Salvador - When The US invaded Central America, a primary reason
was to free El Salvador from the Civil war it had been engaged in for
ever ten years. The right wing government had long been fighting
against communist and leftist forces known as the Farabundo
Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). With
the US forces stretched so thin, especially with conflict spreading
into South America, the US was fighting an uphill battle against the El
Salvadorans. When the bottom fell out, so did democracy in El
Salvador. The FMLN overthrew the government, with the aid of
Russian supplied equipment, and instituted a sweeping policy
change. Russia, through bribery and political strategy, was able
to place self proclaimed General Fernando Sargasso in the presidents
Salvadoran Armed Forces
(official), Nahua (among some Amerindians), English
Mestizo 90%, White 9%, Amerindian 1%
When the start of the Second South American conflict began, El Salvador
refused to take sides, choosing instead to strenghten its own
border. They were in enough trouble of their own, as Russian
advisors from El Salvador had been arrested in Honduras, working with
local cartels their and allegedly attempting to incite an overthrow of
the government, supposedly to further Russian influence in the
region. The threat of war with Honduras was rising. The
Russians actively fueled this threat, but kept open hostility
from occuring. The Neo-Sov advisors were making money hand over
fist with the arms buildup in the region.
At the End of the second Conflict, the Long Walkers met hostile
resistance at the El Salvadorian border, their admittance into the
country was denied completely.
Since then, Russian influence has increased to the point in El Salvador
where the military itself has been supplanted by Neo-Sov troops, and
the country has become Russia largest ally in the region. This
was especially important during the worldwide food shortages, as much
El Salvadors fertile soil was turned into massive agri-complexes.
Still there is resistance. Communist rule in El Salvador is harsh
and brutal. Revolutionary groups gain in power everyday.
There are rumors of both American and European advisors working with
these groups, and with a 3rd Central/South American Conflict on the
horizon, the El Salvadoran government is growing increasingly paranoid
and brutal about eradicating these elements. El Salvador is not,
as of yet, one of the countries targeted for invasion, but the long
history between the US and the Soviets has all the makings of a very
paranoid El Salvador. Reported Russian troop buildup in El
Salvador seems to back this up.
Other than its agricultural importance, El Salvador has also become a
popular tourist destination for Neo-Soviets and European
travellers. Its many historical sites, and many museums dedicated
to the victory over American supported forces is at least half as much
of a draw as the beautiful beaches.
by Deric "D" Bernier.)