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    WI: Arab Caliphates only attack the Sassanids, not the ERE?

    While doing some reading on early Islam, I found out Muhammad had actually sent out letters to the various polities that surrounded Arabia (and some within) seeking to convert them to Islam. Of particular interest to me was the letters sent to Emperor Heraclius of the Eastern Roman Empire, and...
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    AHC: Islamic India

    As the title says, what would it take to have India (Hindustan?) become majority Muslim? At least clear majority, so 50-60% of the population in the Subcontinent must be Islamic in faith. One idea I've had is somehow diverting the Turkic migrations/conquest spree from the wider Middle East into...
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    WI: John II Komnenos focuses on the Turks, 1142-1143

    While listening to an episode of the History of Byzantium podcast the other day, I was intrigued by a rather interesting idea put forth by the host: We don't know for sure what the original intent of John II's final campaign was. Ostensibly, the Emperor was seeking to finally settle the issue of...
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    WI: Articles of Confederation is retained

    Professor John P. Kaminski is one of the leading Constitutional Scholars in the United States, having founded the Center for the Study of the American Constitution in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as co-edited thirty-five volumes of The Documentary...
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    Red Europe: The Kovel Option, July 1944

    From Germany and the Second World War, Volume VIII: The Eastern Front, 1943-1944 by Karl Heinz Frieser, Pages 599 to 600: The Soviet operation in Belorussia doubtless achieved a great deal, but it did not do what appears to have been possible with hindsight, that is, bring about the collapse of...
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    Hitler's Last Chance?: Operation Citadel, May 1943

    One of the great "What Ifs" of WWII is the Battle of Kursk, arguably the largest land battle of the war and the second largest tank (by raw numbers) engagement after the Battle of Brody in 1941. Despite some tactical success, by the time the operation kicked off in July the Soviets were too...
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    Mexico joins the United States...in the 1990s?

    Strange as it seems to us now, during the early phases of the "Unipolar Moment" and enduring for at least the entirety of the 1990s, there actually was some very strong indications to suggest Mexico could plausibly be added to the United States. Noel Maurer had this to say some years ago: Noel...
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    Gorbachev '83: Or, a surviving USSR?

    First, to set the stage for the discussion, we need to understand why the USSR collapsed. From Gorbachev vs. Deng: A Review of Chris Miller’s The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: As oil prices fell, Gorbachev tried to maintain living standards which resulted in major growth in the budget...
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    WI: Nuclear Fusion Achieved

    Let's say Mike McCormack is able to win re-election in 1980 and solidify the Pro-Fusion lobbying force in Congress he was in the process of building IOTL that had already been able to pass the Magnetic Fusion Energy Engineering Act of 1980. With a strong force to push for Fusion, it's likely...
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    Able Archer '83: The Aftermath

    So, 1983 had a LOT of close calls with Nuclear Armageddon just barely being avoided according to many. However, let's say the balloon did go up, so to speak, and the nukes were lobbed back and forth in the Fall of that year. Once the dust settles, what comes after? Most research suggests Nuclear...
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    Japan strikes North, 1941

    Arguably, the failure to attach Japan to the coming campaign against the USSR represented the most serious policy failure of Hitler since triggering the Anglo-French declaration of war in response to his invasion of Poland. Japanese officials had been visiting Berlin in early 1941 and there was...
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    AHC: Coptic (Christian) Egypt

    The Bashmurian Revolts were a serious of uprisings by the native Coptic Christians of Egypt against the ruling Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates from the 700s until 832. After having initially welcomed the Arabs as liberates, due to Imperial Byzantine prosecution of their Miaphysite faith, by the...
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    Confederate victory at the Wilderness, 1864

    In my personal opinion, this is one of the most underappreciated PoDs of the entire Civil War. For those who don't know, the Battle of the Wilderness is the opening move of Grant's Overland Campaign with the Army of the Potomac, which sees the latter steal a march initially on the Army of...
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    No Operation Lustre, 1941

    After initial success in fighting off the Italian invasion of their territory, by early 1941 the Greeks were in dire straights. Simple economics-in terms of forces and industry behind them-painted the picture well enough but so too had their own success undone them; the Greek Army was...
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    AHC: U.S. remains an industrial powerhouse

    While industrial output has continued to grow in the United States, manufacturing employment peaked in 1979 and the value of manufacturing as part of GDP has been in decline for sometime. Often, increased productivity due to automation is cited as the reasons of this decline but it doesn't...
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    AHC: Christian Asia Minor, Islamic Iberia

    Basically, achieve the reverse of what happened OTL (or maintain the Middle Ages dynamic, if you prefer lol). Historically, the Turks ultimately broke Byzantine rule in Anatolia and gradually converted the region, ultimately birthing the the Ottoman Empire while in Iberia the petty Christian...
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    WI: Dinosaurs survived on Madagascar

    James E. Fassett of the U.S.G.S has been producing very compelling evidence for Paleocene dinosaurs in the Ojo Alamo Sandstone of the San Juan Basin in New Mexico since the early 2000s. Fassett is of the belief that some Dinosaur species continued on as late as 64.5 Million years ago, which is...
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    The United States annexes "All Mexico", 1848

    Vice President George Dallas (the namesake of the Texan City), Secretary of the Treasury Robert Walker, and Secretary of State James Buchanan were all in favor of annexing Mexico during the Mexican-American War. More importantly, perhaps, is that a large and growing faction in the Senate...
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