The United States of Brazil together form the largest country in South America. Ever since the Civil War that ended the old status quo of the Republic, Brazil has enjoyed relative peace mainly due to it's economical recovery
Brazil borders the Caribbean Federation, The Netherlands and Venezuela to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to the south, Bolivia to the southwest, Peru to the west and Colombia the northwest.
After the abolition of slavery in 1888, the ideals of Republicanism gained much support from across all regions in the Brazilian Empire, and created much political tension from the elites who much lost in the Abolition. This culminated in the military-supported declaration of the Republic of Brazil, in 1889, despite the popularity of the monarchy among most common folk. The 1891 constitution was based on the US constitution, granting considerable autonomy to the states and, under the first elected presidents, the domestic situation stabilized under the agreement of the oligarchical leaders of São Paulo and Minas Gerais, in what was deemed the ''Cofee and Milk'' policy, for Catlle ranchers and Coffee plantation owners were the true power behind the young republic.
In an effort to alleviate the public standing of the new goverment, Brazil's foreign minister, José Maria da Silva Paranhos Júnior, the last Baron of Rio Branco, oversaw the extension of the Brazilian territory through a series of treaties with Britain, France, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay, which saw the country's territory grow by over 250.000 square miles. The presumed gain with Acre and other rubber rich areas was greatly mitigated by the increased production of that commidity by Great Britain in the same period of time.
The Republic was also fraught with systemic weaknesses. Many revolts, some pro-monarchy, others pro increased provincial autonomy, happened in the Old Republic, such as the Federalist Riograndense Revolution the Great Navy Revolt. The system of non-secret ballots meant that local leaderships could easily and trivally force their constituents to vote for a candidate of their choosing, and effectively made elections a formality, with establishment candidates often reaching more than 80% of valid votes. The population was largely unpresented by democratic instiutions.
In addition, during this period Brazil engaged in a major naval race with Chile and Argentina, the other major military powers of South America, the so called South American Dreadnaught Race. The purchase of the Minas Gerais class battleships, São Paulo and Minas Gerais , created immense regional tension and contributed to increase distrust between the ABC nations.
With the start of the Weltkrieg, Brazil kept a policy of strict neutrality. There were worries that if one of the ABC nations joined the war, one of the others would join on the opposing sides. In addition, the then foreign minister Lauro Müller saw cooperation with Germany as preferable than to the Entente. As the war intensified during the Rodrigues Alves goverment (1918-1922) , Brazil's economical relationship with the US deepened, as did both countries's pro neutrality stance. However, expectations of economical improvement did not come true after the War as it was hoped for, and the economical sitation of the nation started to falter. Many Anarchist and Syndicalist movements, insipired by the revolutions in Russia, France and Italy, formed and acted during the Rodrigues Alves and Arthur Bernardes (1922-1926) administrations, and became a significant part of politics on the cities of Rio and São Paulo. Small revolts happened in São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul in 1924, both with mostly indetermniate ideological background but with some degree of support from locals, as the economical issues worsened. During thiese revolts, Getúlio Vargas started his high profile political career, even offering to mediate between barricated rebels and the Rio Grande do Sul state goverment.
Matters became immensly worse in 1925. Not only Brazil's chief economcial partners, the USA and Great Britain, fell under immense economical disarray. Syndicalist, Anarchist and the rapidly ascenting Integralist movements all spread as uneployment and scarcity of goods increased. The poltical situation also fell through, as the longstanding agreement that kept the Cofee-Milk balance at play was put in jeopardy, as both São Paulo and Minas Gerais launched each their own candidates for the 1926 elections, for the collapse of foreign trade made each look only after their own interests. The stage was set for the fall of the Old Republic.
The country fell into extreme disarray after Fernando de Melo was elected president, and after months of fast rising tension, Federal troops trespassed into São Paulo to deal with a small clerical revolt of Integralist motivations which had fled away from Minas Gerais, and São Paulo state president Wahshington Luis was shot dead after publicaly walking off parliament and berating the Mineiros as seeking to take full control of Brazil. The chaos had turned into civil war as each of the States gathered militias to fend off uprisings, and some readied to fight the others. São Paulo had widespread support in it's war agaist the Federal Goverment; especially important was that of Northern Eastern state governors led by João Pessoa, and the Rio Grande do Sul state, whose border with Argentina meant it possed disproportionally strong military for such a small state. This support, coupled with its manufacturing and monetary advantadges and the mutiny of the Federal Navy, resulted in the War ending a Federalist victory, and Fernado de Melo resigned in favour of Borges de Medeiros, who briefly ruled over the repblic and transitioned into the current constitution.
Ever since this traumatic year of 1927, the republic has reformed in many ways. Its economical axis is strongly, albeit slowly, shifting towards a more urban and less agarian economy. Many new companies and enterprises have arisen in the last decade, and the slow recovery is not extended to most of the great Cofee plantations, who still experience quite meagre profits. Secret voting changed the rules of the political game dramatically, and now parties are more split along ideological than local lines, especially along the urban electorate. João Pessoa was president from 1928 to 1932, and during these four years his popularity signaled the rise of a new type of politics in Brazil, based on courting the people's votes rather than solely relying on regional leaderships. Otávio Mangabeira, former state president of Bahia, won the election in 1932, with strong representation of his own state, most of the Northeast, South and São Paulo, in what seems to signal the end of what is now called the Old Republic as two presidents in a row were democratically elected. As the 1936 elections approach however, political radicalism rises as Syndicalists, Anarchists and Integralists continue to claim the Republic is failed state that barely exerts any control over the states of Brazil.
Brazil's poltical situation changed dramatically with the instituition of secret voting. Many movements exist now across state barriers defending several differing positions on how the New Republic should be, and some defend complete rebuilding from the ground up. The Republican and Liberal parties are the main political forces; the Republicans are often more in favour of autonomy in some areas and state oversight in the economy, a view not shared by liberals. The Democratic Left is an umbrella alliance, made of many left wing polticians who seek to improve the Republic and reform it rather than advocating revolution. Rallied around João Mangabeira, the DL is the only leftist movement with enough traction to be deemed as a significant contender in the upcoming 1936 elections, as the rift between Anarchists and Syndcalists grew larger after failed uprisings in 1925 and during the Civil War itself. The Integralist ideology is also very common in Brazil, and while not openly addmiting it to avoid outlawing of the party, is evidently Monarchical and Antidemocratic. The Monarchy fell 40 years ago, but the wounds of that still linger in the memory of many Brazilians, and many more simply see the Republic as a failed experiment which resulted in famine and war. Integralist volunteers helped both feed the poor and to contain syndicalist revolts across the nation in the last decade, and are quite rapidly growing. They defend the re establishment of the Monarchy, and increasing even further provincial and municpal autonomy, much like their Portuguese brethern. After the war, the claimant to the throne, Pedro Henrique de Bragança, was allowed to come back home to Brazil and is quite keen in cooperating with the Integralist movement. Syndicalism and Integralism also have deep penetration in the Military, as Tenentes and Civil War veterans all have something to say about the current political situation.
President: Otavio Mangabeira
Vice-President: Borges de Medeiros
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Felix Pacheco
Minister of Industry: Hugo Carl Wilhelm Gerdau
Minister of Justice: Riccardo Cassiano
Brazil's army can be more accurately described as twenty or so different state militias, all armed by their state goverments. They all have invested in buying new equipment after the end of the civil war, for many fear that it could happen again. However, the federal army still formally exists, and a potential invader will soon find that Brazil can quickly unite if pressed to fight for it's independence. In conventional terms, only 7 divisions are currently combat able under Brazil's army.
Brazil's navy has always been the nation's pride. The two Minas Gerais battleships are, in turn, the navy's pride, and they almost singlehandedly kickstarted the South American Dreadnaught Race. The navy is quite capable when it comes to fighting other threatening states in South America, but cannot be compared to that of Major Powers
The Brazilian Air Force began during the Civil War. Bombing and scouting runs were mader over São Paulo and the state of Rio, and many airmen rose to proiminence during then. While quite outdated and small, it's easily South America strongest and best trained airforce.
- Very good relations with United States and Portugal.
- Friendly relations with Germany and Paraguay.
- Unfriendly relations with Argentina and Chile.
- United States