|Largest Cities|| Rome: 3,400,000|
|Population||65,000,000 in Italy proper; over 150,000,000 in territories|
|Nation formed||March 17, 1861|
|Currency||Italian Lira (LI)|
King Vittorio Emanuele IV
Duce Umberto Bossi
|Our Timeline Equivalent||All of Italy plus Corsica, part of Croatia, and a small section of Southeastern France including Nice. Territories include Greece, most of the former Yugoslavia, Crete, Cyprus, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Somalia|
The Italian Empire is a fascist dictatorship centered in Italy and stretching across Europe and Africa. It serves as a direct successor to the Kingdom of Italy, founded in 1861 but changed drastically by a fascist coup led by Benito Mussolini in 1922. After emerging victorious as a major Axis Power in World War Two, Italy has maintained a large, powerful, and impressive global empire, albeit one far overshadowed by those of Germany and Japan.