2020 Xahastanain coup d'état
|2020 Xahastan Coup d'etat|
Republic of Xahastan|
|Free Officers Movement|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Phillip Ross||Xabier Asensio|
The 2020 Xahastanain coup d'etat, also known as the March Revolution, was carried out by the Free Officers Movement, a group of low ranking military officers led by current president Colonel Xabier Asensio, which led to the overthrow of President Phillip Ross and the Xahastanian Socialist Union.
One of the main factors influencing Xabier's coup was ideology, The Xahastanian Socialist Union had no clear ideology which Xabier Asensio believed that would create a government of the same level of incompetence as the royal government. When Xabier returned from exile he appealed to the new Xahastanain Congress to implement socialist polices regarding the economy. The Majority of the XSU was ideologically liberal which also led to disagreement with Xabier and Phillip. The XSU's government began to propose ideas to sell of the land of Xahastan to Australian real-estate and mining companies which led to public outcry especially in the Conjolan province. On the 12th of March, Xabier made a statement threatening the goverment with "military action" if they did not reverse their polices.
On the 15 of March, a group of around 24 young army officers known as the Free Officers Movement and enlisted men mostly assigned to the Navy Signal Corps gained control of the government and suspended the constitution and impeached Phillip Ross. The coup was launched in the Conjolan Province town of Riverside, and within a single hour was completed. The majority of the Army and Navy rallied in support Xabier and within a few days military control was established in Reqqen. Popular reception of the coup, especially by younger people in the rural areas, was enthusiastic. Fears of resistance in Reqqen proved unfounded. No violent incidents related to the coup were reported. The Free Officers also received support from non military groups such as the Free Policeman's League, which was a small union of young low ranking police officers and trainees. The Free Officers Movement, who claimed credit for the coup, was headed by a twelve-member directorate that designated itself the Provisional Military Council of Socialist Xahastan. This body constituted the Xahastanain government after the coup.