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Mexico Forever: A DOC Game

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

  1. ChineseWarlord

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    Vote for Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
     
  2. Lokki242

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    T-t-t-tiebreaker! My vote goes out for General Santa Anna, Minister of War.
     
  3. Lokki242

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    1830 Election: Results
    Liberal Party: 5 (100%)
    Santa Anna: 3 (60%)

    Victoria: 2 (40%)

    SANTA ANNA: MEXICO'S THIRD PRESIDENT!
    Following wartime success, Mexico returns to old voting habits, albeit with a new face.
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    Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, and Minister of War and hero to the Mexican Army, has taken Vicente Guerrero's place as Mexico's third president. Both Santa Anna's opponents and his supporters could characterize him as a quick-thinker willing to employ any tactic to achieve his goals, working outside the box to achieve solutions. Though some see him as an autocrat willing to impose martial law, many remember his peacekeeping in Mexico's north, and during the Guatemalan campaign, to have been just but fair.

    Upon his inauguration, President Santa Anna has immediately set about transforming the electoral system and shape of the Liberal regime. After several private meetings with the new leader, Guadalupe Victoria has announced his intention to cease running for presidential office, instead choosing to act as a consultant and cabinet member for Santa Anna and his potential successors. Martin Javier Mina has also been relinquished of his 18-year position as Minister of Justice, finally being moved to serve Foreign Affairs. Santa Anna has made no statements so far on his government's policy towards Catholicism and politics, despite a history of Liberal secularism.
    Spoiler Key Cabinet Members :
    Minister of Justice and the Interior: Guadalupe Victoria
    Minister of Foreign Affairs: Martin Javier Mina
    Minister of War: Manuel Pedraza

    Direct legislative changes were also enacted in the first few months. The presidential office was granted the power to veto any bills brought to senate, as well as to veto any state-legislation changes. Santa Anna has also made his position count as the Mexican Army's Chief of Staff, outranking even the Minister of War in terms of tactical and military decisions. Finally, the representative system of Mexico's elections has been revised to a system more like America's electoral college, where lower population states are given more weight. Territories, regardless of population, still have a smaller electoral value until statehood is achieved.
    Spoiler Mexico's Electoral Ridings :
    Total Votes: 124
    Mexico's Core: Centro Mexico, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Puebla, Oaxaca, etc. (60% of Population): 47 Votes (38%)
    Mexico's Outer Core: Sonora, Baja, Nuevo Leon, Yucatan (15% of Population): 35 Votes (28%)
    Nueva Mexico (8% of population): 12 Votes (10%)
    Remaining 17% of Population: 30 Votes (24%)
    Cuba: 9 Votes
    Guatemala: 7 Votes
    California Territory: 10 Votes
    Dakota Territory: 3 Votes
    Colorado Territory: 1 Vote

     
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  4. Lokki242

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    1830-1836: An End to Bloodshed

    Despite the party change-over, the transition of power from Guerrero's Moderates to Santa Anna's Liberals went smoothly. The Spanish, however, seemed to hope for chaos. Despite their previous readiness to end the war on Mexican terms, the Habsburg monarchs now were unwilling to accept peace without Guatemala's return. President Santa Anna refused such demands.
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    Santa Anna quickly cut spending as Guerrero had done before him, but only slightly in order to build up a significant government income.
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    The war continued to collapse on the French front. Paris itself fell to Austrian and Spanish forces, forcing the Bourbon royals to flee Europe, taking refuge in New Orleans. The fragility of the French nation left them relying heavily on the protection and support of Mexico, moreso than ever before. French monarchy flees to New Orleans amidst Habsburg invasion, rely heavily on Mexican protectionism and continued support now
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    The money of the Mexican government would contribute heavily to construction projects throughout Santa Anna's reign, hoping to promote happiness and raise the quality of life nationwide.
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    By 1831, the Mexican navy had begun its long journey home from the Philippines. Rather than continue fighting the Spaniards across the globe, the President hoped to encourage a ceasefire through non-action, waiting to move agains the Portuguese only after peace had been declared. The Mexican Army in turn resupplied and rested as it awaited new orders.
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    Slowly, active resistance ended in the Spanish colonies captured during the war, but discontent against Mexico still ran strong among Spanish nationals. The riots in Rapidos and the Dakota Territory also came to an end as the American citizens contributing to the conflict were finally driven out by Mexican settlers. Many in the United States called for military response, but their government declined, still licking its wounds from the Mexican American war.
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    After two tense years, the Spanish Empire finally accepted a neutral ceasefire with Santa Anna's government, allowing Mexican conquests to be retained. The other enemy parties of Austria and Portugal, however, refused to enter peace negotiations, having not yet clashed with Mexican troops.
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    As part of the peace terms with Spain, the French were returned most of the sovereign territory they had lost. The Spanish Empire were allowed to keep the colonies they had taken, as well as Marseilles to encourage continuous "peace" in Europe.
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    With the true war finally concluded, the Mexican Army split up and redeployed across the nation, helping to keep the peace and protect wherever they arrived. A small unit waited in the south of the country for Pedraza and the Mexican navy, in order to set sail for Portuguese West Africa.
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    As promised, Santa Anna soon took on many initiatives to encourage population growth: an advantage the United States and Europe had that Mexico currently lacked. Free Bread policies and government-funded agriculture helped to improve health and feed growing families, as did a more open immigration policy. Mexico's population was quickly rising to match international levels.
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    In order to support their South American brethren and continue to supplement the national income, the government soon improved large-scale sales of Mexican stone, as well as other building materials, to Bolivar and his Colombian Republic.
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    The Austrians soon tired of the pointless state of war existing between them and the Mexican Republic, and even paid off Santa Anna to agree to an official ceasefire.
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    With all affairs in order, the Mexican fleet, joined by several regiments, set sail for Africa.
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    At the same time, the fishing industry along the coast of the California Territory grew enough to compete with that of central Mexico. Despite the region's lack of statehood, Los Angeles soon grew to be the largest city in Mexico amids foreign and local immigrants, as well as a surplus in food and wealth.
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    The invasion of West Africa and Lagos went slower than expected. Upon the fleet's arrival, landing at undefended beaches proved difficult due to dangerous coral shoals and thick jungle near the waterline. Mexican troops were forced to storm the city directly. A unit of rurales were slaughtered by Portuguese fire in the process, before a unit of Mexican Riflemen seized control of the city. Violence between Portuguese, native Africans and Mexican troops erupted shortly after the annexation, slowing down the outlined plans for Nigerian independence.
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    With Mexico's might proven by Lagos' capture, the Portuguese sued for peace. The 1836 official declaration by Santa Anna that hostilities had ceased ended fifteen years of constant war for the Mexican nation.
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    For a war hero turned President, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's term in office proved surprisingly uneventful. Rather than pursue war, as his predecessors had done, his first term instead marked a period of legislative evolution, increased stability, and extensive growth for both the population and economy of Mexico.
    Spoiler Letter from the Author :
    I really can't wait until a year is more than one turn. I can't finish anything right now it seems!
     
  5. Lokki242

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    1836 Election
    Under pressure from President Santa Anna, Martin Javier Mina also declined to announce his candidacy this year. Vicente Guerrero's dominance over the Moderate National Party has also ended, bringing in new candidates.
    Popular Party
    Party with a strong focus on a cultural Mexican identity as evidenced by the average lower-class member of the population. Promotes the merger of Spanish and native traditions. Shared ownership for farms rather than high-level management. Supports a fairer distribution of wealth among Mexican labourers and better treatment of employees. Promotes limited industrialization. Formerly the Popular Catholic Party.

    Pedro Velez (age 49)
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    Lawyer. Emphasizes populism over Catholicism. Wants to hold a plebiscite on whether religion should be in Mexican education and government or not. Wishes to grant loans to poor farmers to help establish business and economy. Supports a more centralized legal system, with a federal presence available to any citizen across the country. Create a system with multiple heads of state. Maintain current peace. Grant statehood to California, and other territories by end of term. Divide ownership of agriculture and industry under community-based boards rather than individual tycoons. Grant immediate and carefully supported independence to Nigeria. Promise protection of Nigeria’s sovereignty.


    Liberal Party
    Supports freedom of life from government authority, and more egalitarian democracy. High level of federalization. Strongly anti-Spanish and anti-imperialist, believes military should be used as a tool of liberation. Believes Mexican Army is core to Mexican identity. Mexican expansion is essential to grow power, population and economy. Relatively high research spending. High involvement for executive branch in all facets of political system.

    Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (age 42)
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    Incumbent President. Former Minister of War, and former head of peacekeeping rurales in Colorado and California. Enact martial law in recently conquered territories to ensure peace. Strongly supports federalization of government power and reduction of bureaucracy. Continue to promote population growth. Develop a Mexican Marine Corps for international missions based from navy. Once Lagos has stabilized, grant independence to the Nigerian nation, with sponsored relocation for Afro-Mexicans interested in Nigerian residence. Make the Presidential office the ultimate authority in terms of legal interpretation. Settle the Pacific and north of California, if possible.


    Moderate National Party
    Founded as an offshoot of the Liberal Party by the dissatisfied Vicente Guerrero, following his disgraceful removal from office. Desires slightly larger government than Liberals. Emphasis on meeting regionalist, rather than federalist, needs. Highly nationalist, with a focus on liberating Spanish colonies. Promotes the freedom of all men, and equal treatment for every race.

    Vicente Guerrero (age 53)
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    Former President. Former Minister of War. Of afro-Mestizo and Filipino descent. Expand rural infrastructure. Find allies wherever possible. Maintain current spending. Work on improving ethnic cooperation. Reopen war with Spain and invade their Andean territory. Do not relinquish or surrender until the Spanish Empire is near collapse. Open up consideration of Californian statehood. Arrest major landowners in Guatemala and Cuba, and try them for their crimes under Spanish rule. Seek military alliance with the United States.

    Pio de Jesus Pico (age 35)
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    Former Governor of California. Famously ugly, but beloved by his employees and most Californians. Wealthy but kind landowner, entrepreneur and rancher. Promotes statehood for California, Dakota, the Philippines and all Mexican territories. End the territory system. Place strict regulations on the treatment of workers by land and industry owners. Believes Mexico is already a world military power; he will attempt to ensure it becomes an economic one by improving trade relations. Attempt to end mercantilist policies and move to modern capitalism. Heavily work on improving Mexican-American relations with trade and military alliances. Settle the Pacific Northwest. Declare Nigeria’s independence once pacified.

    Manuel Pedraza (age 47)
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    First Admiral of Mexico. Heavily expand the Mexican navy. Send privateers to plague major Spanish and Portuguese trade routes. Send gold to French government to help with reconstruction. Grant Californian statehood. Increase research spending and investigate egalitarianism. Begin extensive settlement of the Pacific in order to control the ocean, and potentially settle North Australia. Maintain official peace. Hold onto Lagos as an Atlantic naval base.

    Conservative Party
    Promotes a more centralized, simple government with extensive powers for the head of state. Supports expansion of military as a tool of global influence. Embraces strong relationships with European powers, especially in regards to Spanish ties. Imperialist. Encourages foreign investment and involvement in Mexican economy.

    Anastasio Bustamante (age 50)
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    Former cavalry general. Wishes to centralize military command under strict structure. Enact an draft to ensure Mexico’s protection. Fund the expansion of mines and plantations, sell goods to highest international bidder. Reduce research spending and leave it there. Maintain a surplus of 750. Reduce Presidential Candidates to one per party, and a maximum of three concurrent parties. Conquer Louisiana while the French are weak. Investigate abuses of power by President Guerrero. Do not relinquish Nigeria, instead expanding its plantations.

    Jose Mariano Salas (age 39)
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    Colonel, head of rurales peacekeepers as hand-picked by Santa Anna following his departure. Highly protectionist, believes Mexican resources must be controlled and sold by government. Repress extremists both in population and politics, while providing benefits to government loyalty. Centralize power, replace states with large regions. Investigate the value of a strong constitutional empire over the current chaotic bureaucracy. Release Nigeria immediately, as an expensive and unnecessary cost for the Mexican government.
     
  6. A.Caesar

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    My vote is for Pio de Jesus Pico.
     
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    I also vote for Pio de Jesus Pico.
     
  8. ChineseWarlord

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    Pio de Jesus Pico is going to crush the competition.
     
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    I will probably be on the loosing side of the election this time, but I vote for Manuel Pedraza.
     
  10. Lokki242

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    As will I. Santa Anna rears his head for re-election, but it doesn't seem to be enough.
     
  11. Lokki242

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    1836 Election: Results
    Liberal Party: 1 (20%)
    Santa Anna: 1 (100%)
    Moderate National Party: 4 (80%)
    Pio Pico: 3 (75%)
    Manuel Pedraza: 1 (25%)

    Pio de Jesus Pico: The First President Born Outside of Mexico's Heartland!
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    Pio de Jesus Pico, aged 35, is a surprising victor for a multitude of reasons, ranging from his young age, mixed ethnicity and semi-"outsider" status. Among politicians, the election has been met with mixed results. Liberal leader Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and Conservative Anastasio Bustamante have been found in a rare situation of mutual support: both decry Pio Pico as a "non-Mexican who will tear the nation apart to service the foreign merchants of Los Angeles". The popular party has meanwhile announced its full support for Pico's presidency, with its leader Pedro Velez officially dissolving his movement and merging with the moderates. Despite the popular vote being heavily in the new President's favour, those with power seem split evenly in opposition and support.

    Small changes in policy have already been enacted, with President Pico making it exceptionally clear that reports of employee and labor abuse will be carefully responded to, and those responsible will be punished if found guilty. New legislation banning males under 13 and females under 16 is also underway.


    Of the utmost importance, however, is the "Two-Year Outline" for territories becoming states. Nigerian independence is also being planned, with hopes for official liberation in 3-4 years. The new states are detailed below:
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    Key
    1-California
    2-Cabrillo
    3-Colorado Grande
    4-Nuevo Mexico
    5-East Colorado
    6-Dakota
    7-Tejas

    Non-pictured:
    -Cuba
    -Guatemala
    -Philippines
     
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    1836-1840: Money, Money, Money
    President Pio Pico started his time in office doing exactly as he promised; expanding Mexico's trade network. Deals were made across the globe, selling surplus cash crops to foreign states for coin. Even the Habsburgs of Spain and Portugal entered trade with Mexico, often buying luxuries their colonies had once produced themselves. Importance was placed on putting Mexican needs for these goods, and only selling what was left over after internal desires were met.
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    The new income was immediately put to good use, with national research spending raised all the way from 40 to 80%.
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    Hoping to begin improving American-Mexican relations after years of simmering tension, President Pico enacted a wildly unpopular reparations plan. Though the explicit anger between the two nations ended, their clear opposition remained. Inside the Mexican Republic itself, Conservatives and militant Liberals were outraged, viewing the payments as a "clear declaration" of Mexican weakness.
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    By 1837, old trade deals with the Dutch Republics were renewed. Opening trade with Portugal proved its benefits as well, as the nation opened free trans-Atlantic trade between themselves and Mexico.
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    New trade networks also helped the flow of ideas and beliefs. As nationalist sentiment from Mexico travelled across the world, business philosophy of German origin began taking hold of Mexican policy. President Pio Pico finally released his plans to end protectionist tariffs by opening an international free market to grow the massive income already coming from trade. Wealthy supporters of mercantilism, rallying behind former President Santa Anna's public opposition to free market practices, responded by shutting down their support of the Mexican state, leading to several years of a standstill economy.
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    1838
    In response to the freezing of Mexican economic growth, the Portuguese attempted to put pressure on their new mercantile relationship, demanding an end to trade with the French Bourbons. Pio Pico refused, calling Portugal's bluff.
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    Despite the halt to private enterprise, Pico's government continued to work on agriculture projects across Mexico, particularly in the majorly underdeveloped Californian coast.
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    On March 7, 1838, the Two-Year Plan came into official legislation. All former Mexican territories were granted full statehood, and corresponding representation in the national caucus.

    Even with constant criticism by political opponents, the President's plans for economic growth worked, with a major boost to trade income for the Republic.
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    Frigid Mexican-American relations finally began to warm. President Pico's open policies, encouraged by peers such as Guerrera, had warmed the American leadership to closer cooperation. For mutual gain and a more promising future, a Defensive Pact was signed by President Pio de Jesus Pico and President Martin Van Buren on November 5, 1839.
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    By 1840, settlers funded by Pico's government began to organize trips north, planning to colonize the wild Pacific Northwest.
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    Soon, the racial and military unrest in Lagos came to an end. Independence for the region would seen be on hand, as drafted by Mexican officials. A new Mali Republic was established, under Mexican protection. Despite the clear lack of association between the people of the region and the historic Mali, the name was used to inspire unity between the Catholics of Lagos, and the Muslims of Ngazargamu, who formed the core of the new nation.
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    President Pio Pico had many plans ready for the last two years of his term, but they were tragically interrupted. It came to the attention of the Mexican government that Conservative leader Anastasio Bustamante, and Santa Anna himself, had been working together, plotting a coup against the "weak" Pico. The information was delivered by Bustamante's manservant, a young African-Mexican and ardent supporter of the current president. Pico was unsure how to respond to such treason, and turned to his counsel for advice.

    Pico could:

    1. Send police forces to arrest Santa Anna and Bustamante, with plans to try them for treason. This will likely inspire mass outrage among their supporters.

    OR

    2. Politely "request" the two potential rebels leave Mexico, or face further consequences. This would tip the government's hand, giving the coup a chance to begin in response to the threat of being caught.

    Spoiler Letter from the Author :
    That's right! You decide! Please vote on how your president should proceed.
     
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    1840-1842: The Mexican Civil War

    It seemed to happen without warning. One day, the Mexican Republic was at peace; home to a growing economy and expanding military. By the next day, brother fought brother in bloody civil war. Some would no doubt romanticize the causes, choosing to see the motivations as being inspired by people arguing over Mexico's future, its honor, its identity, or the loss of power in the nation's core to the growing metropolis of Los Angeles. The truth was much more petty.

    The old guard, made up of soldiers like Santa Anna and Anastasio Bustamante, feared the growth of the new middle class and their champion, President Pio Pico. They began to plot against him, but their plans were discovered. Faced with few options due to popularity of the men, President Pico ordered their arrests. General Bustamante was successfully apprehended and brought to the capital city, but Santa Anna escaped his villa and fled north, rallying commoners and soldiers to his cause. Mexico City, a mosaic of beliefs, erupted into chaos, with troops loyal to Pico slowly establishing control. The Mexican Civil War had begun.
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    Anastasio Bustamante. Portrait completed four month before his arrest.

    Many troops soon rallied behind the legendary Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, willing to represent his cause. Troops and civilians throughout much of central Mexico pledged their support to the former President, fully believing in empowering the central state. Most Conservatives sided with Santa Anna, as his cult of personality found its use. The side became known as the Federalists, due to their support of the executive federal state their leader believed in. Santa Fe, a production center losing its wealth to the ports of California, had its industry seized by troops who embraced the Federalist cause.
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    The loyalists, also known as Republicans for supporting the electoral system over Santa Anna himself, barely kept control of Mexico City amidst riots and conflict. Most of the former territories, now states, maintained their loyalty to President Pio Pico, to whom they owed their status. In court, Santa Anna's co-conspirator Anastasio Bustamante was quickly found guilty of treason, only five weeks after arrest. He was sentenced to the death penalty, and hung by the neck until dead in a central city square.
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    Despite the advent of war, Pio Pico continued to cultivate a powerful trading image in international diplomacy, opening new trade with Austria.
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    The French, hesitantly due to their recovering economy, sent a military force to French Louisiana, under supposed intention to aid the Republican cause, who had proved stalwart allies with a global impact. The act was mostly ceremonial, however, with the troops there only to intervene if loyalist troops proved incapable.
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    Vicente Guerrero, who had proudly supported Pio Pico's presidency, was selected to lead the Republican forces in the Civil War. Despite his age, his experience and unstoppable determination would prove exceptionally valuable. Many volunteers also joined the military to provide aid, and prevent what they saw to be an illegal attempt to seize control Mexico.
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    The majority of the troops quickly marched into the state of Oaxaca, which had declared its loyalty to Santa Anna's Federalists, but was isolated and disorganized in comparison to the other provinces under his leadership. The regional capital, Tuxtla Gutierrez, was quickly seized, reuniting Guatemala and the Yucatan with government aid.
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    Some labourers, still loyal to Pico's government, had been cut off in Federalist territory when the war began. Efforts were made to safely escort them into California, where they could be protected., loyal to Pico, trapped within hostile territory
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    By 1841, a full fledged offensive to retake territory seized by Federalists began. Santa Anna remained on the defensive for much of the war, relying on his troops gradually whittling down the Republican Army enough to pave an easy route to Mexico city. The invasion began with attacks on military bases outside of Guadalajara, supported by Admiral Pedraza and the Mexican Navy.
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    The first major battle of the war, at Guadalajara in 1842, would be called a decisive moment of the war by many Republicans. This included President Pio Pico himself. There had, in fact, been no decimation of the loyalist army that Santa Anna had hoped for, but many divisions were left exhausted and with high injury rates. The push would only get harder from there.
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    An artist's rendition of the Battle of Guadalajara.

    Towards the end of the year, the Mexican Navy pushed onwards, continuing its naval blockade. The hope was to cut off Santa Anna's access to supplies, lowering morale and turning more troops from the Federalist cause.
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    By late 1842, the war seemed to have gone in Republican favor, but Santa Anna was only just getting started, as a war hero with a prestigious reputation in Mexico unlike many others. Despite the dangerous state of internal politics, President Pico decided to hold an election regardless, in order to prove his legitimacy to the people of Mexico.
     
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    1842 Election(s)
    Both the Republicans and Federalists are holding elections, in an attempt to further their claims to legitimacy. Please place a vote for a candidate from both sides. To show solidarity for President Pico, Vicente Guerrero has declined to run.

    FEDERALISTS

    Liberal Party
    Supports freedom of life from government authority, and more egalitarian democracy. High level of federalization. Strongly anti-Spanish and anti-imperialist, believes military should be used as a tool of liberation. Believes Mexican Army is core to Mexican identity. Mexican expansion is essential to grow power, population and economy. Relatively high research spending. High involvement for executive branch in all facets of political system.
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    Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (age 48)
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    Former President. Leader of the Federalists. Strongly supports federalization of government power and reduction of bureaucracy. Continue to promote population growth. Develop a Mexican Marine Corps for international missions based from navy. Following war, make the Presidential office the ultimate authority in terms of legal interpretation. Settle the Pacific and north of California, if possible. Arrest Pio de Pico for treason. Revoke statehood for all territories granted it by Pico, and place them under martial law with heavy taxation as punishment. Beginning drafting troops from regions under Federalist control.


    Conservative Party
    Promotes a more centralized, simple government with extensive powers for the head of state. Supports expansion of military as a tool of global influence. Embraces strong relationships with European powers, especially in regards to Spanish ties. Imperialist. Encourages foreign investment and involvement in Mexican economy.
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    Jose Mariano Salas (age 45)
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    Colonel, head of rurales peacekeepers as hand-picked by Santa Anna following his departure. Second in command of the Federalists. Highly protectionist, believes Mexican resources must be controlled and sold by government. Repress extremists both in population and politics, while providing benefits to government loyalty. Centralize power, replace states with large regions. Begin drafting troops. Following victory, install a strong constitutional monarchy under himself and Santa Anna, with positive support.

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    Jose Justo Corro (age 48)
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    Lawyer. Dedicated supporter of Santa Anna. Has legal precedent for why President Pico’s actions in officer are illegitimate. Seek international allies to aid the war effort. Inspire the people of Mexico to support Federalists. Following victory in the war, hold a large political caucus to discuss changes to the nation, and its future. Sell Mexican resources to foreign investors to fund economy.


    REPUBLICANS

    Moderate National Party
    Founded as an offshoot of the Liberal Party by the dissatisfied Vicente Guerrero, following his disgraceful removal from office. Desires slightly larger government than Liberals. Emphasis on meeting regionalist, rather than federalist, needs. Highly nationalist, with a focus on liberating Spanish colonies. Promotes the freedom of all men, and equal treatment for every race.
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    Pio de Jesus Pico (age 41)
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    Incumbent President. Former Governor of California. Famously ugly, but beloved by his employees and most Californians. Wealthy but kind landowner, entrepreneur and rancher. End the territory system. Place strict regulations on the treatment of workers by land and industry owners. Focus on continuing to expand economy to fund war. Continue ending mercantilist policies and move to modern capitalism. Settle the Pacific Northwest following Civil War. Only use volunteer soldiers; do not draft. Following victory, exile Santa Anna and his strongest supporters, but pardon Jose Justo Corro. Push over the Federalists quickly.

    Spoiler :
    Manuel Pedraza (age 53)
    Spoiler :

    First Admiral of Mexico. Expand the Mexican navy. Send privateers to plague major Spanish and Portuguese trade routes. Send gold to French government to help with reconstruction. Increase research spending and investigate egalitarianism. Begin extensive settlement of the Pacific in order to control the ocean, and potentially settle North Australia. Draft troops due to a state of emergency. Slowly push through Federalist strongholds one at a time, to collapse their center of power gradually.


    Old Liberal Party
    Largely based on the Liberal Party, before Santa Anna’s reforms. Supports freedom of life from government authority, and more egalitarian democracy. Strongly anti-imperialist, believes military should be used as a tool of liberation. Peaceful Mexican expansion is essential to grow power, population and economy. High research spending. Secularist.
    Spoiler :
    Valentin Gomez Farias (age 61)
    Spoiler :

    Medical doctor. Member of Mexican parliament since independence, and a former mentor to Santa Anna. Abolish remaining tax exemptions and social privileges for soldiers and the Catholic church. Rely on volunteers. Consider independence for the Philippines, California and New Mexico. Continue to improve American relations. March straight to Santa Fe in order to confront Santa Anna, have him arrested and fairly tried afterwards. Do the same to all rebel leaders.

    Spoiler :
    Jose Joaquín de Herrera (age 50)
    Spoiler :

    Brigadier general. Well-known for his humility. Seek a peaceful end to the civil war, with negotiations. If impossible, war until the last man. Once victorious, pardon all Federalist leaders except for Santa Anna, who will be exiled. Enter a defensive pact with the British Empire. Prepare for war against Spain to release the Andes and Rio de La Plata. Will support Pico if the election is close.


    ALSO, PLEASE DECIDE WHETHER I:
    1. Keep playing as the fairly elected Republicans.
    OR
    2. I switch, to play as the diligent and power-hungry Federalists.

    Spoiler Letter from the Author :
    I hope you guys don't mind my attempts to mix things up. With only a handful of readers, I want to write the best thing I can for you, which means adding in some surprises here and there. Hopefully I do well! I've really enjoyed working on this so far, and even having you four regular readers actually makes me very motivated to work on it. So thanks for sticking with this so far, and I hope you continue to enjoy it!
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017 at 4:41 PM
  19. Bautos42

    Bautos42 Chieftain

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    I vote for Jose Justo Corro and Pio de Jesus Pico.
    Furthermore, I vote for palying as the Republicans. I really like what you're doing, and will surely continue to read it. Keep up the good work :goodjob:
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2017 at 6:19 PM
  20. Glorious Leader

    Glorious Leader Chieftain

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    I vote Jose Justo Corro and Manuel Pedraza.
    I vote for choice 1. Keep playing as the fairly elected Republicans.
     

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