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Grand Unified Micronational election, December 2020

An election to select the 32nd Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational took place in December of 2020. Jack Dean was elected Chair and took office on the 1st January 2021[1]. The election had the highest turnout in the organisation's history at 95.8%. Jack Dean also won the most votes ever, with Adam I winning the most votes of a losing candidate. The election was notable for its high levels of engagement, multiple different candidates dropping out, and unprecedented early endorsements for Jack Dean. Dean's running mate, Leon Montan, was not elected to the position of Vice-Chair after being rejected by the Quorum, and instead Matthew continued to serve as the incumbent Vice-Chair.

GUM Chair election, December 2020

Turnout95.8%
  Essexia Jack Fancy.png EmperorOfAdammia2019.jpg
Candidate Jack Dean Adam I
Party Royalist Party of Essexia Liberal-Moderate Party
Home state Commonwealth of Essexia Adammia
Running mate Leon Montan Nicolás Millán
States carried 28 16
Percentage 63.6% 36.4%

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GUM Election graph provided by 'The Essexian Post', c.1st December 2020

Chair before election

Newton von Uberquie

Elected Chair

Jack Dean

Contents

Background

Procedure

The Charter of the GUM provides that "The Chair shall be elected every six months".[2] Pursuant to this, the Chair is, by norm rather than specific policy, required to announce the opening of nominations within a reasonable time before the six-month period is up.

Any delegate to the GUM from a full member state may nominate themselves to run for the Chairmanship, provided they are not "already running for another post within the organization, such as the Supreme Court or another bureaucratic agency within the GUM". They may, however, "if they have been nominated to one of these offices... decline and be considered eligible to run for the post of Chair".

Candidates

Individuals in this section have formally announced their campaign for Chairman of the Grand Unified Micronational.

Candidate Experience State Party (if applicable) Running mate Campaign announcement date
(UTC)
Campaign Logo
 
Jack Dean
Premier of Poplar Nerva (2019-present)
First Minister of Essexia (2020)
Minister of Defence in Essexia (2018-2019)
Minister of Foreign Affairs in Essexia (2017-2019)
 
Commonwealth of Essexia
Royalist Party of Essexia Leon Montan 7 November  
 
Adam I
Emperor of Adammia (2013-present)
20th, 22nd & 28th Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational (2014, 2015, 2018-19)
 
Adammia
Liberal-Moderate Party Nicolás Millán 17 December  

Former candidates

Name Experience State Party (if applicable) Running mate Announcement date Dropped out Campaign Logo
 
Zarel Smith
Prince of New Eiffel (2018–2020)
GUM Secretary for Micronational Development (2020)
Ad-Interim GUM Press Secretary (2020)
 
Aenopia
No known party affiliation N/A 1 December 1 December  
 
Joseph Kennedy
President of New Virginia (2020–present)
Prime Minister of Austenasia (2015-2020)
19th Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational (2014)
 
New Virginia
Independent Archie Birch 7 November 13 December  
 
Cameron I
King of Ikonia (2018-present)  
Ikonia
Monarchist Party of Ikonia Jonathan Augustus 13 December 17 December  

Results

References

  1. Chief, Editor (26 December 2020) Jack Dean beats Adam Belcher in historic win to become the next Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational. The Essexian Post. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  2. Chapter IV: The Chair. Charter of the Grand Unified Micronational at MicroWiki. Retrieved 14 June 2020.