Brief description of Granadia
Official Name: Granadian State
Geography: Think the Iberian Peninsula, that is the climate of Spain and Portugal. Granadia proper is basically Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar joined together (let's say I took Not-Gibraltar from the old Britonians). Granadia also possesses some islands out at sea, being analogues of the Balearics, the Canaries, the Azores, and Madeira. I might add Not-Ceuta and Not-Melilla as well.
pre-1500s- Era of Division, multiple kingdoms jostle for control of the Granadian Peninsula. Omnian holdings in Peninsula progressively reduced until their final expulsion in 1492.
1500s- Unification of Granadian realms by the marriage of the monarchs of the two strongest kingdoms.
1500-1600s - Age of Voyages, Granadian explorers encounter many lands by sea that had not been known before. Beginnings of Granadian imperialism.
1600-1700s - Golden Age of Granadia. Granadian Empire reaches its height. Successful wars against other colonial powers.
early 1700s - Beginning of The Decline. Last Francian King of Granadia dies without a heir. War of the Granadian Succession. Triumph of the Hausburgs. Britonia seizes the small peninsula of Jilbratar.
mid-1700s - Major wars with other imperial powers saps Granadian resources heavily (even in wars where Granadia is victorious) and leads to the loss of some colonies. Unrest at home due to deteriorating conditions leads to an increasingly centralized, absolutist monarchy and progressive loss of ancient feudal privileges. Reforms to improve efficiency of old mercantile economy have mixed success, benefiting Granadian coffers but increasing dissent in the colonies.
late-1700s - The Viceroyalty of Fusang explodes in rebellion, and with the help of Rheinland and Britonia achieves its independence. Granadian recognition is not given until the mid-1800s. In anger at this loss and what they perceive to be the tyranny of the king, nobles from Lesitania, Vasquia, and Catalania rise in revolt in defense of their old fueros and proclaim the traditionalist Charles of Hausburg, brother of Raúl III, as king, starting the first of the Carlist Wars. The Carlists are defeated just before the Peninsular War, but are never stamped out completely, further outbreaks of Carlist uprisings continuing sporadically until the late 1800s. From then on the Carlists will be largely a political movement, of heavily traditionalist sentiment, backing conservative forces during the Granadian Civil War.
early-1800s - Peninsular War. Granadia enters the Great Francian War, or rather, is forced to due to a massive Francian invasion led by Napoleonus I Bonapartum, Emperor of Francia. The activities of the Granadian partisans, the famous guerrillas, as well as fanatical resistance from the Granadian Army, ties down many thousands of Francian troops. At the same time, the disaffected Granadian colonies rebel and declare their independence without Granadia being able to do anything about it, and is forced to accept the situation as a fait accompli. The Rheinlander invasion of Francia and the death of Napoleonus in battle ends the war. Granadian recovery takes decades.
mid-1800s - Recovery from the Peninsular War is largely completed, in spite of further outbreaks of Carlist revolts, and Granadia undergoes a dramatic wave of industrialization due to imports of Rheinlandian technology and internal reforms facilitating the changes. First socialist groups and workers' unions start to appear. Agitation against the monarchy is dealt with severely by the Inquisition. Granadia reconciles with its former colonies and liberalizes trade with them.
1860s - Reign of King Manuel II the Long-Lived begins in 1850. Start of Granadian Silver Age. He accelerates the pace of Granadian industrialization and begins a major overhaul of the military. In an attempt to deal with the grievances of the proletariat and the peasantry, the King supports measures to protect the industrial worker and the peasants, though they fall short due to recalcitrance from the nobility and the factory owners. Granadia remains neutral in the first phase of the Rhenlander Eighty Years War due to its relative weakness, but provides Rheinland resources and "volunteers" in a expression of support. The same policy is followed with the war in Fuso, due to fear of further Britonian and Nipponese aggrandizement.
early-1900s - Manuel II dies in 1900, succeeded by Juan X, who continues his policies. By now Grenadia has grown increasingly powerful, having created a new colonial empire in the interval (at the expense of the Omnians and the Umerians), a large industrial infrastructure, and a strong military. Politically, it is the age of Turnismo, in which the Liberal and Conservative parties exchanged control of the government (which was first chosen by the King) at regular intervals in an attempt to minimize political instability. The flaws in such a system were that it prevented other parties from achieving victory, didn't take into account divisions within both "official" parties and couldn't deal with the increased mobilization of sectors of the electorate. Nevertheless, disaffection is held to a minimum due to economic prosperity, but good times don't always last. The start of the First Great World War in 1908 is generally dated as the end of Granadia's Silver Age.
1908-1914 - First Great World War. Granadia enters on the side of Rheinland. Granadian Armada sails to fight Britonian Navy, only to face heavy losses in punishing naval battles such as at Trafalgar and the Orkneys. Horrors of trench warfare gradually sap troop morale, while the strain of fighting a total war stretches Granadian industry and society to the breaking point, not helped by the increasing effects of the Britonian-Nipponese blockade from 1912 onwards.
1914 - Worker's strikes, food riots and military mutinies combine to cause the June Revolution. The Hausburgs are overthrown and forced into exile. Proclamation of the Republic.
1914-1920 - Granadian Civil War, loss of second colonial empire. First appearance of the National Populists.
1920 - Peace of Palmaria, exhaustion of all main combatants leads to compromise peace and the creation of a Republic.
1920s - The Ominous Decade. The post-Civil War economic depression fuels radical movements from left to right. Rise of National Populism under Miguel Salazar.
1930-1933 - Final destabilization of the Republican system due to economic crisis, National Populists gain more and more support.
1933 - The Pronunciamiento of 1933 leads to the triumph of the National Populists, ending the Republic.
1933-1936 - La Coordinación, Miguel Salazar and National Populists gradually consolidate control of the State and install a totalitarian dictatorship
1936 - July Plot of conservative generals to overthrow National Populists is discovered, major purge of the military and rest of society snuffs out anti-NatPol sentiment. Dissidents flee overseas or go underground. Salazar proclaims himself Mariscal-Caudillo and announces First Four-Year Plan to reconstruct and expand Granadian industry as well as to achieve autarky. Massive military build-up begins in response to start of the Second Great World War
1936-1952 - Second Great World War. Granadia enters the war in 1940 but with its own agenda. Proclaiming the Reconquista, Salazar attempts to regain the second colonial empire lost during the Civil War. Jilbratar recovered from Britonia after three-month siege. Granadian troops invade Omnian and Umerian territories it once owned, taking advantage of the distraction offered by the main Rheinland-Britonian-Nipponese-Cascadian contest. As tide of war turns in favor of Rheinland and its allies, Granadia tries to curry favor with them in order to retain at least some of its conquests, but without much success. Omnian and Umerian forces push back the heavily outnumbered Granadians from the reconquered territories in bloody battles. By the end of the war only a few enclaves remain of the once-proud Granadian Empire.
1956 - Death of Salazar, succeeded by Francisco Marcos.
1980 - Death of Marcos, succeeded by Augusto Videla.
1991 - Los Santos Square Massacre
2014 - Videla's 84th birthday
Society: State and population organized under strict corporationist concepts, heavily regimented and highly militarized. Pervasive security services, large number of informants. Separatist movements in Lesitania, Vasquia and Catalania agitate for autonomy or independence. Low-key socialist insurgency in the north. Profound religiosity in the population despite the State being officially secular.
Government: National Populist totalitarian regime. There are no elections and all changes in high government posts must be arranged by the Mariscal-Caudillo. Growing corruption in recent decades.
-Terrorism caused by minority groups or radical socialists on the rise as economic conditions deteriorate.
-Stagnant economy, aging infrastructure, dated technological base.
Army - Large and well-trained, but equipment is increasingly in need in replacement. Morale of troops is becoming spotty and their reliability for internal security is no longer taken for granted.
Navy - Large size and diverse, but in need of modernization. Increasing problems with discipline.
Air Force - Numerically potent, but qualitatively obsolescent. Not enough pilots due to problems with training schools.
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