Every week or so, I have a moment of realizing just how enormous my workload is. The most recent one was the (re)discovery of the word Españolada - basically, the assumption that all of Spain is Andalusia - and the realization that this is orders of magnitude more wrong in my ATL.
Not only is all of Spain not Andalusia, none of it is - not even Seville, the revived and united al-Andalus. Some visible features (the white towns) are still there; other, less familiar but much more important parts, are missing. (Without a Reconquista, al-Andalus doesn't get partitioned into latifundia staffed by jornaleros, which changes the class dynamics of things considerably.) And from that realization, of course, it's butterflies all the way down.
- The Black Leg…
Dear Diary, I never thought I'd pull it off, but I somehow managed to have become #1 in terms of Achievement Points. In honor of this, I am now officially proclaiming myself Despot of the AHTropes Wiki, adding it to my official title back on AH.com, and so forth, and so forth, and so forth.
Furthermore, Amedras now claims the right to refer to himself with the despotic "We."Read more >
Butterflies have a one-century grace period in Ixbiliada.
A Point of Divergence in 1081 is just this side of plausible for the survival of al-Andalus (at least in its native form, rather than as an extension of a Berber empire.) It also has some unfortunate side effects, like butterflying a number of recognizable names out of existence - St. Dominic, Averroes, the Rambam, you get the idea - and by rights this should make the world completely unrecognizable. (Which is especially serious because it means that the more important works of the Convivencia period - the Mishneh Torah, the Guide to the Perplexed, the Incoherence of the Incoherence, etc. - can't be assumed.)
My rule of thumb is, thus, that (within Iberia itself, at least) there's a 100-…Read more >
I never thought it would happen to me, but I seem to have been become an admin somehow.Read more >