The Empire of Mexico (Span: Imperio de Mexico or Imperio Mexicano), more commonly referred to as Mexico, is a North American nation located south of the United States and north of Honduras. It is one of the largest countries in the world, with a population of 150,000,000 as of 2005, and the third largest country in the Western Hemisphere (behind United States at 345,000,000 and Brazil at 195,000,000). The capital of Mexico is Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico), which is also the largest city in the world. The primary language of Mexico is Spanish, and the dominant religion is Roman Catholicism.
Mexico is a constitutional monarchy as per reforms instituted following several decades of civil war in 1919. The current monarch is Carlos II, who assumed the throne upon the death of his father Eduardo II in 2008. Mexico and their neighbor, the United States, have a long history of contentious relationships, in particular due to the issue of illegal immigrants from Mexico fleeing into the United States, a much bigger problem than that experienced with Alaskans entering the US illegally.
History of Mexico
Spanish Colony and War of Independence
Reign of Agustin I and Formation of House of Iturbide-Hapsburg
Era of Santa Ana, Mexican-American War and Reassertion of Imperial Authority
Reign of Eduardo I
Civil War, Industrialization and Constitutional Reform
Emergence as Regional Power and Reign of Carlos I
The Mexican Empire is a constitutional monarchy ruled by an Emperor who still holds considerable power in the government. The Prime Minister has the power to veto the Emperor's decrees if he has legislative support. The Imperial Congress is bicameral, in imitation of their northern neighbor. Members the upper house, the Senate, are appointed by the Emperor. Members of the lower house, the House of Representatives, are elected directly by the people. There are plans to reform the Congress to have the Senators elected directly as well, but it has been blocked by the Conservatives in Congress
One of the largest employers in Mexico is the locally-owned Jaguar Cars company. Their vehicles have been well-received abroad as well as in local markets. They have become universally enjoyed by consumers all over the globe. They have been listed alongside American Ford, French Renault, and Japanese Honda as being one of the most successful car companies in the world. The official traveling car of the Mexican Royal family has always been a Jaguar since ill-fated Emperor Agustin V owned one during his short reign.
Mexico has fairly strong relations with their South American neighbors. Relations with Central America were rocky for a while after Mexico annexed Guatemala and Belize, though they cleared up soon after. Mexican-American relations, which were chilly after the Mexican-American War of 1845, slowly warmed over the course of the 20th century. They were united in the hatred of their common enemy, France. Relations with France have been terrible ever since the nation was founded in 1821. The considerable German-Mexican community despises the French as the nation that forced them to flee their homes. However, despite their general alignment with the United States' geopolitical bloc, the Mexican people have on three occasions defeated referenda on joining NATO, and Mexico has not participated in any international conflicts since the Pacific War.