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    Personal Empires

    Not sure if this counts as a proper historical phenomenon with a name that eludes me —if it even has a name—, but I did notice that while normal empires built over the span of generations by determined colonialists oppressing and exploiting whole nations, there also exists the cases of men...
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    Greatest Britain II (United Kingdom of Britain and Hanover)

    I can’t think of a Proper POD for this one, as the conditions for such a move aren’t there, unless one forces it with, say, extraordinary circumstances or a particularly powerful King who can force the issue. Yet the idea appeals to me. Adding a bunch of German MPs and Lords to Parliament...
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    Little Napoleonic PODs

    A sequel to this thread. For PODs smaller than Napoleon Crushes his Enemies at Waterloo and Reigns Forever. -1795 If Napoleon had married Désirée Clary. This one has a lot of effects great and small if we use Not Meeting the Beauharnais as a POD. Napoleon, Ney and Bernadotte have different...
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    Kings of Jerusalem That Never Were

    Following the success of the First Crusade, the first candidate for King was Raymond, Count of Tolouse and the newly established Crusader State of Tripoli, but for whatever reason declined, be it humility or a desire for other fiefs. The second candidate, Godfrey of Bouillon, was also reluctant...
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    The 1908 Congo Crisis

    In 1885, King Leopold of Belgium was given the right to rule the heart of Africa and millions of unwilling/unwitting subjects on the basis that it was better than letting other countries have it, and that Leopold would keep free trade open so as to guarantee a better looting of the place. What...
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    French Holy Roman Empire

    In the centuries between the coronation of Charlemagne on Christmas Day 800 and the reigns of Otto the Great and Henry the Fowler, the institution known as Empire was in a state of flux, as were the lands of the Carolingians. With time, Frankish Succession Laws and interfamilial disputes brought...
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    1145: if Louis VII and Eleanor of Aquitaine had had sons

    King Louis VII Capet (1120-1180) was part of a long line of Louises who struggled with asserting royal control against their overmighty vassals, a problem compounded by the fact that said vassals had larger holdings, treasuries and armies. Hence the marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204)...
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    Greatest Britain (Malta, The West Indies, etc…)

    Since the dawn of time, counter factual history has been plagued by a simple question: why doesn’t the big country simply eat the smaller one? While looking at the video for Malta and French Algeria the thought struck me: what if the Imperial Federa Of course different countries will have...
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    1230: Scramble for Constantinople

    The Year: 1230. The Players: Theodore Komnenos Doukas Emperor operating from Epirus and Thessaloniki John III Doukas Vatatzes Emperor operating from Anatolia Ivan Asen II Tsar of Bulgaria John of Brienne Latin Emperor of Constantinople Kayqubad I Seljuq Sultan of Rūm Other Players...
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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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