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Claimed areas by Tabarnia movement
Catalonian Counties after Ramón Berenguer III death in 1131

Tabarnia (Tabàrnia in Catalan) is a suggested name and a satirical political project for a portion of the Catalonian territory, Spain.[1][2] It was created by the organization "Barcelona is not Catalonia" (AKA Plataforma por la Autonomía de Barcelona, "Movement for an Autonomous Barcelona") as a satirical response towards the Catalonians separatists. Their main target is to establish up a new region in Spain besides Catalonia with some districts (Comarcas or Comarques) from the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona.[3]

Its nomenclature is a neologism created from the provinces' names: Tarragona and Barcelona, and it would span these areas:

  • Tarragonès/Tarragonés
  • Baix Camp/Bajo Campo
  • Baix Penedès/Bajo Penedés
  • Alt Penedés/Alto Penedés
  • Garraf
  • Baix Llobregat/Bajo Llobregat
  • Barcelonès/Barcelonés
  • Vallès Oriental/Vallés Oriental
  • Vallès Occidental/Vallés Occidental
  • El Maresme

Proponents believes the area somewhat corresponds to the historic County of Barcelona, although its extension is considerably different.[3]

Background[change | change source]

Map of Catalonia after 2017 Regional Elections.
Blue: Segregationists

On 24th September, 2012; "Barcelona is not Catalonia"'s members approved in a constituent assembly their statutes and a political program in order to get their own autonomy as an Autonomous Community within Spain.[4][5][6][7]

The expression "Tabarnia" was used by the first time in 2015 as a territorial entity that would comprise part of the Catalonian seaside and Barcelona Metropolitan Area as a disagreement towards Catalan Government (Generalitat Catalana):

Catalonia comprises two areas completely different since these perspectives: economics, idiomatics, identitary and social. Both, one segregationist, and the other one (Tabarnia) constitutionalist.[8]

Process of Independence of Catalonia[change | change source]

Proponents of Tabarnia demands to segregate themselves from the Catalan separatist movement and reclaims the right of a number of territories near the area of Barcelona and Tarragona to constitute themselves as an Autonomous Community within Spain. In the 2015 and 2017 Catalan regional elections, parties opposed to secession (mainly C's, PSC and PP) received a majority of votes and seats in some of these comarques (Tarragonès, Baix Penedès, Garraf and Baix Llobregat) including the city of Tarragona, but excluding the most populated Catalan city: Barcelona.

They allude to a series of fiscal arguments similar to those of Catalan separatism in regards to Spain,[9] although in last Catalan election, Tarragona province showed more support for separatism than unionism.

Trending Topic[change | change source]

In December, 2017 the satirical movement became trending topic in the social networks.[10] Since then, they had been appear in Spanish and international media. According them, "Tabarnia is a historical region that comprised the ancient County of Barcelona, currently part of Tarragona and Barcelona provinces".[11][12]

Reactions[change | change source]

Proposed flag

The rise of this movement creates tension among the Catalan separatist movement because of argumental contradiction and geostrategic risk using their same arguments for independence word by word. as a result, the catalan separatists contradicts themselves when they uses the "unionist" counter-arguments in order to discredit the Tabarnia movement.[13][14] The territorial area that Tabarnia would comprise includes geostrategic assets that are fundamental for a viable independent Catalonia. The Port of Barcelona and Barcelona–El Prat Airport, some of the richest industrial sectors fall in fact inside areas that hold a majority of voters in favor of unionism, though in the city of Barcelona the pro-independence won the election.[15]

The fact that Tabarnians are asking to be separated from the Catalonia that wants to be separated from Spain, has been interpreted by some newspapers as a reductio ad absurdum of the nationalistic logic in a XXI century Europe. Many Tabarnians believe that a sustained international media attention to this movement would defeat the catalan independence project by simply following their own arguments instead of opposing them.

An ongoing petition is taking place at in order to be sent to the Spanish Congress of Deputies to consider the creation of this new autonomous region.[16]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "'Tabarnia', el reverso satírico del independentismo catalán -" (in Spanish). 27 December 2017.
  2. "Tabarnia - the 'region' that wants to leave Catalonia". The Local. 27 December 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rodríguez Martínez, Marta (27 December 2017). "Tabarnia: the new Catalan secessionist movement boosted by Twitter". Euronews. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  4. El Catalán «Barcelona is not Catalonia, o cómo aplicar a los separatistas su propia medicina con ‘Tabarnia’.» Consultado el 28 de diciembre de 2017
  5. LaSexta «Miguel Martínez, miembro de 'Barcelona is not Catalonia': "Hay 14 comarcas que reivindican ser de Tabarnia".» Consultado el 28 de diciembre de 2017.
  6. "Barcelona is not Catalonia". La Voz de Barcelona. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  7. "ATENCIÓ: Torna a fer-se viral la proposta per separar Catalunya en dos". (in Catalan). Retrieved 2019-01-09.[permanent dead link]
  8. «El independentismo a través del espejo de Tabarnia.» El País. Consultado el 28 de diciembre de 2017.
  9. "Tabarnia, por una Barcelona fuera de Cataluña" (in Spanish). ABC. 26 December 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  10. "The Latest: Satirical Campaign for Barcelona Secession a Hit". The New York Times. Madrid, Spain. The Associated Press. 27 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  11. "Miles de firmas a favor de la independencia de BCN y Tarragona". El Español. 2017-12-26. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  12. "Tabarnia gana fuerza: el movimiento que quiere la secesión de Barcelona y Tarragona del resto de Cataluña". El Economista. 2017-12-27. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  13. "Margallo and Joan Tardà during a congress session of foreign affairs" (in Spanish). Youtube video. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  14. "VÍDEO @DebatAlRojoVivo | @gabrielrufian: "Si Ciudadanos y FAES, que están detrás de Tabarnia, ganan las elecciones, el Govern no les encarcelará"" (in Spanish). laSexta. 27 December 2017.
  15. "Arrimadas se impone en siete distritos pero el bloque independentista aún gana en votos" (in Spanish). El Periódico. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  16. "100.000 signatures to request consideration of Autonomous Region of Tabarnia in Spanish Congress" (in Spanish). 7 February 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.

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