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Franco assassinated in 1948

Ricardolindo

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Ricardolindo

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So, does anyone have any thoughts on this? It's worth noting Spain was still suffering from autarky and was still barely getting out of international isolation.
 

Ricardolindo

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Don’t know how realistic it is, but the US had at least some ideas on intervening in Spain to get a more pro-US regime. If fears over socialists or communists taking power is there then maybe we’d see a coup of some sort?
I think we'd definitely see the US interfering in Spain in order to strengthen the most pro-American figures of the regime. As for who could succeed Franco, a brief search indicates Fidel Dávila Arrondo, a fairly influential figure in the Francoist regime of the time, may be a good candidate. He was an Alfonsine monarchist and I think he may have restored the monarchy under Don Juan, future Count of Barcelona, right then.
 

Gorro Rubio

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I have forgotten most of what I knew from early Francoism, but 1948 is interesting as Franco had basically noped on Don Juan from 1945 as the latter denounced the former by publishing the Lausanne Manifesto. The Prince of Asturias was still a young teen, so my bet is that there would be some kind of power struggle between the monarchist generals advocating some kind of regency (Kindelán, Orgaz) and the falangists like Muñoz-Grandes (of "fighting in the Eastern Front with the Wehrmacht" fame) pushing for a proper corporatist state that would get rid of the monarchy for good.

The carlists and arguably Falange were a joke by then, so it really depends on what the Americans and NATO act.
 
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Ventriloquist

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In keeping with what folks have said ITT, I imagine the US would install a pro-US dictator and would use Spain as a testing ground for, say, hardline Austrian economics.

God knows, it'd be a different kind of hell for the people of Spain than Francoism, but in the short term it'd turbocharge the Spanish economy in the wake of Francoist autarky. Might lead to cultural liberalisation over time, if not political liberalisation.
 

Ricardolindo

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In keeping with what folks have said ITT, I imagine the US would install a pro-US dictator and would use Spain as a testing ground for, say, hardline Austrian economics.

God knows, it'd be a different kind of hell for the people of Spain than Francoism, but in the short term it'd turbocharge the Spanish economy in the wake of Francoist autarky. Might lead to cultural liberalisation over time, if not political liberalisation.
Austrian economics only became widespread in the late 70s.
 
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