The Basque separatist movement
had its roots in the early 1900s when the Spanish
government revoked the "fueros". Fueros gave Basque
citizens a unique position in Spain with special tax and political status; additionally, Basques didn't have to serve in the Spanish army. The separatist movement, however, didn't begin to evolve until 20 years into the dictatorship of Francisco Franco
Basque separatists want a fully independent state consisting of the Basque Autonomous community (Alava, Vizcaya and Guipuzcoa), the Autonomous Community of Navarra and the Pyrenees-Atlaniques (Labourde, Basse-Navarre and Soule), for a total of seven. The Pyrenees-Atlantiques are located in southwestern France and border the four Spanish Basque provinces.