I started /r/newcountryproject a while back. Looks like this was the first post: https://www.reddit.com/r/newcountryproject/comments/3oawmw/where_to_look/
I knew it was a crazy idea then. Had it for a couple months on Reddit and I finally found Voat. This subverse very quickly outgrew the subreddit. Even with the subreddit being around longer, having a great /r/anarcho_capitalism community, the subverse did quite well. And my crappy Gimp ad brought us to a hundred users being up for only two days. Pretty happy about that.
Now here we are, supposedly 1.4 years later. 202 subscribers. This is the sort of thing a five year old might get on board with, but rarely can you have actual conversations with adults about it. Through New Country Project I've met some really great people. Over the years I've learned that the people you think are your best friends sometimes aren't. And then sometimes you meet people who turn out to be the best and you had no idea at all. While there have been a lot of people who have contributed here, by far @coopzy has been incredible both for bringing the project along and as a friend. I really can't thank him enough for what he's done.
I've had a pretty crazy last while. Back in August of 2016 I left my job to pursue a better life. Finally, I have that and it's been quite the road to it. I've made a lot mistakes but also a few things I'm pretty proud of.
I started New Country Project largely because no one else had. I mean, some people have had similar stabs and variants. But I hadn't seen anything all that serious and current. I'm not any decent leader. Honestly, I'm kind of crazy in a lot of ways. I'm not that great with people. I'm not a good survivalist. I'm not rich. I'm not very tough. I'm really just idealistic and can be pretty persistent. I'm woefully under qualified. Although around here I feel far more respect than I deserve. I am grateful for that.
There's a post a while back about when I left the project. In a lot of ways I made a mistake. I did bite off more than I could chew but I've had this common theme in my life of pursuing my ideals until I'm unhappy pursuing them. It was also at quite a serious point for me being right near the election. If Hillary got in I would have felt the US had lost all hope and really pushed for this quite a bit more. In my hands I felt like I had two choices. I could live a happy life or I could pursue my ideals, possibly risk those close to me, myself, and at a minimum make those people worry about me unduly. But ultimately it came down to this common trend of short changing myself for what I feel happiest doing.
Not long after, one of the two options in my hand disappeared. Ultimately, for the best. And from that I have often felt that I made a mistake. But I find yet again that life is unfortunately grey. I think in ways I was right and I was wrong. And even now, having learned quite a bit, I still haven't struck any sort of balance. I still don't know how to do what's best.
And you may find the post's contents have been deleted. That was a request that I honored. Though I think I did archive it first.
Right before the election I bought ten acres out in West Texas, expecting the worst and wanting to be prepared in some way. I've been out at the property for a little bit. It has a run down trailer full of mouse poop. The nearest town is nearly just a truck stop. You can hear the big rigs and the coyotes at night. It's interesting. Being out there working in the sun I am ever reminded at how important community is. Maybe the lone wolf strategy works for some but I find it quite difficult to do successfully, at least in many areas.
I'm incredibly happy with how far we've come. There's been a lot of great discussion and research here. But above all, I think this subverse has attracted some of Voat's finest. Some who don't know Voat might laugh at that, but to me I strongly feel this is a special online community. I'm grateful for your involvement, comments, advice, and random links of all sorts. I don't know what the future holds. I don't think I could ever completely lose interest in this. It's just too enticing. And truly, the synopsis is that there's no good path to starting a country. They are all horrible and you have to pick your poison.
But among friends, perhaps poison isn't really poison. Maybe we will die together couped up on a hill in a shootout with the FBI. Or perhaps this is just a thought experiment. Or maybe some day, somehow, Ancapistan will reign and unreign true.
So I give you no conclusions, not much progress, and nothing very formal at all. Just a thank you.