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I'd like to first begin by saying I very much enjoy Napoleon Total War's Multiplayer. I often play as Spain, which has its issues I've learned, but I try to overlook them. A few quiffs here and there concerning other features, but for the most part the multiplayer is solid (though a tad old compared to the newer Shogun II, Rome II, and now Attila which is soon to be released).
However, as Rome Total War as waited years for their sequel to be released with a dedicated community who maintained the multiplayer servers, I can't help but feel Napoleon has a similar dedication (though smaller, in most regards).
That being said, the factions that are allotted are quite plentiful. No denying that, but I couldn't help but wonder why a certain faction isn't playable for these multiplayer battles, the infamous nation that is known only as the Kingdom of Italy. Of course, I'm sure there are several mods that include them in multiplayer, but I've always felt a nation with unique units (Velite Grenadiers and the Guard Artillery to be more specific) shouldn't be excluded. Something even more worrisome is that most of the current nations that you may play tended to have opposed France, leaving them with very few historical allies. For example, the nations you can play as that side with Napoleon are Denmark, Spain, and the United Provinces, the most previous two being a sort of gray area as Spain was invaded and use Peninsular War uniforms rather than their earlier uniforms and the United Provinces have to be imagined to be the Batavian Republic (which they literally are in sea battles).
Ergo, with the Kingdom of Italy added, there would be a dedicated ally to serve by France for those who appreciate the historical aspect, unique units that could probably stand their own, their uniforms are white rather than the ridiculously common blue and red so they'll stand out, and news like that may actually bring back some older players. Perhaps some new ones as well.
Most importantly, it wouldn't be difficult to do (at least from my point of view dealing with mods as I've never dealt with releasing patches). The only thing that would really need to happen would to enable them as playable and give them a preset army and then release them in a patch.
I'm not asking for ALL nations in game to be playable like Saxony or the Papal States (though, admittedly, I do miss Poland. Maybe Switzerland for lolz). I'm only humbly asking for one, being the Kingdom of Italy.