I voted for cooperative but I'm also bad at this game and worse at designing ships - especially the second game since we haven't seen how it goes yet.
So, an excellent candidate for an Admiral, then?
This is a fantastic point.
For your consideration then (unlike The_E I lack any sort of knowledge of Italian admiralty, and will be making one up):
Rear Admiral Giuseppe Alfonsi (Savoy-Genoa) is relatively young for his station and achieved his post (what is supposed
to be a safe position in the Home Squadron) not because of any particular talent or skill, but because of his relation by marriage to one of the cadet branches of the royal family. A man of relatively short stature, "Little Alfonse" at least has the usually
beneficial quality of being incredibly enthusiastic in all of his endeavors. This resulted in a massive and sustained infatuation with whatever happens to be the hot new tactic or technology of the day, most notably and for the longest duration (so far) with the Jeune École
. He opposes overseas colonies, seeing them as a liability and threat to the ability of the fleet to defend itself and its holdings.
As such, he is in favor of (at the beginning, at least):
- Technological improvements
- Torpedoes and fast torpedo boats
And not in favor of:
- Increasing dock space
- Overseas colonies/stations
I think it goes without saying that he's going to be fanatically
pro-aircraft when that becomes available.