April 23, 2008 Revolution Hall, Troy, New York
Moonalice poster by Ron Donovan
According to Moonalice legend, the city of Troy, New York has long been a bastion of progressive tribal activity. According to Wikipedia, Moonalice tribe members in Troy showed great leadership during Prohibition, becoming a “way station” for the illegal alcohol going to New York City from Canada. Thanks to this infrastructure, Troy was able to diversify, complimenting its speakeasies with brothels to serve western New England. Wikipedia is silent about Troy’s hemp trade in those days, but it’s worth noting that Troy’s high profile ended with World War II, the same time that hemp prohibition took hold in the United States. Coincidence? We think not.
Today is the 26th anniversary of the Conch Republic, an outpost of the Moonalice tribe in the southeast. The Republic is the town formerly known as Key West. The town seceded from the US in 1982 to protest Border Patrol roadblocks – searching for drugs and illegal immigrants – which “greatly inconvenienced” residents. The Conchs declared war, surrendered a minute later, and immediately applied for $1 billion in foreign aid.
In September, 1995, a Public Affairs battalion of the US Army Reserve staged an exercise in the Conch Republic . . . the mission was to capture a foreign island. The Army sent PR guys to invade an island? That sounds serious. It was only an exercise, so the Army forgot to tell the Conchs, who thought they were under attack. Armed with fire boat water cannons and stale Cuban bread, the Conchs defended themselves before counterattacking at Fort Jefferson. The counterattack didn’t work out, but the Republic lives on.
|City, State:||Troy, New York|
|Date:||April 23, 2008|
|Dimensions:||12.75 in. x 17.25 in.|