Oct 12, 2017
The people of the part of Spain known as Catalonia has its own language and culture and recently voted overwhelmingly to secede from Spain and become an independent country. The outcome of the vote was certified by the leader of the opposition, but the actual succession was put temporarily on hold in the hope of negotiating a settlement.
However, the Spanish government is refusing to negotiate and has given the rogue region a week to declare the election void. Otherwise the Spanish will revoke the limited autonomy the region and take complete control. That could lead to a civil war.