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Recent content by napoleon IV

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    Least favorite alt-history story?

    That TL was an important portrayal of people who suffer from bowel problems. President Gore pooped for a really long time each day.
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    Least favorite alt-history story?

    That's also true of some really good TLs. Decades of Darkness and Look to the West are also really, really long.
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    Has anyone read Turtledove's Through Darkest Europe and could volunteer a review?

    "It should have been 200 pages shorter" summarizes quite a lot of Turtledove's work.
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    Spain keeps Mexico.

    If the US goes to war with Spain over Texas etc. does it take the opportunity to take Cuba and Puerto Rico?
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    Alternate World War 2

    The most frustrating thing about WW2 is that there's a literal world full of potential PODs, but 99% of discussion is about the same 5 or 6. Same with the ACW and to a lesser extent WWI.
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    New Schedule and Editor

    Three cheers for Andy for this year, and three cheers to Youngmarshall for taking over.
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    George Galloway's Queensway

    It would be hilarious if this book turned out to be absolutely brilliant. Of course, the odds of that happening are about the same as me winning the lottery, getting struck by lightning, and then getting eaten by a shark, but it's possible. Skinny I love you Skinny
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    We live in a society.

    We live in a society.
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    What If More Vikings or the Chola Empire Colonize the Americas?

    It's relevant because we're discussing the Vikings, a subject that the Nazis took a great deal of interest in. We should be extra dubious of anything a Nazi claims about the Vikings, because Nazis and Neo-Nazis have a habit of making shit up about them.
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    If those who had died in "their time" had lived longer (if Oscar Wilde had seen WWI and other ideas)

    Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, the "father of anarchism", died in 1865, 6 years before the Paris Commune would try to implement parts of his program before being crushed by the French government. Proudhon was only 56 when he died, so he could have easily lived for a decade or two after the Commune's...
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    Question: is this before or after the Kongo's slave trade had been largely closed to the Portuguese? Also, what is the possibility of Antonian missionaries spreading the Word through Africa?
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    Peter the Great Killed At Poltava

    IOTL the Battle of Poltava in 1709 was a decisive Russian victory, ending King Charles XII of Sweden's invasion of Russian and turning the tide of the Great Northern War. But it nearly ended in tragedy. During the battle Peter the Great was shot in the chest, only surviving because the bullet...
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    What If Catholic Monks Led the First Expeditions to the Americas?

    Why exactly would Catholic monks lead the first expeditions? Prior to Columbus's journey there's no good reason for Catholic monks to cross the Atlantic, and afterwards the secular authorities have every reason to explore, invade, and colonize these lands. Furthermore, I question the idea that...
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    Lists of Heads of Government and Heads of State

    Not the worst name in Star Wars. Originally the Emperor was going to be Cos Dashit, but someone must have told George Lucas to sound it out and he was renamed Palpatine.
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    Thande's Retro Look at Sea Lion Press Titles

    I'm not sure I follow. I know he was a Conservative, but did he work for them or something?