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Uberworld Countries: South America

The Uberworld is a large and complicated setting, covering the seven continents of Earth, the oceans and even places beyond the planet and solar system, through time and alternate dimensions. These pages document the current situation in the various countries of Uberworld, including the incidence of ubers, position in global politics and interesting story hooks.

As a general rule, uberhumans occur once for every million people, although others factors may influence that ratio.

Key:

*

not an uber (other source of powers)  

( )

active in country, but not born there

Map from Perry-Casteneda University of Texas collection

Argentina (Argentine Republic; Republica Argentina)
Capital Buenos Aires Population 39,538,000
Language Spanish GDP per Capita $12,400
Known Ubers Abel, Cain*,Hit, Run
Information Since the end of the Peron dictatorship and the juntas, Argentina has been relatively stable. While the country's economy is marred by inflation, external debt, and budget shortfalls, Argentina enjoys a strong labor force, rich natural resources, a diverse industrial base, and good infrastructure.

Since the Falklands War in 1982, Argentina has had little in the way of outright conflict. Still, it carries border disbutes with Chile in Antarctica, and with the U.K. in both Antarctica and the Falklands. A nexus of criminal activities at the Tri-Border area with Brazil and Paraguay is primarily due to illicit drug and arms smuggling, money laundering, and fundraising for extremist groups.

The team of Hit and Run are considered bandits by Argentine law enforcement as well as that of other countries in the Americas. In the barrios of Argentina, they are often charitable and considered Robin Hood-like heroes. A gang of vampires has been terrorizing Buenos Aires nights, their leader is known as Cain. The superhero, Abel, often tries to counter the vampires, but also spends much of his time working as part of the international detective agency, Reddy, Willing, and Abel.

Bolivia (Republic of Bolivia; Republica de Bolivia )
Capital La Paz Population 8,858,000
Language Spanish, Quechua, Aymara GDP per Capita $2,600
Known Ubers Saeta Rojo, Vinchuca
Information Despite having great wealth in mineral and hydrocarbon resources, one of the major exports of this impoverished country is cocaine. After severe protests against the pro-foreign investment policies of the former government, the current government, proclaiming itself to be a guardian of the common worker has set itself to change the socio-economic incongruities. Natural gas and petroleum companies have been partially nationalized.

Still much remains to be seen regarding the new regime's aggressive agenda. Attempts to eliminate cocaine production has met with protests as many of the farmers depend on it as their livelihood. While the general economy has grown, corruption still stands as a major barrier.

La Paz serves as the local headquarters of the International House of Crime and its South American operative, Vinchuca. It is also the original playground for the superthief, Saeta Rojo. Both are on the government's top ten most wanted. No superhero team calls Bolivia home, but the Southern Knights have occasionally helped with big threats.

Brazil (Federative Republic of Brazil; Republica Federativa do Brasil)
Capital Brasilia Population 186,112,000
Language Portuguese GDP per Capita $8,100
Known Ubers Anaconda, (Carvao), Destino, Embrace, Esperança, Mister Bug, Omen, Robber Bride, (Sartorial)*, Southern Cross*, (Vento Escura)
Information Brazil is the largest nation of South America in size, economy, and population. With a diversified economy, this country exports and imports with most of the world. It is rich in a wide variety of natural resources, much of which is under development in the interior.

Several of its borders with neighboring nations are still being negotiated. It is in these regions where many illicit activities occur including narcotics trafficking, illegal weapons distribution, and funding for extremist organizations.

The city of Rio de Janeiro suffered substantially from superhuman activity, being destroyed during a battle between Professor Quake and an ancient god. Hence politicians and law enforcement officials are wary of and like to keep a close eye on paranormal activities within the country. Several powerful superhuman groups have been known to operate in Brazil including the Southern Knights, Southern Cross International, Gauntlet, and the more mysterious Emerald Crane.

Chile (Republic of Chile; Republica de Chile)
Capital Santiago Population 15,981,000
Language Spanish GDP per Capita $30,700
Known Ubers Jinx, La Espada, Perro Nino, Tormenta, Tupungato
Information Since the early 1970s Chile has been a stable and economically progressive nation. The early development took place under the Pinochet dictatorship, and continued under democratic rule.

This nation has highly varied terrain including the high Andes range, low coastal mountains, and a productive central valley. The climate ranges from warm in the north to Mediterranean to cold in the south. Abundant natural resources, diversified industry, and stable government have provided for good general growth. Exports and imports also have diverse partners in South and North America as well as East Asia.

The uberhuman group known as Junta is based in Chile. The Chilean government as well as many other South American goverments are actively searching for this group of uberhuman supremacists who have shown a highly destructive and disruptive tendency. Currently other goverments do not feel the threat to be very strong, but S.A.G.E. has been keeping a close eye on the group.

Colombia (Republic of Colombia; Republica de Colombia)
Capital Bogotá Population 42,954,000
Language Spanish GDP per Capita $6,600
Known Ubers Arma Anaranjado*, Doctrine*, Ladrillo Rojo, Veneno de la Arana, Viridian*
Information It is surprising that Colombia's economy is strengthening. This is largely due to better government budgeting, financial reform, and coffee exports.

Continually plagued by problems stemming from the drug cartels, this country is strewn with violence. Terrorist groups, drug cartels, and paramilitaries vie for control of rural territory and the drug trade. The government has recently been stepping up military activities against all of these. Currently, the tide is in the favor of the cartels who have recruited a trio of superhumans, Tres Gamberros: Ladrillo Rojo, Veneno de la Arana, and Arma Anaranjado. However, the superheroine known as Viridian, a close friend of the New Men, has begun to dramatically cut down the crime around Bogota.

Ecuador (Republic of Ecuador; Republica del Ecuador)
Capital Quito Population 13,364,000
Language Spanish, Quechua GDP per Capita $3,700
Known Ubers Earthquake Twins, Ocelot
Information Ecuador is one of the longest lived democracies in South America. While there are tensions between various factions, these tensions are manifested as public protests rather than civil war. Internationally, the major problems arise from the northern neighbor, Columbia. The spillover effect of druglord operations often extend narcotics production and trafficking through the northern portion of this country; refugees from Columbia also result.

Because a large proportion of the economy is dependent upon oil production, the country has, in the past been prone to difficulties due to oil price fluctuations. While there have been attempts to reduce this dependence, the primary stabilizing element is the replacement of the sucre with the US dollar.

Incursions by Colombian druglords including those that employ uberhumans are the primary paranormal concern in Ecuador. Secondarily, the uberthief, Ocelot, has stolen a high amount of cash, primarily from mining and manufacturing companies. She is wanted for grand theft as well as corruption of minors (the Earthquake Twins).

Guyana (Co-operative Republic of Guyana)
Capital Georgetown Population 765,000
Language English GDP per Capita $3,800
Known Ubers Ghatotkacha
Information A small nation on the Carribean coast of South America, Guyana is most well known for the Jonestown cult of the Peoples Temple and the mass suicide. A long time British plantation colony, African slaves (emancipated in the mid-19th century) and Indian indentured servants were used as unskilled labor. Ethnic divisions still persist and provide some degree of political conflict.

Heavily dependent upon the sugar agriculture and bauxite mining industries, this country has recently been rebounding from a depression. In addition to susceptibility to international commodities markets, Guyana is also plagued with poor infrastructure and a shortage of skilled labor.

Guyana has a black market for money laundering and narcotics transshipment. While it has some minor border issues, its major international dispute is with India. Since the Indian conquest of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, Guyana has become a haven and organizing area for dissidents from these areas. The West Asian Resistance (WAR) Movement has a strong and growing membership in Guyana led by Geedar the Jackal. While Geedar was missing, Aaditya Kandappan (also known as Ghatotkacha) led the group and transformed the WAR Movement into a terrorist group with a penchant for commiting crimes to finance its operations.

Paraguay (Republic of Paraguay; Republica del Paraguay)
Capital Asuncion Population 6,348,000
Language Spanish, Guarani GDP per Capita $4,800
Known Ubers None
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Peru (Republic of Peru; Republica del Peru)
Capital Lima Population 27,925,000
Language Spanish, Quechua GDP per Capita $5,600
Known Ubers El Nino
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Suriname (Republic of Suriname; Republeik Suriname)
Capital Paramaribo Population 438,000
Language Dutch, English, Surinamese (Taki-Taki) GDP per Capita $4,300
Known Ubers None
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Uruguay (Oriental Republic of Uruguay; Republica Oriental del Uruguay)
Capital Montevideo Population 3,416,000
Language Spanish GDP per Capita $14,500
Known Ubers None
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Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of Veneuela; Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela)
Capital Caracas Population 25,375,000
Language Spanish GDP per Capita $5,800
Known Ubers None
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Source: CIA World Factbook