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First Alternate Events
Rise of the "Communists"
It was July 18, 1936, yet, there was no Hitler. There was no Mussolini. In fact, there were no fascist movements in Europe in the 1930s. However, the country of Spain still underwent an, albeit somewhat different, revolution. A communist oligarchy comprised only of pure-bred Spaniards was established, and quite quickly the regions of Basque and Catalonia started getting less funding than the rest of the regions.
Violence in Catalonia and Basque
2 months later, on September 6, 1936 the first police violence occurred in Catalonia. Then, a day later, in Basque. More and more, the regions are treated as second-rate. The leader of the movement, (communist in this timeline) Francisco Franco has created a mentality of Spaniard superiority.
Initial French Defeat
But Franco was power-hungry. So power hungry in fact, he got the crazy idea to invade their neighbours Morocco and Andorra. On 1 April 1937, Spain declares war on France and Andorra. Andorra quickly falls as their military is extremely small, yet France puts up an wonderful fight. However, the Spanish come out on top when the French tried to invade via Andorra. The Spanish knew how large the French forces were in their homeland, and set up most of their defences there, where the minority of their forces were mopping up the French forces in Morocco, Algiers, and Mauritania. By 28 August 1937, the final pieces of French West Africa (excluding French Dahomey), and much of south France, were taken by the Spanish.
Moroccan Genocide and Losses on the French front
On 3 November, 1937, similarly to the Basque and Catalan violence, came the Moroccan genocide. 481 Moroccan workers were killed and replaced with Spanish jobs. This greatly appalled the United States, Portugal, and the United Kingdom, and forced them to join on the side of the French forces. Due to the United Kingdom's location and navy strength, they decided to invade Spanish-occupied France via the coast of Bordeaux. France is quickly regained as the powerfully offensive, yet poor strategic Spanish army is destroyed.
By 7 March, 1938, Catalonia and Basque are liberated. Andorra decides to unite with the newly formed Catalonia, whereas regions of France join Basque.
Losses on the Portuguese front
The Spanish were very foolish as they trusted the Portuguese enough to leave their border very poorly protected.
Due to the Spanish focusing almost all of their attention on the French front, Portugal captured Galacia, and most of west Spain before the Spanish could even mobilize. Yet the Spanish pressed on.
The Spanish Surrender
Around the same time of the British invasion of Spain, the Americans docked in Guinea. It took about 5 months for the Spanish to be pushed out of French West Africa and the Western Sahara. The region was then unified under an autonomous democratic system. The American Protectorate of Morocco was the only exception to this, as some of the American forces in Morocco aided in the invasion of the Spanish homeland. On 10 April, 1938, the Spanish finally surrender, with the remainder of the land becoming a French dependency.
Alternate Regions of Iberian Peninsula
- South-Western France - South-Western France is the only Spanish speaking region of France. It enjoys the same amount of autonomy as any other French region. It is a region of France, therefore it's capitol is Paris.
- French Dependency of Spain - The French Dependency of Spain is the only primarily Spanish speaking country on the Iberian Peninsula. It enjoys minimal autonomy but depends on France in international affairs. It's capitol is Madrid.
- Morocco - A small part of Morocco exists on the peninsula. It borders the French Dependency of Spain, Portugal, and Gibraltar. It's capitol (in Africa) is Rabat.
- Portugal - Portugal is a relatively large country on the west coast of Iberia. It takes up almost half of Iberia's land and has its capitol at Lisbon.
- Basque Country - This small country is home to the Basque people of Iberia. It is a republic and has it's capitol at Vitoria-Gasteiz.
- Catalonia - Catalonia is the primarily coastal country home to the Catalan people. It is comprised of Andorra, East Iberia, and the Balearic Islands. Like its Basque counterpart, it is a republic.
- Gibraltar - see Gibraltar.