In April 1982, the USA government set up roadblocks at the northern end of the Florida Keys. This bothered the residents of the Keys (US citizens) who had to show proof of citizenship to enter mainland Florida. So they seceded from the USA and established the Conch Republic with Key West as it’s capital. After seceding, they surrendered to the US Navy and asked for 1 billion dollars in War Relief. The US government hasn’t responded yet, but the Conch Republic celebrates its independence every year in April, issues its own passports, and has its own coins.
The Conch Republic has as its stated Foreign Policy,"The Mitigation of World Tension through the Exercise of Humor". As the world's first "Fifth World" country, we exist as a "State of Mind", and aspire only to bring more Warmth, Humor and Respect to a planet we find in sore need of all three. Sir Peter Anderson, Secretary General of the Conch Republic