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From "Världen sedan 1914" by T. Vogel-Jørgensen (Swedish edition), Natur & Kultur 1939.
The poet, war hero and bonvivant Gabriele d'Annunzio seized a once-in-a-lifetime chance in 1919 to become a dictator of a small city-state at the Adriatic Sea. Fiume (today Rijeka in Croatia) became his playground for a dozen hectic months until the Italian government kicked him out (after a lot of reluctant prodding and poking).
For an amazing example of proto-fascist, anarcho-syndicalist, platonic-idealist propaganda, check his Charter of Carnaro, a draft for an independent Fiume's political constitution.