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Cody Franklin
Personal information
Born (1995-07-16) July 16, 1995 (age 28)
Toledo, Ohio
OccupationYouTuber, Author
YouTube information
Years active2012-present
GenreEdutainment and Education
Subscribers1.91 million[1]
Total views259,973,665[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2019
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2020

Last updated: December 21, 2020

Cody Franklin, better known under the alias AlternateHistoryHub, is an American educational YouTuber, author, and graphic designer[3] from Toledo, Ohio[2] whose channel primarily creates videos about alternate history scenarios, though later grew to include exploring fictional lore and general politics. Franklin established his YouTube account on December 25, 2012. Franklin also established the podcast So That Happened, as well as the separate channel GeographyHub (later KnowledgeHub) on July 29, 2015, which over time, shifted its focus from geography to other topics, and gradually shifted control from Franklin to his brother. Franklin is significant among other history YouTubers because he was one of the first to specialize in alternate history scenarios, and to this day is the largest alternate history channel.

In addition to his channel, Franklin is also known for authoring The Atlantropa Articles, an absurdist alternate history novel based on the real-life Atlantropa proposal, and has stated that he generally plans to continue The Atlantropa Articles as a series.[4]



Franklin created his YouTube channel on December 25, 2012, and released his first alternate history video, What if the Allies Lost World War II?, on March 16, 2013. Since launch, AlternateHistoryHub, as one of the first YouTube channels exploring alternate history scenarios, this channel has had several viral videos, of particular notice History of the Fallout World (Lore), which explored the lore of the Fallout universe and as of December 2020 still remains his most-viewed video. Franklin uses historical statistics, such as population censuses and geography, to determine many of these scenarios.[5] In February 2016, Franklin, along with many other channels such as Channel Awesome, began having issues with the YouTube management over copyright and fair use, nullifying their revenue.[6][7][8] This led to major delays in numerous videos, including in his four-part remastered What if Germany won World War II? series. Though YouTube later relented, and announced that it would allow disputed videos to continue gaining revenue until the dispute was resolved[9], AlternateHistoryHub has still endured many issues with YouTube. Franklin's work in these videos have been met with acclaim from entertainment websites such as Uproxx[10] and MovieWeb[11] Franklin helped to establish the So That Happened podcast, featuring other history-based educational YouTubers such as EmperorTigerstar and Step Back History, which launched on September 30, 2017, and, as of December 2020, has had 13 episodes.

Franklin has done a number of crossovers with other YouTubers, such as The The Great War[12] and Extra Credits[13]. Out of these, one was a four-part crossover series with fellow history YouTuber EmperorTigerstar, exploring the full timeline and storyline of Harry Turtledove's Southern Victory series, in addition to a subsequent mapping video from EmperorTigerstar detailing a full cartographical timelapse of the series.


On July 29, 2015, Franklin released a new channel separate from AlternateHistoryHub called GeographyHub, which had the primary purpose of discussing geographical topics, and was largely in a collaborative effort between himself, the artist narrator, and his brother Tyler, the writer and editor. The channel was promoted on AlternateHistoryHub on its' launch[14], causing many of AlternateHistoryHub's subscriber base to subscribe to the channel. By 2016, the channel renamed itself KnowledgeHub, as to discuss subjects other than geography, and under Cody began discussing more history-related content.[15] After this, control over the channel and production of its' videos gradually shifted to Tyler, and by 2019 fully shifted its' focus towards pop culture, with Tyler lightheartedly rebranding the channel as "Knowledge" Hub[16]. As of December 2020, KnowledgeHub has garnered 800K subscribers and over 85 million views on YouTube.

The Atlantropa Articles

On August 18, 2018, Franklin released a teaser on his channel for an upcoming project featuring a man clad in an armoured, futuristic uniform and cape featuring the Nazi swastika. In the following week, he released an official animated teaser for his then-upcoming novel The Atlantropa Articles, set in a dystopian future in which Nazi Germany unites Europe under the construction of Atlantropa, draining the Mediterranean and leaving behind, instead of fertile farmland, an inhospitable salt desert colloquially referred to as the Kiln. It is revealed that the man in the trailer is the protagonist, Ansel[17]. On October 7, he released yet another video further detailing the novel's plotline and setting. The book was released in stores and online the following week, on October 15, to generally favourable reception, and became a best-seller.[18] Franklin has said that he generally plans to continue The Atlantropa Articles and its' universe as a series, which he states "is likely".[4]

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 "About AlternateHistoryHub". YouTube.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "When Ohio and Michigan Tried To Kill Each Other - YouTube".
  3. "Cody Franklin". IMDb.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "My New Book Is Officially Out (Plus Other Updates) - YouTube".
  5. الجاويش, محمد. "للمهتمين بالتاريخ.. أفضل قنوات التاريخ على يوتيوب".
  6. Newton, Casey (April 28, 2016). "In a reversal, YouTube will let videos under copyright dispute earn revenue". The Verge.
  7. Brandom, Russell (February 1, 2016). "YouTube's complaint system is pissing off its biggest users". The Verge.
  8. López, Miguel (January 29, 2016). "Varios youtubers se quejan: ¿medidas demasiado estrictas ante avisos por copyright?". Genbeta.
  9. "Improving Content ID for creators".
  10. "The Realistic Aftermath Of The 'Independence Day' Movies Is Depressing". June 27, 2016.
  11. "Every Educational YouTube Channel for Homeschoolers". Movieweb. April 23, 2020.
  12. "What if the Schlieffen Plan Succeeded? (feat. The Great War) - YouTube".
  13. "What if We Kept the Articles of Confederation? - YouTube".
  16. "The Future Of The Channel (Update) - YouTube".
  17. "'The Atlantropa Articles' Official Novel Trailer - YouTube".
  18. Franklin, Cody; Pisenti, Joseph (2018). The Atlantropa Articles: A Novel (For Fans of Harry Turtledove and the Divergent Series). ISBN 978-1633538351.

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