89% Of Venetians Vote For Independence From Italy, Will Withhold Taxes To Rome

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Inspired by Scotland's hopes for independence and hot on the heels of Crime'a 95% preference for accession to Russia, 89% of the citizens of Venice voted for their own sovereign state in a ‘referendum’ on independence from Italy. As The Daily Mail reports, the proposed ‘Repubblica Veneta’ includes the five million inhabitants of the Veneto region and has been largely driven by the wealthy 'who are tired of supporting the poor and crime-ridden south' (Venice pays EUR71bn in taxes and receives only EUR21bn in services and investment). The ballot appointed a committee of ten who immediately declared independence from Italy. Venice may now start withholding taxes from Rome. Wonder why the US, Europe, and Japan have not announced the referendum "illegal" and announced sanctions yet?


Via The Daily Mail,

Venetians have voted overwhelmingly for their own sovereign state in a ‘referendum’ on independence from Italy.


Inspired by Scotland’s separatist ambitions, 89 per cent of the residents of the lagoon city and its surrounding area, opted to break away from Italy in an unofficial ballot.


The proposed ‘Repubblica Veneta’ would include the five million inhabitants of the Veneto region and could later expand to include parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.


Wealthy Venetians, under mounting financial pressure in the economic crisis, have rallied in their thousands, after growing tired of supporting Italy’s poor and crime ridden Mezzogiorno south, through high taxation.




Campaigners say that the Rome government receives around 71 billion euros  each year in tax from Venice - some 21 billion euros less than it gets back in investment and services.




The ballot also appointed a committee of ten who immediately declared independence from Italy. Venice may now start withholding taxes from Rome. 



Campaigner Paolo Bernardini, professor of European history at the University of Insubria in Como, northern Italy, said it was ‘high time’ for Venice to become an autonomous state once again.


‘Although history never repeats itself, we are now experiencing a strong return of little nations, small and prosperous countries, able to interact among each other in the global world.’


‘The Venetian people realized that we are a nation (worthy of) self-rule and openly oppressed, and the entire world is moving towards fragmentation - a positive fragmentation - where local traditions mingle with global exchanges.’




'We are only at the Big Bang of the movement - but revolutions are born of hunger and we are now hungry. Venice can now escape.’

So how long will it before Barosso, Van Rompuy, Obama, Abe and th rest declare this referendum "illegal" and seek sanctions against the people of Venice...

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Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:02 | 4583180 Charles Wilson
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Send in the 10th and the 12th Legions!

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:11 | 4583211 CH1
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God Bless the Venetians!

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:13 | 4583218 LawsofPhysics
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Sure, however, I do wonder where Venice gets it's food?

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:18 | 4583244 macholatte
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Does Venice have a central bank?


Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:19 | 4583249 Soul Glow
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No but they'll need a Treasury.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:28 | 4583266 layman_please
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some interesting reading how venetian oligarchy established british monarchy


Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:48 | 4583297 Pladizow
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Obama has issued a statement that the US will withhold all oars, paddles and gondola sticks!!! - take that!!!!

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:02 | 4583355 kaiserhoff
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Consent of the governed can be a bitch;)


Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:09 | 4583377 Anusocracy
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May drapetomania always be with us.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:18 | 4583398 bigrooster
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OT:  Has anyone heard from Hedgeless Horseman lately?  I am starting to worry that DSH trolls reading ZH decided to take him out. 

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:57 | 4583535 Manthong
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Doesn't Vlad owe the west a reciprical $5 billion "in your back yard" investment?

..maybe even some Venetian nukes.

But where will they put the mobile launchers when they do the next Venice remodel in Vegas?

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 19:07 | 4583573 Looney
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..maybe even some Venetian nukes. But where will they put the MOBILE LAUNCHERS?

On swiftboats? Gondolas?  ;-)


Sun, 03/23/2014 - 19:18 | 4583601 Manthong
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Pontoons will work.

Heck, they scoot around in golf carts there, too.. maybe a big golf cart with portrait of the former messiah.

(sp. reciprocal)

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 20:05 | 4583727 zhandax
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This is the first time I have encountered the term 'Mezzogiorno'.  When I look it up, what do I find in the third paragraph?  "First-level NUTS of the European Union".

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 20:41 | 4583824 HoofHearted
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OK, when does Texas get the itchy trigger finger and then decide to tell DC "Up yours! Remember the Crimea! Remember the Venetians!" 

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 21:53 | 4584002 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Come and take it!! Bitchez!



Sun, 03/23/2014 - 22:03 | 4584034 Blano
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I posed the following question on twitter tonight: if Texas can secede from Mexico, then why not the US and A?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:47 | 4584929 earnulf
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According to a good friend and Texan that I know, Texas has a "legal" out since it was for a short period, a Republic that asked to be accepted into the union and reserved the right to secede should it so decide.

I've never worried about it because like the rest of America, there are parts that are dependent on other parts and while Texas does cover a lot of territory, a lot of that territory is unfit for much more than coyotes and snakes.

Now a Texas-Northern Mexico union might raise a few eyebrows, till the first good hurricane hits.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 19:41 | 4583674 brown_hornet
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It's planting season

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 20:28 | 4583798 kaiserhoff
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HH takes mental health breaks from time to time.  He has a nice life, and a great family.  We should all be so well balanced;)

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:11 | 4584478 James
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Mon, 03/24/2014 - 02:21 | 4584573 Joe A
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I was also wondering about that. I haven't seen him here for a while. Kind of miss his photos of cheese and dishes.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 23:53 | 4584371 Antifaschistische
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The parasites, will never release their host. Governments...are parasites that must feed off the productivity of their citizenry.
Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:56 | 4584484 Independent
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No governments are also parasitized by dual citizens, the infestation is worst there because there is where the power and control is and the MONEY.  Like making sure your own are FED chairs for like the last five positions.  Makes sense if you control the printer etc.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:44 | 4583302 remain calm
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You don't like your government you don't have to keep it. About time, Love it.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:57 | 4583340 kaiserhoff
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Chicagah/Illinois  divorce coming soon.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:10 | 4583380 Seahorse
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Can London leave the UK yet?


Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:35 | 4583452 remain calm
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Will Texas leave the USA? Come on Gov Perry stick it to fucking Obama. Whats he going to do? Draw another red line? He is ripe for the taking.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 19:24 | 4583625 Rafferty
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....and join Mexico.  Population will very soon be majority Hispanic.  That's the Repukes' idea of patriotism.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 20:04 | 4583726 sunnyside
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Do you realize just how stupid and un-informed you sound using terms like "repuke" (same for "dumbocrat" or "faux news") around here?  Divide and conquer dumbass.  Learn the real enemy....or just stay reading Democratic Underground or Free Republic.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 22:04 | 4584038 Blano
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Is that you Wendy?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:15 | 4584866 Rafferty
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I stand over 'Repuke'.  These bastards have gone along with, and in many cases initiated,  every destructive measure destroying America:  Mass immigration, amnesty, gun control, bankster control, increasing Federal interference.. and all they do is wave the flag to keep the dumbasses quiescient while they destroy the country.  And least the Dems are a bit more up front about things.  Ron Paul is the only worthwhile Republican.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:37 | 4583454 remain calm
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He is a spineless pussy

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 19:04 | 4583563 Lore
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Can Canada finally unload Quebec?

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 19:22 | 4583613 meltdown
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Oh Good God Almighty, Please ,Please Please ,Please.

Not that a  20' cyclone fence around that festering shithole (known as chicago) with no way out or in wouldn't make me squirt all manner of body juices, in the general direction of that SHITHOLE.

Sorry about using shithole twice in one tiny little paragraph. Absolutely could not help myself. 

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 19:25 | 4583626 Omen IV
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Sun, 03/23/2014 - 22:05 | 4584040 Blano
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Secession not needed, let's just kick them out.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 19:30 | 4583348 layman_please
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and you will learn real quick who armed forces were really supposed to 'protect'.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:17 | 4583396 Harbanger
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This is more of a tax revolt against the central bunga planners in Rome than a call for secession from Italy.  There's more Italians in Venice than in the Mainland.  They're just tired of paying high taxes.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 19:21 | 4583612 lucyvp
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oooooo don't tease me. :)

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:16 | 4584869 Archduke
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right.  tarpley is a larouchite.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:29 | 4583268 TeamDepends
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The Medici's are on it.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:57 | 4583339 EscapingProgress
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The Venetians need weapons. Liberation can only occur at the point of a gun.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:47 | 4583501 Anusocracy
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Secessions are by the people, coups require a foreign sponsor.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 22:22 | 4584096 TheReplacement
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Doesn't that really get determined by TPTB of any given country?  If Italy rolled tanks on Venice, yeah people would be talking about arming them and all that.  When TPTB let go things are usually peaceful. 

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 03:02 | 4584629 A Nanny Moose
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Gun point? That how it worked in Russia, and France?

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:06 | 4583367 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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THis is just another CIA/MOSSAD operation. They are blamed for evey other revolution so I just wanted to be the first. 

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:36 | 4583409 DownByTheRiver
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Well, they have been found guilty of instigating many revolutions ever since their inception, so when there is motive and some evidence they are a prime suspect


...no motive or evidence i see in this case but who knows maybe AlQaeda or the NeoNazis will make it to town for some fun and to help demonize anarchists and self deetermination

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:15 | 4584515 Hunch Trader
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No motive? They want to kill the euro as the petrodollar can only be threatened if an alternative exists. 1. Foment secession and independence 2. Encourage realization of how good life would be if they could devalue at will...

Most european economies outside of Germany have never learned to handle their finances and have been dependent on a steady succession of devaluations. And these irresponsible teens are starting to notice that growing up to a responsible adult takes more self discipline than they've got.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:39 | 4583473 Matt
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I don't think democratic referendum is part of their modus operandi. When it is a CIA revolution, there are guns and dead leaders.

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