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Recent content by OwenM

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    Prequel Problems: Rogue One

    IIRC he refers to having "been fighting the Empire since I was five" (or maybe six, been a while for me too) which given his age suggests he's using the Empire in a way that includes the Republic because he doesn't see a difference.
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    Prequel Problems: Rogue One

    I don't think I'd have guessed Saw Gerrerra if you'd asked me who was a cameo from Star Wars media I hadn't seen before just after my first watch either.
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    IIRC the Jeff/Gretchen one in 1632 is the one Alex has referred to in the past
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    At the 2021 Sidewise Awards Ceremony at DISCON III

    I did also find interesting to hear Silver isn't just aware of us but has apparently read multiple books and articles
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    Quite a few Irish nationalist leaders were Protestants as well (Parnell and Hyde, off the top of my head)
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    Fiction Friction: Fantasy Counterpart Cultures, Part 2

    Quick nitpick, you refer to the Black Sea's counterpart as being the Sailors' Sea as well as the Med's - not 100% sure if this should be the Videssian Sea or one of the others, but that seems most likely. Watching the Witcher lately I've noticed some interesting notes on language correspondences...
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    Matthew Kresal wins a Sidewise Award!

    Congrats @M_Kresal
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    Things that were invented at the wrong time and in the wrong order

    Not exactly what the OP is going for, but I just remembered how GCHQ invented what we now call the RSA cipher, and then the Diffie-Hellman key exchange as an offshoot of the work on that, whilst in the outside world Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman based their work on Diffie, Hellman, and Merkle's.
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    Yeah I think the chances of no Iraq War by 2021 are basically nil and by 2011 are pretty low. That doesn't mean the OTL one.
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    Fiction Friction: When Reboots End With The Beginning

    Quite enjoyed this Though I am now being distracted by how I quite like the pulpiness of the original John Carter books but have never seen either of the films and am just vaguely aware there were two, they're different and I'm not sure which is meant here.
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    WI: Plato’s The Republic Applied in Real Life.

    I think @Ciclavex argues the closest we have OTL is the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    Not on quite the same level I think but I do remember when musing about a Wales that got its independence in the early 20th century and how you could get it to be majority Welsh speaking, and trying to think what went differently for central and eastern European countries, and suddenly realising...
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    Kinda fundamental to colonialism really, it's an inherently exploitative relationship. You can change round the feelings and actions of individual officials to some extent, but the system as a whole's incentives are never going to be to be humane.
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    More Successful Novgorod Republic

    Just saw this and it struck me as an interesting idea, any ways people think it could happen?
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    US Constitutional Question

    IIRC terms count if and only if you're President for most of them.