->''"Plus Ultra!"''
-->-- '''National Motto''' [[hottip:*: Means "further beyond", an IronicEcho of the legendary warning carved on the Pillars of Hercules at the mouth of the Mediterranean: ''Nec Plus Ultra'' - "nothing further beyond"]]

Spain ('''Spanish:''' ''España''), officially known as the Kingdom of Spain ('''Spanish:''' ''Reino de España''), is a south-western European country inhabited by more than 40 million people, home of the ''Conquistadores'' and the first language of over 400 million people. The modern day Spanish trace their descent from many peoples, [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot including but not limited to]] [[UsefulNotes/AncientRome Romans]], [[UsefulNotes/AncientGreece Greeks]], [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Phoenicians]], [[DarkAgeEurope Visigoths]], [[UsefulNotes/MoorishSpain Jews, and Muslims]], and the modern nation-state was formed with the union of the Kingdom of Castille and the Kingdom of Aragon in 1469 by the marriage of their respective monarchs, Queen Isabella and King Fernando and the siege of Granada in 1492, which would complete the ''Reconquista'' and end 700 years of Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula. Through the discovery and later conquest of the Western Hemisphere that same year, an empire grew and soon became the one of the most powerful on the planet until it's eventual decline over the course of the 1800's, culminating in [[UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar a war]] with the UsefulNotes/UnitedStates at the very end of the century.[[note]]Although Spain still managed to keep some colonies in Africa until the 1970's.[[/note]] This, along with the failure of the conquest of Morocco and the feuds between political factions led to the [[BloodierAndGorier last and bloodiest]] of five [[UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar Civil Wars]]. [[UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco The winner of the war ruled the country for no less than 36 years]] until his death, when the current Constitutional Monarchy now led by King Felipe VI was installed. Spain thus became one of the few examples in the modern day in which a monarchy is restored after being overthrown for quite some time, the other being UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}} (to be fair, the Spanish monarchy never actually renounced their rights for their country when the Republicans took over in 1931).

Spain is bordered by {{UsefulNotes/France}} and the tiny {{UsefulNotes/Andorra}} in the north-east and UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} in the west. It is bathed by the Mediterranean Coast at its east, The Atlantic Ocean at the west and North and the Straits of Gibraltar at the South, where the Mediterranean Joins the Atlantic. [[NeverLiveItDown There is also the matter of the little British colony known as Gibraltar]].

Spain's Government consists of a Prime Minister (''Presidente del Gobierno'' or ''president of the government'') elected democratically, appointed by the King and who is the Head of the Cabinet (''Consejo de Ministros'' or ''council of ministers''). He resides in the Moncloa Palace, Madrid.

Spain is ruled in a devolved unitary system where the whole country is divided into 17 autonomous communities (''Comunidades Autónomas''), developed after the end of the Francoist regime. Each community is accorded a statute to define their official language and identity and a parliament capable of passing laws, though they can be repealed by the central government if they are deemed not appropriate. This allows each non-Castilian region to develop their cultures after having them repressed viciously when Franco was president (the very opposite of neighboring UsefulNotes/{{France}}, who is all too happy to [[DeadlyEuphemism "merge"]] the multitudes of their regional cultures into a single French identity). It works very well, maybe ''too'' well, since each region now has the right to demand more autonomy or even outright independence if they feel that the devolution is not respected or if they think that the central government is dragging them back (especially since the financial crisis of 2007), as in the case of that little region in the northeast known as [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Catalunya/Catalonha/Cataluña/Catalonia]].

The continental autonomous communities are:
* Andalusia (capital: Seville)
* Aragon (capital: Zaragoza)
* Asturias (capital: Oviedo, largest city: Gijón)
* Basque Country (capital: Bilbao)
* Cantabria (capital: Santander)
* Castile and León (capital: Valladolid)
* Castile–La Mancha (capital: Toledo, largest city: Albacete)
* Catalonia (capital: UsefulNotes/{{Barcelona}})
* Extremadura (capital: Mérida)
* Galicia (capital: Santiago de Compostela, largest city: A Coruña)
* La Rioja (capital: Logroño)
* Madrid (capital: UsefulNotes/{{Madrid}})
* Murcia (capital: Murcia)
* Navarre (capital: Pamplona)
* Valencia (capital: Valencia)

As well as the islands:

* Balearic Islands (capital: Palma de Mallorca)
* Canary Islands (capital: Santa Cruz de Tenerife & Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

And the city enclaves in Northern Africa:

* Ceuta
* Melilla

!!The Cities of Spain
* UsefulNotes/{{Madrid}}, Capital of Spain and largest city.
* UsefulNotes/{{Barcelona}} Spain's second largest city, holds a rivalry with the former.
* Valencia, Third largest city
* Sevilla
* Bilbao
!!History of Spain
* UsefulNotes/PunicWars
* Visigothic Spain
* UsefulNotes/MoorishSpain
* Spanish Reconquista
* UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition
* UsefulNotes/BattleOfLepanto
* UsefulNotes/WarOfTheSpanishSuccession
* UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar
* UsefulNotes/TheFrancoRegime
!!General Spain
* TorosYFlamenco, the stereotypical Spain
* {{Spexico}}, Ambiguously Spain (And UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}})
* UsefulNotes/NewSpanishArmada
* UsefulNotes/TheKingdomOfSpain, for a brief introduction to Spanish kings and queens
* UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco, that man. Yes, he is [[Series/SaturdayNightLive still dead.]]
* Spanish Cinema
* UsefulNotes/SpanishLanguage
* SpanishLiterature
* SpanishMedia
* SpanishSeries

!!Spain in popular culture

* ''Literature/DonQuixote'': The most famous Spanish novel of all time, takes place in Spain. Actually, [[TropeCodifier it codified a lot of tropes that allowed the modern Western literature to flourish after their long decline in the Middle Ages]].
* ''Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville'' by Pierre de Beaumarchais.
* ''Opera/{{Carmen}}'' by Georges Bizet.
* ''Film/UnChienAndalou''
* Diego Vélazquez
* Creator/FranciscoDeGoya
* Creator/PabloPicasso
* Creator/SalvadorDali.
* ''Literature/TheSunAlsoRises''
* ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls''
* George Orwell wrote ''Literature/HomageToCatalonia'' about his experiences during the Spanish Civil War.
* ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfDonJuan''
* ''Literature/TheStoryOfFerdinand'' and the Disney cartoon ''Disney/TheStoryOfFerdinand''
* The Looney Tunes cartoon ''WesternAnimation/BullyForBugs''
* ''Film/SuddenlyLastSummer''
* ''Film/ElCid''
* Mr. Arkadin
* ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''
* ''Music/SketchesOfSpain'' by Miles Davis.
* The comic strip ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'' is Spanish and thus takes place in Spain most of the time.
* ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape'': A Spanish comic strip where the adventures of the protagonists also take place in Spain.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': The album "De Stierentemmer" takes place in Spain.
* The Asterix album ''Recap/AsterixInSpain'' takes place in Hispania (the Roman name for Spain).
* The Monty Python sketch "The Spanish Inquisition" features the Spanish Inquisition interrupting everything.
* Manuel the waiter in Fawlty Towers hails from Barcelona.
* The films of Creator/PedroAlmodovar.
* Land of Freedom
* Creator/GuillermoDelToro is Mexican, but has set a few films in Spain. ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'' is set during the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar. ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' is set a few years after the Civil War, in which the last vestiges of Republicans are being hunted down by Franco's regime. [[TearJerker Prepare your tissues before watching these two]].
** The [[NightmareFuel terrifying]] and [[TearJerker tearjerking]] ''Film/TheOrphanage'', executive produced by Creator/GuillermoDelToro and directed by Spaniard Juan Antonio Bayona.
** The equally terrifying ''Film/JuliasEyes'', [[ProductionPosse also produced by del Toro and starring the same actress, Belén Rueda]], and directed by Guillem Morales.
* ''Film/{{Barcelona}}''
* The Woody Allen film ''Film/VickyCristinaBarcelona''.
* ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''
* ''Film/TheSpanishApartment'' ("L' Auberge Espagnole")
* ''Literature/DigitalFortress'' by Creator/DanBrown presents a, well, DanBrowned version of Spain, and quite an insulting one at that. Namely, it presents Spain as being a WretchedHive full of crimes and having an inadequate healthcare system. Spain has one of the best healthcare institutions in Europe (and indeed the world) and its living standards are very high too. Maybe he confused it with some BananaRepublic in the Americas.
* ''Film/VantagePoint'' is set entirely in Spain, but, like above, is less about Spain and more about what Americans think about Spain. It depicts the Spanish police as terribly inept compared to the [[AmericaSavesTheDay mighty Yankees]] who could easily borrow/destroy/steal Spanish properties as if they're their own, and the Spaniards seem to treat the US president as their own ([[CaptainObvious they don't]])
* The third act of ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast & Furious 6]]'' is set in Spain.

[[folder: The Spanish Flag ]]

->Red and yellow are traditional colors of Spain dating back to the ''Reconquista'', with the yellow stripe being twice as large as the two red stripes; near the hoist side is the coat of arms, dominated by a crowned shield containing (from upper left clockwise) the arms of Castile (gold castle on red field), León (purple lion on silver field), Navarre (array of golden chains on red field), Granada (a pomegranate fruit on a white field) and Aragon (nine alternating yellow and red stripes), as well as that of the Anjou branch of the House of Bourbon, Spain's royal family (blue field containing five fleur-de-lis with a red border), added by King Philip V (himself French-born and titled Duke of Anjou) in 1700; on either side of the shield are a pair of columns standing on watery bases, symbolizing the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillars_of_Hercules Pillars of Hercules]], a pair of promontories guarding the Strait of Gibraltar, surrounded by ribbons which read "Plus Ultra" ("[[UpToEleven Further Beyond]]" in Latin) and topped by the crowns of the Holy Roman Empire and the Spanish Kingdom, the former alluding to Emperor Charles V, also titled King Charles I of Spain, under whose reign Spain expanded its territories to South America and the Philippines.