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Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy was a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include illegal immigration, organized crime, corruption, high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, and the low incomes and technical standards of southern Italy compared with the prosperous north.


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Military

Military branches
Italian Armed Forces: Army (Esercito Italiano, EI), Navy (Marina Militare Italiana, MMI), Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana, AMI), Carabinieri Corps (Arma dei Carabinieri, CC) (2011)

Military service age and obligation
18-27 year of age for voluntary military service; conscription abolished January 2005; women may serve in any military branch; 10-month service obligation, with a reserve obligation to age 45 (Army and Air Force) or 39 (Navy) (2006)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 13,865,688
Females age 16-49 14,003,755 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 11,247,446
Females age 16-49 11,348,695 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 288,188
Female 281,671 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 81
1.8% of GDP (2005 est.)


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  GPS points from Italy (Rome)

Balsorano Nuovo Abruzzo

Montazzoli Italy (general)

Capitello Emilia-romagna

Due Santi Umbria

Punta Dell' Incenso Italy (general)

Casa Franco Sicily

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