| Cuba |
|Leader||Unknown (probably Raoul Castro)|
Cuba, officially called the Republic of Cuba, is an island country located in the Caribbean, sharing maritime borders with the United States of America, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. It is currently led by a communist government and is one of the countries without diplomatic relations with the U.S. The United States has a military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, which is operated by the U.S. Navy.
Several Cubans tried to find refuge in the United States, often swimming and sailing the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida. Most have succumbed to diseases, storms, and shark attacks or have been apprehended and detained by the United States Coast Guard.
In 1898, USS Maine exploded in Havana, which led to the Spanish-American War. The United States intervened during Cuba's War of Independence against Spain.
During the 1930s, under the rule of Fulgencio Batista, Cuba developed closed relations with the United States. However, under Batista, an armed conflict erupted between Bastista loyalists, supported by the U.S., and communist rebels lead by Fidel Castro. The Batista government was desposed in 1959. In 1961, the Cuban nationalist rebels, backed by the CIA, invaded Cuba to topple Fidel Castro, but due to the lack of air support, the invasion fails, and relations between the two countries deteriorated. A year later, in 1962, Cuba was the site of the Cuban Missile Crisis, where the United States imposed a naval blockade of the island nation following the reports of Soviet nuclear weapons being hidden there. The world was closer to a nuclear war, but was thankfully averted after 13 days of tough negotiation. The Soviet Union pulled out their missiles from Cuba while the United States pulled out theirs from Italy and Turkey.
Fidel Castro resigned in February 2008, ending his nearly 50-year rule. His brother, Raul Castro, succeeded him as the President of Cuba.
It is highly likely that Cuba developed close relations with the Greater Korean Republic, as Cuba sells and exports weapons to North Korea. It may be one of the countries that stood alongside the GKR's invasion of the United States, alongside with Iran and Venezuela, due to its problematic relations with its northern neighbor. Furthermore, Cuba may have sent observers, advisors and interrogators to the occupied states, as they did during the Vietnam War. It is unknown what has happened to the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, whether America pulled out it ships to protect the East Coast or if it has fallen back to Cuban hands.
- In our timeline, December 17, 2014; the United States and Cuba moved to resume diplomatic relations after the prisoner exchange of U.S. aid worker Alan Gross and three members of the Cuban Five.