2. From Timeline to How Characters Were Selected

In 1982, Honduras proposed a Latin America Peace Plan to the Organization of American States. That same year newly elected Roberto Suazo Cordova took possession of the Presidential Office in Honduras.

The Sandinista National Liberation Front (Spanish: Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional – FSLN for a shortened abbreviation) in Nicaraguan political power began instituting social-democratic policies.

President Cordova perceived FSLN objectives were obstructive to peace initiatives. This coincided with a U.S. Military build-up in the region.

General Martinez becomes Commander-in-Chief of Honduran Military in January of 1982. The military commanded activists. It also had a view toward more of a regional stance, looking outward as it defended the land between its borders.

During this year, the Honduran Committee for the Defense of Human Rights were vocal in reporting an increase of disappearances, in groups of political opposition. On the other side of the Honduran border, Contra-Revolutionaries carry out assassinations of Nicaraguan citizens tied to the FSLN.

This constituted more regional violence leading toward undeclared war.
A peace initiative was proposed – known as Contadora Peace-Negotiating Process. It opened in January 1982. During that same year, Nicaraguan trained Honduran insurgents (PRTC) cross the Honduran border in September. A documented escalation between warring neighbors.

Nicaraguan General Elections were held 1984, in which Daniel Ortega wins to take the presidency. PRTC continues its cross-border insurgency. General Walter Lopez Reyes of Honduran Air Force takes the position of Supreme Military Commander of Honduran Forces.

(I am not a historian, but the above reported facts seemed to follow escalating war tactics on both the military and political fronts. The CIA watched closely, making recommendations to our Office of President.)

This is where my interest peaked. In 1985, Honduran President Roberto Cordova depended heavily on massive capital infusion from the United States. It shored up the  Honduran Economy which had fallen into recession. Other factors associated with international financial aid opened the following doors:

• Sharp increases in U.S. Military Aid from 1981 to 1985;
• Honduran foreign ministry plans on expelling Contras;
• Contras were forced to close their hospital in February;
• U.S. Policy in Central America polls high in 1985 opinion;
• Honduras orders other Contra offices closed;
• Their military assumes an isolationist stance;
• Political disputes between Honduran Congress and President Cordova;
• President Reagan signs accord limiting US-Honduran cooperation; and,
• The Contadora Talks bog down in mid-1985.

At this point I have developed enough pre-story historical background to place my story in the final quarter of 1985. I looked at four ways of telling a story in novel-form without making it a Historical Novel: 1. As a commentary on society; 2. A story using historical events as a backdrop; 3. A theory relating to Political-Military engagement with an argument – positive or negative; or, 4. As an alternate history and historical fantasy.

I chose a combination of those four story-telling means: Mostly using historical events as a backdrop for character interaction; allowing the reader to sort out any commentary which might be exposed through writer bias; and, an alternate history relating to the political, civilian and military involvement in two competing wars – The War on Drugs and the Central American war created through political ideology.

The thriller genre seemed the most appropriate writing form for the story. (I must say, that Tom Clancy’s classic Clear and Present Danger, came closest to my thought in writing this story. And without copying his style, his premise or locations in which his scenes take place.)

Hope this explanation on story timeline – and, my intent – satisfies any curiosity one might have had. As for the characters, that will have to wait until next week.

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