Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
The Oriental Republic of San Isabel
The 'best' country on Terramatrix
San Isabel, officially the Oriental Republic of San Isabel (Spanish: “República Oriental del San Isabel”), is a country southeast of The Republic of Sangria. It is bordered by Sangria to its north and west, and with the Atlantis Ocean to the south and southeast. San Isabel is geographically the second-smallest independent nation in System – Dumassas, before only the tiny Delancourt.
San Isabel is home to 1.6 million people, of whom 840,000 live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo, located along the southern coast of the Atlantis Ocean.
San Isabel is ranked first in Terramatrix in democracy, peace, lack of corruption, quality of living, and equally first in Terramatrix when it comes to press freedom, size of the middle class, prosperity and security. On a per capita basis, San Isabel ranks second on economic freedom, income equality, and per capita income. It is well known for its innovation and infrastructure. It’s regarded as a high income country. San Isabel is an important global exporter of combed wool, rice, soybeans, frozen beef, malt and milk.
The “Terramatrix Economist” named San Isabel “country of the year” in 3021, acknowledging the innovative policy of legalizing the production, sale and consumption of various recreational drugs. San Isabel is regarded as one of the most liberal nations in the world, and also one of the most socially developed, outstanding regionally and excelling globally on personal rights, tolerance and inclusion issues.
San Isabel Pampas
The general character of the land is low, undulating hills (Spanish : “Cuchillas” ), with a few forest areas along the banks of the numerous streams. Southern San Isabel consists mostly of rolling plains and is an eastward extension of the Pampas Mountains. The Atlantis coastline is fringed with tidal lakes and sand dunes. Low, unbroken stretches of level land line the banks of the two border rivers, the San Isabella and the Rio Plata. The northern section is broken by occasional ridges and low ranges, alternating with broad valleys, and is a southern extension of the Corazón Jungle. The highest point in the country, Cerro Cathedral, some 514 m (1,686 ft) above sea level. The most noteworthy feature of the northwest landscape is the Cuchilla de Haedo. The Cuchilla Grande runs northeastward from the southern region to the Sangrian border. The Rio Negro (Black River), which rises in the Corazón Jungle, crosses San Isabel territory and flows into the Rio San Isabella, which separates San Isabel from the western wilderness.
Located entirely within a temperate zone, San Isabel has a climate that is relatively mild and fairly uniform nationwide. Seasonal variations are pronounced, but extremes in temperature are rare. As would be expected with its abundance of water, high humidity and fog are common. The absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, makes all locations vulnerable to high winds and rapid changes in weather as fronts or storms sweep across the country. Both summer and winter weather may vary from day to day with the passing of storm fronts, where a hot northerly wind may occasionally be followed by a cold wind (Spanish : “Pampero”) from the distant western Pampas Mountains.
San Isabel is primarily a grass-growing land, with vegetation that is essentially a continuation of the western Pampas. Forest areas are relatively small. with a wide selection of hardwoods and softwoods. Palm-like trees are indigenous to the valleys. Most of the valleys are covered with aromatic shrubs while the rolling hills are blanketed with white and scarlet flowering shrubs.
Indigenous large animals have virtually disappeared from the eastern regions near the coast. The Carpincho (Water Hog) is the largest native mammal, and the Nutria (Water Rat) roams the northern foothills, and is found nearly everywhere there is a human settleement. On the Pampas_, the_"Hornero"" (Ovenbird) is very prevalent. The “Avestruz” occupies the coastal regions, swan, tending to travel in large, aggressive packs. Fish include “Pompano” in the coastal shallows and “Corvina” in its rivers. The principal reptile is the “Cross Viper”.
“Palacio Legislativo”, Montevideo, San Isabel
San Isabel is a representative democratic republic with a presidential system of election. The members of government are elected for a five-year term by a universal suffrage system. San Isabel is a unitary state: justice, education, health, security, foreign policy and defense are all administered nationwide. The Executive Power is exercised by the president and a cabinet of 13 ministers.
Palacio Legislativo in session
The legislative power is constituted by the General Assembly, composed of two chambers: the Chamber of Deputies, consisting of 99 members representing the 19 departments (or provinces), elected based on proportional representation; and the Chamber of Senators, consisting of 31 members, all of whom are land-holders or industrialists of some note, and 30 of whom are elected for a five-year term by proportional representation and the Vice-President, who is assigned his position by the President, and presides over the chamber.
The judicial arm is exercised by the Supreme Court, the Bench and Judges nationwide. The members of the Supreme Court are elected by the General Assembly; the members of the Bench are selected by the Supreme Court with the consent of the Senate; and the judges are directly assigned by the Supreme Court.
San Isabel adopted its current constitution in 2974. Many of its provisions were suspended in 2980, but re-established in 2992. The San Isabellan Constitution also allows citizens to repeal laws or to change the constitution by popular initiative which culminates in a nation-wide referendum. This method has been used several times over the past couple decades: to confirm a law renouncing prosecution of members of the military who violated human rights during the military regime (2980–2992); to stop privatization of public utilities companies; to defend pensioners’ incomes; and to protect water resources.
For most of San Isabel’s history, the Partido Colorado has been in government, traditionally held by Baron Alexander Valdez, who consistently wins elections easily. He is not a military leader, however, and defers to the military officers to direct any conflict.
San Isabel has a strong economic footing. Despite a contraction of the global economy between 3006 and 3009, San Isabel managed to improve its economic status through the global trade shocks. Over the past two to three years, the national economy has grown and local investment in its industries has begun to pay dividends to off-world supporters.
San Marcos and Tragnar are San Isabel’s most important trading partners: Tragnar accounted for 20% of total imports in 3019.
San Marcos and San Isabel have signed cooperation agreements on defense, science, technology, energy, ocean transportation and fishing, with the hope of accelerating political and economic integration between these two countries. San Isabel has an uncontested boundary dispute with San Marcos, over Isla Brasilera, deep in the Atlantis Ocean. However, this border dispute has not prevented both countries from having friendly diplomatic relations and strong economic ties. So far, the disputed area remain de facto under San Marcos control, with little to no actual effort by San Isabel to assert its claims.
San Isabel has enjoyed friendly relations with the Taurian Concordat since its transition back to democracy, in 2992. Commercial ties between the two countries have expanded substantially in the last decade, wiht off-world investment, and a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in January 3017. The Taurian Concordat and San Isabel have also cooperated on military matters, with Taurian military experts providing important logistical training.
The nation has a preferential trade agreement with Von Doom’s Downport, allowing the nation to import thousands of barrels of oil from off-world, to its nationally owned and controlled refinery in Montevideo.
National industry focuses on supporting the agriculture industry through meat-packers, grain milling and parts manufacturing. In addition, there is a series of locally manufactured trucks and cars (under the “Effa Motors” brand), as well as a small aircraft manufacturer (“Texlond”). Financial services (under the “Banco Republica” company) are highly valuable internationally, and the “Union Group” controls a large monopoly over most agricultural efforts.
San Isabel Horse Farm
In 3017, San Isabel’s export-oriented agricultural sector contributed 10% of its national income, and employed nearly 20% of its population. Officially, meat and sheep farming in San Isabel occupies 59.6% of the land, though this percentage further increases to 82.4% when cattle breeding is linked to other farm activities such as dairy, forage, and rotation with crops such as rice.
San Isabel is one of world’s largest producers of soybeans, greasy wool, horse meat, beeswax, and quinces. Most farms (12,500 out of 25,610 registered) are private family-managed; beef and wool represent the main activities and main source of income for 65% of all farmers, followed by vegetable farming at 12%, dairy farming at 11%, Water Hogs at 2%, and chickens also at 2%. Beef (and beef extract) is the main export commodity of the country.
In 3016, San Isabel had cattle herds totaling 6 million head, making it the country with the highest number of cattle on the planet. However, 54% is in the hands of 11% of farmers, who have a minimum of 500 head each. At the other extreme, 38% of farmers exploit small lots and have herds averaging below one hundred (100) head.
An AFE cargo train crossing during track maintenance
In 2874, the first railroad (founded as the Central San Isabel Railway) was built in the nation, consisting of a single line running from cattle ranches north of Montevideo to the central town of Durazno. Expansion of the rails was difficult due to a lack of funds, and it was nearly eleven years before the first rail was able to connect to the capital, due only because of the local San Marcos government buying the company and investing in the expansion. In the years following, several other private rails were built, though these too fell into local government hands as finances failed them.
In 2955, the San Isabel government purchased complete operating control of all private railroads and nationalized the entire system. The railroads were run by the State Railway Administration. Today, four main lines connect the western and northern areas with Montevideo. By 3011, there were 2,073 km (1,287 mi) of track, all of it standard gauge and government-owned.
Highways have surpassed railroads as the principal means of conveyance of passengers and freight. In 3009, there were an estimated 8,764 km (5,446 mi) of roads, of which 7,800 km (4,847 mi) were paved. Off-world investment over the past few decades has built numerous road connections across the nation, and by 3010, there were 335,300 registered motor vehicles, of which 293,400 were passenger cars and 61,450 commercial vehicles.
Montevideo Port Authority
Montevideo is the major San Isabellan port, while Colonia and Nueva Palmira are free ports. There are some 1,600 km (994 mi) of inland waterways, of which the most important are the Rio Plata and the Rio San Isabellan, the latter having a 4.3m depth as far as its northern river port of Fray Bentos, at the mouth of the Rio Negro. San Isabel’s merchant fleet in 3012, consisted of 6 vessels of 1,000 tons or more.
Montevideo handles over 500,000 Standard (5-ton) Cargo Containers annually, and has perhaps the most sophisticated cargo handling port on Terramatrix. The quays at Montevideo have nine loader stations with straddle cranes, and can accept ships with a draft of 14m. The secondary port of Nueva Palmira at the mouth of the Rio Plata, is an important merchandise transfer point, with facilities for both the government and private sector.
Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo
There were an estimated 32 airfields in 3013, of which four (4) had paved runways. Carrasco International Airport, located 19 km (12 mi) from the center of Montevideo, is used by most international carriers between Tragnar, San Marcos and Sangria. Frequent air service links the San Marcos capital with Montevideo. The state-owned Primeras Líneas Uruguayas de Navegación Aérea (PLUNA) once offered service to the principal provincial capitals as well as international flights, but its collapse in 3019 has left a vacancy being filled primarily by Avianca in the years since.
ANCAP Oil Refinery, Montevideo
“Autonomous Entities” or state-owned enterprises occupy a central role in the economic development of San Isabel. Primarily utility and service related, these corporations tend to be the largest in the nation, both in employment and economic impact. Most state-run corporations have proven profitable, with the exception of Pacuna Airlines, which folded in 3019.
Private firms control the largest output of most industrial work in the nation, but are dependent upon the agricultural industry for input. Food and beverage companies include, including meat packing, bottled water, wineries, fruits and grocery stores, and export around 30% of their output. The newest industry is the Azucitrus plant for Urud’or. The textile industry, accounting for nearly 20% of industrial output, depends on both local wool and leather production for jackets and footwear. Other important manufactured goods included chemicals (such as cement), most of which were exported and transportation goods, including a few thousand automobiles and trucks that are assembled each year. The construction industry has experienced moderate growth of late through modernization projects involving its national ports and highways, financed through off-world investment.
Mining has never played an important role in San Isabel’s economy, however, it does export granite and marble. In addition, semiprecious stones (Chalcedony in agate and carnelian varieties) have been found in some quantity. The search for silver and gold resources has resulted in the recent development of the Mahoma Gold Mine by the San Marcos Mineração e Participação company, with the promise of nearly 900 kgs of gold a year. There are, however, no other notable sources of base or precious minerals in the country.
Energy in San Isabel is produced through hydroelectricity and imported petroleum. In the late 2980’s, the nation reduced its dependence on imported crude oil through the expansion of its hydroelectric capacity. Careful monitoring of required levels in Montevideo has limited the need for its oil-burning generators, and kept energy costs low.
The single largest source of hydroelectricity is the Salto Grande Dam on the Río San Isabel, built and operated in cooperation with San Marcos. The billion C-Bill dam was completed in 2989 and supplies 1.8 million MWs of energy to San Isabel, or most of its electricity. The state-owned utility company, UTE also operates three other hydroelectric plants on the Rio Negro, the El Palmar Dam (330 MWs), the Baygorria Dam and the Gabriel Terra Dam (108 MWs and 128 MWs respectively). It continues to expand this network, and is looking at introducing wind technology to isolated towns along the borders to reduce costs and demand on the industrial heartlands.
San Isabel has no domestic oil resources, despite several exploration efforts. The nation imports mostly crude oil, which is then refined by ANCAP and a few other small plants. In 2992 ANCAP had a refining capacity of 40,000 barrels per day; its facilities are undergoing recent improvements to improve its refining capacity to 5000 barrels a day.
Aeromás : A small regional airline operating six (6) DC-3D “Condor” STOL Air Transports in several regional routes, based from Montevideo. The company purchased its older planes from Delancourt during that nation’s recent upgrades to its air force logistics, and has used the planes to great effect, hauling supplies and equipment into the isolated regions of the nation, and hauling resources out. It has grown in a very short period of time, and has several smaller commuter planes running inexpensive charter flights everywhere it can.
Administración de Ferrocarriles del Estado (AFE) : Charged with the maintenance of all rail transportation in San Isabel, AFE is the government-owned company that monopolized the nation’s rails in 2959. Passenger service is secondary to the country’s freight network, which operates along twice as many routes as passenger traffic. Exclusively operating electric locomotives, they are notorious for having difficulties maintaining their fleet, with most under repair at any given time, and several of its western routes are constantly shut-down under repair and renovation.
Air Class Líneas Aéreas : A small airline operating from Montevideo, ACLA has a fleet of five short- and medium-haul planes that operate regional flights across San Isabel and into Sangria. Exclusively specializing in first-class and business-class passenger charters, they have been forced to largely abandon their overseas operations into San Marcos, though they do sometimes fly into that nation when the charter is good.
ANCAP : Administración Nacional de Combustibles, Alcoholes y Portland (ANCAP) is the state-owned oil company of San Isabel, that imports oil for refining at its Montevideo oil plant. The company also operates a petrol station network in San Isabel and San Marcos, called “Petrolera del Cono Sur”, though its operations in that latter nation have been severely curtailed over the last few years, to the point the company is divesting itself of those operations. It has been unsuccessfully investigating the potential for oil deposits in the nearby Atlantis Ocean, since 3016.
ANTEL : ANTEL (Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones) is a state-owned telecommunications company, founded in 2981, when it split from UTE, and maintains a monopoly on land-line and satellite communications in the nation. The company also maintains all microwave communications towers in San Isabel, though they consult with ComStar on occasion. The company has struggled with supplying equipment, and has been negotiating with Comstar to supply their operations.
Banco Central del Universalis (BCU) : Established in 2974, BCU was mandated to issue national currency and coins, administer the national reserves and provide financial advice to the national government. It also regulates all other financial institutions in the nation.
The central bank has managed to maintain the national currency at one (1) C-Bill equal to 0.45 Pesos, despite concerns of the 3024 Small War and subsequent 3025 Outworld Flu and civil disorders in other countries. The recent considerations of The Commonwealth of Nations have further bolstered the national Peso, to the point it could soon see a resurgence, when the constitution is ratified.
Banco de la República Oriental del San Isabel : The Banco Republica is a state-owned banking institution that plays an important and dominant role in the lending and investment of currency in the San Isabel markets. It also operates a series of automated teller machines, known as “Banred”.
Bognor Motors SA : An automotive parts manufacturer, Bognor Motors was founded in 3007 as an automotive manufacturer, but that effort failed after seven (7) years of slow sales for its two civilian car lines (the Diva and Sagona series). In 3014, the company retooled its lines and began producing parts for the military, as well as armor plate inserts for infantry vehicles.
The company has become increasingly wealthy by producing their simple components that are useful as replacement parts for any number of standard APCs and light tanks. Their products are seeing an increasing export value to the so-called “chaos states” of Tragnar and San Marcos, since those nations have a reduced capability to produce it own machine parts. In point of fact, the company has entered into very lucrative copper, nickel and iron trades for spare parts, that have greatly improved the company’s balance sheet. Rumors persist Bognor is looking into developing its own APCs.
BQB Líneas Aéreas : With the failure of Pacuna Airlines in 3019, BQB Airlines became the defacto national airline of San Isabel. Operating a fleet of short-run and medium-run airplanes, the company fleet included only five (5) ancient planes, though it acquired the assets of Pacuna, and operated flights to San Marcos, Delancourt and Sangria. The company no longer exists.
In mid-3026, the company finally folded, and sold its assets and interests to Avianca, who promptly scrapped the older planes and increased their own fleet’s presence in the country. Avianca has since proven to be supportive of maintaining key cargo and passenger routes, but has allowed Aeromás and Air Class to pick-up the regional flights it wasn’t interested in, which has allowed these native companies to expand and maintain a valuable market share.
Buquebus : A joint San Isabel/San Marcos company that operated a fast ferry service of heavy passenger WIGEs from Montevideo to its recent holdings in Islas Brasilera. In addition, the company operates a fleet of bus coaches to all major towns in the nation. The company also owned BQB Líneas Aéreas.
With the troubles in San Marcos and subsequent collapse of its airline branch, the company underwent a shrinkage of its services for a time. In 3027, the company received some influx of investment from Avianca as part of their take-over of that airline, and the company now provides WIGE service directly between the capitals of Ciudad Garcia and Montevideo, with charter trips to both Islas Brasilera and The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina.
Canal 10 : Founded originally as a radio broadcaster in 2956, the company improved its equipment and became a holo-broadcaster in 2963, the first in the nation. It has become famous for its holo-novels and often re-broadcasts productions from RCN Television in Sangria. It’s daytime production of holo-novellas is particularly popular, though its news broadcasts are not well-respected.
Canal Doce : Canal Doce, also known as “Canal 12”, is a holo-broadcasting corporation founded in 2969. Its soccer coverage is nationally renowned, as are its regional news broadcasts. Increasingly, Canal Doce is becoming the most popular broadcast channel in the Chaos States of Tragnar and San Marcos, largely for its exclusive international soccer broadcasts.
Cementos Artigas : Cementos Artigas was once a part of state-owned ANCAP, but has been a private company since 2998. Its activity focuses on the production, grinding and commercialization of cement and concrete. It has a cement factory in the town of Minas, a grinding facility in Sayago and four strategically-located concrete production plants around San Isabel.
As the nation has managed to survive the difficulties of 3024-6 intact, its expansion and construction of various industries has greatly improved this company’s profits. The company has begun bidding for development of resources in the northern provinces, with the promise of a new military base in that region.
Consolidated Foods Limited (CFL) : Operating from the defunct “Frigorífico Anglo del Isabel” meat-packing plant built in 2854, this subsidiary of the mega-corporation Consolidated Foods Limited, packs and exports beef and beef extract, the latter under the “Bolivar” brand name. Popular for the military and in interstellar transport crews, Bolivar extract is a dried beef product that can be mixed with water to form a basic (if salty) food ration. It has become a very important off-world trade good, and is considered an exclusive product of Consolidated Foods.
In 3026-7, the plant underwent a slowing of operations as its plant was modernized and expanded. It now operates as the central hub for an increasing amount of beef, pork and chicken processing across the nation.
Effa Motors, SA : A San Isabellan automobile and commercial vehicle manufacturer with headquarters in San José de Mayo in southern San Isabel, the company was founded by Edoardo Effa in 3013 for the construction of his own design of commercial and civilian motor vehicles.
Effa Motors now produces a series of popular motor vehicles, including two (2) light utility cargo pick-ups (the Cabina and new Rodeo series), three versions of a civilian car (the Lifan series), and a light compact car popular in urban settings (the Ideal series), that uses a power cell instead of a standard ICE power plant..
Effa Motors primary plant is located in San José de Mayo at the same workshop as the defunct automaker Dolce Vitta, while a second plant opened in 3019 at Manaus produces the company’s two pick-up truck lines (the Rodeo and Cabina series). A third plant was constructed in 3023 located in San Marcos for their domestic market, producing the Rodeo and Cabina lines.
The collapse of San Marcos destroyed the new plant and severely damaged the company’s economic standing, with the loss of the plant and its equipment and no chance of recouping the loss. Although still profitable, much of its potential revenues are lost to debt repayment, and today the company is looking at a long couple of decades to make up for the loss. It has since shelved any other plans for new manufacturing lines, and its present management is very conservative in their fiscal approach.
Hipermercado Géant : The largest supermarket chain in San Isabel, and founded the concept of a “Department Store” in San Isabel. It approach to consumer sales remains unique in the nation. Founded in 3016, it is part-owned by the Federated Suns corporation “Groupe Casino”, a mega-corporation that provides retail services across the Davion Outback and into the Periphery.
The company has expanded to include at least one of its stores in every major town or community across the nation, but recognizes that expansion beyond its borders proves a difficult hurdle, especially given the only possible market being in Sangria. Though profitable, its ability expand those profits further remains questionable.
Infocorp : A multi-national company based from Montevideo, Infocorp develops and supports security software for the commercial market. It mostly sells products developed off-world, usually through the Nimasaki brand, but they also provide security consulting services, especially for the financial markets.
With the slow integration of national economies between San Isabel and Sangria, the company has expanded their services into the latter national markets, and provides important data protection services in both domestic markets. Its consultants are frequent visitors during the talks regarding The Commonwealth of Nations, and have been instrumental in its trade talks.
Lanas Trinidad SA : Based in Montevideo, Lanas Trinidad SA is a company that specializes in textile goods, primarily brokering the collection and export of wool for international markets. The company is practically the only dealer in raw wool in international markets, and holds a favorable trade position in several markets.
The company has also long produced a brand of wool coats for domestic markets, but was recently sponsored by both the national government and the military of Sangria to provide its coats to the military, including development of a winter BDU for its mountaineer corps, which has significantly helped the company bottom-line.
Monte Carlo TV : Founded by Elvira Salvo in 2968, this tele-broadcasting company is known for its news media coverage of national sports and important economic events. Its holo-flash presentations of important news events every hour is viewed by most citizens. It is privately owned and operated to this day, and also controls the CX-20 Radio Monte Carlo media group.
Obras Sanitarias del Estado (OSE) : OSE is a state-owned water utility company, that is vital to the agriculture and industrial efforts of San Isabel. As the sole provider of water services in the nation, they hold an important economic and political position, and have influence across the nation. While their technical expertise is sufficient, they depend on equipment imported from Sangria’s “Iron Claw” corporation for daily operations.
Salus : Salus corporation produces bottled water from a natural spring beneath their bottling plant, located ten (10) kms northeast of Montevideo. Sold under the Agua Mineral Salus brand, the company claims their product is naturally clear of arsenic, but keeps their exact bottling recipe a close corporate secret, that many question.
Servicio Oficial de Difusión, Radiotelevisión y Espectáculos (SODRE) : The official national broadcasting company of San Isabel, SODRE is known for its cultural and documentary programming efforts, and is nationally owned. Their recent documentaries regarding the 3024 Small War, and the 3025-6 Outworld Flu are considered the best examination of the incidents, and go far more in-depth than many would expect, examining the possible causes of both, and the possible solutions moving forward.
Texlond : A San Isabel-based aircraft manufacturer, Texlond produces a light passenger plane that is not very popular in sales outside the country, and a small single-prop plane (the AC-05 “Hornero”) that was once widely exported as a military and civilian trainer. The plant is located in Fray Bent, at the mouth of the Rio Negro, but today provides mostly aircraft spare parts for standard designs, such as the Angel Light Strike Fighter.
Union Group : A privately owned firm which holds significant strategic interests in businesses spanning the agricultural, energy, forestry, infrastructure, minerals, oil & gas and real estate sectors in Dumassas. Founded in 3015 by (then 28 year-old) Juan (Jose) Sartori, with private corporate investment. Between 3009 and 3015, the president of the Union Group accumulated more than one billion Cs of assets under management.
Today, the company dominates the economy of the nation, and its investments into the Union Agriculture Group have made it (and its president) the most wealthy organization in the country. It has a great deal of political influence.
Union Agriculture Group is the most prestigious portion of the Union Group company, being the largest corporate agricultural landowner and operator in San ISabel, owning over 90,000 hectares (250,000 acres) and managing a further 15,000 hectares on behalf of third parties, across 35 farms. The company’s diversified operations include dry crops (soybeans, wheat, sorghum and corn), rice, dairy, cattle, sheep and certain specialty products such as honey. Its assets are in excess of 420 Million Cs, and its management team generally have over 25 years of experience in the field, making it effectively the largest and most capable company in the country.
University of the Republic : The University of the Republic is the national public university of San Isabel. It is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious post-secondary institute in the country. Founded in 2840, the University of the Republic provides degrees in Administration, Agriculture, Architecture, the Arts, Chemistry, Education, Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Science and Veterinary Medicine and a globally accepted Law School. As of 3012, the school has offered fragmentary colleges in other communities, such as the Durazno College that offers affiliate degrees in Agriculture, Law and Nursing, through its parent organization. The University also operates its own research hospital.
Urud’or : Urud’or controls nearly 60% of national fresh fruit exports, specializing in oranges, lemons and mandarins. Founded in 2970, it collects from numerous other smaller companies in San Isabel and packages them for international export. In most rural regions, particularly in the northern regions close to the jungles, the company dominates industrial investment and income. It also has an increasing political aspect to its operations, particularly as it controls a fairly large workforce.
UTE : Administración Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Eléctricas (UTE) is the government-owned power company, established in 2919. The company operates four hydroelectric plants (the largest being the 3kms long Salto Grande Dam (1,890 MWs) on the Rio San Isabella. A new gas turbine, the Punta del Tigre Plant (300 MWs) in the industrial sector of Montevideo, makes the country a potential net-exporter of electricity, though it is only employed during droughts when hydroelectric plants run at reduced efficiency.
Viña Varela Zarranz : An ancient and world-famous winery, Viña Varela Zarranz was established as a series of independent farms in 2940, though they were united in the use of the same wine warehouse complex built by Diego Pons in 2895. Considered the pioneers of modern wine-making on Terramatrix, the Pons Family have slowly acquired neighboring farms and produce a separate wine from each independent vineyard under the same “mother” label.
One of the last large-scale vineyards in the world, the company produces what most people on Terramatrix to be the best wine in the world, and though some smaller vintages challenge this claim, they cannot produce as much as Viña.
The Armed Forces of San Isabel (“Fuerzas armadas del San Isabel”) consist of an army, navy, and air force. These three branches are constitutionally subordinate to the president through the Minister of Defense. In 3017, the armed forces received military assistance from the Taurian Concordat, and trimmed its numbers through early retirement incentives. They also spent some time in training the core “Guards Battalions”, and modernizing their tactics.
Enlistment is voluntary in peacetime, but the government has the authority to conscript in emergencies. In the northern New Patagonia province, local officers regularly conscript from among the isolated villages and towns, and are rumored to have built a small personal army from privately acquired funds. Recent events regarding El Gas, have proven these rumors true, but left a large indifferently armed militia force operating under barely legal constraints across the province.
Since May 3016, women are allowed to serve openly in the armed forces of the military after the defense minister signed a decree stating that military recruitment policy would no longer discriminate on the basis of gender. In practice, older officers tend to discriminate against women, by refusing promotions and keeping them in clerical positions, rather than in front-line infantry formations.
San Isabel Army (Ejército Nacional)
The largest branch of the San Isabel military, its army consists of four battalions of regular rifle infantry, and three specialist operational battalions; a Commando Battalion, an elite Airborne Battalion, and a central Royal Guards Battalion. All infantry in the army are equipped with HG-762 “Holy Grail” Assault Rifles and standard flak vests and locally produced metal helmets. They have a scattering of grenades, and support weapons are a handful of SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifles attached at the company level.
The 1st Royal Guards Battalion is mechanized, with thirty-six (36) Wheeled APCs, and reinforced with two (2) lances of light Scorpion Light Tanks and a single “Guards” lance of Vedette Medium Tanks (the army’s only organic armor force). The army’s artillery is also concentrated with its Guards Battalion, consisting of two (2) SP-203 Self-Propelled (SP) Snipers and a battery of six (6) Sniper Field Artillery Pieces. An additional six (6) Fledermaus Air Defense Systems have been assigned to protect the government buildings.
The 3rd Commando Battalion and 6th Airborne Battalion, receive regular training upgrades, but are also equipped with sufficient Tracked APCs or Pegasus Utility Helicopters (respectively) to transport themselves independent of other infrastructure. In all other respects, they are equipped as the remaining 2nd, 4th, 5th and 7th Rifle Battalions.
San Isabel Navy (Armada Nacional)
The smallest of branches in the San Isabel military, it consists of two aging destroyers (with a third in “reserve” status), four (4) modern patrol corvettes, an ancient replenishment ship (the “General Artigas”_ ) that has seen a full century of use, and a small number of coastal craft. Among the smallest of national navy’s, it has never recovered its losses from the 1st Battle of Isla Brasilera a generation ago.
The navy also maintains a company-sized force of naval marines based from a small naval air station at Laguna del Sauce. The marines are primarily used to protect the navy’s ships at sea, and the air station itself from attack. The air station also bases the navy’s Naval Training Academy and Naval Aviation Academy, and its four (4) modern M8-53 Sea Stallions.
In mid-3016, the navy adopted the bulk of the surviving Tragnar navy during its retreat from the Tragnari Ocean. Today, its two destroyers and two naval support ships fly under the banner of San Isabel and under the command of San Isabel officers.
San Isabel Air Force (Fuerza Aérea San Isabel)
The San Isabel Air Force has roughly 60 pilots manning its aging fleet of aircraft. Its 4th Squadron and 6th Squadron were lost during the First Fire troubles in northern San Isabel’s, New Patagonia province, along with all their pilots, assets and the country’s prized pair of SB-27 Sabres.
The air force recently upgraded its 1st Aeronautics (Transport) Brigade fleet, scrapping its ancient Condors for at least four (4) Frontier-Class Air Transports ( 3rd Squadron ), though they still use their handful of Pegasus Utility Helicopters ( 5th Squadron ), each of which is lovingly maintained.
The 2nd Aeronautics (Attack) Brigade consists of Dragonfly (A-37) Light Attack Aircrafts ( 1st Squadron ) and IA-63 Pampas ( 2nd Squadron ). While grossly out-classed by more modern combat aircraft, these two squadrons provide the bulk of the nation’s air force.
3rd Aeronautics (Observation) Brigade consists of a single pair of Ferret Light Scout VTOLs ( 7th Squadron ), that are often attached to the 1st Royal Guards Battalion as spotters for its artillery.
While the air force maintains five air fields across the nation, its primary base, and home of the national Aeronautics Technical School (“Escuela Técnica de Aeronáutica”), is located in Toledo Sur, northern San Isabel, attached to the Naval Aviation Academy.
National Police of San Isabel
Broken into four branches of service, the National Police of San Isabel, is a civilian organization that sees to internal protection and more traditional police work, such as by-law enforcement and commercial regulations.
Interior Police : Management of the police forces for each specific province of the Republic of San Isabel. They also oversee the national roads and motorways, enforce speed and traffic regulations.
Montevideo Police : Responsible for investigations, security, support services, intelligence and legal affairs of the country.
National Corps of Firemen : Providing fire management and control services in San Isabel. Protecting citizens in the event of accidents, emergencies and natural disasters.
National Maritime Police : Effectively a coast guard, this branch operates simple river and ocean-going boats to patrol and police the rivers and coasts of San Isabel. They are effectively the national coast guard.
Unlike most other militarized national police forces, the police of San Isabel do not answer to the military, but rather directly report to the Minister of the Interior. While they are equipped with typical small arms, such as the HG-762 “Holy Grail” Assault Rifle, they do not have military training, and operate more on a small squad-based operational strategy. They do not have military vehicles or support weapons, and are not expected to engage in direct warfare. They do, however, have access to a fleet of civilian automobiles and boats.
Tupamaros : “The Army of New Patagonia”
Tupamaros, or the “Army of New Patagonia” is a large force of militia raised from private funds and recruited using national conscription laws. Commandante Jorge Ernesto Vásquez has managed to maintain this army, privately funded and quietly under his control for years, and as a result they have never been (officially) noted as a part of the San Isabel military.
The unit consists of roughly a regiment of mixed-arms infantry, broken into four battalion-sized forces, known as “Groups”, and identified by various colors. Equipped as traditional planetary militia, they have flak vests, metal helmets and small arms from local sources. They also have various military and civilian utility vehicles, armored APCs, and a smattering of tanks from various sources. They do not have any real training in large military operations, and usually operate in platoon-sized forces (often referred to as “warbands”), under questionable leadership. They are known for their “bare knuckles” attitude to resolving internal disputes, and usually carry machetes to best deal with any civilian problems they encounter.
In late-3024, this army lost its private funding, and was forced to attempt achieving “legal” status as a regional militia, but this was refused by the national government. Almost immediately, Commandante Vásquez declared these troops as an independent “Security Force”, and began pillaging the northern province to fund themselves. While Commandante Vásquez remains an official officer of the San Isabel Army, he regularly ignores orders from the government and follows his own personal agenda. Rumors persist it’s only a matter of time before he declares himself Warlord and takes control of New Patagonia itself as a private fief.
San Isabel remained largely uninhabited until the establishment of Colonia del Sacramento, one of the oldest Terramatrix settlements in the country, by San Marcos in 2867. Montevideo was founded as a military stronghold by the Taurians in the early 29th century, signifying the competing claims over the region. San Isabel won its independence between 2818 and 2835, following a four-way struggle between the Taurian Concordat, San Marcos, Sangria and Delancourt. It remained subject to foreign influence and intervention throughout the 30th century, with the military playing a recurring role in domestic politics until the late 30th century. Modern San Isabel is a democratic constitutional republic, with a president who serves as both head of state and head of government.
After several years in a close working relationship with The New Republic of Sangria, the nation has begun to formalize their relationship both with its military and its economy. This has drawn the nations to form the so-called Commonwealth of Nations, which has most recently, combined its medical resources to assist in the flu epidemic of 3025, known as the “Outworld Flu”. Although it has been devastating across the world, the effects have been greatly reduced among the nations of the fledgling Commonwealth, and if anything, have brought the nations into closer proximity and improved their working relationship.
Active discussions regarding free trade and military assimilation of The Commonwealth Star Guards has dominated discussion during 3027, and seems likely to conclude with a formal signing of the constitution by the end of 3028.