BAHAMAS - Comprised of over 200 cays and over 700 islands, the
Bahamas play an important strategic role in Caribbean affairs.
Coming out of the 80's, the Bahamas were a member
of the Commonwealth of Nations, and still bowed down to the Queen of
England. With the turmoil of the nineties, the Bahamanian economy
was in severe distress, due to the Military traffic from the U.S., the
tension from Panama, and finally the near all out death of the tourist
industry caused by the global economic crash, the Bahamas were runing
out of options. Their relationship with England was further
strained when the EEC was promoting tourism, even during the crash, in
the British Virgin Islands. When the wasting plague hit, the EEC
only provided enough vaccine to cover the main islands, the smeller
islands populations were decimated by the disease. That was the
final straw. The Bahamas dropped out of the Commonwealth, and
denounced the english completely. Some say this move was fueled
by the Americans, as the aid that flowed in from America immediately
afterwards was staggering.
(official), Creole (among Haitian immigrants)
black 85%, white 12%,
Asian and Hispanic 3%
The loss of tourism due to the two economic collapses did serve to
teach the the newly formed Bahamanian government a lesson, it could no
longer solely rely on the tourism industry to support itself.
Instead teh focus turned towards financial services. Hosting
off-shore accounts was nothing new for the region, but the Bahamas, now
fully independent, began exploiting that market on a grand scale,
oferring low interest, and completely anonymous account set
up. They further courted corporations with incentive plans
and security options. Almost overnight the Bahamas came the
financial hub of the Caribbean, and money started pouring into the
area. Their financial holdings and their nuetrality has also
allowed them a measure of leverage, when the region was devastated by
hurricanes in 2014, they used that leverage to get aid far quicker, and
rebuild far faster, claiming that "hurricanes had damaged bank
computers, and without aid, it was unclear how long it would take to
get the system back up and running", the subtle hint that unless aid
came immediately, the business holdings of the corporations involved
could simply become "lost". A ploy which only worked because the
Bahamanian govt requires anyone signing up for an account to sign a 20
year contract of service.
Of course the tourism industry still flourishes in the Bahamas, and the
average income now far exceeds the rest of the region. The
Bhamanian people live well, and reforms to education and
eco-conservation ahve kept the islands beutiful and rich, attracting
people from all over the world.
While Bahamanian police do an aequate job of keeping the main islands
safe, and crime on these islands has been reduced to petty thievery,
occasional muggings, and other low lethality crime, the smaller islands
are rampant, and act as gateways for drug smuggling, and illegal
immigration into the U.S. Prostitution and natural narcotics have
been completely legalized int he Bahamas, though lax disease screening
policies have led to universal cautionas against soliciting
prostitutes, posted on every flight, cruise ship, and travel
brochure. While prostitution in the area may be legal, the risk
to health is severe.
Since dropping out of the Commonwealth of Nations, and losing the
protection afforded by the EDF, the Bahamanian governement has signed
with Militech to provide for their military needs.
In the shadow of the Third South American War looming inevitably on the
horizon, Militech forces are tightening security and cracking down on
smugglers and illegal immigration routes. While technically
Militech forces are corporate, and Bahamanian interests and orders take
priority, Militech is still an american company, and has its own covert
agenda, which is creating some tension on the islands.
by Deric Bernier)