Mexico is a medium sized country in North America. It is bordered by the United States, a major power in the Second World War, to the north, Guatemala and the United Kingdom's British Honduras to the south. It is mostly mountainous with jungle on the south, desert on the center and Baja California and forests and plains on the coast.
After the sinking of Mexican merchant ships by German U-Boats and the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour, Mexico was one of the first American nations to announce its support for the USA. It severed ties with the three major powers of the Tripartite Pact and officially joined the war on the side of the Allies in 1942, providing essential resources and men to the USA, most notably the 201st Squadron, or the "Aztec Eagles".
The supporters of Calles are enriching themselves and abusing their power. Appointed for loyalty rather than ability, they perpetuate a patronage system which corrupts every office and rank in the country. Unless they are reigned in, ordinary Mexicans will continue to deride our ruling government as 'roboluncionarios', robber-revolutionaries.
Factory Output: +10.00%
The Constitution of 1917 requires measures aimed against the influence of the Catholic Church in Mexico. The Cristeros rebelled in the 1920s because of attempts to enforce those laws, but the people may now be ready for a secular state.
In order to exploit oil in Mexico, foreign companies have signed concession contracts ensuring that they can freely extract oil on defined territories for a prolonged period of time in exchange for payments. However the sum paid by the companies was far below the value of the oil extracted and enabled them to get a profit margin much higher than in countries such as the US, while putting the oil reserves of Mexico indirectly under foreign control.
Military Leaders Cost: +100.00%
Planning Speed: -20.0%
The rulers of Mexico have been drawn from revolutionary army officers for almost three decades. The turbulent times we went through demanded firm leadership. The question is: has the turbulence passed, or is it becoming more severe? Should we professionalize the army or allow regional strongmen - caciques and caudillos - to carve out petty fiefdoms? Generals like Saturnino Cedillo in San Luis Potosí are raising private militias to protect their power. The many rebellions launched by disatisfied officers in the past are likely to continue unless we act.
Mexico has a small industry mainly centered around Mexico City which has 2 Military factories and 4 Civilian factories. Guerrero, Tamulipas, Jalisco have one Civilian factory each. Coahuila has 1 Military factory and 1 Civilian Factory. Veracruz and Durango have 1 Dockyard each.
Coahuila has 11 Oil, Tamaulipas has 12 Oil, Veracruz has 13 Oil, Oaxaca has 10 Oil, Jalisco has 10 Tungsten, Mexico City has 9 Steel and Guerrero has 5 Steel.
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Mexico has a modest military with a small navy and tiny air force.
Close air support
Mexico's infantry divisions contain 9 infantry battalions each with support artillery. It also contains some agrarian militia units of 3 infantry battalions each. Its cavalry divisions contain 6 cavalry battalions with support artillery.
Mexico's starting navy consists of a coastal defense heavy cruiser with no anti-air defenses and five early destroyers, one of which has no anti-air defenses and can be retrofitted.
Ship classes of the Mexican Navy
Coastal Defense Hull
CA I battery, Secondary I, CA Armor I
Early Destroyer Hull
DD I battery, AA I
Nicolás Bravo Class*
Early Destroyer Hull
DD I battery
* marks a variant as "obsolescent".
Mexico's starting air force consists of 12 close air support planes, 6 tactical bombers and 6 fighters.
Mexico starts on the brink of a civil war. There are 3 possible civil wars that can break out, and you will need to deal with 2.
Caudillos Civil War:
This is the starting tension you have to deal with. You have to pay attention to the Caudillo Tension national spirit which indicates the level. You can see the timer in the Political tab to see when the tension increases. Once Caudillo Tension High is reached if you let the timer finish once more the Caudillo civil war will ignite. There are multiple focuses you can get to lower the tension by one stage. To put a stop to this permanently you need to complete Support General Cedillo or Arrest General Cedillo focus. If you don't go Revanchist route and pick both Agricultural Credit Bank and Jefe Máximo line of focus, the Caudillo Civil War will be unavoidable. Letting it happen and defeating the rebels will also prevent it from happening again.
Cristeros Civil War and Communist Revolutionaries Civil War:
Once you have completed a certain focus, you will get a chance to get either. These civil wars have multiple trigger to ignite, mainly the Church power level and the type of government. The Cristeros will not rebel if you choose to go Democratic path and likewise the Revolutionaries will not rebel if you go Communist. If you don't go Democratic, the Cristeros Civil War will start a countdown once you reach Atheist State, and likewise if you don't go Communist then the Revolutionaries Civil War will start a countdown once you reach Catholic State. Since some focuses will increase or decrease the Church Power by one stage, you need to pay attention to this, and you can also use some political decision to increase or decrease the Church Power though some requires some focuses to be taken first. You can ultimately prevent this civil war regardless of Church Power by keeping your stability above 60%. Likewise you can get away with Atheist State if you go Democratic and Catholic State if you go Communist with no risk of civil war which is not possible to do for Unaligned or Fascist path.
A Mexico game involves a balancing act between an "Atheist State" and a "Catholic State". Going to either one of these extremes will begin the countdown for a civil war. It is recommended that you complete the "Antidisestablishmentarianism" Focus, which allows you to transfer lands to the Church. You start with nationalization of Church lands decision, so you can add or remove influence from the Church, stopping you from erupting into Civil War.
If you are planning on going the expansionist route, I would recommend, as soon as the games starts, boosting ideologies in the Central American democracies, such as Honduras. This is because that since the United Kingdom has a stake in South America via Belize, they will guarantee other Democracies in their vicinity, thus dragging them into a war with you. Boosting ideologies will allow these minors to change government which means you can attack them almost without fear. If you go fascist, join the Axis as if the Democratic countries change to fascist, they will not be able to join the Axis because they you are in there. You should beware, however, because these countries, even if they are not Democratic, may still join other alliances such as the Allies. So don't get too greedy in conquest.