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Omar Efraín Torrijos Herrera is the Soviet-aligned dictator of Panama. The commander of the Panamanian National Guard, Torrijos took power in a coup d'état in 1968. Because of the American refusal to withdraw from the Panama Canal Zone, he aligned Panama with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. In 1983, these tensions lead to the deployment of the Soviet fleet off the coast of Panama, which threatened the continental United States with nuclear war. The crisis was eventually defused after the success of the Apollo-Soyuz mission caused Ronald Reagan to land Air Force One in Moscow to meet Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov.

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Omar Torrijos is one of many characters that For All Mankind borrows from the real-world; unlike figures like Ronald Reagan, thought, he is only mentioned and is never seen or heard onscreen.

In real-life, Torrijos was known for negotiating the Panama Canal Treaty with Jimmy Carter in 1977, which saw the US withdraw from the Panama Canal Zone; this event does not happen in the fictional timeline of For All Mankind. The real Torrijos also died in a plane crash in 1981, so his survival in the show's 1983 is also fictional.

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