I believe that only the Romagna proper (cities like Ravenna and Rimini and their environs), a small portion of the modern day Italian administrative region of Emilia-Romagna were allowed independence from Lombardia, so no Parma, no Bologna, no Modena and no Piacenza for it.Emilia-Romagna's
He or his heirs may very well convert to Avignon Catholicism like how Otto I's heirs were raised Orthodox.I wonder how having an orthodox king will go over with the population of the region
IMO, basing your vision of commonwealth upon a sole example of the modern day Commonwealth is insufficient considering B444 has mentioned his vision of a federalized Empire. Even the European Union, which is a less integrated organization compared to a federal state has proved that it is a power in its own right.Despotates are nice, but I'd rather have full control of Andrean empire. Commonwealth is better that loosing everything, but in the end USA, USSR and China are global powers today and recently, not British Empire/Commonwealth.