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    The Borders of Genre: The Glorification of Fascism Within Alternate History

    It's much easier to keep an existing culture that people recognise and have it 'do better' than build one organically, and I would suspect that for the more casual reader, those points of reference are useful as a gateway
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    The Borders of Genre: The Glorification of Fascism Within Alternate History

    I'm also thinking that part of the problem is that to create a 'realistic' Nazi victory, they have to be Notzis. And, as we all know, a lot (some say too much) of AH hangs on plausibility. So the Nazis win by employing 'sensible' strategic measures (and a large degree of futher...
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    Football PoDs and alternate possibilities.

    Been thinking about this a bit more - something about Newton Heath's first Wembley appearance, written from the view of a fan travelling down on the train. But it's the FA Trophy final in 2021. That would work as a vignette I think
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    Football PoDs and alternate possibilities.

    I had a thing on the other place based on Newton Heath FC (as was going bust), rather than being saved and renamed. But I'm not sure football without Man Utd is interesting enough
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    The Nitpicker’s Guide to Ancient Warfare: Cohesion

    And there is a what appears to be a good example of the impact of cohesion going on right now, although the true impact of that may be harder to verify. Although that may also be linked to corruption (is there planned to be a chapter on that?)
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    The Nitpicker’s Guide to Ancient Warfare: The Feudal System in the Middle Ages

    Really interesting - it definitely has the feel of something that has massive potential for expansion - there must be so many examples where (for example) the good (or bad) deployment of vassals had a significant impact on the battle (which from an AH perspective is an interesting angle) I'll...
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    Prequel Problems: Rogue One

    I think R1's biggest success is that when I watched the film I was genuinely surprised when everyone died, even though, in hindsight, it is very obvious that that has to happen. It works as a film in a way the prequels don't
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    Fiction Friction: Box Office Bombshells

    There's also an interesting thing about volume - Bagpuss, a staple of my childhood, has 13 episodes. Mr Benn, 14. Clangers has 26. Teletubbies, formative for my children, has 485. Tweenies has 390. There's just so much more of everything now.
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    Fiction Friction: Box Office Bombshells

    I think one of the most interesting things about the lived childhood media experience is just how fast it changes - it not a generational or even a decadal (is that a word) thing - it can almost be an annual thing, one where friends, siblings and parents can have such a massive influence and...
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    Prequel Problems: Terry Pratchett’s “Night Watch”

    It's interesting - I'm also a massive fan of the Discworld (I'm currently re-reading the series as I tend to do every few years). I tend to agree that it was somewhat out of place in what had become the continuity, and some of the things jar (although my head tells me Sam Vimes had started...
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    AHC: No Premier League

    No Heysel (so no ban) and no Hillsborough (so no Taylor report and no need to rebuild stadia) might change the financial pressure and progress of English clubs. I think the only way to prevent it is to either bring the Football League under FA control early in the history of the game, of have...
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    Football PoDs and alternate possibilities.

    Very boring call, so I got to to pre-WWII, looking for titles decided by less than 1 win, and then looking to see if there was a single result that could be flipped from a win to a draw (or vice versa) to change the champions 1902-03 - Aston Villa win instead of The Wednesday 1904-05 - Everton...
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    Football PoDs and alternate possibilities.

    With Cardiff you just need the modern GD then Goals Scored, rather than GA
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    Football PoDs and alternate possibilities.

    1914-15 - If Oldham's game against Everton becomes a home win rather than a draw, Oldham win the league by 1 point
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    Football PoDs and alternate possibilities.

    British League, Scottish Cup on a par with the County Cups (or Regional Cups in England?)
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    Professional Sports in the CSA

    I could easily see a divergence in oval ball sports - given some western schools played rugby rather than American Football pre-WW I, the dominance of the game developed in the north-eastern US (and how it developed) are all open to butterflies. I'd also suggest that any shared sports could get...
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    Football PoDs and alternate possibilities.

    Wimbledon Old Central play in Milton Keynes, obviously. AFC Wimbledon Old Central are in London, in the ground they used to share with Kingston & Surbiton YMCA
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    Football PoDs and alternate possibilities.

    Which (along wih @OwenM 's soviet style post) reminds of another silly little POD - what if clubs were not allowed to change thier name once founded (via some sort of convention), and the oldest name took precedence in the event of a merger? So we would have Newcastle East End, The Wednesday, St...
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    Football PoDs and alternate possibilities.

    An decent number of football clubs were establlished as something for the players to do over the winter/bring in some income for Cricket Clubs. I think Sheffield being a single club city has potential for sure. How much more successful an alt-SWFC would be without their move(s) and another team...
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    Football PoDs and alternate possibilities.

    I was reading a thing where someone visited the site of all the grounds Sheffield Wednesday had played at, as best he could (on their 150th anniversary, starting at The Crucible, built on the site of the hotel where the meeting that started the football version of The Wednesday happened). When...
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