THE northern Spanish region of La Rioja has conquered much of the country in a new computer simulation of a civil war between its 50 provinces.
The GuerraCivilBot has been running the simulation since May and posts regular updates on the fictional conflict to Twitter. The war began in 2020 and the conflict is now in its fourth year.
— GuerraCivilBot 2020 (@guerracivilbot) June 7, 2019
It was created by the same team of computer scientists who also made a Third World War simulation in which Spain conquered much of Europe and Africa.
La Rioja conquered the neighbouring provinces of Navarra and Soria and Alava early in the conflict. It now controls swathes of northern and central Spain, including Madrid, and recently conquered Valencia Province which was occupied by Cordoba.
— GuerraCivilBot 2020 (@guerracivilbot) May 31, 2019
Elsewhere, Tenerife has conquered much of western Andalucia and Extremadura while Pontevedra controls roughly the same area as Galicia.
The real La Rioja covers 5,045 square kilometres, about 1 per cent of Spain and is home to 315,675 people which is around 0.7 per cent of the population.