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[ profile] lone_cat asked for more information about the plebiscite that transferred sovereignty over the Falkland Islands from Britain to Argentina. I am putting it into a separate post due to the presence of secret history and possible triggery content.

What the History Books Say (the public history)

World War II marks the earliest point at which “official” Terramagne global history diverges from ours. Whammy Lass ("A SPOON in Every Pot") became the first person to publicly assert superherodom. The consequences of her activities on behalf of the Allies, and later in the cause of world peace, changed the pace and results of many movements in Terramagne.

One result was that the T-United Nations became a functional international governing body, with the global focus primarily on positive goals that people agree on pursuing, and dangerous situations that people agree need to be stopped. No official record exists, but there is general consensus among historians of the era that a number of private sessions involving UN officials and Whammy Lass led to the the UN's evolution into an organization that could take effective action and provide support for nations wishing to participate in its initiatives.

A major UN initiative, spurred by recognition of its significant contribution to the outbreak of World War II, was to promote the renunciation of colonialist attitudes and encourage colonial powers to devise procedures by which their colonies could gain independence. Britain, encouraged by the generally peaceful transition to independence in India, wound up taking the global lead in this area. Converting processes that had already been used in the foundation of the Commonwealth of Nations, the representatives of the Crown in British possessions were charged with establishing institutions that would allow self-rule and not be totally outside the experiences of the local population. A region that could demonstrate that they were able to establish and maintain a government was granted the opportunity to schedule a plebiscite on their self-determination, voting whether to remain aligned with Britain as a member of the Commonwealth, affiliate with another nation, or become independent.

Around the same time, Argentina, which had a significant concentration of Nazi researchers and scientists who had emigrated after World War II, became one of the earliest focuses of overt soup activity. As superpower manifestation became more common with the increasing postwar releases of environmental toxins and radioactive substances, organizations intent on developing a Master Race of soups, and providing their members with gizmology and super-gizmology to further those aims, became more prevalent. Activites undertaken by those organizations often led to conflict and combat within and between them.

Some of this conflict spilled over into public spaces. Although the Argentine government was able to largely suppress or conceal general worldwide knowledge of the nature of the conflicts, investigation by other governments with Argentine diplomatic relations uncovered their origin, and pressure on the Argentinian government to resolve the problems caused by their Nazi infestation began to increase.

Shortly thereafter, despite no overt talks having been scheduled, the Falkland Islands, which had not yet petitioned for a plebiscite, were scheduled by Britain to hold one in early 1953. Despite having been thought loyal to the Crown, the final vote was nearly three to one in favor of affiliating with Argentina, which subsequently gained sovereignty over the islands and restored the name Islas Malvinas by which they had earlier been known. The local population was allowed to retain their British citizenship, and granted work permits for the Malvinas in perpetuity for themselves and their descendants. The British naval base remained active and British territory; the rest of the islands became Argentine land.

What the History Books Don't Say (the secret history)

In 1952, Britain, which had just conducted its first nuclear tests, was becoming more and more concerned about the increasing worldwide incidence of soups. One of their greatest concerns regarded Nazi soup activity in Argentina. The existence of superpowers meant that surprise attacks on the British Isles by revenge-driven Nazi soups represented a credible threat. In response, the British diplomatic mission informed the Argentine government that if they were unable to formulate effective actions to deal with their rogue Nazis, the British armed forces would act unilaterally in Argentina “in Defence of the Realm”, up to and including deploying their new nuclear toys if necessary. (“We just lost a couple million people and billions of pounds of property to these bastards. We're not going to let it happen again. If you can't clean up your own mess, we'll do it for you – and sock you with the bill afterwards.”) This led to a secret meeting between Argentine president Juan Perón and Winston Churchill, then in his second stint as Prime Minister.

Brokered by Kraken operatives in the various diplomatic missions (a British undersecretary of foreign affairs, an Argentinian deputy minister of soup relations, and a handful of aides), the two government leaders met to work out methods by which the unwelcome activity might be contained and controlled. Perón stated that he would love to have a secure facility for holding soups that needed to be put away, but that any place on the mainland would be too subject to assaults aimed at retaliation or repatriation. He offered to build a “detention facility” on the Falklands, but stated that he wouldn't be able to do that while they were British territory. He asked if there were circumstances where the British government would be willing to relinquish sovereignty in exchange for Argentina taking a more active role in hunting and apprehending supervillains. The resulting deal was that Argentina and Britain would share knowledge about how to manage soup confinement, and Britain would get to keep their naval base (but keep the nukes off it, lest they become attractive targets for some of the prisoners) as an essential component of maintaining the Royal Navy's presence in the South Atlantic; the thought was that having two military bases and a prison for soups on the island would make it a less attractive place for soups to set up on or start fights. Plus, being out in the middle of nowhere would make it harder to sneak up on.

The plebiscite was rigged. Representatives of the Crown went all over the islands, explaining that they were going to have Nazi soups on them, like it or not. Their choices were to transfer sovereignty to Argentina, which would keep them in a shiny new prison under a lot of attention (and provide some nice jobs for those who weren't interested in sheep ranching), or have them running around loose, trying to conquer the world and destroy everyone and everything in their way (including the sheep), while the armed forces of two nations were enthusiastically trying to prevent that with all the weapons at their disposal. The eventual three-to-one margin was actually an indication that even that message was a tough sell; an uninfluenced election would probably have gone about 90% the other way.
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