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OTL equivalent: Basque County
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The Basque Country is an Autonomous Country in the North of Spain. It briefly acquired independence during the Spanish Collapse Crisis. However, while this rebellion was soon put down, international pressure looks set to see some sort of deal with the Basque.
Main Article: Spanish Collapse Crisis
On the 26th September there were mass protests in Barcelona, Catalonia, as, following the announcement of Scotland's independence, Catalan's called for their previous referendum to be held seriously. After these calls continued to avail, some protesters marched on Madrid .After a standoff, the Madrid Authorities arrested many protesters and leaders, including Catalan President Artur Mas.
As this news reached Catalonia, a full blown uprising began.
After a heavy campaign by Spanish Forces within Catalonia, on the 22nd November the UN forced economic sanctions upon Spain until they could come to a peaceful agreement.
As news of these sanctions, the Basque Region, as well as the Canary Islands, declared independence. However, while the Canaries, with some support from the Moroccan Navy, managed to maintain independence, the Basque region was soon subdued, and there was a return to the former status quo. There is, however, still some resistance in the Basque Area, and Catalonia is in support of Basque independence.
Bordering Cantabria and Burgos to the west, the Bay of Biscay to the North, France and Navarre to the east and La Rioja to the south, the Basque is divided into three, distinct areas, defined by the two parallel ranges of the Basque mountains, with a highest point of 1551m, in the Alzkorri massif.
In GDP Per Capita, the Basque Autonomous Community ranks first within Spain, being 40% higher than that of the EU and 33.8% than Spain's average. The strongest industrial sectors of the Basque Country are machine tools (in Biscay and Gipuzkoa), Aeronautics (in Vitoria-Gasteiz) and energy (in Balbao).