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    ASBs make Germans offer to give up Belgium to a neutral force in WWI?

    What if ASBs, using mind control on the German government and high command, starting in October 1915 after the Bulgarian DOW, made the Germans offer to conditionallly withdraw from Belgium then. The ASBs don’t think the Germans have any winning cards to play on the western or maritime fronts...
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    What if Hindenburg and Ludendorff insisted on unrestricted U-Boat warfare in order to accept overall German high command in August 1916?

    What if Hindy and Ludy insisted and blackmailed the German Kaiser and Chancellor into accepting on unrestricted U-Boat warfare in order for them to accept overall German high command in August 1916? With the German government firing Falkenhayn, and the OberOst commanders so popular and widely...
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    What if no German Unrestricted Sub Warfare, Zimmerman Note intercept, US DoW on Germany in 1917?

    Just because I mention some grouping, like Pilsudski's boys or Haller's Blue Army, it is not equivalent to saying they did anything important or they would do anything truly important or decisive, just that they would be there, showing up at the right place and right time, with some...
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    What if Liege held out an extra week in 1914- would Germans outflank it through Dutch Limburg?

    What would have happened to the overall outcome of the German western campaign in the west of 1914 if the Germans had somehow been held up an extra week at Liege by better armed, prepared, alerted Belgians? Treating this as an isolated obstacle on the German path into Belgium what are the...
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    Was Italian entry into WWI in spring 1915 on the Entente side a "now or never" situation?

    It's interesting that Italy was so unready in machine-guns and artillery and overinvested in battleships. According to an account from user AndreaConti over at AH.com, the Italian Army General Staff *knew* this was all a mistake, and also *knew* they were unready to fight certainly by 1915 when...
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    What if no German Unrestricted Sub Warfare, Zimmerman Note intercept, US DoW on Germany in 1917?

    It is kind of a smarter idea, but I don't see any reason why it would be any more likely. And actually, it would be an easier idea to implement, if the war ends in a way that the war up the "backdoor" of Germany, from the French commanded Armee D'Orient with Serbs, Romanians, going through...
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    What if no German Unrestricted Sub Warfare, Zimmerman Note intercept, US DoW on Germany in 1917?

    What if we split the difference and compromise between what everybody is saying here between ATP, Buba, and Skallagrim, and say Germany falls six months later. Because the end result of no Yank belligerency is the Allies hold on against the German offensive in the west, 1918, but aren’t...
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    Was Italian entry into WWI in spring 1915 on the Entente side a "now or never" situation?

    This all sounds like it makes sense. Do you think Romania enters the war in late summer 1916, inspired by or in tandem with Italians, and inspired by Brusiliv offensive apparent success like OTL? Or do Romanians stay out in 1916 after seeing Russia have a worse 1915 and Austria-Hungary a...
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    What if Bismarck consistently stuck to his anti-colonial principles?

    Elaborating off this odd, novel possibility of Bismarck doing a sell-off to Italy, I thought of a string of events that might reasonably follow from it: Germany under Bismarck sells colonies to Italy: Sells them all, except maybe Marshalls, circa 1887, 1886, 1888. All to Italy. Presents as...
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    Was Italian entry into WWI in spring 1915 on the Entente side a "now or never" situation?

    How might that summer 1916 entry (so, Brusilov-offensive inspired?) change the whole war, in terms of net advantage and disadvantage for the Entente side and the Central Powers, in terms Italian freshness, preparedness and effectiveness, and in terms of additional rest for Austria-Hungary from...
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    Was Italian entry into WWI in spring 1915 on the Entente side a "now or never" situation?

    Italy made the London Pact with the Entente on April 26th, 1915, officially revoked the Triple Alliance on May 3rd, 1915, and declared war on Austria on May 23rd. This was amid some public controversy. The King and the Foreign Minister favored joining the war on the Entente side and PM Salandra...
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    Wiener Schnitzel Arrabiata - consequences of a summer 1918 Italian Victory at Vittorio Veneto

    Add bookmark #1 The second Battle of the Piave was 15–24 June 1918. What if Italian Supremo Armando Diaz was the same level of competence, but less prudent, more impatient, and "spicy", demanding and forcing preparations over a feverish five week period to launch a general offensive on 21...
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    What if Bismarck consistently stuck to his anti-colonial principles?

    Elaborating on this quote. Suppose it was real, suppose Bismarck was contemplating it seriously and had the assent of the monarch (Wilhelm I), before his death in 1888 to make the sale to Italy, and Italy would was interested in buying. How would Italy pay? Might it owe installments to pay...
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    AH Challenge and plausibility check: Spanish Imperial Panama Canal?

    It sounds like it is a Counter-Reformation, but with a difference. It keeps the good parts, leaves out the bad parts, and adds new good parts. Some of the “bad parts” it leaves out are some harsh repression, political, mercantile, militaristic, that made Dutch people shift from Erasmian...
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    AH Challenge and plausibility check: Spanish Imperial Panama Canal?

    So the Jesuits were not Thomist? Hmm- they started the Baja California missions but got booted in favor of the more popular or fashionable Dominicans before any mission enterprise extended to Alta California. I don’t know if this was all due to political factors outside of California in Spain...
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    AH Challenge and plausibility check: Spanish Imperial Panama Canal?

    Very interesting reply! So we need a Spain following the good on paper, and long term in practice, Salamanca school ideas of enlightened self-interest, and avoidance of more avaricious and brutal temptations. It would require different paradigms of colonial oversight, personnel selection, and...
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    With a post 1850 divergence, could Piedmont and Prussia tolerate being 2nd fiddle forever? Could Triple Entente form anyway?

    So in your view it is inevitable post Napoleonic, they would both try for unification, and keep trying. Do you think it was also inevitable they would succeed at their unification projects, and pushing Austria out into the margins?
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    What if Bismarck consistently stuck to his anti-colonial principles?

    You certainly followed the gist of the write-up and the questions. And it sounds like from your reasoning Germany just holding back another year or two gives enough time for other countries to snatch those mid 1880s colonies instead. So that would justify a vote for one of the top 2 choices in...
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    What if the Gore-McLemore resolutions passed in Feb-Mar 1916, keeping Americans off Entente merchantships?

    Let's say his veto is overridden or its so close he could risk humiliation and doesn't do it, or he misses the time window because of an ill-timed spell of illness.
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    With a post 1850 divergence, could Piedmont and Prussia tolerate being 2nd fiddle forever? Could Triple Entente form anyway?

    With a divergence after 1850, might Piedmont-Sardinia have been content to remain a status quo power, not leading the unification of Italy? Instead of the route of nationalist expansion, could its leadership decide, "You know, we feel just fine being 'Switzerland south", a nice Alpine country...
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