The Iberian Bloc was announced in December 1942 by the leaders of Spain and Portugal. The two states had similar governments and, after the withdrawal of Great Britain from the war with Germany, a similar international alignment. Several pro-Axis Latin American nations joined the Bloc in the late 1940s. The newest member is Bolivia, which joined in 1970.
All member states share a similar ideology based upon their nations' common religious (Roman Catholic), political (authoritarian), social (hierarchical) and racial (Iberian or more broadly European) heritage.
The importance of a natural governing elite, and in particular the racial character of that elite is emphasised in all member states. In each state or empire, a European elite rules over various non-European populations: Berbers, Mestizos, Hindustanis, Arabs, Amerindians, Malays, Mulattos and African and Melanesian Blacks.
Members of the Iberian BlocEdit
- Spain: founder member, December 1942, under the Nationalist regime of Generalissimo Francisco Franco y Bahamonde
- Portugal: founder member, December 1942, under the New State regime of Prime Minister Antonio de Oliveira Salazar de Correa
- Brazil: joined 1945 under the New State regime of President Getulio Dornelles Vargas
- Argentina: joined 1945 under the military regime of General Pedro Pablo Ramirez
- Chile: joined 1945 under the National Socialist regime of General Carlos Ibañez del Campo
- Paraguay: joined 1948 under the Colorado regime of General Alfredo Stroessner Matiauda
- Uruguay: joined 1948 under the Colorado regime of President Pedro Alberto Demicheli Lizaso
- Bolivia: joined 1970 under the miltary regime of General Hugo Banzer Suarez