I am curious if we will see a-Somewhat diminished- Austria-Hungary make a comeback?
Maybe the Freedom Party will end up emulating the Fascists too much, they end up having stupid headquarter like this Supervillain Lair?That, and when Wallace falls I expect Thurmond and his cohorts will, like McCarthy, overplay their hands ad squander the capital they got from opposing Wallace.
Thanks e only question is when will fascism fall in Italy?Well Berlinguer as the new secretary of the PSI (hell yeah), it's a very good news, at least someone of competent and charisma and probably is initial biggest job will be distance the socialist from the communist and denouncing Stalin and the URSS activities.
On the motherland, well with De Gasperi and co. being allowed more freedom and a certain level of (very) moderate criticism towards the regime (but not Mussolini) permitted plus some economic reform, it's very probable that the PSI will have the opportunities to create a network and create contact; frankly i expect that the post-war italian fascism will be more or less like the Gulash communist of Hungary (basically, anyone that's not against us is for us attitude) that while still a dictatorships can built an infrastructure strong enough that will resist the fall of the fascism
My guess is that the Resistence picks up speed in the 60s, what with Vatican 2 coming along depriving the Facists of Church Support,horrible quagmire in Ethiopia and a counter culture movment sweeping the youth. the italian goverment fights back and manages to retain power right up into the late 70s though...Again, they have a glorious victory against a horrendous dictatorship under their belt.
Italo Balbo can defend Mussolini's actions well into the 1970s.
It is likely that fascism will persist in Italy for a few more generations, until a postwar generation of people with no memory of World War II rises up demanding democracy.
I wonder if instead of developing into Democratic nation could Italy evolve into something similiar to this TL PRC? Authoritarian one party state that have relatively loyal population(most of my main land chinese friend is very pro communist government so my perspective might be skewed).
I think having it become democratic is a bit too easy of an ending.
Democracy with Fascist characteristic!I was thinking of the same possibility, is pretty probable if else because OTL Italy is still a country weighting on the right, even today, hence able to holding the fascist system - maybe under the facade of an authoritarian democracy (see: Russia), without the need to pass through traumatic passages.
In TTL I'd be willing to bet good money, that not neccessarily in Italy itself but other countries you'll be finding politicians who openly call themselves "Democratic Fascists" who'll not be considered Hitlers reincarted, but akin to Sanders et al in OTL.Democracy with Fascist characteristic!