Originally Posted by Melvin Loh
Guys, what about if there's a stronger more influential Northern League in the 1970s, which actually facilitates the secession of northern Italy from the remainder of the peninsula ? Maybe this northern Italian entity also fragments into city-states, so you have separate geopolitical entities in the Italian Alps of Venice, Turin, Genoa, etc ?
BTW, couldn't you argue that OTL the Vatican and San Marino effectively remain Italian city-states to this day ?
When the Northern League made their bid for secession (1996-97) the made a bet on Italy being unable to stay within Euro parameters: if this had happened, the resulting instability might have created an opportunity for a secession of Northern Italy. The point is that this might have been acceptable to other Euro partners if it were a peaceful process, and if Northern Italy could put in place a stable government (the Northen league favored - and favors - a federal government for Italy, with minimal powers for the fed gov and those being devolved from the single states).
There were never a lot of chances that this might succeed; and when Italy respected the Euro parameters it became a moot point