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Points of Divergence : Agriculture

Human beings need to consume food and water on a regular basis, and gathering a sufficient food supply has been a great concern (but also a kickstarter of innovation) for virtually every society since the dawn of history. Among the greatest technological and societal revolutions of all time was the gradual invention of true agriculture, with fully domesticated plants and animals. It brought an end to the mostly nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle of human prehistory and gave birth to the earliest of known, settled civilizations.

Over the millennia, agriculture has further diversified and many crops that were once native to only one region of Earth have often become cosmopolitan and widespread thanks to the steady rise of global trade and geographic exploration. As an old saying goes, “An army marches on its stomach” - and therefore, even something as seemingly mundane as agriculture can massively affect the development of human civilization, even moreso than the usual idea of wars, battles, cunning diplomacy or ideological upheavals.

PODs concerning different developments of agriculture

What's your favorite prehistoric POD ?

Challenge: Agriculture appearing 10 000 years earlier than in OTL

No end to the last Ice Age

Other possible locations for the development of agriculture ?

WI agricultural revolution takes place everywhere it feasibly can?

Earlier hay

For Want of A Yam - Discussion on Australian native plants that could have potentially become the basis of a native Australian agriculture (and later leads to the rise of agricultural civilizations on the continent). Started by Jared, this became the basis for his highly ambitious and increasingly famous project, Lands of Red and Gold.

More aborigines/natives in Australia

Discussion about alternate Polynesian agriculture (with more variety in crops) and its later adoption by Australian natives

WI: The Younger Dryas didn't happen ?

Discussion about historical diseases in Africa and their impact on indigenous agriculture

Bug-eating Europe

Challenge: The first civilization is in Australia

Early civilization around the Amu Darya and Syr Darya ?

Bronze Age alluvial civilization in Amu Darya and Syr Darya

WI: Heavy Plow developed in Classical Antiquity

The Heavy Plough in the Roman Empire ? (1)

The Heavy Plough in the Roman Empire ? (2)

Challenge: Agriculture spreads beyond American Southwest

Could the Mississippi-Missouri river system have become a cradle of civilization ?

Why didn't civilization develop along the Mississippi ?

Mexican Mound-builders, Mississippian Ziggurats (POD discussion that became part of the basis of Mississippi Rice timeline)

WI: No Mississippian Culture implosion

WI a more fertile Arabian peninsula ?

Cuisine and foods of a Japanese/Korean/Chinese colonized west coast of North America ?

The Long Little Ice Age: WI no Medieval Warm Period ?

Farming Californian Natives

Agriculture and domestication among advancements in the Pacific Northwest cultures

Challenge: Noodles as a staple food in India

Ramifications of a sudden decline of the sugar cane industry after the 1740s

WI the North American drought of 1856-1865 had been averted ?

Wine production in a world where the Central Powers won World War One

Irish Potato Famine

Dead end domestications ?

Cool potential domestications

Challenge: Make rabbits a popular food animal

Plausibility check: Vertical farming - the future or merely fiction ?

Know of any PODs or POD discussions ? Feel free to add them.

PODs concerning ATL domesticated or domesticable crops

PODs concerning ATL domesticated or domesticable animals

a.) In general

b.) By continent

The Americas

c.) Alternate livestock

d.) Alternate horse and camelid domestications and developments

e.) Alternate cavalry animals and beasts of burden

f.) Domestication of reptiles and predators

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pods/agriculture.txt · Last modified: 2021/02/10 06:24 by petike