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I'm splitting hairs here but, we have an East Panama, but this Panama is called Western. Should we stick with just the direction or add the -ern? Mitro 04:16, February 18, 2010 (UTC)

If you like :-P. Actually, maybe this is the one that should be moved. "East Panama" and "West Panama" are official names for Colombia's territories, while "Eastern Panama" sounds like it could also encompass the Darien, which is not part of that territory... I'll move this one. Benkarnell 04:29, February 18, 2010 (UTC)

American Spring

I posted months ago that ex-American forces in West Panama might be affected by the "American Spring" movement. The most significant area where Americans participate is the Veraguas state and the city of Santiago. It's something of a warlord state but has a functioning government and so on. The big, empty areas of West Panama have a number of armed factions, many of which are probably American. What's interesting here, though, is that all the Americansi n Panama specifically rejected returning to duty back in the late 80s, when the Exodus to the Virgin Islands took place. Or else they were not able to leave for some reason. Either way, they are few in number, hardened by jungle life, and getting older.

I'm not sure what news of a revived American spirit would do. Some would probably think about leaving, though that would probably be hard to do at this point. People in Veraguas might have the means to get to Costa Rica, and then to the Virgin Islands or even Texas or the West Coast. Some would try to leave, others would not. The Veraguan people themselves might be inspired to seek democratic reforms. Some Americans in the ruling faction would probably agree.

Closer to the Canal Zone, I envision some forces coming together under the US flag and planning increased raids on the Canal. The area of Gatun Lake would be a good spot for this: it's under SAC "control", but often the SAC has to act through intermediaries. Increased guerrilla activity in the area would prompt the SAC to start a major military push in that area. It would have to delay a campaign into East Panama, which had been planned. But once things died down in the West, the SAC would likely waste no time in moving east as well.

Benkarnell 18:17, July 28, 2011 (UTC)

The Veraguas concept sounds very workable, though I have to kind of doubt the Canal part is as reasonable. But, way I figure it, draw it up, and let's have a good look at it. Lordganon 19:45, July 28, 2011 (UTC)

I'm not talking about a massive attack on the Canal Zone, more an intensification of the existing guerrilla activity that is part of everyday life on the borders of the CZ. Which prompts the SAC to finally pull out the big guns in the area, something it hasn't really done yet. Benkarnell 18:29, July 29, 2011 (UTC)
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