The Sovereign Nation started out in what is now Centered Office. Program Coordinator Melanie Smith and Finance Manager William Ryszkowski chose to brand themselves “the Sovereign Nation” to show that, although they were surrounded on all sides, they were still an independent and powerful player in the office hierarchy. They recently “annexed” Office Coordinator Nikki Cimino as a “territory” of the Sovereign Nation. Due to her distance from their office, Nikki jokingly refers to herself as “Hawaii.” After much debate Sovereign Nation decided that their office’s motto is “Pockets for everyone!”