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The Kingdom of Naples
Starting Resource: 12
-- From Land: 9
-- From Trade: 3
Capital Territory: Naples
Nation Class: Small
Total Starting Military
Ships of the Line: 0
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The city of Naples was probably founded by the Greeks around the eighth century BC, just
kilometres from the older town of Partenope; this new town or Neapolis has been absorbing
the influences of its settlers and invaders ever since. Romulus Augustulus, last emperor of
the Roman Empire, was imprisoned here after being overthrown in 476. In the sixth century,
Naples was conquered by the Byzantines, and it was one of the last duchies to fall to the
all-conquering Normans in 1039, as they founded the Kingdom of Sicily.
In 1266 Naples and the kingdom of Sicily were given by Pope Clement IV to Charles of Anjou,
who moved the capital from Palermo to Naples. In 1284 the kingdom was split in two. The Kingdom
of Naples is a small kingdom, but well fortified on the southern half of the boot of Italy. If
they are willing to challenge Spanish might, they have a fair chance of reacquiring Sicily.
From there Naples will need to seek expansion by sea or to drive northwards against either
Venice or the Holy Roman Empire.