"Mr. Tallini has designed a national flag: a depiction of Long Island with its fishtail-like East End split into two forks, surrounded by four stars for the two counties and two boroughs.
He uses the logo on merchandise he sells from his Web site (Independent Long Island
), on banners and mugs and T-shirts. And he has even formulated his own currency, calendar and religion.
What he has not done is gather a single signature on a petition, gained the support of a politician, or even draft a referendum seeking voter approval.
But he says he has laid the most important foundation: He has formed the new country in cyberspace.
He has procured a top-level domain name, .ILI, instead of the traditional dot-com or dot-org suffix; the domain root .LI was already taken by Lichtenstein. For now, he uses the more accessible .com domain name. He envisions an Internet explosion that would provide a major economic engine for the new country."