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Sicily is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,708 km² (9,926 sq. miles) and five million inhabitants. It has at times been a city-state and an independent kingdom. Sicily was originally colonized by Ancient Greeks, and then taken over by the Roman Republic and the subsequent Empire. Between the Middle Ages and the 19th century, Sicily was usually a colony or satellite state of the Holy Roman Empire, France, or Spain. After forming part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, it became an autonomous part of the Kingdom of Italy in the 1860s, a status it retained after Italy became a republic in 1946.

Sicily in Agent of Byzantium[]

Sicily was a province of the Roman Empire in AD 1317. Its people were regarded by people from the imperial heartland as country bumpkins.[1]

Sicily in "The Daimon"[]

Sicily's most powerful city-state, Syracuse, was conquered by Alkibiades of Athens during one of the definitive battles of the Peloponnesian Wars.

Sicily in "The Horse of Bronze"[]

Sicily was home to the Sirens, a dangerous hazard for travelers. The even more dangerous Scylla and Charybdis separated Sicily from Italy.

Sicily in "Ready for the Fatherland"[]

After Nazi Germany's armistice with the Soviet Union in 1943, the Western Allies successfully occupied Sicily, but German troops repelled the Allies' invasion of mainland Italy. Britain retained control of Sicily after the European Theater of World War II ended in a stalemate.

Sicily in Through Darkest Europe[]

Sicily had been a possession of the Republican Sultanate of the Maghrib for centuries.[2] Hardline nationalists (not just Aquinists) within the Grand Duchy of Italy saw Sicily as an unredeemed part of their homeland, but these factions never got enough push to affect policy.[3]

Sicily in Worldwar[]

Sicily fell to the Race shortly after their invasion in 1942. They held it for most of the fighting, but under the terms of the Peace of Cairo, Sicily (along with the rest of Italy) regained its independence under the protection of the Greater German Reich.

References[]

  1. Agent of Byzantium, p. 207.
  2. Through Darkest Europe, loc. 152, ebook.
  3. Ibid., loc. 1646.