Some History of Separatist Referenda

See Alicia P. Q. Wittmeyer at FP’s Passport blog.

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  1. Dave Schuler says:

    I wonder how the referendum on Venice seceding from Italy is going.

  2. Ron Beasley says:

    I think Oregon and Washington might like to become part of Canada.

  3. grumpy realist says:

    @Dave Schuler: They sort of had that during the Itsy-Bitsy States period. Venice absolutely refused to allow Roman law to be used in its courts (as other Italian city-states did when the local statutes didn’t provide enough guidance) because they didn’t want ANYONE claiming Venice as having been at any time part of the Roman Empire.