East Althenian Crisis
The East Althenian Crisis, also called the Andalusian Question, began with the resulting in a vote to end Andalusian membership in the East Althenian Sphere on 10 January 2017. The outcome defied all poll predictions, and shocked Andalusian and international leaders alike, while sending East Althenian stocks into a subsequent nosedive. Controversy later erupted when it was discovered that the referendum failed the cross the 75% turnout threshold in order to be considered legally-binding, and thus would not result in any change to Andalus' relationship with the EAS. Prime Minister Moulin and his cabinet (who campaigned heavily in favor of the remain side) subsequently resisted calls to resign from the right-wing, prompting widespread protests across Tiberias and Sousse, the former of which voted strongly to leave the EAS.
Sustained public outcry later led Moulin to backtrack on his word, announcing his intent to launch renegotiation talks with the EAS to introduce new reforms and secure an Andalusian "opt-out" option in regards to trade and immigration policy, two major issues in the referendum. Sanese Prime Minister Sho Aoyagi later backed Moulin's efforts, calling on fellow members to "heed the warnings posed by the Andalusian referendum outcome" and support the reforms.
- April 5th - Kwangju vetoes the Andalusian renegotiation proposal at the East Althenian Parliament
- April 7th - Pro-EAS 'Pulse of Althena' files suit against the Andalusian government at the AHRC; LN polls show support for membership slipping below 45%
- April 8th - Andalusian ambassadors are summoned in Kwangju and Jhekong; The People's Republic of Peilan cautions against Andalusian 'brinkmanship'
- April 9th - Andalusian and Sukoyrian leaders meet in Relostava, securing Sukoyrian support for Andalusian proposals
- April 10th - The Andalusian Parliament voted to suspend visa-free travel for East Althenian members with indefinite and immediate effect; The Andalusian travel ban is expanded to include Jhekong and the People's Republic of Peilan
- April 11th - Mass deportations began, targeting migrants who'd arrived in Andalus within that last 6 months, leaving roughly 1.2 million people under threat of deportation; Moulin declares a 3-month state of emergency.
- April 13th - The East Althenian Parliament votes to suspend the voting powers of Andalusian parliamentarians despite Sanese and Sukoyrian objections, pending the rolling back of the travel ban and reinstating of visa-free travel.
- April 14th - Jhekong terminates intelligence sharing and counter-terrorist operations with the Andalusian government; AOPEN announces intent of a 5% reduction in oil production.