Pine Tree Journal, Volume I, Issue #1 - November, 2003Page 1
As you can see, Cy-bertech is still aliveand kicking, albeit un-der a new name. Afteralmost fourteen yearsof publishing thenewsletter, I decided itwas time for a newname and a somewhatnew look. Welcome tothe premiere issue of The Pine Tree Journal,the New England-based and focusedperiodical of self-reliance and prepared-ness. For the purposeof this periodical, the"New England" region is considered to be the statesof Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts,Rhode Island, Connecticut, and the "upstate" regionof New York State. The PTJ hopes to bring a differ-ent approach to survivalism focusing on a region of the United States that has not received the appropri-ate attention in survivalist circles. Most prepared-ness periodicals are from out West, and generallyfocus on that region. Internet newsgroup discus-sions abound with the incorrect assumption that theNortheast is not suitable for individuals who wish topractice a self-reliant lifestyle. We self-reliance hob-byists who live up here (and there are more than afew of us) have a good laugh over that. The truth isthat any area has its share of advantages and disad-vantages, and New England is no different in thisregard.The Free State Project <http:// www.freestateproject.org/>, a group whose focus isto recruit 20,000 people to move to a more favorablestate in order to work within the system to preservecivil liberties, determined a number of these factors.In the early stage of this project, ten states werepicked based on their suitability for relocation. Thecriteria included an existing pro-freedom and self-reliance attitude in the state, small population, mini-mal government, economic potential, friendliness to-wards small business, and minimal dependence onFederal Government aid. This would be a similarcriterion that a self-reliance hobbyist would be inter-ested in. Of the ten states picked, three were fromNew England. They were New Hampshire, Maine,and Vermont. New Hampshire was tied for first placein suitability with Wyoming, one of the westerncandidates. When the FSP sent out ballots for mem-bers to choose the winning state, New Hampshirewon over the states of Alaska, Delaware, Idaho,Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, andWyoming. Clearly, certain areas of New Englandcompare favorably to the western survivalisthavens. The New England area was the home of numerous Native American tribes before the massarrival of the European settlers in the 17th Century.It is thought by some that the Vikings first came herein the 11th Century. They found the area hospitableenough to live in, as did the European immigrants(with a little help from the natives). Obviously, NewEngland was considered a good place to live, as they
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- General John Stark, 1728-1822
The editor during a hikingtrip at Black Rock State Park in Connecticut.