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    William Pitt, Uninterrupted (1806-18??)

    William Pitt, the younger, who might or might not have been Britain’s greatest Prime Minister, governed first in 1783-1801, left over the issue of Catholic Emancipation (although perhaps the toll of a quarter of a century in government and a history of bad health might have played a part) before...
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    1788: The Lion, The Unicorn, The Fox and the Madness of King George III

    Somewhere out there, in the best of all possible words, the Tories lost the 2015 election and Ed Thomas wrote his best work, an AH about the ministry of Charles James Fox, Britain’s least likely Prime Minister. But since we’re not in that world, we’ll have to imagine such a scenario on our...
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    Eastern Roman Empire survives as Ottoman Vassal State

    Much like Moldova and Wallachia, the ERE became a vassal state of the Ottoman Turks, but unlike the Danubian Principalities or Serbia, they were eventually just conquered and annexed as direct possessions. But could the ERE have experienced a “survival” of sorts and eventual revival as did...
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    1815: King Charles X and the Ultra Reaction

    Much like with the downfall of the direct Capets 400 years earlier, in which King Philippe le Bel had three sons (of varying degrees of competence) who all reached and died on the throne of France in short order, so did their Bourbon descendants fall, when the three sons of Dauphin Louis...
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    The United States without World War Two

    For the sake of argument, let’s handwave the war away with a 1938 Sudentenland Crisis gone wrong+Wehrmacht Putsch, while in the East the IJA is bogged down in an endless war in China, or rather just has several small wars whenever the sabre-rattling cliques get bored. Where does that leave...
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    41 BC: If Fulvia Had Brought Down The Republic

    The year following the defeat of Cassius and Brutus at Philippi found Rome in the following situation: Antony was given the Eastern Provinces, Lepidus sidelined and Octavian graduated from junior partner in the Triumvirate to middle child, being in charge of Rome and its massive expenses. Enter...
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    To Never Love Another Country: alternate civil war states

    Southern Unionists are something I don’t often see discussed, beyond the odd mention of General Thomas of Virginia, which is a pity because there seems to be a great wealth of potential there, particularly regarding the topic of potential states that might or might not have been. For instance...
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    290: King Carausias of Britain

    So, half-way through Diocletian’s reign/reform of the Roman Empire, a Roman Naval commander by the name of Caurasias rose in revolt, took over Britain and northern Gaul, declared himself emperor and minted a lot of coin. (Like, so many coins you guys, it was a thing) Anyhow, IOTL he was...
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    1814: if the Polish-Saxon Crisis had lead to War

    A first impulse might be to point out that everyone was tired of war by 1814 and quick enough to compromise after the secret Treaty of Vienna was leaked, but this is an alternate history forum, so let’s indulge in a counter-factual for a bit. Assume Napoleon has died of illness or been moved to...
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    Joseph Stalin, uninterrupted (1922-1960)

    Rewatching the all-time classic Death of Stalin got me thinking, what if he had just lived a couple more years? Perhaps an obvious immediate effect would be a purge. The Doctor’s Plot and the escalating persecution of the Jews in the USSR could have been a starting point, but there’s plenty of...
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    107 BC: if Marius and Sulla had died fighting in Numidia

    The Time:Late Republic, post-Carthage, Mediterranean hegemony, crooked Rome. The Context: fat and lazy after Hannibal, fighting the Cimbrians in the North, Numidia and Mauritania in the South and a combination of corruption, decay and popular upheaval at home that would devolve into the Civil...
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    1217: If Louis the Lion had become King of England

    The time: 1210s England, during the reign of John the Lackland, Richard the Lionheart’s unpopular brother. The characters: King John Lackland Plantagenet; a fuck-up His son, Henry III, another fuckup King Louis “The Lion” Capet, a French usurper/rightful king His son, the future Louis IX...
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    48 BC: if Cicero had come to lead the Pompeians after Pharsalia

    Context: Caesar has just defeated Pompey at Pharsalia, largely destroying the senate’s army, forcing their leader Pompey to flee to Egypt (and his eventual death) and throwing the Pompeians into disarray. As a former consul with a good working relation with Caesar, Marcus Tullius Cicero was...
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    105 BC: If the Cimbri and Teutones had invaded Italy after Arausio

    So it's the second century BC: Rome is ascendant, Carthage is gone, Marius is off fighting the Jugurthine War in North Africa and 100,000 Germans are on the move, having migrated all the way from balls-freezing Jutland to the sunny beaches of the Mediterranean, much like it happens nowadays...
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    If Athens had freed Egypt from the Persians

    Less known but just as disastrous and pointless as the Sicilian Expedition was the Egyptian Expedition, an attempt by Athens and the Delian League to aid an anti-Persian Rebellion within the context on Athens imperial ambitions in the Eastern Mediterranean and Persian decline. IRL Persia...
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    King Pyrrhus of Macedon

    To answer the question “what if Alexander, but with ADHD?”, history gives us Pyrrhus of Epirus, famous for “winning” against Rome and being to his neighbors what Zeus was to any woman in the eastern Mediterranean. Now, in addition to his rule over Epirus, Sicily and, technically, sometimes...
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    Lyndon Johnson, uninterrupted (1963-1973)

    This one, admittedly, is a bit of a hard sell. Between the Vietnam War, Johnson's harsh personality, his failing health and his growing impopularity within both the Democratic Party and the American Public, dropping out of the 1968 race probably saved him from a sound defeat against Nixon in 68...
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    If those who had died in "their time" had lived longer (if Oscar Wilde had seen WWI and other ideas)

    Basically the opposite of "oh, Kissinger/Thatcher/Henry Miller/whoever is still alive, who knew? (As opposed to vanishing into the Aether, as expected of characters who have fulfilled their role in the story. Certain men and women seemed to have lived and died their lives entirely within the...
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    Harold Wilson, uninterrupted (1964-1974)

    Looking at recent British history, it does seem common for parties to control government for periods of 10 years of longer at a time*, which of course got me thinking about the exceptions, which got me to Harold Wilson, twice PM (1964-1970 and 1974-1976), who got to have such non-consecutive...
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    Actual effects of Huey Long avoiding Assassination?

    Everyone who's been into Alternate History for more than five minutes knows who Huey Long is, so we can skip that part and go straight to the question: What if he hadn't been assassinated in 1935? Or, more to the point, What if Huey Long hadn't been assassinated in 1935, and the author isn't...
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