Independence Day was 26 December 1979. Jimmy Carter was U.S. President,
and under his leadership the USA was to suffer yet another foreign relations
crisis. Distracted by the hostage crisis in Iran, Carter's State Department
failed to notice the secession of a small but vital part of the State of
Wisconsin. In a turn-of-the-century Tudor house on a tree-lined street near the
campus of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the independent Kingdom of Talossa had been born.
On that day after Christmas, the nation's founder Robert Ben Madison declared his
second-floor bedroom to be an independent, sovereign country. Ben named his
creation "The Kingdom of Talossa," from the Finnish word talossa, which means
"inside the house." At 1900 hours, Madison placed a "Romanian train conductor's
hat" (in reality, an antique Milwaukee fire department dress hat acquired for
$3.00) on his head, and gave his first Speech to the Nation. At that moment,
the founder was transformed into His Royal Majesty, King Robert I of the
Kingdom of Talossa. The history of our country had begun.
From that moment forward, many have rallied to the Green and Red flag
of Talossa. Early founding fathers include Gary Cone, Ian Metáiria, Danihel Laurieir,
John Eiffler, Bob Murphy, Harry Wozniak, Dawn Scher, and Josh Macht.
Jennifer Madison, the King's sister, bravely played a small but vital part
in an early incident in Talossan history, known as the Cone Wars. We
acknowledge the many contributions these founders made to the early history
of our country.
In 1981, el glheþ Talossan (the Talossan Tongue) officially became
the Language of the Kingdom. The next year saw the expansion of Talossa to
include the grass, trees, and dirt of the city east of the Milwaukee river.
Talossa was growing, and the U.S. government did not object. As the Founder's
History Ár Päts: A Cheap History Of Talossa puts it,
"the secession of the Confederacy after 1860 was met with force of arms; [however] the secession and expansion of Talossa has been ignored."
A more in-depth history of our Kingdom will be printed here soon.
In the meantime, for more information, visit the following links: