SF/F blog io9 has a post up on various movements for seccession from the United States, and surprise, Vermont’s right up at the top of the list:
Second Vermont Republic: Several US states have active secession movements: Hawaii, Montana, and Texas (as Rick Perry has reminded us), just to name a few. But the Second Vermont Republic considers itself “perhaps the foremost active secessionist organization in the country” (according to Slate) and was on Time magazine’s list of “Top 10 Aspiring Nations.” This “nonviolent citizens’ network and think tank” seeks not only to secede from the United States, but also to support the dissolution of “meganations” like the US, Russia, and China. Looking to create an independent nation modeled on countries like Austria, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland, the Second Vermont Republic is anti-war and subscribes to principles like political power sharing, economic solidarity, and sustainability. In 2005, the group held an independence convention in Montpelier, which was reported as the first such convention since North Carolina’s secession in 1861. During that convention, the SVR passed the following resolution, “Be it resolved that the state of Vermont peacefully and democratically free itself from the United States of America and return to its natural status as an independent republic as it was between January 15, 1777 and March 4, 1791.” In 2010, nine Vermonters ran for state political office — including for governor and lieutenant governor — on a secessionist platform. The gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial candidates, however, received only 0.8 percent and 4.7 percent of the vote respectively.
Read about the other nine here.