Potential border issue: Catalonia

Posted by ika-chan! on 27 October 2017 in English (English)


The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, in a vote that was boycotted by opposition MPs. Spain currently disputes the independence bid, and the EU considers it a domestic issue not worth butting into … yet.

I have thus identified a potential border issue in OpenStreetMap that should be resolved before it gets out of hand.

How should we approach this?

Comment from SomeoneElse on 27 October 2017 at 14:13

Hello, For info, Spain’s already one of those boundaries that people “keep an eye on” because some of Spain’s southern border is also disputed. The issue with the southern border is part of what was discussed previously at and elsewhere.

More generally, there’s a sub-forum at that monitors all sorts of boundaries. Usually the problems found here aren’t “political”; just accidental editing errors.

Regards, Andy (DWG)

Comment from ika-chan! on 27 October 2017 at 18:00

Well, it’s started:

This is why I activated the early warning flare.

Comment from redsteakraw on 29 October 2017 at 14:07

I would say ground truth, whoever is physically controlling the landmas gets the border. If Catalonia runs things and Spain only politically disputes it it spins off as it’s own country. If Spain sends in troops / replacement police and occupies Catalonia then it remains as part of Spain’s borders.

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