Argentina
Argentina

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a federal republic located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with its neighbor Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. With a mainland area of 1,073,500 sq mi Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second largest in Latin America, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. It is subdivided into twenty-three provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation as decided by Congress. The provinces and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Argentina has been in the news steadily since 2009 when open conflict with guerrilla fighters led to the revelation that the nation unknowingly played home to an enclave of international terrorists known as the Vanguard. The Vanguard presence in Argentina was insidious and prolific, influencing the nation's perception of the Evolved all the way to present day. The country has also been sporadically at war with pro-Evolved guerrilla fighters since 2011. Though the nation made an attempt to proactively assert a bill of Evolved rights in 2010, the assassination of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in November of 2011 and a failed military coup threw the nation into chaos. Argentina remains one of the most dangerous nations in the world for the Evolved and is notorious for its Evolved human trafficking record and violent crimes. This, coupled with an economic nosedive beginning in 2012 has dramatically reshaped the nation.

Government

Argentina is a federal constitutional republic and representative democracy. The government is regulated by a system of checks and balances defined by the Constitution of Argentina, the country's supreme legal document. The seat of government is the city of Buenos Aires, as designated by Congress. Suffrage is universal, equal, secret and mandatory.

Argentina's current president is Alonzo Mancebo, a largely unsympathetic and disliked political puppet of foreign interests and direct successor of military dictator Ferdinand Belique who overthrew President Fernández in 2011. Mancebo was a vocal proponent of Andrew Mitchell during his term as President during the Second American Civil War but has positioned himself as a new authority and not representative of the "failed" Belique military coup. President Mancebo has made clear his mistrust of the Evolved and has time and again enacted significant legal restrictions against their freedoms. Suspicion surrounds Mancebo's connection to organized crime and his potential — yet unproven — connection to the Vanguard during their occupation of parts of Argentina a decade ago.

In direct opposition to the Argentinian government is the People's Army, a force of Pro-Evolved guerrilla fighters. The People's Army was thought to be crushed in 2012, but following the defeat of President Mitchell the rebellion resurged with considerable force and has continued to hammer against the Argentinian government. The People's Army has reached out to the United States for support against Mancebo's government and for humanitarian aid, but no substantial efforts have yet been made by the United States to join this conflict.

Economy

Argentina is in the middle of an economic collapse of catastrophic proportions. In 2013 consumer prices rose 800%, the economy contracted by 18.6%, and hunger escalated to the point that internal audits found nearly 75% of the population had lost an average of at least 8.7 kg (19.4 lb) in weight due to a lack of proper nutrition. The murder rate in 2015 was 90 per 100,000 people according to an international study (compared to 5 per 100,000 in the US).

The origin of this economic collapse years after the improvement of the extraction of unconventional hydrocarbons in the United States, showed a macro-economic phenomenon of great importance for the region. Even as oil prices began to spike during the height of the Second American Civil War, the continued governmental instability within the nation led to a fractious collapse of economic structures whereby political and military figures were consolidating wealth and power in personal fiefdoms.

The crisis has affected the average life of Argentinians on various levels. The rise of unemployment resulted in the emergence of social movements aimed at both changing the economic and productive model, as well as questioning the political system and demanding a democratic renewal. Political corruption, scarcity of basic products, closure of companies, deterioration of productivity and competitiveness, and high dependence on oil are other problems that have also contributed to the worsening crisis.

Rights of the Evolved

Since the assassination President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in November of 2011 SLC-Expressive humans have had their rights stripped from them. Evolved possess no rights within the nation of Argentina and are not permitted to maintain citizenship. Mandatory blood tests screen out SLC-Expressive individuals who are either arrested on the spot and deported to neighboring nations, or in some cases in extremely corrupt parts of the country imprisoned and sold into slavery or executed.

Registration

Registration is non-existent in Argentina, save for mandatory blood tests administered during applications for state-issued identification or when seeking admittance into the country. Argentina's registration is a black and white system, where SLC-Expressives are deported or arrested and Non-Expressives are permitted to remain within the nation.

Law Enforcement

Argentina's law enforcement consists of many fractious police agencies, each with a high level of internal corruption. Many of these police forces serve as paid enforcers for criminal organizations.

Travel

Argentina is especially dangerous toward foreign travelers and investors who are visiting. The United States Department of State and the Government of Canada have warned foreign visitors that they may be subjected to robbery, kidnapping for a ransom or sale to terrorist organizations and murder, and that their own diplomatic travelers are required to travel in armored vehicles. The United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all travel to Argentina. Visitors have been murdered during robberies and criminals do not discriminate among their victims.

Argentina has the largest railway system in Latin America, with 36,966 km (22,970 mi) of operating lines in 2008, out of a full network of almost 48,000 km (29,826 mi). This system links all 23 provinces plus Buenos Aires City, and connects with all neighboring countries. The system has been in decline since the 1940s: regularly running up large budgetary deficits, by 1991 it was transporting 1,400 times less goods than it did in 1973. Since the collapse of the Argentinian economy its rail system has fallen into considerable disrepair.

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Argentina in the News

May 2009

ARGENTINA — For the fifth straight week, Argentinian Military forces have been struggling with guerrilla conflicts in the northwestern Catamarca Province on the border with Chile. Argentinian officials have stated that the identity of the guerrilla fighters is unknown at this time. The conflict started when an Argentinian military transport shipping ordinance from the recently decommissioned Cordoba Air Force Base in Catamarca was ambushed by the guerrilla fighters.

Defense Minitstry Press Representative Carlos deSandoria commented that the ordinance being transported was confiscated by the guerilla fighters who retreated into the Andes mountains on the border of Argentina and Chile. Forces from the Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic were immediately sent to investigate and recover the stolen armaments, when they were set upon by the guerillas.

For five weeks now, the conflict has continued to escalate between the Argentinian forces and the guerillas. While Bolivia and Peru have offered to lend assistance to the conflict, there is still no confirmed understanding of which nation the guerilla fighters are working for — if any — and where their actual operations are based out of. Their entrenchment in the Andes has made any ground gained against them staggeringly difficult for a nation that has seen more military cutbacks in the last five years than any other South American country.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner stated at a press conference on Monday that, "the deplorable actions of these criminals will not be tolerated, and that our government will pursue them to the full extent of our power." She later made a request to the United States Government to lend military assistance to Argentina in putting down this guerrilla insurrection.

June, 2009

ARGENTINA — We first turn the attention of the Global News Network towards South America, and the troubled northwestern Catamarca Province on the border with Chile. Since late April, the Argentinian government has been dealing with repeated and sporadic guerrilla fighting in this region from the mountainous regions bordering the province.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has once more put forth a request of the United States to lend military aid, and official word from Capitol Hill indicates that the US will hold off on lending aid to Aregntina until after they have had "sufficient time and intelligence" on the region. It is speculated in Washington that the FRONTLINE organization may be mobilized to aid in the Argentinian conflict should it continue to plague the nation.

October, 2009

ARGENTINA — A state of siege has been declared when rioting broke out in the city of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca. After nine days of rallies in protest of the Argentinean government's refusal to implement an Evolved registration system, tensions came to a boil and in the riots that followed, nine people were killed when rogue gunfire was directed into the crowd.

While there has been strong reaction in regards to Evolved registration systems in many countries, there has been heated opposition in regards Argentina's reluctance to implement a similar system. Both Evolved and non-Evolved have reportedly protested this refusal in response to the increasing cases of Evolved citizens being abducted and physically branded as a means of identifying them to the public as Evolved.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner addressed this issue upon her announcement as to the state of siege declaration. "We will do all we can to fight this loathsome practice of branding, but we will not be pressured by these crimes to change our ways. Argentina must remain strong if we want equality between all citizens. We will not bow down to the whims of terrorists."

February, 2010

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Minister of Evolved Security, Ruben Pichetto, held a press conference on the steps of the Argentine Congress to answer questions regarding the implementation of Evolved Registration, one month since it was first announced by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. "2010 has begun with the first month of peace we have seen in a long time," spoke Pichetto to a crowd of citizens and media alike. "And this morning, I would like to shed light on the Argentine government's intentions regarding our Evolved citizens and our intentions to protect that peace."

Items on the agenda included the ministry's Evolved housing and development plans, an announcement regarding the distribution of Evolved test-kits nation-wide and a timetable relating to the registration process. Pichetto's ambitions included the Registration of all Argentina's Evolved citizens "as early as May", and described intentions to provide job opportunities for those within designated Evolved housing territories.

When questioned on Argentina's shy introduction to government intervention regarding Evolved relations, arguably a cause of the tradition of Evolved branding seen since early 2009, Pichetto offered an apology. "This year, we hope to make amends, and fast-track our intentions for Evolved security throughout Argentina to ensure that restored peace remains."

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