|Government type||Absolute monarchy|
|Ruling party||Restaurazionisti (reactionary)|
|Primary culture||North Italian|
|Tech school||Traditional Academia|
Lucca is the smallest of the Italian nations, located as a tiny single-province country between Modena and Tuscany. It can form Italy if it raises to great power. Lucca is in Austria's sphere of influence alongside Modena and Tuscany. However, in Vanilla they are not in a sphere, making the game significantly harder.
You can actually survive as this tiny state, but only if you exploit the Austrians to attack nations so that your dinky state can have more land. Make sure you dissolve their alliance when you think they're too weak to fight anymore nations. This is a hideous and parasitic strategy, but it is the only strategy that can work in an uncheated game.
Starting by going after the other North Italian states will be best, but it can be hard due to them being in either Austrias sphere making wars impossible or being in Frances sphere making war very hard. Sardinia-Piedmont can be a target early in the game before France spheres them. Causing rebels in another Italian states leaves another problem though since rebels forming Italy for Sardinia-Piedmont will most likely annex Lucca.