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State of The Philippines
Estado de Las Filipinas
— State of Spain
Timeline: 1898: Spanish Republic

OTL equivalent: Philippines
Flag of the Philippines Coat of arms of the Philippines (Myomi Republic)
Flag Seal
Lamanchalocalizacion
Location of La Mancha in Spain (Zoom for detail).
Anthem "Himno a las Filipinas"
Capital Manila
Largest city Manila
Other cities Ciudad Real, Tomelloso, Puertollano, Valdepeñas, Hellín, Alcázar de San Juan
Language
  official
 
Spanish
  others Filipino, galician, catalan
Religion
  main
 
Roman Catholicism
  others Secularism
Ethnic groups
  main
 
Filipinos
  others Spaniards
Demonym Filipino
Legislature State Legislature
Governor Emiliano García-Page (PLE)
Population 1,774,011 
Admission December 1899
Currency Peseta
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  summer CEST (UTC+2)
Abbreviations MAN

La Mancha is a state located in the Southeastern Region of Spain that shares borders with Murcia and Valencia to the east, Andalusia to the south, Extremadura to the west and Castilla to the North. La Mancha is a largely plain state, with much of its populace of just under 1 and a half million living in major cities like the state capital and largest city of Albacete (pop. 255,712), Ciudad Real, Tomelloso, or Puertollano.

La Mancha was formerly grouped with the province of Madrid into New Castile (Castilla la Nueva), but with the advent of the modern Spanish system of states (Estados), it was separated due to great demographic disparity between the capital and the remaining New-Castilian provinces. Also, distinct from the former New Castile, La Mancha added the province of Albacete, which had been part of Murcia; adding Albacete placed all of the historic region of La Mancha within this single region.

It is mostly in this region where the story of the famous Spanish novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes is situated, due to which La Mancha is internationally well-known. Although La Mancha is a windswept, battered plateau, it remains a symbol of Spanish culture with its vineyards, sunflowers, mushrooms, olive plantations, windmills, Manchego cheese, and Don Quixote.

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