What if Latin America United Today?

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Today, the widely-known Latin America is the collective name of a certain group of countries in the Americas, mostly South and Central America, that speak the languages of either Spanish, Portuguese or French. Plans for uniting these slightly similar countries are almost non-existent, mainly due to their conflicting views in things but the idea isn't that insane as it sounds.

What if Latin America did unite today?

Population and Land 

So, to start, the first thing we would need to think about a united Latin America if it reunited today is its population, land and cities.

A total of 20 different countries would lose all or some of their territory to the new union: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Depending on who you ask, part of France (French Guiana) and the United States (Puerto Rico) would also be part of Latin America as both would speak one of the three languages and be located in the area.

As many large countries would be part of the country, Latin America would also have a huge land area, at around 20.111 Million Sq Km (7.765 Million Sq mi), covering more than half of the entire American continent. This would be enough to make it the union by far the largest country in the world, even dwarfing the mammoth Russia (17.098 Million Sq km), in comparison. In addition to this, the union would also be almost double the land area of Canada (9.984 Million Sq km) and more than twice the size of an entire continent, Australia (7.692 Million Sq km).

Unlike Canada, that has a massive land area but a tiny population, a united Latin America would also have a massive population at 610 Million. This would, too, place it very high, becoming the 3rd most populous country in the world, even well ahead of the United States (331 Million) and Indonesia (276 Million), but still quite obviously behind India (1.38 Billion) and China (1.44 Billion).

A united Latin America would also boast some very large cities with lots to show for. One of the most difficult things to predict for the new country would be its capital city, which would be very hard to choose as many different cities within its borders that a worthy. However, in my opinion, Mexico City would probably be the most likely capital as it is essentially the cultural capital of Spanish-speaking Latin America and also would be the largest city, with a big population of 23,000,000. Here would be the rest of the top 10 biggest urban areas in the union:

  1. Mexico City (24,500,000)
  2. Sao Paulo (22,600,000)
  3. Buenos Aires (16,600,000)
  4. Rio de Janeiro (13,300,000)
  5. Lima (11,100,000)
  6. Bogota (10,000,000)
  7. Santiago (7,800,000)
  8. Monterrey (5,600,000)
  9. Guadalajara (5,550,000)
  10. Belo Horizonte (5,050,000)
Land area of a hypothetical united Latin America

Money and Economy

A united Latin America would also have a very large economy, one to rival many different powerful countries. Starting with Nominal GDP, the country would soar above almost every other, at a huge $4.852 Trillion. This would be enough to make it the 4th biggest economy in the world, well ahead of Germany ($4.557 Trillion), India ($3.25 Trillion) and the UK ($3.108 Trillion), but behind Japan ($5.383 Trillion) and China ($18.463 Trillion).

Similar to a few empires and unions I have covered so far, despite having a very large total Nominal GDP, the individual wealth of Latin America's citizens wouldn't be as high as expected, mainly due to having such a huge population. As a result of this, the Nominal GDP Per Capita of the union would stand at $7,954, which, when compared with the world, would be the 104th highest living standards in the world, ahead of Thailand ($7,809) and Dominica ($7,777) but behind the Dominican Republic ($8,942) and Gabon ($8,569).

As well as this, Latin America would also have the largest oil reserves anywhere in the world, located in Venezuela, accounting for about 18% of the whole world's known oil reserves.

Religious and Ethnic Groups

The next thing we would need to think about a united Latin America is its Demographics, specifically the Religious and Ethnic groups in its borders.

Beginning with Religion, Christianity would obviously, and by far, be the most followed religion in the union, with about 89% of the population adhering to the faith, split between 71% Catholics and 18% Protestants. With this many Christians in the union, Latin America would also be the largest Christian country with over 540 million Christians. Indigenous Religions would make up a small 3% while Atheists and other irreligious people would make up the final 8% of the population.

Coming to its Ethnic Groups now, Mestizos - people of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry - would account for the ethnicity of the majority of the population at roughly 64%. Amerindians would make up a further 20%. This would be followed by Asians at 5%, Black at 3%, and White at 2%. The final 6% of the population would be a mix of various other small Ethnic groups prevalent.

Purple = Christianity


Orange = Hinduism


Pink = Indigenous Religions

Prevailing Religions in the rough area of a reunited Latin America on a map

Languages

When coming to the new country's languages, Spanish would be the most spoken language out of the three main languages prevailing in it, at around 61%. Portuguese, with the majority of speakers in the Brazilian part of Latin America, would follow behind, at 30%, being the second most spoken language. French, despite being one of the main languages, would be at only 2.2%. Other tiny languages in the union, such as English and Dutch, would be represented at 1.2% and 0.8% respectively. The final 4.8% of the population would be a mix of various Indigenous languages.

Choosing an official language for Latin America wouldn't be that hard as the three main languages spoken would be Spanish, Portuguese and French so that would probably be the most likely official languages. However, French may be excluded from this due to its small amount of speakers.

Military Power

The last thing we need to think about the union would be its military power, which would definitely be no disappointment at all.

First of all, the manpower of the juggernaut would include a huge 1,513,000 active-duty troops, which would be the 2nd biggest force in the world, dwarfing even the troops of India (1,455,550 troops) and the United States (1,388,100 troops), but still remaining behind China (2,185,000 troops). As well as this, its military would also possess an extra 2,340,000 Reserves troops, bringing its army to a total of 3,853,000 personnel.

The budget to fund this military would also be very large, standing at $34 Billion. This would be the 11th highest budget in the world, larger than Italy ($26.8 Billion) and Australia's ($25.9 Billion) budgets, but behind South Korea ($43.9 Billion) and Japan ($47.7 Billion).

Strengths and Weaknesses - Conclusion

In conclusion, after covering all of the main topics we would need to think about a united Latin America, here are the overall strengths and weaknesses that the new country would have in the real world.

Strengths

Weaknesses

✔️ Big population
✔️ Large Economy
✔️ Huge Military
❌ Quite high crime and violence
❌ A few unstable countries located in it
❌ Slight corruption
If it were to unite today, Latin America would definitely become an extremely powerful nation, probably even a superpower, with the capability of carrying out research and development on Nuclear Weapons, and many more things. Despite this, there would still be many different challenges the union would need to face if it were to carry on this path. One big problem it would have would be who to rule the empire, and in my opinion, the only people capable of handling such a daunting task of ruling a major power would be the Quadruple Alliance themselves! Anyway, here are the voting options for this vote:

Qing Dynasty | Khmer Empire | First French Empire | A united British Commonwealth

That's it for this blog for now. If you have any suggestions you would like me to implement into the series, then please let me know and I will add it to the voting options. Anyway, without further-a-do, thanks for reading and goodbye! :)
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Level 64
Apr 7, 2022
Voting has ended! The request to unite the British Commonwealth has won with 5 votes. Here are the final standings:

A United British Commonwealth | 5 votes | 1st Place

Khmer Empire | 4 votes | 2nd Place

First French Empire | 2 votes | 3rd Place

Qing Dynasty | 0 votes | 4th Place

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Level 65
Mar 30, 2022
First
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Level 56
Mar 30, 2022
Second
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Level 55
Mar 30, 2022
Four-hundred-seventeenth
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Level 65
Mar 30, 2022
Negative-fifth
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Level 38
Mar 30, 2022
Negative-two-hundred-to-the-power-of-9-twentieth
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Level 49
Mar 31, 2022
0 divided by 0th
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Level 41
Apr 1, 2022
πth
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Level 65
Apr 1, 2022
∞...th

Also now that everyone's voting, I'll be going for the Commonwealth!

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Level 64
Apr 1, 2022
0th place
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Level 65
Apr 3, 2022
Say BGG, what value of x in ∞x will give the answer as 0?
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Level 64
Apr 3, 2022
Oh I meant ∞ times by 0, giving the answer of 0 ;)
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Level 65
Apr 3, 2022
Well, no. The question has x as the power to infinity. Rephrasing the question, infinity raised to the power of what will give 0 as an answer? Think about it, it's easy ;)
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Level 64
Apr 3, 2022
In that case, you're right. You win, Aficionado :)
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Level 65
Apr 4, 2022
Well, the answer is -1 actually. ∞-1 = 1/∞ = 0
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Level 64
Apr 19, 2022
I don't think anyone can beat you on how good your Maths knowledge is Afc lol.
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Level 56
Mar 30, 2022
I think I’ll vote for the Khmer Empire
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Level 64
Apr 1, 2022
I'll add that to the polls :)
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Level 38
Mar 30, 2022
Finally! Actually, some data of population are wrong. Metro area of BH reached the 6 million people in 2019, according to citypopulation.de, MacroTrends, and other sources! So, some other cities may also be wrong.

I thought on two new strengths and weaknesses. A strength would be the economical potential generated by tourism, and a weakness would be a large territory, hard to govern.

Voting for Commonwealth!

You know what we’re gonna say...

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Level 56
Mar 30, 2022
If going by cp.de, Bogota’s also at the ten million mark.
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Level 60
Mar 31, 2022
And Monterrey has more people than Guadalajara (according to cp.de)
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Level 64
Apr 1, 2022
Thanks for letting me know :)

I think I might have some slightly outdated statistics. I'll try to update it as quick as possible :)

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Level 65
Mar 30, 2022
FFE
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Level 64
Apr 1, 2022
I'll add your vote to the polls :)
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Level 58
Mar 30, 2022
Great Quiz! FFE for the second time.
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Level 64
Apr 1, 2022
Thanks, but don't you mean blog lol? I'll add your vote to the polls :)
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Level 38
Mar 31, 2022
Huh... Latin America is only mine.
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Level 60
Mar 31, 2022
I'll vote for the commonwealth. Great blog too!
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Level 64
Apr 1, 2022
Thanks, Geopro! I'll add your vote :)
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Level 62
Apr 1, 2022
Brilliantly done again! I'll vote for the United Commonwealth obviously
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Level 64
Apr 1, 2022
Thanks! I'll add your vote to the polls lol.
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Level 54
Apr 1, 2022
Great blog! My vote goes to Khmer empire.
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Level 64
Apr 1, 2022
Thanks! I'll add your vote to the polls :)
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Level 65
Apr 1, 2022
Amazing blog! Something similar will happen in our upcoming collab lol im going to keep leaving hints about our collab in your next few blogs lol

But would Quebec be added? And would they be pro-US or pro-east? I feel like Russia and China would help them a lot to have a strong American ally. And if that happens then America might be doomed, so America could either stop the union from happening or help them even more than China. I think the latter is more likely, and if so it could either start a civil war and start the next cold war, or Latin America would end up as a neutral nation friendly with both Russia and US like India thats what my next video is about

Anyway, Khmer again lol

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Level 64
Apr 1, 2022
Thanks, Thread! I haven't had much time to be on JetPunk now due to the very busy past few days of me in France lol. But I'll try to be slightly more online now :)
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Level 65
Apr 3, 2022
Haha India is perhaps the only country friends with both Russia and the US. Our friendship with Russia is older though. Back in the times of the Cold War, the US sided with Pakistan and India with the Soviet Union. Later, America dumped Pakistan and became cool with India, mainly because of China.

Even now, a lot of Indians are supporting Russia. May our friendship last long and ongoing wars come to stop without affecting it. :)

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Level 64
Apr 3, 2022
Wow, I've never known that. That's quite interesting :)
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Level 65
Apr 3, 2022
Yes, that's my video in a nutshell lol.
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Level 53
Apr 2, 2022
Khmer Empire
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Level 64
Apr 2, 2022
I’ll add that to the polls :)
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Level 53
Apr 4, 2022
Great blog! My vote goes to the Khmer empire. Also, there can be a truckload of disadvantages with having a large population, and those problems only increase when the area is large. With such a large area and an unusually high crime rate, don’t you think something would be bound to happen eventually? I mean, the military can be large, but external conflicts as well as internal might give them a challenge. I’m not saying a large population on its own is bad, I’m just saying that given the scenario and the circumstances involved, I think that a large population could go both ways.
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Level 64
Apr 5, 2022
Thanks, Skittles! You have a very good point, actually. What I was thinking when I put large population in its strength was that there would be a large workforce and generally just more people to keep the country going.

Sorry lol, you just missed the voting by a day.

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Level 65
Apr 5, 2022
it's shocking how we have never had a tie in the history of bgg
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Level 64
Apr 5, 2022
If skittles had been just a day earlier, we would have had the first tie ever lol
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Level 26
Apr 5, 2022
I remember suggesting this idea to you, thanks for adding it. Since I can't vote anymore, I'll wait for the next one.
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Level 64
Apr 5, 2022
Yes, thanks for suggesting it and it was my pleasure to make the blog lol :)