Nine Years of SVR


October 11, 2003 – SVR holds first statewide meeting at Bread & Puppet Theater in Glover, VT.

June 19, 2004 – Parade in downtown Montpelier with Bread & Puppet followed by State House rally attended by 350 people.  Vermont declares independence.

November 5-7, 2004 – SVR and the Fourth World sponsor an international conference on “After the Fall of America, Then What?”  The Middlebury Institute is launched.

January 15, 2005 – SVR celebrates Vermont Independence Day at the Langdon Street Café in Montpelier.

March 4, 2005 – SVR holds a memorial service to commemorate the day in 1791 when Vermont joined the Union.

April 22, 2005 – Award-winning journal Vermont Commons is launched.

April 2005- Vermont Legislature adopts resolution naming January as Vermont History and Independence month.

June 3-5, 2005 – SVR officially represented at the fifteenth national Congress of the Parti Québécois in Quebec City.

October 28, 2005 – SVR holds first statewide convention on secession in the U.S. since 1861.  The event takes place in the House Chamber of the State House and is attended by 300 people.

April 27, 2006 – SVR holds Legislative briefing in State House.

August 2006 – SVR transitions into a think tank and citizens’ network.

November 3-5, 2006 – Middlebury Institute holds First North American Secessionist Convention in Burlington, VT.  The convention attracts delegates from 16 secessionist organizations in 18 states.

April 12, 2007 – UVM Center for Rural Studies releases results of its annual “Vermonter Poll” showing that thirteen percent of eligible voters in Vermont support secession, up from eight percent a year earlier.

June 3, 2007 – Associated Press releases a piece entitled “In Vermont, Nascent Secession Movement Gains Traction.”  Article is run worldwide by hundreds of newspapers, websites, radio stations, and TV stations.

June 4-5, 2007 – SVR founder Thomas H. Naylor is interviewed by Fox News three separate times including The O’Reilly Factor.

October 3-4, 2007 – Second North American Secessionist Convention takes place in Chattanooga, TN.  Representatives from thirty states attend.  It too receives  worldwide media attention.

November 7, 2008 – Second Statewide Convention on Vermont Independence in the House Chamber of the State House in Montpelier.

November 14-16, 2008 – Third North American Secession Convention in Manchester, NH.

May 22, 2009 – Dennis Steele launches Radio Free Vermont, a Vermont based music Internet station.

October 6, 2009 – SVR issues Scott Nearing 50 clover silver token.

January 15, 2010 – Ten secessionists announce their candidacy for the November 2nd election including candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor, seven Senate seats, and one House seat.

January 10, 2011 – SVR named one of the “Top 10 Aspiring Nations” in the world by Time magazine.

November 4, 2011 – Thomas H. Naylor participates in a debate at the Yale University Political Union on “Dissolution of the Union.”  Forty-five percent of the participants voted to dissolve the Union.

May 18, 2012 – Vermont Commons COOP launched.

September 14, 2012 – Third Statewide Convention on Vermont Self-Determination in the House Chamber of the State House in Montpelier.  “Montpelier Manifesto” is read.


StateTimes-Argus, Rutland Herald, Burlington Free Press, Seven Days, Brattleboro Reformer, Vermont Life, Vermont Magazine, Channel 3 News, Channel 5 News, Vermont Public Television, VPR.

NationalThe New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, The New Yorker, Utne, Ode, American Conservative, Orion, Chronicles, Boston Globe,, Good, CounterPunch,, Huffington Post,  The Nation, Fox News, NPR, NECN, CNN, and dozens of radio stations worldwide.

InternationalLe Devoir (Canada), Montreal Gazette, Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin), La Van Guardia (Spain), El Mundo (Spain), Le Courrier (Switzerland), CBC Radio (Canada), Radio Canada, BBC Radio (UK), TV GLOBO (Brazil), and Russia Today.


VERMONT COMMONS – Award-Winning Multimedia News Journal

RADIO FREE VERMONTVermont Based Music Internet Station

MIDDLEBURY INSTITUTE – National and International Outreach

VERMONT COMMONS COOP – Grass Roots News Organization