Author: Gisela Martinez
Executive Summary – Contrary to what most people are aware of a part of a state can secede to form their own state. Maine separated from Mass. in 1820. West Virginia left Virginia during the civil war. Now Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York wish to leave New York. New York is a crime-ridden state. They have an extraordinary amount of people working for government and otherwise being supported by governments. Their education system is in shambles. They are anti-gun. They are of course greatly in favor of raising taxes as much as they can get away with. Nassau and Suffolk country are full of business owners and high-income professional people who have had enough and want to quit.
Details – The residents of these two counties pay $3,000,000,000 more in taxes than what they receive back. The law calls for the approval of the state legislature for the counties to secede. The counties know the state will bleed them into bankruptcy in an attempt to appease their voters who want free handouts. The two counties are talking of seceding any way, without the permission of the state legislature. They admit this is a revolution. Good for them.
Discussion – It appears that the honest hard working people have had it with politicians buying votes with handouts. Handouts are welfare, government projects, government jobs and government contracts. So not only are the states sick and tired of the fed, communities inside of a state are sick and tired of it too. The straw that broke the camels back has been reached.
When the US started, the requirement for voting was that one had to own property so worthless politicians would not ruin the country by taking the wealth from the rich and giving to the poor in return for votes. Worthless politicians would rather destroy the nation and get reelected than save the country and not be able to buy enough votes to win by providing handouts. The further from the constitution the nation gets, the worse it is. The high tax jurisdictions are generally the ones that are anti-gun. They know that eventually the people will put their foot down and say no to ever increasing taxes. They would much rather the people are unarmed when this point arrives. Someone should tell Nassau and Suffolk to secede from the Union, not just New York. This would remove any jurisdictional issues the State of New York will try to impose on their golden goose counties.
A good question is what will the people in these high tax states do when they get hit with secession. Everyone can’t work for the government or otherwise be supported by the government. Someone is going to have to take a chance and start a business. Problem is their socialist laws pertaining to business ownership drive businesses away combined with all their high taxes. So what are these people going to do? Well the answer is eventually give up on a big government and go to work or else starve, unless they can keep finding enough suckers to support them through high taxes and irresponsible political leaders.
A President like Obama is the perfect President for secession. He is weak, has little popular support, he is inexperienced, scared, confused and facing many problems regarding his own qualifications to be President. He is the President one wants for secession. He might not be President for much longer so hopefully the road to secession is short and used by many states while this window of opportunity is available. Can you imagine Obama waging war on the states like Lincoln did? Imagine the blowback from that. See what I mean. Obama is actually a good for something president – secession.
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A study entitled “Freedom In the 50 States: An Index of Personal And Economic Freedom”, published by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University, set out to answer which states give their citizens the most leeway, and which have them on the tightest leash.
The study is the first-ever comprehensive ranking of American states on public policies affecting individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. To create this ranking, William P. Ruger and Jason ReSorens outlined three categories of freedoms: fiscal policy (which covers spending and taxation), regulatory policy (issues such as labour regulations and health insurance), and paternalism (which includes gambling and alcohol regulations).
After taking everything into account, the study names primarily “red” states as the nation’s freest, with New Hampshire, Colorado, South Dakota topping the list.
On the other side of the spectrum, it was traditionally Democratic states that earned the title of “least free” according to the study. Rhode Island, New Jersey, and New York came in at 48th, 49th, and 50th place respectively.
So Independent Long Islanders have good reason to name a Long Island-less New York State as “The Emperor State”. There is, in fact, no state of the union that is more restrictive to one’s life, liberty, and justly acquired property than New York State!
According to the authors of the study, while conservative states do perform better than liberal ones, it is moderately conservative states which are in fact the freest.
Now Independent Long Island (ILI) has a nickname!
New York State’s nickname is the fairly well-known “The Empire State”. For reasons of symbolism, I had also associated New York State with the Tarot Emperor card.
Well, I managed today to put two and two together, and so now Independent Long Island shall also be known as The Empress State εν. Afterall, Independent Long Island has been associated with the Tarot Empress card almost from the beginning, so the nickname is more than natural!
Independent Long Island’s nickname has received a Enterprise Name 005804 from Corporations Independent Long Island (CILI), and the URL…
…also redirects to ILI’s web site.
The bulldozers are rolling, and the activity is frenetic. A new city, and entirely new jurisdiction is under construction at this very moment!
Of course, this is not at all what is happening in my backyard, and actually it is quite a tranquil Sunday afternoon. Yet the metaphor I used previously is entirely realistic.
Article 3 of the Montevideo Convention is great in terms of state rights, but unfortunately it is a fact that all the land on the island of Long Island is controlled either by New York City or New York State. This leaves the Government of Independent Long Island (ILI), a junior or developing Fourth World nation, not only without an actual physical jurisdiction, but also without any financial support.
In order to begin to develop a physical jurisdiction, or something as close to one we can envision, we formed Independent Long Island’s first municipal corporation: Jamaica Square!
It was officially launched just minutes ago, at 6:40 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), on 26 April 2009, after being officially registered in the Micronational Professional Registry (MPR) as a ‘City’, and after writing this, it will also be registered with Corporations Independent Long Island (CILI), not as Independent Long Island’s first registered corporation (we have a few of those, even a Gibraltar-based one), but as its first municipal corporation ever!
We are still working feverishly as I speak, so please forgive us if the website is not quite perfect yet, because it, like the city of Jamaica Square, Independent Long Island itself, is still under construction, and I don’t just mean web construction. We are pretty quick with that! I mean living, populated, supported, web construction.
You can visit the new municipality’s website at:
In a few days we should also have the http://jmsq.ili domain up and running in the Cesidian Root, and it won’t be the first .ILI domain, but it will be the first completely native Cesidian Root domain (not a domain redirect).
Do you speak Brooklynese?
Bird = Boid
Bronx = Braunx
Coffee = Cawfee
Long = Laung
Oh My God = Oh My Gawd
Slippers = Slippiz
I’ll talk to you in an hour = I’ll tawk to you in an howa
King’s Plaza = King’s Plee-AZZ-a
With you = Witcha
I didn’t do it = I di-int do it
Staten Island = Stah-in-eyelind
What are you going to do about it? = Whadaya gunna do aboudit?
Well, maybe not! But that doesn’t mean you can’t move to Brooklyn, the capital of Independent Long Island!
As the Governor of Independent Long Island, I’m only happy to help you move into Brooklyn, at least vicariously!
I’m happy to announce a new service: Brooklyn Mail!
It’s the greatest thing since the Pony Express!!
With the Brooklyn Mail service you can establish a webmail address @ BklynMail.com
All services powered by Windows Live™, by the way!
So go ahead, and get yourself a nice webmail address at…
HMRD Cesidio Tallini
According to Independent Long Island‘s Historian James Alcock (he is also our High Commissioner to Canada), when the British Parliament passed the Statute of Westminster in 1931, which elevated Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland from colonies to autonomous dominions within the British Commonwealth (not fully independent because their people were still British Subjects), it also gave them the right to secede from the British Commonwealth. They could just declare their independence and leave! They all had the right, but none chose to exercise it at that time. In fact, they all willingly fought on Britain’s side during World War II.
In 1948, Burma seceded after becoming independent, and Ireland seceded in 1949, just before the creation of the Commonwealth of Nations. So the legal right already present in the Statute of Westminster of 1931, was exercised a bit later on. The London Declaration of 1949, which set up the Commonwealth of Nations, recognised the member countries as fully independent, so they had the right to leave the Commonwealth at any time because they were free and independent nations. They could even leave and return. South Africa, Fiji and Pakistan left and rejoined later.
It is interesting to note that the right to secede from the old British Empire was granted in 1931 to the autonomous parts, a full 18 years before the modern Commonwealth of Nations was created in order to accept a fully independent Indian Republic.
Since Texas Governor Rick Perry made some controversial remarks about secession on Tax Day, Americans have been asking themselves from whether secession is Anti-American, to whether it is illegal.
Perhaps secession is Anti-American, but it is certainly not Anti-British.
Perhaps secession is genuinely illegal in America, but it has been quite legal in the former British Empire since the British Parliament passed the Statute of Westminster in 1931, and in fact it was legal for British ‘dominions’ to secede, but it may not be legal for American ‘States’.
Put in another way, Thomas Jefferson was definitely a cool guy, but there is nothing cool about America. If Thomas Jefferson came back today, he would be ashamed of what his America has become!
It wasn’t always cool to be British, on the other hand, but it is definitely as cool as Thomas Jefferson since at least 1931.
In fact, it is the British Commonwealth which has lived up to the Jeffersonian ideals, while America got stuck with plutocrats, Alexander Hamilton’s central bank, and imperial overstretched government, from which secession is either illegal, or next to impossible.
America: land of the unfree, home of the knave!
In the beginning, the Kingdom of Pictland was a kingdom in exile, yet it was a powerful Fourth World nation nonetheless, with a history going back in time as far back as 3 March 1812, when the kingdom was proclaimed a Sovereign nation in exile in a Decretum Regius by His Majesty King George III, Hereditary High King of the Northern Picts.
When TTF-Bucksfan, a largely virtual Fifth World nation which is still thriving, was recognised by HM King Derile Pentland II in a Treaty of Recognition between the two kingdoms in January 2002, it was an unprecedented leap in a diplomatic sense, especially for the small TTF-Bucksfan. Since then, both kingdoms have come a long way.
TTF-Bucksfan lead to the now dissolved Fifth World Council organisation, which in turn lead to the powerful Cesidian Root (a bicontinental alternative Internet), to the Independent Long Island (ILI) and United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) Fourth and Fifth World phenomena, as well as to an active university and other kinds of institutions.
The Kingdom of Pictland, on the other hand, is no longer a kingdom in exile since they have joined with their brothers, the sovereign tribe of the HeHL in southeast Alaska. The Pictish HeHL have declared HM Derile Pentland II as their king. The Kingdom of Pictland has re-established itself among its peoples as a Sovereign nation with territories once again. The kingdom is also a member of the Micronational Professional Registry (MPR), a premier serious unrecognised government organisation (SUGO), has its own working .PIC top-level domain (TLD) in the Cesidian Root, numbers some 1200-plus cultural creations (Pictish culture is quite complex and unique), and over 1,000,000 active citizens on several continents.
On 1 April 2009, the Kingdom of Pictland registered with Corporations Independent Long Island (CILI), and is now thus recognised by both the goverments of Independent Long Island and the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago.
Independent Long Island is recognised by the following Fifth World nations: TTF-Bucksfan, the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago, the Duchy of Bohemia, and the Imperium of DeWaCo Estates. Independent Long Island is now also recognised by a Fourth World nation, the Kingdom of Pictland.
If your nation wishes to recognise Independent Long Island (ILI), and this is especially desirable if it is a Fourth World nation, we invite you to register with Corporations Independent Long Island (CILI). CILI has so far registered several nations, and even incorporated the independent and Gibraltar-based Chartered Institute of Global Business Professionals.
Independent Long Island (ILI) has also received indirect recognition from an international organisation of states registered with the Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York, since its overseas territory, the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA), was recognised by the International States Parliament for Safety and Peace (ISPSP).