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Sicilian Republic
Repubblica Siciliana
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Sicily and most of Southern Italy
Sicilian Flag Coat of arms of Sicily
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital Palermo
Largest city Palermo
Other cities Catanzaro, Catania, Messina, Bari
Language
  official
 
Sicilian (official)
  others Italian
President Giacomo Bertolucci
Prime Minister xxx
Area km² km²
Population approx. 17 million 
Currency Sicilian Lira

The Sicilian Republic (also known as the Republic of Sicily or Sicily) controls the island of Sicily and mainland Italy up to the northern edges of the former region of Lazio. It currently claims all of Italy, Tunisia, Libya, Nizza, the Ionian Islands, Corsica, and Italian Monaco. Observers also believe them to have designs on both Malta, and many of the lands around the Mediterranean Sea as well.

The Italian island of Sicily took a unique though logical path after Doomsday . In contrast to many other countries and regions it has remained stable, though the most distant from democracy since 1983.

History

1983-1986: It's up to the Godfathers

With the lack of a central Italian government after the devastation of Rome, Sardinia, Taranto, Naples, Turin and Milano, among other cities, the already nearly omnipotent Mafia took matters on Sicily in its own hands. After a meeting of the most influential syndicates/clans an agreement over establishing a New Italian Republic was made.

The syndicates set up police forces - though comprising nearly all but true policemen (carabinieri) - and declared the "Repubblica di famiglia" and restored order under martial law over the whole island of Sicily.

A decisive role in the nascent years of the Sicily Republic plays the declared loyalty of the Italian military remnants to the Mafia Government, partly by bailing out the Generals.

Quickly, the weak political opposition is cracked down by fascist-like means. But the persisting relative peace and economical stability and martial law hold the suffering population down.

1987-1988: Bringing together the pieces

After three years of self-rebuilding and stabilizing the government with a few Syndicates unhappy about their power share, the Sicilians looked beyond their coastline. As the Italian provinces on the mainland - outside of the ones nearer the Alps - had only been able to set up very weak stability, the Sicily Republic saw its time has come.

By a "voluntary call" of the Messina Community they landed troops and police forces on the other side of the Strait of Messina in March of 1987 and established control over the region of Calabria within three weeks. Instead of stopping, the Sicilian forces advanced further north. By the end of 1987, they controlled the regions of Campania, Basilicata and Puglia as well. Abruzzo and Molise followed in June 1988 voluntarily. Leaving out the devastated region around Rome, the Sicilian forces, strengthened by neo-fascist paramilitary units from the annexed regions, advanced and conquered in a small firefight the principal city of Bari.

Not willing to overstretch the young Republic's Army, they stop their advance at the end of 1988 after conquering Florence from a republic set up by the Tuscan authorities in December. The authorities quickly stabilize their control by the already proven methods. Any political opposition is cracked down immediately, martial law and harsh punishments keep the population at bay.

1989: First Stop and an unsuspected enemy

The confident and ambitious commanders wanted to restart the advance north by March 1989 hoping to control all of old Italy by Christmas.

But they were stunned to near death when reaching the city of Bologna, they found that a massive enemy military force had taken positions to counter the Sicilian advance. After a few skirmishes, the Generals realized that in secret the Northern Italian Provinces - led by the Venetians and Genoans - had set up a defense coalition force bolstered by a large contingent of thousands of Alpine Militia willing to stop the neo-fascist expansion by all means.

After a brief skirmish (named the Bologna Incident) revealing the Alpine superiority based on hundreds of recently acquired NATO-tanks, artillery and rocket launchers, the Sicilian troops retreat to Florence to set up defenses and rethink their strategy.

The unexpected news and shift deeply upset the government in Palermo. Quickly the bulk of the forces are sent to avoid a Alpine-North-Italian counter-offensive.

As this didn't happen within the next weeks, instead the Alpines offered a ceasefire and treaty negotiations, the Sicilians quickly agreed to a de facto demarcation line along Pisa, Florence and Rimini.

1990-2004: Cold peace

In the following 14 years the Republic turned its regard towards the areas already under its control, deeply strengthening the mafia rule, industrializing vast areas, and increasing military production - especially their navy. This stage of cold peace, ignoring all exterior offers of help & assistance, was introduced to cover the still-living expansionist ambitions.

2004-now: Sudden eruptions

The isolationist Sicily Republic stunned its neighbors and the world by staging an amphibious invasion of both Sardinia and Tunisia on May 5th, conquering them within 2 weeks, long before any force could take the initiative against Sicily.

These achievements are part of the war in the Alboran Sea - also known as the First Sicily War - in support of the fascist regime of the southeastern Spain and against Pais de Oro, Sicily occupied the island of Ibiza between 2004 and 2006, the intervention of forces from the Celtic Alliance, Portugal and Rif supporting PdOr forced to withdraw from the Western Mediterranean.

Though heavily opposing, neither the neighbors or ANZC or anyone was able or willing to intervene militarily. So in 2007 the Sicilian authority over both territories was acknowledged.

The international powers were only able to enact a few sanctions which proved almost completely ineffective against Sicily. Those sanctions were lifted in December 2007, though Sicily was (except for SAC and Soloville) isolated diplomatically.

The September 26th 2007 foundation of the Atlantic Defense Community as a direct response to the Sicily Aggression did not really bother the Palermo Government.

But the November 2008 actions' effects - the declared blockade of both the Northern Suez Channel Zone Entrance and the Lampedusa Corridor - and the resulting direct reaction by ADC, Alpine and ANZC forces in response - may have been miscalculated, for it bothered the Sicily Government greatly. The Sicilians were forced to back down.

In October of 2010, following the start of the Saguenay War in North America and the commitment of the ADC to aiding Canadian forces there, the Sicilian government, feeling that it could now defeat the ADC, fired upon Greek merchants vessels. This launched the region into a war - the Second Sicily War - that would last until December of 2010. While initially successful, Sicily suffered losses as the Greek aligned ADC members arrived in the region, and the nation-states in northern Italy banded together and attacked them, sensing an opportunity. By December, Sicilian forces were forced out of Tunisia, Sardinia, Southern Tuscany and nearby areas of the mainland, and parts of Lecce Province in the southeast. While a defeat overall, it is believed that without these regions draining Sicilian forces, they will be much stronger in any future war, especially since much of their military is still fairly intact..

Internal Problems

Since the conquest of all of the South Italy, many people, in some way or another, turned brigands, or started an aggressive resistance to a state composed of criminals. The movement is growing with many people enrolling in the ranks of the various brigand groups. The groups are mainly composed of Italian nationalists, people who want an honest Southerner state and so on and are supplied by various states who have ambitions on Italy, first of all, Greece. Various rebel groups also operated in occupied Tuscany, Sardinia, and Tunisia until their liberation by ADC forces in 2010.

International Relations

Sicily has been denied membership in the League of Nations. They are also known to have cooperated with rogue nations in the past, such as the former nation of Vidin.

It is believed that their anti-Greek stance has led to extensive communication with the Turkish Sultanate as well.

Their control of Southern Italy, long unrecognized and merely tolerated, was officially recognized by the ADC with the ceasefire at the end of the Second Sicily War in December of 2010.

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