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Since: 26 January 2005.
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Any and all original alternate histories are permitted here. You are welcome to contribute any pages you wish, whether it be a minor sketch of an alternate history or an entire story that's fully-fleshed out. Should you have suggestions or material you'd wish to add to an existing alt-history, please contact the author to discuss integration, or propose it on the discussion pages. Please make sure you understand the typical definition of Alternate History, found in the What is Alternate History page. While Future Histories are interesting, as is Science Fiction, these are not within the scope of our wiki. Note that only those timelines which are created by the author should be posted and not those which are derivative work.

While at this time we are only exhibiting pages relating to our Alternate histories, we aren't ruling out the possibilities of discussion, or description pages to help would-be alt-historians get off to a good start.

Please read and adhere to the Conventions in use in this wiki before you start contributing!

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This Month's Featured Althist

This timeline explores a world which diverged from history at two independent points:

Europe (621 CE)

Marcus Aurelius is followed as Princeps Civitatis by a more competent, adopted son, maintaining the period of the "Good Emperors" for another two centuries. With a stable hold on its territory and a clearer form of government, the Roman Empire does not fall. On the other side of the world, one of the city-states of the Maya civilization comes under the leadership of its own "great unifier" (ala Temujin or Charles the Great) - a man of great charisma and a breaker of old traditions. His effort to unite the Maya into a confederation of cities creates a lasting state, centered on the captured metropolis of Teotihuacan.

From these points, the alternate history goes in an entirely different direction from actual history. Industrialization in one part of the world is fueled by water instead of coal, a pure representative method of democracy is never established, and no existing states are recognizable as countries that exist in the modern world (differing in name, territories, government, or culture).

For the foreseeable future, a major rewrite of this timeline will be underway - largely invalidating the modern world presented in articles such as the Roman Empire or the world wars. Those pages will be left untouched for the enjoyment of readers but anyone wishing to see the final form of this timeline should start reading the timeline from 180 CE (933 AUC). A snapshot of the Roman Empire in the year 580 CE (1333 AUC) stands as a milestone to summarize developments to the reader.

Anyone interested in plausibility may be inclined to read an explanation for the historical fall of the Roman Empire, which can be compared with the events in this timeline as a measure of the plausibility of a surviving Roman Empire.

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