I thought I'd give an actual AAR a try... 1936 scenario: Normal Difficulty, Aggressive Behavior, Tech Team Takeover, Half IC upon Annexation.
Italy begins with enough IC to support 4 tech teams, so I'm going to begin with a balanced approach to research as seen here:
I may reallocate the naval slot later to switch us over to the Blitzkrieg line of land doctrines, but first I want to get a couple ranks of Carrier researched.
A breakdown of the starting military:
In all fairness I began with a larger navy than shown, but most of the the Great War relics were sacked to cut supply needs. In the distant future I intend to phase out a few Early type ships by gifting them to an ally. Depends on how quickly the modernization process goes though...
The 1936 scenario has Italy already at war with Ethiopia:
We have 20 divisions in the region, about half being milita. Ethiopia only has 5-6 divisions, so I doubt it will be a challenge. They do have horrid terrain and infrastructure in their favor though, third world bastards.
Since I'm already in a state of war, I think I'll send some boys into Albania:
Albania has zero armed forces, but does possess an oil producing province. Very nice. Any dissent caused by the DoW will be ground down in quick fashion while I deal with Ethiopia.
After a couple months of tromping around in deserts, hills, and mountains... Victory!
Ethiopia was both annexed and liberated at the stroke of midnight. Since Libya and Somalia have no value, I'm more than happy to provide them with the illusion of liberty so long as I never have to set foot in those god forsaken wastelands again. A new foreign policy has now been initiated: To hell with Africa and it's colonies. But seriously, who's gonna care?
Shit. 10% atop the 11% dissent we already had...
Revolutionary brothers and sisters taking up arms against the evils of socialism? Consider your independence guaranteed my fascist friends.
Oh yes we will!
Recon shows a grim start for the Nationalists...
Italy will avenge you, comrades!
A beneficial side effect of war is half the need for consumer goods, which in turn doubles the rate dissent decreases. Convenient? Yes.
Naval blockade in place, 3 divisions begin landing in Murcia...
Once the beach head is secured, another 3 divisions will be brought in for reserves. We're not here to win the war, just to play hell with the Republicans supply lines.
During six weeks of tooling around central Iberia, my l'il expeditionary force encountered a hefty amount of resistance. With an alliance secured now and only a handful of Republicans divisions left in the north, it's time to head home. We came here to fight for the Nationalists, not die for them.
Sign me up. The slider movement toward Closed Society will most likely be undone in the distant future, but Interventionism now is good.
Fascism for the win:
How long has it been since I withdrew my expeditionary force? Unfortunately for the Nationalists, the Republicans holed up in the mountains, which in turn froze before a fatal strike could be organized. Long story short, both Republican Spain and my colonial dissent were put to rest with the coming of spring. A fairy tale ending indeed!
Our reward for intervening is a couple a blueprints... I suppose it could be worse, I could've already completed
Yay for IC!
Now if we could only get this to happen 7-8 more times...