The Pacific Friends Company is an organization founded on January 3rd, 1948 by Sherman Hopper, Cary Castenada, Bertram Gilpatrick, Rose Gilpatrick and Joshua Hunter to manage all lands on Hopper Island, previously privately owned by Sherman Hopper. He conferred ownership of the island to the Company. The five founders erected the Pacific Friends Assembly (now the General Assembly) to perform all duties concerning the lands. As a result, the Pacific Friends Company functions as the "nation", whereas the Assembly is the "government". Neither organization, however, is recognized by any other nation as official institutions, and on Hopper Island, no attempts have been made to officialize their status in any way. Sherman Hopper famously said that if other nations began to "mingle in the ways things were done on the island," the very foundation of Hopper Island would vanish.