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This article deals with Catalan as it relates to NationStates. For more general information, see the Wikipedia article on this subject.
Catalan (also known as Valencian) is a Romance language, the national language of Andorra, and a co-official language in the Spanish autonomous communities of Balearic Islands, Catalonia and Valencia, and in the city of L'Alguer in the Italian island of Sardinia. It is also spoken, although with no official recognition, in the autonomous communities of Aragon (in La Franja) and Murcia (in El Carxe) in Spain, and in Northern Catalonia, a historical region of Catalonia in southern France, which is more or less equivalent to the département of the Pyrénées-Orientales.
Catalan in NationStates
In Vassfforcia Catalan is a national language and there are about 15 million native speakers. It is spoken mainly in the northwest third of the country (Umperia, Vilnia and Septéntrion) and in Montaura and parts of Filibustenia and Tirritidivá Island. From these regions, media transmits on Catalan only in Montaura and the northwest. Because of the distribution of Catalan in the country there has been much discussion about making it an official language since the Reform of 52; however, the Grand Senate has never passed any resolution issuing this.
Each of the Catalan-speaking regions has its own dialect. The Monaturan dialect is considered the most correct and it is used as the standard. Although the dialect from the northwest is most numerous on its number of speakers, it is regarded as the least correct because it is the dialect with most loanwords from both Spanish and Arabic. The dialect of Filibustenia is not very different from Montauran, but it also uses more laonwords. The Catalan from Tirritidivá Island is considered to be part of the Filibustenian dialect with the difference that is has become coexistant with Spanish and Occitan in the island, hence it has only a couple of thousand speakers.