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12th Oct '17 9:57:02 PM NervousShark
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* InexplicableCulturalTies: Criticised and dubbed the [https://www.alternatehistory.com/wiki/doku.php?id=alternate_history:citroen_ds_incident "Citroen DS Incident"]]. (The latter was based on how a former forum member once criticised the use of too much real world iconography on the reimagined ''Battlestar Galactica'' and in AH fiction).

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* InexplicableCulturalTies: Criticised and dubbed the [https://www.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/wiki/doku.php?id=alternate_history:citroen_ds_incident "Citroen DS Incident"]]. (The latter was based on how a former forum member once criticised the use of too much real world iconography on the reimagined ''Battlestar Galactica'' and in AH fiction).
12th Oct '17 9:52:59 PM NervousShark
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''[[http://alternatehistory.com AlternateHistory.com]]'' is, as this page was written, the internet's largest AlternateHistory site since the collapse of [[Website/{{USENET}} Soc.history.what-if]]. Revolves around a discussion forum that has been in existence since 2000 and in its current form since 2004. Has produced a great deal of AH fiction output; a full list of timelines with links can be found [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/timelines/timelines_and_scenarios here]] on [[TheWikiRule the site's wiki]].

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''[[http://alternatehistory.com AlternateHistory.com]]'' is, as this page was written, the internet's largest AlternateHistory site since the collapse of [[Website/{{USENET}} Soc.history.what-if]]. Revolves around a discussion forum that has been in existence since 2000 and in its current form since 2004. Has produced a great deal of AH fiction output; a full list of timelines with links can be found [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/timelines/timelines_and_scenarios com/wiki/doku.php?id=timelines:timelines_and_scenarios here]] on [[TheWikiRule the site's wiki]].



%% commented out not a trope to be listed in examples * UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: One of the most overused counterfactual settings, especially during a certain period in the board's late-2000s history. The frequency of ACW scenarios has declined since then.
%% commented out not a trope to be listed in examples * UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra: AH.commers [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/afrikaners are commonly annoyed]] by the notion of big name published AH authors, that every single South African character in alternate history ''[[UnfortunateImplications has to be]]'' ANaziByAnyOtherName Afrikaner who opresses blacks or does stuff just ForTheEvulz. Unsurprisingly, the South African members of the board take offence at the quanitity of the cliché in published AH literature.



** The entire forum has a (memetic) tendency to get riled when people start talking about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Sea_Lion Operation Sealion]] (Hitler's plan to invade Britain) because discussion has long since been played out and there [[http://gateway.alternatehistory.com/essays/Sealion.html is a universal consensus]] that the plan was [[http://www.historykb.com/Uwe/Forum.aspx/world-war-ii/3106/Question-Why-do-people-think-Operation-Sealion-was-impossible so badly conceived]] that its success was essentially impossible.

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** The entire forum has a (memetic) tendency to get riled when people start talking about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Sea_Lion Operation Sealion]] (Hitler's plan to invade Britain) because discussion has long since been played out and there [[http://gateway.alternatehistory.com/essays/Sealion.html is a universal consensus]] consensus that the plan was [[http://www.historykb.com/Uwe/Forum.aspx/world-war-ii/3106/Question-Why-do-people-think-Operation-Sealion-was-impossible so badly conceived]] conceived that its success was essentially impossible.



%% commented out dual trope entry * BrainBleach / ScreamingAtSquick: AH.com's version is to scream and call for "THE FORKS! THE FORKS!"
* CallARabbitASmeerp: JustifiedTrope, given the AlternateHistory settings the board's authors create and tackle. [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/alternate_terminology Here's]] the specific wiki page that lovingly maps the whole phenomennon.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Parodied with [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/underboard "The Underboard"]] running gag.

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%% commented out dual trope entry * BrainBleach / ScreamingAtSquick: BrainBleach: AH.com's version is to scream and call for "THE FORKS! THE FORKS!"
* CallARabbitASmeerp: JustifiedTrope, given the AlternateHistory settings the board's authors create and tackle. [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/alternate_terminology com/wiki/doku.php?id=alternate_history:alternate_terminology Here's]] the specific wiki page that lovingly maps the whole phenomennon.phenomenon.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Parodied with [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/underboard com/wiki/doku.php?id=offtopic:underboard "The Underboard"]] running gag.



* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies: Several years ago, the site started the "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=36615 Sealion World Tour]]". This joke project is still on-going in 2011. The members send a plush sealion [[ADogNamedDog named]] Sealion from one member to another, who'll take pictures and post them on the forum. [[TheFullNameAdventures Sealion has been to four continents so far and has last been seen in Brazil]]. The reason they used a sealion ? It's an ironic mascot of the site, referencing a surprisingly popular yet horribly implausible AH scenario. Read the BerserkButton entry above.
** It gets better when you find out the person who is supposed to receive said stuffed animal in the end is nicknamed on the forum..." [[AccidentalPun The Overlord]]".
* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: Naturally, alternate popculture is a frequent feature of many of the board's AH stories and projects. Pages compiling some discussions on these topics can be found [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/pods/popular_culture here]] and [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/alternate_history_media here]].

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* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies: Several years ago, the site started the "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=36615 Sealion World Tour]]". This joke project is still on-going in 2011. The members send a plush sealion [[ADogNamedDog named]] Sealion from one member to another, who'll take pictures and post them on the forum. [[TheFullNameAdventures Sealion has been to four continents so far and has last been seen in Brazil]]. The reason they used a sealion ? sealion? It's an ironic mascot of the site, referencing a surprisingly popular yet horribly implausible AH scenario. Read the BerserkButton entry above.
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It gets better when you find out the person who is supposed to receive said stuffed animal in the end is nicknamed on the forum..." [[AccidentalPun forum... "[[AccidentalPun The Overlord]]".
* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: Naturally, alternate popculture is a frequent feature of many of the board's AH stories and projects. Pages compiling some discussions on these topics can be found [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/pods/popular_culture com/wiki/doku.php?id=pods:popular_culture here]] and [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/alternate_history_media com/wiki/doku.php?id=alternate_history:alternate_history_media here]].



** Several allegedly female trolls have been accused of this in the past, notably [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/strategygirl this one.]]

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** Several allegedly female trolls have been accused of this in the past, notably [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/strategygirl com/wiki/doku.php?id=offtopic:strategygirl this one.]]



* HorseOfADifferentColor: In the board's less serious moments you will occasionally find mention of Bear Cavalry and the like for sheer RuleOfCool. Though outside the AlienSpaceBats area of discussion expect to see some deconstruction of the possibility, for less likely animals.
* InexplicableCulturalTies: Criticised and dubbed the [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/citroen_ds_incident "Citroen DS Incident"]]. (The latter was based on how a former forum member once criticised the use of too much real world iconography on the reimagined ''Battlestar Galactica'' and in AH fiction).

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* HorseOfADifferentColor: In the board's less serious moments you will occasionally find mention of Bear Cavalry and the like for sheer RuleOfCool. Though outside the AlienSpaceBats area of discussion discussion, expect to see some deconstruction of the possibility, possibility for less likely animals.
* InexplicableCulturalTies: Criticised and dubbed the [[http://wiki.[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/citroen_ds_incident com/wiki/doku.php?id=alternate_history:citroen_ds_incident "Citroen DS Incident"]]. (The latter was based on how a former forum member once criticised the use of too much real world iconography on the reimagined ''Battlestar Galactica'' and in AH fiction).



** Did you know that atom bombs are a hoax perpetrated by Jewish tribalist uncles who sit inside nuclear reactors rubbing vaseline into potatoes ? Apparently, one (in)famous banned troll [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/eleven11 virulently believed in this]]. It became a minor [[MemeticMutation meme]] on the site after his banning.
** Other bits of famous AH.com troll logic include the idea that children making chalk drawings on sidewalks will cause gay couples to jump off bridges, and something to do with public trees on private land (or possibly private trees on public land). See [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/memetic_mutation here]] for more details.
** Also, [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=58931 this thread]], ''which is the stuff of legends''. A ridiculously implausible Polish AlternateHistoryWank combined with several staggering examples of ArtisticLicenseHistory. And the troll responsible wasn't even Polish !

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** Did you know that atom bombs are a hoax perpetrated by Jewish tribalist uncles who sit inside nuclear reactors rubbing vaseline into potatoes ? Apparently, one (in)famous banned troll [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/eleven11 com/wiki/doku.php?id=offtopic:eleven11 virulently believed in this]]. It became a minor [[MemeticMutation meme]] on the site after his banning.
** Other bits of famous AH.com troll logic include the idea that children making chalk drawings on sidewalks will cause gay couples to jump off bridges, and something to do with public trees on private land (or possibly private trees on public land). See [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/memetic_mutation com/wiki/doku.php?id=offtopic:memetic_mutation here]] for more details.
** Also, [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=58931 this thread]], ''which is the stuff of legends''. A ridiculously implausible Polish AlternateHistoryWank combined with several staggering examples of ArtisticLicenseHistory. And the troll responsible wasn't even Polish !Polish!



* IstanbulNotConstantinople: As with the alternate terminology seen in many timelines, [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/alternate_geographic_names alternate geographic names]] are equally common.

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* IstanbulNotConstantinople: As with the alternate terminology seen in many timelines, [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/alternate_geographic_names com/wiki/doku.php?id=alternate_history:alternate_geographic_names alternate geographic names]] are equally common.



* MassTeleportation: Quite common in scenarios involving AlienSpaceBats. The local term is [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/isot ISOT]], a verbed abbreviation derived from the initials of Creator/SMStirling's novel ''IslandInTheSeaOfTime''. (E.g. "I'll ISOT myself/country XY/person XY to the year...").

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* MassTeleportation: Quite common in scenarios involving AlienSpaceBats. The local term is [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/isot com/wiki/doku.php?id=alternate_history:isot ISOT]], a verbed abbreviation derived from the initials of Creator/SMStirling's novel ''IslandInTheSeaOfTime''. (E.g. "I'll ISOT myself/country XY/person XY to the year...").



* NoNameGiven: The Sealion World Tour (see above) featured a stuffed toy sealion called... Sealion, because nobody could think of a suitable name. He was eventually dubbed "Silas" by the Brazilians, a PunnyName that only works in Portuguese.

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* NoNameGiven: The Sealion World Tour (see above) featured a stuffed toy sealion called... Sealion, because nobody could think of a suitable name. He was eventually dubbed "Silas" by the Brazilians, a PunnyName that only works in Portuguese.



* PlayByPostGame: The [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/shared_worlds Shared Worlds section]] contains a variety of them (map games, Alternate History [=RPGs=], etc.). A good deal of them become complex stories or universes given enough time.
* {{Podcast}}: [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/ah.com_podcast The AH.com Podcast]].
* RunningGag : In addition to using some mainstream internet memes, AH.com has [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/running_jokes its own set]].
** There are also [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/alternate_history_cliches various related memes]] about the most common {{Cliche Storm}}s seen in timelines (especially those of newbie authors preferring AlternateHistoryWank).
** At one point, there was a tendency to give really sadistic CrapsackWorld scenarios the "[[http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/7161/vladtepesaward.jpg Vlad Tepes Award]]" (aka Vlad Dracula, UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler). That name alone explains itself. Due to increasing overuse, [[DiscreditedMeme this meme is now frowned upon]].

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* PlayByPostGame: The [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/shared_worlds com/wiki/doku.php?id=shared_worlds:shared_worlds Shared Worlds section]] contains a variety of them (map games, Alternate History [=RPGs=], etc.). A good deal of them become complex stories or universes given enough time.
* {{Podcast}}: [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/ah.com/wiki/doku.php?id=alternate_history:ah.com_podcast The AH.com Podcast]].
* RunningGag : In addition to using some mainstream internet memes, AH.com has [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/running_jokes com/wiki/doku.php?id=offtopic:running_jokes its own set]].
** There are also [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/alternate_history_cliches com/wiki/doku.php?id=alternate_history:alternate_history_cliches various related memes]] about the most common {{Cliche Storm}}s seen in timelines (especially those of newbie authors preferring AlternateHistoryWank).
** At one point, there was a tendency to give really sadistic CrapsackWorld scenarios the "[[http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/7161/vladtepesaward.jpg "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vladtepesaward_2_8884.JPG Vlad Tepes Award]]" (aka Vlad Dracula, UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler). That name alone explains itself. Due to increasing overuse, [[DiscreditedMeme this meme is now frowned upon]].



** The aforementioned collection of silly names for a "[[{{Demonization}} Eeebiiiil Muslim]] MiddleEasternCoalition". A variant is the "Boat People's Caliphate", a mocking name for a hypothetical Indonesia-led alliance of south Asian Muslim countries (a staple of the already cliché scenario "random [[NextSundayAD near future war]] between Indonesia and Australia").

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** The aforementioned collection of silly names for a an "[[{{Demonization}} Eeebiiiil Muslim]] MiddleEasternCoalition". A variant is the "Boat People's Caliphate", a mocking name for a hypothetical Indonesia-led alliance of south Asian Muslim countries (a staple of the already cliché scenario "random [[NextSundayAD near future war]] between Indonesia and Australia").



** ''Someone'' is bound to bring up the infamous "[[RedChina China need not democracy]], [[TranslationTrainWreck need not throwing banana]]" [[{{Narm}} statement]] by pro-RedChina {{troll}} "[[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/kahing kahing]]" every time there's a thread on said country.
*** {{Troll}}s in general are often regarded as [[FountainOfMemes a rich and treasured source of memes]] among AH.commers.

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** ''Someone'' is bound to bring up the infamous "[[RedChina China need not democracy]], [[TranslationTrainWreck need not throwing banana]]" [[{{Narm}} statement]] by pro-RedChina {{troll}} "[[http://wiki."[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/kahing com/wiki/doku.php?id=offtopic:kahing kahing]]" every time there's a thread on said country.
*** ** {{Troll}}s in general are often regarded as [[FountainOfMemes a rich and treasured source of memes]] among AH.commers.



** And, [[{{Catchphrase}} of course]], [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/blaming_thande "Blaming Thande"]]. The member in question has remarked that "back in 2007, it was everywhere and part of the site culture's canon - by now, [[OverusedRunningGag it's gone borderline meta...]]".

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** And, [[{{Catchphrase}} of course]], [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/blaming_thande com/wiki/doku.php?id=offtopic:blaming_thande "Blaming Thande"]]. The member in question has remarked that "back in 2007, it was everywhere and part of the site culture's canon - by now, [[OverusedRunningGag it's gone borderline meta...]]".



** The more recent "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pony]] [[InternetBackdraft Wars]]" ended after several members were banned, several more had their posting privileges temporarily revoked, and a moderator being demoted. People still are hesitant to discuss it today.

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** The more recent "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pony]] [[InternetBackdraft Wars]]" ended after several members were banned, several more had their posting privileges temporarily revoked, and a moderator being demoted. People still are hesitant to discuss it today.



* SillyReasonForWar: While some of the on-board disputes so far had an amount of seriousness to them, [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/ah.com_conflicts they've been mostly jocular in nature]].

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* SillyReasonForWar: While some of the on-board disputes so far had have an amount of seriousness to them, [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/ah.com/wiki/doku.php?id=offtopic:ah.com_conflicts they've been mostly jocular in nature]].
2nd Oct '17 4:53:07 PM WaterBlap
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* BaitAndSwitch: In [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/make-america-great-again-a-hearst-tl.385371/ this timeline]], the narration in the opening initially seems to be talking about Creator/DonaldTrump. But at the end, it turns out to be William Randolph Hearst.
29th Sep '17 2:38:34 PM paradisedj32
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* ''Roleplay/SouthernUSAIsotGame''
11th Sep '17 1:39:33 PM Meshakhad
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* ''Literature/TheTwilightsLastGleaming''
11th Sep '17 1:00:15 PM SantosLHalper
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** This is a trope especially endemic in Double-Blind What If scenarios, when [[TropeDecay they don't just degenerate into roleplaying]].
13th Aug '17 5:58:14 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: There's a timeline called "[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=384808 The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies]].
8th Aug '17 6:42:51 AM severak
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* ''Fanfic/ToRuleThemAll:ALordofTheRingsISOT

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* ''Fanfic/ToRuleThemAll:ALordofTheRingsISOT''Fanfic/ToRuleThemAllALordOfTheRingsISOT
8th Aug '17 6:41:27 AM severak
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* ''Fanfic/ToRuleThemAll:ALordofTheRingsISOT
8th Jul '17 9:32:51 PM Drgyen
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* ''Literature/AnExaminationOfExtraUniversalSystemsOfGovernment''



* ''Literature/AnExaminationOfExtraUniversalSystemsOfGovernment''
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