After obtaining independence in the early 19th century, Argentina went through a period of both internal turmoil and wars with its neighbors. The elitist Generation of '80 worked to modernize the country and attract European immigrants, although they were more successful in the latter. Investment came from Europe, primarily Britain, helping to create a massive system of railroads throughout the country. Argentina remained neutral during the Great War despite US pressure, and maintained positive relations with the Soviet Union after the end of the war. The 1920s were marked by opposing pulls on the country from anarchist and fascist figures, with fascist ideals disseminating especially into the military.
The Infamous DecadeEdit
Like much of Latin America, Argentina was hit hard by the Stock Market Crash and subsequent balkanization of the United States. A military coup toppled the government in 1930, beginning an era of electoral fraud and persecution of any political opposition. Combined with the Great Depression, this has caused many farmers to leave their rural homes and create shanty towns, greatly swelling the population of Buenos Aires and other cities. Britain's power over Argentina has continued to grow, to the point that its terms for trade with Argentina are more harsh than even those over its own dominions.
For the second time, Argentina is pushing to industrialize, in large part to make up for faltering imports as the world economy continues to make slow steps towards recovery. While the country as a whole is ruled by a military junta, some individual states have more liberal governors who strive to improve public education and grant womens' suffrage. Unfortunately, such programs put them in conflict with the national government.
The Great Dreadnought RaceEdit
Since 1905, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile have been engaged in a naval arms race to develop the largest and most powerful battleships each can. Argentina's efforts faltered in 1930 as the military junta struggled to establish firm power, but as the decade goes on and efforts to industralize the nation proceed, it may not be long before Argentina is producing new warships for itself rather than buying them from shipyards abroad.
Magic and DemographicsEdit
Suukya' Taawa is present in Argentina, as it is across the Americas, although this particular region of South America never hosted civilizations on the scale of the Inca or Maya to create a single unified tradition for its peoples.
The introduction of horses had a great influence on Argentina, and gauchos with their distinction facón and bolas still roam the Pampas, largely maintaining their independence from the government corruption of the cities. In many ways, these gauchos mirror the independent ranchers of Texas and the Disputed Western Territories, and have a significant influence on Argentina's national identity. Demographically, the country is primarily human and epesi, with very few indigenous elves. In the west, dwarven settlers have been working to colonize the Andes for centuries, although they exist relatively independent of both Argentina and Chile.