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    Alternate History General Discussion

    The simplest solution is to have the UK defeated at Dunkirk or to feel, for some other reason, that continuing the war is a bad idea. This would probably mean Churchill not becoming PM, which might happen if the blame for Norway was placed on him instead of someone else. Halifax didn’t have...
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    There might be additional troubles in Mexico, leading to the formation of a bigger US army. Chris
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    Yep, but Londo is introduced as a likable character. He doesn't go downhill until we have grown to like him. (G'Kar seems more the bad guy, at first.) Trying to make Nazis the heroes, for example, isn't going to work well. They might not know any better, if they grew up in a Nazi Victory TL...
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    I tried that once. It wasn't easy to have the bad guys be likable, but bad, if you kept them as POV characters. Chris
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    Long-Lasting Protectorate

    I think part of the problem was that Cromwell’s son was not anything like as strong or capable as his father, a problem that mirrored the experience of many British kings and their successors. (Edward I and II, for example.) Any longer-lasting protectorate would need a different line of...
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    WI: McClellan became dictator

    I think it would be very difficult for the Army of the Potomac to be marched on Washington without someone saying no, as the US - even of that era - was not a banana republic. It would be difficult for anyone to launch a coup and then gain/retain legitimacy long enough to secure control of the...
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    The Marble Man: The Guns of the South, The Lost Cause, and Harry Turtledove

    There was an incident in Sandhurst, IIRC, when they hired an American to lecture cadets about the American Civil War. It became a little problematic when it was discovered that he was teaching 'the war of northern aggression' ...
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    The Marble Man: The Guns of the South, The Lost Cause, and Harry Turtledove

    I never had the impression, going by unreliable memory, that the AWB had the resources of a modern-day state behind them. They had AK-47s, a handful of more advanced weapons, history books, radios and a small number of other things. They didn’t have tanks, aircraft or nukes. That suggests, to...
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    The Marble Man: The Guns of the South, The Lost Cause, and Harry Turtledove

    Well, in this case (to be fair, again), GOTSForrest would have lost an election, seen AWB show a terrifying disregard for the rule of law (insofaras it existed within the CSA) by launching a terrorist attack against the President and his cabinet. It's quite reasonable for him to think 'OMG...
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    The Marble Man: The Guns of the South, The Lost Cause, and Harry Turtledove

    To be fair, Lee did free the saves at the end of the book and, unless we assume he wrote a line that said 'President Lee gets to keep his slaves' we can be reasonably sure his slaves got freed to. Yes (I think - Forrest isn't one of the guys I studied intensely), but - again, to be fair - THIS...
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    The Marble Man: The Guns of the South, The Lost Cause, and Harry Turtledove

    I think there are some points that need to be taken into account. Turtledove does not put forward a strong ‘Lost Cause’ mentality - he does point out that the CSA was (is, in GOTS) a slave-owning nation, that slavery was practically part of the fabric of that nation and that slavery was EVIL...
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    The Marble Man: The Guns of the South, The Lost Cause, and Harry Turtledove

    I have mixed feelings. On one hand, some of the critical remarks are justified. On the other, some of them are quite unfair to the historical characters and to Turtledove as an author. Chris
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    I got into it through alien invasion books, which led me to WorldWar. I wouldn't have started with a timeline.
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    To be fair, wars and suchlike are more interesting than social change, at least to the newcomer. Chris
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    WI: King Frederick of Prussia 'Comes Out'?

    It's hard to say because attitudes were very different back then - some cultures thought there was nothing wrong with 'topping' but being the 'bottom' - i.e. allowing yourself to be sodemised - was shameful. Frederick being the king would have other implications (just as James I of England was...
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