At first glance, Catalonia, the northeast region of Spain, and the state of Texas don’t seem to have much in common.
Catalonia is a fairly liberal state. The region’s stance on immigration is more open than other parts of Spain: Catalonia prides itself as the “the land of welcoming,” and Catalans have publicly demanded that the central government take in more refugees. Feminist and socialist movements have gained considerable traction, holding seats in the Catalan government through left-leaning political parties like the Candidatura de Unidad Popular (more commonly known as the CUP party), which sees Catalan independence as a chance to create a feminist republic. Gun ownership among citizens is almost nonexistent: In Catalonia, there are two weapons for every 1,000 citizens.
And Texas is, well, Texas.
But despite geographical and political differences, Texas separatists have been following the Catalan independence movement for years. The two regions have some similarities: Both are economic hubs, pride themselves on a deep-rooted identity, and have some citizens frustrated with the way their tax dollars are spent at the federal level. Texas, however, proudly boasts that—unlike Catalonia—it was once its own country: The Republic of Texas seceded from Mexico in 1836, only to be annexed by the Union ten years later…