Vance, Texas used to be the county seat of Real County, but sometime in the past, the folks in Leakey stole the county records there and proclaimed themselves the county seat. Today Vance, Texas is home to a small Baptist church with less than 20 attendees worshipping two Sundays a month. Adjacent to the church is a well-populated cemetery, carefully maintained, with a history that goes back over 100 years. One gravestone reads, “Unknown Mexican.” I live 10 miles from Vance at the end of the road. A friend in the area refers to us out here as residents of the Republic of Vance. And yes, we are survivalists, only to the extent that we know how to live off the land and are prepared to do so. I love the peace, quiet and freedom from the noise and bustle of the cities. I plan to remain a resident of the republic of Vance as long as possible and don’t envy you city dwellers.