Large scale emigration of Anglos into Panama & Latins out - to the US. At some point the character of the place changes to 'statehood probable'.
 

TheSpectacledCloth

Gone Fishin'
Same reason why Puerto Rico hasn't become a state. Its population and culture would be too distinct for Americans to consider making it a state. It's more likely that Panama would be annexed as American territory (like the Philippines) but not transformed into a state.
 
Same reason why Puerto Rico hasn't become a state. Its population and culture would be too distinct for Americans to consider making it a state.
How about a deliberate policy by the US government to move sufficient people there so that they will vote for annexation and statehood in a plebiscite? This that done to Iceland in a WW2 in an alternative history series.

Now Panama has a population of 3 million against 300 thousand for Iceland so moving just US service personnel and families is not going to be sufficient. However, a US government could encourage settlement via tax breaks for companies to set up business in Panama in return for employing US citizens. The citizens get subsidised/free housing, health care etc for moving there.

In the short term this would be expensive. The rationale would be that in the long term the government would get its money back from canal fees. In addition, the programme could be sold as renewing the those that settle the West.
 

TheSpectacledCloth

Gone Fishin'
How about a deliberate policy by the US government to move sufficient people there so that they will vote for annexation and statehood in a plebiscite? This that done to Iceland in a WW2 in an alternative history series.

Now Panama has a population of 3 million against 300 thousand for Iceland so moving just US service personnel and families is not going to be sufficient. However, a US government could encourage settlement via tax breaks for companies to set up business in Panama in return for employing US citizens. The citizens get subsidised/free housing, health care etc for moving there.

In the short term this would be expensive. The rationale would be that in the long term the government would get its money back from canal fees. In addition, the programme could be sold as renewing the those that settle the West.

Good suggestion, but there is the thing with sharing borders with Colombia and Costa Rica. Guess America's going to have even more influence over the Americas than before. Things are probably going to be relatively smooth for Panama, but would probably strike fear into Central America (like they could be thinking "we could be next!"). As for Puerto Rico, a lesser effort can be devoted there and it could be become a state in due time.
 
How about a deliberate policy by the US government to move sufficient people there so that they will vote for annexation and statehood in a plebiscite? This that done to Iceland in a WW2 in an alternative history series.

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That would be a good start. To make it stick you need to ensure the Norte emigrants to panama keep their US citizenship, but are also able to involve themselves in local politics. Making emigration easy for Latin Panamanians to the US helps reduce them as a majority. The ability of Puerto Ricans to travel freely to the US and back made it a lot easier to accept the idea of being a permeant territory. If Panamanians can actually have partial direct benefits of association with the US it gives them a incentive to trade up for more.

If we have a working system like this from the 1920s does it give us some Panamanian regiments in WWII?

Post 1960 a larger portion of the Cuban refugees would end up in Panama.

We might see the Banana Wars extend further past Hoovers election, or revived post Hoover.
 
How about a deliberate policy by the US government to move sufficient people there so that they will vote for annexation and statehood in a plebiscite? This that done to Iceland in a WW2 in an alternative history series.

Now Panama has a population of 3 million against 300 thousand for Iceland so moving just US service personnel and families is not going to be sufficient. However, a US government could encourage settlement via tax breaks for companies to set up business in Panama in return for employing US citizens. The citizens get subsidised/free housing, health care etc for moving there.

In the short term this would be expensive. The rationale would be that in the long term the government would get its money back from canal fees. In addition, the programme could be sold as renewing the those that settle the West.
How would the USA actually acquire Panama, though?
 
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