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Iberian Confederacy
Confederación Ibérica
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday
Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms
Motto
Adelante (English: "Forward")
Capital Huesca, Jaca
Largest city Soria
Other cities Tudela, Barbastro, Calatayud
Language
  official
 
Spanish
  others Aranese, Aragonese, Basque, Catalan, French
President José Luis Lapurdi
Vice President Antonio Bilbaino
Population Est. 475,000 
Currency Peseta Ibérica

After Doomsday, Northern Spain was in chaos. In 1990, three juntas (Jaca, in Huesca; Calahorra, in the northern province of La Rioja; and Tudela, in the Navarran zone of the Ebro) joined forces to tackle the Basque claims on Navarra and La Rioja, after the destruction of Bilbao and the relocation of the basque goverment from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Pamplona/Iruña. It was the origin of a new union that eventually will be called the "Confederación del Río Ebro" and after "Confederación Ibérica" (Iberian Confederacy).

History[]

During Doomsday, the Pyrenees zone of Spain suffered nuclear blasts on Bilbao (the largest industrial zone on the Basque Country), Zaragoza (with the airport being an air base of the 406th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF and the 41 Grupo de Fuerzas Aéreas of the Spanish Air Force, along serving as an industrial center), and Barcelona (the second largest city of Spain before Doomsday).

With the Aragonese goverment destroyed, the provincial deputations of Huesca and Teruel formed emergency goverments, led by their respective Diputación Provincial (mayor of the city of Huesca Enrique Sánchez Carrasco (PSOE) and Miguel Godía Ibarz, the Gobernador Civil of Huesca province; and for Teruel, the mayor of Teruel Ricardo Eced Sánchez from the PAR/Partido Aragonés and the Gobernador Civil Ramón Ramos Sánchez.). Due to radiation and the failure of communications, Huesca goverment collapsed, leaving Jaca as the main important settlement in the province.

In 1984, Basque separatists had seized power in Pamplona-Iruña (with help of some basque-speaking politicians of Navarre because of the radioactive contamination that moved the Basque government from Vitoria-Gasteiz) and Logroño. With the annexation of Navarre by Euskadi, a rival goverment was formed in Tudela chaired by Juan Manuel Muñuzuri Arza, Juan Cruz Allí and Jaime Ignacio del Burgo, who fleed Pamplona and were the leaders of the Diputación Foral de Navarra. In parallel, the goverment of La Rioja, chaired by Joaquín Pérez-Caballero Espert and José Ignacio Sáez Pérez, bound by the humanitarian crisis was forced to evacuate and move to Calahorra, with the power vacuum a division of the Basque militia took the control of territory and unilaterally annexed to Euskadi with the pretext that had been part of Navarra for centuries in the middle ages.

The two goverments of Calahorra and Tudela asked for assistance from neighboring zones, but the Jacetania council, that had been expanded since 1983 to the Alto Gállego, Sobrarbe and Ribagorza, along parts of the Hoya de Huesca county, and had regiment of Cazadores de Montaña and other surviving military forces, sent a small force to help them against the revanchist goverment of Euskal Herria. In 1985, the combined forces of the three Juntas captured Pamplona and Tafalla; after that, the Basque government was forced to reach a ceasefire signed in the Porta Speciosa of the Monastery of San Salvador of Leyre, renouncing to any claims over the 1983 border, and reaching a trade agreement.

Peace did not last much longer than just a month later break out the "Guerra de las Banderas" (Flags War), which divided the confederation between the "Tradicionalistas" (traditionalists) of the Navarran zone and the "Unionistas" of the militarist government of Jaca (incluiding the carlist left-wing party members who weren´t killed after Doomsday). This circumstance was used by the Basques to expand to the south, and they annexed the Treviño county, under Burgos goverment. In 1986, Pamplona and Tafalla suffered raids from basque irredentist groups, bandits and phalangists. Jaca's government, faced with the Confederate traditionalists was forced this time to sign the armistice of Estella, making the Basque goverment to retreat and don´t cross the Leyre ceasefire borders. These two wars are called "Vasconadas" in Iberia and "Independentzi Gerra" (Independence War) in Euskadi.

The Flags War lasted from 1985 to 1989, until the government of Jaca and the traditionalists agreed ceasefire and the start of talks that culminated in the Covenants of the Palace of the Kings of Navarre of Olite, which established the Confederate government the way since then endures.

In parallel with the War of the flags took place from 1986 to 1996 the Yoke´s War (the yoke and arrows was emblematic of the Phalange), against the falangists who were ruling in Burgos and their satellites, the phalangist warlords of Calatayud, Soria, Aranda de Duero, and Ejea de los Caballeros (mostly conservative mayors and old falangist-Fuerza Nueva members who took those towns and cities after Doomsday with help of the Burgos fascist goverment) who were gradually conquered by the Iberians. Finally in 1996 the municipality of Soria joined the Confederacy after expelling their fascists rulers.

In 2007, the Confederation was extended by the former Zaragoza province, absorbing the Gállego river valley, and changing the capital to the city of Huesca.

Politics[]

Iberia is a confederation of small councils and cantons, which enjoy broad autonomy. These cantons are: Viella (claimed by the Tortosí goverment, and the Lleida goverment), Benasque, Huesca (national capital), Boltaña, Ejea de los Caballeros, Tarazona, Calatayud, Daroca, Belchite, Alto Gállego, Sobrarbe and Ribagorza, all assigned to the Aragonese nation. Tudela and Tafalla assigned to the Navarrese nation and claimed by the Basques as part of their territory, despite being a rival of the Tudela Foral Goverment, and Logroño, Calahorra, Soria, Almazán, El Burgo de Osma and Medinaceli into the Castilian nation.

The confederal government based in Huesca maintains the direction of foreign policy and defense. The Presidency of the Confederacy's only representative. The Executive of the Confederation is Polysynody type, forming several councils: War, Justice, Agriculture, Reconstruction, Money, Health and Training (education and culture), each autonomous in their respective jurisdictions and the State Council (domestic and foreign policy), consisting of the chairmen and chief secretaries of the other councils. Confederal Parliament's called "Parlamento Confederal" is the true power of the State, is divided into three national chambers: the Navarrese, Castilian and the Aragonese, bringing together representatives of each community which once formed part of each of the regions in which Spain was divided, and also added the bishops of each region. This Parliament elects the president of the Confederation, the chairmen of the various Councils and the judges of the "Audiencia Suprema" (Supreme Court).

Because of the peculiar structure of the Iberian Parliament, political parties are fundamentally nationalist divided in turn by their more or less leftist or conservative.

Map of the Confederación Ibérica

Map of the Confederación Ibérica and the pre-doomsday administrative borders. used for the 3 nations and cantons, with nuked zones (dark grey), and other countries on light grey (Aragón, República Unida de Castilla y León, Euskadi)


Army[]

Since its foundation the Iberian army has been better trained and organized. Because its foundation, there were a number of notorious former military from the Batallón de Cazadores de Montaña Tarifa n.º 9 (Hunter Mountain Regiment) had its garrison in Jaca and guardias civiles from the garrison of Huesca and more fugitives of other regiments. (as the newly reformed Regto. de Infantería "Barbastro" n.º 43)

The army has expanded thanks to their exploration of Zaragoza ruins,

Economy[]

The economy is agricultural, irrigated crops that characterized the economy of the region before 1983 is now protected in greenhouses. Instead livestock has completely disappeared.

The main economic activity is recycling practiced in the domestic territory or by plundering raids to the abandoned facilities inside the Peninsula (either directly organized by the state or by private "companies"). Also Logroño and Soria have become centers of commerce of the looting products from the inner Peninsula practiced by nomadic people (specially gypsies), Benasque has been developed as a center of trade with neighboring Andorra and place of entry of the goods from outside the Peninsula.

Work organization is based on a mixed system that combines the performance of forced work commonly said "impuesto de sudor" (tax of sweat) - organized by the state and local authorities - and private work. The population must work for the state for a series of periods and for local authorities (the cantons) during other periods, with the time left for free use in their private business. Men and women must work for the state and local authorities over a number of weeks each year in a number not exceeding three months, which varies with the working abilities of each citizen, the division of labor between the state and cantons is established according to agreements whose violation by either party is the subject of ongoing friction between central government and local authorities. Common criminals and prisoners of war forced labor met for the duration of their captivity, are in charge of state who can be transferred at the discretion of local governments.

The currency (peseta ibérica) is almost non-existent, was coined only for its symbolic value, for the large payments it used foreign currency, for small payments it used barter.

Demographics[]

Iberia has a fairly small population, estimated at just over 500,000 people, widely dispersed population in small towns (Huesca, Soria and Logroño were only provincial capitals before 1983). Jaca, even after losing the title of capital of the Confederation in 2015, has developed more than other cities, but its population barely exceeds 35,000.

The confederation includes a refugee population of multiple sources for their relevance highlighting the French community, Catalan, Basque (Alava especially) and the southern Spanish. The use of French and Catalan has increased to the point of being the co-official language in the cantons of the Pyrenees.

International relations[]

The Confederation is the main adversary of Euskadi, who disputed the possession of Navarra. Maintains a distant relationship with the Spanish Republic (as did their predecessors) and has recently initiated an approach to Andorra, which is its main outlet to the outside.

The main foreign policy line of the Confederation is to get an outlet to the sea or the Atlantic, so the faces and Castilla-León Euskadi, either to the Mediterranean what antagonizes against the Republic of Spain. Recently, however, have begun talks in Cartagena about the future distribution of areas of expansion between Spain and Iberia, as these agreements are known throughout the region of Aragon and the former provinces of Tarragona and Lerida in Catalonia as well as north of the Valencian province of Castellón constitute the Iberian space for future expansion, while the rest of the Valencia region and former province of Barcelona (in the manner of an island) would be integrated into Spain. But talks are still far from over.

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