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Carlo VII of Naples (Principia Moderni)

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Carlo VII of Naples was the king of Naples after overthrowing young king Benvolio III in 1738. He reigned as an autocrat until (1751).

Prior to the Crown

Carlo Abrias was a young nobleman born in Rome in year 1700. He grew to be a decent military commander, good at winning swiftly, as long as he had a huge advantage. He was placed in command of all the military of the Papal States at the young age of 22 due to his father's influence. Within months of his appointment, he was sent to Tunisia to end the Islamic revolts there. Carlo demonstrated his cruel nature by allowing the violence to escalate to genocide. He continued to carry out the genocide, until hundreds of thousands of people were killed.

After the genocide ended, Carlo returned to Naples to continue to rise through the Neapolitan army ranks due to the favor he had gained with king Biondello. He went with Biondello to the Incan war, where he created the strategy to continuously attack the Incas. Unfortunately, this strategy resulted in the Neapolitan army being overstretched and Biondello being killed. However, due to Naples winning the war anyways, Carlo became a hero. He returned to Naples with glory.

Once he returned, he came into conflict with Cardinal Baptista, but his great fame resulted in him being named Viceroy of the colonial empire. He began to increase the role of slavery in the colony of Ricasolia, building up a large amount of support among the rulers of that colony. After Baptista's death, he began to increase his influence. When the bad replacements for the Cardinal gave the young king Benvolio III bad advice about a plague, Carlo overthrew the government, exiled Benvolio, and named himself king of Naples.


After securing the crown, Carlo had to prevent the Papacy from rivalling his power. After getting Pope Leo XIII elected, Carlo began to oppress the people of Naples. He encouraged classical arts, musics, and entertainment, but only to make himself look Roman and powerful. He came into conflict with Count Petruchio and other followers of the Enlightenment, yet they were too powerful for him to stop. Many other weaker enemies were killed mercilessly. He was seen by many to consider Naples to be his own personal playground.

Carlo resumed the religious oppression in Tunisia, and he increased the slavery in Ricasolia until it became an integral part of the colony. He went to war supporting the Republican Swedes and Scots, not only because Vietnam was still thought highly of by many Neapolitans, but also to try and limit the power of France and Russia. After the republicans made an alliance with France, he sided with France to stop the Orthodox. He merged Naples and the Papal states and vassalized Siena and Florence.

In the end, it was Carlo's anti-enlightenment policies which proved to be his downfall. Eventually, so many people began supporting them he began to lose control of the islands. Furthermore, when Leo XIII died, the papacy crisis pushed Carlo over the edge. When he invaded Sicily to stop an anti-pope, the Neapolitan civil war began. When he attempted to defeat the Vietnamese who were aiding the anti-Carlists, he was defeated in battle and killed.

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