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Alaska (Aleut: Alax̂sxax̂; Inupiaq: Alaskaq; Russian: Аляска, translit. Alyaska) is a U.S. state located in the northwest extremity of North America. The Canadian administrative divisions of British Columbia and Yukon border the state to the east, its most extreme western part is Attu Island, and it has a maritime border with Russia (Chukotka Autonomous Okrug) to the west across the Bering Strait. To the north are the Chukchi and Beaufort seas—the southern parts of the Arctic Ocean. The Pacific Ocean lies to the south and southwest. It is the largest state in the United States by area and the seventh largest subnational division in the world. In addition, it is the 3rd least populous and the most sparsely populated of the 50 United States; nevertheless, it is by far the most populous territory located mostly north of the 60th parallel in North America, its population (the total estimated at 738,432 by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015) more than quadrupling the combined populations of Northern Canada and Greenland. Approximately half of Alaska's residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska's economy is dominated by the fishing, natural gas and oil industries, resources which it has in abundance. Military bases and tourism are also a significant part of the economy.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 64° N — Longitude: 150° W

Area: 1,717,856 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: US-AK

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Alaska Libertarian Party, Anchorage

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Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Alaska | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 5, fiscal policy rank: 11, regulatory policy rank: 18, personal freedom rank: 7, economic freedom rank: 10
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 100


Affiliate News: Alaska, Libertarian Party News, Aug 1999
Just say no: That's the message Alaska Libertarians are sending about an initiative to curb dividend earnings. ... On September 14, Alaskans will vote on a politician-backed initiative to 'raid the Permanent Fund.' The fund -- financed by massive oil tax revenues -- doles out money to the state government and pays an annual 'dividend' to every Alaska resident.
ANWR and Private Property, by William L. Anderson, Mises Daily, 22 Apr 2002
Most of Alaska has been in the federal government's hands since 1867, when U.S. Secretary of State William Seward 'purchased' Alaska from Russia. At the time, the sale was derided as 'Seward's Icebox" and 'Seward's Folly,' but it also most likely was unconstitutional, since Seward did not do it at the direction of Congress.
Every Man's Land: Who really owns ANWR?, by Kerry Howley,, 21 Nov 2005
ANWR itself, if only a symbol, is ... indicative of an irresolvable tension over publicly held land, uselessly locked away and yet uniquely vulnerable to special interests. ... an ANWR owned by everybody is just a question mark waiting for the next administration that needs to prove it's serious about something.
A Libertarian Odyssey, by Ken Schoolland
Part of Walter Block's autobiography series; reprinted in Walter Block's I Chose Liberty (2010), chapter 66
All of my friends and mentors thought I was crazy to leave the "center of action" and move to Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka ... Alaska is paradise for a libertarian soul. I was the whole Business and Economics Department at this tiny two-year college that mostly catered to Native Alaskans. The wilderness is spectacular and the pioneering folk are even better. I took up flying and theater as hobbies. Many of the plays had libertarian themes: i.e. Rand's Night of January the 16th and Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. Nat Mandel, Kristen Kappel, and I even started our own theater company, the Sitka Summer Players.
Online NewsHour: Libertarian Party History, 5 Jul 2000
History from 1971 through 1999; special coverage for the year 2000 elections
1978: ... Dick Randolph of Alaska becomes the first elected Libertarian state legislator ... 1980: ... Dick Randolph is reelected to Alaska state legislature; Ken Fanning elected to first term ... 1982: ... Alaska gubernatorial candidate Dick Randolph receives 15 percent ... 1984: ... Andre Marrou becomes the third Libertarian elected to the Alaska legislature ... 1987: ... Seattle convention nominates Ron Paul for president, Andre Marrou for vice president ... 1991: ... Chicago nominating convention names Andre Marrou and Nancy Lord as presidential/vice presidential ticket.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Alaska" as of 16 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.