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United States of Aztlan by YNot1989 United States of Aztlan by YNot1989

With the mass deportations of the 2080s and the military patrols of their borders that were put in place during the Second Mexican-American War, animosity between the majority Mexican Southwestern States and the rest of the country began to grow and fester during the interwar period of the early 22nd Century. The Mexicanos Libres party formed out of this animosity and won majorities in most state governments in the region, while controlling the majority of congressional and senate seats from the Southwest as well. The MLP was normally seen as a regionalist party, not advocating secession, rather a degree of separation. A radical offshoot of the party was the Aztlan Autonomous Movement, which did seek to break off from the United States and form either an independent nation or rejoin Mexico. It was this movement that led the call for independence when Lionel Halvidar was elected President in 2132. The state governments of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and California,  all with overwhelming majorities of citizens with Mexican ancestry, all voted to secede from the Union within months of Halvidar's election, forming the United States of Aztlan. The new country quickly established a presidency under the leadership of former Vice President of the United States, David Castillo, and broke up a number of larger states into smaller states that could be more fairly represented by the new government in Santa Fe.

The rebel states claimed that they owned all bases and other federal buildings in the Southwest, and ordered that US forces on the Mexican border be expelled from their territory. On 2 February 2133 the secessionists attacked the garrison at Camp Navajo in Arizona. Union forces from the border were diverted to defend the base, but after a 9 hour fight, the rebels accepted the surrender of the base commander, and the border guards were captured or picked off before they could return to their own garrisons. Following the attack, President Halvidar nationalized the national guards of the Union states, and called for a buildup of domestic military forces. Shortly after this call to arms was issued, three more southwestern states, and Panama joined with Aztlan instead of supplying forces to fight the rebels. The US Navy then organized a blockade of the California and Texas coastlines, and issued an ultimatum to Mexico and the Latin American Union, that any effort to support the rebels would be considered an act of war.

Despite this early showing of support, Aztlan quickly faced setbacks along its periphery. The National Guards of Oklahoma and Colorado remained loyal to the Union, while Eastern Texas subsequently seceded from Texas, joining the Union as the two new states of Brazos and Jacinto. By the end of 2133, Colorado and Oklahoma were effectively under Union control, with Aztlan state governments in exile. The US invaded the rebel states on February 22, 2133, moving through Northern California, Brazos, and Oklahoma. The US saw victories in the Aztlan state of Shasta and Northern Nevada rather quickly, retaking critical military targets, while forces in Texas found the Aztlan rebels more willing to fight than they'd expected. US Space Marines were deployed to support the Army in Texas and California and with momentum in New Mexico stalled, President Halvidar approved the use of orbital weapons on certain Aztlan targets. By the end of 2133, the rebel forces had been forced to relocate their capitol to Phoenix, Arizona. Utah, an autonomous state in Aztlan, went so far as to sue for a separate peace on May 11, 2134, allowing the US to surround the remaining Aztlan forces. 

Mexico initially attempted to remain neutral, but militant elements within the Mexican government pushed to engage the US via proxy conflicts around the planet, to give the rebels a fighting chance. By the end of 2134 the US had successfully recaptured much of Texas and California, and were nearing the Aztlan capital in Phoenix. The conflict now threatened to spill across the border into Mexico, as northern Mexicans, many of whom were once US citizens, began actively supporting Aztlan's bid for independence. In some cases, Mexican volunteer regiments joined up with the Aztlan Army. At this point Deandre Garcia lost her bid for a second term in Mexico, and was replaced by the more radical Edwin Jaso's administration, which began quietly sending arms to the rebels. The Jaso administration began directly engaging the US across the planet, while supporting the Azlan rebels with weapons and intelligence. Some of the more radical rebels conducted public executions of all those who spoke out against the rebellion or stood in their war. This ultimately led to greater escalation in the conflict, as US forces were recalled from engagements in Africa and Eurasia to put down the rebellion at home.

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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
I like your map but is Lubbock the state capital of Llano
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JGBArtwork Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
How do some of the white people feel about living in Aztlan, i'm talking about average middle class white people who don't want to join Mexico? 
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well non-Mexicans in Aztlan were far less in favor of secession or annexation than Mexican-Americans in Aztlan, but that's like asking how people in the Confederacy who weren't in favor of secession felt about the whole thing: they're such a small minority that their story isn't really relevant to the situation. 
RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
There are that few Anglos and other races left here?
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the 22nd Century, and after five decades of incentivized immigration policies and over a century of genetic engineering and good old fashioned coupling, self-identified Caucasians are only about 11% of the population. Most people are multiracial, with the second largest demographic being Hispanic/Latino, and in the Southwest they are the largest demographic by far. In the rest of the country its a much  more pluralist society.
Satoshi-Vampire190 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
This speculation is interesting!!!! And in a name of my compatriots: This will be the revenge or...the price of many hurt in my people...and many Latin America people. I do not enter in themes of migrants and immigrants in this time. But...what  is  the reason, for to produce this phenomenon? It´s not motive in this ocation.

For this scenario...What I can say: The Mexican state, illustrated here; is most stronge, organized, and stable. Many different of the corrupted, poor, divided, and pessimists. The mexican state illustrate here, is not the mexican state today. "logical"  But  is wonderful  most incredible...upper full to vision closed of many people compatriots,  so I can know...

The second war Mexican-American must be maturing to Mexico general mentality. This   wonder I will feel great. Imagine the live in this  time  is incredible...and I hope  will be most fair  with the natives Mexican, farmers, pastors and all the people in my cuntrie  what today suffer, injustice  and  discrimination in there in our land. Mmmm Because, the finance to milicians and the operations in a new countrie; borned in old land of a nation how USA, Is significative.

For other side; Aztlan, (The name of the City Legendary where the Aztec culture born The "Cuna" of Aztec culture), incluide in this territory, a big portion of  all west coast; All California state. This  is  a big lost of territory, strategic power, political influence, and the most important in my opinion the Economic factor. The agriculture in this  state is  one of the most prosper of  every USA, do not  forgot the forests, and the minerals  resources in all the south-west, a long the limits whit Mexico, the part of Texas under influence of Aztlan, there are citys  and potitions importans for the nation of  the bars and  stars.

Most important now. The multiples military bases, and instalations and other proyects of  this nature, after I watch the map, is  increidible  the little answer of the state American for not do it nothing for preserve this big portion of territory lost. I say in the begin ot this comment;

Is  the price for the  discriminations zelop for people of Latin America and in general everyting world. Mmmm I need read more about yours  maps  and descitions  of  alternatives historys  and posibilities scenarios.

Greath work!!! .
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't take this the wrong way, but I can barely make out what you're trying to say or ask, so I'll try to answer as best I can.

The immigration boom in the Southwest was partly the result of a series of reforms enacted by the US government in the early 2030s to streamline the immigration process to compensate for a labor shortage brought on by low birthrates in the US and the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation (which put additional stress on the economy by increasing the demand for health and elderly care services).

Mexico has grown in power over the last century of this timeline, partly thanks to its proximity to the US, but also due to its relationship with Latin America and access to both major oceans. Improvements to the economy and military responsibilities to South American necessitated political reforms, much as the US experienced in the 1940s. 
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