Alright everyone, here we are, we've reached the end of The Marchioness of Torino, I've tried to write a few stories these last few years including a fantasy Formula One story which I deleted because quite frankly, I wasn't writing it well, it was inconsistent in its size and scope and the motivation for it dissipated quickly, my next attempt was a Star Wars: The Old Republic fanfiction which remains unfinished because, the way I planned it, the part of the story I wanted to write was at the end, in the struggle to get that far, I ended up writing a few chapters that I'm not happy with, now, that particular story is still up on my CoimbraBertone account on , but quite frankly, I don't know if I'll ever go back to it. Marchioness, unlike these other two, has reached its conclusion and, while I do know that not every chapter has been equally good, I see parts of this story that get repetitive, and I'm aware that I've been dependent on quite a few crutch phrases throughout this story, I'm not a perfect writer and I never will be, but I hope that I can learn from the good and from the bad of Marchioness to become a better writer. In the last few weeks, there's been a poll on my profile to vote for the sequel - I will be announcing the winner of that poll in that author's note at the end of this chapter - now, I'm happy with the result but I don't think that I'll do that again, mainly because there were options that I preferred over options that did better among the voters - for instance, at one point, I really wanted to write a story about absolutist Scandinavians, in fact, I even did some world building in Marchioness to tie into that, since then my mind has changed and I now prefer a different option with some well developed ideas - anyway, what I'm trying to say is that while I seriously value your suggestions, I don't want to keep doing polls until eventually I'm stuck writing a story that I don't want to write, but I will honor the results of this poll. I know that this author's note is super long but I just wanted to say this: thank you so much for reading and please, enjoy this final chapter, this epilogue, of Marchioness of Torino.
The Marchioness of Torino.
The Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont.
Queen Teresa I di Savoia of Sardinia-Piedmont and Ippolita Paleologo-Monferrato would remain together for the rest of their lives, secretly living on as lovers forever grateful to Patriarch Marco I of Torino for enacting a pseudo-marriage ceremony - the two of them would honor their vows and their marriage, because, even though it was secret and even though it wasn't official, to the two of them, it was as real as it would ever get. Teresa di Savoia lead Sardinia-Piedmont into a golden age of art, culture, and trade, her court became an example for courts across The Italian world, abandoning French and Latin as the languages of the elite and replacing them with Italian dialects, the artists and architects that she became the patron of became world famous, leading to Torino becoming a center of The Late Renaissance, and finally, Sardinia-Piedmont's location and the strong navy that Queen Teresa I would build later on into her reign allowed it to grow very rich and very powerful as Spain abandoned Mediterranean dominance in favor of doubling down on its colonies and the traditional naval masters of Venezia and Genoa declined rapidly, culminating in Sardinia-Piedmont conquering Genoa in 1589 when Queen Teresa I was forty-eight years old while their ally-by-circumstance in Venezia would fall to Milano two years later.
The Duchy of Milan was finally able to accomplish the mission of Duke Filippo Maria II Sforza and form The Kingdom of Lombardia-Veneto, incorporating Venetian possessions in Italia, including Venezia itself, however, The Venetian government would remain in power, ruling over The Istrian Peninsula as well as a few islands in Greece, most notably, Crete, however, without its floating city of marble, The Repubblica Serenissima would never again rise to prominence and eventually, Crete was quietly conquered by The Acciaioli Dukes of Athens while Istria was annexed by Austria. Milano would remain the capital of Lombardia-Veneto despite the acquisition of Venezia, however, Filippo Maria II would take the name King Filippo I, signifying that this new realm was distinct from the old Duchy of Milan. The Kingdom of Lombardia-Veneto would soon expand into Switzerland as well, seizing the two cantons agreed upon in The Treaty of Milano and in The 17th Century, The Sforza would happily take to absolutism and strip away the power of The Milanese and Venetian nobility. Lombardia-Veneto would grow in power in the second half of The 1600s, however, in the process, relations between The Kingdom of France and The Kingdom of Lombardia-Veneto would worsen and, in 1691, a century after the formation of Lombardia-Veneto, The French would secretly support their puppet state, The Helvetic Republic - a successor state to The Swiss Confederation formed by Francophone nobles opposed to Italian expansion into their country and submission to The Germans of The Holy Roman Empire - and The Duchy of Ferrara in a war against The Lombards.
This war, The Partition of Lombardia-Veneto would see Duke Gianmaria IV di Savoia of Ferrara and two different Swiss governors on one side and The Lombards on the other - The Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont was allied to Lombardia-Veneto, however, given that Ferrara was also an ally of Sardinia-Piedmont and Gianmaria IV was the second-cousin of Queen Isabella III of Sardinia-Piedmont, The Kingdom was neutral and both sides respected its neutrality in fear that if they didn't, then Sardinia-Piedmont would enter the war on the opposite side. The war resulted in Helvetic and Ferraranese victory, with Lombardia-Veneto returning The Swiss cantons to The Helvetic Republic, meanwhile, Gianmaria IV received Modena as well as the former Papal land of Romagna, including Bologna, Imola, and Forli. The Duchy of Ferrara was now much larger and had control of Modena once again, however, while Gianmaria IV was a very capable general, he failed to produce a heir and when he died young in 1702, The Duchy of Ferrara was incorporated into Sardinia-Piedmont once again, this time permanently.
The Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont continued to flourish after the death of Queen Teresa I di Savoia in 1617 at the age of seventy-six, Isabella I had learned much from her aunt and was able to consolidate her mothers possessions, including Genoa. Isabella I and Pope Guglielmus II would hold The First Congress of Italia in Firenze in 1622, here, an agreement was drafted that The Italian states would remain at peace with each other and also, The Medici who had long operated as the overlords of The Repubblica di Firenze were named as Grand Dukes of Toscana following their recent conquest of The Republics of Siena and Lucca, thus, the last remaining significant Republics in Italia were no more, replaced with a Grand Duchy. These Italian leaders, and eventually, the leaders of The Italian dominated Crusader states in Greece - The Duchy of Athens, The Duchy of The Archipelago, and The Duchy of Corfu - would continue to meet as The Congress of Italia on a semi-annual basis in order to maintain a balance of power between the various states and try and act in the best interests of a collective Italian identity in order to usher the states towards an eventual unification, though no one could agree who should lead The Italians, whether it be a monarch, The Pope, or something else entirely. Sardinia-Piedmont would continue to dominate The Congress of Italia through the reign of Isabella II despite Lombardia-Veneto's brief period of strength and absolutism, and when Isabella III inherited The Duchy of Ferrara in 1702, Sardinia-Piedmont was practically guaranteed to almost always dominate Italian politics.
The Congress of Italia, along with Bishops from all around Europe, The Holy Roman Emperor, The Kings of France, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark would meet in Venezia and attempt to address the question of protestantism once and for all given that the heresy at this point had spread across The Electors of Bohemia and Cologne, as well as powerful non-electing states such as Pomerania, Mecklenburg, and much of The Hanseatic League, meaning that this heresy was in danger of spreading outside of The Holy Roman Empire. The Council of Venezia reformed much of The Church and established The Jesuits to combat the spread of The Protestant Reformation, this became known as The Counter Reformation. The Counter Reformation was not enough and soon The War of The Protestant League began, with Bohemia leading the protestants with aid from The Ottomans who saw this as an opportunity to push into Hungary while The Habsburgs were distracted, however, The Pope ensured that The Europeans would cooperate and managed to bring together countries in such a way that seemed practically impossible, during the war French troops welcomed British reinforcements landing in Calais with open arms before they marched off together towards Cologne, Swedes and Danes put aside their territorial struggles and cooperated to tear Pomerania and The Hanseatic League apart, and The Habsburgs, with Polish and Lithuanian aid, crushed The Bohemians. The Treaty of Frankfurt would strip protestant princes of their land and outlaw the heresy, Mecklenburg, Lubeck, Stade, Bremen, Oldenburg, and Hamburg were given to Denmark for their aid in order to serve as a larger buffer zone - The Danes were already Imperial princes due to inheriting The County Palatinate of The Rhine back when both were ruled by The House von Wittelsbach, meanwhile, Sweden would gain all of Pomerania, meaning that Denmark and Sweden now were competing over land and influence in The Holy Roman Empire as well as Scandinavia. Cologne and its neighboring protestant principalities were incorporated into The Duchy of Cleves and given to Brandenburg as they were unhappy that they didn't gain any land from their neighbors in Pomerania or Bohemia. The Kingdom of Bohemia was given to The Habsburgs and thus, despite being practically the hereditary Holy Roman Emperors, only just now gained an electorate. The War of The Protestant League devastated The Holy Roman Empire and would lead to over a century of foreign powers dominating Imperial politics and, in the end, giving land to outside Catholic powers would perhaps harm The Holy Roman Empire more than widespread heresies ever could.
The Rise of The Scandinavians on continental Europe would affect more than just The Holy Roman Empire because once Denmark, Sweden, and Norway recovered from The War of The Protestant League they forged an alliance with The Grand Duchy of Muscovy and The Austrian Habsburgs with a plan to divide the fringe regions of The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth amongst themselves and to finally deal with their ally, The Grand Republic of Novgorod who, much to the chagrin of Muscovy, under intense Polish pressure, The Republic converted to Catholicism. Muscovy would gain land from Lithuania that were on the border as well as The Crimean Peninsula and neighboring territories ensuring that The Muscovites had access to The Black Sea, which was much more profitable than their only current port, which is Arkhangelsk on The White Sea, additionally, Muscovy would gain the more populated southern regions of the former Grand Republic of Novgorod, including the site of its former capital, the city that lent its name to The Republic. Austria would gain some land in Galicia and thus the northern border of Hungary was secured by a buffer zone. The Duchies of Kurland, Livland, Estland, and Latgale were granted independence from The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, stripping them of their rich northern Baltic provinces, though these entities were supposed to answer to The Swedish crown, this rarely happened and they would eventually be annexed by The Kingdom of Saint Petersburg. The Kingdom of Saint Petersburg was named for the new capital of Novgorod developed on The Baltic Coast, this new Kingdom consisted of the northern territory of The Republic and was placed under the control of a cadet branch of The Danish royal family, however, that cadet branch, The House von Sankt-Peterburg would soon inherit Denmark. Dano-Saint Petersburg and Sweden would soon partitioned Norway and eventually combine to form The Empire of Scandinavia.
The Scandinavian Empire would control The Baltic Sea as well as The White Sea from The Kola Peninsula and The Bay of Onega, this would force The Grand Duchy of Muscovy, now known as The Tsardom of Russia, to depend on ports in The Black Sea and on The Pacific Ocean for access to the sea, leading to the rapid development of cities such as Sevastopol in Crimea and Vladivostok in Manchuria. The Russians would not betray their Scandinavian allies due to Russia's presence in The Black Sea angering The Ottomans and their presence on The Pacific angering The Chinese, being at war with those two would be difficult enough, a third front in the north would destroy Russia's army, therefore, Russia could not anger their only ally on their borders or else the results would be disastrous. Russia would have to choose its battles carefully and, in the end, this meant that The Black Sea region, The Pacific Coast, and more areas along the fringes of Russia were much more developed and much more important than they would have been had Russia devoted its resources to The Baltic Sea and the west rather than their own extensive territory. This is not to say that Russia was entirely peaceful, because The Tsardom and The Congress of Italia would find themselves as unlikely allies against The Ottoman Empire.
The Ottomans would seize Crete from The Duchy of Athens in 1735, this would prompt Athens to call in the rest of The Congress of Italia in a war against The Ottomans, meanwhile, a number of Christian states in The Balkans such as The United Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia, The Tsardom of Bulgaria, The Principality of Albania, and The Kingdom of Serbia would appeal to Russia to overthrow their Ottoman overlords and establish independence, The Russians and Italians saw the timing as perfect and forged an alliance between each other. The Ottomans would surrender in 1749 and The Duchy of Athens would regain Crete as well as the entirety of The Peloponnese and Euboea, establishing Athens as the dominant power in Greece over Corfu and The Duchy of The Archipelago. The United Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia would gain their independence along with some coastal territory east of Wallachia and establish The Kingdom of Romania. The Tsardom of Bulgaria would gain their independence, as would Serbia and Albania, this would limit Ottoman land in Europe to northern Greece, Macedonia, and Constantinople as Bosnia had become an Austrian puppet state. The loss of so much Balkan land would lead to The Ottomans rapidly declining and The Sultan's old dream of an Empire stretching from The Tigris and The Euphrates in the east to The Nile in the west to The Danube in the north, The Ottomans would never be able to threaten Hungary again, let alone stand a chance of ever besieging Vienna again. The complete change in the balance of power of eastern Europe would send shockwaves throughout The Old World as The Shia Islamic Persian Empire harried The Ottomans in the east and revolts in Egypt threatened to push The Turks out of Africa entirely, meanwhile, the alliances between The Romanians, The Bulgarians, The Serbians, and The Albanians would crumble as all of them tried to fill the void left behind by The Turk, meanwhile, The Athenians, Ionians, and Naxians had paved the way for The Congress of Italia to not only be able to eventually create an Italian state, but to bring all of The Greek world under Italian control for the first time since the days of The Roman Empire. Italian unification became more and more realistic as states become more and more absolutist and centralized and as The Congress of Italia became a codified and permanent institution, however, The Italian states were all strong enough that no one was fully able to subjugate the others and form Italia.
The Kingdoms of Naples, Lombardia-Veneto, and Sardinia-Piedmont remained allies after The War for Romagna but the alliances did not change the fact that the three Kingdoms were legitimately rivals and all of them wanted to be the ones to become Kings or Emperors of Italia. The Kingdom of Naples was the oldest of The Kingdoms however The House di Napoli was the youngest of the royal houses and had few links to other dynasties because The Neapolitan Kings had tended to take wives from either their fellow Italian states or from their close friends in The House of Aviz who ruled The Kingdom of Portugal which means that The Neapolitan monarchs aren't particular prestigious outside of Italia or Portugal. The House of Sforza was not much older than The House di Napoli and the monarchs of Europe remember that The Sforza had been mercenary captains before they became Dukes of Milan, however, The Sforza claim descent from The Visconti via a bastard line which would make The House significantly older, additionally, the cities of Milano and Venezia are among the greatest cities in all of Renaissance Italia along with Roma, therefore, The Kings of Lombardia-Veneto have the cultural justification to lead Italian unification. The House di Savoia has mainly managed to shed the legacy of their French origin, however, their claims to an Italian throne are disputed due to Sardinia-Piedmont's long line of Queens rather than Kings, many of the agnatic states of Italia did not want their state to be ruled by a Queen. The Grand Duchy of Toscana also wanted to be the ones to lead Italian unification, however, Toscana had to deal with the fact that they were a Grand Duchy and thus they were legally below The Kingdoms of Italia and religiously they were subservient to The Papal States, however, The Medici did have the banking power to influence the rest of Italia and beyond as their Florentine forefathers managed to give out loans and commit usury which The Medieval Papacy was vehemently opposed to, however, that all changed in The Renaissance era and The House de Medici grew incredibly rich and the elected rulers of Firenze became puppets to The Medici. The Pope was already the religious leader of The Italians and it made sense that he wanted to become the secular leader of Italia as well, but The Kingdoms were powerful enough to ensure that The Papal States were not able to create a unified Italian state, additionally, The College of Cardinals could elect foreigners to The Papacy and thus all the work done to create an Italia ruled by Italians could be undone with that rapidity - not to mention the fact that lingering scars remained from The War for Romagna when The Papal States had fought The Neapolitan, Milanese, and Savoyard, who would then become The Kingdoms surrounding it. Italia could become a unified state, however greed and power remain the biggest obstacles towards that goal and leave The Italian states in a permanent impasse as years upon years go by without a unified state.
The Holy Roman Empire would remain in a similar state as, while The Electors were content to name The Habsburg heirs as Kings of The Germans - The King of The Germans was the title of an uncrowned Holy Roman Emperor - they would ensure that the position of Holy Roman Emperor was essentially meaningless and The Electors would have free reign. The biggest example of this is that The Emperor of Scandinavia is an Elector because The Kingdom of Denmark had inherited The County-Palatinate of The Rhine and thus the electorate, therefore when The Queen of Dano-Saint Petersburg and The Queen of Sweden agreed to unify their realms and reign as co-Empresses with the younger sister of The Queen of Dano-Saint Petersburg marrying a cousin of The Queen of Sweden, thus the heirs would be husband and wife and their child would be the sole Emperor of Scandinavia. This is completely unprecedented as the only time before this that two Catholic monarchs have held the title of Emperor at once was when The Holy Roman Empire in Germania and The Latin Empire in Greece shared a brief coexistence before The Byzantine Empire reconquered Constantinople and crushed The Latins, but even then, those Emperors did not interact with one another, now, we have one Emperor explicitly choosing another, especially given that The Scandinavian Emperor held The Palatinate and Pomerania in The Holy Roman Empire. Imperial authority was also disregarded by The Hohenzollern Duchy of Brandenburg-Cleves which already controlled two distinct regions of land, one centered around Berlin, the other centered around Cleves, decided that they should have even more disconnected land and saw the crumbling remains of The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as an excellent target, and thus, The House of Hohenzollern would conquer all of Silesia, which used to belong to The Holy Roman Empire as well, and they would conquer the old land of The Teutonic Order in Prussia. Brandenburg shared a border with Silesia, Cleves was a distant possession near The Spanish Netherlands, and Prussia was separated from Brandenburg by Scandinavian Pomerania. This realm was not a continuous territory, however, it was a large and grand territory, therefore, The Hohenzollern created The Kingdom of Prussia, which would come to haunt The Austrians in a struggle for supremacy that would eventually tear The Holy Roman Empire in half.
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was in disarray as The House Jagellon had to bankrupt it self over and over and over again bribing The Polish nobles to elect them as Kings of Poland and Grand Dukes of Lithuania, leaving the crown too poor to effectively fight its neighbors as they widdle away at The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's borders. Silesia and Prussia were lost to The Germans, Galicia was lost to The Austrians, Estonia and Latvia were lost to The Scandinavians, Ryazan and Crimea were lost to The Russians, and their vassal, The Principality of Moldavia was inherited by The Draculesti Principality of Wallachia, which was a vassal to The Ottomans, therefore, one ruler was paying lip service to two vestigial realms, eventually culminating in The United Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia forming The Kingdom of Romania. The Lithuanian nobility, seeing all the land that they have gained since joining with Poland to create The Commonwealth lost, decided that the writing was on the wall and in 1753, The Grand Duchy of Lithuania declared independence with a hereditary monarchy, rejecting the elective nonsense of Poland, however, a minor member of The Jagellon dynasty who was thoroughly Lithuanian was chosen as their Grand Duke. The Poles had no answer to this and The Jagellons were voted out of power as a much small, much less important Poland whose monarchs were often foreign nobles who impressed The Polish nobility, therefore, the country that was once the most powerful country in Europe, the country that was considered as The Defender of Catholicism, the country that once stretched from The Black Sea to The Baltic Sea was now just a playground for foreign nobles who weren't going to inherit in their home realms.
That was the plan at least, because in 1799 King Rene VI and II of France and Jerusalem died and the only suitable heir was King Louis I of Poland, with the full might of France behind him and a massive change in politics across The Channel from France meant that The House de Valois needed yet another realm to boost their strength in preparation for what would turn out to be one of the bloodiest wars in European history. France and Jerusalem were already joined because of the death of King Rene IV without a heir meant that The French throne was meant to pass to his brother, the husband of Queen Isabelle I de Valois-Anjou of Jerusalem, however, Isabelle's husband was killed a month earlier during a skirmish against The Mamluks which resulted in Jerusalem annexing The Sinai Peninsula but losing their King-Consort. Therefore, the supremely unlikely event of Therese de Valois becoming The Queen of France was realized and her mother acted as Regent of France until Therese was sixteen and her mother was assassinated by French nobles who thought that the young Therese, who was now Queen of France and Jerusalem would be easy to control, however, Therese was just as competent as her namesake and she had an ally in her childhood friend in Sardinia-Piedmont, therefore, Queen Therese suppressed the nobility and won a Succession War against The Spanish, returning The Free County of Burgundy and The Crown of Navarra to Spain but gaining recognition and creating an alliance with Spain and Austria because of an alarming turn of events across The English Channel.
The English took advantage of turmoil in France to attack and conquer Scotland, which was supposed to be protected by France, however, noble uprising and war with Spain meant that France was preoccupied, therefore, Scotland was conquered and The King of England became The King of Great Britain. The French, Austrians, and Spaniards immediately noticed and allied together to prevent The British from using their new found strength to try and regain their territory in Normandy, Aquitaine, and Gascony lost in the final phases of The Hundred Years War. The British were smart enough to avoid a conflict and they spend the next century conquering Ireland and colonizing parts of North America while The French, Spanish, and Austrians eventually turned their attention elsewhere. Great Britain did help in the war against the protestants which helped ease tensions again, however, in the late 1700s, the situation had changed radically. The Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland had lost most of their colonies in North America with The American War for Independence establishing The United States, the mighty British navy was defeated by mere colonials and the monarchy was blamed for this massive blunder. This lead to The House of York being overthrown on August 5th, 1782 in The British Revolution. Revolutionary Britain saw itself as the epitome of The Enlightenment and would spend the next fifteen years crushing monarchist revolts throughout The British Isles before turning its attention to spreading The Revolution to Continental Europe.
Revolutionary Britain was quickly at war against France, Austria, Spain, Scandinavia, Prussia, and Russia, however, by circumstance Great Britain was allied with The Kingdom of Portugal who wanted to grow its colonial Empire and The Grand Duchy of Lithuania which wanted to conquer Poland and reestablish The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as a hereditary monarchy dominated by The Lithuanians rather than an elective monarchy dominated by The Poles. The British quickly reconquered Normandy, Aquitaine, and Gascony, incorporating them into The Revolutionary Republic directly before continuing on into France with the goal of overthrowing The French monarchy and establishing a British aligned protectorate. The Portuguese meanwhile battled The Spanish in a few skirmishes before continuing on to their real goal of a conquest of Morocco - neither Portugal nor Spain liked having an Islamic state across The Straits of Gibraltar from them, however, neither of them wanted the other to rule over the territory, however, Portugal, finally backed by a Great Britain that's actually interested in continental affairs - if only for the sake of overthrowing every other monarchy and establishing weak puppet Republics all over Europe - Portugal was able to conquer Morocco regardless of what the once mighty Spanish Empire had to say about it. The Portuguese monarchy was smart however, they knew that the vehemently anti-monarchist Revolutionary Britain may turn on them after Spain was dealt with, therefore, The Portuguese made sure that progress on The Iberian peninsula was slow and inconclusive, meanwhile, the colony of Brazil was fully incorporated into the realm as a potential destination to escape to in case of a British invasion, therefore, The Kingdom of Portugal became The United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and The Algarve. Portugal incorporating Brazil, a colony in South America, and The Algarve, which literally referred to land west of The Straits of Gibraltar, however, to The Portuguese, it referred to the southern most parts of Portugal which were the last to be reclaimed from The Moors as well as their lands in Morocco, but incorporating these two realms as constituent Kingdoms was unprecedented. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania was caught between French Poland and Prussia in the west and Russia in the east, however, they were able to hold the line at the borders until British reinforcements arrived to conquer Poland and beyond that, to undertake the hurculean task of invading Russia.
The Congress of Italia was divided on how to proceed, Sardinia-Piedmont, Lombardia-Veneto, Toscana, and The Papal States were prepared to support The French and their allies against Revolutionary Britain, Portugal, and Lithuania, along with their various puppet states created as Great Britain tore their way across northern Europe, such as The Batavian Republic created out of The Spanish Netherlands, The Cisrhenian Republic created out of The Prussian Duchy of Cleves, and The Jutland Republic in Denmark which was occupied by Great Britain from Scandinavia in an attempt to keep The Scandinavians out of Continental Europe. The Kingdom of Naples however sided with their Portuguese allies and Great Britain, therefore The Congress of Italia was at war with itself. The Neapolitan troops invaded The Papal States and crushed The Papal army before they could even mobilize, they were betrayed. The Papal States were dissolved and The Pope's land was limited to The Vatican itself in a microstate called Vatican City, the rest of The Papal States were divided into two states, the much larger one was The Roman Republic built on The Revolutionary British model, and the smaller one was The Duchy of Urbino which had been a state during the early Renaissance before being annexed by The Papal States. The Neapolitan continued north and occupied Parma from The Lombards, establishing The Duchy of Parma. The rules of war had changed it seems, treaties weren't needed any more, coronations weren't needed any more, states could be created out of thin air as armies rampaged around Europe, therefore Sardinian troops counterattacked and created an independent Kingdom of Sicily and pushed Neapolitan troops off of the island.
The British Armies continued to crush foreign armies all over the continent under the command of Alexander Windsor, an amazingly talented general who rewrote the rules of war while conquering his way through Europe. Great Britain may have been enjoying military success under the new Republican administration, however, The Revolutionary Republic tried to eliminate every last trace of monarchy and nobility, mobs of thugs marched through the streets and lynched anyone who they could accuse of being a counter-revolutionary, and The Republic tried to completely secularize Britain after The Pope excommunicated the entire Revolutionary Council in response to their role in the creation of The Roman Republic and limiting The Pope to Vatican City. All of this lead to a massive counter-revolution which culminated in The Revolutionary Council being executed - now, Alexander Windsor was about to return to The British Isles and crush the counter-revolution when the nobles offered him the position of Emperor of Great Britain, needless to say, human greed won out and Windsor marched into Russia as Emperor Alexander I of Great Britain intent on continuing his run of conquests and crush yet another one of Europe's great powers. This would prove to be Alexander's undoing as while he was deep in Russia, France reclaimed their Normandy, Aquitaine, and Gascony whilst Spain reconquered The Netherlands and Prussia retook Cleves. Alexander was defeated and killed in The Battle of Tsaritsyn, having had proved himself entirely unworthy of his name and his title. Alexander's young son William ascended to the throne and he brought the war and The Revolution to and end, The Revolutionary Republics were dissolved all around Europe, but, The Roman Republic did not go to The Pope, because in 1807, Cardinal Stefano Paleologo-Monferrato, who was distantly related to Lady Ippolita of Torino, became Pope Urbanus XI and he allowed The Roman Republic, including Roma itself, to become part of Sardinia-Piedmont, Urbino was also annexed while Parma was restored to Lombardia-Veneto. The Sicilian puppet Kingdom would be inherited by The House di Savoia before too long and thus, Queen Teresa II of Sardinia-Piedmont was the most powerful monarch in Italia by 1822 when The Kings of Naples and Lombardia-Veneto, along with The Grand Duke of Toscana, all submitted to Sardinia-Piedmont and Teresa II became The Empress of Italia, meanwhile, The Acciaioli Dukes of Athens used The Revolutionary Wars as an opportunity to annex its neighbors in Corfu and The Archipelago, slip out of The Congress of Italia, and conquer land from The Ottomans in order to create The Kingdom of Greece, though this was a Catholic and Italian speaking state nonetheless. Italia was not pleased with losing their Greek lands to this upstart Kingdom created out of this most chaotic time period in European history, however, The 19th Century would be a period of peace as The Europeans turned their attention away from each other and onto the rest of the world.
The Empire of Italia would conquer Tunisia and Libya from The Sultanate of Tunis, recreating The Roman province of Africa, as well as Eritrea, Somalia, and, after some difficulties, The Coptic Ethiopian Empire would become part of The Italian Empire. Italia's African possessions would be limited to Tunisia and Libya along with the entire Horn of Africa region, however, this small Empire would be an advantage as The Italians would be able to fully incorporate these territories through immigration and conversion. Italia would also gain trade concessions in both China and Japan. The Italians would not be able to match the vast colonial Empires of Great Britain who carved up much of Africa, as well as ruling all of India and Australia, France, who claimed virtually all of West Africa other than some small coastal colonies and Portuguese Morocco, and Spain, whose Empire stretched from the southern tip of South America to California, however, The Italians would be powerful enough and rich enough to be respected all around the world, Teresa I would become a national hero and, as the truth behind her relationship with Lady Ippolita emerged in The 21rst Century, she would become a gay icon as well.
The perspective shift was a bit odd, I do admit, however, I wanted to flesh out the alternate history world of Marchioness fully in this epilogue, because next time, we're starting in The Middle Ages and embracing alternate history fully in a story involving Anglo-Saxons, Franks, and Vikings, with love and royal intrigue, and following two protagonists in two different time periods. Forty percent of you have voted for The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles to be my next story and thus won with a plurality of the vote. Chronicles will begin posting in March once I have some free time again because I'll be busy all February long, sorry about that but real life is unfortunately disruptive. I love you all and, once again, thank you for reading.