Annexation of Albania

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In Hearts of Iron 3 the Annexation of Albania is a decision and event that allows Italy to annex Albania.


Albania had long had considerable strategic importance for Italy. Italian naval strategists eyed the port of Vlorë and the island of Sazan at the entrance to the Bay of Vlorë with considerable interest, as it would give Italy control of the entrance to the Adriatic Sea. In addition, Albania could provide Italy with a beachhead in the Balkans.

As Nazi Germany annexed Austria and moved against Czechoslovakia, Italy saw itself becoming a second-rate member of the Axis. The imminent birth of an Albanian royal child meanwhile threatened to give Zog a lasting dynasty. After Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia (March 15, 1939) without notifying Mussolini in advance, the Italian dictator decided to proceed with his own annexation of Albania.

On April 7 Mussolini's troops invaded Albania and completed the annexation by the 12th when [Zog of Albania King Zog] was deposed and went into exile.


Italy annexes all of Albania including Shkodër, Lehze, Rreshen, Tirane, Durrës, Vlore, and Korce. However, Italy does not gain or have claim to any of these provinces.

In order for the event to fire for Italy the year is between 1939 and 1942, Albania exists, Czechoslovakia was annexed by Germany or does not exist, Italy is not at war with Albania, in an alliance with them, either is not a subject, and Albania is not in a faction.

The execution of this event reduced Italian neutrality by five, raised their national unity by 2, reduces relations with Albania by 20, Yugoslavia by five, Greece by five. It will reduce the United Kingdom's and France's neutrality by 3.

The Italian A.I. will execute the event 100% of the time. The Albanian A.I. will accept 100% of the time. The acceptance reduces Italian dissent by 5, but reduces relations with Yugoslavia by five and Greece by 10. If a human Albania refuses an A.I. Italy will declare war 100% of the time, which reduces their relations with Greece and Yugoslavia by a further ten. If a human Italy does not follow through after the refusal their dissent increases by five and their relations with the Albanians increase by ten.