Espana, Republica Popular de

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Existence: 1741-1748 Dead.gif
Capital: Seville in Andalusia
Religion: Atheist

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Short-lived splinter state declared by communard Spanish Student Revolutionary Committees in the Spanish Civil War (1739-1747). Inspired by Baklovakist Thought, the Republica Popular de Espana attempted to spread "Revolutionary Principles" to the whole of Spain, but was quickly crushed militarily by Spanish Republican and allied forces.

With Baklovakia and the Southern League, one of three nations known to have been run "by committee".

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Republica Popular de Espana

1741-1742 T206
Baklovakia: The Communards in Marseilles were plagued with embassies from many powers, and made out well in gifts (particularly from the Danes and the House of Tewfik) which they immediately applied to the Workers Cause (buying Danish rifles and pistols for the workers battalions.) In any case the students had determined to aid their brothers and sisters fighting in Spain, and many left the city and marched west into Navarrese territory.

PRESS RELEASE

Today, the Student Revolutionary Councils of Sevilla and Limoges announced they would back the Republican government as the legitimate authority in Spain. "We believe the Largo-istas deserve the opportunity to show they can improve the conditions of the working classes, and we believe this goal can still be best achieved if the Revolutionary Councils work within the democratic framework, particularly in regards to the dismantling the "Guild" system." - Juan Perrando, SRC. January 3, 1741

While the motion passed easily, there was a somewhat large minority who advocated a policy of non-cooperation with the Republicans, whom they viewed as merely an extension of the bourgeoisie capitalist system disguised with the trappings of democratic liberty.

"By siding with the Republicans, the Revolutionary Councils are thus faced with a choice between going with the peasant masses or with the liberal bourgeoisie. There could be only one reason to include the peasantry and the liberal bourgeoisie in the same coalition at the same time: to help the bourgeoisie deceive the peasantry and thus isolate the workers! By tacitly aiding the Royalists, we could have helped the class enemies destroy themselves, the last vestiges of feudalism would have been swept away, and the establishment of true Baklovakianism could have been achieved within our lifetimes. Alas, it is not to be...woof woof" - Samuel 'Pepe' Berkowitz. January 7, 1741

In addition to taking up arms against the Royalists, the student committees in Marseilles and Seville also seized the properties of any merchant houses (“the means of production must be placed in the hands of the workers!”) therein. Indeed, in Seville, the student revolutionary committees extended their control over the province of Andalusia, and wrecked both Norsktrad and Church properties. “Catholicism is the opiate of the people!” They chanted, dragging the priests from their churches and painting them yellow.

Republic of Spain: And not to forget the Communards and students from Limoge, they had besieged Narbonne in early ’41 and had kept up a heavy pressure of plays, speeches and other demonstrations of the workers arts. In ’42 they were reinforced by various socialist battalions from Marseilles and set about bombarding the city in earnest. In the late summer of ’42 the city surrendered, the garrison marching out to clasp hands with the students and everyone threw their hats in the air. An enormous party followed, during which time a vast quantity of vodka was drunk and many pastries consumed.

1743-1744 T207
Frankish Commonwealth: The trouble in Spain worried the Archon greatly. A civil war on the Commonwealth’s borders could always “accidentally” spill over the frontier. These things had a way of spinning out of control and the Archon did not wish them to spin in his direction. And then there was this thing with the students… crazy young idealists!

Norsktrad: Despite the physical attacks upon the company – by the Commonwealth, and the Republica Popular – a sustained effort by Johannes managed to restore the reputation of the business in government and Catholic circles throughout Spain and England.

Republica Popular de Espana: Faction politics within the Communard movement caused a violent split between the SRC cadres in Spain and the ‘masterminds’ in Komarno. “We raise our own flag,” the workers and peasants declared, ten thousand voices raised in a cheer. “We find our own liberty! Liberation!”

The first thing the new self-motivated SRC did was order the cadres in Languedoc to sack and loot the offices and establishments of the Norsktrad company in the province and city of Norbonne. The ‘bourgeois’ elements were hounded into exile, or just shot in the head. There were fires – which got out of control – and random looting as the students and the poor ran wild in the streets.

The Limoge cadres then marched west (reinforced by many Red Rifle soldiers from the Marseilles cadres) into Aquitaine and immediately ran into the counter-revolutionary forces of the Largoistas! A shout went up from the loyal defenders of the workers and the peasants, and the cadre army rushed to form a line of battle!

And in the south, the student committee in Seville reorganized their motley bands of workers, peasants and undergraduates into a formal military organization – with regiments and batteries. They also repudiated the Carthaginians who had been providing them with supplies, guns, ammunition and modern artillery. “Carthage – for all their fine words – are no more than the tools of the ancien regime – no more than exploiters of the people – wreckers!”

The Jesuit seminaries, churches and farms were duly pillaged and burned to the ground afterwards. On the other hand, no one bothered the Sisters of the Rose when they opened a free school in Narbonne. At least, not yet.

Republic of Spain: Minister Migual – who had been attempting to negotiate a peaceful settlement with the students in Seville – was suddenly seized and thrust before a ‘worker’s trial’. Found guilty, he was soon stretching a rope outside the city cathedral (now the headquarters of the SRC cadres in Seville). Four months after the minister’s death, a Largoista army arrived from the north, escorted by a pair of new-built scout zeppelins.

The students scattered or vanished as the government troops entered the city. General Antonio (the Largoista commander) was very suspicious and kept a close watch on his brigade commanders. His wariness was quickly rewarded as the students attempted to convince the common soldiers and NCO’s to join them. Antonio crushed the incipient rebellion – sobering four of the conspirators himself – but then his force was attacked from all sides by the Communard forces hiding in the city.

The battle of Seville was a confused affair, fought in narrow winding streets, on the rooftops and from house to house. Antonio’s 5,000 Republican troops – though actually well equipped for fighting in a city – were outnumbered by the 8,000 SRC troopers. Antonio was also a poor leader, and entirely outmaneuvered by Queipo de Lana (the military leader of the Seville cadres). Within days the Largoista army was annihilated. Antonio was taken prisoner and soon met the same fate as poor Miguel.

Having crushed the initial Republican response to their revolt, the Sevillistas then marched northwest into Estremadura and captured the city of Tharsis. The Norsktrad factors in the region had already fled, but the Communards wrecked what remained of their businesses and factories.

Now, back in Aquitaine… the Limoge cadres had marched into the region to receive a warm welcome from the peasants and townsmen (who had been very poorly used by the Royalists). However, the Largoista army under Diego Tordes entered at the same time. Shockingly, the Communards outnumbered Tordes – who immediately retreated west towards the Republican armies operating in Asturias. Unfortunately, a crucial bridge over the Adur river at Pau collapsed mysteriously, leaving Tordes and his men stranded on the eastern bank.

The 10,000 Communard fighters waded in, supported by a heavy barrage from their Danish-made artillery. The 7,000 Republicans rushed to dig in (most of them were sappers, actually) and a frightful melee erupted along the riverbank. The first Communard attack was beaten back, then the second. Tordes’ engineers swarmed over the bridge, repairing the battered span with anything they could lay their hands on. Night fell. Under the cover of darkness, the Republican swam the river or crawled across the partially-repaired bridge. In the morning, the Communards woke and found the enemy gone.

Within the month, Tordes and his surviving men met up with Alfonso, who rode into Gascony with 8,000 knights. Together they struck back into Aquitaine. The Limoge cadres were gone. They had marched south through the Pyrennes into Catalonia. Tordes and Alfonso gave chase! Marching by night and day, the two Republican generals caught up with the Communards outside of Barcelona – where an attempt to inspire a student uprising had failed – and the Limoge cadres had settled in to besiege the port.

Again the Communards attempted to flee, but failed to escape Tordes’ wide-ranging cavalry patrols. A battle erupted at Matorell as the cadres attempted to break out of the trap. Despite lacking any artillery at all, Tordes managed to use his superior speed of march and maneuver to encircle and destroy the Communard army.

1745-1746 T208
Norsktrad: Though the clerks in Lisbon groaned at the red ink which would surely result, staining the sacred books, the Company preemptively closed their offices in Granada, Cortez, Valencia and Tortosa – lest the Communards seize them.

Navarre: Seville was already waking – the streets filled with the rumble of carts and the calls of men and women trudging to work in the armories or workshops of the Commune.

Republica Popular de Espana: Determined to find victory through the liberation of the people, the SRC ordered Quipo de Lana to hold Seville at all costs – “bleed the oppressors upon the barricades of the workers and the peasants,” they proclaimed in a stirring series of pamphlets. The citizens responded with proper revolutionary fervor and the approaches to the city were soon a maze of trenches, bunkers and sandbagged pits holding rocket batteries. The Committee did not reveal their half-sick reaction to news their ‘foreign sponsors’ had no time, guns or airships to spare for the Revolution.

“Wreckers!” Comrade Miss Elaine declared. “They too will feel the wrath of the oppressed and the downtrodden!”

Soon, reports reached De Lana of the advance of the Largoista army from the northwest and he made his final dispositions. In March of ’45, while touring the defenses on the southern arm of the city, the people’s general and his bodyguards were attacked by a dozen men disguised as workers from Heavy Industry Factory No. 43 Rifle Brigade. A sharp engagement drove off the attackers, though Quipo was stunned by their audacity. Examination of the bodies revealed them to be Frisian mercenaries.

“The bourgeoisie exploiters show their true colors,” De Lana growled, reloading his revolver. His hands were shaking with the narrowness of his escape. The general was sure only a moment’s inattention on the part of his guards and they’d have had him in a sack and off to Lisbon with no one the wiser.

Students manning the walls of Cortez were disheartened to see a squadron of metal-clad steamships arrive off the port early in ’45. Though the ships were owned and operated by the Norsktrad mercantile combine, they flew the flags of Largoista Spain. Commanding them was Jorge Delgado; a wry, hard-bitten captain who’d plied all of the seven seas in his time. After lowering his spyglass, the captain turned to his officers. “Keep a good watch, this communist rabble may have powerful friends. Scan the sky, the sea and shore. All weapons to be at ready for combat. I want all officers to see to their men’s morale and spirit. We’ll run good efficient ships, but discipline is to be firm but fair. Any problems or complaints, from whatever rank, bring them to me. Orders are to be relayed by the new codes. Gentlemen, to your ships and the blockade!”

Though the Committee had elected to go on the defensive in the south, in the north the battalions of the Limoge Workers Commune and the Berber Students Association converged on Catalonia, determined to inspire a popular uprising in Barcelona.

Republic of Spain: Unfortunately for the Communard cells in Barcelona, the Largoista government had been expecting just such a fifth column and cracked down hard on the restive districts even as word came of the advance of the Limoge and Berber armies into the province. So swift was the Largoista crackdown the rising was crushed ere it could gain any popular support.

General Alfonso then sortied with his army (Diego Tordes having been killed in a Communard ambush in February) and swung south, intending to destroy the SRC Berber army before it could reach the city. Selim ibn Ahmad (the SRC commander) attempted to escape into the mountains with his rebel band, but Alfonso’s cavalry ran him to ground and the Berber Student’s Association met a heroic, glorious and final end in a pitched battle at Aguiamurcia.

Within a day, Largo’s army was attacking the city, columns advancing speedily on all fronts to assail the fortifications, his airships pounding the defenders from on-high. De Cavezo proved entirely incapable of dealing with the crush of events. His brigade commanders, however, were dug in deep and there were a lot of them. The airships were met by volleys of rockets and the bang of light guns. The siege quickly turned sticky for Largo…

He did not relent, however, and within four months Seville had been reduced to rubble and the Communard resistance crushed. Mass executions followed and the campesinos who had lately been tilling their own fields were once more placed under the rule of the grandees and the estates. Leaving a garrison, Largo pressed on into Granada – which he found undefended. Cortez surrendered rather than face a siege.

A Templar fleet landed at Seville and occupied the countryside of Andalusia in the name of the Republic. The Papist mercenaries took great care to root out all Communard sympathizers and pawns – going so far as to raze entire villages to the ground and make the gallows groan with twitching heretics and apostates. A full measure of revenge was exacted for the priests, monks and nuns murdered by the Communards.

Receiving letters (couriered by the Norsktrad fleet operating in the Gulfo de Lyones) from Alfonso, Largo now learned of the defeat of the Berber students. Satisfied the east was secure, the presidente marched back to Lisbon.

When Alfonso turned back north, he found the SRC Limoge army had fled back over the mountains into Languedoc upon receiving news of the failure of the rising in Barcelona. After resting his troops over the winter of ’45-’46, Alfonso launched an invasion of the trans-Pyrenne province in spring of ’46.

1747-1748 T209
Poland:

To: Largo Caballero, President of Spain
From: Frieda Leczinki, Duchess of Poland

Excellency,

It has recently come to attention certain members of my household have engaged in common adventurism in Spain. We share your dismay and shock at this most distasteful turn of events, and assure you it is the official position of the Grand Duchy that your government is lawfully sovereign over Spain.

I have interceded personally to reorganize the Department in question, and a particular individual will be assigned more suitable duties as is becoming of their position, as soon as they return from Denmark. As well, I have immediately ordered the reinstatement of Spanish shipping's landing privileges in Poland, the unfortunate rescindment of which was originally authorized by said same individual.

I very much share your position that the so-called "communards" were nothing more than youth lead astray into atheistic hooliganism.

Yours,

Duchess Leczinski,
Poland

Norsktrad: “Last year was easy,” Jose warned his officers. “This year the allies of the SRC will be free to lend them support. After their losses last year, the communists are likely to be desperate, at best they may flee overland into the Danish Empire. We can expect anything from blockade runners carrying arms and supplies, to a hostile fleet with or without airships, in the time it takes to sail from the wreckage of Georgia – or from North Afriqa. I want regular drills and inspections, especially of our anti-airship batteries. As before, report any problems to me. No ships are to enter or leave the port.”

Republica Popular de Espana: The collapse of the Republic came with a sickening inevitability. Largoista troops continued to advance from the south, and their numbers seemed irresistible. The Committee met in haste and decided to flee for safe havens in Commonwealth or Danish lands – but a noose was already drawing tight around them.

Only days after electing to abandon the fight, Antone Beria (then the secretary-general of the SRC) was murdered by Jesuit ‘black-cowls’ in Limoges as he prepared to evacuate the city. His death threw everything into confusion, while further attacks wiped out the Marseilles committee (their safe-house was demolished by a coordinated attack by what proved to be Norskvarden marines and as the few survivors fled, they were ambushed by a second – unknown – group of assailants to slaughtered them with close-range pistol and shotgun fire.

Those members of the Limoge committee who survived the Jesuit attack were hunted down over the next two weeks by more unknown men in balaclava-style caps, also wielding pistols and shotguns. Of all the commanders of the SRC, only Francois Piqard escaped, having surrounded him with a tightly-knit group of Auvergnais woodsmen. Piqard managed to rally several thousand Communard refugees to him and – after finding the Committee treasury pillaged by some kind of aerial pirates, who had pounced upon the town bank during the confusion engendered by the sporadic fighting among the collapsing secretariat.

Though some of the more ardent Communards escaped with Piqard into Commonwealth territory, most of the citizens just stayed home and hid in their cellars. They hoped the restoration of Spanish control would bring peace and calm to the troubled region.

Republic of Spain: Luckily for Largo and his regime in Lisbon, the Norsk merchants had deep pockets and managed to bail him out with enough cold hard cash to keep his creditors at bay. With the wolves held from his door by the grim-faced men from the north, Il Commandante was free to take his army into the field and crush the last of the Communard resistance in the north. His brother Jose was left with the so-welcome task of overseeing the mass arrests implied by an extensive purge of the government ministries.

An arrangement was also struck with the Aeronautical Research and Fabrication company (out of Rostov), allowing them to establish a direct political presence in Cortez. In return, an ARF aerosquadron crowded with troops and bombs arrived at Barcelona in middle-’47 to support the campaign against the Communards.

General Alfonso led off the campaign with a direct invasion of Languedoc – and there he found nothing but chaos, civil unrest and confusion. Apparently the authority of the SRC commisars had collapsed, leading to anarchy. The Spanish immediately moved to restore order and to arrest those few Communards still alive and present. Largo, the ARF aerosquadron, a passel of Vastmark riflemen, Afriqan mercenaries and a strong force of Templars arrived later in the year, and by the end of ’48, the provinces of Languedoc, Aquitaine and Auvergne (as well as the cities of Narbonne and Limoges) were once more in Largoista hands. Islander and Norsktrad fleets supported this operation offshore, blockading the coast and seizing considerable amounts of Espanan shipping.

Unfortunately for Largo’s peace of mind, he did not have enough troops on hand to properly garrison the newly reclaimed provinces, so he was forced to leave the local worker’s committees, mayors and landowners in control. Further, the outright revolt of the Provencals inspired a great desire to invade the rich province and capture Marseilles, but unfortunately his spies were certain the Communards had not taken refuge there – and the Danes had not shattered into civil war, as he had hoped.

Diplomatic efforts in Salamanca failed, though the ambassador escaped with his life. Royalist sentiments were strong in the northern highlands. The recently restored Empress Anna made her way to Seville, seeking to examine certain documents acquired in the capture of the Communard stronghold there. Unfortunately for her, her traveling column was attacked by a mob of campesinos in the hills above the city and all were slain. In particular, the body of the Empress was hacked to bits, proving hard to identify – but the abbess of the monastery where she had lived for so long was able to make a positive identification. Apparently peace had not quite returned to the south.

In ’48, as peace seemed to have taken Lisbon in a firm grip, a Carthaginian ship arrived bearing certain unexpected prisoners – including no less than the Emir’s brother – to face trial in Spanish courts for crimes committed against the Largoista regime. To say the government was surprised by this turn of events was to understate their reaction. Even the Norsk merchants were dumbfounded.

Leadership

  • Student’s Revolutionary Oversight Committee 1743-1748
  • People's Committe of Baklovakia 1741-1742


The Players

  • Student’s Revolutionary Oversight Committee 1743-1748 (John Kuo, Ellen Bennett, James Gemmill)
  • People's Committe of Baklovakia 1741-1742

National Website

Republica Popular de Espana

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