Latin Trade Collective
Formed by the countries of South and Central America in 2017, the Latin Trade Collective (LTC) comprises the countries of Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Throughout its history, the Latin Trade Collective has stood as a bastion of democracy, fighting the logic of corporate governance in favor of populism and socialism. It opposed the formation of the New German Republic and Judicial Authority and multinational corporations.
In 2019, the LTC joined the United Nations Security Council.
In 2031, the LTC announced plans to set up a Utopian free state in the upper Amazon Basin. Plans for a large enclosed area are announced, a series of connected domes similar to the Avia I project, but on a much larger scale.
In 2065, the LTC, in a sudden move, began to close off its borders to outside corporate influences, allowing only national and international corporations based in Latin American nations to hold purchase in member nations. Many of the trans-nationals react aggressively, sending military forces against member states of the LTC. After a series of armed conflicts, the LTC agreed to set up corporate enclaves within member nations. The enclaves will act as autonomous city states within the LTC, paying taxes, duties, and tariffs to member nations in exchange for the rights to be within the LTC sphere of influence. Only one member of the LTC disagrees with this plan, Brazil, and they move to expel all non-Brazilian corporations against LTC mandates.
In 2079, after nearly a year of investigation, the United Nations found that certain member nations of the LTC were using people in the lowest levels of economic poverty as testing subjects for genetic augmentation programs. The world reacted violently, demanding that the augmented humans be either terminated or incarcerated. A purging happened throughout the LTC, which leads to the United Nations opening discussions on the Clone Treaties once again, seeking amendments for people unwillingly tested upon. Because of its close proximity to member states of the LTC, Withmore City was flooded with refugees from the purging. Hundreds of thousands of people moved to Withmore within a few months.