With the armistice, a new war began. Franco-Italian relations in the Adriatic snarled with hate. The Italians found a new rival in the Yugoslav state courted by the French. These three argued bitterly over the remnants of the KuK fleet. Rome even accused Washington of keeping from it some of its just booty. The KuK Marine no longer having a base on the sea, or the need for one, it just quietly faded into the mists of history.
But this was not the end of history, either. The Adriatic and its littoral peoples began now to settle into a new status quo, to accommodate to the new realities, to see how far they could go within them.
Emperor Karl had worked all along to salvage something good out of the wreckage of his Double Monarchy. Thinking that he might build a Danubian confederation—a South Slav element joined to Austria-Hungary, with himself still as titular head— Karl had turned title to the fleet as a unit over to those most affected—those who could provide that third element of a Triple