The Republic of Venice (Italian: Repubblica di Venezia, Venetian: Repùblica Vèneta or Repùblica de Venesia) was a state originating from the city of Venice in Northeastern Italy. It existed for over a millennium, from the late 7th century until 1797. It was formally known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice (Italian: Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, Venetian: Serenìsima Repùblica Vèneta or Repùblica de Venesia) and is often referred to as La Serenissima, in reference to its title as one of the “Most Serene Republics”. Despite its long history of war and conquest, the Republic’s modern reputation is chiefly based on its status as an economic and trading power. The Venetian National Liberation Movement (Movimento di Liberazione Nazionale del Popolo Veneto, MLNV) is a self-proclaimed national liberation movement which seeks independence for the former territories of the Republic of Venice, currently divided in three Italian regions: Veneto, Lombardy and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The MLNV was founded in September 2009 and is led by Sergio Bortotto. In November 2009 the group was prosecuted with the charge of having built a paramilitary organization. The Italian police seized weapons and uniforms of the so-called Polisia Veneta (Venetian Police) in the headquarters of the movement in Treviso. According to the police, the group had even planned an aggression to Luca Zaia, a leading member of Liga Veneta–Lega Nord. After one year, in December 2011, Italian Constitutional Court declared that a law abolishing the ban to create paramilitary forces (without weapons) fits with Italian Constitution, this made the VNLM to be no longer charged for the founding of its own paramilitary force. In January 2012 an event aimed at transforming the MLNV into an umbrella organization for all the main Venetist and independentist groups, parties and associations alike, active throughout Venetia was organized in Vicenza. The convention was attended by representatives of Veneto State (Antonio Guadagnini’s faction), the Venetian Most Serene Government, the Venetian National Government, Self-Government of Venetia, Venetian State and the Friulian Front.