Part 39: The Conquering of Latin America
Chapter 28: The Conquering of Latin America
Pancho does not flinch at the poor results of the Texan-Brazilian War. His plan must continue; he will just have to start somewhere else. Our army in Texan Argentine is sent up through Argentina to the border of the Chilean capital, Santiago.
President Villa's plan begins again, hopefully with more luck this time.
The troops arrive in Santiago to find that someone has beat them to the punch, and it is none other than the nefarious rabble-rouser Leader 2. We do not know why or how he is here, but his men are quickly dispatched and we seize the capital for ourselves.
Not long afterwards the Chileans accept satellite status under the Republic.
We offer a trade of technologies to Mexico, who is very behind industrially but has advanced in a few areas that we haven't. We are much more willing to trade with them now that they are pacified and our ally. They accept the offer.
Peru will be the next to fall.
The Peruvians are actually defending their capital, so we are forced to land our troops in the nearby area of Piscu.
Since we have yet to discover Stormtrooper Training or Gas Attacks for some reason (and due to high morale/fire difference due to difficulty setting I believe), we are not willing to assault the dug-in division in Lima. So we embark on a short maneuver that will lure the Peruvians out of their entrenched capital.
When we moved into and took Ayacucho, their troops in Lima moved south to attempt to cut off our supply line. There are new troops in Lima now, but they are not as well dug-in.
It was still a long battle and nearly half our troops were lost, but we won, and the government of Peru surrendered the next day.
From Lima the troops march to the border with La Paz, the Bolivian capital.
President Villa's term is coming to an end.
The Nationalist Party did not suffer much from the Brazilian Embarrassment, which is being overshadowed by the Nationalist satelliting of Mexico. A new political party has also been gaining steam, the Fascist Party.
War is declared on Bolivia, and our troops rush across the border to their capital.
La Paz falls, but the Bolivians have decided to make a stand against the Republic and are unwilling to give in.
It is not until we take two more provinces and defeat their troops a number of times that they give in to our demands.
In the following months Paraguay and Uruguay are uneventfully defeated, in similar fashion to Peru and Chile before them.
Ecuador is next on the list. After them only Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil remain to be humbled before the Army of the Republic.
Furniture is not very technological or expensive, but maybe once the Californians run out of boring products to produce they'll get to the good stuff.
The Nationalists handily win the elections. The Nationalist candidate is James "Farmer Jim" Ferguson. Popular with the farmers and labourers, President Ferguson intends to continue President Villa's plans in South America.
The United States approves of the continued reign of the Nationalist Party apparently, and our Mexican capitalists are proving more on-the-ball than the Californian ones. Not only does Fuel fetch a decent price, but it is a component for automobile and aeroplane factories and we produce plenty of our own oil to supply the refinery.
A Machine Parts Factory too! Machine parts aren't exactly the new hot thing, but they have always fetched a high price on the world market, since they are needed to build factories.
The war against Ecuador was not over as fast as we hoped, but it is done.
President Ferguson has decided that Colombia will be next. This part of the plan does not call for making them a satellite but outright annexation of Colombian territory. We are unsure if the Colombians are going to cede any land if we can't take their capital (Bogota is surrounded by Brazil) but we will try anyway.
After the war is declared, our navy suprises the Colombians by unloading eight divisions while in the middle of the Panama Canal itself.
Troops also invade from Ecuador and more troops are brought by ship to the northern Colombian coast.
The Texan-Colombian War progresses slowly. The Colombians are deeply entrenched, and the war drags on for more than a year before the Colombians offer a peace settlement.
We now have control of the Panama Canal, which could prove useful in the future.
We love our capitalists in Durango. Electric gears fetch a good price on the market and are necessary for the production of higher end items.
War is declared on Venezuala. Colombia had managed to get into an alliance with the Venezualans shortly after our war, and now we are at war with them once again.
Troops are landing on the beaches of Barcelona, where they will better be able to engage and defeat the Venezualan force in Caracas.
Okay now its just getting dumb. Dye factories are useless. Enough natural dye is produced overseas to make the market price for importing very low; there is no demand or need for artificial dyes.
Shortly after Barcelona falls the troops are ordered to engage the Venezuelans in Caracas. It is a long battle, long enough for reinforcements to arrive for both sides, but we eventually win it.
Venezuela conceded defeat shortly after the fall of Caracas, and a we settled for white peace with Colombia shortly afterward.
And after a short four years of war against Colombia and Venezuela, the next election season begins. Nationalist victory is certain, but what the populace took for granted is not going to be true. At the Nationalist Electoral Convention in Santa Cruz, Fransisco Villa announces that he is not going to accept the Nationalist nomination. "When the Republic is ready to go to war with the dirty Brazilians, then I will be ready to be its President. Until then, I will not accept." The nomination is instead given to Miriam "Ma" Ferguson, wife of President James Ferguson. Their campaign rhetoric focuses on the deal the electorate will get with Ma Ferguson in office and Pa Furguson as First Gentleman: "Two Presidents for the price of one!"