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In Alternate History, a "wank" is where one nation is extremely successful.

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Of course, the term has drifted quite a bit. The original idea was that the nation was being wanked beyond all plausibility; e.g., Romania rising to conquer Europe in a PoD set after 1800.

However, it has drifted to where wanks are merely considered implausible, but possible, and some timelines specifically set the goal of wanking a nation plausibly. And wanks aren't necessarily unrealistic: a person from the Chaos TL by Max Sinister would probably claim that our universe was an awful case of Mongolwank.

The name presumably connotes a patriotic AH writer masturbating to a map of their homeland. (Wanks are almost always of their own nation.)

Contrast with Screw, its exact opposite.

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