obviously needs to be done as a script for a documentary ITTL on the history of the penguins called The March of the Penguins. And naturally voiced by Morgan Freeman.
 
I have many ideas that will probably never see the light of day, or at least not for a while. I wonder if any of you have similar ideas that haven’t been posted for whatever reason.

I have an idea for a TL where Hitler is denied a spot in the German Army and instead joins the Austro Hungarian empire military serving in the Galician front. He then gets captured and introduced to Communism. He stays in Russia and fights in its civil war, even befriending Stalin. Eventually the two of them take over Russia and start an alternate WW2. Meanwhile Germany has a Monarchist restoration, but not the Hohenzollerns because that’s too cliche at this point. Instead it’s the Wittelsbachs who take power.

I don’t think I can do this idea justice or if it’s too ASB. I was toying with doing a map game with this concept but I don’t know how to do althist mapping or run a game.

Still I might do it one day. Maybe 5-10 years from now.
This is pretty much how Josip Broz Tito was introduced to Communism so not completely outside the realm of possibility.
 
"Browns" a WWI gone horribly wrong for the US (+ worse progressive era before it) that leads to a Macarthurite coup of a socialist-inspired President
and descends into 2nd Civil War. The Macarthurites lose, but the timeline is too similar to "For the Republic" and "Kaiserreich 2nd American Civil War".
 
I thought of doing again my timeline where Mikhail Tukhachevsky becomes leader of Russia and the great threat in the coming Second World War, will I? I don't know.
 
A TL where Walt Disney lived long enough to build the Original E.P.C.O.T. pretty much how it was here and it doesn't turn into a dystopia.
 

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The Council of Generals: The Presidency of Ahmad Yani
POD: What becomes the 30th September Movement in Indonesia gets sniffed out. The Army generals which in OTL are kidnapped, killed, and thrown down a well survives, rallies, and launches a coup led by Commander of the Army Ahmad Yani. Leads to more overtly pro-US regime. Ends up joining SEATO rather than forming ASEAN.
 
I have many ideas myself which will likely never see a dawn of muse...

A population one where American population keeps multiplying like rabbits to counter the flow of immigration....

Another idea orbits around Japan never having to invade anyone in the 20th century due to land acquisition in the 1600s.

Still another that I've partially done to a point is an ATL around shortest WW2 involving an isot and isekai... Very short story really.

Various ideas for TLs relating to ToV and WNT issues.
 
In Nelson's Wake: A Post-Napoleonic Timeline
Horatio Nelson survives the Battle of Trafalgar and returns to a hero's welcome, much to the consternation of the British political establishment; they would've preferred him as a martyr given his combativeness and scandals. Prior to his death, Nelson's enemies were planning to have him appointed Governor of Jamaica to get him out of the way. This plan proceeds ITTL. Before leaving for Jamaica, Nelson attends a series of dinner parties in London. In attendance at one of these parties is Isaac Brock, an obscure colonel stationed in Canada who is on leave for the winter of 1805-06. Brock is a personal friend of Thomas Fremantle, who is in turn a friend of Nelson's. While at the party Brock gets along well with Nelson but admits that he isn't pleased with his posting. Riding high from his hero status and with the encouragement of Fremantle, Nelson uses his clout to have Brock redeployed to Europe, to his embarrassment but extreme gratitude.

Time passes and butterflies occur. Brock distinguishes himself in the Peninsular Campaign, but his absence in Canada is sorely felt. Without his proactivity in building defences and his aggressive strategic mind, most of British North America is overwhelmed by the United States early in the War of 1812. With Napoleon defeated in Europe and exiled to Elba, the hardline British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval has the Duke of Wellington and a large part of the army sail to North America to retake the colony. But, of course, Napoleon returns. With much of their strength headed to Canada, the Prusso-British army is defeated by Napoleon at Waterloo, but soon after the Emperor is in turn defeated by the Austro-Russian army that arrives in Burgundy. Occupying much of France, the Austrians attempt to install Napoleon II as emperor with his Austrian mother Marie Louise as regent in the hopes of crafting an absolutist Austro-French alliance that can dominate the new status quo.

In Canada, a full army of British regulars under the command of the Duke of Wellington make short work of the American volunteer army and militias. In one of the final battles of the war, Horatio Nelson takes the initiative and sallies forth from Jamaica. His naval bombardment of New Orleans kills Andrew Jackson and enables a British victory. Contrary to fears of total occupation, the Americans suffer from a relatively mild punitive treaty, ceding the Northwest Territory, New Orleans, and most of Maine. However, the costs of the war and the ensuing economic instability have catastrophic consequences, and the United States is forced to declare bankruptcy. Having enjoyed a mild upswing in support for the past few years, the ensuing chaos sees the Federalists make a comeback, with John Marshall elected president in 1816. While America will still pursue its Manifest Destiny, it will be with a much slower start,

The stage would then be set for a very different post-Napoleonic world.

The Twice-Premature Political Obituary of One Champ Clark, or an Alternate 20th Century
Speaker of the House Champ Clark entered the 1912 Democratic National Convention fully under the expectation that he would be the party's nominee. And, with the Republican Party split between Theodore Roosevelt's progressives and William Howard Taft's conservatives, it was obvious that winning the nomination would be tantamount to winning the presidency. However, the path to the nomination turned out to be much rockier than anticipated. Having allied with the corrupt Tammany Hall political machine early in the convention, more reform-minded Democrats turned against him. An Anyone But Clark coalition quickly formed between Woodrow Wilson, Oscar Underwood, and William Jennings Bryan. In the end, Woodrow Wilson became the leading contender of the ABCs and clinched the nomination, but the mood of the convention had been very fluid and it had by no means been guaranteed. With better timing, Clark could've pulled it off. So what if he had?

In our world, once Clark heard about the ABC coalition he decided to break precedent and attend the convention in person. Once he got there he found that the convention had already adjourned for the day; a Wilson floor manager had accidently submitted a motion to adjourn too soon. By the next day Clark's momentum had stalled and his delegates began to abandon him. But what if the floor manager had received proper orders from Wilson's campaign manager? Clark dramatically enters the convention in person. Demanding to be recognized by the convention chair (controlled by his friends from Tammany Hall), Clark boldly defends his progressive record to the delegates, swinging the mood yet again with a sensational display of populist oratory. With such an appearance, Clark's momentum becomes unstoppable, sealing his victory for the nomination and the general election.

Despite both being progressives, Wilson and Clark had very different instincts. Unlike Wilson, Clark supported a constitutional amendment so that the president would serve one six-year term. Additionally, Clark followed the Jefferson tradition of being very suspicious of high finance and refused to introduce a central bank or federal reserve of any kind. This would turn out to be a grave error. With the beginning of the First World War, Britain and France withdrew all their assets from the United States to fund the war. Without any central authority to stop a run on the market, a massive recession ensues, spoiling any goodwill the American public may have had toward the Entente. Already more inclined toward neutrality than Wilson and having to resolve an economic crisis, Clark kept the United States strictly neutral in the war. Without the United States financially or militarily backing their enemies, Germany eventually won a war of attrition, leaving Western Europe in a stalemate, but carving an empire out of Eastern Europe.

As 1920 approaches, Europe has to reckon with a Germany that has limped into its place in the sun, while Americans prepare for the first six-year term election.
 
A few years ago someone proposed a Sealion scenario where the Germans ran 4 heavily armoured floating forts up on the landing beaches and used them as anchor points for the invasion, with onboard naval artillery to support the troops. I though of using surviving pre-dreadnoughts as the starting point for these contraptions. And writing the story as a comedy.
Heh.. I can spare a dollar or two for this.

That said while it's comedic ... it's also steampunk mad max .. hell id keep it on the downlow and sell it off to sci-fi or Netflix .. could be epic with a budget of even the slimmest streaming titles
 
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