Part IV: Rebuilding a Nation
4.1 Foreign Protests, and Justifying Expansion
Presidente Pedro Aguirre Cerda stood over the podium looking across the cheering crowds below. Chile had won the war and incidentally had vaulted itself onto the world stage. Having been outnumber 3 to one by the combined forces of Bolivia and Peru, Chile's highly trained and modern army had proven its quality. And with peace finally at hand, Presidente Cerda was finally able to push forward the reforms that he had always intended. "To Educate is to Rule" was his postwar mantra as he pushed many education reforms across the whole of Chile and the newly conquered Bolivia.
However, while in Chile proper he was being hailed as a hero and magnificent leader. The occupied lands of Bolivia and Peru were a hotbed of Guerrilla activity. Many military and political planners suggested that garrisons with MP attachments would be an adequate solution to the problem. However, Cerda and his cabinet had a different idea. One that would make or break the current administration. Many hoped for the former.
The Allied powers had been fighting a brutal and losing war with the axis powers since 1939. However, the United States was still neutral and had been paying close attention to the events transpiring in the Andes Mountains. While they supported Chile's position against Bolivia, they were not pleased to see that the Chilean Senate was so willing to annex both nations. The US proceeded to send an envoy to Chile to discuss plans for Liberation.
In the end a final deal was brokered, and not in favor of the United States. Cerda and his ministers presented their "Intergration and Reconstruction Plan" to both the Chilean Senate and US ambassador. All of the Bolivian Land would be considered part of the Nation of Chile. Santa Cruz would be given to Paraguay, the population would be granted full citizenship into the Chilean Republic and full voting rights. Every Bolivian province would receive equal representation in the Chilean senate and many of the former Bolivian leaders would be allowed to return to politics. To further improve relations between the Chilean people and the Bolivians (and to deter any sense of "Master" and "Servant" between groups) would work together in the same government institutions and military. Chileans and Bolivians would work side by side.
The Chilean senate was split on the matter. The moderates and Liberals felt it was a reasonable and progressive plan. However the Conservatives wanted nothing to do with the matter and sided with the US officials in Liberating the nation and puppeting it. While those on the Far-Right only wanted the land and simply said to deal with guerrillas in a harsh military manner.
Fortunately for Cerda, the Leftists and Moderates were in control of the senate and the plan was put into action. The United States protested mildly but was happy to see that the Chilean Government was at least willing to acknowledge the rights of its new "Citizens".
US Relations drop from +125 to +75...
Chilean officials, educators, and skilled workers were sent to the Bolivian provinces and began a vast reconstruction phase that would last for the next two years. So far revolts in Sucre and La Paz had dropped from 11% to 0% nearly overnights. In occupied Peru however, violence continued.