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Repubblica Sociale Italiana
Italian Social Republic
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
 
Flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1816).svg
1925–1974 Flag of Italy.svg
Flag of Italy.svg Coat of Arms of the Italian Social Republic.svg
Flag Coat of arms
Motto
Per l'onore d'Italia
"For the honor of Italy"
Anthem
Giovanezza
Capital Rome
Official language Italian
Religion Roman Catholic
Government Single-party Fascist republic
Head of State
 - 1925-1968 Benito Mussolini

(as Duce)

 - 1968-1974 Italo Balbo

(as Caudillo)

Historical era Interwar period / World War II / Cold War
 - Republican Proclamation January 30, 1925
 - Capture of Naples April 13, 1934
 - Democratic transition June 28, 1974
The Italian Social Republic was the official name of the Fascist Republic created by Benito Mussolini and the Italian Fascist Party. Established by the pioneer and "Duce" of Fascism: Benito Mussolini, it was totalitarian and nationalist in nature, opposed to Liberalism and Democracy, as well as advocating the reactionary return of the pre-French Revolution world. It promoted economic modernization, traditional social values, and rapprochement with the Catholic Church. It asserted itself as the heir of ancient Rome, and believed expanding Italy's territory was vital in asserting its superiority and supported the creation and expansion of the Italian Empire, which would be filled with Italian colonists.

The cornerstone of the Social Republic's foreign policy was to re-establish Italy as a great power and to "bring back Italy's honor and glory". Mussolini began his conquests in 1934, with the invasion and annexation of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. He claimed the Risorgimento had not been completed, and the all who live in the peninsula are Italian. The war lasted less than a week, with very little casualties, and it actually spurred resistance to the Bourbon leaders, and most of the military refused to fight against their fellow Italians, and joined the Italian military in its march toward Naples. Mussolini then proclaimed that Italy proper had finally been fully unified, boosting the popularity of the regime. Christian Abyssinia was another target of the Fascist regime, and after a secret green light by the United Kingdom, was invaded and annexed into Italy's East African colony in 1935.

When war erupted in 1939, an inter-party debate on which side to back caused Mussolini to proclaim non-belligerency. Mussolini oversaw debates between the Allied sympathizers led by Italo Balbo, and the Axis sympathizers led by Pietro Badoglio. Eventually, the Axis sympathizers won and Mussolini declared war on the Allies on May 24, 1941, and invaded France and its colonies. After the war, Italo-German relations fell sharply, as the toleration of Germany's racist and anti-Semitic leadership for the sake of the war evaporated. This souring of relations, known as the Italo-German split, climaxed in 1948 when Benito Mussolini was expelled from the European Community for not bowing down to German demands.

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Italian Colonial War

The emerging nationalist sentiment among colonials and the refusal of the Italian government to follow suit with other colonial powers who have pulled out of their colonies led to the first major attack on Italians in East Africa. The National Republican Guard had routinely put down anti-Italian imperialism demonstrations, however on February 17, 1959, a violent riot in Kenya had left 26 Italian Guardsmen and 32 Kenyans dead, as well as hundreds of people injured. Less than a month later, on March 4, 1959, Ethiopian militia had ransacked various Italian households and murdered dozens of Italian colonists. This led to a crackdown on any and all opposition to Italian rule, with hundreds of arrests by the National Republican Guard occurring. To combat the Italians, various Ethiopian, Kenyan, and Somali militias formed a united front known as the People's Front for the Liberation of East Africa.

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