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Confederation of Aztlan
Confederación de Aztlán SP
21st June, 1886–Present
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Flag Seal
Anthem
Strength in Unity
Aztlan National Anthem
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Capital Mexico City
Official languages Spanish
Recognised regional languages English, Portuguese
Ethnic groups
  • 95% European
  • 4% Indigenous
  • 1% Afrodescendant
Demonym Aztlanian
Religion
  • 83% Roman Catholicism
  • 10% other Christian
  • 0.2% other religion
  • 5% no religion
  • 3% unspecified
Government Federal semi-presidential constitutional republic
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 - President Carlos Mendoza Agramont
 - Vice President Juan Fernández Sánchez Navarro
 - President of Congress Ricardo Barroso Cuevas
Legislature Congress
 -  Upper house Senate
 -  Lower house Chamber of Deputies
History
 - Spanish America 1521-1802
 - Declaration of Empire of New Spain August 4th, 1802
 - Dissolution of Empire of New Spain January 18th, 1856
 - Mexican Constitution March 5th, 1856
 - Conquest of Central America 1885-1886
 - Confederal Constitution June 21st, 1886
Area
 -  Total 4,602,321 km² (1,776,966 sq mi)
Population
 -  2017 estimate 191,250,000 
     Density 41.6/km²  (107.6/sq mi)
GDP (PPP) 2017 estimate
 - Total $ 3.7 trillion (6th)
 - Per capita $ 19,346
HDI (2017) Increase 0.770
high
Currency Aztlanian Dollar (Z) (AZD)
Time zone (UTC−8 to −4)
 - Summer (DST) (UTC−7 to −3)
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Drives on the right
Calling code +282
Internet TLD .cfa

Aztlan, formally known as the Confederation of Aztlan, is an independent, sovereign confederation located in Central America and South America. It is bordered to the north by the Western Republic and the Union of Eastern Socialist Republics; to the east by the Caribbean Federation, Guyana, and Suriname; to the south by Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador; and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. Covering over 4.5 million square kilometers (over 1.7 million sq mi), the nation is the fourth largest country in the Americas by total area and the sixth largest independent state in the world.

With an estimated population of over 191 million, the country is the fifth most populous and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world while being the second most populous nation in Latin America. Aztlan is a confederation comprising 4 states, 178 provinces, and a special confederal entity that is also its capital and most populous city, Mexico City. Other major urban centres include Bogotá and Caracas.

Pre-Columbian Mexico dates to approximately 8,000 BC, is identified as one of seven cradles of civilization and was home to many advanced Mesoamerican civilizations, such as the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya and Aztec before first contact with Europeans. In 1521, the Spanish Empire conquered and colonized the territory from its politically powerful base in Mexico-Tenochtitlan, which was administered as the viceroyalty of New Spain. Three centuries later, the territory became independent as the Empire of New Spain during the Napoleonic Wars in 1802. The tumultuous post-independence period was characterized by economic inequality and many political deep changes. The New Spanish-Brazilian War (1834-36) led to the territorial acquisition of various southern territories in South America. The Spanish Succession War (1855-57) ultimately led to the dissolution of New Spain into Mexico, Guatemala, and New Granada, as well as the territorial cession of the extensive northern territories to the Western Republic and the Republic of Texas, and the territorial cession of New Spanish Caribbean to France. The Central American War (1885-86) led to the Mexican requisition of Guatemala, New Granada, and the French Caribbean. After this, the nation drastically reformed, which culminated with the promulgation of the 1886 Constitution and the emergence of the country's current political system.

Etymology

Aztlán is the legendary ancestral home of the Aztec peoples.

Alternative names include:

  • The Indies
  • New Spain
  • Mexico

History

Pre-Columbian

The earliest human artifacts in Aztlan are chips of stone tools found near campfire remains in the Valley of Mexico and radiocarbon-dated to circa 10,000 years ago. Aztlan is the site of the domestication of maize, tomato, and beans, which produced an agricultural surplus. This enabled the transition from paleo-Indian hunter-gatherers to sedentary agricultural villages beginning around 5000 BC.

In the subsequent formative eras, maize cultivation and cultural traits such as a mythological and religious complex, and a vigesimal numeric system, were diffused from the Aztlanian cultures to the rest of the Mesoamerican culture area. In this period, villages became more dense in terms of population, becoming socially stratified with an artisan class, and developing into chiefdoms. The most powerful rulers had religious and political power, organizing construction of large ceremonial centers developed.

The earliest complex civilization in Aztlan was the Olmec culture, which flourished on the Gulf Coast from around 1500 BC. Olmec cultural traits diffused through Mexico into other formative-era cultures in Chiapas, Oaxaca and the Valley of Mexico. The formative period saw the spread of distinct religious and symbolic traditions, as well as artistic and architectural complexes. The formative-era of Mesoamerica is considered one of the six independent cradles of civilization.

In the subsequent pre-classical period, the Maya and Zapotec civilizations developed complex centers at Calakmul and Monte Albán, respectively. During this period the first true Mesoamerican writing systems were developed in the Epi-Olmec and the Zapotec cultures. The Mesoamerican writing tradition reached its height in the Classic Maya Hieroglyphic script.

In Central Mexico, the height of the classic period saw the ascendancy of Teotihuacán, which formed a military and commercial empire whose political influence stretched south into the Maya area as well as north. Teotihuacan, with a population of more than 150,000 people, had some of the largest pyramidal structures in the pre-Columbian Americas. After the collapse of Teotihuacán around 600 AD, competition ensued between several important political centers in central Mexico such as Xochicalco and Cholula. At this time, during the Epi-Classic, Nahua peoples began moving south into Mesoamerica from the North, and became politically and culturally dominant in central Mexico, as they displaced speakers of Oto-Manguean languages.

During the early post-classic, Central Mexico was dominated by the Toltec culture, Oaxaca by the Mixtec, and the lowland Maya area had important centers at Chichén Itzá and Mayapán. Toward the end of the post-Classic period, the Mexica established dominance.

The Aztec empire was an informal or hegemonic empire because it did not exert supreme authority over the conquered lands; it was satisfied with the payment of tributes from them. It was a discontinuous empire because not all dominated territories were connected; for example, the southern peripheral zones of Xoconochco were not in direct contact with the center. The hegemonic nature of the Aztec empire was demonstrated by their restoration of local rulers to their former position after their city-state was conquered. The Aztec did not interfere in local affairs, as long as the tributes were paid.

The Aztec of Central Mexico built a tributary empire covering most of central Mexico. The Aztec were noted for practicing human sacrifice on a large scale. Along with this practice, they avoided killing enemies on the battlefield. Their warring casualty rate was far lower than that of their Spanish counterparts, whose principal objective was immediate slaughter during battle. This distinct Mesoamerican cultural tradition of human sacrifice ended with the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. Over the next centuries Mexican indigenous cultures were gradually subjected to Spanish colonial rule.

Spanish Conquest

The Spanish first learned of Mexico during the Juan de Grijalva expedition of 1518. The natives kept "repeating: Colua, Colua, and Mexico, Mexico, but we [explorers] did not know what Colua or Mexico meant", until encountering Montezuma's governor at the mouth of the Rio de las Banderas. The Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire began in February 1519 when Hernán Cortés arrived at the port in Veracruz with ca. 500 conquistadores. After taking control of that city, he moved on to the Aztec capital. In his search for gold and other riches, Cortés decided to invade and conquer the Aztec empire.

When the Spaniards arrived, the ruler of the Aztec empire was Moctezuma II, who was later killed. His successor and brother Cuitláhuac took control of the Aztec empire, but was among the first to fall from the first smallpox epidemic in the area a short time later. Unintentionally introduced by Spanish conquerors, among whom smallpox was endemic, the infectious disease ravaged Mesoamerica in the 1520s. It killed more than 3 million natives as they had no immunity. Other sources, however, mentioned that the death toll of the Aztecs might have reached 15 million (out of a population of less than 30 million) although such a high number conflicts with the 350,000 Aztecs who ruled an empire of 5 million or 10 million. Severely weakened, the Aztec empire was easily defeated by Cortés and his forces on his second return with the help of state of Tlaxcala whose population estimate was 300,000. The native population declined 80–90% by 1600 to 1–2.5 million. Any population estimate of pre-Columbian Mexico is bound to be a guess but 8–12 million is often suggested for the area encompassed by the modern nation.

Smallpox was a devastating disease: it generally killed Aztecs but not Spaniards, who as Europeans had already been exposed to it in their cities for centuries and therefore had developed acquired immunity. The deaths caused by smallpox are believed to have triggered a rapid growth of Christianity in Mexico and the Americas. At first, the Aztecs believed the epidemic was a punishment from an angry god, but they later accepted their fate and no longer resisted the Spanish rule. Many of the surviving Aztecs believed that smallpox could be credited to the superiority of the Christian god, which resulted in their acceptance of Catholicism and yielding to the Spanish rule throughout Mexico.

The territory became part of the Spanish Empire under the name of New Spain. Mexico City was systematically rebuilt by Cortés following the Fall of Tenochtitlan in 1521. Much of the identity, traditions and architecture of Mexico developed during the 300-year colonial period.

Vice Royalty of New Spain

The capture of Tenochtitlan and refounding of Mexico City in 1521 was the beginning of a 300-year-long colonial era during which Mexico was known as Nueva España (New Spain). The Kingdom of New Spain was created from the remnants of the Aztec hegemonic empire. Subsequent enlargements, such as the conquest of the Tarascan state, resulted in the creation of the Viceroyalty of New Spain in 1535. The Viceroyalty at its greatest extent included the territories of modern Mexico, Central America as far south as Costa Rica, and the western United States. The Viceregal capital Mexico City also administrated the Spanish West Indies (the Caribbean), the Spanish East Indies (the Philippines), and Spanish Florida.

The indigenous population stabilized around one to one and a half million individuals in the 17th century from the most commonly accepted five to ten million pre-contact population. The population decline was primarily the result of communicable diseases, particularly smallpox, introduced during the Columbian Exchange. During the three hundred years of the colonial era, Mexico received between 400,000 and 500,000 Europeans, between 200,000 and 250,000 Africans and between 40,000 and 120,000 Asians. The 18th century saw a great increase in the percentage of mestizos.

Colonial law with Spanish roots was introduced and attached to native customs creating a hierarchy between local jurisdiction (the Cabildos) and the Spanish Crown. Upper administrative offices were closed to native-born people, even those of pure Spanish blood (criollos). Administration was based on the racial separation of the population among "Republics" of Spaniards, Amerindians and castas, autonomous and directly dependent on the king himself.

The Council of Indies and the mendicant religious orders, which arrived in Mesoamerica as early as 1524, labored to generate capital for the crown of Spain and convert the Amerindian populations to Catholicism. The 1531 Marian apparitions to Saint Juan Diego gave impetus to the evangelization of central Mexico. The Virgin of Guadalupe became a symbol of criollo patriotism and was used by the insurgents that followed Miguel Hidalgo during the War of Independence. Some Crypto-Jewish families emigrated to Mexico to escape the Spanish Inquisition.

The rich deposits of silver, particularly in Zacatecas and Guanajuato, resulted in silver extraction dominating the economy of New Spain. Taxes on silver production became a major source of income for Spain. Other important industries were the haciendas (functioning under the encomienda and repartimiento systems) and mercantile activities in the main cities and ports. Wealth created during the colonial era spurred the development of New Spanish Baroque.

As a result of its trade links with Asia, the rest of the Americas, Africa and Europe and the profound effect of New World silver, central Mexico was one of the first regions to be incorporated into a globalized economy. Being at the crossroads of trade, people and cultures, Mexico City has been called the "first world city". The Nao de China (Manila Galleons) operated for two and a half centuries and connected New Spain with Asia. Goods were taken from Veracruz to Atlantic ports in the Americas and Spain. Veracruz was also the main port of entry in mainland New Spain for European goods, immigrants, and African slaves. The Camino Real de Tierra Adentro connected Mexico City with the interior of New Spain.

Due to the importance of central New Spain, Mexico was the location of the first printing shop (1539), first university (1551), first public park (1592), and first public library (1646) in the Americas, amongst other institutions. Important artists of the colonial period, include the writers Juan Ruiz de Alarcón and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, painters Cristóbal de Villalpando and Miguel Cabrera, and architect Manuel Tolsá. The Academy of San Carlos was the first major school and museum of art in the Americas. Scientist Andrés Manuel del Río Fernández discovered the element vanadium.

Spanish forces, sometimes accompanied by native allies, led expeditions to conquer territory or quell rebellions through the colonial era. Notable Amerindian revolts in sporadically populated northern New Spain include the Chichimeca War (1576–1606), Tepehuán Revolt (1616–1620) and the Pueblo Revolt (1680). In order to protect Mexico from the attacks of English, French and Dutch pirates and protect the Crown's monopoly of revenue, only two ports were open to foreign trade—Veracruz on the Atlantic and Acapulco on the Pacific. Among the best-known pirate attacks are the 1663 Sack of Campeche and 1683 Attack on Veracruz.

Many Mexican cultural features including tequila, first distilled in the 16th century, charreria (17th), mariachi (18th) and Mexican cuisine, a fusion of American and European (particularly Spanish) cuisine, arose during the colonial era.

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War of Reunification

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Early 20th Century

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Geography

Aztlan is located between latitudes 0° and 33°N, and longitudes 59° and 119°W in the southern portion of North America and the northern portion of South America. Aztlan lies on the North American, Caribbean, and South American plates. Geopolitically and geophysically, Aztlan is considered to be in Central America.

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Governance

Political parties

Name Ideology Deputies Senators
Communist Party
Partido Communista
PCM Marxism
1 / 500
0 / 100
United Socialist Party
Partido Socialista Unido
PSU Socialism
2 / 500
0 / 100
Citizens' Movement Party
Partido del Movimiento Ciudadano
PMC Social Democracy
9 / 500
2 / 100
Progressive Alliance
Alianza Progresista
AZP Liberalism
22 / 500
2 / 100
Conservative Party
Partido Conservador
PCV Conservatism
134 / 500
29 / 100
Liberal Democratic Party
Partido Liberal Democrático
PLD Libertarianism
74 / 500
9 / 100
National Humanist Party
Unión Humanista Nacional
UHN Christian Conservatism
212 / 500
51 / 100
National Front of Aztlan
Frente Nacional de Aztlán
FNA Nationalism
46 / 500
7 / 100

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Education

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