Spain

Spain

Spain
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Population 38,521,900
SINless Population (est.) 21%
Per Capita Income 27,600
Below Poverty Level 30%
Megacorporate Affiliation 36%
Education:
Less than 12 years 18%
GED 54%
4 year degree 19%
Masters or higher 9%
Major Language Spanish (93%)
Currency Euro
Capital Madrid

Early on in the century, when Mother Nature was kicking other countries in the groin with weird storms, toxic floods and nuclear meltdowns, Spain received its share of punishment with increasingly volatile and extreme weather. Severe drought dried out the southern farmlands, while the soils in northern Asturias and Cantabria became mysteriously barren. Both situations depressed the local economies and forced impoverished farmers to sell their lands and move out, swelling the ghettos of nearby cities. VIlAS also struck these regions hard, further depopulating them.

After the Awakening, however, the northern areas experienced an unusual amount of wild growth that rapidly encroached on rural townships and urban areas. In a few short years, some villages were overgrown. The remaining residents fled to the cities, which found themselves besieged by strange, dense new forests.

From 2016 to 2018, a chain of earthquakes worked its way across northern Spain, culminating in the massive Santiago Quake. A vast rift opened up between the city and ocean, and Santiago itself slowly but surely sunk in elevation, vanishing under the waves a year later.

Worse yet for the nation's stability was the pope's decree in 2012 that metahumans were demons and magic unholy. The numerous and devout (and human) Spanish Catholic population took this decree to heart (especially those who had suffered from the recent calamities and sought easy scapegoats for their woes). Later, Goblinization brought riots and witchunts to central Spain. Many metahumans were literally run down by mobs and lynched. Some fought back, but most fled to more tolerant areas, particularly Galicia and the Basque country. When Imago Dei was published in 2024, a dogmatic schism opened between the Spanish Church and the Vatican. Though the Spanish were finally forced to bow to the encyclical, racism has remained a subtle but pervasive influence in the country, secretly backed by the local branch of the church.

As the comet passed and SURGE struck the nation, riots once again broke out across Spain; racist and fascist mobs
clashed with meta rights groups, anarchists and the police. Castilla became a virtual war-zone as the homes of remaining metahumans, changelings and Muslims are firebombed until most are driven out.

More recently, the death of King Felipe VI on May 5, 2063, rocked the country. His son Prince Juan Carlos's claim as heir-apparent was challenged when Alfonso-the Duque de Alba's ogre son-stepped forth and declared he was in fact Felipe's firstborn (presumed dead) son. Outrage erupted over the possibility of a metahuman taking the throne, but Alfonso's claim was verified with genetic testing and corroborating testimonies from high-ranking public officials. The Spanish Church announced its support for Juan Carlos and asked Alfonso to relinquish his claim, but he has so far refused. Now, all of Spanish society is choosing sides in the conflict, and the dark cloud of a second civil war looms on the horizon. Both sides are balanced for now, but several factions have yet to take positions, including the army and most influential corporations. The dispute has even spread to the fledging NEEC, as open-minded nations back Alfonso's claim, whereas conservative countries support Juan Carlos.

The church is a true power, if not the power, in Spain. Led by Cardinal Julian Estrellas ofToledo, its ambitious anti-Awakened agenda is clearly at odds with the Vatican's; it is in fact the lead opposition to the Enlightened faction's reforms outside Rome. It discreetly propagates the belief that metahumans are demons and that magic is infernally inspired. The Spanish Church is very careful not to anger Rome too much, though, so it continues to pay lip service to Rome's doctrine. The church's influence is subtle. Its men negotiate in the Congreso's halls with both corps and politicians, backing the candidates that most suit Catholic interests. Powerful Spanish leaders have deep ties to the church, and favors are continuously exchanged. And as the most Catholic country in the world, many people take what a priest says at Sunday's service very seriously.

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