|This Yellowstone: 1936 page is a Proposal.
It has not been ratified and is therefore not yet a part of the Yellowstone: 1936 Timeline. You are welcome to correct errors and/or comment at the Talk Page. If you add this label to an article, please do not forget to make mention of it on the Main Discussion page for the Timeline.
The eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would not have a direct effect on the region that would become the Veracruz Republic. However, southern Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula - much like every other part of the globe - would suffer greatly by the indirect effects of the Yellowstone eruption, such as refugees and the lack of food for its population. Hours after the eruption of the Yellowstone volcano, the first report of refugees were arriving via boat from the southern United States, who confirmed the eruption of the supervolcano and the ash cloud that was covering the western United States and northern Mexico under a foot of ash and soot.
In response to the confirmation of the eruption of the supervolcano, Governor Miguel Alemán Valdés of Veracruz - the state closest to the Mexican-American border - issued a declaration of martial law and deployed local law enforcement and armed militias to the northern border of the state to control the amount of refugees entering the state. via road and rail. All flights destined for airports within the Veracruz Republic were diverted to the local military base, while all boats were diverted to the Port of Veracruz. He believe, by using these measures, would be the easiest way to control the amount of refugees entering the state. Alemán managed to convince the governors of Puebla, Tlasaca and Oaxaca to conduct similar measures with their borders, thus effective closing off southern Mexico to refugees from the United States and Mexico.
The actions of the governors did not go unnoticed by President Lázaro Cárdenas and his administration. Most of his administration were against the use of the military to forcefully open the borders of the country up, while others believed that Governor Valdés did not have the right to close the border between states. Meanwhile, in the port city of Veracruz, a similar dispute was going on between the state governors of Veracruz, Puebla, Tlaxaca and Oaxaca; this dispute, however, was over the creation of a new nation, which many believed would be the best way to handle both the refugee crisis and the inevitable food crisis.
Secession from Mexico and Annexation of the Yucatan Peninsula
The southern portion of Mexico that will consist of the Veracruz Republic in the future, had begun to receive large amount of refugees from the northern Mexican states and the former United States. Thus, local law enforcement was swamped with refugees, which would lead to Governor Valdez and the governors of the surrounding states to close off their borders, sealing southern Mexico of refugees. However, Governor Valdes wanted full independence from Mexico, since it could not contain the problem. Meeting with representatives from the states that closed the border, the delegates agreed to declare independence from Mexico under the banner of the "Veracruz Republic".