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with the Mexican President's decision to halt all payments on foreign
debts until the Mexican economy improved, a coalition of European
Powers that included the French Empire, Spain and Great Britain
agreed to send an expeditionary corps to capture the main port of
Vera Cruz and hold it until debt payments were restored. The British
and Spanish monarchs did not reckon with the ambitions of Napoleon
III, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte and Emperor of the French. The
wily Napoleon III schemed to conquer Mexico and set up a puppet
regime that would bleed Mexico of its treasures to finance a resurgent
III picked an obscure Austrian archduke named Maximilian to be his
cat's-paw and supported the effort with thousands of French troops.
Even though there was some local support in Mexico for the return
to a monarchy, most of the country remained loyal to the elected
president, Benito Juarez and the French spent huge amounts of treasure
and blood to try to put down the Republican Forces.
From 1862 through
1866, Napoleon III and his puppet Maximilian attempted to forge
a Mexican Empire, but after the United States won its Civil War,
the threat of an invasion from the North and growing concerns about
the ascendancy of the Prussian military in Europe forced Napoleon
to withdraw his army from Mexico. The remaining troops loyal to
Maximilian were not enough to stop the growing Republican army,
and Maximilian was captured and executed in 1867.
you, as the French/Imperial Mexican player succeed where Napoleon
III failed and pacify a hostile land? You have some of the finest
units in the French army, including the famed Foreign Legion, volunteers
from Austria, Belgium and Egypt, and a growing army of loyal Mexicans
at your disposal. Or, as the Republican Player, can you outwit the
powerful French army and restore Mexico to its rightful ruler, Benito
Cactus Throne and issue #15 of ATO
Maps - One full color 22"x34" mapsheet
Counters - 320 full color 1/2" die-cut pieces
Rules length - 10 pages
Charts and tables - 2 pages
Complexity - Medium
Solitaire suitability - Average
Playing time - Up to 6 hours
- Andy Nunez
Development - Paul Rohrbaugh
Graphic Design - Craig Grando
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