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Nominations for Featured Alternate Histories are the proper way of nominating the best alternate histories that we have here at the Alternate History Wiki. These alternate histories must meet the following criteria:

  • Well-written: the prose of the alternate history is engaging, even brilliant, and of a professional standard;
  • Comprehensive: the alternate history neglects no major facts or details and places the subject in context; more than one article is used to convey the alternate history
  • Plausible: the POD and the altered events following the POD are logically what would happen if history was changed
  • Neutral: the alternate history does its best to give an objective view of the altered history without being overly influenced by politics, religion, nationalism, etc.; it is not a "wankfest"
  • Peaceful collaboration: the alternate history is not subject to ongoing edit wars.
  • Portal Page: the alternate history has a portal page that summarizes the work and prepares the reader for the detail in the connected articles;
  • Appropriate structure: the majority of articles in the alternate history have a system of hierarchical section headings, a substantial but not overwhelming table of contents and a lead section to describe the article
  • External sources: the alternate history provides OTL sources to support the events after the POD either on the portal page or a separate article
  • Supplements: the alternate history makes use of pictures, flags, maps, tables, videos, etc.

ANY REGISTERED USER can nominate a timeline (except its creator/caretaker). You may nominate an article by yourself, or with other users. You will need to sign the nomination, so a confirmation can be completed. IMPORTANT: only registered users with 100 or more edits will be allowed to vote in the featured TL nominations or to nominate candidates.

If an alternate history receives a nomination, the {{featured candidate}} template will be placed on the portal page until a decision is reached.

If an alternate history becomes a featured timeline, the {{featured}} template will be placed on the portal page and the alternate history will be added to the list. The nomination discussion will be moved to the archive.

Nomination Process

  1. First chose an alternate history, and explain why the alternate history would be a good candidate. Also, you can explain what needs to be improved on the article.
    1. You cannot nominate your own timelines.
    2. Failure to follow the correct format and positioning will result in the nomination being removed.
  2. Add the {{featured candidate}} template to the article.
  3. The alternate history should be adjusted if anyone opposes it.
    1. Objectors must explain why they are objecting to be valid.
  4. The alternate history will be added to the list if 2/3 of the votes are cast in support after two weeks since it was nominated.

Sample Nomination

Please copy and paste this format for your own nomination.
===[[Portal Page of alternate history]]===

Enter your reason. Sign it.

*'''Supporters'''

Stepintime

*'''Objectors'''

*'''Discussion'''

This is what it should look like:

Portal Page of alternate history

I like this, because it is good. (sample, not intended for copying!) signed: wiki signature

  • Supporters
  • Objectors
  • Discussion

Note: Please put new nominations at the bottom of the Nominations section.

Nominations

The Maxorata Empire

I believe this timeline is truly a breath of fresh air from most of the timelines on this wiki centred on the United States and on European countries like Britain and Germany. The history of the Guanches and of the divided kingdoms of Maxorata and Jandía is a part of history ignored by or unknown to most. The point of divergence it presents, the social consequences the creation of the state of Maxorata has, its relationship with European powers like the Kingdom of France and with Spain... these are all fascinating details. I say we give the Guanches a chance! FiteOwl (talk) 22:52, May 13, 2020 (UTC)

  • Supporters
    • It's a fascinating timeline. Sure, it needs some expanding and more work, but it's worthy. As you said, there are already way too many timelines about the US or about European empires and even the Soviets. I vote in favour of this nomination. MrWoodward (Talk)
    • This timeline is excellently built, and with even more attention it can expand even further. The aboriginal people of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, the so-called "majos", are a people that resisted against even the Romans when they conquered the isle of Lobos! That goes to show how powerful these people were and how, as in this alternate timeline, they could have definitely expanded their territory if it were ever decided by the king and the Tagoror. I agree with the objector Benkarnell on one point: that it would absolutely stand out! Hong Xiuquan (talk) 12:15, May 18, 2020 (UTC)
    • Absolutely yes. Maxorata in this timeline is a fascinating country with a well developed royal family which we can follow throughout history, a polytheistic religion (which is AWESOME!) and a curious language not many people know about. Also, its a live timeline, like 1983: Doomsday, so we can continue to contribute to the politics of it and introduce new influential characters! Let's have it featured. BroccotropolisGov (talk) 13:23, May 18, 2020 (UTC)
  • Objectors
    • I like it a lot. Now right now almost all its history covers just one single country, Maxorata itself. Hardly anything on how the existence of the empire affects other events around the world, not even events that would be very directly affected like Atlantic trade. No general timeline either, so piecing together the chronology is difficult. Don't get me wrong - this is creative and well written and has quality visuals - all around, a great piece of geofiction. I just don't think its history is complete enough to be a featured althistory. Next to the rest of our list, it would stand out. Benkarnell (talk) 01:00, May 18, 2020 (UTC)
    • As stated before, I don't believe this timeline is complete enough to be getting a nomination. Do more work and come back in a few months. -- NuclearVacuum Flag of Alaska (Russian America) 17:40, May 18, 2020 (UTC)
  • Discussion
    • To three of the above four supporters, you hit 100 edits after making a series of minor edits within a couple of days. That implies a bad-faith use of the voting rules. I'm aware of how that sounds coming from the only "object" vote so far, but I think others will back me up. Benkarnell (talk) 13:54, May 18, 2020 (UTC)

Principia Moderni III (Map Game)

I'm surprised this hasn't been nominated before. It's a monument to what the Map Games have become when they're at their best. It goes beyond its predecessor with features that make it accessible for non-players, namely the navigation template, the Overview Timeline, a huge assortment of country and cultural pages, and possibly the largest Polandball collection of any alternate timeline. Much more than a map game, it's really a collaborative ATL written using a gamified method. The one flaw is that the Overview Timeline was never completed, but I don't see that as disqualifying - many of our other featured TLs are incomplete. Benkarnell (talk) 01:11, May 18, 2020 (UTC)

  • Supporters
  • Objectors
    • Completed map games are often an impressive amount of work in terms of the sheer amount written, but when you get down to it, I don't think PM3 really fulfilled most of the requirements for a featured timeline, if any. I would not consider PM3 "map games at their best", in fact I think it is more infamous of what not to do by most of its players. Vandenhoek (talk) 03:44, May 18, 2020 (UTC)
    • This is a map game, sure, but this makes it somewhat difficult to follow (at least from my perspective). It is a curious one, but I don't think a map game should be a featured TL. BroccotropolisGov (talk) 13:27, May 18, 2020 (UTC)
    • I don't think map games should be added as featured timelines. -- NuclearVacuum Flag of Alaska (Russian America) 17:41, May 18, 2020 (UTC)
  • Discussion
    • @Vandenhoek - True, I didn't look under the hood at the gameplay, and I wasn't around at all to witness any of it. I've only looked at the content. But if the gameplay was that bad, I would agree with you that it shouldn't be featured. But that being said, the games have reached a level of quality and sophistication that I certainly never expected. An enormous amount of creative energy here goes into them, and they end up producing some truly interesting AH settings, which is what this community is all about. If PM3 is a bad one to feature, I do think some of them should get recognition. Maybe we don't yet have a completed game that's both high-quality and not plagued by infighting. If that's the case, then it maybe is premature to Feature one. Maybe the current game will be the first to achieve that. But I disagree that the games shouldn't be featured as a matter of course, because they have produced some quality content. Benkarnell (talk) 14:25, May 18, 2020 (UTC)

Featured Review Process

Sometimes timelines are elevated to featured status when they should not be. Also sometimes a good featured timeline is elevated, but later changes make it unworthy of being a featured timeline. If you think this has happened, you can put the timeline under review by following these steps: #Use the nomination template above and explain why the timeline should no longer be featured. #Add the '''[[Template:Featured review|<nowiki>{{featured review}}]] template to the article.

  1. If 3 editors above the number of those who object, following a two week period, support removing it's featured status, it will no longer be considered a featured TL.

IMPORTANT: By putting yourself down as a supporter, you are supporting the nomination to remove the timeline's featured status.

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