POPULATION:
44.9 Million

LITERACY RATE:
95%
SELF DEFENSE FORCES:
Argentinian National Military Forces
LANGUAGES:
Spanish
ETHNIC GROUPS:
white (mostly Spanish and Italian) 82%, mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry), Amerindian, or other non-white groups 18% 
BORDERING COUNTRIES:
Urugua, Bolivia, Chile, Paragua, Brazil
ARGENTINA - The commercial and industrial center of South America, second to Brazil and a hotspot for Europeans who want the familiarity of home. Despite the SouthAm wars devastating effects to surrounding nations, Argentina remained immune to any direct effects thanks to its European backing. The SouthAm war gained a lot of anti-U.S. sentiment in the country, even among the failed Rebellion lead by leftist youth parties inside the country.  During the SouthAm war, many U.S. run companies were pushed out and simply “outbid” by obviously inferior European countries, simply due to the Anti-American sentiments. The country was a drop-point for Eurosolos and corporate backing for anti-U.S. militias in neighboring nations, giving it the reputation as being one of the major reasons for the loss of the 2nd war.  Since then, it has become a vacation spot for European tourists, especially from Spain, Germany, and Italy. In fact due to its conservative government, strong economy and military, it is viewed a “safe alternative” to Brazil. Recent influxes of refuges from Chile, Bolivia, and other surrounding countries affected by the war, have put a strain on Argentina’s society and economy not yet fully felt. Most refugees and nomads from neighboring countries find themselves target of discrimination among Argentineans as well as by Government policy, which has so far restricted them to camps in the Northern part of the country. Most Argentineans feel that the non-white foreign ethnicities are not deserving of the rich country’s social services and a few conservative parties have openly proposed a plan for expelling the Nomads from the Northern territories. The Argentinean people were casual observers of the war that ravaged most of Central & South America and since then they’ve seen the aftereffects on those nations. This has made many, especially those in power, more concerned with the defense of their country, should another war ever occur.

Comprising almost the entire southern half of South America, Argentina is the world's eighth largest country, covering an area of 2.8 million square km. Argentina possesses some of the world's tallest mountains, expansive deserts, and impressive waterfalls, with the diversity of the land ranging from wild, remote areas in southern Patagonia to the bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires in the north. 

A Democratic Republic officially, Argentina has a high occurrence of incumbent reelection, the only recent moment of note where this precedent remained untrue, was during the era of the 1990s-2003 (during the SouthAm Conflicts). During that era, economic and even foreign governmental pressures resulted in many switches of government between the ultra conservative party and the leftists who wished to turn Argentina into a socialist paradise. Recently a more moderate party has maintained its support and position, continually winning incumbent elections. However, the ultra conservative party has begun to rapidly gain influence, due to its open stance on expelling the Nomads in the North and by citing the victories it achieved for Argentina’s military during the SouthAm War era. There are three main political parties in the country. 

The Republican Proposal (PRO) is a  center-right party and currently the ruling political body of Argentina. It uses its moderation to appeal to a populace tired of political bickering and “all or nothing,” stances. The PRO uses its influence to create a business-minded government which works in almost direct consortium with European Agribusiness and their fellow “Old World,” political allies. The PRO is now being accused by both parties for being a puppet of Europe, as its stances often benefit European corporations to the detriment of the local population. So far little has been done to expose any corruption present in the party and many still believe the PRO is the best choice. The current acting president is Philipp Alonzo Murphy. President Murphy’s main goals are to increase the economic status of Argentina by standardizing the Eurodollar and eventually joining the EU altogether. His goals seem to be lofty and the plans of a dreamer by some, although many support him. Foreign attacks have been made at the fact that the only thing keeping Murphy’s regime and the Argentinean economy afloat, happen to be heavy loans from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and by pandering to European business.

The Radical Civic Union party ruled Argentina for 27 years prior to the Peronist conservative government during WW2. It has existed since that time, even if in an illegal capacity.  During the SouthAm war, it spent time setting up Red Cross stations for wounded, however, many believe these stations were in fact used as Intel by the acting government and as a network for using local populations as spies against American intelligence operations, it is unknown by those outside the party as to the depth of this info gathering. The Radical Civic Union is a broadly left-wing group who is one of the major spokesmen for the nomad immigrants who swarm into Argentina. Its current leader is Arturo Rozas, a charismatic man who uses the European punk music scene to rally the youth in universities to the party’s cause. He has cited on many occasions the debt owed to the immigrants because of the information that was lent to his party by those very foreigners in RCU run hospital camps, this is part of the Party’s defense for providing social care to those undocumented and illegal nomads in the Northern parts of the country. The RCU’s tactics are often that of High school pranksters, with vandalism, slogans, effigies, and similar. Although, the strengthening of the Conservative party has lead to behind the scenes political activities, usually resulting in serious Net crimes that have served as fuel against Argentina’s inception into the EU. The RCU is most popular with the younger generations, which only barely recall the tough decisions made during the South American wars.

The Justicialist Party party was founded in 1945 by Juan Perón. Initially it defied typical political categorization and was often accused of fascist policies. Banned in 1955, it returned to prominence in 1973. Since then it has increasingly grown nationalistic and attempts to deny foreign investment or services outside of the European Union. One would say this attitude were xenophobic, if for Europe not providing so much trade in the stead of business from other sources. The party was formerly a moderate group as a united group of left and right wing politicians, now it has become almost entirely extreme conservative as a reaction to the SouthAm war. The Justicialist Party’s leadership during the SouthAm war was responsible for many decisive victories against American encroachment. While Argentina was not officially using military force against American’s, it was certainly providing intelligence and weapons to European Mercenaries and indigenous revolutionary groups in neighboring countries. The party has been accused of racism many times and after the war has finally banned membership by non-whites. It is outspoken against the influx of immigrants, citing the social and economic drains caused by the nomad “invasion.” Its current leader is Katrina Kinge, a vocal woman who originally hails from Switzerland. She bases most of her campaign statements, no matter how bigoted, on protecting Argentinean family life. Many members of the JC as well as Katrina make it their party’s platform to oppose illegal cyberware, white slavery rings, and prostitution which plagues large cities like Buenos Aires. This has gained them favor among many people of families who might otherwise have leftist views but strongly oppose these activities. 

Argentina is both the birthplace of one of the world’s most iconic revolutionaries, Che Guevara, and the post-WW2 safe haven for ex-Nazi party members fleeing Europe. It is a land torn between extreme Socialist or Leftist movements, which are typically in the minority, and far-right conservatives. In 2020, the core population has changed little towards an attempt at moderating themselves. Socialist Youth movements occur daily in the streets of Buenos Aires, burning tires as they block off roads to protest the government’s policies towards the Nomad Refugees, while the government itself has openly established racist and conservative policies to maintain order in the country. Popular culture is heavily influenced by attitudes in Europe and the EU, and recently the Argentina film industry has begun to gain influence, although most in Europe find them to be too flashy or extravagant, lacking substance that makes good films.  Drugs are common on the streets of Argentina (especially in the cities) and the government does, while publicly stating that it is tough on such issues, very little on the street level to enforce such laws.  Recently, many designer drugs from Europe have actually begun to compete with locally available drugs such as Cocaine.

HOTSPOT:
BUENOS ARIES


(Written by Joe "Citizen X" Klemann: Some Information is taken from the CIA Worldfactbook, Wikipedia, Geographia.com, and Cyberpunk 2020.)