"Le magnifiche sorti e progressive (Magnificent destinies)"*: be the first to discover Radio, Psychology and Fission
Each one of these technologies is often accredited to great Italian scientists or thinker. Guglielmo Marconi
is often credited as the inventor of the radio because of his work on long-distance radio transmission; in 1909 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Enrico Fermi
was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics, he was the creator of the first nuclear reactor in 1942. I'd insert Psychology too because its discovery unlocks Totalitarianism
, whose first definition was made in 1923 by Italian politician Giovanni Amendola, then by Italian philosopher and politician Giovanni Gentile, in describing Italian Fascism system.
*A quote from Giacomo Leopardi's poem "La Ginestra", it has become an idiomatic expression to modernist belief in scientific and technical development between 19th and 20th century.
"La grande proletaria s'è mossa (The big proletariat has moved on)"**: Control 65% of Mediterranean Sea and Ethiopia by 1940
It represents Italian colonialism and WWII conquests around the Mediterranean Sea.
**The title of poet Giovanni Pascoli's speech during Italian military campaign in Libya in 1911.
"A place in the sun
": Have X oil resources by 1960
This is another idiomatic expression to indicate the quest for a territory to gain its goods. It was likely referred to colonial empires, but it was used also to defined the peaceful managing strategy of Enrico Mattei
. He was the founder of the biggest Italian statal oil company, the ENI (previously Italian Petroleum Agency, born under the fascist regime). He struggled against the oligopoly of the "Seven Sisters" in order to grant an energy independence to Italy. He died in a mysterious plane crash in 1962.
This UHV could be reached by different strategies:
- the military one, with Italy going to control oil resources in North Africa, so it could represent Italian domination in Libya, maybe Balkans, so it could represent Italian historical goals and/or domination in Istria, Dalmatia, Albania etc.;
- the diplomatic one, as made by Mattei, by signing better agreements with the poorest countries of the Middle East, such as Algeria, Iran, Egypt etc.
UHV 3: "Il Sorpasso (The Overtaken)":
Have the 5th GDP in the world in 1990
It represents Italian economic boom's peak.
Bersagliere (replaces Infantry, double movement points)
To enhance military conquest in such a short time. Btw, it should be replaced UU for medieval/renaissance Italy (I remember "Condottiero" (replaces Knight) from 2nd UU modmod).
For UB and UP I have several ideas.
Something to represent the wide economic gap between Northern Italy and the Southern one created only after Italian Unification and that still survives could involve the ability to work Alps tiles. For example, Factory or Industrial Park can allow to work alpine tiles with +1 hammer/food/gold to boost, in terms of production and population, northern cities. If UP, it should be named "Industrial Triangle
", that specifically refers to high-productive area between Turin-Milan-Genoa; if UB, it should be related to Hydroelectric Plants (it could be named Alpine Hydroelectric Plant
) and it would represent the main source of energy in Italy
from early industrial ages to the '70s.
Another one could interest luxury resources, especially wine. Italy is the 1st world producer of wine and its food and luxury products are considered top-fashioned. A UP could give extra income for every resource traded: it could be simply named "Italian Style
" (sorry if I'm falling in chauvinism, it's not my intention: if you want to, you can call it "Pizza Power"
). Again, if it would be more related to wine, it could double food and commerce to orchard, so it could maybe encourage military invasion of other wine tiles around Mediterranean Sea, but I don't like very much this bizarre option.
Core Areas/Areas of Expansion/etc.
The same of medieval Italy.