Italy

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Italy
Italy.png
Capital:
Rome

Government Type:
Fascist Dictatorship

Faction:
Axis (From 1940-06-10)

Italy starts with modern-day Italy, Zara (italian name of Zadar, on the Dalmatian coast), the Dodecanese (including Rhodes), Libya, Eritrea and Somalia. With the Fascist leadership under Mussolini, they are trying to restore the old Roman Empire as an Italian Empire.

Historical background[edit]

Flag of Italy Italy had completed conquests (Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopia and Flag of Albania Albania) prior to its entry into World War II. Despite the Pact of Steel with Flag of Germany Germany, Italy did not join in the war until June 1940, planning to get a share of Allied territory with the defeat of Flag of France France. Italy's war effort went poorly, resulting in defeats in Flag of Greece Greece, North Africa, Ethiopia, and the Mediterranean Sea. The Allies started to invade Italy in the summer of 1943 and Mussolini's government collapsed.

The new royal government of Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice with the allies, but most of the country was quickly occupied by the Germans and established a puppet government under Mussolini's leadership, the Italian Social Republic, in Northern Italy. Badoglio and the king escaped to Brindisi without giving any order to the army. The royal government remained in control of the south, declared war on Germany, and declared itself as the government of all of Italy shortly before the end of the war in the spring of 1945. Significant partisan actions took place in northern Italy. Italy would become a member of NATO after the war, but lost the region of Istria and the Dalmatian city of Zadar to Yugoslavia, and all its colonies excluding Somalia.

Events[edit]

Main article: Italian events

Technology[edit]

Italy starts with four research slots and can gain one from its focus tree.

Army Technology Naval Technology Air Technology Electronics & Industry
  • Infantry Eq. I
  • Motorized
  • Mountain Infantry I
  • Engineer Company I
  • Great War Tank
  • Light Tank I
  • Towed Artillery I
  • Destroyer I
    • Upgraded Maestrale Class
  • Light Cruiser I
    • Upgraded Montecuccoli Class
  • Heavy Cruiser I
    • Upgraded Zara Class
  • Battlecruiser I
  • Battleship II
  • Submarine I
    • Upgraded Sirena Class
  • Transport Ship
  • Interwar Fighter
  • Interwar Bomber
  • Close Air Support I
  • Naval Bomber I
  • None
Doctrines
  • None

Politics[edit]

National spirits[edit]

Victor Emmanuel III icon
Victor Emmanuel III
  • National unity: +5%
The "Soldier King" remind the Italians of their recent victories in the Great War. His presence and their loyalty to him is a great source of unity for the people.
Vittoria Mutilata icon
Vittoria Mutilata
  • Acceptance of Communist Diplomacy: −10
  • Acceptance of Democratic Diplomacy: −10
  • Acceptance of Fascist Diplomacy: +10
  • AI Modifier: Focus on Offense: +50%
  • Justify war goal time: −5%
Our allies betrayed Italy and stabbed us in the back when they broke the Pact of London. We sacrificed so much blood at the Isonzo for their victory and they in turn denied us what was ours by right. Now Italy will take her destiny into her own hands and ensure that justice is done.

Diplomacy[edit]

Italy's political overview.

Italy starts at war with Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopia, which is something they will be focusing on for the first months of the game. The Italian technological superiority pretty much guarantees that they will win the war. The new transportation mechanics makes it less of a hassle to strengthen this theatre, and less of a hassle to move back troops afterwards. At the 1936 start date, Italy has no alliances, but is guaranteeing Flag of Albania Albania.

Political parties[edit]

The political parties in Italy and their popularity remain the same in both the 1936 and 1939 scenario with Benito Mussolini's Partito Nazionale Fascista ruling with overwhelming support, followed by the democratic Partito Popolare Italiano with significant popularity. Besides Benito Mussolini, all the other Italian political party leaders have randomized names.

Id. Party name Popularity Leader Ruling
Democratic Partito Popolare Italiano 22.00% No
Communist Partito Comunista Italiano 2.00% No
Fascist Partito Nazionale Fascista 76.00% Benito Mussolini Yes
Non-Aligned Partito Nazionale Monarchico 0.00% No

Economy[edit]

Laws[edit]

Conscription Law Economy Law Trade Law
Limited Conscription.png Limited Conscription
  • 2.5% Recruitable population
Partial Mobilization.png Partial Mobilization
  • 20% Consumer Goods factories
  • +10% Military factory construction speed
  • −10% Factory (type) conversion cost
Limited Exports.png Limited Exports
  • 25% Resources to market
  • –1% Research time
  • +5% Factory output
  • +5% Construction speed

Industry[edit]

Italy's Industry is very weak compared to other major powers. It is advised to build military and civilian factories early on as well as dockyards to meet the increasing demand for factories as you upgrade and expand your production to supply the army, navy, and airforce, as well as having factories to use for trade. Researching the Ethiopian Infrastructure focus line will give you free factories down the road, and thus should be taken early. In addition to the above, you should research industrial technology straight away to allow you to increase your available resources as well as lower construction times. Synthetic oil plants are also recommended as Italy will need much more rubber than it can import when it is at war.

Factories 1936
Military factory
19 Military Factories
Naval dockyard
11 Naval Dockyard
Civilian factory
20 Civilian Factories

Resources[edit]

Total resources 1936
Oil.png
Oil
Rubber.png
Rubber
Steel.png
Steel
Aluminum.png
Aluminum
Tungsten.png
Tungsten
Chromium.png
Chromium
0 0 96 100 2 4

These numbers represent the available resources, depending on trade law a certain ammount may be traded away.

Staff and Designers[edit]

These are Italy's choices for ministers and design companies.

National focus[edit]

Italy has an interesting national focus tree with five different entry points.

Italy has an interesting National Focus tree with five different entry points.

  • Ethiopian War Logistics - A smaller tree which focuses on industrial build up.
  • Army Primacy - Strengthens your army research.
  • Mare Nostrum - The big naval strengthening tree.
  • Light Ship Focus - Destroyer & Submarine benefits.
  • Triumph in Africa - The big political and diplomatic tree, where you have lots of different choices on who to befriend and conquer.


Ethiopian War Logistics
Focus Prerequisite(s) Effect(s) Description
Goal generic position armies.png Ethiopian War Logistics Goal unknown.png No National Focus Prerequisites

The following will bypass the focus:
  • (Eritrea): Is NOT owned or controlled by Italy.
  • (Somaliland): Is NOT owned or controlled by Italy.

(Eritrea):

  • Add 2 Infrastructure.pngInfrastructure
  • Add 3 Naval base.pngNaval Base to a province

(Somaliland):

  • Add 3 Infrastructure.pngInfrastructure
  • Add 4 Naval base.pngNaval Base to a province
We might have misjudged the logistics situation for our glorious conquest of Ethiopia. We must make it our primary goal to provide our brave troops with the necessary supplies.
Goal generic construct civ factory.png Industrial Effort Goal generic position armies.png Ethiopian War Logistics

(Veneto) & (Emilia Romagna):

Focus all our political efforts on building up the civilian industry in a great leap forward.
Goal generic construct mil factory.png Industrial Effort II Goal generic construct civ factory.png Industrial Effort

(Latium)&(Piedmont):

With iron will and a relentless work ethic, we can mobilize the people in another great industrial effort.
Focus research.png Extra Research Slot Goal generic construct mil factory.png Industrial Effort II
  • Gain 1 Research Slot
Our industrial expansion and other recent advances might allow us to conduct more R&D in parallel.
Goal generic construct military.png Fortification Effort Goal generic construct mil factory.png Industrial Effort II

(Piedmont):

  • Add 15 Land fort.pngLand Forts to the French Border

(Dodecanese), (Sicily), (Sardinia):

  • Add 3 Coastal fort.pngCoastal Forts to a province
We must defend our shores and borders against aggression by the fading and decadent imperial powers France and Britain.
Goal generic construct infrastructure.png Italian Highways Focus research.png Extra Research Slot

(Latium), (Campania), (Calabria), (Abruzzo), (Piedmont), (Lombardy), (Veneto), (Emila Romagna) and (Tuscany):

  • Add 2 Infrastructure.pngInfrastructure
We need to expand our Infrastructure to ensure easy mobility of troops throughout our empire. With enemies at every corner of the world this is a crucial part of being able to defend all Italian soil.
Goal generic production.png Prospect For Oil Goal generic construct infrastructure.png Italian Highways

Additional prerequisites:
  • (Sirte): Is owned or controlled by Italy.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.

(Sirte):

  • Add 8 Oil.pngOil
Old empires always fear new ones on the rise and we should not depend on them. We cannot rely on oil from other nations and should focus our efforts on finding our own source within the empire. This is how we make sure to stay competitive far into the future.
Goal generic oil refinery.png Libyan Refineries Goal generic production.png Prospect For Oil

Additional prerequisites:
  • (Benghasi): Is owned or controlled by Italy.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.

(Benghazi):

  • Add 4 Oil.pngOil
  • 2 Shared buildings.pngBuilding Slots
  • 2 Synthetic refinery.pngSynthetic Refineries
Benhasi is a perfect place for constructing refineries. Close to oil sources and close to production in the homeland.
Goal generic construct civilian.png Libyan Infrastructure Goal generic production.png Prospect For Oil

(Benghazi):

  • Add 3 Infrastructure.pngInfrastructure

(Sirte):

  • Add 2 Infrastructure.pngInfrastructure

(El Agheila), (Derna), (Tripoli):

  • Add 1 Infrastructure.pngInfrastructure
Our vast lands in Northern Africa still lack behind the remainder of our empire in terms of Infrastructure. We should focus our efforts on bringing them up to par.
Army Primacy/Air Innovations
Focus Prerequisite(s) Effect(s) Description
Goal generic axis build infantry.png Army Primacy

(Latium)&(Tuscany):

  • Add 1 Shared buildings.pngBuilding Slot
  • Add 1 Military factoryMilitary Factory
  • 2x50% Research Bonus for Land Doctrine
Industrially, Italy is still lagging behind the decadent colonial empires. We must choose whether to prioritize the army or the navy. The choice seems obvious; like the ancient Roman Empire depended on its legions, so must the new Italian Empire!
Goal generic army artillery2.png Modernized Artillery Goal generic axis build infantry.png Army Primacy
  • 2x50% Research Bonus for ' Support Artillery '
The Regio Esercito is, in theory, one of the largest armies in the world. Unfortunately, there is no way we can equip all those men properly. Worst of all, most of our artillery is from 1918!
Goal generic small arms.png Modernized Army Goal generic army artillery2.png Modernized Artillery AND

Goal generic construct civ factory.png Industrial Effort

  • Army experienceArmy Experience +5
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for ' Recon Company I, II, and III '
  • 2x50% Research Bonus for ' Land Doctrine '
Better artillery will increase our fighting efficiency greatly, but we also have need of new tactics and doctrines.
Goal generic special forces.png Special Forces Goal generic small arms.png Modernized Army
  • Army experienceArmy Experience +5
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for ' Paratroopers I and II '
  • 1x100% Reduced Ahead of Time (AoT) Penalty for ' Mountain Infantry II '
We have need of elite forces; mountain troops and paratroopers should be our priority.
Goal generic army tanks.png Armored Effort Goal generic special forces.png Special Forces
Fighting in Ethiopia is well and good, but our tanks are simply not up to the standard needed to fight against the decadent - though still powerful - plutodemocracies of Europe.
Goal generic build airforce.png Air Innovations Goal generic axis build infantry.png Army Primacy OR

Goal generic build navy.png Mare Nostrum

  • Air experienceAir Experience +25
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Fiat CR.32
    • Macchi C.200 Saetta
    • Macchi C.202 Folgore
    • Fiat G.55 Centauro
    • Reggiane Re.2007
    • Reggiane Re. 2008
  • 2x50% Research Bonus for ' Air Doctrine '
Modern wars cannot be won without dominating the skies. We must do everything in our power to develop the air force!
Goal generic air bomber.png Bomber Effort Goal generic build airforce.png Air Innovations AND

Goal generic axis build infantry.png Army Primacy

  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Cant Z.1007 bis Alcione
    • Cant Z.1018 Leone
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Breda Ba.88 Lince
    • Breda Ba.201
The era is past when armies could win wars without looking to the skies. We must develop our tactical bombers to provide our soldiers with the air support they need.
Goal generic build airforce.png Air Innovations II Goal generic air naval bomber.png Naval Air Effort OR

Goal generic air bomber.png Bomber Effort

  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Fiat CR.32
    • Macchi C.200 Saetta
    • Macchi C.202 Folgore
    • Fiat G.55 Centauro
    • Reggiane Re.2007
    • Reggiane Re. 2008
  • 2x50% Research Bonus for ' Air Doctrine '
Every advantage we can gain in the skies is precious. We should focus all of our efforts on developing our fighters.
Focus rocketry.png Jet Engine Effort Goal generic build airforce.png Air Innovations II
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Jet Engines
    • Reggiane Re.2007
Italy should be at the forefront of Jet engine development thanks to the brilliant work of Secondo Campini. We should give him all the resources he needs to further improve his designs for the Regio Aeronautica.
Mare Nosturm/Light Ship Effort
Focus Prerequisite(s) Effect(s) Description
Goal generic build navy.png Mare Nostrum
  • +50 Navy experienceNavy Experience

(Sicily) & (Piedmont):

  • Add 2 Shared buildings.pngBuilding Slots
  • Add 2 Naval dockyardNaval Dockyards
  • 2x50% Research Bonus for Naval Doctrine
Our resources are limited and we must make some painful choices but the British Empire has us caged in the Mediterranean. Breaking out will require a navy to rival even theirs...
Goal generic navy carrier.png Carrier Effort Goal generic build navy.png Mare Nostrum

2x50% Research Bonus for

  • Giuseppe Miragila Class
  • Falco Class
  • Aquila Class
  • Sparviero Class
Modern battle fleets will be centered on aircraft carriers not battleships. The supremacy of air power over ships was demonstrated by the Americans back in 1921!
Goal generic navy battleship.png Capital Ship Effort Goal generic build navy.png Mare Nostrum
  • +25 Navy experienceNavy Experience
  • 2x50% Research Bonus for
    • Caio Duillio Class
    • Littorio Class
    • Impero Class
    • Regina Margherita Class
    • Regina Elena Class
  • 2x50% Research Bonus for
    • Capitani Romani Class
    • San Marco Class
    • Pisa Class
    • Garibaldi Class
The nation with the most battleships will rule the oceans. We must not allow the Royal Navy to outgun us in the Mediterranean...
Goal generic navy doctrines tactics.png Atlantic Fleet Goal generic navy battleship.png Capital Ship Effort AND

Goal generic navy carrier.png Carrier Effort

  • +25 Navy experienceNavy Experience
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Carrier Models
    • Battleship Models
Once we have broken out of the British cage we will need to project our power across the oceans. This must be our first priority.
Goal generic amphibious assault.png Marines and Landing Craft Goal generic navy doctrines tactics.png Atlantic Fleet
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Marines I and Marines II
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Transport Ship
    • Landing Craft
    • Advanced Landing Craft
Wars are not won by naval power alone; we must also be able to transport our armies across the waves and put them ashore safely...
Goal generic navy cruiser.png Light Ship Effort No National Focus Prerequisites
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Soldati Class
    • Ciclone Class
    • Medaglie d'Oro Class
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Convoy Sailing
The convoys to our overseas territories need protection. We need to develop new doctrines as well as more modern destroyers.
Goal generic navy submarine.png Submarine Effort Goal generic navy cruiser.png Light Ship Effort
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Perla Class
    • Marconi Class
    • Pietro Calvi Class
  • 2x50% Research Bonus for
    • Submarine Operations
    • Undersea Blockade
    • Convoy Interdiction
    • Submarine Offensive
Submarine warfare is the most exciting naval development since the invention of the torpedo boat. We would do well to not just protect against submarines, but also use them against enemy shipping.
Goal generic wolf pack.png Sea Wolves Goal generic navy submarine.png Submarine Effort AND

Goal generic military deal.png German Military Cooperation

  • +25 Navy experienceNavy Experience
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Submarine Models
  • 2x50% Research Bonus for
    • Submarine Operations Doctrines
Our German allies have developed terrifyingly efficient submarines and the 'wolf pack' doctrines to employ them. We should learn from them.
Goal generic navy anti submarine.png Escort Effort Goal generic navy cruiser.png Light Ship Effort
  • 1x50% Research Bonus for
    • Soldati Class
    • Ciclone Class
    • Megdalie d'Oro Class
  • 2x50% Research Bonus for
    • Convoy Escorts
    • Convoy Escorts
    • Escort Carriers
We should make further efforts to protect our vulnerable convoys in the Mediterranean.
Triumph in Africa
Focus Effect(s) Prerequisite(s) Description
Goal generic propaganda.png Triumph in Africa
  • Base National unity.pngNational Unity +20%

No National Prerequisites


Other prerequisites:

One of the following must be true:

  • (Ethiopia): Is owned by Italy.
  • (Ethiopia): Is a subject of Italy.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
Failure in the first First Italo-Ethiopian War has been a stain on Italian honor for 40 years, by achieving victory now that stain will be removed and the strength of the Iron will of Fascism will be proven!
Goal generic demand territory.png ExclusiveM.png Claims on Yugoslavia
  • Gains Claims on (Dalmatia) and (Slovenia)

Goal generic propaganda.png Triumph in Africa


The following will bypass the focus:
There is still a significant Italian population in Yugoslavia, dating back to the glory days of Venice at least. Restoring these regions to Italian rule is an important step towards recreating the Roman Empire!
Goal generic improve relations.png ExclusiveM.png Befriend Yugoslavia

Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia:

  • Gains Italian Diplomacy Focus (Opinion of Italy +40).
  • Gains National Spirit
Fascist Influence icon
Fascist Influence
  • Daily Fascism support: +0.10
  • Acceptance of Fascist Diplomacy: +85
Fascist pressure has made fascism very popular, and the country is susceptible to align with other fascists.

Goal generic propaganda.png Triumph in Africa


Additional prerequisites:
  • Flag of YugoslaviaYugoslavia exists.
  • Italy is at peace with Yugoslavia.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
Rather than antagonizing Yugoslavia now, we can put off its eventual conquest until a more opportune time. Instead, we could befriend the regime and bring the country into our sphere of influence.
Goal generic military deal.png Support Nationalist Spain

Flag of Nationalist Spain Nationalist Spain:

  • Gains 'Volunteers in Civil War' (Opinion of Italy +30.)

Goal generic propaganda.png Triumph in Africa


Additional prerequisites:
  • Flag of Nationalist SpainNationalist Spain has >1 volunteer divisions from Italy
This focus will pause if the requirements are not met.
Spain is in the midst of a civil war which will determine whether it will be a future possible fascist ally or remain a useless republic - or worse yet, fall to communism or anarchy. We must provide support to the true Spaniards before it is too late!
Goal generic improve relations.png Befriend Bulgaria

Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria:

  • Gains Italian Diplomacy Focus (Opinion of Italy +40).
  • Gains National Spirit
Fascist Influence icon
Fascist Influence
  • Daily Fascism support: +0.10
  • Acceptance of Fascist Diplomacy: +85
Fascist pressure has made fascism very popular, and the country is susceptible to align with other fascists.

Goal generic demand territory.png Claims on Yugoslavia OR
Goal generic improve relations.png Befriend Yugoslavia


Additional prerequisites:
  • Flag of BulgariaBulgaria exists.
  • Italy is at peace with Bulgaria.

The following will bypass the focus:

  • Bulgaria does NOT exist.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
Bulgaria is in our sphere of influence. Their secure alignment with Italy is key to our Balkan ambitions.
Goal generic more territorial claims.png Albanian Occupation

Goal generic demand territory.png Claims on Yugoslavia OR
Goal generic improve relations.png Befriend Yugoslavia


Additional prerequisites:
  • Flag of AlbaniaAlbania exists.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
Albania paints an easy target for our troops to occupy. We are unlikely to be met with much resistance. We must show the world the might of Italy and restore the glory of the Roman Empire!
Goal generic improve relations.png Befriend Romania

Flag of Romania Romania:

  • Gains Italian Diplomacy Focus (Opinion of Italy +40).
  • Gains National Spirit
Fascist Influence icon
Fascist Influence
  • Daily Fascism support: +0.10
  • Acceptance of Fascist Diplomacy: +85
Fascist pressure has made fascism very popular, and the country is susceptible to align with other fascists.

Goal generic improve relations.png Befriend Bulgaria


Additional prerequisites:
  • Romania exists.
  • Italy is at peace with Romania.

The following will bypass the focus:
One of the following must be true
Flag of RomaniaRomania:

  • does NOT exist.
  • Has capitulated.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
It would be in our best interest to bring our distant kindred in Romania into our sphere of influence. Il Duce sees great potential in their 'Iron Guard'.
Goal generic major alliance.png ExclusiveM.png Pact of Steel
  • Flag of German ReichGerman Reich Gains ' Pact of Steel ' (Opinion of Italy +60)

Goal generic improve relations.png Befriend Bulgaria


Additional prerequisites:

Flag of Italy Italy:

  • Current ruling party is Fascism.pngFascist
  • Is at peace with the German Reich

Flag of German ReichGerman Reich:

  • Current ruling party is Fascism.pngFascist
  • German Reich exists.

Mutually exclusive with ExclusiveM.png Italy First

This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
Our relationship with Nazi Germany is troubled by ideological differences and conflicting aims; Il Duce is extremely wary of German ambitions in Austria and the Balkans. However, realities do change...
Goal generic military deal.png German Military Cooperation
German Military Cooperation icon
German Military Cooperation
  • Land Doctrine Research Time: -5%
  • Air Doctrine Research Time: -5%

Goal generic major alliance.png Pact of Steel


Additional prerequisites:

Flag of Italy Italy:

  • Is at peace with the German Reich
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
Through tight cooperation with the powerful German military we can combine the best part of German efficiency and Italian innovation. We will have a strategic advantage over anyone who dares face us.
Goal generic wolf pack.png Sea Wolves
  • Navy experienceNavy Experience +25
  • 1x 50% Research Bonus for Submarine Models
  • 2x 50% Research Bonus for Submarine Operations Doctrines

Goal generic military deal.png German Military

Our German allies have developed terrifyingly efficient submarines and the 'wolf pack' doctrines to employ them. We should learn from them.
Goal generic secret weapon.png Secret Weapons
  • 50 % Research bonus (2x uses):
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Rocketry Technology
    • Electronics

Goal generic military deal.png German Military

It is tempting to expend all extra resources into developing tanks and planes, but the secret to winning wars lies in whole new fields of science; electronics, rocketry and nuclear research.
Focus research.png Treaty with Germany

Goal generic major alliance.png Pact of Steel

We should ask the Germans to exchange technological secrets for the benefit of both of our great nations.
Goal generic territory or war.png Claims On France

Goal generic major alliance.png Pact of Steel


Additional prerequisites:

Flag of Italy Italy:

  • Is fully independent
  • Is in a faction with German Reich

Flag of German ReichGerman Reich:

  • Controls (Ile de France)
  • Is Faction leader.

Flag of Vichy France Vichy France:

  • Vichy France exists.
  • Controls (Savoy)&(Corsica)
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
Take land from Vichy France. With the German Conquest of Paris and a new government formed in France, it is time for us to claim our rightful piece of Southern Europe. Germany has expanded heavily in the north, and it is only fair that we are granted a slice of our own.
Goal generic support fascism.png ExclusiveM.png Italy First
  • gains 120 Political powerpolitical power.
  • Unlocks creation of factions.
    • Novus Imperium Romanum founded
    • Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria leaves Axis
    • Bulgaria joins newly founded faction.
  • Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia gains Italian Diplomacy Focus (Opinion of Italy +40)

Goal generic improve relations.png Befriend Bulgaria


Additional prerequisites:

Flag of Italy Italy:

  • Is fully independent
  • Is NOT in a faction with German Reich
  • at peace with Bulgaria. AND

One of the following must be true:

    • Italy owns (Albania)
    • Italy owns (Slovenia)

Flag of BulgariaBulgaria:

  • Is NOT in a faction
  • Is fully independent.

Mutually exclusive with ExclusiveM.png Pact of Steel

This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
Mussolini will never play second fiddle to Hitler! We must heed the lessons of the Roman Empire; Teutonic interference in Italian affairs never ends well...
Goal generic major war.png War with the UK

Goal generic support fascism.png Italy First


The following will bypass the focus:

One of the following must be true:

  • Is at war with the Flag of United KingdomUnited Kingdom
  • Is in a faction with the Flag of German ReichGerman Reich.
  • United Kingdom does NOT exist.
The decaying British Empire has us caged in the Mediterranean and will never voluntarily give us the keys. We must strike at the English as soon as the time is right!
Goal molotov ribbentrop pact.png Befriend Japan

Flag of Japan Japan gains Italian Diplomacy Focus (Opinion of Italy +40)

Goal generic major war.png War with the UK


Additional prerequisites:

Flag of JapanJapan:

  • Is NOT in a faction
  • Japan exists
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
The Japanese are much like us; a young, hungry power with a positive demography, held ransom by trade from waning plutodemocracies like the UK and the Netherlands. We should unite with them to form a vibrant Naval Axis across the oceans!
Goal generic attack allies.png Go After France
  • Gains Conquer (Focus) war goal against Flag of France France

Goal generic support fascism.png Italy First


Additional prerequisites:

Flag of FranceFrance:

  • France exists AND

One of the following must be true:

  • (Corsica) is owned by France.
  • (Savoy) is owned by France.
  • (Tunisia) is owned by France.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
France... yet another reactionary democracy of the west who, at every moment seeks to hinder the advance and have often endangered the very existence of the Italian people. We go to battle for the good of Italy and the future of the Empire.
Goal generic occupy states ongoing war.png ExclusiveM.png War with Greece
  • Gains Conquer (Focus) war goal against Flag of Greece Greece

Goal generic support fascism.png Italy First OR
Goal generic major alliance.png Pact of Steel


Additional prerequisites:

Flag of Italy Italy:

  • Is NOT in a faction with Greece.
  • Greece exists.

Mutually exclusive with ExclusiveM.png Befriend Greece

This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
What kind of Roman Empire are we restoring if we do not include Greece? It should be an easy target...
Goal generic support fascism.png ExclusiveM.png Spanish-Italian Alliance

Flag of Nationalist SpainNationalist Spain:

  • Gains Italian Diplomacy Focus (Opinion of Italy +40).
  • Gains National Spirit
Fascist Influence icon
Fascist Influence
  • Daily Fascism support: +0.10
  • Acceptance of Fascist Diplomacy: +85
Fascist pressure has made fascism very popular, and the country is susceptible to align with other fascists.

Goal generic support fascism.png Italy First AND
Goal generic military deal.png Support Nationalist Spain


Additional prerequisites:

Flag of Nationalist SpainNationalist Spain:

  • Is NOT in a civil war.
  • Is at peace with Italy. AND

One of the following must be true:

  • Is not in a faction
  • Is not in a faction with Flag of ItalyItaly.

Flag of FranceFrance:
One of the following must be true:

  • France does NOT exist.
  • Has capitulated.
  • Current ruling party is fascist.

Mutually exclusive with ExclusiveM.png Demand Balearic Islands

The following will bypass the focus:
Flag of Nationalist SpainNationalist Spain:

  • Is in a faction with Italy.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
Franco and the Spanish nationalists are our natural allies, united by religion, culture and ideology. Together, we could seize Gibraltar and make life very difficult for the Royal Navy...
Goal generic improve relations.png Befriend Portugal

Flag of Portugal Portugal :

  • Gains Italian Diplomacy Focus (Opinion of Italy +40).
  • Gains National Spirit
Fascist Influence icon
Fascist Influence
  • Daily Fascism support: +0.10
  • Acceptance of Fascist Diplomacy: +85
Fascist pressure has made fascism very popular, and the country is susceptible to align with other fascists.

Goal generic support fascism.png Spanish-Italian Alliance


Additional prerequisites:
  • Flag of PortugalPortugal exists.
  • Italy is at peace with Portugal.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
Portugal is, along with Spain, natural allies of the Italian people. We must strengthen these bonds of friendship.
Goal generic territory or war.png ExclusiveM.png Demand Balearic Islands

Goal generic military deal.png Support Nationalist Spain


Additional prerequisites:

Flag of Nationalist SpainNationalist Spain:

  • Original country is Spain.
  • Current ruling party is Fascism.pngFascist
  • Is at peace.
  • Owns and controls (Balearic Islands).

Flag of ItalyItaly:

  • Is fully independent.

Mutually exclusive with ExclusiveM.png Spanish-Italian Alliance

This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
Having proven our support for Franco's new regime, we are in a position to request one of the important territories we fought to defend, the Balearic Islands, be ceded to Italy to strengthen our strategic hold of the Mediterranean.
Goal generic improve relations.png ExclusiveM.png Befriend Greece

Flag of Greece Greece :

  • Gains Italian Diplomacy Focus (Opinion of Italy +40).
  • Gains National Spirit
Fascist Influence icon
Fascist Influence
  • Daily Fascism support: +0.10
  • Acceptance of Fascist Diplomacy: +85
Fascist pressure has made fascism very popular, and the country is susceptible to align with other fascists.

Goal generic support fascism.png Italy First


Additional prerequisites:
  • Flag of GreeceGreece exists.
  • Italy is at peace with Greece.

Mutually exclusive with ExclusiveM.png War with Greece, Befriend Turkey.

The following will bypass the focus:

  • Greece does not exist.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
The Greeks are a fellow ancient people and the cradle of Western civilization. It should not be impossible to align their aims with ours...
Goal generic demand territory.png Claims On Turkey
  • Gains Conquer (Focus) war goal against Flag of Turkey Turkey

Goal generic improve relations.png Befriend Greece


Additional prerequisites:

Flag of TurkeyTurkey:

  • Owns:(Antalya)
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
The 1915 treaty of London promised Italy Turkish lands in Anatolia in exchange for the Western powers gains in the Levant. They took their due, claiming that they were merely League of Nations mandates, while Italy was denied. The new Italy is much stronger than the old and we will force the Turks to keep the British promises.
Goal generic improve relations.png ExclusiveM.png Befriend Turkey

Flag of Turkey Turkey :

  • Gains Italian Diplomacy Focus (Opinion of Italy +40).
  • Gains National Spirit
Fascist Influence icon
Fascist Influence
  • Daily Fascism support: +0.10
  • Acceptance of Fascist Diplomacy: +85
Fascist pressure has made fascism very popular, and the country is susceptible to align with other fascists.

Goal generic support fascism.png Italy First


Additional prerequisites:
  • Flag of TurkeyTurkey exists.
  • Italy is at peace with Turkey.
This focus will cancel if the requirements are not met.
The Turks have no reason to love us after the Italian-Turkish war and the Great War. However, Realpolitik takes precedence over old gripes, and the current situation in the Mediterranean could bring our two stars into alignment.


ExclusiveM.png Mutually exclusive choices can be only chosen once and then the other choice is excluded and further focuses depending on that excluded focus also become unavailable. These choices should be considered carefully as they can fundamentally change the direction of the country.'

Military[edit]

Army[edit]

Italy has 39 divisions in 1936. Of these:

  • Two are Raggruppamenti Celere with 4x cavalry and no support.
  • Five are Divisione Alpina with 6x mountaineers, engineers and support artillery.
  • Five are Divisione Coloniale with 6x infantry, no support, and low reinforcement priority.
  • Three are Divisione Celere with 4x cavalry, 2x motorized infantry, and 1x light tank.
  • The remaining 24 are Divisione di Fanteria with 6x infantry and engineers.

The land borders of Italy's core territory (France, Switzerland, Austria - later German Reich - and Yugoslavia) are all mountains or hills (except for the city of Nice), so more mountaineer divisions are recommended.

In terms of technology, Italy's support weapons, armour and artillery are outdated, the only special forces available are mountain infantry, and the only support companies available are engineers.

Motorized units list
Year Name Type
1936 SPA Dovunque 41 Motorized I
1941 Fiat 665NM protetto Mechanized I
1943 Breda 61 Mechanized II
1945 SPA Dovunque 35 protetto Mechanized III
Tank units list
Name Type Techyear Tank Destroyer / SP-Artillery / Armored AA Variants
Great War Tank 1918 None
L3 Light Tank I 1934 None
L6 Light Tank II 1936 None
L8 Light Tank III 1941 None
M15 Medium Tank I 1939 M.43 105/25 (TD) / M15/42 Carro Contraereo (AAA)
M16 Medium Tank II 1941 None
M20/43 Medium Tank III 1943 None
P75 Heavy Tank I 1934 None
P26 Heavy Tank II 1941 None
P43 Heavy Tank III 1943 None
Il Duce Super Heavy Tank 1943 None
P45 MBT 1945 None


Examples of alternative division template names for Italy include:

  • Mountaineers - Divisione Alpina
  • Marines - Divisione Marine
  • Paratroopers - Divisione Paracadutisti
  • Motorized - Divisione Motorizzata
  • Mechanized - Divisione Meccanizzata
  • Armor - Divisione Corazzata

Navy[edit]

Italy's navies overview.
Capital ships 1936
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2 Battleships
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8 Heavy Cruisers
Screens and submarines 1936
Light Cruiser.png
11 Light Cruisers
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80 Destroyers
Submarine.png
51 Submarines

The Regia Marina is rather sizeable, it is however not very modern. The exception is the two battleships in production in 1936, which would be wise to continue as battleships will most likely comprise the majority of Italy's naval power. Italy also has several ships under construction. 2 Caio Duilio Class battleships that are about 20% finished. A Montecuccoli class light cruiser that is almost finished along with two Maestrale Class destroyers and a Sirena Class submarine.

Naval units list
Name Type Techyear
  • Curtatone Class
  • Maestrale Class (+3 all categories)
Destroyer I 1922
Soldati Class Destroyer II 1936
Ciclone Class Destroyer III 1940
Medaglie d'Oro Class Destroyer IV 1944
  • Taranto Class
  • Montecuccoli Class (+3 all categories)
Light Cruiser I 1922
Duca degli Abruzzi Class Light Cruiser II 1936
Capitani Romani Class Light Cruiser III 1940
San Marco Class Light Cruiser IV 1944
  • Trento Class
  • Zara Class (+2 all stats)
Heavy Cruiser I 1922
San Giorgio Class Heavy Cruiser II 1936
Pisa Class Heavy Cruiser III 1940
Garibaldi Class Heavy Cruiser IV 1944
Caracciolo Class Battlecruiser I 1922
Principe Amadeo Class Battlecruiser II 1940
Conte Di Cavour Class Battleship I 1922
Caio Duilio Class Battleship II 1936
Littorio Class Battleship III 1940
Impero Class Battleship IV 1944
Regina Margherita Class Super Heavy Battleship I 1936
Regina Elena Class Super Heavy Battleship II 1944
Giusseppe Miraglia Class Carrier I 1922
Falco Class Carrier II 1936
Aquila Class Carrier III 1940
Sparviero Class Carrier IV 1944
  • Mameli Class
  • Sirena Class (+2 all categories)
Submarine I 1922
Perla Class Submarine II 1936
Marconi Class Submarine III 1940
Pietro Calvi Class Submarine IV 1944

Air Force[edit]

Aircraft 1936
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48 Close Air Support
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300 Fighters
Naval Strike Tactics.png
72 Naval Bombers
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288 Tactical Bombers

Upgrading the interwar fighters and bombers to at least 1936 level is a priority for the air force, as is simply expanding the country's contingent of fighters to a size that can achieve air superiority over the home land and sea regions to fend off strategic bombing and port strike missions.(The Allies (AI) can easily send over 1000 bombers and fighters respectively to Italy.) If carriers are to be built, naval variants of fighters, naval bombers, and perhaps close air support will also be needed as a priority, otherwise the carriers are useless.

Light airframe list
Name Type Tech year Carrier variant
Fiat CR.32 Interwar Fighter 1933
Macchi C.200 Saetta Fighter I 1936 Macci IC.200 Saetta
Macchi C.202 Folgore Fighter II 1940 Macchi IC.202
Fiat G.55 Centauro Fighter III 1944 Fiat G.55S Centauro
Reggiane Re.2007 Jet Fighter I 1945
Reggiane Re.2008 Jet Fighter II 1950
Breda Ba.65 CAS I 1936 Breda Ba.65bis
Breda Ba.88 Lince CAS II 1940 Reggiane Re.2001G/H Falco II
Breda Ba.201 CAS III 1944 Breda Ba.201bis
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero Naval Bomber I 1936 Savoia-Marchetti SM.79-II Sparviero
Savoia-Marchetti SM.84 Naval Bomber II 1940 Savoia-Marchetti SM.84-II
Savoia-Marchetti SM.89 Naval Bomber III 1944 Savoia-Marchetti SM.89-II
Medium airframe list
Name Type Tech year
Caproni Ca.101 Interwar Bomber 1933
Fiat BR.20 Cicogna Tactical Bomber I 1936
Cant Z.1007bis Alcione Tactical Bomber II 1940
Cant Z.1080 Leone Tactical Bomber III 1944
(No name) Jet Tactical Bomber I 1945
(No name) Jet Tactical Bomber II 1950
IMAM Ro.57 Heavy Fighter I 1936
IMAM Ro.58 Heavy Fighter II 1940
Savoia-Marchetti SM.92 Heavy Fighter III 1944
Heavy airframe list
Name Type Techyear
Piaggio P.50 Stategic Bomber I 1936
Piaggio P.108 Strategic Bomber II 1940
Piaggio P.133 Stategic Bomber III 1944
(No name) Jet Stategic Bomber I 1950

Strategies and Guides[edit]

Italy First Opening[edit]

For historical AI, it can make sense to forego the extra research slot for a little bit. With correct timing, the player can make Italy into an incredibly strong fascist power. The basic idea is to time National Focuses so that Italy can invade Greece a few days before 25% tension (Japanese invasion of China) and fight Greece with Bulgaria and Yugoslavia as allies. When the war is finished, Italy will also have Turkey in its faction, with Romania and Spain later on in the process. Why Greece and not Yugoslavia or Turkey? Greece has much better resources and factories than Yugoslavia and Turkey. Invading either Greece or Turkey is a necessity, but generally faction allies are better than territory unless the country needs the resources because core territory provides better manpower than occupied / conquered territory.(Yugoslavia especially has a respectable manpower pool to field quite a sizable army, which can help Italy later on, provided it is well supported through lend-lease.)

The extra research slot can be taken after Greece is conquered. Eventually Italy will want the focus for war with the UK or France so it can enter the war at leisure. (A little later is better, so Germany can wear them down first.)

Timing:

  1. Finish the Ethiopian war before the Spanish civil war starts. This takes some luck as it can sometimes start even in January 1936.
  2. Send volunteers to support nationalist Spain. The best choice is three tank divisions, since Spain has no armour and veteran divisions will be very helpful later. Italy wants the nationalists to win the war, but not before finishing the "Support Nationalist Spain" focus to unlock the Spanish alliance in the tech tree - it cannot be bypassed. With Italy's starting forces only two volunteer divisions can be sent, so it may make sense to deploy some divisions while still in training. Besides, inexperienced divisions can be brought up to regular level anytime through exercises, but you cannot win the Spanish Civil War anytime you want.
  3. After the Albanian occupation, set up for the Greek invasion.
  4. Invite Yugoslavia to the Novus Imperium Romanum when "Italy First" completes. Bulgaria joins automatically.

Other notes:

  1. If it's desired to have Romania in Italy's faction, "Befriend Romania" should probably be taken pretty quickly after "War with Greece", maybe before "Befriend Turkey". Do not wait too long, or they may turn Democratic - if so, it will be difficult to turn them fascist before Hungary declares war on them.
  2. Spending political power to support fascism in the USA will turn USA fascist around Dec 1939/Jan 1940, effectively knocking them out of the game.
  3. Before the Greek war, don't worry about building tanks. Build artillery and mountaineers. Other than a slight tungsten shortage, your early game resources are well suited to building these and the outdated Italian tanks will be worthless in the Greek mountains anyway. A suggested template is 7 mountaineer + 2 towed artillery + support artillery and support engineers. This divison's soft attack will be gigantic and will cut through Greece like butter. Research the 1936 light tanks and build them after the war. With the tungsten from Greece, leaning more heavily into towed artillery is very viable leading into the start of the World War.
  4. The three tank divisions should be sent to help Japan in China after Greece. Try to get the volunteer limit up to 4. Four tanks in the terrain of China can guarantee Japan a quick win before they burn all their manpower, especially since there will be only 1-2 tank divisions in the entire war (from the Soviets). Keep buffing the tank divisions (make sure to get the 1936 light tank). Italy should be in a position to enter the World War with four really beefy veteran 1936 light tank divisions. A suggested template for them is 6 motorized battalions, 4 light tank battalions (tanks ideally upgraded to +2,+2,+2,+2), engineers, recon, artillery, and anti-tank. (The AT isn't super necessary, but nice if you run into those Soviet tanks.)
  5. Not specific to Italy First but in 1.0 you need to spam the 1936 fighters before entering the war. One full production line by '38 is bare minimum. Lend-leasing them to Japan will generate a small amount of air experience.
  6. Be careful about the party popularity in your allies' countries, as it can create civil wars that will only cause trouble. It is most favourable to have Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Greece (whichever country you want to be part of your faction) to turn fascist before joining your faction. If they joined your faction with a Non-aligned government, it is best not to meddle with the party popularity, as it may create civil wars in those countries. You don't want to fight a war against faction-less fascists in your backyard while you are busy taking on the USSR or the Allies, nor do you want to lose a ton of expeditionary divisions because the rebels are not in your faction.
  7. Optional changes for joining the Axis. Do not befriend Yugoslavia. Germany will just attack it. You can do a double attack vs both Yugoslavia and Greece. Take Claims on Yugoslavia. At 20 days into Pact of Steel, Justify War goal vs Yugoslavia. As long as world tensions is below 25% England will not be able to guarantee independence. Note, when Germany offer join axis a few days after completing Pact of Steel, do not take it if world tensions is 22% or higher. In single player you will need to pause to declare war on both before England can guarantee.

Timeline:

  1. Before 20 May 1936: Conquer Ethiopia
  2. By Spanish Civil War: Be at 41 divisions, two new divisions, to allow 3 volunteers.
  3. After "Support Nationalist Spain": Can end Spanish Civil War
  4. After 22 September 1937: Declare war on Greece
  5. By 31 December 1937: Get Romanian Fascist party elected (>34% ?)
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