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1898-1900: End of the Spanish Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo and his generals land in the northern Philippines, re-establishing a base of operations to command the Katipunan rebels. He manages to take control of mainland Luzon
Spanish remnants try to retain the Philippines by consolidating their forces in Calamianes (OTL Palawan) and most of the Visayan Islands. These remnant governments eventually become full-fledged states until the eventual union into the Philippines
The Republic of Zamboanga, the Bangsamoro Sultanate, and the Cantonal Republic of Negros declare their independence as they liberate themselves from Spain's fleeting grip.
By December 1900, the Greater Tagalog Republic, Spanish Republic of Visayas, the republics of Zamboanga and Negros, and the state of Calamianes emerged from the Philippine Islands
1900-1910: the Philippine 'Question'
Germany, the United States, and the British Empire expressed a desire to colonize the Philippine Islands. However, the three countries had a fear of sparking a war over these nations, and signed the Treaty of London to cement the independence of those states.
Spain and the Tagalog Republic sign the Treaty of New York, where Spain recognizes the independence of all the Philippine states. As a sign of goodwill, Spain will also pay the states $500 thousand each.
The Empire of Japan immediately sends diplomats to the Republic, promising to help them modernize and industrialize with the premise of "Asia for Asians". This news is warmly received.