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After getting a hold on the copy of the plan for the War Memorial, Antonio adds a note that says: "Remember a cross."
 

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Name: Santiago Durante
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3rd Duque de Zaragoza
3rd Duque de la Torre
11th Marquis de Santa Maria de la Silvela
Rank: Captain
Date of Birth: April 18th 1871
Age: 25 (I think I got that math right)
Personality: (Need a moment as well)
Back Ground: (give me a minute on this)

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Santiago's father mysteriously disappeared in the the mid 1870's, where he went to is hard to unknown. it is suggested he spent much of his wealth funding a private expedition to Peru, but this is yet unconfirmed. What is known is that Santiago grew up with out a father, as was almost tradition in the Durante family. With his father gone though, his mother became very controlling, fearing that she would lose him as well, and was scarcely allowed to travel much. Instead he spent much of his youth going from lesson to lesson, notably becoming fluent in Basque, Italian, French and Portuguese as well as his native Aragonese.

With the death of his mother he was freed from her ever control grasp on him, and the first act as an independent person was to buy to get an army commission. Having grown up on the stories of his grandfather and the glorious restoration, he felt a great pride towards the army and wanted to live up to his families name. He quickly proved himself of some caliber; making his way to Captain after 4 years of service (Joining the army in 1890). He also gained notice in the command of his company during the attempted American invasion of Spain. However, his desire to bring the war to America was never realized to his almost nonexistent influence and lack of support. While not as strongly pro American conquest as his father or grandfather, Santiago still felt that America was a threat that needed to be dealt with and that was best done sooner rather than later.
 

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"I must request that the Ministry of War puts its plans to complete the necessary militarization of Cuba on hold until we have a more stable budgetary situation. The necessary processes for stabilizing the economy ought to first be executed - upon completion of this readjustment, the Treasury would gladly release the funds requested."

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Budget, 1893
____________________
Taxes:

Lower Class: 40%
Middle Class: 40%
Upper Class: 40%

Tariffs: 25%

Spending:

Military Stockpile: 90%
Naval Stockpile: 90%
Construction: 100%

Education: 100%
Administration: 50%
Social Spending: 40%
Military Spending: 50%

Contingencies:

I. Budget Deficits - In the event of a budgetary deficit, the stockpile and education spending are to be reduced in increments of 5% to a minimum of 50%.

II. Budget Surpluses - In the event of a budgetary surplus of more than 10 esc., taxes shall be decreased on all classes in increments of 1% to a minimum of 37%, then tariffs will gradually be reduced to the lowest level possible to retain the 10 esc. target.

III. War - In the event of an unforeseen war involving the Kingdom of Spain, the military and naval stockpiles - as well as military spending - will be increased to 100% until the war's conclusion. Contingency (III) supersedes all other contingencies.
 

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"I do not think, that our Secretary of the Treasury is aware of the severe lack of militarization on Cuba, because there is none, nothing. There was a reason the imperialistic Americans easily got in control and having ease with delivering weapons to secessionist. If we wish not to look weak, we must show that we are willing to defend our colonies and subjects of his Majesty. Doing nothing would hurt and giving the Cuban secessionist an easy time in inviting the vile Americans over once more."
 

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The Prince-Duke de Toledo de Soneta di Belmonte e Infantado wheeled himself into the audience chamber. Wheezing slightly with the effort he supported the notion of the Prince of War, reminding the Council and the Assembly the recent challenges faced by France, and the unlikeness they could offer assistance in the near future
 

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((Private - Cabinet))

"I do not think, that our Secretary of the Treasury is aware of the severe lack of militarization on Cuba, because there is none, nothing. There was a reason the imperialistic Americans easily got in control and having ease with delivering weapons to secessionist. If we wish not to look weak, we must show that we are willing to defend our colonies and subjects of his Majesty. Doing nothing would hurt and giving the Cuban secessionist an easy time in inviting the vile Americans over once more."

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"While I agree in part, I believe we can trust the Americans to uphold their end of the truce, which will give us ample time to both improve our budgetary straits and conduct a proper militarization of Cuba. For the time being, is not the redeployment of a certain number of regiments from Europe to Cuba enough to ensure that the Americans and secessionists will fear a renewed conflict with us?

"Additionally, efforts might be considered to grant Cuba a degree of home-rule, similar to the rights afforded to our European provinces. By expanding colonial autonomy, we may be able to keep their independence movement on the political fringe, as well as alienate them from their own base of support.

"Ultimately, I defer all decision-making to His Majesty, as we all should, and would gladly amend all of my positions should they conflict with the vision that the Crown has for this nation."
 

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((Okay so time to level with you guys...

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Name: Alberto Franco de Huelva
Rank: Royalist politician
Date of birth: 7.7.1868 (age 28)
Personality: Loyal, patient
Background: Son of a minor noble from Huelva and daughter of a rich Sevillan merchant

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Born in 7.7.1868, a son of a minor noble and land owner, Alberto always showed great interest for politics and royal matters. Even thought his childhood was mostly centered in his family mansion in Huelva, he always loved to hear stories about the adventures of his merchant grandfather, who reguralry traveled to America. Alberto was educated in the university of Madrid, as attorney, but he has much bigger plans for the future, to join the Royalist Party and make Spain great again ((ok that was probably a bit unnecessary :p))
 

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I know you all are waiting for an epilogue, but I am getting bogged down with work. Mark my words though, I will have a conclusion up by 2017.

Dont punish me papa P-dox... :())
 
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((At last, the very long overdue conclusion to this IAAR))

The End of an Era: 1900-

Following the climactic war between the United States and the Kingdom of Spain, Spain and its people turned to face the dawn of a new century. Hopes were high in this new era, as the people showered praise onto their rulers for the achievement of a great victory in Cuba. Yet all good things must come to an end, and the 20th century would provide some of the greatest challenges the country will ever face.

Since this chapter in our story is covering such a long period of time, I have decided to gloss over various things such as elections and the basic year-to-year dealings of the government. This chapter shall be divided up into four major arcs:

1. The Remainder of the Reign of Felipe VI
2. The Reign of Carlos VII
3. The Spanish Republic, the Civil War and the Zumalacárregui Regime
4. The Monarchy Reinstated and a New Dawn

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Felipe VI would reign for about 23 more years after the turn of the century till 1923. At the time of his death, he was 71 years old. He had reigned since he was in his mid-twenties, making his reign one of the longest reigns of any monarch at almost fifty years. During the last parts of his reign, Felipe VI would continue with the policy of expanding Spanish influence abroad and to ensure the long-lasting capacity of the power of the monarch. The Royalist party though would falter and split among political lines, and the liberals would seek a new start in the form of a regionalist party. Some say that these political shifts would cause the problems of the later half of the century. Felipe VI would leave Spain in a hairy situation, as the political divides of his regime were not fully healed, leaving them to fester and widen during the reign of his son, Carlos VII.

To understand the lasting effects of the later part of the Felipe time, one must look at the political organization that the monarchy had supported for years, the Royalist Party. The Royalist Party had been suffering from a leadership dispute which came about in 1902. On March 21, 1902, the Marquis of Pontevedra died. The lasting leader of the Royalist party had succumbed to an unknown illness and had passed away. This left a gaping hole in the Royalist power-structure. Pontevedra was the only leader many Royalists had known, and a party without him at the head was a party heading into the unknown. Once Pontevedra was buried in the ground, conflict erupted over who would take his place. Many Royalists, especially those who had military backgrounds, felt that the reigns of leadership should go to General Antonio de Carlos Zumalacárregui, the military leader who had served in many wars for King and country. Many Royalists though felt like a military man in a political position was not right, and felt that Antonio could have too much power if he had the military and the government at his beckoning. Those who did not support Antonio instead offered their support to the Prince of Belmonte, the man who had been leading the Royalist party in Pontevedra’s abrupt absence before his death. In the end, the majority of the Royalist party joined with Belmonte, and made him the new leader of the Royalist party, but at a price. Upon hearing of his loss, General Antonio declared that the government of Spain needed a strong leader, and his supporters soon grew to become the Nationalist Wing of the Royalist Party, a wing that supported all of the tenets of the Royalist Party, but had an unwavering support of the military and jingoistic policy as well as a zealous national pride in Spain.

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(The Symbol of the Nationalist Wing)

While Belmonte reigned as Prime Minister (due to the King still picking Royalist members in his government), the liberals began to reorganized. Francisco de Valle was still imprisoned, and his followers began to wain. The liberals needed someone to rally behind, and they found it in the Regionalist and Mutualist Party ran by Grand Duke Roma. The Roma family were chosen to lead the new liberal movement into the new century. Since the Regionalists had liberal tendencies, they became almost the new opposition, with many Moviemento members offering their support to the Mutualists. Liberalism would step into the 20th century with a federalist spunk.

Thus concludes the major events of the Felipe regime. In foreign affairs, the world grew increasingly isolated. Short wars would erupt over basic things and not last very long. Monarchies were still strong, and dominate over much of Europe.

Carlos VII assumed the throne in 1923 at the head of increased political turmoil. Many in Spain hoped that Carlos VII would be more lenient than his father, but that was incorrect. Carlos VII though would be more distant than his father, not really inserting himself into political situations were he need not interfere. He was a monarch who let his selected government run the day-to-day tasks of the nation and handle affairs. He was still a hardline Carlist like his father was, picking Royalists to run his government's whenever possible. However, the Royalists were losing their power in the government, and more liberal factions were gaining control in the regions of Spain. The Regionalist Party was focused on expanding their power in the various regions of Spain, an institution that they helped establish. Soon, many regions flocked to the Regionalist Party. While the national government was run by the Royalist Party, the regions began to enforce liberal policies in the areas they controlled. Eventually, the strength of the Regionalists would shape the future of Spain

While Carlos VII was letting his government do the work, the Regionalist Party was gaining strength among the leftist communities in Spain as the new opposition to Royalist dominance. As such, socialists and liberals flocked to the Regionalists and Felipe Roma, the son of Francesc Roma, who had taken the reigns of power in the Regionalist Party from his father. Felipe wanted a system of governance similar to the United States where power was shared equally between the national government and the various regions of Spain. However, the centralizing powers of the King and Royalist Party was getting in the way of that. As such, he decided to focus his party’s energy on regional domination. Eventually, the Royalist party was having problems even maintaining control over their most supportive regions. Some say the Mutualists made a deal in hell with the remnants of Los Amarillos by asking them to buy support for them in heavily Royalist regions. Whatever the case may be, one by one the regions fell to the Regionalists. In 1930, Felipe Roma was arrested and put on trial for conspiracy against the Kingdom where he was found guilty and sentenced to twenty years imprisoned. The regions rallied to his cause and demanded that the King release Felipe. When that did not work, the regions owned by the Regionalists called a meeting and declared that the Absolute Regime of the Carlists was to end and a constitution be established. The King responded by sending in troops to quell the uprisings. The troops though would be pushed back by the regional militias and many liberal rebels. In the end, being surrounded on all sides by enemies, the King decided that the best way to avoid another revolution like his father endured was to resign. In 1931, Carlos VII stepped down as King, and with no one in his family willing to take the throne, the Regionalists swept in and declared the creation of a Spanish Republic. Spain had gone from a Semi-Absolute Monarchy to a Republic in a year. Carlos VII had reigned for eight years.

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(The Flag of the New Spanish Republic)

The Spanish Republic lasted a decade. Corruption, inefficiency, and political chaos sowed the seeds of its downfall. As Felipe Roma was sworn in as the First President of Spain, and the Regionalists were busy planning out a new constitution, forces in the shadows were stirring. The Royalists were not silent in all of this and denounced the new Republic as nothing more than a jacobin nightmare that has overthrown a sacred institution. The Regionalists would begin implementing socialist-friendly policies in regions that were not so fond of socialist beliefs, like Navarra and Aragon. The military was reorganized, but Roma made a grave mistake putting in someone who was secretly not as fond of the Republic as he was.

The Regionalist and Los Amarillos were now the top political organizations in the new Republic. However, neither side got along, and both were at odds based on the economic policy of the other. As the political chaos in the legislature deepend, various communist, anarcho-liberal, and socialist parties emerged and began to campaign for communist states and more radical forms of government. Many were shocked to even see these parties earn seats in the legislature. No one was more shocked than General Francisco Zumalacárregui, the grandson of Antonio Zumalacárregui. Francisco had risen through the ranks of the Spanish Army, and had secured a position of power in the Republican Military. While Francisco was a devious military mind, he was a Nationalist like his grandfather. As such, seeing all these socialist and communist elements in the nation that he loved angered him, so he decided to organize and strike.

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(Francisco Zumalacárregui)

In 1936, Francisco ordered an uprising among the ranks of his men to begin against the “despicable communist Republic” in the hopes of restoring Spain to its former glory. Their initial attacks were successful, but they were beaten back from most other cities. Eventually, the Nationalists were halted and forced to dig in, the Spanish Civil War had begun.

Over the course of the next three years, Francisco would gain support and slowly crawl his way to Madrid. The war was devastating for Spain, and would lead to large scale death on both sides. Violence on this scale had not been seen in Spain since the Carlist War. Eventually, Francisco would take Madrid from the Republic, and soon had chased the Republic out of Spain entirely by 1939. From there, Francisco declared himself Caudillo, the Political and Military Leader of a new Spanish regime, one of nationalist pride and militaristic policy. The Republic had been short lived, and Francisco was now the undisputed leader of Spain.

Francisco would rule Spain for the next 36 years until the 1970s. Francisco would enact harsh policies on his political opponents, with reports of mass execution and forced labor against those ideologically opposed to Francisco for the first ten years of his regime. Eventually, Francisco would move Spain away from an authoritarian nationalist regime to a more authoritarian regime with limited pluralism. Francisco even managed to progressively develop the economy and rebuilt Spain from the hardships of Civil War. He enforced these policies in Spain and abroad where the colonies would be pushed to their limit to develop the resources for Spain. As a Basque, his reign would mark a golden age in the spread of Basque culture across the nation. Navarra would gain significant rights in his state, and Basque culture was promoted from Seville to Leon. In the end though, Francisco’s regime was seen in both a positive light and a negative light. He would pass away in 1975.

Before he died though, Francisco would name his successor, Carlos Hugos de Bourbon, the son of the elderly Carlos VII. Carlos VII was 92 years old when Francisco passed away, too old to continue on as monarch, so he allowed the crown to pass to his son, Carlos Hugos. Carlos Hugos would become the next King of Spain as Carlos Hugos I, and in a symbolic ceremony, his father would put the Spanish crown on his son’s head, to show the continued legacy of the monarchy. The various Kings of Europe would flock to the coronation, for many of the monarchs in the world still remained on their throne. Carlos Hugos though would not be the authoritarian Francisco was. In 1977, Carlos Hugos would call for elections, the first elections in almost four decades. He would allow all to vote, even women and the poor. This election would culvimate in the 1978 Constitution, which would make Spain a constitutional monarchy. This was the start of a new dawn for the people of Spain. From there, Carlos Hugos would liberalize the nation, and even adopt a similar convention of dominions that the UK had by granting the various colonies under Spanish rule dominion status. Today, the Commonwealth of Spain consists of Cuba, the Philippines, Nigeria, and Equatorial Guinea.

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(Carlos Hugos I)

Carlos Hugos would pass the crown off to his son upon his death in 2010. His son, Carlos Javier I, is the current King of Spain. In today’s world, Carlos Javier and the remaining monarchs of Europe have been working together to ensure peace in Europe. Spain, France, Russia, Germany, Austria, and the various constitutional monarchs work together in a Union in which all European countries share the same economic goals. Carlos Javier also changed Carlist beliefs by adopting a more environmentally friendly policy in regards to Global Warming and the environment.

Whether or not you believe it, the Carlist regime has had a major impact on Iberia and the world as a whole. They made Spain a better nation from the condition it emerged from the Napoleonic Wars in. Spain was once a Dead Empire, but over the course of the last century, that title had been reversed. No more is Spain the “El Imperio Muerto”, but it is now a revitalized and proud nation, one that can look back at itself and feel happy at how far they came. They tell stories of the various figures of history, from the Marquis Pontevedra, the wolf of Madrid, to the Carlist Kings who held firm in revolutions and civil wars, to the noble Carlos VII who stepped down to avoid bloodshed. They tell about the Roma family and their crusade for a federal Spain, the Basque generals who created a military state, and the basque businessmen who showed money can buy anything. Even prostitutes of the time are considered influential figures, as well as Doctors, Generals, and nobles. The course of history is forever changed now, and what else can we do but look ahead?
 
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Final Thoughts:

I congradulate all those who waited for this long for a conclusion! I came to the realization around 1900 that I would not have time to manage an IAAR in college, so I decided the best thing to do was to conclude the game. Honestly, the game was on its last leg, and it was going to end sooner or later.

Do not expect another IAAR from me for a very long time. With the ending of this IAAR before 1936, I feel that my time as an IAAR GM has come to an end. Also, with time restraints I may not have the ability to host another one.

I thank all of you who stuck around until the very end, and I bid thee a farwell

-Naxhi
 

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Juan Felipe de Alvear y Ponce de Leon never really got the chance to participate in the government. Yes, he had a seat in the "Parliament," but he never really spoke or did anything, with the big parties and their leaders' feuding dominating politics and overshadowing whatever his fellow politicians tried to do. Eventually he returned to the military, but after the war with the Americans his troops were assigned to guard duty in the mainland in the face of growing unrest. He never got a promotion after the war. Not that he wanted one anyways given what the other generals were doing.

When the Republic was declared, he was stripped of his estate and titles and forced into the streets, losing almost everything. Only his military commission wasn't taken away, and that was what sustained him for the next ten years. Angry that the government he had sworn to protect had been overthrown and the new one was out to get him, he was among the first to join the Nationalist movement (after sending his family abroad for their own safety). Francisco gave him several medals and a promotion for his outstanding performance on the battlefield. He was among the first soldiers to enter Madrid and raise the Nationalist banners over the capital.

Under the new regime he returned to politics, with his connections to the Caudillo allowing him to finally have a say in the government. Francisco restored his titles and properties to him, making him wealthy again. His family started several businesses to help out the common people, rapidly building up a corporate empire that lasts to this day.

When Francisco died in 1975, Juan Felipe quickly switched sides, knowing what would happen next, and managed to not be prosecuted for his association with the Caudillo. He was present at the King's coronation ceremony. He died not long after that, satisfied that his family's legacy was intact.

After 1975 the Alvear y Ponce de Leon family remained a dominant force in Spanish politics and the economy. Juan Felipe's sons and grandsons were variously politicians, generals, and businessmen. His eldest son, Hernando, was Spain's first elected prime minister (and initiated a rapprochement with Argentina and other former colonies), while his second son emigrated to the Empire of Mexico and became its prime minister and his third son made millions in real estate, banking, and oil. His nephew is currently Field Marshal of the Spanish Army, and his grandson Carlos is expected to win the next general election.

From a minor noble family fleeing the chaos of Argentina's war for independence, the descendants of Carlos Maria de Alvear y Ponce de Leon had become one of the most powerful families in Spain, if not the entire Spanish speaking world.
 

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Dr. Gregorio Vicente Osorio de Moscoso, who slipped into obscurity during the late 19th Century, stepped down as the official royal physician, instead opting to focus entirely on caring for the Infante Pelayo, who he shared a father-son type relationship with. He personally attended to the young prince for a few more decades before overdosing on opium in 1913.

Esmeralda, the Emerald of Elche, spent the remainder of her days managing her highly profitable brothels before passing away in 1901. Her legacy lived on though through the young women she hired and protected throughout her career. It was said that many prostitutes that had worked for Esmeralda, or at least at her brothels after she passed away, participated in the efforts to establish a republic. There is even a tale that a young woman bearing an eerie resemblance to Esmeralda met with Carlos Hugos shortly before the monarchy was restored and elections were called in 1977, convincing him to grant women the right to vote, although this has not been officially verified. This same women has been spotted from time to time walking the streets of Elche, and in conversation claims to be descended from Esmeralda and the nobleman Vicente Pío Osorio, although there is no record that Esmeralda ever bore a children or that Vicente sired a child with her.

Even prostitutes of the time are considered influential figures

((The greatest thing that could ever have happened to Spain. Should have had the new king marry a prostitute. :p))
 

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((Will do something memoy for both Carlos and the prince when i am back on my laptop :p))