Portugal was the last European power to abandon her major colonial possessions in Africa. While admitted to NATO, Portugal was ruled by dictatorship under Antonio Salazar, who felt that colonial possessions would preserve Portugal’s place in the community of nations. Nevertheless, the repression of nationalist insurgencies brought criticism both from newly independent nations, as well as Portugal’s NATO allies. Finally, with a democratic government in place, Portugal renounced its claims. Shortly thereafter, Portugal’s former colonies of Angola and Mozambique descended into civil war and became major flash points for East and West on the continent of Africa.
Time: Mid War
Removed after event: Yes
If you hadn’t drawn De-Stalinization or Decolonization, then Portuguese Empire Crumbles and South African Unrest are your primary non-coup ways to get into Africa. The event can also sometimes flip Angola, but most US players will overcontrol 1-stability battlegrounds anyway (so you can’t just flip it with a 3 Ops). And if you’re under Red Purge, the event’s text suddenly looks a lot better when the alternative is just 1 Op.
Outside of these situations I rarely play Portuguese Empire Crumbles for the event. It’s the Angola influence that really matters, and if you needed 2 influence there you could just use the card’s Ops and keep the event in the deck.
Drawing Portuguese Empire Crumbles is not much of a problem. The 2 Ops can easily be used to repair Angola, and who really cares about SE African States. If the USSR isn’t in Africa, then I will consider spacing it, but if that’s the case then you should also be able to use the card’s Ops and control of Zaire/South Africa/Botswana to realign the Angola influence out.