The Smithsonian Magazine has an interesting article on a couple of states that nobody recognizes as such – except the few people living there.
«The MRE’s declaration of independence (penned by founding father Jeff Holt in his bathtub) hangs in the Boatyard Bar and Grill. Displayed on another wall is the official coat of arms, depicting a boat flanked by Labrador retrievers. Eastport’s self-imposed isolation echoes in its motto, “We like it this way”; the line between the words “it” and “this” represents Spa Creek.»
More often than not, economic reasons (e.g. marketing in order to boost tourism) seem to lie at the center of secession – however, the article fails to mention two intriguing examples of political significance: The Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands as well as the weirdest of all microstates: Transnistria.