History UsefulNotes / Paraguay

13th Jun '18 6:33:48 AM Byzantine
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Francia is still highly regarded in Paraguay, perhaps because, for all his brutality, [[BrutalHonesty he was very honest]]. Even with absolute power, he was extremely frugal, and the state's coffers doubled during his tenure, not to mention that he was able to preserve Paraguayan stability during the chaos of the early 19th century. Critics would argue (not to his face) that this came at the cost of creating an isolated, paranoid nation that was dependent on an authoritarian strongman.

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Francia is still highly regarded in Paraguay, perhaps because, for all his brutality, [[BrutalHonesty he was very honest]]. Even with absolute power, he was extremely frugal, and the state's coffers doubled during his tenure, not to mention that he was able to preserve Paraguayan stability during the chaos of the early 19th century. Critics would argue (not to his face) that this came at the cost of creating an isolated, paranoid nation that was dependent on an authoritarian [[SlidingScaleOfLibertarianismAndAuthoritarianism authoritarian]] strongman.
13th Jun '18 6:31:48 AM Byzantine
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The first leader of an independent Paraguay was a peculiar fellow named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Gaspar_Rodr%C3%ADguez_de_Francia José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia]], though he preferred to be called "El Supremo". Ruling as an absolute dictator, he instituted a number of changes. While brutal, some actually helped Paraguay later on. For instance, he forbade remaining Spanish nobles from marrying other Spaniards, forcing them instead to marry Guaranis, allowing Paraguay to avoid some of the racial tensions that troubled its neighbors. Francia also confiscated ecclesiastical money and property, instituted draconian and isolationist economic protectionism, and eventually ordered the extermination of all dogs in Paraguay. If people keep calling you "El Supremo", it's easy to start believing it...

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The first leader of an independent Paraguay was a peculiar fellow named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Gaspar_Rodr%C3%ADguez_de_Francia José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia]], though he preferred to be called "El Supremo". Ruling as an absolute dictator, he instituted a number of changes. While brutal, some actually helped Paraguay later on. For instance, he forbade remaining Spanish nobles from marrying other Spaniards, forcing them instead to marry Guaranis, allowing Paraguay to avoid some of the racial tensions that troubled its neighbors. Francia also confiscated ecclesiastical money and property, instituted draconian and isolationist [[UsefulNotes/{{Economics}} economic protectionism, protectionism]], and eventually ordered the extermination of all dogs in Paraguay. If people keep calling you "El Supremo", it's it is easy to start believing it...
13th Jun '18 6:24:35 AM Byzantine
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Paraguay is a small (well, it used to be larger; keep reading to find out what happened), landlocked country in central South America, and is known for having an incredibly bloody history. Originally inhabited by the semi-nomadic Guarani, the Spanish moved in and colonized the area during the 16th century. Jesuits founded a number of missions in the area, and played a big part in the country's early history. Generally considered a backwater, not much happened until the Spanish were overthrown in 1811.

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Paraguay is a small (well, it used to be larger; keep reading to find out what happened), landlocked country in central South America, and is known for having an incredibly bloody history. Originally inhabited by the semi-nomadic Guarani, the Spanish moved in and colonized the area during the 16th century. Jesuits [[EvilJesuit Jesuits]] founded a number of missions in the area, and played a big part in the country's early history. Generally considered a backwater, not much happened until the Spanish were overthrown in 1811.
19th Feb '18 11:14:56 AM JamesAustin
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Paraguay managed to maintain its democracy before Fernando Lugo's extremely swift impeachment, and will hopefully continue to do so after the next elections. Though a leftist, Lugo, a former Catholic priest, had to make compromises with the right-dominated Senate. He was impeached by Congress following a fatal clash between police and protestors. It occurred extremely swiftly, leading to some within and without to criticize it heavily. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement And that's all there is to say on that for now.]] Will things follow a democratic path? One can only hope...

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Paraguay managed to maintain its democracy before For the 2008 general elections, voters chose Fernando Lugo's extremely swift impeachment, and will hopefully continue to do so after Lugo, a former Roman Catholic Bishop with no previous professional experience in civil government, ending sixty years of the next elections. Colorado Party rule. Though a leftist, Lugo, a former Catholic priest, Lugo had to make compromises with the right-dominated Senate. He was impeached by Congress in June 2012 following a fatal clash between police and protestors. It occurred extremely swiftly, leading to some within and without to criticize it heavily. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement And that's all there is to say on that for now.]] In the 2013 elections, businessman Horacio Cartes was elected as the new president. Will things follow continue a democratic path? One can only hope...
13th Feb '18 2:41:43 AM Cryoclaste
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What followed was the WarOfTheTripleAlliance, one of the bloodiest wars you've never heard of. Lopez mucked around in the politics of neighboring UsefulNotes/{{Uruguay}}, eventually causing enough trouble for Uruguay to declare war against him, actually [[EnemyMine causing long-time rivals]] UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}} and UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}} to join Uruguay. Paraguay did have a big army, but any rational observers could tell that Paraguay was doomed.

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What followed was the WarOfTheTripleAlliance, UsefulNotes/WarOfTheTripleAlliance, one of the bloodiest wars you've never heard of. Lopez mucked around in the politics of neighboring UsefulNotes/{{Uruguay}}, eventually causing enough trouble for Uruguay to declare war against him, actually [[EnemyMine causing long-time rivals]] UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}} and UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}} to join Uruguay. Paraguay did have a big army, but any rational observers could tell that Paraguay was doomed.
15th Jan '18 4:00:59 AM Wariolander
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* ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Blacklist'' has a mission set in Ciudad del Este, involving the infiltration of a Engineer terror broker's private estate and capturing said terror broker, Reza Nouri, then escorting him to a boat in the Rio Parana while Iranian Quds Force commandos raid the estate.
18th Nov '17 12:37:03 AM JackTheHammer
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* Episode 7 of ''Series/SEALTeam'', "Borderlines" goes to Paraguay in search of a kidnapped CIA operative. The Paraguayan army attempts a rescue but [[EpicFail fails miserably]], leaving it to DEVGRU to finish the job.



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25th Jan '16 5:39:21 AM Morgenthaler
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1st Dec '15 1:59:13 PM amateur55
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4th Sep '15 12:14:35 PM MarkLungo
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With less land and much fewer people, Paraguay was mostly forgotten by the rest of the world until TheThirties, when they fought the [[ChacoWar Gran Chaco War]] against Bolivia. As the name suggests, the war was fought over the Gran Chaco, a hot, mosquito-infested piece of land that's almost worthless (except for rumors of oil). Paraguay actually won this fight. Francia's breeding policies did create a unified culture, unlike racially-stratified Bolivia, giving Paraguay the edge. The League of Nations helped to end this war, one of the few things they ever did that might be considered a success.

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With less land and much fewer people, Paraguay was mostly forgotten by the rest of the world until TheThirties, when they fought the [[ChacoWar [[UsefulNotes/TheChacoWar Gran Chaco War]] against Bolivia. As the name suggests, the war was fought over the Gran Chaco, a hot, mosquito-infested piece of land that's almost worthless (except for rumors of oil). Paraguay actually won this fight. Francia's breeding policies did create a unified culture, unlike racially-stratified Bolivia, giving Paraguay the edge. The League of Nations UsefulNotes/LeagueOfNations helped to end this war, one of the few things they ever did that might be considered a success.



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