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This thread is totally inspired by the terrific videos produced by Othais & Co. over at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClq1dvO44aNovUUy0SiSDOQ (C&Rsenal) and it is recommended that you avail yourself to them. The Meta thread like the Russian-American Meta is intended to guide the main alt-history thread. The basic proposition is that the fledgling Kingdom of Tankovia, formed from one of the many Conferences of the Great Powers to carve up the Balkans. I thought it should be ethnically and confessionally mixed with either a border with or proximity to the Ottoman Empire. The Army is equipped with a mix of blackpowder and smokeless single shot rifles and carbines along with a smattering of repeaters (if you can explain why the Tankovian Horse Guards have leverguns....splain away!) which are dangerously obsolete as we go into the 20th century. Consequently, the Council of State has determined that the Army should be equipped with a modern smokeless repeating rifle and carbine. I like a hopeless mix of rifles supplied by different entities seeking influence, perhaps Austrian and Russian and perhaps some captured Ottoman Martinis?