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Dean Camen: North Dumpling Island, N.Y.

North Dumpling Island is the island home of Dean Camen, the inventor of the Segway. After a debate with the state over a wind turbine, Camen decided to secede from the United States. Of his decision, Camen said, “With one little house on the island, they decided it was residentially zoned. They said, ‘You can’t build any structure or any home more than 40 foot tall without a variance.’ And I need a 100-foot tower.” He calls himself “Lord Dumpling” when in residence. He also gave the island its own currency and maintains a single-vessel navy, though he signed a “nonaggression” pact with George H.W. Bush. Camen even built a replica of Stonehenge on the island—no private island nation is complete without one of those.

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