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Grand Unified Micronational
Intermicronational organisation
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Headquarters Quorum of Delegates of the Grand Unified Micronational (Skype)

Official language English.

Membership 20 full member states, 1 provisional member state, 3 observer states

Leadership
Chairman Joseph Kennedy
Vice-Chairman Arthur Lobão
Supreme Tribune Taeglan I Nihilus
Security Secretary Bradley of Dullahan
Press Secretary Shane Cahill
Culture Secretary Michael Ònff
Science Secretary Karl Friedrich

Establishment
– Foundation 5 January 2009
– Constitution ratified 14 April 2009
- Attempted dissolution 20 September 2010
- Restoration 14 August 2011
- Constitution revised 19 February 2012
- Implementation of the Charter 15 February 2014

Official Website[1]

The Grand Unified Micronational, commonly abbrieviated as the GUM, is an intermicronational organisation with the aim of helping diplomatic relations between micronations, with a general focus on its own member states. Based around the MicroWiki Community and founded in January 2009, the GUM held an almost hegemonic sway over the community (especially under Robert Lethler's terms as Chairman) from the summer of 2009 until it declined in the summer of 2010.

After the departure of Robert Lethler on 30 July 2010, the organisation became inactive. Acting Chair James von Puchow's attempts to revitalise the GUM were unsucessful, as were negotiations for a merger with the Organisation of Active Micronations, which rejected every proposal offered. Von Puchow declared the GUM dissolved on 20 September 2010, and although for several months this was not widely protested, in August 2011 the GUM was brought back to activity after it was discovered that von Puchow's term had expired by the time of the "dissolution" and so the GUM had de jure never been disestablished. Its regular discussion of current micronational topics and the fortnightly meetings held every second Sunday in a Skype chatroom make it one of the most active intermicronational organisations currently in existence, and the only remaining major intermicronational organisation in the MicroWiki Community after the dissolution of the OAM in December 2011 and IMTO in April 2012.[2]

After a prolonged period of decrease in activity, the Grand Unified Micronational adopted a new fundamental legislative document, the Charter, authored by Chairman Ciprian of Juclandia, which gave the organisation a new structure and an improved legislative base.

History

Grand Unified Micronational was founded in January 2009 by Tsar Royalé Jacob Tierney of Scientopia (now Renasia). The constitutionally recognised founding member states of Grand Unified Micronational are the Kingdom of Camuria, the Democratic People’s Republic of Erusia, Scientopia, the Republic of Petorio, Stigistan, Tozland and the Federal Republic of St.Charlie. Following investigations by the organisation, the Kingdom of Camuria was suspended from membership in late February 2009 (see the GUM Analysis of Camurian Falsehoods). During Black March (2009), the Grand Unified Micronational dealt with peace negotiations in the Meissner-Antifan War between Scientopia and the Empire of New Europe.

The Charter of the Grand Unified Micronational, written by Robert Lethler, was officially adopted on 19 April. May 2009 saw the collapse of the Union of Socialist Micronational Republics, after which the Union's membership was passed onto the Democratic People’s Republic of Erusia. Erusia's "Cold War" with New Europe helped the GUM in its rise to supreme influence over the MicroWiki community, as it helped with negotiations between the two most powerful nations of that time. When war eventually broke out between those two nations in July 2009, the organisation was heavily involved in peace talks - the Treaty of Universal Non-Aggression, which acted as a peace treaty ending this conflict, became a document which the GUM encouraged its members to sign.

The GUM was also involved in mediation between disputes over Antarctic claims. In the Siple War, the organisation originally backed Finismund and Flandrensis, but later adopted a neutral view of the conflict - further Antarctic disagreements were seen in the Poaching Conflict and in the Rhodesian War, the latter of which helped to cement the GUM's hold on the MicroWiki Sector by resulting in the dissolution of the UNMCN, the only remaining competition for the GUM as a UN-style body in the community.

The winter of 2009 and the spring of 2010 saw many older micronations fall into inactivity and many new micronations join the community, destablising the status quo and slightly decreasing the influence of the Grand Unified Micronational - this was not helped by the rise of the Organisation of Active Micronations. The GUM was still greatly respected by older micronationalists, however, and played a vital role in negotiating for the referendum which ended the Austenasian Civil War fought between March and May 2010. Diplomatic conflict and tension in the community rapidly grew during the summer of 2010 (caused by new micronations such as Starland and Rajputistan, and the rise of the Intermicronational Conservative Alliance) which the GUM was not able to effectively deal with.

A poster of support left by the GUM at Occupy London

After the departure of Robert Lethler and the collapse of Erusia and the then-incarnation of Sandus at the end of July 2010, the organisation fell into inactivity, with numerous bureaucratic issues also formed by Lethler's departure. A possible merge with the Organisation of Active Micronations was unsuccessfully proposed (the OAM rejecting all terms offered), and Acting Chairman James von Puchow started on 22 August a reform that was intended to bring the GUM back to activity in mid-September 2010. However, no action was taken during the month other than the disbanding of the Councils, and James von Puchow announced on 20 September 2010 that he had dissolved the organisation.

Due to the state of inactivity that the GUM had been in, this dissolution was neither questioned nor opposed at the time. However, during February 2011 it was openly questioned whether or not the Chair had the power to unanimously dissolve the organisation, and in August of that year it was discovered that von Puchow's term had expired by the time of the alleged dissolution, meaning that that GUM was de jure merely dormant, not disestablished. A number of national leaders, under the leadership of Jacob Tierney and Will Sörgel, gathered together and re-established the GUM at 20:48 on 14 August 2011.

Acting leaders were quickly elected - Tierney as Acting Chair, Sörgel as Acting Vice-Chair, and Crown Prince Jonathan as Supreme Judge. It was decided that the GUM should have a month of consolidation and gradual regrowth before publicly announcing its rebirth to the community, both in order to protect some of its current members (one delegate was also an official in the OAM, and it was decided to wait for him to lose that office in the next OAM elections to protect him from reprisals) and to ensure that the GUM would emerge consolidated and united and be ready to deal with whatever came its way. The "former" members which were not aware of the rebirth of the organisation were either informed, suspended, or expelled from the GUM (but with no restrictions on re-applying), and nations which had never been part of the GUM before (such as Tiana and Dorzhabad) were welcomed into the organisation. The initial plan to publicly relaunch when ready was disrupted by TASPAC, which released news of the GUM's re-establishment in response to a dossier written by the recently-returned Robert Lethler against Aldrich Lucas, which Lethler had presented to the GUM before publicly releasing. News of the imminent release of the dossier was leaked to TASPAC by Joseph Puglisi, the response of which caused the Yablokogate diplomatic crisis, resulting in Tiana and Stodænna leaving the GUM and being expelled from TASPAC. The results of constitutional leadership elections were announced on 13 September, with all acting leaders retaining their positions.

A paper signed by the delegates at the GUM's only face-to-face Quorum to date.

Between the "rebirth" of the GUM and the end of 2011, it sent a physical representative to Occupy LSX to express support for the ideological aims of the Occupy movement, achieved a goal of enouraging three quaters of its members to become signatory to the Treaty of Universal Peace, a treaty aiming to make wars of aggression illegal under intermicronational law, and shifted away from the idea of a community equivalent of the United Nations to an organisation that would exist primarily for the benefit of its own members. New leadership elections were successfully held in December 2011, and under the Chairpersonship of the then Crown Prince Jonathan of Austenasia the organisation successfully implemented a program of constitutional reform, with a number of amendments and additions codifying conventions and removing needless bureacratic or defunct features of the Constitution being officially adopted on 19 February 2012. Crown Prince Jonathan's successor, Bradley of Dullahan, became the first Chairman to be removed by a vote of confidence when the Quorum passed one on 22 April in response to his disregard for the entrenchment of the Constitution and his lack of knowledge of GUM proceedings and conventions. Bradley was replaced with Will Sörgel as Acting Chair until June, when Crown Prince Jonathan was re-elected. The Crown Prince chaired the first (and, to date, only) face-to-face physically in-person Quorum in the history of the organisation on 15 July 2012 in the aftermath of the 2012 Polination Conference, with Austenasian, St.Charlian, Renasian, Sandum and Juclandian delegations present (Jamie Sutherland having been appointed a provisional Juclandian delegate).

Later that year the GUM organised the 24 Hour Quorum, the first event of its kind, which ran from 14-15 August and was attended by micronationalists from the whole community and beyond. Five or more people were kept online and talking for 24 hours, and some of those partaking were sponsored, leading to money (US $128, over £80) being donated to various charities.

January 2013 saw controversy as Chairman Yaroslav Mar and Vice-Chairman Bradley of Dullahan were accused of conspiring with Secretary of the Security Council Haakon Lindstrom to remove Sandus and Juclandia from the GUM for political reasons. Accusations and arguments resulted in some member states leaving and the former three individuals all resigning from their positions of leadership in the organisation, with Crown Prince Jonathan becoming Acting Chair on 19 January. The organisation soon returned to normality, with former members rejoining and the GUM focusing on various projects, with the March, June and September 2013 elections going ahead as planned.

Structure

The Grand Unified Micronational is coordinated and lead by three structures, each of them resembling one branch of the three powers in state: legislative, executive and judicial. The separation of powers is guaranteed by Article 6 of the Charter. The old Constitution of the Grand Unified Micronational defined an organism of the GUM as:

Any authority, select committee, council or other organised body that has been charged with addressing a specific subject matter or range of subject matters and enforcing the will of the general community with regards to those subject matters.

— Article XIII of the former GUM constitution

From its offices located on the internet, the GUM and its specialised councils makes decisions on substantive and administrative issues in regular meetings held each week. The organisation is divided into three administrative bodies that manage parts of the organisation:

  • The Quorum of Delegates, serving as the supreme legislative organ of the GUM, but also being given ultimate legislative, executive and judicial competence by Article 7 of the Charter;
  • The Secretariat (also includes the Chairman), vested with the executive power of the Grand Unified Micronational;
  • The Justice Commission ,the primary judicial organ.

The Chairperson acts as the executive leader of the GUM while a Supreme Judge enforces the rules of the organisation. After its creation, the GUM established (with the help of various member states) a Constitution, which was signed and ratified 18 April 2009 and revised in February 2012. The Constitution was abolished and replaced on 15 February 2014 with the Charter of the Grand Unified Micronational.


Quorum of Delegates

The Quorum of Delegates is the main assembly and supreme organ of Grand Unified Micronational. The Quorum consists of between one and three delegates from each member state. The Quorum of Delegates serves as a board for discussion between member states, and has the power to vote on major decisions made by the organisation, including election of organs and offices of the organisation, as well as recognition of Charter ratifications (membership applications). Quorum sessions are held fortnightly on Sunday evenings in a designated Skype chatroom, providing at least 5 full member states are present.

The Quorum of Delegates votes on constitutional, organic and ordinary legislation. Each kind of legislation is approved as designated by the Charter.

Chairperson

The Chair of the Quorum of Delegates is the executive leader and general representative of the Grand Unified Micronational. Their role in the organisation is parallel to that of a Secretary General. The term of Chair is three months, and they are elected alongside the Vice-Chair, the members of the Secretariat and the Supreme Judge. The Chair is charged with the general administration of the GUM, and has duties and powers such as directing voting and meetings of the Quorum. The Chair also has the power to unilaterally suspend any member, although any such decision can be vetoed by the Quorum. The first unofficial chair was the founder of the GUM, Jacob Tierney, although the official inaugural holder of the office was Kalvin Koolidge of the Republic of Petorio.

As the main external representative of the GUM, the Chair promotes the public image of the GUM and is responsible for representing it in bi- and multilateral discussions. Chairmen since the foundation of the GUM have been actively involved in the processes of conflict mitigation and intermicronational mediation, frequently leading diplomatic teams in peace talks. The current Chairman is Joseph Kennedy, serving his first term.

In the interests of fairness, the Chairperson of the Quorum is always expected to be largely politically independent in order to ensure that they demonstrate no bias in the exercising of their powers. For this reason, candidates for the Chairship during an election are usually experienced diplomats who have made a name for themselves and earned the trust and respect of the Quorum as a whole, although any Delegate has the right to stand.

Though they continue to represent their nation to the GUM, Chairpersons are expected to put the interests of the institution before that of their own nation. In debates at Quorum the Chair usually speaks to represent their personal and professional opinion, rather than that of their nation, though they may note - and clearly distinguish - both opinions. Generally, the Chairperson will always be the last member of the Quorum to cast their vote on a specific issue, in order to ensure that they are not allowing their politics or national allegiance to influence other members.

Secretariat

The Grand Unified Micronational Secretariat is the organization's executive body, The Secretariat consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair, and elected Secretaries of the various Secretariat Offices.

Secretary for Security and Community Affairs

Considered a successor to the Security Council, the role of the Secretary for Security and Community Affairs is to ensure peace is maintained both within the GUM and in the Micronational community at large.

A list of Secretaries for Security and Community Affairs is as follows:

  • 13 March 2014 - 13 June 2014: Richard Cunningham
  • 13 June 2014 - incumbent: Bradley of Dullahan

Secretary for Media and Public Relations

The office of Press Secretary existed originally between 2009 and 2010, the only holder of which was Nick Maggiore. It was re-established in March 2014, when the Secretariat offices were established by the Quorum of Delegates.

A list of Secretaries for Media and Public Relations is as follows:

  • 8 November 2009 - 22 August 2010: Nick Maggiore
  • 22 August 2010 - 13 March 2014: abolished
  • 13 March 2014 - incumbent: Shane Cahill

Secretary for Culture and Education

The Secretary for Culture and Education is responsible for coordinating the various cultural and educational projects of the GUM, such as the establishment of libraries and the like.

A list of Secretaries for Culture and Education is as follows:

  • 13 March 2014 - 13 April 2014: Jacob Lewis
  • 13 April 2014 - 13 June 2014: Thomas I of Nolland
  • 13 June 2014 - incumbent: Michael Onff

Secretary for Science and Research

The Secretary for Science and Research is responsible for coordinating the scientific endeavors of the GUM.

A list of Secretaries for Science and Research is as follows:

  • 13 March 2014 - 13 April 2014: John Gordon
  • 13 April 2014 - 13 June 2014: Adam I of Adammia
  • 13 June 2014 - incumbent: Karl Friedrich

Justice Commission

The Grand Unified Micronational Justice Commission is the organisation's intermicronational judicial organ. The Justice Commission has the power to try member states and other parties which it considers could have violated intermicronational law. The commission is constitutionally obliged to remain unbiased and independent in all its decisions. The Constitution of the Grand Unified Micronational requires it to:

be fair and unbiased; be constitutional; be in accordance with the core ethics of the institution; be enforceable and proportionate to the situation.

— Article LXXX of the GUM constitution

Nevertheless, before August 2010, Robert Lethler was often seen as the man "controlling the proceedings of the Supreme Tribune", sometimes with the collaboration of the Supreme Judges, who were often forced to follow him due to the absence of a legal convention.

The Chair of the Presidium of the Supreme Tribune (commonly known as the Supreme Judge) is the elected head of the Justice Commission. The position is elected along with the council members and the Chair. To date, the commission has brought New Scientopia to trial over negligent disclosure of information regarding New Europe, offered possible trial to the Kingdom of Camuria, introduced the illegalisation of hacking, compiled a list of intermicronational legal terms with clear definitions, and declared official opinions regarding events such as the Rhodesian War. Since the return of the organisation from dormancy, the main duty of the Supreme Judge has been simply to interpret the Constitution and to offer rulings and advice on GUM regulations and conventions.

A list of Supreme Judges since the organisation's founding is as follows:

Defunct organs

Advancement Council

The Advancement Council (AC) was the organ of the Grand Unified Micronational charged with the promotion and development of issues of mutual development between member states. The Advancement Council was established by the Constitution, containing up to five member states and with an electoral term of three months. Members of the AC were elected by the Quorum of Delegates. The Advancement Council was disestablished during the August 2010 attempted reform, but reformed by the Quorum after the restoration of GUM activity a year later. The Advancement Council was deactivated during the term of Richard Cunningham as Chair of Quorum in March 2013, as an indirect result the 2012-13 GUM leadership scandal, and was disbanded permanently with the entry into force of the Charter on 15 February 2014.

In April 2012, the position of Secretary of the Advancement Council was created, to lead and co-ordinate its projects. A list of secretaries is as follows:

The Advancement Council throughout GUM history has comprised of:

15 Feb 2009 -
13 Apr 2009
Flag stcharlie.png Federal Republic of St.Charlie USMRflag.png Union of Socialist Micronational Republics Flag of Petorio.png Republic of Petorio Flag of Tozland.jpg Tozland (until 8 March)
13 Apr 2009 -
13 Jul 2009
Flag of Francisville.png Democratic Duchy of Francisville USMRflag.png Union of Socialist Micronational Republics (until 7 May) Flag of Petorio.png Republic of Petorio Commerusia.png Democratic People's Republic of Erusia (from 7 May)
13 Jul 2009 -
13 Oct 2009
Flag of Francisville.png Democratic Duchy of Francisville New Scientopian Flag.png New Scientopia Bokonton National Flag.jpg Republic of Bokonton
13 Oct 2009 -
13 Jan 2010
Commerusia.png Democratic People's Republic of Erusia New Scientopian Flag.png New Scientopia Flag stcharlie.png Federal Republic of St.Charlie Murrayfield flag 3.png Socialist Republic of Murrayfield
13 Jan 2010 -
13 Apr 2010
Commerusia.png Democratic People's Republic of Erusia FlagBaronSandus.png Barony of Sandus Flag stcharlie.png Federal Republic of St.Charlie Murrayfield flag 3.png Socialist Republic of Murrayfield
13 Apr 2010 -
25 Jul 2010
Flag of New Scireland.png New Scireland (until 24 April) OldSandusFlag.png Democratic People's Republic of Sandus
25 Jul 2010 -
22 Aug 2010
Commerusia.png Democratic People's Republic of Erusia Flag of Petorio.png Republic of Petorio Antarctico londaise.png Antarctic Community of Landashir
22 Aug 2010 -
13 Sep 2011
Advancement Council dissolved
13 Sep 2011 -
13 Dec 2011
TechRenFlag.png Technocratic Renasia Flag of The Preisser Treaty 2.png Parliamentary Republic of Dorzhabad Imperial Republic Flag Wiki.png Nemkhav Federation (from 6 November) Egtaviaflag.png Republic of Egtavia (from 6 November) Tfoeflag.png Technological Federation of Erephisia (from 6 November)
13 Dec 2011 -
13 Mar 2012
FSRenFlag.png Free State of Renasia Flagv3.png Empire of New Europe Imperial Republic Flag Wiki.png Nemkhav Federation Egtaviaflag.png Republic of Egtavia (from 18 December until 29 January)
Flag-of-Juclandia.png Kingdom of Juclandia (from 29 January)
Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia
13 Mar 2012 -
13 Jun 2012
KossianMonarchy.png Grand Duchy of Koss (until 2 June) FlagofSandus.png State of Sandus Imperial Republic Flag Wiki.png Nemkhav Federation Flag-of-Juclandia.png Kingdom of Juclandia Flag of Rukora.png Federal Republic of Rukora (from 8 April)
13 Jun 2012 -
13 Sep 2012
Flag of Amager.png Federal Republic of Havnesgade-Amager Danesland flag.1.png Socialist People's Republic of Danesland (until 23 June) 800px-Flag of FUSR.png Federal Union of Socialist Republics (from 24 June) Flag-of-Juclandia.png Kingdom of Juclandia Lostislandflag.jpg Republic of Lostisland (from 29 July)
13 Sep 2012 -
13 Dec 2012
Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia Better flag ultamiya.png Republic of Ultamiya Wurdigeland Flag.jpg Technocratic Empire of Würdigeland Lostislandflag.jpg Republic of Lostisland New Nevada Flag.png New Nevada Republic (from 8 October until 21 November)
13 Dec 2012 - 13 Mar 2013 Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia WyvernFlagImproved.png Kingdom of Wyvern EragiaFlagXL.png Federated Republics of Eragia Flag-of-Juclandia.png Kingdom of Juclandia (until 16 December)
LDRflag.png Lewisham Democratic Republic (from 16 December)
Flag of Amager.png Confederation of Saint Luke and Amager (until 19 January)
Flag123.jpg Kingdom of Pavlov (from 3 February)
13 Mar 2013 -
13 Jun 2013
FSRenFlag.png Free State of Renasia Flag of Amager.png Confederation of Saint Luke and Amager (until 6 April) Zealandian Alternate National Flag.png Federation of Zealandia (until 13 March)
Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia (from 31 March)
Flag-of-Juclandia.png Kingdom of Juclandia Flag123.jpg Empire of Pavlov (until 13 March)
Yurtyzstanflag.jpg Democratic People's Republic of Yurtyzstan (from 31 March)
13 Jun 2013 -
13 Sep 2013
Wurdigeland Flag.jpg Technocratic Empire of Würdigeland Flag of Libereco.png Union of Libereco Uslssrflag.png Union of South London Soviet Socialist Republics Flag of Florenia.jpg Kingdom of Florenia Knoll flag 1.png Tsardom of Nolland
13 Sep 2013 -
13 Dec 2013
WyvernFlagImproved.png Kingdom of Wyvern Flag of Slin.png Empyre of Slin Ashukovo flag.png Ashukov Federation Flag of Florenia.jpg Kingdom of Florenia Knoll flag 1.png Tsardom of Nolland
13 Dec 2013 -
13 Mar 2014
Flagofbysalianational.jpg Federal Republic of Bysalia AdammiaFlag.png Empire of Adammia Ashukovo flag.png Ashukov Federation (from 15 Dec) Flag-of-Juclandia.png Kingdom of Juclandia

Security Council

The Security Council (SC) was the organ of Grand Unified Micronational charged with the promotion and development of intermicronational peace and security. As with the Advancement Council, the SC consisted of up to five member states who were elected every three months with a ban on having a third consecutive full term. The Security Council could intervene in any issues regarding security, conflict or peace promotion between member states, but had no authority to force any nation to change their policy on any issue. The Security Council was disestablished during the August 2010 attempted reform, but reformed by the Quorum after the restoration of GUM activity a year later. It was again disestablished on 31 March 2013, in response to a lack of traditional micronational conflicts for it to respond to.

The Council worked closely with the Quorum of Delegates to achieve its aims and intervened in many diplomatic issues dealt with by the GUM such as the Meissner-Antifan, New Euro-Erusian, and Rhodesian Wars. In all these cases, Erusia was part of the Security Council. The Security Council was disestablished during the August 2010 attempted reform, but reformed by the Quorum with the re-establishment of the GUM in August 2011. On 25 October 2011, the Security Council launched an initiative to have three quarters of all GUM full members signatory to the Treaty of Universal Peace by 13 December - this goal was achieved on 1 November. At present, the GUM encourages all new member states to become signatory.

The Security Council was deactivated alongside the Advancement Council during the term of Richard Cunningham as Chair of Quorum in March 2013, as an indirect result the 2012-13 GUM leadership scandal, and was disbanded permanently with the entry into force of the Charter on 15 February 2014.

In April 2012, the position of Secretary of the Security Council was created, to lead and co-ordinate its projects. A list of secretaries is as follows:

The Security Council throughout GUM history comprised of:

15 Feb 2009 -
13 Apr 2009
N606867833 910777 3952.jpg Scientopia Imperial Flag.jpg Ohio Empire Flag of Francisville.png Democratic Duchy of Francisville
13 Apr 2009 -
13 Jul 2009
New Scientopian Flag.png New Scientopia Flag stcharlie.png Federal Republic of St.Charlie National flag of New Europe.png Empire of New Europe Murrayfield flag 3.png Socialist Republic of Murrayfield
13 Jul 2009 -
13 Oct 2009
Commerusia.png Democratic People's Republic of Erusia Flag stcharlie.png Federal Republic of St.Charlie National flag of New Europe.png Empire of New Europe Murrayfield flag 3.png Socialist Republic of Murrayfield Flag of Petorio.png Republic of Petorio
13 Oct 2009 -
13 Jan 2010
Imperial Flag.jpg Ohio Empire Flag of Francisville.png Democratic Duchy of Francisville Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia
13 Jan 2010 -
13 Apr 2010
Imperial Flag.jpg Ohio Empire Flagv3.png Empire of New Europe Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia Renasia.png Renasia
13 Apr 2010 -
25 Jul 2010
Commerusia.png Democratic People's Republic of Erusia Flag stcharlie.png Federal Republic of St.Charlie Flag of Petorio.png Republic of Petorio
25 Jul 2010 -
22 Aug 2010
Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia OldSandusFlag.png Democratic People's Republic of Sandus
22 Aug 2010 -
13 Sep 2011
Security Council dissolved
13 Sep 2011 -
13 Dec 2011
Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia WyvernFlagImproved.png Kingdom of Wyvern FlagofSandus.png State of Sandus
13 Dec 2011 -
13 Mar 2012
Flag of Skendal and Unified Kozuc.png Soviet State of Kozuc (until 5 March) WyvernFlagImproved.png Kingdom of Wyvern FlagofSandus.png State of Sandus (from 1 January) Flag of Starhigh.png Constitutional Empire of Starhigh Flag of Imperial Koss.png Kossian Empire (from 15 January)
13 Mar 2012 -
13 Jun 2012
Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia (not incl. from 24 March to 8 April) FSRenFlag.png Free State of Renasia Union of Draegan Republics Flag1.png Union of Draegan Republics (until 20 May) Saxonflag.png Saxon Empire (from 22 April) Flag of Amager.png Federal Republic of Havnesgade-Amager (from 29 April)
13 Jun 2012 -
13 Sep 2012
Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia FSRenFlag.png Free State of Renasia Flag of Rukora.png Federal Republic of Rukora Imperial Republic Flag Wiki.png Nemkhav Federation Flag stcharlie.png Federal Republic of St.Charlie
13 Sep 2012 -
13 Dec 2012
800px-Flag of FUSR.png Federal Union of Socialist Republics (until 23 September) Flag-of-Juclandia.png Kingdom of Juclandia FlagofSandus.png State of Sandus Flag of Amager.png Havnesgade-Amager/Saint Luke and Amager (changed name on 16 September) Flag stcharlie.png Federal Republic of St.Charlie
13 Dec 2012 - 13 Mar 2013 Zealandian Alternate National Flag.png Federation of Zealandia Wurdigeland Flag.jpg Technocratic Empire of Würdigeland Imperial Republic Flag Wiki.png Nemkhav Federation (until 31 December)
PrincipalityMonoviaflag.png Principality of Monovia (from 20 January)
Lostislandflag.jpg Republic of Lostisland Flag of Rukora.png Federal Republic of Rukora (from 16 December until 1 January)
Yurtyzstanflag.jpg Yurtyzstan (from 20 January)
13 Mar 2013 - 31 March 2013 Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia Uslssrflag.png USLSSR PrincipalityMonoviaflag.png Principality of Monovia Lostislandflag.jpg Republic of Lostisland (until 13 March) Flag of Gaston.png Kingdom of Gaston (until 13 March)

Criticism

The GUM, in both its present and past incarnations, has been subject to criticism from several micronationalists.[3][4][5][6] In more recent times, criticism has come from such people as Gordon Freeman[7] and Heinrich Schneider,[8] mostly about the policies on professionalism held by the GUM. They argue that micronations being constrained or condemned for being non-serious or unprofessional is against their idea of micronationalism being whatever its creators want, pointing to such famous micronations as the Republic of Molossia, one of the most famous and respected micronations in the world,[9] having non-serious characteristics, such as describing themselves as a 'dictatorial banana-republic' and waging war against the defunct state of East Germany since 2 November 1983.

This criticism has been refuted by GUM members on multiple occasions, using examples of GUM member states Juclandia counting toys as citizens and Wyvern waging an annual "fireworks war" against the Netherlands - they counter the example of Molossia by pointing out that despite its tongue-in-cheek domestic features it is known for acting very professionally in regards to its interactions with other nations. The GUM attempts to encourage formality in intermicronational relations (something which has been supported by most members of the MicroWiki community several times),[10][11][12][13][14] and has criticised instances when a member state acts in an uncharacteristically informal manner, such as when King Håkon of Zealandia announced an alleged "coup" by posting a short video in which he pretended to be a character with a comical voice and fake dreadlocks, and then refused to impart further information on the event.[15] There is no record of the GUM having ever attempted to directly interfere in a nation's domestic affairs, but the organisation does encourage foreign affairs and diplomacy to be conducted in an appropriately formal fashion and expects member states to act relatively professionally on the intermicronational stage.

Members

Full members

Full members are those ratifiers of the Charter that enjoy all rights and duties given to a member state: they may contribute to discussions and debates, vote in Quorum sessions, and stand for election to any positions in the organisation. After a series of membership caps during the pre-Charter Era, they were ultimately abolished on October 13, 2013, during a Quorum session.

Provisional members

Provisional membership is a temporary membership, granted to the newly-approved member states or to member states that are found in the process of expulsion. Provisional members enjoy all rights and must meet all duties given to them by the Charter, but they may not stand for election. A member state may only be classified under this type of membership for a maximum of 14 days. Before the implementation of the Charter, provisional members could contribute to discussions and debates, but could not stand for election, and could only vote with the approval of the Chairman, whereas this type of membership was not limited by any time frame.

Observers

Observers are nations which are permitted access to Quorum minutes on request, and may propose matters to be discussed in a Quorum, but do not have the right to observe or attend a live Quorum meeting. Observers are however permitted to speak in the GUM Lounge, a Skype chatroom created on 1 January 2012 alongside the status of observer - this is in order to stop Quorum meetings being overwhelmed by large numbers of members. Should a vacancy arise in the ranks of full or provisional members, it is expected that an observer would be chosen to fill it should they wish. On 8 July 2012, a new system was implemented whereby observer nations must confirm their continued wish to stay in the GUM every two months, in order to ensure that observer nations wish to actively partake in GUM business as far as is possible and not simply hold the status of observer in a titular fashion. There are currently five observing members.

Permanent observers

Permanent observership was originally a status given to three nations which were members of the GUM at its "dissolution" in September 2010 but did not take part in its "rebirth" in August 2011, and had stated that they may consider resuming full membership at some point in the future - St.Charlie, Bokonton, and Francisville. Permanent observers had the same rights as observers, while also being permitted to view Quorum sessions and contribute to discussions, but could not vote or stand for election. It was decided on 1 April 2012 to abolish this membership status, as it was seen as giving preferential treatment to former members - the three permanent observers were transitioned into "regular" observer states and a ban was applied on creating any new permanent observers, de facto abolishing the status. On 8 July later that year, the status was revived along with the reform to observer status, with permanent observers being micronations with a close historical association to the GUM that would otherwise be observer nations but would not be not required to periodically reaffirm their desire to stay in the organisation. The status of permanent observed was revoked indefinitely when the Charter of the Grand Unified Micronational entered into force.

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