¡República o la muerte!- a HPM Peru-Bolivian AAR- Part 2

Published: 2017-05-05
things are looking up

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welcome back everyone hope you had a nice week

Peruvian armies, caught up by poor organization and stuck in the hinterlands of the Confederation, have engaged with Ballivian's army. Gonzalo is nowhere to be found.
The battle quickly turns into guerrilla warfare within the harsh terrain of the Alps. Cut off supply lines and a superior army make for a Bolivian victory.

Incidentally, Gonzalo was found trying to sell bread to a Peruvian soldier before realising he was actually a bad guy.
Considering the Argentine incursion as a lost cause, General Ballivian begins to march his men north to Peru to quell the traitors.
A joint force of central Argentine, Peruvian and locally controlled Argentine armies marches on Tarija, nearing the extent of their claims on Bolivia.
A day later, satisfied that the Confederation is doomed Juan Manuel de Rosas of Argentina declares that his military will not cease its advance into Bolivia, and will begin the formal annexation of Jujuy immediately.

Santa Cruz is silent.

but im not, fuck you rosas
Hang on a fuckin-

Do you fucking see this?

Bureaucrats storm into the Supreme Protector's palace in La Paz, only to find it empty of Supreme Protectors.

The landowners are furious, and a temporary Supreme Council is set up while a new leader is sought.
The Bolivian army changes course- Ballivian resolves to destroy Santa Cruz's brigades and then continue to march on to Lima.
Like the spineless coward he is, Santa Cruz pulls away from Ica and assaults his hapless southern brethren in Huanvelica.

Ballivian continues onward to Lima, confident that General Rodado, the South Peruvian President, has everything under control.
hahaha get fucked

nice one rodado
who is the best

that's right

we are
The military situation on the 7th of October, 1836.

Remnants of the poorly organised armies defeated in July continue to terrorise innocent villagers in Bolivia.

Gonzalo vows his revenge.
On the 11th of October, the Supreme Council elects General Jose Ballivian as the Supreme Protector, and promptly afterwards dissolves itself.

His distinguished military skill despite poor conditions has made him a popular leader. Trying to consolidate his personal popularity, his first action is to open a beer hall.

Anyone with the first name Gonzalo is banned from entering, further boosting his popularity.
Deciding he may need a second hand to juggle his duties on the military and civilian fronts, Ballivian appoints Emiliano Calvo to the military staff.

He's about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
The situation in North and Central America in late November 1836.

The Federal Republic of Central America is, remarkably, doing a worse job at holding together than we are.
Considering the civil war to be largely under control, Ballivian turns his attention to transitioning the economy to one that can function in the long term.

The focus, however, is still on the funding of the military.
The first Confederal Council is assembled, with Ballivian's faction taking up the vast majority of seats.

The landowners are keen to rally behind the Supreme Protector, fearing the alternative if the Confederation broke up. A minority of more extreme landowners want Ballivian crowned Emperor Joseph, emulating the prestige and glory of the First French Empire.

The liberals see the Confederation as a lost cause, but remain quiet on the matter- instead, they argue for greater liberty in a bid to attract immigrants. These views are unpopular largely because it would mean giving Gonzalo the vote.
The cultural map of South America in 1837. The dominant group in Peru-Bolivia are the Spanish-descended South Andeans, but they are only prominent in the traitorous city of Lima.
it sure is good to occupy a province for once
Administration in Bolivia is gradually improving, although it still sucks balls.
i was playing with the mapmodes a bit by this point

South America is sparsely populated, owing to the harsh terrain, low birth rate and the accidential bio-genocide the Europeans started when they shook hands with the locals.
It's official, Peru-Bolivia is the shittest country in South America.
The Riograndense revolt in southern Brazil is quashed.

The Peruvians are set to go the same way.
The South Peruvians formally occupy Pucallpa, and advance further into the harsh interior of deepest, darkest Peru.

Did you know spectacled bears lived in Peru? They're pretty cool, look them up.

In fact, the writer of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, was initially going say Paddington was from Africa but his publisher told him there were no bears in Africa (and besides, it's a bit disingenuous to just say "Africa" like it's all one place ffs but it was a different time I suppose) so he suggested Peru instead.

Paddington Bear, swell book. Go and read it if you haven't, it's really quite charming.

Where was I? Oh right, killing people.
Huaraz is occupied, and unified South Peruvian-Bolivian forces move into Trujillo.

Aware that Ballivian is trying to take control of the Peruvian coast, Santa Cruz runs to Piura and leaves for exile in the United Kingdom.

fuckin tosser
Aware that the South American hegemon is, at present, the Brazilian Empire, Ballivian sends South Peruvian President General Rodado on a state visit to Rio, where he is received warmly.

Attitudes to the Confederation are somewhat sympathetic to the absolute shitshow it's had to deal with since independence but it's regarded as an "out of sight, out of mind" problem to the Brazilians.
A new general is appointed- Manuel Arteaga, a man similar in skill to Ballivian and his rumoured successor on the battlefield.

Ballivian really wishes he could fire Calvo now but that option isn't available in Vicky 2.
Trujillo falls. The Bolivian and South Peruvian armies part ways as they march inland to establish more secure supply routes.
Eager to prove their loyalty to La Paz, the South Peruvians decide to spend a little more time with the Bolivians.

How anyone would willingly stick around with Gonzalo is beyond me.
Centralization of the Bolivian republic is improving. Only the very hinterlands remain, essentially, anarchic.

It's also where Gonzalo lives, perhaps unsurprisingly.
1838's Confederal Council is assembled.

A few landowners see the situation as stabilizing and no longer see the need to keep supporting Ballivian.
Helpfully, Santa Cruz left behind his copy of 'The Art of War', so Ballivian was able to pick up where he left off.

Eager to win the favour of countries near and far, he orders certain landowners of the Confederal Council to begin proposing a system that would incorporate laissez-faire economics.

also a picture of egypt i figured we could do with a change of scenery
Mexico decides it would be better off with an emperor too, helping the reactionary cause in the Confederation somewhat.
With Cajamarca occupied, the army marches north on the understanding that the South Peruvians go south.
The other Latin American empire, Brazil, decides to bully Paraguay a little. It ends predictably.
Moyabamba is occupied in record time, but still Peru refuses to give in.
oh yeah forgot about those fuckers
Upon realising that Gonzalo was not the man they thought they loved, the South Peruvians get the fuck out of there, ostensibly to restore order to Oruro.
In Uruguay, a liberal revolution by the Colorados topples the regime of the Blancos, installing a democracy.
The South Peruvians enter La Paz and continue onwards to Oruro, abandoned by the Peruvians as they flee to Arica, dangerously close to both capitals.
The province of Corrientes, given large amounts of control within its borders under the Argentine Constitution, attempts to break away from Buenos Aires.

Rosas has been centralizing control of Argentina in recent years- he is still legally only the Governor of Buenos Aires, but has expanded his control as far as Jujuy.

In the turmoil, Paraguayan Consul Jose Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia announces the annexation of Misiones on the basis that the native Guarani population (maintaining equality with Hispanics in Paraguay) must be united.
more occupations

more fun times
Trying to spit in Rosas' face, Ballivian grants Corrientes military access.

It's mostly only a symbolic gesture.
1839's Confederal Council is assembled.

The restoration of the Mexican monarchy did not have the effect desired by Bolivian reactionaries. The main benefactors were the liberals, who for some reason were becoming quite favourable to Gonzalo.
The South Peruvians, having rebuilt the Bolivian local governments, move to Arica where they eliminate the last traces of Peruvian rebellion.
Corrientes surrenders, falling under the temporary direct control of the Argentine central government.

It is shortly thereafter handed over to the Governor of Entre Rios.
Only Iquitos remains- soon, the Confederation will finally be restored.
america what the fuck
Ballivian's liberal approach to beer is starting to backfire, despite the fact that Gonzalos are not allowed alcohol.
At the behest of the Confederal Council who are outwardly hostile to indigenous groups, a discriminatory school system is enforced which ensures only native Spanish speakers can be educated.

Gonzalo speaks Spanish, and slips through the net.
FUCKING FINALLY

After a year and a half of bitter warfare, and nearly three more years of having to sit around in jungles picking their noses, the Confederation is at peace.

The constituent Republic of North Peru is dismantled and subsumed directly into the Republic of Bolivia, giving it access to the ocean once more.

and that concludes part 2 hope you enjoyed :))))

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Game: Victoria 2

¡República o la muerte!- a HPM Peru-Bolivian AAR- Part 3

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