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Spain is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, in southwestern Europe, bordering Portugal and France. It is a member of the European Economic Community.[1]

It includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Its capital city is Madrid, home to the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum, housing works of European artists. Segovia has a medieval castle and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia's capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí's whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church.

Overview[]

Spain is an atypical country in the community. It is in the middle ground between the powerhouses to the north (Germany, France and the Benelux) and the poor relatives (Greece, Ireland and Great Britain). And unlike the Italians, the Spanish are a strongly pro-community country. Spain is the third community country in number of personnel working in the European Economic Community, after France and Germany.

However, its fragmented politics dilutes its communitary weight in a score directions. The only constant is the anti-French, pro-German attitude shared by most politicians. Germany pays well for this support, while France oscillates between reprisals and bribery attempts. As a whole this makes Spain the country that receives the biggest part of EC development subsidies, which are quickly spent in keeping the Spanish economy from collapsing.

In this situation, the country has been a score years stuck in position, not going down but unable to better its position in Europe. This has happened also with its population kept stable for the last thirty years, even avoiding most of the Wasting Plague.

The Plague was the cause of the most polemic political measure in Spain in the recent time. The country changed its immigration laws, one of the most permissive in the world, to block entry of foreigners into the country. Only European citizens can easily get into Spain. Anybody from a "restricted country (the U.S.A. is not yet restricted, although there has been pressure in that direction) cannot even make a pleasure or tourism trip to the country. The Guardia Civil has free rein when dealing with illegal immigrants, which means that usually, deportation is not necessary. Although many European youth prefer the rough and tumble (compared with their home towns) but orderly situation in Spain, most tourists have shifted their interest to its neighbor Portugal, and the touristic trade has suffered.

The Great Drought harshly affected Spain and by 2012 and 2013 much of Andalusia has turned into a desert.

In May 2016, the European Economic Community council approved on the construction of a tunnel between Europe and Northern Africa. The chosen route was the Strait of Gibraltar, giving the ECC full control over the area. The tunnel construction begun in 2017 and was finished in 2020. The former Spanish city of Ceuta was completely turned into an extensive transport terminus.[2]

Most recent history has been a succession of lost opportunities and a turning back to the past. Recently, the chance to recover part of that lost opportunity appeared when Spain had the only orbital mass driver in the Canary Islands, with the project of enlarging the old Canarian facilities, to make the ESA independent of Orbital Air's resources and keeping valuable assets in European soil.

Cities[]

Madrid[]

Eurosource Plus Madrid Map

Once capital of half the world, before London usurped it, and signs of this past glory still remain. Although it is the only peninsular city close to becoming a metropolis, the core of the city has remained unchanged for years. All slums and poorer areas are in the periphery, and the city center is dedicated to cultural centers, museums, government buildings, residences and those two national passions: shopping and carousing. The fact that there are old residences all around the city center gives Southern European cities their peculiar flavor. The streets are crowded by pedestrians and vehicles alike, at all times night and day. The old Spanish tradition of a bar every ten meters and staying up late (really late) get to the most in the "Old Madrid". Although there are a few violent elements, specially ultra nationalist groups and football (soccer) fans (usually the same people), most people are out to have some fun.[3]

With the enormous EEC subsidies to keep the economy from collapsing most people have little to do and time to spare, so most people make their most to enjoy life.[3]

Foreigners will notice the limited police presence and security. Most security is concentrated in the accesses to the city, with inconspicuous presence in the city center itself. People will be very friendly to strangers if they are clearly Europeans or Americans (having less prejudice than others) and delighting at attempts to speak Spanish. Africans, specially Arabs, will have a worse time, and may be harassed by radical nationalists.[3]

The lack of a strong government has made Madrid a favored point for European offices of many corporations, helped by the cheap (by EEC standards) cost of living. Madrid is considered a preferred assignment, so corporation executives in Madrid will usually perform better than average.[3]

Most large cities are similar to Madrid, without the poorer outlying areas and lesser size. This high lifestyle in the cities is supported by the poverty in the country areas and the EEC help. After the partial sinking of Barcelona and Valencia, and the devastation of Bilbao, the main Spanish cities are Seville and Saragossa, together with Barcelona Nova (New Barcelona).[3]

New Barcelona[]

This place grew from the refugees of Barcelona. It is the most modern city in Spain, and the focus of the strong Catalanist pride. Barcelona Nova is packed with environmentally aware archaeologist, architecture integrated with natural formations and carefully-delineated city zones. However, there are certain sections of the city which are still "old Barcelona," and these can be decrepit and dangerous.[3]

Saragossa[]

A middle point between the economic centers of the country, Madrid and Catalonia. Saragossa was strengthened by the victory of Aragonese interests in the Water War, and is a growing industrial center.[3]

Seville[]

Poorer than other cities, due to the sorry state Andalusia is in, and sometimes it is isolated for days if the airport closes, due to the brigands' control of Sierra Morena.[3]

Tenerife[]

The newest Spanish city, merits special focus. Taking the place of the old Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, a city built for and by the mass driver construction in Mount Teide. It is surrounded by the slums of the construction workers and has a glass and metal heart, pumping the EEC and corporate blood money. Although ESA is not the only player, is the main one, and despite the Interpol and Netwatch having strong presences, as does the Guardia Civil. Every week there is a supposed attack from Orbital Air, usually from the net, but the work progresses steadily. A proof of the importance of the islands is the presence of the second Spanish LDL, while many EEC countries have none.[3]

Notes[]

  • Herrera is a major Spanish automotive manufacturer.
  • Jackie Welles, under his fabricated identity during The Heist, will mention New Barcelona as one of the cities he falsely visited.

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. PONDSMITH, M Near Orbit. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1989. (p.36)
  2. RAMOS, J. Eurosource Plus. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1995. (p.118)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 RAMOS, J. Eurosource Plus. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1995. (pp.53–5)
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