Augusto Cabañeras Gutiérrez
Augusto Ramón Cabañeras Gutiérrez (born 21 January 1959) is a Creeperian military figure and politician who is the incumbent Minister of Defense and Minister of Intelligence of Creeperopolis. He is the active Chief Field Marshal of the Creeperian Army and effectively is the commander of the Creeperian Armed Forces, wielding massive influence over Creeperian military affairs.
Cabañeras Gutiérrez was automatically promoted to the rank of Chief Field Marshal and appointed to the offices of Minister of Defense and Minister of Intelligence upon the death of his father, Emmanuel Cabañeras Videla, in 2002. He amassed significant power and influence in Creeperopolis following a military coup d'état on 18 June 2003 that overthrew the totalitarian government of Alfonso VI. The coup d'état allowed for the current reigning monarch, Alexander II, to rise to the Imperial throne. Cabañeras Gutiérrez persecuted supporters of Alfonso VI and political and military critics following the coup, resulting in the executions of from 5,200 to 8,200 people, the internment of as many as 80,000 people and the torture of tens of thousands from 2003 to 2004. He became the second most powerful person in Creeperopolis, after the Emperor, following the coup, but he effectively controls most aspects of Creeperian politics and the Creeperian government making him de facto Creeperopolis' most powerful person.
Under the influence of the free market-capitalistic ideology, Cabañeras Gutiérrez aided in government implementation of economic liberalization, including currency stabilization, removing tariff protections for local industry, banning trade unions, and privatizing social security and hundreds of state-owned enterprises, which were nationalized by the three previous Emperors. These policies produced high economic growth leading to a period of economic revival popularly known as the Miracle of Creeperopolis. The Creeperian economy rapidly increased from 16 trillion colóns, the equivalent of two trillion Quebecshirite credits, to almost 96 trillion colóns, or twelve trillion credits, by 2020. His fortune has grown considerably during his years in power, amassing over 400 billion colóns, allegedly through embezzlement, money laundering, and engaging in the black market. He is claimed to be the most corrupt public and military official in Creeperopolis.
Cabañeras Gutiérrez is accused of inciting and continuing ethnic violence in Creeperopolis and initiating a genocide against the Deltinian population in southern Creeperopolis. Since Cabañeras Gutiérrez assumed office, Creeperopolis has frequently been called a "war crimes state" or "totalitarian anarchy" by domestic and foreign critics.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Rise to Power
- 3 Current Power
- 4 Ideology and Public Image
- 5 Orders and Decorations
- 6 Gallery
- 7 See Also
Augusto Ramón Cabañeras Gutiérrez was born in San Salvador, San Salvador, on 21 January 1959. He was the eldest son of Emmanuel Cabañeras Videla and Lila Gutiérrez Martí. He is the grandson of Alfonso Cabañeras Moreno, the then incumbent Minister of Defense of Creeperopolis. After attending primary and secondary school, Cabañeras Gutiérrez entered the Academia de Guerra Creeperiano en San Salvador, Creeperopolis' most prestigious military academy, in 1977. In 1981, after four years in the military academy of San Salvador, he graduated with the rank of Brigadier and entered the Creeperian Army. He graduated with such a high rank due to rampant nepotism and corruption in the Creeperian Army as he was the son of the incumbent Minister of Defense.
Cabañeras Gutiérrez was assigned to the I Creeperian Army Corps in 1982. Two years later, in 1984, he was promoted to General Teniente and commanded the Black Division. On January 30, 1983, Cabañeras Gutiérrez married Lucía Alonzo Rodríguez, with whom he had five children. In 1993, Cabañeras Gutiérrez had been promoted General and gained command of the 1st Army.
In January 1998, Cabañeras Gutiérrez was promoted to Mariscal de Campo and commanded the I Creeperian Army Corps after Venancio López Requena announced his retirement. On October 16, 1999, Alfonso VI became Emperor of Creeperopolis and instated a totalitarian regime. In an attempt to eliminate any possible rivals, Alfonso VI had Emmanuel Cabañeras Videla assassinated on October 19, 2002. As a result, Augusto Cabañeras Gutiérrez became the Minister of Defense of Creeperopolis, Chief of the DINA, and was promoted to Jefe Mariscal de Campo. Alfonso VI trusted Cabañeras Gutiérrez to be loyal to his regime, but Cabañeras Gutiérrez and the Armed Forces would depose Alfonso VI.
Rise to Power
Assignment as Minister of Defense
Following the assassination of his father, Cabañeras Gutiérrez became Minister of Defense.
Planning the Coup
Beginning in February 2003, Cabañeras Gutiérrez, José Guerrero López, Chief Admiral, and Felipe Cambeiro Cavallería, the Chief General, began meeting in secret to discuss a possible plot to overthrow the regime. The three knew that there were three major problems standing in the way of a successful coup. The first was the Imperial Guard, but it was regarded as a non-factor in the end as they know that a coup against the Imperial Guard is possible as it has been accomplished multiple times (ie. 1555 Creeperian coup d'état, Monarch's Revolution, Revolution of 1833, etc.).
The second major problem the conspiracy faced was the reaction of the State of the Church and the Pope, at the time Juan Pablo II. The three did not want to lose the trust and support of the Creeperian Catholic Church as the body has a massive influence over Creeperian culture and society in general. Upsetting the Church was an easy way to lose faith with the people and possibly put the conspirators at risk of being overthrown themselves or beginning a second civil war. Creeperopolis was already unstable enough as it was at the time and the three did not want to make the situation worse.
The third, and probably the greatest threat to the plot, was the people of Creeperopolis. The three men had no idea how the Creeperian people would react to the overthrow of their government. The three believed the regime to be unpopular, but there was no real way to find out at the time. They, however, knew how to gain the support of the people.
The three approached the eldest son of Alfonso VI, Grand Prince Alexander Martínez Hernández, and asked him if he wished to join in on the plot to depose his father. After a large bribe and promises of power, Alexander Martínez Hernández joined aboard the plot.
With the likely approval of the people secured, the comspirators needed the approval of the Church. The three approached Juan Pablo II and pleaded their case against Alfonso VI. They presented evidence of totalitarianism and used evidence of their own war crimes, but labeled as the crimes of the regime itself, as evidence against Alfonso VI. After a month of appeals and persuasion, the conspiracy recieved the support of the Church in late May 2003.
With all the support they need, each commander spoke to their respective soldiers to recruit them to the coup. After the military itself was brought onboard, a date was scheduled: June 18, 2003, would be the day the Creeperian Armed Forces overthrow the government of the Holy Traditionalist Empire of Creeperopolis.
The coup to topple the totalitarian regime of Alfonso VI began on the command of Augusto Cabañeras Gutiérrez at 9:11am, San Salvador Time (SST), on June 18, 2003. The coup started with the I and II Creeperian Army Corps moving into positions to surround the city of San Salvador to prevent Alfonso VI escaping via land, followed by the III and the IX Creeperian Army Corps setting up offensive positions in the city near the San Salvador Imperial Palace. The VII Creeperian Army Corps was stationed at the Alfonso I Martínez International Airport. The División Negra, the elite of the Creeperian Army, was ordered to surround the Imperial Palace and to prepare for a storming of the Palace.
The III Creeperian Army Corps was ordered to begin the artillery shelling of the Imperial Palace at 9:58am. At 10:00am, the Army siezed a radio station in San Salvador and sent a broadcast to the nation saying:
"Do not fear faithful Creeperans. This is not a malicious nor foreign nor [Senvarian] takeover of the Fatherland or toppling of the government. Instead, the Armed Forces of the [Creeperian] Fatherland and the [Creeperian Catholic] Church have witnessed the totalitarianism of the regime of Alfonso VI. Under the guide of the Lord God, we are removing this wicked government from power and are installing a truthful, honest, and benevolent government, a new Emperor on the Imperial throne from the line of Martínez. Long live Creeperopolis! Long live the Fatherland! Long live God!"
The Army was then ordered to storm the Palace and to offer no quarter to the Imperial Guards who have "betrayed the Fatherland" (after the Air Force and artillery completed bombing the Palace). The guards were ruthlessly massacred by the Army, with an estimated 300 guards being slaughtered.
During Alfonso VI's regime, he installed many cronies and loyalists into positions of power. As Chief of the DINA, Cabañeras Gutiérrez used his powers in the secret police to arrest more than 80,000 people, with 5,200 to 8,200 being executed, and tens of thousands more being tortured.
When the Initiative of Creeperopolis found out about the coup as it started, the leadership condemned the coup, as the leadership of the Initiative was full of Alfonso VI loyalists.
After the coup, Initiative leadership was purged and restaffed with loyalists and supporters of Alexander II.
The purge was the largest purge in Creeperian history.
Following the coup and the rise of Alexander II to the Imperial throne, Cabañeras Gutiérrez retained his positions and gained considerable power.
He gained de facto control of the nation's internal affairs and had unchecked power. Under his orders, the Creeperian Army used brutality and war crimes to intimidate their opponents in the Creeperian Conflicts. The Army was also tasked to quash any opposition and protest to the coup or the rise of Alexander II. Under is orders, 80,000 people were arrested to being Alfonso VI loyalists and/or supporters, with 5,200 to 8,200 of them being executed and tens of thousands more being tortured.
In December 2019 and January 2020, Cabañeras Gutiérrez ordered his soldiers to commit genocide against the Deltinians in the Deltinian Insurgency against the self-declared Emirate of Deltino, Deltinian Liberation Army, and Deltinian Peoples' Defense Militia.
Cabañeras Gutiérrez is the third richest person in Creeperopolis valued at around 400 billion colóns. He is only beaten by Ramón Cambeiro Muñoz, CEO of the Unión Pacífico (FCN), at 560 billion colóns and Sebastián Fernán Cicerón, CEO of the National Coffee and Sugar Corporation (CORNACA), at 960 billion colóns.
It is speculated that most of Cabañeras Gutiérrez's wealth was amassed by embezzlement, money laundering, bribery, and engaging in the black market.
Ideology and Public Image
Cabañeras Gutiérrez deems that Atheism, Islam, and Communism are the greatest threats to the Fatherland of Creeperopolis and that they must be eliminated by any means necessary. Torture, executions, and assassinations of activists of these ideologies are not uncommon.
Accusations of Corruption
Cabañeras Gutiérrez has been accused by activists of being one of the most corrupt men in Creeperopolis. He has been accused of illegally earning 400 billion colóns through embezzlement, money laundering, bribery, and engaging in the black market.
Orders and Decorations
- Grand Cross of the Imperial Cross of San Romero the Martyr (x2)
- Grand Collar of the Imperial Order of Miguel the Great
- Grand Collar of the Imperial Cross of Alfonso the Great
- Grand Collar of the Imperial Order of Adolfo the Great
- Grand Collar of the Imperial Order of Manuel the Great
- Grand Collar of the Imperial Order of Felipe the Saint
- Grand Collar of the Imperial Order of the Cross of Fidel the Martyr
- Grand Collar of the Imperial Order of Valor and Bravery
- Grand Collar of the Imperial Order of the Cross of Carlos the Martyr
- Grand Collar of the Imperial Order of Romerism (x4)
- Grand Collar of the Imperial Order of Grand Merit
- Grand Collar of the Imperial Order of Merit
- Grand Officer of the Star of the Imperial Army (x9)
- Grand Collar of the Order of the Crusaders’ Cross
- Grand Collar of the Order of José Delgado León
- Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Star’s Cross
- Grand Officer of the Cross of Adolfo I
- Grand Officer of the Cross of Salvador III
- Grand Collar of the Order of the Creeperian Initiative
- Grand Collar of the Mara Campaign Medal
- Grand Collar of the Deltinian Campaign Medal
- Grand Collar of the San Pedroan Campaign Medal
- Grand Collar of the Senvarian Campaign Medal
- Grand Collar of the Castillianan Campaign Medal
- Grand Collar of the Campaign Medal (x5)
- El Salvador
- Grand Master of the Order of Service to the Fatherland
- 1st Class Member of the Hero of the Republic
- State of the Church
Chief Field Marshal Emmanuel Cabañeras Videla
| Minister of Defense of Creeperopolis
October 19, 2002 – present
Chief Field Marshal Emmanuel Cabañeras Videla
| Chief of the DINA
October 19, 2002 – present
Field Marshal Venancio López Requena
| Commander of the I Army Corps
January 1, 1998 – October 19, 2002
Field Marshal Venancio López Requena
General Mario Hernández Hernández
| Commander of the 1st Army
March 9, 1993 – January 1, 1998
General Mario Hernández Sanjurjo