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|Largest Cities|| Madrid: 3,000,000|
|Population||50,000,000 in Spain proper, 40,000,000 in its territories|
|Currency||Spanish Peseta (ESP)|
|President||Juan Luis Suarez (Movimiento Nacional)|
|Our Timeline Equivalent||Spain including northern Morocco. Territories include the rest of Morocco, Western Sahara, and Equatorial Guniea|
The Spanish State, more commonly known simply as Spain, is a country located on the Iberian Peninsula in Southwestern Europe. Settled by prehistoric humans millennia ago, the area today known as Spain was an integral part of various ancient empires, being conquered fully or in part by the Romans, the Byzantines, and the Moors. It eventually emerged as a powerful independent kingdom that gradually grew into a global empire by the 17th century, stretching across vast swaths of the Americas and parts of Africa and the Pacific. The Spanish Empire's might gradually declined after several disastrous wars against its European rivals (particularly England) as well as rebellions in its colonial holdings, reaching a nadir after its defeat at the hands of the Confederate States in the Spanish-Confederate War in the early 20th century.
The ensuing state of economic, political, and social turmoil that followed Spain's decline in these years led to a bloody civil war from 1936-1939, pitting the leftist Republicans against the fascist Nationalists. After three years of bitter struggle the Nationalists under Generalissimo Francisco Franco emerged victorious, establishing the regime that exists relatively unchanged to this day shortly before the outbreak of World War II. Although neutral throughout most of the war, Spain eventually joined the Axis Powers late in the war to curry favor with Germany, who had supplied invaluable military and financial support to Franco during the civil war. Its most notable involvement in the war was at the Siege of Gibraltar in June of 1945, where the city's British defenders valiantly fought off Spanish and German forces for two weeks, inflicting 6 to 1 casualties on the attackers, until finally succumbing on 1 July.
Following the Axis victory, Spain has since maintained a very modest empire in Africa and has carved a small niche for itself among the far larger and more prosperous Axis Powers. Its major industries involve manufacturing and agriculture, and it also maintains a thriving financial sector monitored closely by the regime. Its military is on constant alert in the northeastern part of the country, as various armed insurgent groups ranging from Basque nationalists to Catalonian socialist rebels routinely harass state forces in the region, sometimes requiring the intervention of German and Italian "peacekeepers" to pacifiy the troubled areas.