women of Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus. It was a short-lived, self-governing entity founded in the aftermath of the Balkan Wars on February 1914 by Greeks living in southern Albania (Northern Epirotes).
March 20, 1916, Athens; Greece announces annexation of northern Epirus. This angered many of the Great Powers who had set Albania's borders in 1913- esp. Italy, who had her own interests in the country. The Allies refused to recognize the annexation, but, not having the resources or the desire to see Greece join the Central Powers, temporarily left the matter at strongly worded protests.