Portugal is a country in South West Europe; its mainland in the Iberian Peninsula borders the Kingdom of Spain to the east. Through its colonial possessions it also borders Mittelafrika, South Africa and National France in Africa and Allgemeine Ostasiatische Gesellschaft and the Netherlands in Asia. It is a nominal member of the Entente.
During the 19th century, Portugal was characterized by the internal struggles between republicans and supporters of a constitutional monarchy, which caused a deep rift in the country. In 1910 a coup of Portuguese republican officers against King Emanuel II abolished the rule of the Royal House of Bragança. Teófilo Fernandes Braga became the first president of the Republic; he proclaimed civil liberties and emancipated women in family law. An agricultural reform failed, however, because of the opposition of the aristocracy. The gravest inheritance of the republic was the desolate economy which was completely oriented towards trade with Great Britain. When the Weltkreig erupted, Portugal hoped to stay neutral, but invasion of its colonies by Germany dashed these hopes. While on the front, Portuguese troops were ill equipped and trained, and performed poorly on all theaters, and lost Mozambique to Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck in a shameful turn of events. While the colony was recovered and the peace with honour was signed, Portugal left the war in a much weakened state, and the people grew weary of the massive political instability that plagued the home front, including assasinations and coups. Shortly after the end of the war, in January 5 1922, the Monarchist counter revolution long in the making was launched, and the Kingdom was restored.
The new goverment experienced a good recovery, especially in terms of international prestige. Old currencies, flags and titles restored, and most impotantly a stable goverment, helped Portugal prosper until 1925, when the Revolution in Britain and its consequences crashed the economy in pratical terms. While opportunity arose in the chaos that swept the Colonial Empire of Britain, little could Portugal do; German forces occupied many areas, and Portugal was forced to abandon Nyasaland after and ultimatum, knwon as the Second Ultimatum in Portugal. In 1926, the Intergalismo Lusitano movent sweeped the elections with its radical plataform, and immeditaly set itself on reforming the colonial administration of the Realm. The economy did recover in a meaningful manner after a few years, and the IL greatly capitalized on this, even when for many of its members, elections are uneeded and inneficient.
Throught the years since Mittelafrika gained the Pink Map zone, Germany did many offers to buy overseas lands from Portugal. However, Portugal stubbornly refused even the most exorbitant of the Kaiser's offers, for every inch of land is vital for Portuguese national pride.
Portuguese politics are no longer the chaotic affair that the Republic once was, and while the Integralists rule with a comfortable majority, two other movements, the Cruzada Nuno Alvares and the Royalist Action, also have a significant presence. Legal, non syndicalist parties still silently campaign for the return of the Republic, such as National Republican Party and Democratic Left Republican Party.
Head of State: SMF Duarte II de Braganza
Head of Goverment: Francisco Rolão Preto
Foreign Minister: Afonso Lopes Vieira
Economy Minister: Alberto Monsaraz
Minister of Interior: José Hipolito de Vaz Raposo
Portugal's military performed poorly in the Weltkreig, and thus many steps are being taken to ensure reforms and better equipment. Most of its military gear is either imported from Canada or based on their designs
The Portuguese Royal Army, as it stands, consist of 5 divisions spread across the globe. While resonably well equipped and trained, Portugal will need more if it is to survive a protacted war against any agressor
The Royal Navy is small; budgetary issues prevented the naval expansion Portugal originally wanted. It's main duties are escorting cargo and personnel to the Overseas Provinces
The Portuguese Royal Airforce consists of a single squadron of Canadian-made Bombers, but further expansion is planned.
Colonies and Dependencies
Portugal's overseas provinces in Africa are Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Mozambique and São Tome & Príncipe
Portuguese colonies in Asia are the State of India, Macau and East Timor.