Jose Sorzano, the new Supreme Commander of Bolivia, entered the conference room. His head was spinning, just days before, he had been a president looked upon with great disdain, but everything had changed... For some strange reason, the nation had given him complete control over every matter of the nation, and he knew what he wanted to do. The ministers of all his nation's most important departments were gathered around, wondering just what he would order.
"As you all know, our great nation is in very terrible times... Our resources are depleting, the rest of the continent views us with disdain and bullies us around, we have no access to trade with the world because of Chile's holdings of what should be rightfully our coastline, and our military is effectively nothing. I will now provide you with a plan to bring our nation to greatness."
"First things first... As you can see from the document I have distributed to you all, our military's growth is constricted due to the lack of will of Bolivian men to enter the armed forces, and its strength is held back by lackluster technology..." Those present nodded in agreement at the less than stellar amount of men flocking to the armed forces.
"I propose multiple changes to remedy this. First, we shall research Agricultural techniques, allowing more men to join our army - because they will have more food. Along with this, we will begin researching better armaments for our infantry. Now, get the Scientists to work!"
"Yes sir. I will begin looking into the most applicable technologies. The scientists will get to work immediately!" said the Armaments Minister, Moritz Hoschild.
"And by the way Moritz, I want you taken off of Security so you can concentrate on your duties. I am filling your position with Salvator Jaregei."
"Y-y-yes sir..." mumbled Moritz, realizing his thirst for power would now never be quenched... Hoschild phoned his scientists, and within hours, the research had begun, although some had to be put on the backburner due to the very few scientists in the nation.
"Now then, on with the plans. I order the production of an Infantry division comprised of 3 Infantry Brigades and 1 Artillery Brigade, which is to become our standard for creation. This graph shows my motive for this. As you can see, our forces are extremely lackluster."
Mumbles of "A'int that the truth." and "Whose fault is that?" could be faintly heard around the table. The Supreme Commander ignored this insubordination and proceeded.
"We are going to align to the Allies of the United Kingdom. In a moment I shall explain why." The surprise could be felt across the table. This was unexpected, the allies had never provided real assistance to Bolivia before, why help them?
"Now then, I order our forces to be deployed to the border with Paraguay. As you know, they too are in a very poor state, but have many men willing to join their armed forces. We shall strike them when they least expect it, and enslave this pathetic nation to fuel our war machine... They will pay for what they did to us in the Chaco War... The United States may intervene, but I imagine we will be able to negotiate peace after the war, but I am sure this will not last through our other expansionist movements. Thus my reason for aligning our nation to the United Kingdom. We will attack very soon, but not yet!"
All of the men gasped at the proposition of invasion, but did not dare speak out against their Commander. They knew what happened to people who did that. It didn't go well for the previous Chief of Staff...
"I will also conduct a strong speech to bring our people to supporting the war effort, and we shall then initiate a one-year draft." The men around the table did realize this was a very intellectual plan. It was much better than using spies to lower the neutrality.
(Epic speech there? )
"We shall meet on the 21st of February for more discussion. Until then, you all are dismissed." Jose Sorzano walked out of the room and to his waiting car. The men around the table began discussing the matters at hand. "Is he NUTS? The United States will *not*stand by idly as we invade Paraguay. The people will never go for this!" The only man to even consider the plans a vague possibility, Hans Kundt, simply stated "If we can succeed, Bolivia will be great. If you do *not* want that at all costs, your are traitors." The old man from Germany did have a point, and the others stopped their treasonous talk.
The ball was rolling for an expansionist Bolivia to finally realize the power it had always craved, but could it even get past its first, most basic obstacle, Paraguay? Find out in the updates to come!