From the BBC:
Voting has begun in Venice and the surrounding region on whether to break away from Italy.
Recent opinion polls suggest that two-thirds of the four million electorate favour splitting from Rome, but the vote will not be legally binding.
The online poll was organised by local activists and parties, who want a future state called Republic of Veneto.
This would be reminiscent of the sovereign Venetian republic that existed for more than 1,000 years.
A focal point for culture, architecture and trade, Venice lost its independence to Napoleon in 1797.
So everyone is voting for independence and the creation of a new state.
The Republic of Veneto.
Well, my thought is that we should resolve this like adults.
We should declare war on Italy. We should draw borders and start imposing import taxes.
And we should prepare for the worst.
For what it’s worth, I have a cellar full of wine, a garden, and some hens and chickens.
If anyone is looking a place to hunker down, our farm is available for a modest fee.
Women, children, and old folks first…