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  1. Circle of Willis

    WI: Zimbabwe-Rhodesia endures

    After 14 years of fighting, the Rhodesian government of Ian Smith reached an accord with the moderate opposition led by Bishop Abel Muzorewa and former ZANU leader Ndabaningi Sithole (who had been ousted by Robert Mugabe). This 'Internal Settlement' provided for black majority rule by striking...
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    WI: Obama enforces his 'red line', actually topples Assad in 2013

    10 years ago as of this writing, then-President Barack Obama issued his 'red line' threat - that is, if Bashir al-Assad (then fighting the early stages of the Syrian Civil War) used chemical or biological weapons against his enemies, he would provoke an American military response. A year later...
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    WI: The Sino-Soviet conflict escalates to a full war

    In 1969, tensions between the Soviet Union and PRC were at an all-time high. Longstanding border issues from Xinjiang to Manchuria had been exacerbated by the ideological break between the two Communist powers, with Chairman Mao disavowing the Soviets after Khrushchev succeeded Stalin and began...
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    WI: Thirty Years' War ends in a decisive victory for either side

    Historically, besides being extremely brutal and killing off a huge swathe of Germany's population, the Thirty Years' War was infamous for refusing to end as every time it seemed someone was on the verge of victory, they'd either hit a major reverse (ex. Gustav Adolf getting killed at...
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    WI: The Knights Templar are not suppressed

    The Templar Order was one of the three most famous military orders of medieval Christendom alongside the Hospitallers and Teutonic Knights, and also the only one of the three to not have survived into modernity (even if only as defanged, pale shadows of their former selves - certainly as far as...
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    AHC: Reverse the outcome of some of history's most one-sided wars

    History is replete not only with glorious victories and crushing defeats, but also conflicts where one side was so overwhelmingly, laughably outmatched by the other that it's very difficult (to put it charitably) to figure out how they could possibly win, and in many of these cases, it may even...
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    WI: The Frondeurs defeat Louis XIV

    France was plunged into a number of civil wars, collectively called 'La Fronde' after the slings used by Parisian rebels, immediately after its victory in the Thirty Years' War. To keep a long and complicated story short, basically the rebel 'frondeurs' opposed the French Crown's efforts to jack...
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    WI: Biafra becomes independent

    The Biafran War is something of a meme on account of how jumbled up its warring sides' backers were, and less humorously it was also the site of a major famine. In one corner you had Nigeria, which had just gone through two coups within six months and violent pogroms targeted at the Igbo ethnic...
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    WI: Davy Crockett, President

    I've always thought the frontier hero Davy Crockett was an interesting mirror to Andrew Jackson. Both men were from Tennessee, both were veterans and both went into politics as populistic advocates for the common man. However for one reason or another, Crockett usually ended up on the opposing...
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    WI: Taiping China

    The Taiping Rebellion was one of modern history's strangest civil wars, and certainly one of its bloodiest & most destructive as well. A farmer named Hong Xiuquan supposedly had a religious vision while in the midst of a nervous breakdown caused by failing the imperial exams one too many times...
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    WI: Epirus revives the Byzantine Empire

    After the Fourth Crusade, one of the successor states which emerged from the Byzantines' husk was the Despotate of Epirus in what's now Albania & western Greece, founded by the Komnenodoukai - bastard cousins of Isaac II Angelos. The second Despot, Theodore, got quite far: he conquered...
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    President Reagan...in 1968

    Ronald Reagan first ran for the presidency in 1968, when he was still on his first term as Governor of California, and quickly became Nixon's main opponent from the right wing of the Republican Party. Apparently he actually had a slim window for success despite being way behind Nixon in...
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    Alternate History Vivat Stilicho!

    December 31, the Year of Our Lord 406 Respendial[1] grimaced as he surveyed the carnage before him. Thousands of corpses lay strewn across the snowy riverbank, not one of them having made it across the frozen water before being felled by an arrow, spear or ax. All were stripped of their armor...
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    WI: Muhammad was a Christian

    Christianity was known to have penetrated into Arabia by the time of Muhammad: the Chalcedonian Christianity of the Romans wasn't particularly popular in the region to my knowledge, but Miaphysitism (Coptic Egyptian & Ethiopian Christianity), Ebionism (the remnants of the Judaizers) and...
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    No Gothic War?

    Ostrogothic Italy was an interesting place. After conquering the peninsula from the probably-Scirian warlord Odoacer at the behest of Eastern Emperor Zeno, the Ostrogoths took to Romanitas or 'Roman-ness' like a fish to water: Theodoric the Great and his immediate heirs cultivated close ties to...
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    What if John Wilkes Booth's conspiracy was more successful?

    Since there seems to be a bit of an ACW kick right now, an interesting WI has occurred to me: per the title, what if John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators had seen to the deaths of all their targets? Historically besides Lincoln, they were also gunning for Vice President Andrew Johnson...
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    WI the Franco-Prussian War went the other way?

    Historically, getting baited by Bismarck into the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 turned out to pretty much be an unmitigated disaster for France. The French army started the war with superior infantry equipment in the form of the advanced Chassepot rifle and an innovative pseudo-machine gun in...
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    Alternate History Dewey Defeats Truman (for real)

    Hi all. Now that I've sorted out enough things IRL to be able to read & contribute online more frequently, I've decided I should start by writing something, since I'm dreadfully out of practice. Thought doing a short timeline would help me get back in the groove and practice my writing - I hope...
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    What if the Teutonic Order won the Battle of Grunwald, 1410?

    Context. Long story short, the battle was one of the largest (if not THE largest) and most decisive in late medieval Eastern Europe, and set the stage for Polish-Lithuanian ascendancy over the next few centuries while also dooming the Teutonic Order to decline (and, eventually, its...
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    What if Richard of Gloucester never became King Richard III?

    Perhaps the Duke of Gloucester is outmaneuvered by his Woodville in-laws, and they successfully escort the boy-king Edward V to London for a smooth coronation. Or he doesn't move against said Woodvilles at all and cooperates in getting Edward to the capital. Or he just plain slips on some ice...
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