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Republic of the Two Sicilies
Repubblica delle Due Sicilie
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Southern and central Italy
Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms

Motto
Sei libera, sii grande (Italian)
("You are free, be great")

Anthem "Il Canto degli Italiani"
Capital
(and largest city)
Palermo
Other cities Catania, Messina, Reggio Calabria, Bari, Salerno, Pescara, Latina and others
Language
  official
 
Italian
  others Sicilian, Calabrese, English, Italiot Greek, Arbëreshe, Apulian and others
Religion
  main
 
Christianity
  others Atheism, Orthodoxy, Islam and others
Ethnic Groups
  main
 
Italian
  others Italic Greeks, Arbëreshë and others
Demonym Duosicilians, Sicilians, Southern Italians
Government Unitary dominant-party semi-presidential republic
  legislature National Assembly
President of the Republic Antonio Tajani
Prime Minister Vito Bardi
Area 158.113 km²
Population 21,482,711 
Established 25th December of 1985
Independence from Italy
  declared 25th December of 1985
Currency Two Sicilies Ducat
Organizations League of Nations

The Republic of the Two Sicilies (In Italian "Repubblica delle Due Sicilie", or as is simply called "Repubblica Meridionale") controls the island of Sicily and mainland Italy up to the northern edges of the former region of Lazio, Umbria and Marche. Since the second Sicilian War the republic has changed a lot, entering into diplomatic relations with the other Italian states.

The Sicilian Republic was born out of the cooperation between the regional authorities and the gentlemen of the clans of Palermo and that of Eastern Sicily, giving born to a very singular and peculiar state.

History

Pre-Doomsday history

The region of Sicily was created in 1946 after the Second World War, the first among the other 19th and the first autonomous, even his foundation is liked to Cosa Nostra, figures like Calogero Vizzini, Giuseppe Russo and others supported the creation of a Sicilian region, as it would give more power to the region and take away power that previously Rome held, in the 60s and 70s there would be the First Mafia War between various clans of Cosa Nostra and the clans of Palermo, in the same period the Mafia would use their power for influence local politics, making use of procurement for entering in the construction sector of the island and also by continuing to killing unwanted public figures like policemen, judges, politicians opposed to the Mafia, clergy hostile to Cosa Nostra and so on. The situation would become even more intense in the 1980s, with the assassination of the last President of the Region of Sicily Piersanti Mattarella and the assassination of Carlo Alberto della Chiesa, commander of the Legione Carabinieri Sicilia, and most importantly the ongoing Second Mafia War between the Corleonesi and the Palermitani, the war would continue even after Doomsday.

A necessary agreement

In September of 1983 the world was lit on fire by the atomic destruction caused by the American and Soviet warheads, this would cause destruction and the collapse of entire countries, including the Italian Republic, as a major ally of the US and on the doorstep of Yugoslavia. It seen the losses of cities like Rome, Naples, Turin, Milan and others, and also the complete dissolution of any form of national government, this task was taken up by the involuntarily by the local authorities, this was the same in the Region of Sicily too, the largest island in the Mediterranean and home to nearly five million people pre-1983, but also home to Cosa Nostra.

Sicily was already shocked by the events of the previous year, and now even more by Doomsday, the regional government of Sicily, headed by the democristiano Calogero Lo Giudice understood that the situation was dire and it could become even worse if actions weren’t taken in order to give safety to the island and spear it from any destruction caused by the nuclear war. Knowing the connections that Cosa Nostra and the other clans held, Lo Giudice the 20th September of 1983 would convene Gerlando Alberti, Domenico Rancadore, Rosario Spatola, Gaspare Caruana, Ignazio and Antonino Salvo, Michele Greco and the politicians Calogero Mannino and Vito Ciancimino for taking part at a special session of the regional assembly, including also the military commanders of the armed forces on the island, the commissar of the Police in Sicily, the commander of the Carabinieri and the commander of the Sigonella AFB James Trukerson and figuring out a solution about what to do and what expect from the following months, as already confirmed in the following days since the 26th there was no answer from the government in Rome and refugees would start to approach the shores of the island for protection, claiming that they came from Cagliari, Rome, Taranto, Naples and other targeted areas, now all gone.

After many discussions and debate it was decided to came to an agreement with the moderate faction of Cosa Nostra and the other Sicilian Clans; there would be a general amnesty for every cosca that is part Cosa Nostra and other clans willing to help, the resources of the mafia would be used by the region for avoid any famine and the clan’s would be able to turn their previous criminal activities into private companies and would be able to take part of the public and political life of the new state even more then before, the military commanders after head this were horrified to see agreements with the Mafia and arguing that it should be refused, Gerlando Alberti replied with a terrible but logical argument “Signori, sè volete farci fuori fatelo pure, ma neanche voi riuscirete a sconfiggere Totò Riina e i Corleonesi dopo, noi stiamo argomentando e parlando con voi come da gentiluomini, Riina vi avrebbe uccisi tutti alla prima obiezione, insieme a noi Palermitani(Gentlemen, if you want to kill us, go ahead and do it, but not even you will be able to defeat Totò Riina and the Corleonesi afterwards, we are arguing and talking to you like gentlemen, Riina would have killed you all at the first objection, together with us Palermitans.).”

With this statement the military finally agreed to an agreement with the clans, but as said before they have a last request, eliminate all the Corleone’s Clan and Toto Riina, in any way. Toto Riina already before managed to kill or send in exile most of the old families of Palermo in the United States or in Brazil, now the Palermitani’s remnants would get revenge on the Corleonesi via legal actions and a trap would be set by the President of the region for arresting him and with the help of the soldati of the Palermitani, now enlisted in the Sicilian National Guard would conduct raids on the properties of the Corleonesi in the meantime.

The end and the start of an era

The trap was set for the 2nd October, Riina was invited at home of Vito Ciancimino for talking about business and the possibility of conducting a coup d’etat against the government of the Sicilian Region and eliminating every opponent in the meantime, including both political, military and adversaries of the Corleonesi, but Riina not knowing that Vito was working with the government and he was taped for hear everything about the conversation, moments after squads of the GiS (Gruppo Intervento Speciale) would storm the villa and arrest Riina on the bases of different charges, including the murders of Stefano Bontate, Salvatore Inzerillo, Giuseppe Inzerillo, Emanuele Basile, Giuseppe Russo, Carlo Alberto della Chiesa, Piersanti Mattarella and countless others.

With Riina now in prison and every propriety of the Corleonesi now in the hand of the state it was decided to use all the wealth accumulated by the Corleonesi for keep the general situation as normal as possible and for avoid the spread of destruction as it was happening in other parts of Europe, but many people were against working with the Mafia, many would secretly escape out of Sicily in fear of their lives, in particular those who opposed the Mafia like the judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, Carlo Palermo, policemen Antonino Cassarà, journalist Mauro Rostagno, professor Sergio Mattarella, archbishop of Palermo Salvatore Pappalardo and many others like military commanders who dislike the idea of now being under a joined mafia-region government.

According to the census between 5000 and 100,000 leave Sicily between 1983 and 1985, they would not be stopped by the government as Lo Guidice said “Non è mio dovere forzare chiunque di rimanere in Sicilia, se vogliono lasciare l’isola peggio per loro, finiranno in mezzo al mare o uccisi da banditi non appena metteranno piede a terra.”, this was decided on the conclusion that it would be a waste of resources going after them or stop them from leaving Sicily, contrary to the affirmations of Calogero Lo Giudice thousands would survive by taking refuge in Malta, Balearic, Corfù and others, this refugees would be later the founding fathers of the Society for the Italian Reunification or SIR.

In the following years the situation would become to stabilize pretty quickly, by 1985 Sicily restored their electrical capabilities and began to stabilizing even more, food rationing was still in place and it was advised to even starting to produce food for themselves, the mafia would come in handy as it would give to the government the resources necessaries like fertilizers, seeds, terrains and also others for survive better then other nations, the confiscation of the proprieties of the Corleonesi also helped a lot, also during this time Sicily would start to pick radio signals from Sardinia, Tunisia, Balearics, Malta and other nearby places, the government still deemed that it was too dangerous sending expeditionary parties out in the Mediterranean so early, so they just started to have radio broadcasting talks with surviving nations, establishing the first relationship outside of Sicily with foreign nations.

The 25th of December of 1985, after two years of no response from Rome and the clear destruction of the Italian government the Regional Assembly declared the independence of the ex-region of Sicily from Italy and the establishment of the Sicilian Republic the same day, only a handful of deputies voted no, the public reactions where mixed and contrasted, the establishment would cheers as they are finally free from to be a sovereign nation from Italy, but for most of the Sicilians this was a sad event, as millions perished under the atomic fire, the date was not a casualty;  In 1130 on the same day the Kingdom of Sicily was proclaimed, under the King Roger II, previously Great Count of Sicily, this was made for create a link between the Kingdom of Sicily, who controlled all southern Italy and the modern Sicilian Republic. The president of the assembly Michele Greco said this at the inauguration of the National Assembly : “Che benedica Iddio ed ispiri i voti del Parlamento indirizzati a questo santo fine; ch'Egli riguardi benigno la terra di Sicilia, e la congiunga ai grandi destini della libera, indipendente ed unità.”

Consolidation and stabilization

After the declaration of independence a constituent assembly was declared with the task of writing a constitution for the new state, it took three years for writing the constitution, this new constitution would be modeled after the pre-Doomsday Italian constitution but with a semi-presidential system, based on the French model, the new legislature “The National Assembly” will be divided between the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, there would be also established the offices of President, Prime Minister, Supreme Court of the Republic and the magistrature, this for give at the new state a better structure and administration, while at the same separating the three powers from each other, but for giving actual political power to the clans, who are now common citizens and excited to take part in the direct political life of the new state.

The new elections were set for the year 1986, the results were not even rigged because the population vote in block the Democrazia Cristiana, and only a minor part voted parties like the Communist Party or the restored Movement for the Independence of Sicily, the first President of the Republic was Salvo Lima, a close associate of Cosa Nostra and a intermediator between them and Giulio Andreotti, while Ignazio Salvo, businessmen linked to various clans of Palermo was nominated Prime Minister by the President, even if this two positions are occupied by people in cahoot with the Mafia the rest of the government was composed by technocrats and various politicians that served in the regional government before 1983 and many other affiliated politicians or mafiosi themselves where elected in other offices, both national and local. In the same year the government struck a deal with the commander of the Sigonella AFB about the present prospect of the base and what to do, since it was starting to become clear that the United States were gone momentarily, or forever as the most pessimistic people think at that time, as per agreement the base, his military personnel, equipment and vehicles would be transferred under the authority of the government and in return the Americans citizens would receive all the Sicilian citizenship and it will be transmitted to their sons too, a special municipality would be created for the Americans called “Sigonella” with all the necessaries services and the look of an American small town, the government established the Regiment of naval infantry “George S. Patton”, in honor of the general that liberated Sicily from the Fascists. 

Preparation for the reclamation of the mainland

The Sicilian Government would continue a policy of isolation and gradual end of rationing, even though it will not end until 1998, for being abandoned completely, in the following years various Italian nationalist deputies would propose bills for the annexation of all Italy and that no other nation, even if Italian born has no-right to occupy their territories, as they see themselves as the successor state of the old Italian Republic, encouraged by this proposals the president would call a meeting of the government and proposed to the minister of defense; Gen. Biagio Cacciola if an invasion of the Italian Peninsula was possible and if can succeed, the general said yes, but it first need to evaluate the current situation, the extension of the resources of the republic and how much we can invade before stopping, the president said that he agree to the statement and is fine if not all Italy can be occupied.  

The Chief of Staff took several months for creating a proper plan about an invasion and with estimate of cost on the maintenance, fuel and other matters, it was hypothesized by the generals that Southern Italy would be the most intact part of the country, but also one of the most easiest to conquer as with the help of local mafia clans and the stability that offer the republic, alone it was enough to see people joining voluntarily the new state, the central regions, and in particular Lazio would be semi deserted with only few cities like Civitavecchia, Gaeta, Viterbo and others to had survived the blast from any nuclear device, instead northern Italy was hit the worst by the bombs, but one with the most concentrations of surviving city-states or local authorities, so it was deemed the most difficult to be controlled and the generals estimated that Sicily be able to only control central Italy and the south, together with Sardinia before the few resources that the state had would dried out. 

Operation "30 Marzo"

After came up with a plan the government would introduce again conscription for the male between age 18 and 30, this for create both a sense of nationality among the younger generation and also for prepare the army for the invasion, and thanks to the absorption of the US forces in Sicily, including their equipment and vehicles, this give a clear edge to Sicily in the eventual possibility of fighting an equal opponent in northern Italy, but this possibility was deemed low or non present by the generals of the republic, since with a overall evaluation of the Italian situation they deemed that Sicily was the only country with a functioning government in Italy. The government started trainings and military exercises of land invasions already in the winter of 1987, but the real operations would start in February-March of the next year and nicknamed “30 March”, as a reference to the actions of Joachim Murat, King of Naples from 1808 to 1815 and promoter of Italian Unification, who managed to conquer all southern and central Italy before being defeated by the Austrians.

Calabria

On the first days of February the military operations would begin with the crossing of the Messina’s Strait and the disembark of Sicilian troops around the City of Reggio Calabria and in the city itself, the city was already visited previously by Sicilian scouts for keeping contact with his inhabitants, but only now Palermo has taken serious steps with the aim of annexing the city and the hole region, the region of Calabria was devastated not by the radioactivity produced by the nuclear fallout but by the 'Ndrangheta and the infighting between clans from 1983 to 1987, most of the region was in control of either city councils that ruled cities like Catanzaro, Vibo Valentia, Cosenza or in the hands of the few 'Ndrangheta that survived the fights like Reggio Calabria, Gioia Tauro, Villa San Giovanni and others, meanwhile the interior was a collection of villages or towns governed by his inhabitants, controlled by bandits or simply abandoned because impossible to live there.

The military would set a bridgehead at Villa San Giovanni and annexing it, diplomats would be send for annex the territory in a peaceful way, or if the local authorities were deemed too much stubborn or hostile then they would be arrested or killed in the spot by the military, they started to advance further inland until reaching Gioia Tauro, governed by the Molé family, who just recently ended a war against the Piromalli clan, when they see military units approaching the city they started to fortified the city and preparing for battle, when the military contacted them via a civilian for negotiating a surrender, Domenico Molè then killed the negotiator and order to his men to open fire, thinking that it was just a trick by the military for kill them all later. In a couple of minutes the battle of Gioia Tauro begin and they military, thanks to the use of proper military tactics and to the poor organization of the clan, the city was taken in a couple of hours with the surrender of Domenico Molè, from Gioia Tauro they send some squads east for scouting inner Calabria and trying to reach Locri. At the same time Reggio Calabria was fully occupied and a civilian government was set up, it was discovered that Reggio Calabria was under the power of Paolo De Stefano, but still the city was in serious crisis as there wasn’t enough food and any activity the clad had a very loose control over the city, so after diplomatic talks he agree and Reggio was transferred under the civilian authority of the republic, the military started to advance again and by mid february they controlled all the former region, excluded some internal areas difficult to control like the Aspromonte, where bandits are the de facto rulers.

Southern Campania, Basilicata and Apulia

When they regroup near Castrovillari the commanders decided to split the invading force into two armies; one headed west towards Naples and the other crossing the border into Basilicata and then advancing into Apulia and his capital Bari, the two army groups reported different experiences as both regions were affected differently by Doomsday and by previous events;

This were the ruins of the city of Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi in 1988, still destroyed by the earchquake of eight years ago and abandoned eversince.

Army Group A discover and reported that eastern Campania, mainly the ex-provinces of Avellino, Salerno and Potenza were destroyed not only because for the destruction of the apocalypse and the follower hysteria but also by the earthquake of Irpinia, after eight years the same areas are still abandoned, left to rotten and taken over by nature, wandering animals and looters or bandit camps, various reports also confirm the existence of return to a semi nomadic life in the areas affected by this earthquake, the only occurrences of a functioning city or village was when army columns find out that cities like Benevento, Agropoli, Salerno, Melfi and few others had a functioning government, this cities and much more in southern Campania and in Basilicata would immediately join the republic, this area would take years for recover and it would be a priority of the following governments to repair the area for years to come.

Army Group B found a very different situation, most of the cities in the eastern part of Basilicata were spared by the earthquake, but this didn’t make the situation easier for them, the area was plagued by banditism that harassed the few populated centres, the only town of any significance founded was Matera, the surviving population found refuge in the Sassi, a series of caves used as homes, they lived a subsistence life, similar to that of people in the 11th century, in Apulia they found the irradiated city of Taranto, once home to the Italian fleet, the surroundings of the city were immediately closed off to anyone except government officials and military officers, the rest of the region fell better off as Bari managed to control much of the ex-region, they enter diplomatic talks with Sicily, claiming that the regional government survived and that is their duty to restore the Italian Republic, after several debates the Mayor of Bari agree to join the new republic, by April the Sicilian Republic is in control of Calabria, southern Campania, Basilicata and Calabria.

Northern Campania, Molise and Abruzzo

After a regroup and a stabilization of the area recently conquered the government decide to formally annex the new territories as part of the Sicilian Republic this for legitimize their new conquests, the military operations would resume in the first days of April, with the advancement towards northern Campania, Molise and Abruzzo. The army continue their operations as two separated entities, the A would advance on the western part and B on the eastern one, for better coordinate movements and also for spread out the troops in case of a general attack, same as for the previous operations the two groups would give a general report on what they found and what has changed since 1983;

Army group A started the military operations on the 12th of April after a short stop in Benevento for prepare the advance towards the rest of Campania and Lazio, their main objective is to secure the rest of the region and give a full report on the situation, this part of Campania was more stable then  the southern but still it had his fair share of problems, the first functioning city that the scouts found operating was Caserta, home to the Reggia di Caserta, miraculously intact from any looter because it was the residence of the boss of the Casalesi Antonio Bardellino, when the scouts arrived at the outskirts of the city the found that most of it was abandoned, or transformed in outposts around the old city, when the group of soldiers was spotted by a men of the Casalesi he stop them and that they need to explain who they are at the Prince of caserta.

Since the war Bardellino proclaim himself as Prince of the Principality of Caserta, he extended the influence of the city and of the clan up until Aversa, Castel Volturno and Mondragone, when he received the soldiers in the throne room he was surprised to found well dressed, well equipped and well fed soldiers, since he found impossible that they are from some band of rogue soldiers that want to join their forces, and so he asked from where they are, the soldiers responded Sicily and this sparked the surprise of the prince, he ask even more questions like who is in charge, what state is Sicily now and who they represent. After a full response by the group of officers he said that he welcome any affiliate of Cosa Nostra, and he decided that he would join on the spot if he would have a position of command in this new republic and and for his clan as well, the officers said that this was possible and so they left with the blessing of God and a representative from the clan.

When the group return to the main camp outside the city they explain who they are and a civilian administration was set up in the next week, the military would start to advance towards Naples for see how badly was hit by the bombs, it was found out that the city was mostly destroyed and that the approximate epicenter of the bomb was near the international airport of Naples and since there no crater it was presumed that the bomb had exploded on air, still hole area of Naples seemed abandoned and it was too much irradiated for exploring it now, the rest of the region was occupied fairly easily and in short time, the army would set their HQ in the city of Salerno.

Army Group B instead found out that the region of Molise was one of the few that was spared from the general destruction and lowless that the rest of the south experienced, the columns of the army found out that the population lived in a similar way like they did in Matera, but in a more organized way since the government of Molise was able to remain in control of Campobasso, although only on the city itself and on the countryside, they found out that they also have a decent defense force based on the Carabinieri forces present in the region before Doomsday, most of them would be armed with old M1 Garand rifles or with Carcano bolt action rifles, they depend on livestock and on agriculture and they tend to trade with other near cities like L’Aquila, Isernia, Termoli, Lanciano and Pescara, the military explain to them that they are soldiers of the Sicilian Republic and that their regional government survive the collapse of Italy and declared independence shortly after, the mayor of Campobasso welcomed the soldier and say that they can stay for any time, and after a brief discussion with the rest of the municipal council the city of Campobasso agreed to become part of Sicily, putting the inhabitants under their protection.

After the dispatch of an envoy of Sicilian soldiers to Termoli and Isernia the march would resume for continuing pushing north, in Abruzzo the situation was not that difficult but unlike in Molise there were problems of banditism and a huge influx of refugees from Rome, the soldiers would find quite a few inhabited centers like as previously told by the Campobassani the cities of L’Aquila, Lanciano, and Pescara had a functioning government, but everyone was identical to each other.

Lanciano had a communal council composed by the mayor and other important officers, meanwhile for example L’Aquila since 1983 has become under the authority of the Church, when Doomsday occured the then mayor Tullio De Rubeis cannot hold to the psychological stress that he endure during the first week and he commited suicide, leaving only a letter explaining his reasons and saying sorry for anyone that he dissapoint, during the first stages of the post-doomsday the church played an important role with the assistance given to the refugees and the autority that Archbishop Carlo Martini rapresent, after the death of De Rubeis it was decided by the council to give nominate Marini as mayor of the city, he accepted with honor and he do his best for giving confort to everyone, he would expand the power of the city and abolish the council for replace it a council of clergymen.

Martini would die in 1986 and he would nominate as his successor Mario Peressin, already co-Archbishop and after 1983 he become vice-Archbishop, Peressin encounter the soldiers who says to be military of the Sicilian Republic and on a mission for liberating Italy from the anarchy and give it order, the archbishop give his blessing for the successful of this noble cause and accept that the city of L’Aquila would become part of the republic, and he warned that the city of Pescara was a hub for criminals and bandits and that his leader, a ex-policeman turned criminal is a ruthless and evil men.

The military launched a full scale assault on Pescara in early March, conquering the city in just some days and executing much of the criminals and bandits present there, instead their leader; Giacomo Lucchetta was send to Campobasso for being judged by a military tribunal, he was found guilty of various charges and executed. By mid March all the south was in the hands of the Republic, with a solid grip on southern Italy the Chief of Staff valutate to hold momentarily any military operations for consolidate their conquests and for restore order across the region, by also trying to restore basic services and repair any damage done by war and negligence.

Lazio, Umbria and Marche

After several months of remain inactive in southern Italy, while restoring order, eliminate much of the bandits in the countryside and rebuilding the road system between the different ex-regions, the Sicilian Army would start again their march towards Central Italy, with one army passing trough Lazio and the other towards Marche and Umbria, for then meeting in Southern Tuscany for continuing the advance up until Tuscany.

Army A crossed the old border between Campagna and Lazio the 9th of August and they immediately noticed the near complete desolation of the region except few cities that still stand, the rest was just empty, with even fewer bandit activity then in Southern Campania, one of the first inhabited places that they came across was the Abbey of Montecassino, founded in the year 529 by San Benedetto da Norcia, and is the oldest abbey in Italy, in 1944 was severely damaged by the Allied bombardments, but even with Doomsday the structure would survive and be known as a place of safety, well protected against any danger, the military would enter the monastery and knowing who inhabit it, they found out that a group of survivor together with the monks set up a community based like an old monastery, a place of knowledge and safety, in fact the Sicilians were surprised to find out that every kid was able to write and read, the officers explain their intentions to Fabio Bernardo D'Onorio and saying that now Lazio was under the control of the government of Palermo, from the survivors they came upon the fact that Rome was severely irradiated and pretty much non existent anymore, the military farewell the group and headed north towards the city of Frosinone.

The military for a bit followed the A2 highway, until they found it all blocked by cars, in many of this cars soldiers would found personal object, the belongings of many families, one of the first horrible sights of what the Romans had to endure in the first hours after Doomsday:

Finally they arrived at Frosinone, the city was controlled by a council of citizens, most of the city was abandoned except for the old city, well fortified, but here the military found out that many people died of radiation poison and also that many newborns had deformities or were born already dead, seeing this the officers offer immediate economical aid and to become part of the Sicilian Republic, the citizens were glad of become part of Sicily, as for them suffering ended, the military would immediately begin the march towards Rome, but by this time along the coast towards the city of Latina, before 1983 it was the main city of southern Lazio and now it was home to a combination of bandits and neo-fascist, headed by the Duce Ajmone Finestra, at first the military try to talk with Finestra for trying to annex the town peacefully, but after the killing of the envoy and the wounding of the other, it was decided to attack the city and kill everyone who open fire on the military, when the city was liberated it was found out that the fascists set up a slave system were women and young girls up to 15 years would serve as sexual workers, meanwhile the men and boys up to the age of 10 would serve as labour force, in a storage facility the military found a gruesome scene and truly horrible scene, the floor was completely filled with little bones and decomposed bodies, it was used as a mortuary, many of the military cried while others just sit in the ground staring at the sky or reciping a prayer for everyone of this little souls, the bodies would be later collected and buried in a common mass grave. 

After some rest the military would start marching toward the Urbe for knowing how badly was hit, it was found out that they also encounter a few makeshift camps made out by survivors from Rome, they were really surprised to find out military scouts so near to Rome, they told the survivors that they came from Sicily and they are here for uniting Italy, the leader of the group said that Italy was doomed and is dead, there is no reason for recreate it, but the military said that is their holy mission to do that, in honor of everyone who died cause in 1983, the soldiers would set in the abandoned city of Pomezia, deemed safe enough from any radioactivity, their main objectives in the area was to found out eventual survivors and also to determine if the outskirts of Rome were inhabited or not.

The scouts would start to head north and in a couple of hours they started to see the first shanty towns on the shores of the Tiber, the Romans told them that Rome is mostly abandoned, scavengers or desperate go in the city from time to time for looting it, but non ever return, they immediately communicate this to high command that deemed necessary to close off Rome, so in a ingenious way they used the old highway ring around the city as a sort of a fenced wall around the city, first off they occupy every bridge leading to Rome and to patrol the ring, by the 2000 the Ring or l’Anello was updated with a real fenced wall in metal, watch towers, radio operators and checkpoints, thanks to all of this the city of Rome was left intact and abandoned since 1983.

They continue to go north and they reached the city of Civitavecchia, one of the cities of the so called “United Communities of Rome” it was a collective union formed by various city-states like Civitavecchia, Bracciano, Fiano Romano, Monterotondo and others, as usual the military offer to the union to join the Sicilian Republic, and after many debates and reassurance that the government would restore basic services and order they accept, in this way all the ex-region of Lazio was under the control of Palermo. And it was here that they found out one of the first survivor states to have an effective government, although much more smaller and poorer then that of Sicily, the 27th of August, near the Lake of Bolsena a group of soldiers in a recon mission found out the presence of a small military campsite near the city of Acquapendente, it was not abandoned since the fire was lit just hours ago and a flag raised on the pennant of the camp, the military later figured out that the flag was that of Tuscany so they decided to wait there for see who will came up.

After several hours of waiting the group of Tuscanian soldiers came back from a recognition near the city of Bolsena, they found it occupied by troops and they flew the Sicilian flag, they decide to not interact with them and instead told the happening to Florence, when they returned to camp they found out soldiers of the same group of before was occupying their camp, after a brief intense moment were everyone was pointing their guns at each other both calm down and explain who they are and their motives, the Tuscanians explain that Tuscany survived the nuclear apocalypse and was able to set up a government, they say also that they weren’t the only survivor state, but also there was one in Genoa, one in Cuneo and and other in Venice, the Sicilians said that their regional government survived and that it was their destiny to unite Italy under one flag and bring back the tricolor, but the Tuscanians had mixed feelings about it, some of them were happy to hear this while others utterly refused, because for them Italy was dead in that year of 1983 and nothing can get Italy as before the Apocalypse, the soldiers said that they are right, but at least a united Italy would benefit for the surviving population, after a bit farewell the respective forces returned to their HQ for reporting the experience and immediately the Sicilian government send an emissary in Tuscany for starting diplomatic relationships with Florence.

Army group B encountered a very different reality, much more stable, but nonetheless more safe or without any danger, as this regions too except for few areas were roamed by bandits or ex soldiers going rogue, the army started the operations the 9th of August, after leaving their base of Alba Adriatica the military would advance towards north for reach the border with Emilia-Romagna and then going west toward Umbria, as confirmed by the reports the two regions were much more safe then Lazio and in some degree regional power remain in firm hands, especially in Umbria, instead in the Marche the interior was mostly lost.

One of the first inhabited cities was San Benedetto del Tronto, and the city was not under the control of themselves but under that of the Republic of Ancona, as the regional government manage to survive Doomsday with little problems, but as time went on it was forced out of the interior of the region, and now they control only the coastal area, the army was stopped by a contingent of the Anconian Army in San Benedetto, they escorted them in Ancona for receive the Doge of Ancona; Guido Monina, the officers explain who they were and what are their motives, explaining that Palermo has started a campaign of unification, the Doge was very impressed by this and say it would gladly join the new republic if it would provide economical assets and investment, after hearing this they left heading towards Umbria, for arriving in Tuscany.

In the countryside of the Marche they find relatively fewer bandit camps compared to southern Italy,  near the border with Umbria they spotted a group of soldiers similar to them, they get near and asked who they are, they were Umbrian soldiers of the Umbrian Republic, Umbria was one of the few region of Italy that was able to retain a government and survive, but it was plagued by a refugee crisis due to the massive numbers of Romans refugees, the military would be escorted to Perugia were they found the city in a tremendous state, crammed with refugees and not only in Perugia but also in the other main cities, the officers were introduced to the president of the republic; Gen. Domenico Rossi was the Podestà of the Republic since the regional council was shut down in 1984, during all this time Rossi enforced a quasi totalitarian rule, and also by dealing with the refugee crisis that is coming from Rome, after a chat with the commanding officers of the army; Lt. Rolando Moschini the general decided to join the new republic in exchange for aid for the refugees. The commanding forces were very happy to see most of the Italian peninsula reunited now, and with the discovery of Tuscany with a functional government the military operations would be halted down until further orders, this for clean up Latium of any bandit or dangerous town and also for consolidate their gain, by the 4th September all Central Italy was under the Sicilian Republic.

Operation Bon

The government under Salvo Lima would decide to halt any military operation for the being moment and try a diplomatic approach for conquering Tuscany without any bloodshed, in the meantime the republic would set a provisional border between Tuscany and the ex-provinces of Latium and Umbria, and would establish diplomatic relations with San Marino, the small republic manage to survive doomsday intact and now controls most coastal area of the province of Forlì, Sicily would send an official delegation to San Marino in the first of September, they were recived by the Captains Regent Luciano Cardelli and Reves Salvatori, both were happy to hear that Sicily and most of southern Italy survive, and the Captains asked if they are to be consider the successor state of the previous Italian Republic, the diplomats said yes, because legally the members of the Sicilian Regional Assembly were classified as deputies and so act as successors of the Italian Republic on this basis, the previous Italian ambassador for Italy would serve as the Sicilian ambassador and the official ceremony for the inauguration of the embassy was on 12th of September, at the same time also San Marino open an embassy in Palermo, the delegation was received with full honors by the president and the prime minister of the republic.

Diplomatic talks with Tuscany would continue even after 1989 and onwards until March, when the government reported to have found several dismembered men with a sign on the site “Fora ‘li Italiani dalla Toscana” with this event the Sicilian government give an ultimatum to Florence, with the request of give an official apology and to allow Sicilian troops to crossing the border, with time one week, in the meantime the Sicilian forces were mobilized and as expected the Tuscanian said no, the attack would commence on the 10th of March and the armies would move south towards Siena and then Tuscany and also from north east, passing towards Emilia-Romagna for taking the Tuscans from the back.

The advance in Tuscany was fast and with little casualties, the Tuscans hold their ground in some areas like Siena, Porto Ercole, Piombino and in the countryside, still the Sicilians were able to arrive at the outskirts of Florence by mid-March and with the intention of hold their ground until the Sicilian forces in Emilia-Romagna would invade them from the back. But unfortunately the Sicilian forces near Bologna were stopped by a coalition formed by Genoese, Venetians, Subalpines, Tuscanians and Swiss troops, seeing this the generals order a retreat towards the Marche for the troops in Romagna and send more men on the frontline, which was the Arno river, the frontline commanders would immediately contact Palermo for instructions and what to do, the government seeing the desperate  situation would pore more men on the frontline, shortly after the Swiss government offer a ceasepeace between Sicily and Tuscany, both parties said yes and the demarcation line was set up on the Arno river and alongside the Marche / Emilia-Romagna border.

The ceasefire was officialized in the Treaty of Lucca, were the Tuscanian Republic and the Sicilian Republic agree to put an end to the hostilities and to formalize the current border, also there would be several special articles like the free movement of goods and people between the borders, the free navigation of the Arno, a series of economic aid to the remaining parts of Tuscany and the concession of autonomy to southern Tuscany, all this request were accepted by the Sicilians and so southern Tuscany officially become part of the republic the 2nd of April of 1989. Nevertheless the government in Palermo was happy with the result and the outcome of the war, consider this enough in a short campaign of less then a year and with very minimal losses.

Map of the Italian Peninsula between 1990 and 2010, the Sicilian Republic is in yellow.

After the storm, peace

With the end of the Tuscan-Sicilian War the government in Palermo would start to bring back order and stability to the part of the peninsula under their rule, and the 8th December of 1989 the Republic of the Two Sicilies (Repubblica delle Due Sicilie) was declared by the National Assembly at Palermo, they would also start relationships with several of the survivor Italian states like Genoa, Venice, the Subalpine Republic, Tuscany and the Alpine Confederation, at that time still known as the Swiss Confederation, and until the reopen of international trade the two powers were the biggest trade partners in the Peninsula and also among themselves, but the relations with the other Italian states weren’t all this good, they consist of just the minimum when it came to diplomatic relationship and it was even less with Tuscany, the fact of have relationship with Sicily was just a formality more then anything.

Flag of the Autnomous Province of Southern Tuscany

Following the declaration of the Two Sicilies the government would implement a reform of the administrative system, now the Provinces are the first administrative level, they have similar powers to their pre-war counterparts; the Regions and under the provinces there are the Municipalities, the second level of administration and in most cases also has competences in the surrounding countryside, there is one autonomous province and that is Southern Tuscany, the province has domestic competence over subjects such as provincial finances, healthcare, domestic politics, education and others, except defence, public finances, issue of currency and the establishment of relationships with other nations and it was nicknamed since his establishment “Stato Nuovo di Siena” in reference to the old Stato Nuovo di Siena that was created between 1559 and 1766, like the old state their capital is in the city of Siena and as official flag it used the flag of the Republic of Siena.

In 1990 there would be the 2nd general elections of the republic and the first under the Two Sicilies, this elections were seen as a test by the establishment in Palermo for see if they scored well outside of Sicily, and surprisingly they did, most of the provinces voted largely the Democrazia Cristiana and only a minor part of the population voted parties like the Socialist Party, the Liberal Party, the Republican Party or Sicily onward, but in Tuscany for example the majority of the population voted for the Libertas Party, a political party created with the idea of bringing the interest of the Tuscans in the Assembly and also as a party for the Tuscans, it would also become the main party of the Consiglio Generale Senese for almost his entire existence and would continue to exist under Tuscany.

Still the DC was the main party in the National Assembly and it would remain so for many years, with most of the peninsula in their hands the government and the cosche, now organized into private companies with various interest would use their money and influence for dividing many parts of the market for themselves, by the 2000 most of this companies hold monopoly or share it with one or two rival companies over sectors of the economy, and both the government and this companies would invest and modernize the poorer areas of the republic or those badly damaged by the war, the government would also invest massive capitals in the construction of a modern welfare state and a police force that would both keep order and suppress eventual protests that can happen, it would also use the army and the national guard for secure much of the countryside in continental Italy for get rid of every bandit group or criminal activity.

A unexpected visit

In 1991 the radio station of the island of Marettimo caught up a distress signal coming from the sea, the person on the other side speak in English and claim to be from Australia and that they are circumnavigating the globe for see in what shape it is, the radio operator urged them to emerge and see who they are, 2 corvettes of the Sicilian Navy would intertect the USS Benjamin Franklin and the Albacora submarine of the Portughese Navy, the two parties exchange salutes and with the help of a Sicilian soldier who speak English both were able to communicate with each other, both asked a lot of questions, about who they were, how was their part of the world and if they were hostile, the Sicilian and also the Australians said no.

Then they were escorted to Palermo for being received from the president and the prime minister, at the port of Palermo there were hosted Portughese and Australian flags and the band of the city song both “God Save the Queen” and “A Portuguesa”, not knowing that Australia become a Republic, the crew of the submarines would be hosted in the Grand Hotel et des Palmes Hotel for the meantime, officers from both nations would had a private conversations with the president, the prime minister and the National Assembly for know everything about the world and for them know everything about Europe, the Sicilians give them all the informations available about Southern Europe, North Africa and Italy. The parties would stay in Sicily for a week until returning home, with the requests of starting diplomatic relationships with both Portugal and Australia, which started in 1992 and in 2001.

Age of exploration - Western Mediterranean

Between 1991 and 2001 the Sicilian government would increase his domestic affairs and reforms, with the modernization of the economy, the general industrialization of Southern Italy and the exploration of the Mediterranean Sea and in general the hole region of Europe and Northern Africa, the government had already relationships with Malta, Republic of Genoa, Republic of Venice, Subalpine Confederation, and Tuscany, on the 4th of May of the same year the Republic of the Two Sicilies would send their first expedition in the Mediterranean Sea, with the goal of first exploring and establish relation with any nation in the western side of the Mediterranean and report the hole situation; the fleet would be composed of two frigates and one corvette from the WW2, deemed perfect as they don’t run on gasoline or oil.

North Africa

Their voyage started from Palermo and from there they would to west alongside the Tunisian and Algerian coastline, it was discovered that North Africa was not devastated by the war of 1983 but his effects were devastating to the hole region, in Tunisia the national government manage to survive, but from 1983 to 1989 the country was under a military dictatorship, due to the large influx of Algerian, Libyans and European refugees, but since 1989 the situation was stable enough for a return to a civilian government, the convoy would hold a meeting with Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the newest president of Tunisia, alongside the officers of the convoy told that they are part of an expedition set up by the Twosicilian government in order to find what happen in the Mediterrean Sea, they also claim to be the successor state of the Italian Republic, as they encompass most the previous land hold by Italy before 1983 and on a legal ground the deputies of the regional assembly declare them the continuation of the old government, the Tunisian president was happy to hear this and the Italian ambassador in Tunis; Giancarlo Turì pledge his service to the Two Sicilies, and he would become the first ambassador of the Two Sicilies in an African nation.

The convoy would leave Tunis on the 8th of May for continue their voyage alongside the Algerian coastline, they reported that the national government collapses and that the region is now divided into several city states, the most powerful of them being Kabylie, Oran and Algeria itself, now in control of only the city of Algiers and few other coastal cities, seen the chaos of the region the convoy would bring to safety the Italian ambassador to Algeria, alongside any other Italian and military personnel.

In Morocco things went differently the northern side of the country was divided between the Republic of Rif and the Moroccan Kingdom, the Twosicilians made contact with the Riffans for knowing what happen to the region and Southern Spain, it was discovered that the region was devastated by both strikes in Gibraltar and other Spanish localites and also by the huge influx of Portughese, French and Spanish refugees, both civilian and military, after Doomsday a revolt was set up by the Riffans and with the help of the Spanish military forces they were able to repel any counter attack of Morocco, the Twosicilian officers decided to open relationship with Rif and recognize it as an independent republic, after maid a brief stop at Ceuta the group rembark heading towards the other side of the strait.

Spain and France

In Spain the situation was similar to that of Italy, the convoy founded many city states alongside the Spanish coast, like Màlaga, Marbella, Motril and few others, meanwhile in the ex-province of Mercia a Falangist government was established, they hold strict control of the population and use citizens as slaves, the convoy decided still to try a diplomatic approach, there was tension between the two groups as none speak either Spanish or Italian, then with gestures and a broken English they were able to communicate and say that this was a military convoy of the Two Sicilian Republic, the successor state of the Italian Republic, the two recognize each other as sovereign nations but nothing more.

In Catalonia and in the Balearic Isles the situation was definitely better as only Valencia and Barcelona were hit during Doomsday, one of the first state to be encounter was the Nation of Aragon, created around the city of Tortosa and founded by the bishop of the city; Ricard Maria Carles i Gordo, the contact was at first tense as the Aragonese had problems with pirates recently, but as the convoy approach L'Ampolla it was discovered that they were a military unit from Italy, after a long conversation with ended up with the recognition of each other’s nation and the offer by the Twosicilians to help Aragon with economical, military aid and assistance, the Bishop said he need time to think and so they left for going up north, after passing the ruins of Barcelona the convoy discover the existence of a regional government in the Balearic Islands, the governor said that Spain survived in the Canaries and in Western Africa, meanwhile the officers said that they were Twosicilians and the only legitimate government of Italy, after the establish of an embassy they left for Southern France.   

In France it was even worse then in Italy or Spain, since most of the coast was only populated by fortified cities or villages and any major governmental authority with the exception of Andorra and the Kingdom of Monaco, the area between this two states was semi deserted, sparsely populated and with high level of radiation and high percentage of deaths as reported by the military, they would stop in any abandoned city for collecting datas and equipment if there was any, the initial encounter with both states was good since both Andorra and Monaco recognise the Republic as the sole legitimate government in Italy. By the first days of July the expedition returned home after passing by Corsica and Sardinia, the island of Corsica was intact and they established the Corsican Republic like 1755, instead the island of Sardinia was in a terrible shape, it had lost more then half of his previous inhabitants and the main cities were either abandoned or destroyed by the bombs, the convoy contacted the local government and they were happy to see an other Italian state alive, the Sicilian offer them to join the Two Sicilies on the base that it would be difficult for them keeping staying alone, after a discussion the Sardinains refuse but nonetheless they keep relationships with the republic.

Age of Exploration - Eastern Mediterranean

Some months after the first expedition the government would organize an other one with the goal of exploring the eastern part of the sea and collect and reporting datas, the emerge of nations and the development of each areas, they would not go over in the Black Sea or in the Red Sea as they fear that this two locations might get bombed during Doomsday and the government didn’t have enough resources or any interest in doing that.

Ex-Yugoslavia

The 2nd expedition into the Mediterrean would begin the first days of September at the port of Bari, the convoy would be the same of the previous one, they start their journey by going north in the direction of Yugoslavia, since it was a third world country and neutral the military estimated that it escaped the devastation of war but they were wrong, some hours after sailing towards Montenegro they reached the city of Kotor, part of Yugoslavia, the convoy was immediately stopped by the Serbian Navy and they were escorted into Kotor and then bring to Podgorica, there they talk with the governor-general of Montenegro and the officers of the convoy would expain who they are and their reasons for sailing towards the Adriatic, they say to be citizens of the Republic of the Two Sicilies and that they are the successor state of the Italian Republic, and that Italy did not survive Doomsday unlike Serbia did, the officers then asked what happened to Yugoslavia since it was a neutral country; It was discovered that Belgrade was bombed as deemed an important target by the Soviets, this causes the collapse of the Federal Republic and the breakaway of Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia from the federation, the war against this states lasted until 1989, when the Alpine Confederation mediate a peace between Slovenia, Croatia Bosnia and Yugoslavia, the Peace of Ljubljana confirm that Yugoslavia would gain the Srpska territory alongside the remnants of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), meanwhile Macedonia would break away for forming the Kingdom of Macedonia, under the throne of the House of Karađorđević.

Albania

With this news the military would return to the convoy for continuing their journey, in a few hours they approached the shores of Albania, it was discovered that the capital Tirana was destroyed and that the country was divided among several city-states and clans, they would continue sailing alongside the coastline, they reported up that the country wasn’t stable enough to survive Doomsday, but still it remain intact as his infrastractures, military and industries continued to be used.

Greece

Groups of Italians celebrating their arrival at Brindisi, 1991 .

The situation in Greece was far more better then in Italy or in Spain, their first stop was the island of Corfù, there they were greeted by the local authorities and by the presence of Italian refugees, mainly Apulians who lived previously near Taranto and Salento, the officers were greeted a huge welcoming gathering by the Italian community, the convoy would stay several days in the island, there were long discussions between the Greek and Sicilian authorities about what happen to the respective countries and what to do with the Italian refugees, it was agreed that they would be picked up for returning in Italy, including their leader, Franco Coppola, a priest that lived in Lecce before the apocalypse, they all would be bringed back in Italy in a few days by a navy squad of the republic.

The convoy would continue their travel alongside the greek coastline, they found that the Greek Republic was fragmented but under the authority of several city-states similar to ancient Greece, the Peloponnese was untouched by the nuclear war, but still the destruction of Athens bring the region under the despotic rule of Nikolaos Michaloliakos, after Doomsday him and his followers found the Despotate of Morea, a clear reference to the old medieval Despotate, the commanders decide to still dock in Pyrgos for see it was possible to contact and establish diplomatic relationships, they were bring by the Krypteia at Sparti, capital of the Despotate, on their way the officers saw that many Libyans, who previously opposed the Morean occupation of Libya, would be sentenced to forced labour by the Moreans, forced to work in the fields or doing dangerous works, the soldiers called them “εἵλωτες” or "Iloti" in Italian, clearly an inspiration from the Spartan counterpart.

When they arrived at the city of Sparti they were greeted by the Morean Phalanx, a elite military unit composed by elite units of the ex-Hellenic Army and when they brought to the cospect of Nikolaos Michaloliakos, ex-member of the army and of the EOKA B, the officers would be ordered to bow at the despot and to adress his as “Her majesty”, formality aside the officers would tell to Nikolaos what happen in Italy after Doomsday and who they were, and also that they are the only state to be consider the successor state of the Italian Republic, while the monarch explain what happen in the Pelopponese after the war, with strikes in Athens and in Patras the rest of the peninsula would be a refuge for most of the refugees that manage to cross the Strait of Corinth, with the help of already present military units they would gard the city of Corinth and decide who was deemed suitable to be accepted in the Despotate, people with radiation poisoning or cancer would all get turned away or shot to death if they refuse to cooperate, the rest would become a subject of the Despotate, but as second class citizens, after other questions concering the rest of Europe or the Middle East the officers farewell the monarch and decided to head back to Pyrgos for informing the rest of the crew about their discoveries.

The convoy would leave continental Greece the same day for continuing the voyage, according to the Moreans the Greek government was able to survive in Crete, and recently they started to reclaim parts of mainland Greece, mainly the Attica region, the island of Euboea and parts of Central Greece, the Sicilians would be stopped by a ship of the Greek Navy near Crete, they explain to the Greeks that this is a expedition for see in what state is the Mediterranean Sea, after explaining this the Greek escorted them to Heraklion, when they reached the city the convoy was welcomed by the Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis and by the military authorities, the island definitely far better off then other areas of Greece, like Sicily their isolation and the absence of important targets make it a safe region in the years after 1983.

After a tour of Rhodes the officers would had a lunch with the Greek government and there would be lengthy discussions about what happen to the world, what the Sicilians discover and what the Greek discover too, according to reports of the Greek Navy Libya was in disarray already in late 80s cause the Libyan Civil War, and in 1987 it was invaded by Morea in order to boost nationalism and to take control of his resources, meanwhile Cyprus was not spared from the bombs as the two British bases were hit, following Doomsday the fights between Greek and Turkish Cypriots resumed, and as now they are still active, the government of Mitsotakis would recognize the Two Sicilies as the successor state of the Italian Republic and both states started to have diplomatic relationships, the Hellenic Republic was one of the most important allied during this period before the establishment of the Confederation of Greece, after some days the convoy would return to the sea.

They would continue eastwards in the direction of the Dodecanese, an Italian possediment until 1947, when it was transferred to Greece, the Sicilians would find that Rhodes manage much more better then Morea, in equal measures to the Ionian Islands and Crete the local government was able to survive and even to annex parts of the Turkey coastline in front of the Dodecanese, the officers of the expedition would also learn that Turkey too was destroyed, but that now a new state has emerged, the Turkish Sultanate claim to be both the successor of the Turkish Republic and of the Ottoman Empire, after visiting Rhodes the convoy would leave Greece for going in the Middle East.

Turkey and Syria

The Turkish Republic was heavy hitten by the bombs in that day of September of 1983, due to their proximity to the Soviet Union, many of the main cities of Turkey like Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Alanya and others, according to the Rhodians only small parts like the southwestern part of the country, the Sicilian convoy would arrive in Turkish water some hours after leaving Rhodes, they would find the territory in the southwestern part of the country to be under the authority of a Turkish state, the coast guard would intercept the convoy and escort them to the port of Antalya, the greatest in the area and under the control of the Ottoman Sultanate of Turkey, a monarchy founded by Ertuğrul of the House of Osman, lucky for him he was taking part in a cruise when Doomsday hit, the ship immediately reached  Antalya for taking refuge, since 15th May of 1984 the House of Osman returned to rule over Turkey with Osman V, declared the new caliph and Grand Sultan of the Sultanate after his abolish in 1922.

The Sicilians would be welcomed with great fanfare by the Turkish authorities, considering that they only had relationships with other Turkish states like the Republic of Hatay or with foreign like the Dodecanese Republic or Cyprus, the officers and the crew would be hosted in the Ramada Plaza, one of the most luxurious hotels of the city and in the several days the officers  would be invited to a state lunch with the Ottoman Sultan and the Prime minister, alongside some military authorities, during the lunch the two parties would engage in long and detailed conversations on what happened in the relative countries during Doomsday, the Sicilians would also say that they are Italy now, or at least the legitimate successor of the Italian Republic, since they both control most of the territory of Italy and the fact that their regional representatives declare the republic, and they are at pair of a member of the national parliament.

The officers would also tell that Western Europe, in particular southern Spain and France suffer most then Italy or Turkey, since they are divided among various states or with no authority at all in the case of France and they would also explain that the Northern African countries survive mostly intact, but with problems due to the amount of European refugees and the fallout coming towards the area.

After the lunch Osman V announced that he will restore relationships with Italy and consider it the true and legitimate successor of the previous republic, Palermo would also recognise the Ottoman Sultanate of Turkey as the sole legal successor state of the Republic of Turkey and send an ambassador the next year, this would be the start of a steady friendship between Turkey and the Two Sicilies, some days after they would leave Turkey for continuing their travel in that area of the Mediterranean Sea, according to their report and the informations that they manage to gather eastern Turkey was basically a wasteland except for the southern part, consider part of “Kurdistan” and in the Hatay region, this parts were safer then the east but only by a margin, as they still need to deal with the hordes of refugees; both Syrian and Turkish and the radiation also.

By 1991 both states manage to become stable once again, and Hatay for example manage to occupy parts of Syria, mainly the coastal area and the north-west part, meanwhile the rest of Syria was under the control of a state that claim to be the successor state of the Syrian Arab Republic; the Republic of Jazira, located in the fertile lands of eastern Syria and also in the Syrian desert, the officers decided to just acknowledge the existence of this state and carry on.

Lebanon

Some hours after leaving İskenderun the convoy arrive in Lebanon, the officers know that Lebanon even before Doomsday was an unstable country due to the civil war since 1975 and the presence of the Multinational Force in Lebanon, composed of US, British, French and Italian troops in order to aid the Lebanese government with the evacuation of any foreign troops and the end of the civil war, Doomsday would change everything in Lebanon, as the country too was not spared by the wrath of the Apocalypse.

The country experience not only the masses of Syrian refugees coming at their borders, but also the massive presence of foreign troops, the nuclear radioactivity of the bombs dropped in Syria and the damages done by the civil war, the Sicilians would arrive in the port of Beirut some hours after leaving Hatay, when they first approached the bay of Beirut they found it crowded with military ships, both of the MIF and of the Soviet Navy, as soon as they were near Beirut they were spotted by a boat of the remnants Italian Navy, the Italians were shocked and very much surprised to see that Italy was not destroyed, or at least have minimal damages, many would cheer thinking that they will return to Rome as heroes but the reality was far more different, the Sicilians would be cheerful too but not surprised to see that the Italian contingent survived, as they started the journey into the eastern part of the Mediterranean with the retrieval and the status of the Italian forces in Lebanon as one of their main objectives and to bring them home.

After a brief chat with the soldiers of the San Marco battalion the Sicilians were brought into Beirut, the city was active as never before with Syrian, Europeans, Americans and Soviets inhabiting it now, they were brought to the Italian embassy in Beirut, now HQ of the Italian forces present in the country, the Sicilians would be welcomed by the gen. Franco Angioni, commander of Italcon since 1982 and by the ambassador of Italy in Lebanon since Doomsday, Giancarlo Ignazi, they would welcome the Sicilians with open arms and organize a lunch for both the crew and the officers, the lunch would open with a toast by Angioni saying that Italy and the Italians will always perserve and resist in front of danger and the tests of time, at lunch a full Italian course was served, from appetizer like tartare to the surrogate coffee and liquors.

At end of the lunch the commander of the convoy; Raffaele Greci, Angioni and Ignazi would hold a discussion on what happen after Doomsday both in Italy and in Lebanon, the ambassador and the general would ask if they have any legitimacy to use the tricolor and what happen to Italy, Greci would pull over a briefcase containing a list of documents detailing the legitimacy of the Republic of the Two Sicilies to be consider as the legal successor of the Italian Republic, this dossier was read turrowly by the two and after checked it both declare that the documents are legal and that the Two Sicilies is the successor state of Italy. As for what happen in Italy after 1983 it was a mess, Italy was in a disarray and cities like Milan, Turin, Rome, Taranto and others were destroyed and one of the few functioning regional government was that of Sicily, they declare themselves independent in 1985 and in 1990, after a brief liberation of the Italian peninsula from the lawness and anarchy of the wastelands they would declare the Republic of the Two Sicilies, leaving outside of the republic the independentist nations of Genoa, Tuscany, Venice, Sardinia and Southern Piedmont, with that many questions came by the two officers about not only Italy but also the rest of the world, Greci would also told that other nations outside Italy survive as well like Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Australia and many others, they instead would reply that most of the Middle East was intact, apart from Syria, Israel, now called Levant, Egypt, who suffer a nuclear strike from Israel and Iraq, who saw the destruction of Baghdad by Iran, Lebanon instead would endure many challenges since 1983;

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