Gian Galeazzo Ciano

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Galeazzo Ciano
Duce of Italy
MonarchUmberto II
Preceded byBenito Mussolini
Personal details
Native nameGian Galeazzo Ciano
Date of birth18 March 1903
Place of birthLivorno, Tuscany, Kingdom of Italy
Age at start58 years old
Nationality Italian
RoleStarting Duce of Italy
Political partyNational Fascist Party
Ideology Fascism

Gian Galeazzo Ciano (born 18 March 1903) is the current Duce of the Italian Empire and has been so since 1953, after Benito Mussolini passed away.

In Game Description[edit | edit source]

Gian Galeazzo Ciano, 2nd Count of Cortellazzo and Buccari, son-in-law of Benito Mussolini, and Duce of Italy, began his career as a bomber squadron commander during the invasion of Ethiopia, winning two silver medals of valor and returning home a hero. In Ethiopia, he learned valuable lessons about people and leading, lessons which have given him the ability to bring Italy to greatness. After the war ended, Mussolini chose Ciano to be his Foreign Minister, preparing him to be his successor by giving him valuable political experience. As Foreign Minister, Ciano presided over Italian affairs on the world stage, helping her expand during and before the Second World War through both peaceful and violent means. Throughout the entire war, he managed to keep the Germans from dominating Italy, fighting tooth and nail to keep his country as an equal partner with the Reich. And when the time came for peace, Ciano fought even further for the concessions that Italy required to build an empire that spanned multiple continents. After 1948, Ciano retained his position as Foreign Minister and became much closer with his father-in-law. Knowing his time was near, Mussolini taught him everything he knew about leading, and when the Duce passed away, Ciano took up the reins. As the leader of Italy, Ciano has chosen to take a softer approach to ruling, dreaming of liberalizing the fascist state and returning rights to the people, while working with his neighbors rather than fighting them. The path before him is treacherous, and only through gile and skill will Ciano manage to keep Italy afloat in this turbulent world.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Ciano was born in Livorno, Italy on 18 March 1903. He was the son of admiral and WWI hero Costanzo Ciano (for which service he was given the title of Count by Victor Emmanuel III) and his wife Carolina Pini. His father, nicknamed Ganascia (“The Jaw”) was a founding member of the PNF and reorganized the Italian merchant navy in the 1920s. Costanzo was not above extracting private profit from his office and so his son would become very much accustomed to an extravagant lifestyle. He became involved in politics when he joined the PNF in 1922 and was a participant at the March on Rome. He studied Philosophy of Law at the University of Rome, and then became an attaché in Rio de Janeiro. He married Benito Mussolini’s daughter Edda on 24 April 1930, with whom he would have three kids (Fabrizio, Raimonda and Marzio). Ciano volunteered for service in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War (1935-1936), and became a bomber squadron commander. He would end up receiving two silver medals of valor and was awarded the rank of captain. After the war he would become Foreign Minister.

Post WW2[edit | edit source]

After the war, he was declared Mussolini’s successor and would become Duce in 1953, and has continued to maintain Mussolini’s policies.