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    WI: Spirulina added to the Columbian Exchange

    Historically, Spirulina was one of the primary food sources for the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans, who called it tecuitlatl since antiquity up until the 16th century; its harvest from Lake Texcoco in Mexico, where it can still be found in abundance, and its subsequent sale as cakes were...
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    WI: COVID-19 ISOTed 80yrs into the past?

    So, in this scenario, each and every specimen of the COVID-19 virus (of all strains and variants, including those within the bodies of anyone currently infected with it) gets expelled from OTL's present day, and ISOTed precisely 80yrs back in time, with all of these viruses popping out in...
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    WI: Present-day Nigeria ISOTed back to 1965

    In this scenario, the entirety of present-day Nigeria, along with all its infrastructure and all of the people residing there, gets ISOTed back in time to 1965 (with the date chosen both because it precedes the military coups which led to the Nigerian Civil War IOTL, and because present-day...
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    WI: Japan discovers the Liaohe Oil Field in the early 1930s?

    The Liaohe Oil Field is located in the Liao River Delta, northeast of the Bohai Bay Basin, with its northern, eastern and western parts surrounded by mountains, while the southern part extends beneath the waters of the Liaodong Bay, in the Liaoning Province of China (which came under the rule of...
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    WI: No Pokemon

    Let's say that ITTL, Satoshi Tajiri's parents manage to solve his "delinquent habits" of skiving off school to play arcade games, with Tajira instead managing to get good grades, progress to university and succeed in his childhood ambition to become a professional entomologist. As such, Game...
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    WI: Present-day Finland ISOTed back to 1939

    In this scenario, the entirety of present-day Finland, along with all its infrastructure and the people residing there, gets ISOTed back in time to the same day (23rd June) in 1939. What do you think would happen next- how would you envision things panning out, how well (or poorly) would...
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    Taiwan (/Formosa) if Japan remains neutral in WW2

    Admittedly inspired a bit by @Ricardolindo's thread about Italian Libya, with a bit of mental side-tracking from there setting me off on this train-line of thought instead. So then, thinking about it, if Japan had remained neutral in World War II, would Taiwan still be a part of it today? Would...
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    WI: The Republic of Ezo survives as a French protectorate

    Back in February 1868, in the Boshin War, a plan had been formulated (with the help of the French ambassador Léon Roches) to stop the imperial court's advance at Odawara, the last strategic entry point to Edo, but Tokugawa Yoshinobu had decided against the plan. As a result, in early March...
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    WI: The Solar Storm of 2012 hits the Earth?

    On July 23 2012, an unusually large and strong coronal mass ejection (CME) event took place. The strength of the solar eruption was comparable to the 1859 Carrington event, which caused damage to electrical equipment (mostly consisting of telegraph systems at the time) and caused visible auroras...
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    WI: Jean Louis Barthou survives?

    Jean Louis Barthou was a French politician of the Third Republic, who served as Prime Minister of France for eight months in 1913. Barthou's brief time as Prime Minister saw the introduction of laws to safeguard female workers before and after childbirth, as well as the provision of social...
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    WI: Rootes' takeover of Volkswagen goes ahead?

    The Rootes Group, aka Rootes Motors Limited, was a British automobile manufacturer and, separately, a major motor distributors and dealers business. Run from London's West End, having been founded by William Rootes in Kent in 1913 (as a car sales agency independent from his father's Hawkhurst...
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    WI: Darren Osbourne followed through with his original plans?

    Not sure if this has been discussed before (probably not, given how recent it was), but before being sentenced to 43yrs for his crimes, the guy who attacked the Finsbury Park Mosque back in June 2017, Darren Osborne, declared in court that he originally hired the van to murder a Labour...
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    WI: 'Straits Settlements' penal colonies relocated elsewhere?

    IOTL, The Straits Settlements (consisting of the four individual settlements of Penang, Singapore, Malacca, and Dinding) were established following the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824, by which the Malay archipelago was divided into a British zone in the north and a Dutch zone in the south, with the...
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    AHC: Keep the London Underground as the largest RTS in the world

    Here, the Alternate History Challenge is to create an ATL scenario in which the London Underground still retains the title of the world's largest rapid transit system all the way to the present day, in at least one of these aspects: a) Total system length, b) Total number of stations, and c)...
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    AHC: Destroy 'Europe'

    The use of the term "Europe" has developed gradually throughout history. In antiquity, the Greek historian Herodotus mentioned that the world had been divided by unknown persons into three parts, Europe, Asia, and Libya (Africa), with the Nile and the River Phasis forming their boundaries—though...
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    AHC: First 'New England' Endures

    After losing the Battle of Hastings to the Normans, a few Anglo-Saxon warlords escaped in exile, led by the Earl of Gloucester, in 200+ ships from England on an epic journey to Constantinople, where their veteran Huscarls served with distinction in the legendary Varangian Guard of Byzantium- and...
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    AHC/PC: Could New Guinea believably be the most populous island on Earth?

    New Guinea (aka 'Papua', and historically as 'Irian'- which means "to rise" or "Rising Spirit", in the Biak language and several others) is the world's second-largest island, behind only Greenland; the largest island in the Southern Hemisphere, and the largest in the equatorial region by a...
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    WI: Boll Weevil migrates into the USA a century earlier?

    Based upon a suggestion by @Thande on another thread, which I felt merited further discussion- namely, what if the boll weevil had migrated northwards from its native range in Central Mexico a full century earlier? So ITTL, viable breeding populations of the insect'd cross the Rio Grande into...
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    WI: The 'Djordanian Dam' was never built?

    In antiquity, the Amu-Darya River, aka as the 'Oxus River', flowed into the Caspian Sea via the Uzboy River distributary, up until the 9th century AD, and then again between 1220 and 1575, approximately; with a major branch of the river splitting off from the Oxus delta, and rather than flowing...
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    AHC: Bone Weapons

    In our tinline, among the Papuan tribal communities of New Guinea, bone weapons were a central part of their ancestral culture. Several tribal groups still craft and use them to this day, in spite of the ready availability of metal, due to their spiritual significance. And these weren’t just...
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