Puente issued a reciprocal declaration renouncing any claim on Minorca and affirming Alphonso's sovereignty over it. This was not universally popular among his followers, but it made the Germans much happier and seemed like a good idea at the time. (IOW we might call this an "Elba solution", but this has lasted much longer so far.) There is, by the way, almost no support in Spain for a restoration of the monarchy, which has been on-again off-again since the Bloody Eighties. Large segments of Spanish society, starting in Catalunya and the Basque regions, would like to terminate Puente and his government with extreme prejudice. But this would most likely result in some sort of republic or federation of republics.

(Return to Ferdinand the Bull.)

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