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Timeline (Pearl of the Orient Seas)

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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.

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