Today we affirm the resolution, “Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.”If it is proven today that Spain should be obligated to grant the citizens of Catalonia their independence, the pro must win today’s round.We will offer three contentions today to prove this resolution.Contention 1: Spain must listen to the voices of the Catalonian citizens and value their rights and their liberties. This is quite simple. This must be done, because it is what the people want. Across the world, many countries have started to adopt the principles of democracy. One of these countries is Spain. Although they are technically a constitutional monarchy, they have a Constitution and have many principles you see in a democracy. In this in mind, we must realize that it is the government of Spain’s duty to listen to the citizens of their country. If they were to do this, they would have the answer. In the results of a referendum held by the Catalonian government, an astounding 92% of their citizens said they believe Catalonia deserved independence. Yet, this referendum was not used because it was declared illegal by a Spanish court. In addition, people were prohibited from voting in this referendum when the government closed down voting and polling stations across the region. A Metro Report even states and shows Spanish police dragging an elderly woman for just trying to vote. How can Spain claim to spread democratic ideals and claim to give their citizens rights if they rule a referendum asking citizens to make a decision is illegal? How can they claim to be fair yet drag their citizens away just for trying to vote. This point is quite clear, that the Spanish government needs to value the opinion and voice of these people, and to not do so, is going against the very ideals of rights and liberty for the people.Contention 2: This would make it economically fair for Catalonia. The second reason that Spain should allow Catalonia to be independent is that they can be economically dependent on themselves, and should be allowed to make economic decisions that are in the best interest of their regions. According to a CNBC report, Catalonia contributes 203.62 billion euros, 20% of Spain’s total revenue. According to Statisticstimes.com, in 2015, Catalonia would have ranked 18th in the European Union in GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, which is often referred to as the best way to measure a country’s economy. It takes the value of all products and business in the country, whether it be made by a company or a small business. Catalonia’s GDP would have ranked higher than countries such as Greece and Hungary, proving they are capable of financially and economically being a country. Instead of having to give their money to the Spanish federal government who uses it in whatever way they want, they would be able to use the money to help them and their region. Some think this is risky, but there has been a precedent set. In 1993, Czechoslovakia became the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and you can see the economic benefits that Slovakia has endured because of it. According to a New Statesman Article, this tiny country went from having just 50% of GDP per Capita EU average 12 years ago, to 76% of the average today (GDP but per person). Even in a global recession, their unemployment rates are dropping and economy is rising. This country was not nearly as economically successful then as Catalonia is now, and they are seeing the benefits. Catalonia should be allowed to decide how to spend THEIR money in the best way for THEM.Contention 3: Catalonians have their own culture and way of life that differ from the rest of Spain. For hundreds of years, Catalans have had their own culture and way of life, one that differs from the culture of the rest of Spain. The official language of Catalonia isn’t even Spanish, it is Catalan. Centuries ago, Catalan even did secede from Spain, seeking refuge under the French, according to a Britannica article. Further, according to a Culture Trip Article, Catalonia has its own rich history. It was actually part of the Kingdom of Aragon until a royal from Aragon married a royal from Spain, giving the land over. Also, according to the same article, Catalonia has its own holidays not celebrated throughout all of Spain, such as La Merce, the celebration of a patron saint from Barcelona. A region which such rich history and culture, that differs from the rest of the country has the ability to be its own nation. It is practically already functioning as one with its own unique language, celebrations, architecture (like Gaudi), and cuisine. The only difference between Catalan and a country is that they are not allowed to keep their money, and their voices are not being heard. As Catalan is already basically its own country, Spain must be obligated to recognize it as one.