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|Welcome to Independent Long Island (ILI),
also known as The Empress
Long Island is an island in the southeast area of New York. It has an area of 1,377 square miles (3,567 sq km), and a population of 7,559,372 as of July 1, 2006, making it the largest island in the 48 contiguous U.S. states, and the most populated in any U.S. state or territory. Long Island is the 17th most populous island in the world, ahead of Ireland, Sicily, and Jamaica, and with a far smaller area than any of these islands.
Rental property owned by the Imperium of DeWaCo Estates, which while vacant will
serve as a non-staffed Executive Embassy Office for Independent Long Island (ILI)
True to its name, the island is much longer than it is wide, jutting out some 118 miles (190 km) from New York Harbor, with only from 12 to 20 miles (32 km) between the southern Atlantic coast and Long Island Sound. The westernmost end of Long Island contains the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn (Kings County) and Queens (Queens County), and the central and eastern portions contain Nassau and Suffolk counties. However, colloquial usage of the term "Long Island" or "the Island" refers only to the suburban Nassau and Suffolk counties; the more urban Brooklyn and Queens are not always thought of as being part of Long Island, as they are politically part of New York City, though geographically they are on the island.
The Native American name for Long Island is Paumanok, meaning "Land of Tribute". This was due to the fact that more warlike tribes in the areas surrounding the island forced the relatively peaceful Long Islanders to give tributes and payment in order to avoid attacks.
Things haven't changed much since the days of Columbus. The area surrounding the island is still full of more belligerent tribes, who still demand tribute from Long Islanders! The tribe of Manhattan demands peaceful Long Islanders of Brooklyn and Queens tribute, and for no real benefits in return. The tribes of New York State also make heavy demands for tribute, and to all Long Islanders. Then there is the tribe next to the Potomac River, which demands even higher tribute from peaceful Long Islanders of Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk.
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Special thanks also to the people of History and A&E Television Networks.
Our lives would be a lot more meaningless without you!
Making matters even worse, the evil tribe next to the Potomac River, and its affiliated tribes, have only demanded tribute for making wars on a global scale, but when the peaceful tribes of Long Island need to use a Top-Level Domain (TLD) to distinguish themselves from the belligerent tribes that surround them, always up to no good, they are still forced to pay tribute to the tribes of the Principality of Liechtenstein, with whom Long Islanders never even smoked a peace pipe!
What is an Independent Long Islander or Ilier?
Some people in America identify themselves from where they come from. If their parents or grandparents came from Poland, they call themselves Polish-Americans.
Some people in America identify themselves from where they are. If their ancestry is so complicated you need to several races and/or ethnic groups, and several percentages, they call themselves American.
A few people in America identify themselves not from where they came from, or from where they are, but from where they are going. If they feel their ancestors didn't give them any special advantage, whether those ancestors were Polish, or American, and also feel the American, capitalistic, imperialistic, and militaristic culture is alien to them, they may call themselves Independent Long Islanders or Iliers.
Conservatives. The second kind of Americans are called Progressive. The third kind are neither American in a "United States of America" sense, nor Conservative, nor Progressive. The third kind are called Original.
Independent Long Islanders don't live in the past or in the present, but are living in the future. You can choose to ignore the social, economic, and environmental problems of today, the very same problems which one day may prevent you and your children from having a future, and every choice you make will make you pretty much like everybody else, either a hyphenated American or an American. However, you can also choose to study the problems you don't understand so you can find real solutions, and/or immediately work on the problems if you have already found real solutions.
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