Discussion Thread My name is Benito "Il Duce" Mussolini and this is my story. The year is 1936 and Italy, my beloved Italia, is a shell of what it once was. I have already enacted steps to regain the glory of the Italian Empire but the task is going to be monumental. One might ask why I am doing what I am doing, with Italian presences in Libya and East Africa. I tell them that the Roman Empire once covered all of the Mediterranean Sea - why can the Italian Empire not achieve such a feat? It is our right, it is in our blood, to regain Mare Nostrum! The Political Situation at the beginning of 1936: What can one man do, you ask? One man can change the world! The first thing to change is the heads of the government. Once I can control them and what policies they pass, the rest will fall into place. The first step is rather quite simple, actually. A few changes in the present Cabinet and I gain greater control over National Security and the Foreign Ministry. With the Cabinet reorganized, I have also taken it upon myself to allow the construction of a Light Cruiser to be completed, to further improve our Naval Power, while also taking the first steps to improving Italy as a whole - improvement of its Industrial Capacity! The War in Ethiopia is just a precursor for things to come in Europe. In order for Italy to compete - both Militarily and Economically - with its friends and goes, one has to have a solid Industrial Basis for the country to grow upon. Research in the field of Industry is also a high priority for me this year. If I am able to improve resource gathering and refinement, the Italian Industry will be able to produce more for less. In times of war, with the threat of blockades, this will be very important as it is foreseeable that some Resources will be lost in transport. But I have time to prepare - at least 3 years with the current Political Climate in Europe - so will do as as fast as I can. Two other things of importance have also come to my attention. Both the Navy and the Airforce are going to need improvements if they are to keep up with the rest of the world. A quick first step in regards to the Navy is to upgrade its armaments and sea-plane capabilities. The Airforce will also be able to focus its research on improving Engine Performance and Fuel Tanks. This should enable the Italian Airforce to compete with the enemy. The Infantry, especially Special Forces (like the Alpine Divisions) are also something that will give myself the edge in combat over enemy forces. I know that Italy will never have the Industrial Strength of larger Nations but I am a firm believer that the Elite will always triumph over the Many! But I digress. With the Political, Technological, and Production Blueprints all laid out, there are more important things to talk about. Part of rebuilding this Italian Empire means expansion, and expansion in East Africa seems to be the best way to get some combat under our belts! War has already been declared against the Ethiopians and Italian Blackshirt Divisions already march towards victory!