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Matt Pearson wrote:
> What was it, specifically, which gave the indigenous peoples a
> fighting
> chance against encroaching Europeans in *that* universe, whereas they had
> almost no chance in *this* universe?

A great leader who united the tribes?

> But even if that were the case, that doesn't explain everything.  How, for
> example, did the Europeans prevent the introduction of new diseases from
> exterminating large numbers of indigenous people?

Maybe the Vikings, or perhaps the Aelya, brought the diseases with them,
decimating the population, but giving it enough time to grow back *with
immunity* before the Europeans came?

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