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This is the page for the 2021 Stirling Awards to honor the editors, timelines, and content in our Wiki. VOTING IS NOW OPEN.

The Stirlings recognize content from the previous year. Nominations on this page honor writers and content from the year 2020. Only registered editors who have 200 or more edits and have been on the wiki for at least a month can make nominations and/or vote.

Voting will take place during January 2021. The winners will be announced on January 26, the anniversary of the founding of the Wiki.

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Writer Awards

Writer of the Year

This award is for the best writer on the wiki in 2020.

Nominations

  • Nathanadrian - One of the most prolific writers of the year. Since he first joined in MDM, his turn posts were always very creative and detailed, and he has since moved on to timelines such as Morte, where he is one of the main driving forces behind the project. While only on the wiki for the later half of the year, he already has several very substantial pages and doesn't seem to be slowing down. Emaliay (talk) 07:42, September 3, 2020 (UTC) and Vandenhoek (talk)
  • DosDragones - His major timeline Terra Cognita has justifiably gotten a lot of attention and is some of the best recent work here, almost undeniably the best recent solo timeline. But this year he started three others that have likewise enriched our community: Caesar's Skull with the fleshed-out nation of Galland; A Romance on the Rhine, based around the conlang Valish; and the Atlantis-based ASB timeline The Postdiluvian World, which also has a budding conlang, Atlantean. All of them boasting a rich set of maps, graphics, flags, and seals. Dragones seemed to do everything well this year. Benkarnell (talk) 07:25, 13 December 2020 (UTC)

Discussions

  • Nathanadrian's nomination is nullified on the light of her recent ban for sockpuppeting and vote-rigging. --- FirstStooge (talk) 02:04, 9 January 2021 (UTC)
    • I think the better thing is to delete the votes but leave the nomination. Nathanadrian was fake but the writing he did was real. If people want to vote for it, they're free to. Benkarnell (talk) 03:02, 9 January 2021 (UTC)

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Best New Contributor

This award is for the best new contributor to the wiki in 2020.

Nominations

  • GryffindorKrypton - For revitalizing the 1983: Doomsday timeline in a constructive and well-thought manner that, a big rare, are fully respectful of the tone of the timeline and its realist basis required to justify changes. He/she also have a great attitude that inspires people in numerous ways with his/her constructive approach, always ready to give new ideas. It was a rocket start that no one could have seen coming. He/she even got an award by an admin, how cool is that? SigmaHero045 (talk) 21:47, September 2, 2020 (UTC)<nowiki>
  • 1234chernobyl - As a new user, he/she has a great passion on althistory, especially on the subjects of communism and the Soviet Union, and explores it to a certain extent. Cher (I would like to call him like that) has potentials like Arbo in the past. This Vietnamese lad needs to learn one or two things in writing coherently, but aren't we all like him/her at the start? FirstStooge (talk) 06:27, September 3, 2020 (UTC)
  • Nathanadrian - Nathanadrian's contributions are all over this page, he's made a very major splash despite being a new user and is responsible for a lot of great works this year. He's shown to be one of the hardest working new users. T0oxi22 (talk) and Vandenhoek (talk)

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Best Writer for a Map Game

This award is for the best writer in a map game that was active in 2020.

Nominations

  • Candiesrgood in Domesday - Interesting and well written posts, and a good perspective on either the Puebloans or Mogollon culture, it is not clear ingame which culture established Hakia although it was probably the Puebloans both which are overlooked in alternate history in favor of more well known overrepresented areas like Europe. Jamesmcavoyfanclub (talk) 13:23, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Solace in MdM - Of all the players in MdM, I can think of few people who had put as much depth and effort into the expanded lore of his nation and surrounding civilization than Solace. The first 150 years of the game filled out the history of Mesoamerica, of which the main article Tarascan Empire only scratches the surface. As a mod of the game, I eventually could trust Solace to basically manage Mesoamerican history on his own, since he was the only player in the region and I could trust his history to be developed plausibly. After the first 150 years, the rest of the game Solace played in the Middle East as the Abbasids, which also had its own share of depth that also acted as an homage to the Abbasids from PM4. Oh, I didn't mean to push that button!Oh, well leave a message I guess 02:09, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Nathanadrian in MdM - His contributions in MDM have been talked about already immensely, and many of his turns are nominated for awards. I still goo back to some of his turns and think about them, and I find them very interesting. I also believe that he goes beyond the frame of what we thought a turn could be, by writing very long and detailed narrative stories across multiple years, that are very impressive stories. T0oxi22 (talk) and Vandenhoek (talk)

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Best TSPTF Member

This award is for the member of the TSPTF that has done the best work in 2020. Only current members of the TSPTF (Brass, Lieutenants, or Constables) can be nominated. Self-nominations are not allowed.

Nominations

  • Benkarnell - Ben has done a lot of work this year as an admin fixing up and streamlining the various administrative pages of the wiki, and helping new users become accustomed to the rules and procedures. He's directly responsible for helping to revive the Stirling Awards, so without him we might not even be making these nominations. Vandenhoek (talk) 21:58, September 2, 2020 (UTC)
  • Nathan1123 - Nathan1123 is in my opinion one of the best Tsptf members of this wiki,he has worked so hard on his own custom made algorithm for most of the recent map games.Without them i doubt map games would be so popular as they are now. In addition to this,he is a great member that helps anyone who asks him. -Drafigo

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EoGuy Award for Best Supporting Writer

This award, named for EoGuy, is for the member who has contributed in less-visible ways to the Wiki, whether through copyediting, maintenance tasks, wise advice and collaboration to improve other people's timelines, or positive discussion that improved the quality of the site during 2020.

Nominations

  • Marrybore - Marry is one of the most helpful users and has been a great addition to timelines like Morte and Blooming Roses. Even when not contributing the most written content personally, he is invaluable in providing feedback, suggestions, and advise. He helps build off the articles others begin, and has created countless leader pages in Morte that help flesh out the timeline. Nathanadrian (talk) 22:10, September 2, 2020 (UTC)
  • Icelandicwriters - Alti has helped me significantly on several scenarios I have worked on such as McGovern '84 and Delano's Miracle. His assistance has helped me get more into specifics such as Senators and Senate elections. My scenarios wouldn't be as fleshed out if it weren't for him. (nominated by Nickthenick2)

Discussions

  • A friendly reminder: Who has nominated Alti? I think he forget to put his own sign at his nomination. FirstStooge (talk) 14:08, 1 December 2020 (UTC)
    • I found it in History and added a note. Benkarnell (talk) 15:57, 1 December 2020 (UTC)
    • I just noticed your reply now. Thank you so much, Ben. FirstStooge (talk) 09:38, 4 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Nathanadrian's nomination to Marrybore will be retained, but her votes as well as of her sockpuppets (Gerriandour and Jav) will not be counted as valid.

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Timeline Awards

Timeline of the Year

This award is for the best timeline of 2020. All timelines are eligible, provided that large updates occurred during that time.

Nominations

  • Blooming Roses by YoungSongstress (a.k.a. LookingIn, a.k.a. Littletail) with contributions by Marrybore: A really interesting concept for a timeline, told almost entirely through biographies and lines of succession. - Benkarnell (talk)
  • Francia Ascendant by Vitlou , Joseph, Adolf It’s a good PoD with a lot of potential and explores one of the biggest events of History. It’s interesting and the Writers know their stuff. Atli
  • Merveilles des Morte by Javants03, Nathanadrian, Marrybore, et al. One of the largest community timelines in recent years and a major amount of quality work. Despite only being created in the latter half of the year (a little over two months ago at the time of writing) it already has dozens of members, over a hundred pages, and has sparked a great deal of interest and discussion in community timelines again. I feel that it has been a defining timeline of the year in a lot of ways. T0oxi22 (talk) 22:02, September 6, 2020 (UTC) and Vandenhoek (talk)
  • Terra Cognita by DosDragones. This timeline was already honored in the 2020 Stirling Awards, but since a lot of work was done on it in 2020, and because I believe it's one of the best timelines to appear on the wiki over the last several years, I think it deserves a nomination here as well. Terra Cognita explores a world where the Western Roman Empire never fell, among other PODs and many other changes, and explores themes which not many other timelines touch, such as the development of new languages over time. With great writing, a deep and realistic new world, and intimate knowledge of its core historical subjects, this timeline is among the best this wiki has to offer. Vavent (talk) 04:44, 2 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Atlantic Resolve by Experiment632. This timeline has seen a lot of work this year with its 41 in depth articles which shows the dedication to this work. Its an interesting perspective on a World War III in the recent past. Jamesmcavoyfanclub (talk) 15:44, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  • McGovern '84 by User:Nickthenick2. It is a timeline with many little earlier events that lead to the election of George McGovern in 1984. It isn’t a “He wins PoD” but rather very small things happen and even with that it’s an electoral upset. I am proud to say that my admiration of the timeline resulted in an almost year old friendship. - User:Icelandicwriters

Discussions

  • I did not make Morte, Javants did. I am also not a principal writer in the timeline, and that is why I was not listed in the nomination. Furthermore, while other categories say no self-nominations in the rules, this one does not. T0oxi22 (talk) 22:01, September 22, 2020 (UTC)
  • I edited my nomination to show that YoungSongstress. LookingIn, and Littletail are the same person. Benkarnell (talk) 12:55, 3 December 2020 (UTC)
  • I think I have a different opinion with James in regard of an 'imported timeline' for a Stirling nomination. It is originally created in 2019 which I believe should be counted from that time, not when it is imported here. As the process of its creation and development is mostly out there, at our Russian wiki counterpart, and never here, I think it never has a feeling as a part of our own community here. It is purely my subjective opinion though and will not influence its nomination status here whatsoever. FirstStooge (talk) 15:25, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  • youre right ive withdrawn the nomination Jamesmcavoyfanclub (talk) 15:44, 9 December 2020 (UTC)

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Best New Timeline

This award is for the best TL that was created in 2020.

Nominations

  • Merveilles des Morte - A continuation and alternate version of the map game of a similar name. As the principle organizer for the continuity of the original map game, I grant my blessing on Mortes as a tribute to every positive memory that game had. While retaining all the most enjoyable events and points of divergence, they also clean up some discrepancies of plausibility, and further fill out and expand the universe with details that were previously glossed over. And even completely independent of MdM, the timeline does pretty decently on its own. (nominated by Nathan1123)

Discussions

  • Added Nathan as the nominator. Benkarnell (talk) 16:07, 1 December 2020 (UTC)

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Best New Article

This award is for the best article created in 2020.

Nominations

  • Forty Years' War by Nathanadrian et al. A major page within one of the biggest timelines of the year and the culmination of months of planning. At the time of writing this the article isn't finished, but as it's steadily being added to often I think by the time of the 2021 Stirlings this will be finished and one of the quintessential pages of the timeline. Displays a large amount of creativity and collaboration, and is everything I like to see when I read althistories. T0oxi22 (talk) 22:05, September 6, 2020 (UTC) and Vandenhoek (talk)
  • Champions of Dixie: The CSA wins (by HurricaneAlpha96) - It’s an article with a lot of potential and is realistic. It has been a pleasure and an honor to advise on what I believe could be one of the biggest Confederate articles of 2021. Icelandicwriters

Discussions

I added HurricaneAlpha96 as the author of Champions of Dixie. Benkarnell (talk) 00:31, 3 January 2021 (UTC)

Voting

Best New PoD

This award honors a 2020 timeline with a really intereting starting premise or point of divergence, regardless of how complete it is.

Nominations

  • God's Left Wing by Reximus55, a timeline about an alternate reformation where Martin Luther is dead. Jamesmcavoyfanclub (talk) 12:44, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Volta do Mar by Nathanadrian, and others. At the time of writing, this timeline has only a couple of pages, but the description of this category emphasizes it's about the PoD, "no matter how complete the timeline is", and the PoD for this one is very interesting: what if Christopher Columbus was right about his approximation of the Earth's circumference? With this Point of Difference, this timeline looks set to result in lots of interesting characters and good lore and alternative history. Marrybore (talk) 13:54, 9 December 2020 (UTC)

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Map Game Turn of the Year

This award is for the best turn within any game played in 2020.

Nominations

  • Thuringia, 1480 from MDM by Nathanadrian - This post was part of a long series of very detailed, narrative-based posts that told a great story throughout. However, this is probably my favorite installment, and one that nearly brought a tear to my eye. It's very heartfelt, well written, and full of ATL allusions, historical and literary references, and symbolism that's easy to miss. Some context: there was a player for the nation of Nassau and the mods forced him to switch nations. After trying to establish the ruler of Nassau as a playwright in his turns, he instead had the character pass away never having fulfilled this vision, and switched nations. This post was an unexpected eulogy to that character, and led to Ermanaric of Nassau gaining some ATL historical notoriety later in the game, like the map game equivalent of Van Gogh becoming famous after his death. Emaliay (talk) 21:30, September 2, 2020 (UTC) and Vandenhoek (talk)

Discussions

This is an uncontested category so the vote is a little less than dramatic, but you're welcome to cast votes anyway. Benkarnell (talk) 06:43, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

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Best New Non-AH Written Work

This award is for the best OTL/non-AH work that was created in 2020. The creator or principal contributor can only nominate a single one of their works. This category includes all such items on this wiki: blogs, the forum, or articles.

Nominations

  • The MDM War Algo by Nathan1123 - This was a major effort that greatly changed map games and helped run MDM. Although not the first, the MDM War Algo seems to have been the longest adopted computer program of its kind. (nominated by T0oxi22) and Vandenhoek (talk)
  • It's an Alternate Life by Nathan1123 - Nate published his traditional holiday story on January 4, meaning it just qualifies for this award which it so richly deserves. Pour yourself a mug of cocoa, curl up by the fire, and enjoy. Benkarnell (talk) 23:39, 31 December 2020 (UTC)

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Content Awards

Best New Flag or Coat of Arms

This award is for the best fictional flag created in 2020.

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Best New Map

This award is for the best map created in 2020. Any kind of map is acceptable.

Nominations


  • Mali map (Merveilles du Monde).png
    By Tullin. I love almost all of Vinny's maps, and his style and skills have significantly improved over time. This highly-aesthetic map shows the extent and surrounding nations of the Mali Empire in the MdM map game, indicating caravan routes and landmarks written in Middle Dutch. (nominated by Nathan1123)



  • Nathan's 24th Birthday map V1.1.png
    City of Calico, also by Tullin. Why a second map by the same person? Becuase Tullin's talent shines most in his city maps, and this one is outstanding. The file says that it's for a "World of citystates" timeline that evidently never materialized. I don't know the story there, but this map, with all its supplementary information, is practically a complete timeline by itself. The flag, the arms, the intriguing place-names, the cryptic Morse code, all rendered in a beautiful style. Benkarnell (talk) 17:44, 10 December 2020 (UTC)

Discussions

  • Added Nathan as the nominator. Benkarnell (talk) 20:30, 1 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Despite the nomination was about of and made by the banned users, the nomination is retained and all votes from non-banned users are deemed valid. --- FirstStooge (talk) 02:19, 9 January 2021 (UTC)

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Best New Graphic

This award is for other visual content - photoshopped images, logos, alternate history media, wiki templates, etc. - created in 2020. The creator can only nominate a single one of their own graphics.

Nominations

  • 5Franc.png
    A Louisiana Franc by Nekomancerjade. I recently came across the timeline Bourbons Resurgent! and saw this design for a banknote of the Kingdom of Louisiana. I think the concept of althistory currency is an interesting area which is rarely explored thoroughly, and this Franc incorporates a lot of small details while also looking like it could be used by a real nation. Vavent (talk) 04:13, 2 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Pope Rudy.jpg
    Pope giuliani by Nickthenick2. Jamesmcavoyfanclub (talk) 13:57, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Georgia Guidestones Doomsday.png
    This photoshopped picture by Gerriandour showing a post-apocalyptic shanty town forming behind a Georgian monument. Vandenhoek (talk) 22:46, 31 December 2020 (UTC)

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Special Nominations

You can check past winners on the main Stirling Awards page.

Nominations for Lifetime Achievement made during the unfinished 2019 awards have been automatically copied here.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Writer

This award is for the best writers across the entire lifetime of the Althistory Wiki. Once individual wins this award, they cannot win it ever again. Self-nominations are not allowed.

Nominations

  • JorgeGG - Jorge has been around since around ten years and we recognize his talents, proficiency and clearheadedness as well as his dedication to this community since a decade ago. His ideas are wonderful, making his world-building process enjoyable and astonishing for us who read it. I will not making it like an eulogy lol, but Jorge definitely one of our best writers, especially since he comes from non-English background, making him a model for us the writers who are not speaking English as first language. His first timeline, Twilight of a New Era, is the greatest inspiration of my own timeline, so I owe so much from his ideas and innovations that were brought upon us to this wiki. FirstStooge (talk) 06:37, September 3, 2020 (UTC)
  • Upvoteanthology - Upvote isnt active anymore, but she was a really great writer, and she knew how to make tmelines. Vikings in the New World, which won the best New Timeline Stirling in 2015, i remember was one of three timelines created in 2014 which revolved more or less around vikings. Out of the three I think it was and is the best thanks to her writing and ideas. Upvote also contributed a lot to the community timeline Knightfall, and also worked on a lot of other tls with people. Jamesmcavoyfanclub (talk) 16:06, 9 December 2020 (UTC)

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Timeline

This award is for the best timelines across the entire lifetime of the wiki. Once a timeline wins this award, it cannot win it ever again; nevertheless, it can be held in conjunction with any other award.

Nominations

  • The Green North - Another older and unfinished timeline, but entertaining and a counterpart to our excellent Great White South timeline. Created by ChrisL123. "This is not your grave but you are welcome in it." 01:58, February 23, 2019 (UTC)
  • Cherry, Plum, and Chrysanthemum - Not only did this timeline get snubbed in the 2015 Stirlings for Timeline of the Year to Superpowers, but I think it has become one of the few timelines to be very much overdue for proper recognition. Not only has FirstStooge made dozens of near-complete pages for nations in his timeline, something you certainly don't see a lot of these days, he has nearly made it to the present day from the PoD, and from recent contributions, is definitely on track to reach that point. I think Cherry, Plum, and Chrysanthemum is one of the more exceptional timelines, and given that it was unrightfully snubbed, finally deserves a more prestigious honor for Stooge's efforts. SolaceEaSw (talk) 19:06, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Article

This award is for the best articles across the entire lifetime of the wiki. Once an article wins this award, it cannot win it ever again.

Nominations

  • Internet (Stuff That Memes Are Made Of) by Nathan1123 - It's the flagship article of Nate's whimsical and well-titled ASB tech timeline. The TL itself stayed small and that's OK. But the story told here is really well done. Come learn about the spread of Bolshevism online, the Chicago Outfit's phishing schemes, and the cultural impact of the world's greatest YouShowmen. Benkarnell (talk) 04:27, 1 December 2020 (UTC)
  • A More Purrrrfect Union by TheCrimsonOracle - The best satire article ever made at this wiki, which perfected by Crim's sense of humor. It is a greatest pleasure for several cat-loving, silly-minded, timid-acted users, including me myself, of course. It somehow also poked fun to the real-life as well as the community politics at that period, which making it relatable. Too bad Crim did not expanding it, but hoping someone will carrying a same legacy as him. We do need another fun-loving users and not trolls, for heaven's sake! FirstStooge (talk) 14:03, 1 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Mongol Invasion of Europe (Knightfall), originally by Mscoree but later adopted by Stepintime - Why do so many good articles get snubbed? You tell me, because this page is absolutely amazing. Not only from the look in terms of formatting, but the god damn detail put forth is so legitimate I don't care who wrote it originally. From the beginning, the war infobox and the spectacular choice for imagery is legit from a technical perspective, and I think what really pushes this article, in my opinion, is when the PoD begins. While the build-up in itself is really well written, the actions between the Europeans themselves upon and during the invasion is as interesting as the very reasonably plausible Mongolian invasion of Europe, which while some may say is cliche, I can definitely say for sure that this is the best version I've read of such an invasion. If there was a "holy grail" of articles, it would look like this, stop the cap. SolaceEaSw (talk) 04:04, 9 December 2020 (UTC)

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Flag or Coat of Arms

This award is for the most interesting, most ironic or most impressive flags or coats of arms in the archives of this wiki. The file must come under the form "File:XXXXXXXX". Once a flag or coat of arms wins this award, it cannot win it ever again.

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Added nominator's name. Benkarnell (talk) 20:38, 1 December 2020 (UTC)

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Map or Other File

This award is for the most interesting, most ironic or most impressive maps and other files in the archives of this wiki. The file can be a portrait, map, picture, etc. as long as it comes under the form "File:XXXXXXXX" and it is not a flag or coat of arms. Once a file wins this award, it cannot win it ever again.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Map Games

This award is for the best map games across the entire lifetime of the wiki. Once a game wins this award, it cannot win it ever again.

Nominations

Discussions

  • Given that Nathan1123 was active and operated the game individually for a long period of the game's total time length, I believe the nomination for Merveilles du Monde should ideally include him in some capacity. Had Nathan not been present and available to run the game, dedicating weeks to months for continuation of the game, Merveilles du Monde would not have lasted and would've ended within the first ten turns. This leads me to believe the nomination should include both TheCrimsonOracle and Nathan as "Owners". SolaceEaSw (talk) 16:35, 18 December 2020 (UTC)
  • when i made th nomiantion i thogt about only the creator should be included but maybe yourr right h Jamesmcavoyfanclub (talk) 16:52, 18 December 2020 (UTC)

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