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San Theodoros

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San Theodoros is a fictional Central American country in The Adventures of Tintin. It is a satirical version of a Latin American banana republic country under the yoke of military government.

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The Spanish invaders founded the city of "Our Lady of Las Dopicos" in 1539, which was actually near Tenuzco, the capital of the Pazteca empire. In the series, the capital had two spelling variations: Los Dopicos and Las Dopicos.

San Theodoros apparently became independent around the early 1830s as a result of the unstated actions of General José Olivaro, possibly similar to those of Simón Bolívar or José de San Martín. Endless rebellions after Olivaro in the 1840s until 1930s made San Theodoros have the most number of presidents in history.

During the The Broken Ear, San Theodoros and its hostile neighbor Nuevo Rico go to war over the area of Gran Chapo (grand chapeau, "Big Hat") in 1937 – an allusion to the Chaco War fought by Bolivia and Paraguay over Gran Chaco from 1932-1935. It was thought that the area was custodian of large oil reserves, so a war sparked in the area. The Chapo War was short, lasting only a few weeks, resulting in a stalemate. It is eventually revealed that the notion of the presence of oil in the area was null.

Military coups and counter-coups of Generals Tapioca and Alcazar have followed each other with regularity – and soldiers switch sides every time. In fact, revolution seems like a tradition in San Theodoros, as evidenced in Tintin and the Picaros, where it is said that mass executions after a revolution by firing squads is a tradition. A San Theodoran firing squad consists of six soldiers.

In The Red Sea Sharks, General Alcazar is seen in exile, having been deposed again by his rival in 1958. Alcazar is now negotiating for arms sales by this time.

The latest information about the country is from 1976 when General Alcazar, now supported by the International Banana Company, for the last time ousted General Tapioca during a carnival in an unusually bloodless coup. His guerillas, collectively known as the Los Picaros, wore carnival outfits during the operation. Tintin and his associates had their minor part in the proceedings, although Tintin concocted the plan, and insisted that there be no bloodshed. After the coup General Alcazar renamed the capital from Tapiocapolis to Alcazarpolis after himself.

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