Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Veneto's Independence referendum goes unnoticed

One of Italy's wealthiest regions Veneto where the famed port city of Venice is located, has taken a note from Crimea's successful referendum and declared its attempt to succeed from Rome and Italy. The Venetians have long complained that they should not have to continue providing financial support or monetarily aid to the far way Italian capital Rome and Southern Italian regions experiencing economic recession. The Venetian region has a long history of sustaining itself through seafaring and land trade. After hundreds of years, the region still relies on the sea and tourism as part of its economy. A unique culture, dialect of Italian and its rich regional history also sets Veneto apart from its neighbors. Italy as a nation is a recent creation. Prior to Italian unification in 1871, Veneto and other regions were either republics, monarchies or duchies not ruled by a central government. The Veneto region was its own independent country known as the Republic of Venice or Venetian Republic for over a 1000 years until 1797 when it was incorporated into Austrian and Italian territory following the republic's defeat during the Napoleonic Wars. Many Venice residents and peoples living across Veneto region are excited about the possibly of a formal referendum happening on Friday March 21st. Western media hasn't paid too much attention to the week long referendum poll and vote. The focus is still on future prospects in Crimea. Ironically, Italy just recently celebrated territorial unification last week. Italy's economic recession has pushed other regions such as Padania or Po Valley regions (home to industries, right wing Northern League and another wealthy region), Sicily, Sardinia and autonomous region of South Tyrol (with its own unique culture and German language) towards reviving their decades long separatist stance into reality. All these regions have also been threatening Rome with secession.

Europe's active separatist movement
Even with European Union and future prospects of new members joining an enlarged union, many centuries old seperatist movements are bubbling to the surface.

Europe's multiple yet unknown separatist movements with the exception of Scotland, Catalunya, Basque Country and Northern Ireland known around the world

Why Veneto region and Venice is seeking independence

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