Speaking of Kustenland.... may we know how the Prince(???) of Hearts is doing. I am missing a confederal district ;) (the confederation has not expanded for a little while and I'm going trough withdrawal, and yes it's a pun and I see myself out).
That's already more advanced than Washington D.C. today. Aside from, that I'd venture at least a guess: Trieste (not traditionally part of the Venetian Republic, if ever , with the plus side o having in that district the Slovene minority) coupled or not with Fiume (if the Italians put their...
Totally get it., too many factors to consider. The post-war set-up of the Empire will be quite interesting ( would be quite something if Austria tried to set up a south slavic third "part" to use as anti-Italian)
I don't think the relationship with Hungarian nationalism will be that good. Cavour and Ferdinard seemed quite wary of it; to be honest I see Italy favouring the Croats more (provided they don't get any ideas about Istria and Dalmatia).
Now I'm curious about how Ferdinand reacted to the french leftists "invasion".... I'd love to see how the British view the situation in Rome.
About the Papal states am I the only one to see a possible disintegration (inside the Confederation, that's obvious ;)) ? I don't see a Roman Republic...
The chance of the offer being accepted probably was very low from the very start. The only doubt I have is how much Ferdinand and Cavour were genuine about it (probably not much, too smart for that.... "at least we tried").
I don't think mass emigration will be prevented (If I recall what the authors have said in the past), if anything it will start even sooner, and so the Italian one may be more similar to the German, with more Italians making their way in the midwest and the agricultural parts in general).
About sides I do wonder about how this Italy will behave on the international stage. No territorial qualms with anyone, more or less good relationship with the French and the British (the big player in the Mediterranean, maybe the Italians may invest into the Suez Canal game?).
Austria is the...
Didn't know that in English there are two spellings for Virgilio (I only knew of "Virgil"). Happy to wait! No clue about the events in Rome and Naples OTL so I guess I'll have to do a little research myself (a good "side-effect" of a great TL ).