Catalonia independence: What makes Catalonia so different from Spain? A lot.

Catalonia formally declared its independence from Spain on Friday (Oct. 28) and the central government in Madrid hit back within hours, stripping the region of all its autonomy. Prime minister Mariano Rajoy triggered the never-before-used Article 155 of Spain’s constitution and, early Saturday local time, sacked the whole Catalan government and its regional police leaders, and called for fresh local elections.

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