The Republic of Cuba (Spanish: República de Cuba) is an island nation in the Caribbean. The nation of Cuba consists of the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Cuba is home to over seven million people and is the largest Caribbean island country.
Cuba was one of the few Communist nations to survive Doomsday. Although Havana and Santiago were hit by nuclear missiles, strategic plans in the USA did not target massive destruction on the island, partly because they did not wish to set off nuclear devices so close to their border, and partly because Cuba did not harbor nukes of their own. However because Miami was a major target for the USSR, Cuba was expecting major effects from fallout.
Fidel Castro was assumed dead, as well as Raul and other top officials, but the Cuban communist system was built to hold together despite the loss of its original leaders. Important military personnel were overseas, particularly in Angola, so the chain of command was quickly re-established once communications were set up again. However, they expected some massive fallout so the government decreed that any Cuban was free to leave the island, suggesting people to migrate to Central or South America but did not provide any means of evacuation. Refugees found what transportation they could and headed for places like Mexico and Colombia. Meanwhile the provisional government established a new capitol at Nueva Gerona on the Isla de la Juventud. Attempts by refugees to settle on the island was limited only to those who had special skills and their families. Those who remained on Cuba proper became embroiled in the fighting between various factions who wished to take control of the island.
Meanwhile the remnants of the Cuban government ended all support to the Communist guerrillas in Colombia.
Reconquista and beyond
By 1988 the Cuban government had managed to evacuate most of its military forces remaining in Africa using merchant ships in Cuban waters that were impressed into service. Using these battle-hardened soldiers, the Cuban government began to re-establish control of Cuba proper, hunting down the warlords who had grown to power there. By 1996 the island was once again under government control. Cuban refugees in Central and South America were encouraged to resettle the island through generous aide packages.
Meanwhile the area around Havana and Santiago are put under quarantine and only those who have permission from the government are allowed to set foot in the ruined cities and their surroundings. The Cuban government, eager to look for any military hardware or other equipment, set scouts into the former U.S. to search for anything they could find. There they met the communities of Everglades in Florida and Darien in Georgia. Both settlements were hostile at first, thinking the Cubans were invading them, but quickly learned they had other motives and conflict was avoided. Trade was soon thereafter established.
Cuba has become a major economic powerhouse in the Caribbean. The financial upswing has led the Cuban government relaxing some of the restrictions placed on ownership. Its leader for the past twenty years, Tomás Diez Acosta, has led this rhetoric of easing restrictions to further stimulate the expanding economy and has helped open the markets of many neighboring countries.
The Cuban government has established 67 camps of varying sizes throughout the southern United States, and was able to come into contact with South Florida through its sponsored expeditions along the southern coast of the former United States, however, there is little interest in colonization. One expedition in 2007 was successful in discovering the secret formula of Coca-Cola and the carbonated soft drink has become a popular export of Cuba. The Cubans also successfully established a geological survey station in the ruins of Savannah, which currently houses around 400 individuals.
Along with the USSR and a few other remaining communist countries it continues to openly promote communist rhetoric.
Cuba has close relations with Socialist Siberia, since contact between them was re-established in 1997. Both governments continue to provide aid to struggling socialist countries like the People’s Republic of Angola. Cuba's closest ally in the region is Nicaragua, followed by the Dominican Republic. It continues to send aid and military personnel to both of these nations. Cuba has also established close ties with Darien in Georgia and the Everglades in Florida, as it was the first country outside of the former U.S. these states came into contact. Cuba is also a member of the League of Nations and the Siberian-led military alliance, the CSTO.
Castro's Cuba had a high degree of militarization and devoted a large share of its national resources to support its military establishment and activities. Castro built up the second largest armed forces in Latin America; only Brazil's were larger. From 1975 until the early 1980s, Soviet military assistance enabled Cuba to upgrade its military capabilities. Since the temporary loss of Soviet subsidies Cuba was forced to scale down its military. In recent years, however, military spending has been on the rise, and new equipment is being bought from its Siberian allies. Cuba is secretive about its military spending.
Currently, the military numbers 80,000 regular forces, around half the amount the country had at its peak.
The military has long been the most powerful, influential, and competent official institution in Cuba, and high-ranking generals are believed to play crucial roles in all conceivable succession scenarios.
The Cuban Government continues to adhere to socialist principles in organizing its state-controlled economy. Most of the means of production are owned and run by the government and according to Cuban Government statistics, about 75% of the labor force is employed by the state. The actual figure is closer to 90%, with the only private employment consisting of some 200,000 private farmers and some 100,000 “cuentapropistas,” or private business owners. It has started exporting its version of Coca-Cola, called Kola Grande to distinguish it from the other versions, and it has become one of the most important exports of Cuba, exporting it to the SAC, ANZC, USSR and many other countries. Recently, a factory was opened in the USSR as a joint venture with the Siberian government. It is hoped that this venture will open up the North American and Asian markets to this popular fizzy drink.
Cuba still relies heavily on trade with the Socialist Union and it is its main international trading partner, while Nicaragua is its main regional partner.