| Vatican City State|
Stato della Città del Vaticano
|Type||Ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state|
|Leader(s)||Pope John Paul II|
|Head of State||Cardinal Secretary Agostino Casaroli (Cardinal Secretary of State)|
|Head of Government||President Sebastiano Baggio (President of the Governate)|
Catholic nations around the world
|Military||Swiss Guard |
Provided by the Italian Armed Forces
|National anthem||Inno e Marcia Pontificale ("Pontifical Anthem and March")|
|Date established||February 11, 1929 (Independence from the Kingdom of Italy)|
Vatican City, officially Vatican City State, is a walled enclave within the city of Rome, Italy with an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of 842, is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.
It is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state ruled by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergy of various national origins.
In our timeline, Vatican City and the Pope played an effective role in bringing down communism in Europe.
World War III Edit
As World War III broke out, it is assumed that Pope John Paul II urged both NATO and Warsaw Pact to stop the war and that peace should be restored. Furthermore, there may candle lightings and prayer vigils held in the Vatican as a protest the war should stop.