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Triumvirate

History:

GCW: Speer takes power.

Iberian Civil War: 1971-1972

2nd WRW: 1973-1976

Great Asian War: 1974-1977

Case Black: 1985

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Members:

Security Council: Italy, Iberia, Turkey, France, Romania

Member States: Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Hellenic Republic, Israel, Serbia, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Abyssinian Republic

Partnership for Peace: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Oman

Protectorates: Gulf Federation

History

The Triumvirate was re-formed in 1971 under Prime Minister Aldo Moro. The former Duce Ciano had established mutual trade and defense pacts with Romania, France, Bulgaria, and Hungary after the initial breakup of the Triumvirate, and had simultaneously managed the transition of the Italian Levant Governate into the State of Israel, the Italo-Turkish War, and the Algerian Border War, with the latter resulting in the nascent Republic of Algeria. When Prime Minister Moro took power, he was determined to reaffirm Italian power both at home and abroad, and sought to tie these pacts together, back into one international alliance.

The Triumvirate may have been born peacefully, but it did not stay that way. Scarcely six months after it's founding, Triumvirate troops were deployed in their first combat operation when the Iberian Union unexpectedly erupted into civil war upon Caudillo Salazar's death. Italian, French, and Algerian troops deployed to "secure" the Gibraltar Dam Zone from damage, and shortly thereafter occupied the Balearic Isles in "International Protectoracy." Though these aggressive maneuvers drew harsh criticism both from the OFN and Zollverein, the Triumvirate asserted that they were necessary to prevent complete economic collapse in the Mediterranean region. In early 1972, after the ICW had largely stagnated, and had increasingly seen usage of chemical weapons, the Triumvirate admitted the Iberian government into the organization, and deployed aid, advisors, and air and sea power in support of Caudillo Franco. Prime Minister Moro later organized the Toledo Conference, which established the Iberian Provisional Government, in return for a gradual democratic transition, the independence of Morocco under King Hassan II, and established the Triumvirate Dam Agency, organizing ownership of the Gibraltar Dam under Triumvirate oversight.

Shortly thereafter, Italy tested its first nuclear weapon, "Alfa-1," in the Algerian desert, making it the fourth Nuclear Weapon State, after Germany, Japan, and the United States. It is widely believed that the timing of the test was carefully orchestrated to prevent German interference and OFN interference. In any case, OFN members were cautiously supportive of the conference due to Iberia's renunciation of claims on the former Portuguese colonies of Angola and Mozambique and the promise of Iberian democracy.

In 1973, the Triumvirate faced a wave of pan-Arabic uprisings in it's member states in the Middle East, culminating in the Egyptian Spring, which saw widespread conflict in Egypt following the death of King Farouk I, which rapidly transitioned into Pan-Arabic sentiment in Yemen and Iraq. Triumvirate forces from Italy, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, and Yemen successfully engaged Ba'athist rebels in all three member nations, eventually restoring stability to all three, but counter-insurgency operations would continue well into the 1980's.

At this time, the Second West Russian War kicked off. The Triumvirate provided covert support to the Russian People's Union, but otherwise remained somewhat neutral. There have been reports that Italian support was greater than commonly reported - yield and deployment similarities between the Italian "Alfa-I" and "Alfa-III" nuclear tests and the Russian "Ural 1" test, which facilitated the end of the war along status quo ante bellum, have drawn claims that Italy aided Russia in it's nuclear program. Furthermore, although no conventional Italian units deployed to the War, reports have surfaced of Italian Special Forces being deployed across the Black Sea region. Some claim that the abrupt sinking of the German Missile Cruiser "Schleswig-Holstein" in Theodorichsafen was due to Italian frogmen. The truth has never surfaced, unfortunately.

Triumvirate units deployed in support of Japan during the Great Asian War, due to existing defense pacts between the two organizations. The Italian Aircraft Carrier "Napoli," with escorts, conducted airstrikes against Chinese forces in the South China Sea for several months. The OFN, under the United States, began aggressive maneuvers against Japan in support of the Chinese, culminating in the five-month Pacific War in 1975. During this time, India launched an invasion against Azad Hind, and the Triumvirate nearly entered the war when an Italian submarine "Scorpion" sunk an aggressive Indian destroyer. However, as Japan used increasingly destructive measures, the Triumvirate withdrew support, and eventually began open condemnation of Japan. Eventually, as both sides neared nuclear war, Japan's militarist government was couped by a technocratic council of ministers, and both conflicts ended with the Treaty of Taipei, which saw Chinese, Indonesian, and Thai independence from the Co-Prosperity Sphere, cession of the Aleutian Islands, Treaty Ports, and Hawaii to America, in exchange for no transfers of territory, except for the annexation of Azad Hind by India. China would choose not to join the OFN, instead forming its own Asia Unity Coalition in open competition to Japan. Thailand would join them - however, Indonesia elected to join the OFN. Nuclear War was, once again, averted.

Moro would be re-elected in 1976, serving until 1982. In his second term, he saw the bettering of relations with the OFN through support for their mandates in East Africa and the Congo, and supporting a joint anti-German policy on Iran, eliminating the last of the Einheitspakt's influence in the Middle East. Moro also saw the cession of defense treaties with the Co-Prosperity Sphere, but renewed economic ties.

After his second term, he was succeeded by Giulio Andreotti, another CD party member.

Foreign Relations

Military

The Triumvirate's military structure is organized under the Triumvirate War Cabinet, a multinational body that plans and coordinates Triumvirate military activities. Under the War Cabinet are the five Theatre Commanders - European, Eastern, Levantine, Algerian, and Indian. Below them are operational deployment forces.

The three largest military forces by raw expenditure are Italy, France, and Turkey, followed shortly thereafter by Romania, Egypt, and Iberia. The quality of unit varies greatly by national origin, despite continued attempts to standardize quality.

Ground Forces

Ground Forces across the Triumvirate vary greatly in size, quality, and composition. Italian units are known for their professionalism, but are often expeditionary in nature - due to the vastness of their deployment, Italian "heavy" units receive less emphasis than lighter infantry, airborne, and special-forces units. Romania and France both have sizeable, high-quality mechanized forces as well. Turkey and Egypt are both significant contributors of forces, but lack quality.

Equipment is generally standardized on the Italian model, but France, Iberia, and Romania all retain significant indigenous armaments industries. The Italian service rifle is the Carcano M2, a bullpup assault rifle chambered in 6.5x39mm Carcano. However, significant numbers older rifles remain in service. Following an international competition, the standard sidearm is the FN Model Nine, chambered in 5.7x28mm.

An eight-man Italian fireteam typically consists of a Squad Leader, a Team Leader, a Grenadier, an Automatic Rifleman, and four Riflemen. Typical armament are six Carcano M2s, one Carcano M5 Light Machine Gun, one TAS G18 airbursting grenade launcher firing 25x40mm grenades, and two MATADOR disposable anti-armor rockets. Two of the Riflemen also carry underbarrel grenade launchers - the other two carry extra ammunition for the M5 and G18.

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