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Comunidade Catarinense
República Catarinense
Cathariner Republik
Cathariner Gemeinschaft
Repubblica Catarina
Comunità Catarina
Motto: "Cada homem um bravo, cada bravo um cidadão"(In portuguese: "Every man a brave, every brave a citizen.")
Anthem: "A Canção do Sul"
"The Song of the South"
Catarinense National Territory and Catarinense Antarctic Territory
Catarinense National Territory and Catarinense Antarctic Territory
CapitalDesterro Flag.png Desterro
Largest city Joinville
Official language(s) Portuguese
Recognised regional languages German
Ethnic groups (2010) White 89%
Native 5%
Black 3%
Asians 2%
Others 1%
Demonym Catarinense
Government Democratic Federal Parlamentary Republic
 -  President Arthur Boehm
 -  Prime-Minister Max Schwartz
Legislature Federal Parliament
Independence from Brazilian Empire 
 -  Tomada de Laguna July 24, 1839 
 -  Republic July 29, 1839 
 -  Constitution August 7, 1839 
 -  Parliamentary System 1953 
 -  Total 576,774.31 km2 
222,693.80 sq mi 
 -  2017 estimate 51,865,705 (8 in AIN)
 -  Density 89.98/km2 (14 in AIN)
233/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2017 estimate
 -  Total US$1,555 trillion 
 -  Per capita US$29,991.79 
HDI (2015) 0.913 (Very High) (7th in AIN)
Currency Escudo Catarinense (Є)
Time zone HOSC (UTC-3)
 -  Summer (DST) HOVESC (UTC-2)
Date formats DD/MM/YYYY
Drives on the Right
Simlympic code SAC
Internet TLD .sc
Calling code +50
+50 01

Santa Catarina, officially the Catarinian Commonwealth(Portuguese: Comunidade Catarinense) is a democratic federal parliamentary republic in the southeastern region of South America. It consists of the union of three countries, the Catarinian Republic, the Rio Grandense Republic and the Esbornia Republic, with an area of 576,774.31 square kilometres (222,693.80 sq mi). With about 52 million inhabitants, Santa Catarina is the 9th most populous country of the AIN. The Catarinian capital is Desterro and the largest city is Joinville. Major urban areas include Desterro, Joinville, São José, Blumenau, Criciúma, Curitiba and Foz do Iguaçu. It borders with Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay.

Various indigenous people have lived in the Catarinian Territory before the formation of the Catarinian National State. In the colonial era, Santa Catarina was a strategic territory for the Portuguese Dominion in South America, Desterro, São Francisco do Sul and Laguna were one of the first cities in the South of the Portuguese Colony. In 1822, with the Brazilian independence, Santa Catarina became a province of Brazil, the Brazilian dominion over the territory of Santa Catarina ended only in 1839, with the arrival of separatist and autonomist ideas for the South of Brazil. On July 24, 1839, the separatist revolts took the control of Laguna, the most important city at the time, and started a revolution throughout the province, causing the independence and foundation of the Catarinian Republic on July 29, 1839.

There were territorial expansions between the 19th and 20th century caused mainly by conflicts with Brazil, which led to the annexation of Paraná. In the World War II, Santa Catarina sent 150,000 men to the Europe to support the Allies Forces, landing mainly in northern Italy and the French west coast. Santa Catarina was one of the countries that participated in D-Day. In 1953, after a long political crisis involving the Popular Party, an impeachment occurred, which led to a political disorder in the Parliament, leading to the convocation by the Federal Supreme Court of a plebiscite to choose a new form of government, replacing the presidentialism, the winner was the Parliamentary Republic. In May 2017, throught economic and social problems, the Rio Grande Republic signed an Treaty to integrate them to Santa Catarina creating the Catarinian Commonwealth.

In the 21st century, Santa Catarina is a regional power and has the AIN's nineth largest economy by nominal GDP by 2017 estimate. Santa Catarina has a growing industrial pole and specializes in several areas of high technology, from the naval area to the electronics, the leader in the Latin America. Santa Catarina is member of United Nations, Alliance of the Independent Nations, G20, Organization of American States, Union of South American Nations, Organization of Ibero-American States, Community of Portuguese Language Countries, International Organization for Italophonia , Latin Union and associate member of Mercosul. Santa Catarina still hold one of the highest GDP(PPP) Per Capita in South America, with an average value of US$29,991.


There are two theories to the name of Santa Catarina, the first of is that the name is a tribute to Catarina Medrano, wife of Sebastião Caboto, that arrived at the Island of Santa Catarina in 1526 and the other one in homage to Catherine of Alexandria, considered holy by the Catholic Church. Initially it remained only as the Island that houses the City of Desterro, however, it was also used this name for the country.


First Contacts

The coastal region of Santa Catarina was always inhabited, before the colonial era, by indigenous tribes, and after that, was initially visited by French, Spanish and Portuguese. In 1504, the first colonial expedition took place, where in nowdays is the city of São Francisco do Sul, the first settlement in the Catarinense coast. In 1514, the Island of Santa Catarina, nowdays Desterro, was named as Island of the Ducks, where 17 people were settled in the same year.

Colonial Desterro in 1778

The coast of Santa Catarina was the stopping point for several navigators who traveled to the Plate River. With the advance of the Portuguese towards the south, was founded the town of São Francisco do Sul, the first city of the south of the Portuguese colony.


After the establishment of the colonial system through hereditary captaincies in Portuguese America, the Captaincy of Santana was created, ranging from the then founded Vila de Santo Antônio dos Anjos da Laguna to the territory of Paranaguá, in the nowdays homonymous state. The Captaincy of Santana lasted from 1534 until 1709, with the creation of the Captaincy of Santa Catarina in 1709, it covered all the coast of Santa Catarina and Paranaguá.

Most of the territory of both capitanias were composed of territory of Laguna, Covering from the central coast of Rio Grande do Sul until Paranaguá. Laguna was based on the port economy, unlike other regions of the colony, was based on commerce and as a stopping point for other regions of the continent, especially Uruguay and Argentina.

Brazilian Empire

With the independence of Brazil in 1822, Santa Catarina became a province of the Empire, with its capital in Desterro. Santa Catarina suffered from the governmental discontinuity and inefficiency of the imperial policy, which was only stabilized with the leadership Francisco de Albuquerque Melo, there was sufficient stability for the first time arrival of German and Italian immigrants, settling in villages like Desterro, São José da Terra Firme, Blumenau and Joinville. In 1831, the first newspaper of the Province, "The Catharinense", produced in the capital was created by the the writer, politician, military and journalist of the Santa Catarina, Jerônimo Coelho.


Sea Battle in Laguna

Even with the considerable improvement in the province, the people were revolted by their situation, with the farroupilha revolt in Rio Grande do Sul, the people of Santa Catarina saw an opportunity to improve their life, joined and supported the revolution, Lages was the first locality to join Fight, in January 1839. On July 24, 1839, the revolucionary took the most important city of Santa Catarina, Laguna, advancing against São José da Terra Firme, Desterro, Joinville and São Francisco do Sul. After took the control in Laguna, was established the Juliana Republic and written the constitution. The Independence was supported by Italian and German immigrants, as well as platinos residing in Santa Catarina.

Santa Catarina has emerged as a presidential republic, under the leadership of the President David Canabarro that unified the troops of Santa Catarina on a great front against Brazil, taking cities as Curitiba. The Brazilian Empire was seen without
President David Canabarro
alternatives after the taking of territories in São Paulo, signing with Santa Catarina the Treaty of São Francisco, where the Brazilian troops surrendered for the last time to the Catarinenses forces, recognizing the independence of Santa Catarina and its sovereignty.

Late 19th Century

David Canabarro remained in the presidency until 1846, when he convened the first presidential elections, the first elections occurred on July 24 as a tribute to the control of Laguna, which was 7 years at the time. The Liberal Party of Santa Catarina won, with its candidate Diego Araujo. He encouraged immigrants to come to Santa Catarina, making the population grow, as well as the economy, using liberal policies. Immigrants brought their riches and culture, liberal policies brought investors, it was soon possible to see industries and railroads being built, there were already railroads linking from Laguna to Joinville.

In 1860, gigantic coal and mineral reserves were discovered in the west and south of Santa Catarina, this accelerated industrialization with English support. Santa Catarina needed war and naval industries, England, in exchange for coal and minerals the English built with the Santa Catarina shipyards in four locations, Laguna, Joinville, Desterro and São Francisco do Sul. After the opening of the first shipyards, the construction of ships were initiated. The British also helped with the equipment for the Army. With all these advances, the population of Santa Catarina in 1875 reached 750 thousand inhabitants, one of the largest in Latin America.

Brazilian troops in São Paulo

Paranaense War

With the fall of the Brazilian Empire, Brazil became a fragile and unstructured country, which caused constant immigration to Santa Catarina through the Brazilian State of Paraná. Santa Catarina saw that it needed a border defense against the Brazilian militias and illegal immigrants, with that it began to intervene in the border and to prevent the advance of these groups. Brazil then, on April 16, 1890, sent a letter and a telegraphic statement to Desterro informing that the soldiers of Santa Catarina were killing innocent Brazilians and violating the treaty signed in São Francisco do Sul advancing against the border. Brazil threatened Santa Catarina that if the atrocities continued, there would be war, and thus, interventions at the border continued until November 26 of the same year. A month before that date, representatives of Santa Catarina, Argentina, Paraguay, and England met to form an alliance and support Santa Catarina in the war against Brazil. Thus, the declaration of war occurred on November 26, 1890.

The Catarinenses forces advanced against cities as Londrina, Maringá and Curitiba, besides occupying several small cities. The Catarinense Navy blocked the ports from Paraná to Rio de Janeiro, guaranteeing that there would be no trade or attempts to advance through the sea against Santa Catarina. On June 17, 1892, the Paranaense government fell and remained under control of Santa Catarina. In the following months, Santa Catarina took control of several São Paulo cities as Presidente Prudente, Marília and Bauru, besides imposing a blockade on the capital of São Paulo. Floriano Peixoto, the second President of Brazil, signed on February 14, 1893 the Treaty of São Paulo, yielding the territory of Paraná to Santa Catarina and a payment of a monetary amount. The signing of this treaty put an end to the war and interventions at the border, as well as ensuring peace and cooperation in the region for the next 20 years.

First World War

In the first world war, Santa Catarina had a small participation, sent doctors and some boats to aid the forces allied to the United Kingdom and the United States. Santa Catarina entered the war only in June 1917, after having merchant ships sunk, violating the agreement of the neutral countries. Internally, German colonies were monitored throughout the war, remaining alert against internal revolts.

Contestado War

Troops in Maringá.

In 1921, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, along with its President, Epitacio Pessoa, did not recognize Santa Catarina as an independent country, claiming that Santa Catarina is a legitimate territory of the Brazilian Republic that was stolen by support of foreign forces. This generated a diplomatic crisis between the two countries, the Brazilian President announced on July 18, 1921 that if the Santa Catarina government did not surrender before July 23, 1921, Brazil would invade Santa Catarina. On July 20, the Armed Forces of Santa Catarina began the invasion of Curitiba, a large city near the Santa Catarina border, leading to the war. In addition, Santa Catarina had the support of countries of the southern cone, such as Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

At the end of 1922, Santa Catarina already controlled completely the territory of Paraná, taking cities like Curitiba, Maringá and Londrina. After Santa Catarina formed a front against São Paulo, the Brazilian government reassessed its actions and saw that its armed forces were obsolete and their country was entering a crisis, under these circumstances, the Brazilian government signed a peace treaty with Santa Catarina giving up the territory From Paraná to Santa Catarina and an amount of money that only finished being paid in 2001. The Treaty was signed in Rio de Janeiro, on January 5, 1923.

War Poster of Santa Catarina

Second World War

Due to the large German and Italian presence in Santa Catarina, the Federal Government began to regulate its presence in the country. In most Italian-German communities, Nazi symbols were found, such as photos of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, as well as Nazi and fascist flags. In addition, submarines were found on the coast of Santa Catarina.

After Santa Catarina intercepted messages from the Axis to attack Santa Catarina ships, war was declared against Germany, Italy and Japan on May 16, 1941. Together with the other American nations, Santa Catarina sent 150,000 soldiers to fight in Italy and France, also participating in D-Day. For the participation of Santa Catarina in the war, the judge of the Court of Nuremberg was the Catarinense Erick Meier. Along with the War, Japanese immigrants fled from it, between 1930 and 1950, arrived at Santa Catarina approximately 250,000 Japanese.

Impeachment and Plebiscite of 1953

Protests against Hélio Eisenberg

In 1944, Hélio Eisenberg was elected President by the Popular Party in 1945, and was re-elected in 1948. In 1950 protests began against the socialist measures imposed by him, bringing together 2 million people on the street. In Dezember 15, 1951, investigations began after messages were intercepted between the President and some businessmen, in addition to some deputies and senators. This led to an investigation by the Federal Supreme Court, they found cases of money laundering, sending money abroad without authorization or declaration and payment of bribes, this led to his impeachment in his last year in office. The people still sought changes in politics in Santa Catarina and less centralization, the President of the Federal Supreme Court, Sebastião Baker, assumed the presidency and called a governmental plebiscite, where it was chosen among several forms of republic and system of government. The parliamentary republic with a unicameral system won the plebiscite, in 1953 there was elected the first President under the new regime and the first Prime Minister, the first President under the new regime was Nereu Ramos, the 20th President of Santa Catarina.

Gallotti Era

The 1950s were the years that set the course for the Gallotti Era, with great road expansion and nationalism brought him fame. This unleashed the "Red Fear" policy, creating a campaign against communists and socialists throughout the country, marked by persecution and party closure. Gallotti gained power after World War II, being one of the generals of the troops, received great support to enter the politics after the War, being called "National Hero", with nationalistic campaigns and against the Comunism policy became Member of the Parliament in 1958, becoming the leader of the National-Conservative Party. With great support from the population, the Party won 67% of Parliament seats, giving Augusto Gallotti the position of Prime Minister in 1962.


The population of Santa Catarina in 2015 is 25,317,321 inhabitants, according to the estimates of the National Institute of Statistics. Santa Catarina has a density of 85,06 inhabitants per km². The population is concentrated in the coast, mainly in the Federal Capital, Desterro, in the State of Terra Firme, in the State of Guarapuava and in the State of Nova Pomerânia. The sum of the population of these four states results in about 52% of the total population.

Historical Populations
1840 284,382
1860 607,086
1880 1,070,054
1900 1,991,010
1920 3,029,192
1940 6,991,385
1960 10,870,365
1980 16,509,045
2000 21,385,090
2010 23,923,501
2015 25,317,321
2016 25,684,422
2017 51,865,705
Future Predictions
2030 58,347,280
2060 37,216,702
2100 45,171,426


See also: Parliament of the Catarinense Republic

Max Schwartz, Prime-Minister of Santa Catarina since 2014
Arthur Boehm, President of Santa Catarina since 2014
The Parliament in Desterro

Santa Catarina is a federal, parliamentary, representative democratic republic with the President as the Head of State and the Prime-Minister as the Head of Government. Its constitution was made official on August 7, 1839, by the Constituent Assembly of the Free and Independent State of Santa Catarina.

The 29th President, Arthur Boehm, is the Head of State and invested primarily with representative responsibilities and powers, being the representative of the people of Santa Catarina. The President is elected by majority vote of the 126 districts of Santa Catarina, with 64 being required at least to be elected president. In the last elections, of the 25 million inhabitants of Santa Catarina at the time, 12 million voted, being the universal and optional vote.

The Prime-Minister, Max Schwartz, is the Head of Government of Santa Catarina, Being the Leader of the party with more members in the parliament, the election to the position of Prime-Minister is indirect, by the number of votes for the party, the seats will be defined in the Parliament, in which the party that has more seats will appoint the Prime-Minister. Currently the party with more seats in the parliament is the Liberal Party of Santa Catarina.

The Parliament has a unicameral system, composed of parties and coalitions elected in direct elections. Members of Parliament can form study commissions on how to improve the country, as well as propose laws and changes to the constitution. The largest parties of the Parliament are the Liberal Party of Santa Catarina, the National-Conservative Party and the Democrats of Santa Catarina, but also can be considered strong parties the Republican Party and the Libertarian Party. The Parliament is composed of 341 members from 126 districts of Santa Catarina, elected directly proportional to the population.

The Santa Catarina Law is based on the Common Civil Code(In Portuguese: Código Civil Comum), different from other countries, the Civil Code of Santa Catarina is a joint between Civil Law and Common Law. Part of the Catarinense Code is written and detailed in codes, but there is a good part that there is no code, and therefore, it applies to Common Law, varying from Judge to Judge. Parliament to pass a law requires a consensus of 60% of the members, representing in the current parliament by 205 Parliamentarians. All bills must be discussed at least twice before they are approved.

Department Secretaries are members of Parliament chosen by the President and the Prime Minister, there are currently 5 ministries, namely: Department of Defense, Department of Economy, Trade and Agriculture, Department of Homeland Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of Justice and Work.

International Relations

Santa Catarina relations with foreign countries started in August 1, 1839, with the recognizition of the independence by Rio Grande, and in the following days, by Uruguay on August 5 of the same year. The United States recognized the independence and open an Embassy in Desterro on November 14, 1840, while the Brazilian Empire just recognized the independence of the Catarinian Free State after the Treaty of São Francisco, on March 17, 1845 and the United Kingdom on May 5, 1845. After the recognizition of the independence by the main countries at the time, the Federal Government start a sucessful campaign to incentive the immigration and the build of a new country on South America, based on commercial activities and liberties for all the people. The discover of charcoal in the 1860s made the immigration and economy grow fast as never before, reaching the mark of 600 thousand inhabitants, three times the population of 1840.


Member-State Abrv Population  % of total population Area(km²) Density(hab/km²) Capital
Template:Country data Esbornia Esbórnia ESB 143,958 x% 1,396.57 103,07 Porto
Template:Country data Rio Grande do Sul- Rio Grande RGR 26,037,325 x% 281,730,223 92,41 Porto Alegre
Santa Catarina Santa Catarina SCA 25,684,422 y% 295,044.087 87,05 Joinville