The United States of America was founded as a group of breakaway colonies of Great Britain.
So, it should come as no surprise that there are groups that seek to further proclaim independence within the USA.
"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism...
The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin,
of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all,
would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities." Theodore Roosevelt - 26th President of the United States (1858-1919)
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Also, The Militia Watchdog Archive website (now run by the Anti-Defamation League) has a number of articles on (and links to) various "Sovereign Citizen", "Freeman" and "state Citizen" (sic) groups (including the Montana Freemen/Justus Township), as well as their frequent (and often unsuccessful) battles in court.
The website is no longer updated on a regular basis, and now serves as an archive of articles, and a listing of related links.
Another source of information on extreme elements in the "sovereign citizen" movement is the video "Sovereign Citizens and Law Enforcement: Understanding the Threat", produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The video, in its entirety, can be seen below via YouTube.
WARNING: Contains images and language that some may find disturbing.
"The mission of The Agrarian Foundation is to change the world by establishing sustainable, largely self-reliant, Covenantal Agrarian communities upon productive landed property throughout the North America and the world." - from the website
Not a "back-to-the-land", neo-Luddite group, but one that encourages decentralization of wealth and power by promoting self-reliant communities. Heavy emphasis on conservative Christian values.
NOTE: As of 30 March 2011, this group appears to have vanished.
The Alaskan Independence Party (AIP), which maintains this website, was founded by Joe Volger, who was murdered in May of 1993, a few days after the United Nations agreed to hear the AIP's appeal for sovereignty.
"The intention of creating at this site an umbrella under which groups and individuals with differing political viewpoints and ideologies might gather necessitates a limitation of the scope of discussion here. The primary aims are twofold. First we plan to collect, disseminate and educate the "great unwashed" on the sound and reasonable principles of States' Rights and secession. Acknowledging that this site alone is now and shall remain incapable of reaching a large enough audience our second objective is to make the information and resources that we collect available to each group that seeks independence or autonomy for their state or states." - from the website
(UPDATE: Website vanished as of 17 July 2010.)
"Arcadia is an emergent nation in the northwestern corner of North America, consisting of Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, and Yukon. Arcadia is dedicated to the ideals of cultural and political revolutionary
reform through succession rather than secession, through nobility, imagination, and artistic expression rather than violence.
"In a nutshell, we think that history argues against the continued existence of the large bureaucratic Republics of North America, and we're proposing a "Plan B" if you will, for our region." - from the website
ADDENDUM; As of 6 February 2005, this website has vanished.
Aryan National Alliance See Aryan Nations
Aryan Nations (Church of Jesus Christ Christian)
This is (or was) a white supremacist group (organized as a tax-exempt church) that promotes the idea of a "white homeland" in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (original plans called for a homeland in the "panhandle" section of Idaho).
On 7 September 2000, Aryan Nations lost a multi-million dollar legal case, which led to the closure of their compound in Hayden Lake, Idaho.
The organization has apparently reformed itself in 2002, relocating to Leola, Pennsylvania, but according to recent reports, it is badly fractured, and there is much in-fighting among rival factions.
The group's founder, "Pastor" Richard G. Butler, died in his sleep on 8 September 2004. He was 86.
Floyd Cochrane was at one time the 5th highest ranking member of the Aryan Nations, as well as their official recruiter and spokesman. In 1992, he left the organization, renounced his racist past and now speaks out against hate groups. He runs the website and web radio station Eye On Hate, and also gives seminars against hate groups as well as serving on the advisory board of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Democracy.
Full information about Aryan Nations can be read on Wikipedia.
La Voz de Aztlan (Southwestern U.S.A.)
This appears to be a web-based newspaper for ag group that seeks to start a Mexican-American homeland in the Southwestern U.S.A.
The reputed "reconquista" movement seeks to annex portions of the southwestern USA either as part of Mexico, or as a separate country. However, the term "reconquista" is used almost exclusively by anti-immigration and White Supremacist/Separatist groups.
As of late, this website has taken on a very anti-Semitic slant to it's content, hence the change in listing.
Black Panther Party for Self-Defense
(aka "The Black Panthers")
"The Party's fundamental principle, as best articulated by the great revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, was: 'A true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.' The Black Panthers were never a group of angry young militants full of fury toward the 'white establishment.' The Party operated on love for black people, not hatred of white people."
"Because the Party believed that only the masses of people would make the revolution, the Party never presumed itself to be above the people. The Party considered itself a servant of the people and taught by example. Given massive black hunger, the Party provided free breakfast for children and other free food programs. In the absence of decent medical facilities in the black community, the Party operated free medical clinics. In the face of police brutality, the Party stood up and resisted. Considering the overwhelming number of blacks facing trials and long prison terms, the Party developed free legal aids and bussing-to-prison programs." - from "There Is No New Black Panther Party: An Open Letter From the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation"
After the BPP disbanded, several militant ex-members founded the Black Liberation Army, a group that championed armed revolution and the formation of a separate Black nation.
While there is a group that calls itself The New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (NBPP), it has no ties to the original BPP. The NBPP, which appears to be a schism of the Nation of Islam, was founded in 1989 by Aaron Michaels several years after the original BPP disbanded. The NBPP has been officially disavowed and discredited by former BPP members, including Bobby Seale and the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation. To quote the news release by the Newton Foundation directly:
"In response from numerous requests from individual's seeking information on the 'New Black Panthers', the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation issues this public statement to correct the distorted record being made in the media by a small band of African Americans calling themselves the New Black Panthers. As guardian of the true history of the Black Panther Party, the Foundation, which includes former leading members of the Party, denounces this group's exploitation of the Party's name and history. Failing to find its own legitimacy in the black community, this band would graft the Party's name upon itself, which we condemn."
An article by the ADL on the NBPP can be read here).
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: There is an urban legend that Hillary Clinton defended several members of the BPP who were accused of torturing and murdering Alex Rackley. This is a lie. Please read the facts here.
There was a COINTELPRO(COunter INTELligence PROject) attempt to discredit the BPP with something called the "Black Panther Coloring Book", you can read about it here on the What Really Happened website.
If California was an independent nation, it would have the world's sixth largest economy.
Cascadia (Northern California, Oregon, Washington state, British Columbia
Due to the large number of websites related to Cascadia, they have been given their own page on this website.
Click here to go to the Cascadia related links. The proposed flags pictured above are from the Flags of the World website, and are designed by (left to right) Nick Pharris, Andrew S. Rogers, Dirk Schönberger, Lyle Zapato, and Alexander Beretich
"ChristianExodus.org is coordinating the move of thousands of Christians to South Carolina for the express purpose of re-establishing Godly, constitutional government. It is evident that the U.S. Constitution has been abandoned under our current federal system, and the efforts of Christian activism to restore our Godly republic have proven futile over the past three decades. The time has come for Christians to withdraw our consent from the current federal government and re-establish the sovereign nation of South Carolina upon the Christian principles once so predominant in America." - from the website
Note: South Carolina was the first US state to leave the Union to form the Confederate States of America
In 1982, the U.S. Government was creating roadblocks in Key West, Florida to the mainland to prevent the trafficing of illegal aliens from Cuba and Haiti, as well as smuggling of contraband and narcotics from the Carribbean. The traffic jams were harming the businesses of the Florida Keys, and several in the citizenry (led by His Honor, Mayor Dennis Wardlow of the City of Key West) proclaimed the islands to be the Conch Republic (pronounced "konk"). While the (mostly token) rebellion lasted only for one day, it drew attention from federal authorities, and the roadblocks were removed.
The official proclamation of sedition, however, was never recanted! Conch Republic passports, issued solely as novelties, are available at this website.
Confederate States of America (CSA)
(Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia)
(Flag animation courtesy of DixieNet)
These listings have been moved to a separate page.
CONFEDERATE RECONSTRUCTION MOVEMENTS
"Free Maine is a peaceful, democratic, grassroots solidarity movement committed to encourage and support Maine's development into a separate, sustainable nation-state. - from the website
UPDATE: As of 17 July 2010, this website now opens to a janitorial service.
"The Free State Project is an agreement among 20,000 pro-liberty activists to move to New Hampshire, where they will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property. The success of the Project would likely entail reductions in taxation and regulation, reforms at all levels of government, to expand individual rights and free markets, and a restoration of constitutional federalism, demonstrating the benefits of liberty to the rest of the nation and the world." - from the website
Freedom County (Washington State)
From Wikipedia (accessed 23 December 2008):
"Freedom County is a secessionist portion of Snohomish County, Washington, United States declared to exist as of April 23, 1995. Its existence has not been recognized by Snohomish County, the state of Washington, or the federal government. The 'county seat" is Arlington, Washington.
Claiming frustration at what they believed to be a corrupt Snohomish County government, on April 23, 1995, the Freedom County commissioners submitted to the Washington Secretary of State a petition with 12,679 signatures calling for the secession of the northern half of Snohomish County, excluding Marysville and the Tulalip Indian reservation. On the state constitutional basis that only the legislature can create a new county, and that it cannot be compelled to do so by petition, the government refused to act, and Freedom County remains unrecognized.
Flag from Flags of the World
Republic of Ganjastan
Formerly the Stoner Homeland Project
"You have plenty of rights in this country, provided you don't get caught exercising them."
-Terry Mitchell, Founder: Green Panthers
This website, which was maintained by the Green Panthers, operated at www.greenpanthers.org.
The group, self-described as "radical eco-potheads against the drug war", originally sought independence of sections of the western USA, with organization themed around hemp legalization. In the past, they published a newspaper entitled Revolutionary Times (formerly Revolutionary Toker).
The Green Panthers' co-founder, Mr. Terry Mitchell, is the former National Director of the Libertarian Party of the USA (LP), and former Assistant Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
The group, according to the website, has gone underground, and mentioned the following on it's main page:
"We make no apologies for our decision to go underground. We have come to the realization that the best methods for ending the War on Drugs are those least able to be accomplished by the pot culture in general and the mainstream pot movement in particular. That being said, the true militants within the pot culture have already aligned themselves with us and endorse our methods. It is those who believe they can reform a system hell-bent on wiping them out, who are defenseless and on their own. Our concern today is protecting our own asses and surviving the coming breakup of America. If you wish to attempt to 'work through the system' knock yourself out.
"While some will say that GREEN PANTHERS! is gone, and no longer a part of the counter-culture struggle for true freedom, they couldn't be more wrong. We have taken the words of Mao to heart and swim like fish through the sea of our people, unrecognized by our enemies, infiltrating every community in the land and waiting patiently until our time is right."
Their website has gone down and resurfaced on another domain in the past, and may do so again.
"Stabbed in the back by the likes of Alexander Hamilton, The United States has unlawfully occupied Georgia since January 2, 1788 with the so-called ratification of the U.S. CONstitution, by Freemasons and lawyers (agents of the crown of England) calling themselves 'the Delegates of the People of the State of Georgia'. The U.S. CONstitution was not ratified by the people of Georgia themselves. The U.S. CONstitution was a new and foreign constitution drafted up and written in secret, behind closed doors by Freemasons and lawyers, such as Alexander Hamilton, (agents of the crown of England), in violation of the Articles of Confederation. " - from the website
Green Mountain Independence Movement See Second Vermont Republic
Prior to becoming the 50th U.S. state, and before it was a U.S. territory, Hawai'i (the traditional spelling has an apostrophe) was a sovereign kingdom with it's own government, language, flag (pictured above to the left), national anthem and postage stamps.
Kingdom of Heaven
(Website maintained by the Embassy of Heaven Church, Stayton, Oregon)
While basically a "sovereign Citizen" project, this has heavy Biblical and
Christian overtones, encouraging people to leave the "worldly" system and become (literal) citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, going so far as to renounce their previous citizenships and Social Security Numbers (most members are from the U.S.A.).
The group issues its own I.D. cards, driver's licenses, motor vehicle titles, license plates,
businesses licenses and passports, but so far, no government has recognized them.
The Embassy of Heaven Church was founded in 1987 by its present leader, "Reverend Paul Revere", formerly known as Craig Douglas Fleshman, a former computer systems analyst for the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. He claimed to take his "God-given name" in 1995.
The website features an on-line newsletter for it's "citizens".
It appears that the "Kingdom's" license plates and driver's licenses have gotten several members in legal trouble (including seizure of their cars), so the group is promoting a "Junkers for the Kingdom" program (their own name), in case their vehicles are seized.
Also, they have no flag (they consider such things as being carnal ["How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!" 2 Samuel 1:27 KJV]), hence the (all text) seal displayed here.
"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." - 2 Timothy 2:19 KJV
Independent Republic of Holly Hill (Formerly the People's Democratic Republic of Holly Hill) Listing moved to Model Countries
This is Rev. Louis Farrakhan's group, that seeks Black seperatism within the USA. While this organization's members have been accused of (anti-White) racism and anti-Semitism (especially Rev. Farrakhan), there is (apparently) no such material on this website.
State of Jefferson (Southern Oregon, Northern California)
(Flag graphic from Wikipedia.)
(Website maintained by Brian Petersen and Jefferson Enterprises.)
"The State of Jefferson secession movement of 1941 was begun primarily to draw attention to the need of good roads into the back country to access vital mineral and timber resources for defense related purposes before the United States was drawn into WWII. Up until that time, their roads had been paved with promises, empty promises.
"Jefferson would have been the 49th state in the early 1940's but the bombing of Pearl Harbor diverted the nation's attention away from Jefferson long enough for most people to forget about the mountain border counties and the people here went to work and sacrificed for the war effort.
"Two X's painted on the bottom of a gold pan during the State of Jefferson secession movement of 1941 served as the State Seal. The two X's symbolized being double crossed by Salem and Sacramento*. Now the double crossing comes in the form of under-representation, excessive laws, taxation and regulation." - from the website
*The state capitols of Oregon and California, respectively. The California town of Yreka (pronounced "why-REE-kah") was chosen as the interim state capitol of Jefferson in 1941.
State of Jefferson article by Jefferson Public Radio Wikipedia Listing
Jefferson Territory See State of Jefferson
Republic of Lakotah (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana)
(Symbol taken from website.)
"The Lakota Freedom Delegation traveled to Washington, D.C. and contacted the United States Department of State, announcing that the Lakota were unilaterally withdrawing from the several treaties between themselves and the United States government. The delegation presented a letter, dated December 17, 2007 and signed by longtime Indian activists Russell Means, Garry Rowland, Duane Martin Sr. also called Canupa Gluha Mani, and Phyllis Young, which declared the Lakota to be 'predecessor sovereign of Dakota Territory' and cited gross violations of the treaties between the Lakota and the United States as the immediate cause for withdrawal. The letter also invited the United States government to enter into negotiations with the newly-declared entity, there identified only as 'Lakotah.' It threatened that if good-faith negotiations were not begun then 'Lakotah will begin to administer liens against real estate transactions within the five state area of Lakotah.'" - from Wikipedia (accessed 1 January 2007)
The de facto capital is Porcupine, South Dakota.
Another group with similar goals is Lakota Oyate. To quote their website:
"We do not represent those BIA or IRA governments beholden to the colonial system, but we encourage all people to reclaim their freedom. We do not support the imposition of the 'Republic of Lakotah' or its so-called 'provisional government' which does not represent the will of the people nor the spirit of the Animal Nations which survive within the Elders and children."
This was a project of Liberty Services (formerly known as the National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and the Internal Revenue Code [NORFED]). They produced a series of silver and gold medallions as well as certificates that are redeemable for silver and gold in troy ounce measurements. There was much debate over this "alternative currency", with legal questions about its legality of use in commerce.
The certificates and coinage include the words "LIBERTY", "DOLLAR", the dollar sign ("$"), the initials "USA" and the phrase "TRUST IN GOD" (as opposed to the phrase "IN GOD WE TRUST" that appears on US currency).
In May 2009, von NotHaus and others were charged with federal crimes in connection with the Liberty Dollar and, on July 31, 2009, von NotHaus announced that he had closed the Liberty Dollar operation, pending resolution of the criminal charges. On 15 July 2010, von Nothaus was arrested for violating the terms of his appearance bond, and on 18 March 2011, was convicted on charges of counterfeiting and conspiracy charges. He faces a 15 year sentence.
Additional websites & articles on the Liberty Dollar:
Wikipedia Article NORFED Probe (1999 Article by the Southern Poverty Law Center)
United States Mint Articles
"Liberty Dollars Not Legal Tender, United States Mint Warns Consumers"(14 September 2006)
"Hot Items" Articles
News articles on the von NotHaus arrest::
NY Criminal Defense/Bukh & Associates(Thanks to Dr. Marina Gafanovich for this link) Federal Bureau of Investigation Press Release Southern Poverty Law Center
MSNBC News Report - 20 November 2007
See Pioneer Little Europe
Little Shell Pembina Band
Please go to the Warning page for more information.
"Free Maine is a peaceful, democratic, grassroots solidarity movement committed to encourage and support Maine's development into a separate, sustainable nation-state." - from the website (UPDATE: As of July 17, 2010, this website now opens to a janitorial service. Any updates will be welcome.)
Massachusetts See Patriots for Liberty
Mexika Eagle Society
Another "reconquista" movement, but with a rather Marxist ideology. This group has a heavy anti-Anglo slant (that is, racist towards Whites of European descent) to it's writings. Oddly enough, nearly all the website's content is in English! http://mexika.org
National Alliance (formerly National Youth Alliance)
While this group has promoted itself as a "White civil rights group" in recent materials, it is the Neo-Nazi organization behind the infamous novel The Turner Diaries. They also produce a weekly radio show entitled American Dissident Voices. This group has promoted racial seperatism in the form of an "Aryan Society" and "White Living Space".
Much of the funding for this group comes from the sale of books, videotapes, t-shirts, and various fund-raising events. The lion's share of funding, however, comes from the sale of (openly) racist rock music on cassette and CD through their record label, Resistance Records (the company also features a magazine, Resistance).
Dr. William Pierce, who also wrote the novels "The Turner Diaries" and "Hunter" (which was dedicated to racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin) under the pseudonym Andrew McDonald, died on 23 July 2002 of kidney and liver cancer. He was 68.
The present CEO and acting Chairman of the National Alliance is Erich Gliebe, a former tool & due maker and professional boxer who boxed under the name "The Aryan Barbarian".
These websites feature very strong racist and anti-Semitic content.
Not a seditionist group, but rather one dedicated to seeking greater sovereignty for the New England States and less Federal control in the lives of the people.
NOTICE FROM WEBSITE: "As of January 20 (,2001), the NEC,CNEF is no longer an active membership organization. We are re-evaluating our status, and may seek to re-organize at some future date."
"New Guinea is a
independent nation located in the unorganized borough of Alaska. With land
claims of over 320,000 square miles, 25 square miles of which it has full
jurisdiction over, New Guinea is about the same size as the US state of
Montana. New Guinea is alternatively viewed as either a 4th world or 5th
world micronation. It is our goal to ultimately (and peacefully) create an
autonomous area in Alaska out of the last section of the United States that
is still effectively without a government. This would be akin to the
independent Indian nations that exist elsewhere in the U.S. This would not
require much doing. The frontier area has already been self-governed since
the beginning of time. It is our hope only to get official recognition of
the systems that are already in place." - from an e-mail by Archangel
"It is with a deep sense of regret, and a profound feeling of loss, that we must reluctantly recommend to the citizens of New Hampshire that our state declare its independence from the Federal Union. As concerned citizens, we do not take such a drastic recommendation lightly. This website has been drafted for the purpose of explaining the reasons which compel us to advise such a drastic step. It is hoped that you will consider the evidence in the same spirit of reflection with which it has been presented." - from the website
"The NH Underground website was started in December 2004 by Kat Dillon and Russell Kanning. It is a place where early-moving Free State Project members and NH natives come together to plan liberty oriented activism. The group has no hierarchy. Anyone can plan liberty oriented events and get help here. Anyone can edit these webpages. Anyone can be a leader merely by planning some activity. - from the website
"We the people of North-Carolina (sic) have re-established the state that was taken from us on July 1, 1868 by the United States Military, as the end result of the Reconstruction Acts. These Acts imposed on us a military dictatorship, an election, a method of changing our constitution, and a constitution, all foreign to our organic law. Our Constitution, therefore, has been dormant, but not dead, since that date. We are breathing new life into it. If you have been an inhabitant of North-Carolina for at least a year, we invite you to join us." - from the website
"The Peoples Republic of the North Star is dedicated to building socialist power in the upper midwest. The Peoples Republic of the North Star is the intended communist governments of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. People living in the target areas are encouraged to share their thoughts on the creation of socialism in america within our lifetimes."
"Although this group is centered in Minneapolis, intent is to form a broad international support structure for local activities and affiliated groups, we encourage all who support resistance, communism, socialism, as well as workers, engineers, farmers, educators, and others with knowledge of guerilla warfare, history, and improvised tactics, especially in urban settings, to join in posting meaningful information here for the proliferation of the peoples struggle." - from the website
Northern Forest Archipelago
At the request of this group's organizers, this link has been moved to the New Country Projects page.
"Patriots for Liberty is a peaceful, democratic, grassroots solidarity movement committed to encourage and support the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' development into a separate, sustainable nation-state." - from the website
Pioneer Little Europe
"A PLE is defined as the conscious White community - initially possessing greatly contrasting views among its residents - which comes to dominate a geographical area.
"It is an entity which our opponents and competitors have made no provision to account for within the "legal process," thus it has even less reality to them than the old White community. As such a PLE is in itself immune from all forms of legal liability, without making a mockery of the law.
"That is not to declare that a PLE is immune from repression, only that there is nothing in the law to prevent it from coming into being, eventually evolving into higher levels of legal recognition, and striving for the self determination of its residents by any means conscious Whites will support.
"A Pioneer/Little Europe is a generic term for any local community where Whites live in close proximity to businesses which offer cultural facilities and services, most of whom openly support their political revival.
"More advanced than the old Little Europes and White communities, Pioneer Little Europes are based on a study of the organizing principles shared among the more modern political communities that continue to dismember Whites geographically, culturally, and politically." - from a posting on alt.politics.white-power
"In Cyberspace the PLE community is Stormfront, plus Euroknowledge, plus White Alliance, and all independent supporters of building a concentrated White community of the conscious, whether they are within or unaligned to other pro-White organizations." - from an e-mail by H.
The following links provide more information about this project. Be forewarned, since some of them are on domains promoting white supremacy.
Pioneer Little Europe (PLE) Prospectus
Loosely knit network of Hippie/Anarchist/Pacifist "tribes" that never gave up the dream, and are building with it. Intriguing attempt of dropping out of the "system" The group has no "leaders", but does have "co-ordinators".
According to an e-mail from "Ray", who decribes himself as an "unofficial non-member": "About 'co-ordinators'... Most people that I know in the family would disagree that we have any co-ordinators. While the onlooker may see it that way, within the family, people that help people get on the same page are called *focalizers* (They help people focus on what needs done). They have no more power than anyone else, and anyone can simply proclaim himself to be a focalizer, and call for a circle. ... Also, the Family is made up of all types. I for one am not a hippy, anarchist (as I understand anarchism), or a pacifist."
From the website: "Some say we're the largest non-organization of non-members in the world. We have no leaders, and no organization. To be honest, the Rainbow Family means different things to different people. I think it's safe to say we're into intentional community building, non-violence, and alternative lifestyles. We also believe that Peace and Love are a great thing, and there isn't enough of that in this world. Many of our traditions are based on Native American traditions, and we have a strong orientation to take care of the the Earth."
(The logo shown above is not the official one for this group. It's a "Swirling Rainbow Peace Flag" available from Progressive Portal.)
"The Second Vermont Republic is a peaceful, democratic, grassroots solidarity movement committed to the return of Vermont to its rightful status as an independent republic as was the case in 1791 and to support Vermont's future development as a separate, sustainable nation-state." - from the website See also Green Mountain Republic
In 1997, there was a widly publicized but ill-fated attempt at independence by over-zealous, self-styled "Texians" led by Richard Lance McLaren, who later found themselves imprisoned, not for sedition, but rather kidnapping and fraud (They tried to finance their independence movement with $3,400,000 worth of bogus checks, and took two people hostage during a raid at a resort neighboring their compound).
In case you are curious, in 1998, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman has rejected the contention that Texas is an illegally annexed captive nation, stating;
"The history of how Texas became a state is admittedly tortuous. ... Indeed, Texas' statehood tale is plagued with political stalling, confusion and delay from 1836, the year in which the Republic of Texas won its independence form Mexico, to 1845, the year in which Texas finally became one of the United States of America. The tale is even more complicated by the fact that Texas attempted to secede from the United States before the Civil War. ... On December 29, 1845, however, Texas did in fact become the 28th state..."
There is also a commercial web radio station, Radio Free Texas, playing Country, Rock and Blues music, along with Texas-related news and interviews. Note: The audio feed starts playing as soon as the page loads.
To further add to the confusion, there is a restaurant in London, England called The Texas Embassy Cantina, located on 1 Cockspur Street, off Trafalgar Square; a short distance away from the former site of the actual legation. It offers "Tex-Mex" fare (a fusion of Texas and Mexican cuisines) similar to restaurants in the USA. It was previously the offices of White Star Line, owners of the ill-fated ocean liner RMS Titanic, which sank during its maiden voyage in 1912 (White Star later merged with Cunard in 1934).
"We plan to establish equal rights. If one man is free the other should be free to and so on. We are a orginization looking for a Communist America put in the ideal of Americanism: All Communism mixed together and give the people of our nation actual jobs and actual pay and if we are to move we might conquer our own land in Antarctica or Caribean islands but for now we stay in the USA. Our nation is one that people have wanted for years and I'm here to give it to them. - from an e-mail by Evan J. Henderson
United States Civil Flag There is no such flag ever authorized by the United States Government.
Please go to the Warning page for more information.
Vermont See Green Mountain Republic and Second Vermont Republic
This group claims ancestry from what they refer to as the ancient mound builders of North America. They also claim title to most of North America, and have been associated with several "sovereign Citizen" groups. In the recent past, this group has produced I.D. cards, passports, auto license plates, driver's licenses and motor vehicle titles. It probably continues to do so.
Scanned copies of a Washitaw birth certificate, license plate, vehicle registration, and driver's license are on the gallery page of the Militia Watchdog Archive website.
No, not a seditionist site, but the personal website of an "Angry White Male", and his experiences in the land of smog, sunshine and street gangs. (He has since moved to Idaho, where he is apparently much happier!)
This website is listed not for an endorsement of such ideology, but an examination of it.
Due to an anti-semetic rant on the film industry on this website, no direct link may be provided. (See Angelfire/Lycos restrictions at the top of this page.) Expect explict photographs and harsh commentary on this site. No punches whatsoever are pulled.
http://www.povn.com/bherder/index.html NOTICE: This website, like its writer, appears to have vanished. You can read the website via the "Wayback Machine" at Archive.org.
Woodstock Nation Yippie! Yipster Nation See Youth International Party
Youth International Party (Free Nation, Woodstock Nation, Yippie!, Yipster Nation)
(Flag from Flags of the World)
The Youth International Party (Y.I.P., also known as "Yip" or "Yippie!") was founded in the mid-1960's as an ad-hoc radical movement, promoting a curious mixture of Marxism and Anarchism. Critics and old-school leftists cited the group's penchant for political pranks and street theatre, however, and often dismissed them as "Groucho Marxists" (When asked to present their political agenda, they would hand out blank sheets of paper). The movement's founders (the term "leaders" seems rather irrevelant) were Abbott Howard "Abbie" Hoffman [1936-1989], Jerry Rubin [1938-1994] and Paul Krassner [b.1932].
The "Yippies" (also known as "Yipsters") promoted the concept of themselves being "citizens" of a seperate nation, alternatively called "Free Nation", "Woodstock Nation", and/or "Yipster Nation". Hoffman wrote what he discribed as a "handbook of survival and warfare" for the new nation's citizenry entitled Steal This Book (Many people did just that!). The book touched many things appropriate with that period in time, such as getting various items and services cheap or for free [legally and otherwise], tips on political action [organization, promotion, demonstrations, communication], how to organize a food co-op, etc. In the book, Hoffman encouraged his fellow Yippies to register themselves as resident aliens with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. (In the chapter entitled "Monkey Warfare": "Then when they ask you to 'Love it or leave it', tell them you already left!").
(While Hoffman enjoyed the media attention the book gave him, he later commented, "It's embarrassing when you try to overthrow the government and you wind up on the Best Seller's List.")
Hoffman later wrote something along the lines of a sequel with Woodstock Nation: A Talk-Rock Album, detailing mostly with his experiences at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Jerry Rubin echoed Hoffman's sentiments in his books Do It!: Scenarios of the Revolution and We Are Everywhere (the latter was based on notes written in prison and smuggled out by his lawyer). He later recanted much of his revolutionary rhetoric in his book Growing (Up) At 37 and devoted much of his effort in the business world.
Of the books mentioned, only Steal This Book is still in print.
The Y.I.P. fell apart in the 1980's, and both Hoffman and Rubin met untimely ends (Hoffman, emerging after living under an alias to avoid a drug conviction and battling manic depression for many years, took his own life by a prescription drug overdose. Rubin was struck by a car while jaywalking and later died from his injuries). But there are those who still seek to keep the spark of rebellion alive.
Paul Krassner, who named the organization and coined the term "Yippie", as well as the publisher of The Realist [Magazine: 1957-1974, Newsletter: 1985-2001], is still active as an author and political satirist (His books and CD are available on his website). In 2004 he received the ACLU Upton Sinclair Award for dedication to freedom of expression.
Below are some good starting points:
Stew Albert's Yippie Reading Room The Digger Archives (and Virtual Free Store) The Abbie Hoffman Brigade The Abbie Hoffman Webpage Aron "Pieman" Kay's Personal Website (Includes a booklist and download page.)
"Steal This Wiki" (A Wiki-based continuation of "Steal This Book". The original wiki was shut down in 2007, but a new, revived version is now up and running. It can be routed from "stealthis.wiki".)
TAP/YIPL Archives A Tribute To Abbie (Hoffman) "Yippie - The Story of the Youth International Party" (Short Documentary)
Yippie! Speakers Bureau
As described on the website, this is "is a newly reformed State through exercising our right of self-determination". The current leader is Keith Livingway, who owns a 1.4 acre parcel of land in Todds Point, Kentucky, that he claims is sovereign territory. While he claims it to be a "recognized Independent State by the US Department of State and other courts in the United States of America", no such documentation appears on the website.