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Mexico Forever: A DOC Game

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Stories & Tales' started by Lokki242, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. Bautos42

    Bautos42 Chieftain

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    Well, then I vote for Father Miguel Lazar Ignacio Restrepo in order to start a civil war.
     
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    Lokki242 El Secretario

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    Election results coming tomorrow! Last call for any straggling voters.
     
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    1956 Election: Results
    Synarchist Union: 2 (50%)
    Restrepo: 2 (100%)
    Institutional Revolutionary Party: 2 (50%)
    Camacho: 2 (100%)

    Despite years of peace, Mexico once again hits the brink of civil war!
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    Mexican soldiers prepare for open combat.

    In a surprising turn, the 1956 Presidential Election has taken a dark path when it comes to Mexico's future. The left has seen it's support collapse as Mexicans have grown largely comfortable with the status quo, while more extreme factions have turned right rather than left. This has led to the latest election having both front-runner candidates declaring victory. The reserved Manuel Camacho has taken control of the capital and much of the nation, but the notorious Synarchist Father Miguel Restrepo has claimed similar victory, with surprisingly large numbers supporting him, including catholic officials. President Camacho has stated there is nothing to worry about, and that Restrepo is a traitorous lunatic, but troops have been mobilized nonetheless. We will update the public regularly as the situation advances.
     
  4. DKVM

    DKVM Basileus of the Romaioi

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    You would think at this point they would put something in the constitution for these situations :p
     
  5. Lokki242

    Lokki242 El Secretario

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    Oh there is! Restrepo has chosen to ignore it as a "tool of the athiest government conspiracy".
     
  6. DKVM

    DKVM Basileus of the Romaioi

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    I mean, they can still use it anyhow seeing as how it would delegitimize one of the two movement's and lose them some strength.
     
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    1956-1957: Grandfather's Dilemma
    With an officially declared tie in the electorate, it fell to the Mexican Congress to decide whether Manuel Avilo Camacho or Father Miguel Lazar Ignacio Restrepo would officially be declared the new President of Mexico. As the vote took place, Restrepo swiftly fled to New Orleans to rally his core supporters, many of whom had never been subdued by Kobayashi fully. The priest's foresight proved wise; the Mexican congress declared Camacho to be President, at a ratio of 434:187, with just over twenty abstainers.
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    Traffic passes by Mexico's Parliament building on the day of the Constitutional vote, 1956.

    Restrepo, however, had the influence of the Catholic Church behind him. The clergy, long repressed by the Mexican government, supported the Synarchist claim to power fully... and publicly. Though many faithful Mexican Catholics did not support their parish views, even more faithful, who had made up a silent majority for years, began to protest in earnest. Even some soldiers embraced Restrepo as a candidate.
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    Tanks patrol Mexico City in the Winter of 1956, keeping pro-Synarchist protesters under control.

    The public tensions, and a rise in civilian skirmishes, made President Camacho nervous. Worried for citizens who could be caught in the crossfire of a power struggle, a curfew and far more rigorous policing was put in place. Troops were soon marching towards New Orleans by January 1 of 1957, eager to arrest Restrepo before the situation escalated, and accompanied by newly finished artillery battalions.
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    As a Minister of Defence had not yet been selected, leading the operation was the Chief General of the Mexican Army, who had been elected within the chain of command itself. His name was Agustin Olachea, a career veteran lovingly nicknamed "Grandfather" by many troops, largely due to his fatherly disposition towards young soldiers, alongside wisdom and experience. Olachea came from an old blood family that had come to Mexico during the seventeenth century, and had lost much of their wealth under Mella's Communist Regime. Nonetheless, the general was a celebrated commander, but intel on Restrepo was slow to come, as many populations closer to the Amercian border chose apathy or Synarchist loyalty over supporting the federal government.
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    The next anyone heard of Father Restrepo, in fact, was only once rumors started to circulate of him having snuck back into Mexican City, putting local police on high alert and leading to mass rioting between his supporters and Communist or Anarchist gangs. Then, in the middle of a meeting, the parliament building itself was besieged by Restrepo and about 1,300 of his followers. Emergency orders demanded that General Olachea immediately return and relieve the city. What followed was one of the most crucial decisions ever made in Mexican history, following moments such as Don Hidalgo's declaration of independence and Porfirio Diaz's execution of Ricardo Emannuele... "Grandfather" refused the command. Despite a kind heart, the potential for a Mexico with a highly valued military and "traditional values" encouraged Olachea to side with the Synarchists, banking on the loyalty of his troops. Most followed his lead, even as elements of the chain of command disintegrated, and supporters of Camacho soon found themselves on the weak side of the conflict, lacking true firepower. Within a few days, parliament fell, and Restrepo captured nearly two hundred government officials including Camacho, who were shipped off to Alcatraz. As Miguel Restrepo declared himself President on March 3, 1957, the Forty Nights of Blood began, where attempts at resistance by Communists, Anarchists, and even moderates were devastated in city streets across the country. With a swift show of force, it seemed as though much of the opposition to Synarchism had collapsed.
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    Alcatraz, Mexico's notorious political prison.

    Soon, under direct orders from the President and General Olachea, Mexican soldiers swept through Colombia and Argentina, aided by fascist sympathizers and scared politicians, leading to the declaration of the American Synarchist Union under Father Restrepo, a true continental powerhouse.
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    Before long, Fascist and Catholic legislature opposing immigration, protest, homosexuality, and other issues was drafted into law. Though mass protest shut down government operations, it was only a matter of time until the military response led to a restoration of order for the many supportive Catholics. Perhaps signalling the end of an era was Camacho's execution via electric chair for his crimes of treason, which was held on May 5, 1957.
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  8. DKVM

    DKVM Basileus of the Romaioi

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    You know, I'd kinda forgotten Mexico had taken so much South American territory. Also, how are you managing to stay so stable despite the constant revolutions and out-of-core territory?
     
  9. Lokki242

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    I find the way the stability system works to be excellent for solo gameplay and less-so for storytelling. So I have it disabled :p Pretend it says unstable/collapsing during this little interregnum if you like :lol:
     
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    1957-1962: God's Will, Rising
    With Father Restrepo having seized temporary control of the Mexican government, he began establishing his cabinet. To the people of Mexico not directly involved in conflict, for now the political events seemed novel: their dictatorships of the past had come in a much more liberal flavour, and only strong leftists felt major resistance to a Catholic government shortly after its establishment. Things would be slow to change with the military eagerly backing President Restrepo's every word. His public image was only improvement by the appointment of Salvador Borrego as the Minister of Information. The position was a new one, designed to manufacture propaganda and act as a publicist of sorts for Restrepo, and the first man to hold the position was Salvador Borrego. Borrego was a notorious journalist and anti-Semite, who soon began expanding from pamphlets and posters to work in film.
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    Salvador Borrego at a government event, 1958.

    Even with Restrepo's regime encountering less resistance than expected, the day-to-day operations of government still ground to a halt. Meanwhile, the Russian Empire completed more and more astounding projects, including a massive research complex in Moscow, supported by extensive funding.
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    By the end of 1957, the Synarchist Union enveloped the entire Latin American sphere. The Republic of Peru was taken without the firing of a shot, as General Olachea ordered his troops to ride down the Andean Railroad in a "peaceful occupation". Soon, the Spanish-speaking state joined Colombia and Argentina as a direct underling of President Restrepo's rule.
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    Within the Synarchist Party itself, the power balance was still shifting. Salvador Abascal, the first leader of the party to breakthrough into major politics, had long clashed with Miguel Restrepo, and it seemed as though he had lost the dispute. Possibly fearing for his life, or maybe just struck by religious fervour, Abascal and nearly five hundred of his most dedicated followers marched into the Sonora Desert to establish the Santa Maria commune, influenced by Millenarian ideals and strict adherence to a democratic Christian order.
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    The Church of Saint Maria, photographed in 1971.

    Despite stresses upon the nation, Mexico had not lost its international reputation. In an analytical essay discussing scientific progress, British historian Arnold Toynbee wrote of the amazing achievements of Mexican thinkers and the strong support the government had shown towards advancement, leading to some criticism from those believing he had endorsed a rising fascist state.
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    The government had returned to relative stability by 1959, and some Mexicans were astounded at how smoothly things were running. With General Olachea, the Mexican Army, and militant Synarchists subduing any violent opposition, peaceful protest dominated anti-Synarchist discourse, while many resumed their normal lifestyles. The economy chugged along at remarkable speed, aided by the integration of the entire Latin American economy. Soon, Minister Borrego was developing a nationalized news network to keep the right info in people's lives, while many Catholics celebrated the deliverance of their belief to power.
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    With income rising, the Synarchist government soon funded the construction of a colossal grand cathedral in faithful Dakota, named the Great Church of the Holy Father. The site was more than a religious achievement; its spectacle encouraged tourism from across the globe.
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    The strong connection between President Restrepo and the Catholic Church also warmed Mexican-Russian relations, which had long been hostile and littered with trade embargoes. As a show of changing times, the two nations re-opened trade with one another.
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    Despite this, many were more concerned about religious rule than the quiet daily life showed. Los Angeles was soon filled with rioting led by its "sinful" populations in response to a Synarchist crack down on opium dens, bars, whorehouses and "degenerate" hotels, and the patrons of such establishments soon responded.
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    On August 28, 1961, the Olachea Incident filled headlines across the Union. Letters between General Agustin "Grandfather" Olachea and Santa Maria commune leader Salvador Abascal were delivered to the President, revealing Olachea's plans to depose the unpredictable Restrepo and replace him with a "tamer candidate". Abascal ended his three year exile to rat Olachea out to the Synarchist Union, leading to Olachea's arrest and eventual execution. Though the evidence was damning, many soldiers still supported Grandfather Olachea, and another round of skirmished erupted in response before order was restored.
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    Agustin Olachea, c.1961.

    As the final year of President Restrepo's "term" began, he began to press the Mexican influence on the United Nations. Soon, the international body was calling for the United Kingdom to show kindness and free the oppressed people of India, as this would weaken Mexico's "Old Imperial" rival, which contrasted the new imperialism of Synarchists. Unfortunately, the British ignored the demands, and only the Russian ambassador on the security council supported the Secretary General's demands.
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    Over the last five years, the people of Mexico had slowly grown accustomed to their "Father" Restrepo... but only because the true changes the Synarchist Union promised had not yet arrived.
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    1962 Election
    Despite hoping to make the electoral position a permanent one, Restrepo was cautious to rush complete change, even as he abolished all rivals to the Synarchist Union. Under a new single-party state, Restrepo outlined that only those with educations in theology could compete for office. Meanwhile, Salvador Abascal, despite having briefly returned to Mexico City, opted out of running for office in order to better maintain Santa Maria.

    Synarchist Union
    Fascist, though distinct from the anti-semitism of Austrian Fascism, the autocracy of Spanish fascism, and the monarchism of Chinese fascism. Nationalist. Anti-Immigration. Strong ties to the Catholic Church. Supports the freedom of Mexican peasantry. Wishes to strengthen the lives of true Mexicans. Strongly anti-Communist and anti-Anarchist. Believes hierarchy helps enable a functional society through social contract and class cooperation.
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    Father Miguel Lazar Ignacio Restrepo (age 32)
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    Catholic priest. Ardent Christian fascist. Labelled an "ambitious madman" by Kobyashi. Enact a single party state. Conquer the United States, Canada and Peru. Restore Christian policies as a rule of law. Repair broken relations with Russia. Change presidential elections to be for life. Currently lacks military support. Endorsed by the Catholic Church, which is currently under Russian rule. Require non-Christians to wear symbols presenting them as such. Move native american groups in Mexico's interior onto reserves. Assimilate the Philippines. Ban anti-religious speech. Increase espionage spending, and expand the powers of the National Intelligence Bureau.

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    Jose Garibi y Rivera (age 73)
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    The first ordained Mexican cardinal, named in 1953. Classical theologian. Build a tighter relationship with the church. Increase the political power of the clergy. Petition Russia to grant independence to Rome. Give regional autonomy to Peru, Colombia, Argentina, and California as members of the American Synarchist Union. Ban the consumption of all drugs. Enforce Sunday off-days. Spend heavily on church construction. Expand the navy.

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    Miguel Dario Miranda (age 67)
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    Mexican Bishop. Humanitarian preacher. Limit the powers of the Synarchist government. Reduce military presence. Give high autonomy to Colombia, Argentina, and Peru. Spend heavily on improving the quality of life for the poor. Finance Catholic schools. Provide daily meals and free health care for the poor. Nationalize further industries. Separate the Church from the Russian-controlled branch.


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  12. Radagandruman

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    Miguel Dario Miranda
     
  13. DKVM

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    Oh I wasn't complaining. I am just generally so terrible at maintaining stability in RHYE's and wanted some tips on your method of managing it despite having so much land.

    Father Miguel Lazar Ignacio Restrepo

    This guy or Jose. I don't want yet another dictatorship that only lasts one turn.
     
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  14. Bautos42

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    Father Miguel Lazar Ignacio Restrepo.
    In order to cause internal power struggles :D.
     
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    I am Radagandruman, and I approve this message.
     

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