2010s

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(Clockwise, left to right): the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM) remained the largest intermicronational organisation throughout the decade through several reforms and occasional scandals; MicroWiki moved away from Wikia and purchased a new domain (microwiki.org.uk) managed by Pierre d'Égtavie as the site owner (2010); many disrupting conflicts took place during the Second Black March (pictured is the Austenasian Civil War (2010); Yablokogate was a major political controversy surrounding the publication of a report by Robert Lethler which claimed to have uncovered a conspiracy within the Students' Isocratic Oligarchy of Yabloko with the aim of manipulating the entire MicroWiki community (2011); the GUM held a 24 Hour Quorum in 2012, 2017 and 2019, all three garnering praise and uniting much of the community; the 2011 Intermicronational Summit was the first summit to be held in the MicroWiki community, and saw several following summits such as PoliNation 2012 in London with 32 attendees, the 2013 Intermicronational Summit in France with 7 attendees and the 2019 GUM Birmingham Summit with 13 attendees: PoliNation 2012 became the largest summit of micronationalists in the MicroWiki community with 32 attendees; Launch of MicroWiki@Discord, becoming the main hub for communication with over 800 members (2018); The Wrythe Convention which condemns sockpuppeting, identity theft and false claims within micronationalism receives fifty signatories (2018).

The 2010s (pronounced "twenty-tens" or "two thousand [and] tens", shortened to "the '10s") was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on 1 January 2010 and ended on 31 December 2019.[1] The second decade of the 21st century, it succeeded the 2000s and preceded the 2020s.[2][3] The start of the decade marked five year's since MicroWiki's foundation, and the end marked fourteen years.[4] This article concerns significant events during the 2010s in the MicroWiki community.[4]

According to the History of the MicroWiki community article, the decade began amidst the Lethler Era (2009–10), during the "Peaceful" period, a cohesion of the community resulting from the hegemony of Robert Lethler and the Grand Unified Micronational, through Post-Lethler (10–11), following the departure of Robert Lethler and the move away from Wikia to the independent site (microwiki.org.uk); Skype groups become the focal points of community interaction, and tension grew due to the rise of Yabloko and what is seen as an unfair site administration, the Inter-Summit Era (11–12), which saw a decrease in overall tensions and conflict in the community, the return of the GUM and the fall of Yabloko and the once dominant Organisation of Active Micronations, whilst some younger micronationalists returned to and take over the Wikia site, establishing a rival community, Settled (12–14), a mostly quiet era dominated by the left-wing, with few major disruptions but declining levels of diplomatic interaction, and the community moves domain to micronation.org, which is sold to the current owner Emperor Jonathan I of Austenasia, Polarised (14–17), which saw a rift in the community develop between two main "camps", one based on the MicroWiki Forums mostly comprised of younger, more left-wing members and the other based on the community's Skype and Facebook groups mostly comprised of older, more right-wing members, Stagnant (17–18), a period of decreased tensions but large inactivity between members and micronations, and ending in the Discord Era during the "High Discord" period (since 2018), which saw a huge rise in activity as the community is revitalised by the creation of MicroWiki@Discord, and the schism with Wikia was resolved.[4]

As the decade began, the use of talk pages on the wiki as the main form of communication for community members had been in a gradual, slow decline until August 2010, after being succeeded by the OAM forums and then by micronational Skype rooms. The MicroWiki forums were unveiled in late December,[5] directing users away from using the OAM forums to communicate and towards the MicroWiki forums and the growing Skype community, coinciding with the declining influence of the OAM.[4] Between 2013–2015, there were several instances ideological tensions and concerns raised about community cohesion, especially by 2015 as the users of the wiki almost completely separated into a primarily left-wing faction mainly using the MicroWiki forums and a primarily right-wing faction mainly using the traditional MicroWiki-focused Skype rooms. During the Stagnant Era which began in May 2017, activity on the forums and Skype rooms began to decline, and by mid-2018 the forums had effectively died.[4] On 17 September 2018, in a move encouraged by the MicroWiki administration, the server MicroWiki@Discord was launched; it quickly became the focal point of the community and triggered a large boost in activity. The forums also briefly returned during 2019, though to a much lesser extent. By late in 2019, however, with the ease of mass communication, the server became largely dominated by various memes and in-jokes, with some bemoaning a general atmosphere of unprofessionalism.[4]

The Grand Unified Micronational outlived the Organisation of Active Micronations (dissolved 29 December 2011) and Inter-Micronational Treaty Organization (dissolved 11 April 2012) to become the largest and most influential intermicronational organisation of the decade, even through the 2012-13 GUM leadership scandal which would be a massive blow to the influence of the GUM; it held three 24 Hour Quorums which each raised money for charitable events, the original 24 Hour Quorum in 2012, the followup event in 2017 and a third event for the organisation's 10th anniversary in 2019.

The decade also saw the of normalisation of intermicronational summits, with the first summit of members in the MicroWiki community taking place in 2011; in total, 23 summits took place in 10 countries throughout the decade, totalling over 200 attendees. The most influential summits in the MicroWiki Sector were the 2011 Intermicronational Summit with 14 attendees – the first summit to be held by the MicroWiki community – PoliNation 2012 with 32 attendees, and the 2019 GUM Birmingham Summit with 13 attendees, the first summit to be organised and held by the GUM. The Wrythe Convention which condemns sockpuppeting, identity theft and false claims within micronationalism was the most important intermicronational treaty, having received fifty signatories as the decade drew to a close.

MicroWiki moved away from Wikia and purchased a new domain (microwiki.org.uk) managed by Pierre d'Égtavie as the site owner on 7 November 2010. Jonathan I, Emperor of Austenasia became site owner after purchasing the wiki from d'Égtavie on 13 May 2014. Throughout the decade, MicroWiki grew exponentially, becoming the largest micronational wiki, with 18,000 articles, 90,000 pages and 9,000 registered users; over 500,000 edits were made since MicroWiki had been set up. MicroWiki switched domains on 7 November 2013 to micronation.org and finally on 20 October 2016 to micronations.wiki. Several users held the distinction of the largest edit count, however, when MicroWiki moved to micronation.org on 7 November 2013, all edit counts were reset, alongside all page revision histories and original server statistics (such as the total number of edits and registered users), making earlier data unreliable. Before 7 November 2013, It is possible that User:Þeodia (Miles B Huff; later User:Swena) held the distinction for upwards to a year, which would make him the first user to hit 10,000 edits. User:Nedland (Ned Gunderson) claimed the title on 10 June 2017 upon reaching 13,041 edits, and held this distinction until 15 April 2019, when User:KingdomOfBaustralia (John I of Baustralia) claimed the title with 15,659 edits; User:Z. Luna Skye (Zed) would be the final user to claim the title on 7 November 2019, with 18,607 edits. He also became the first user to hit 20,000 edits, doing so on 5 December.

Popular shows included ATP's Cool Barbie and SBC TV's Micro High. The St.Charlian Observer was widely considered to be the most influential news outlet of its time.

Summary

Eras

The Eras during the 2010s decade, as according to the History of the MicroWiki community article:[4]

Era Periods Duration Description
Start date End date
Lethler 4 2 August 2009 30 July 2010 An year of community cohesion resulting from the hegemony of Lethler and the GUM.
Post-Lethler 4 30 July 2010 6 September 2011 The community adapts to the departure of Robert Lethler and the move to the independent site. Skype groups become the focal points of community interaction, and tension grows due to the rise of Yabloko and what is seen as an unfair site administration.
Inter-Summit 3 6 September 2011 13 July 2012 A decrease in overall tensions and conflict in the community, the return of the GUM and the fall of Yabloko and the OAM. Some younger micronationalists return to and take over the Wikia site, establishing a rival community.
Settled 4 13 July 2012 28 July 2014 A mostly quiet era dominated by the left-wing, with few major disruptions but declining levels of diplomatic interaction. The community moves to micronation.org, which is sold to the current owner Emperor Jonathan I.
Polarised 4 28 July 2014 4 May 2017 A rift in the community develops between two main "camps", one based on the MicroWiki Forums mostly comprised of younger, more left-wing members and the other based on the community's Skype and Facebook groups mostly comprised of older, more right-wing members.
Stagnant 3 4 May 2017 17 September 2018 Tensions die down but the community sees a huge dip in activity and interaction between members and micronations.
Discord 3 17 September 2018 Present The current era. Activity rises as the community is revitalised by the creation of a Discord server and the brief return of the forums, and the schism with Wikia is resolved.

Communication

The original conversation picture of the Micropolitan Club and Lounge, a Skype room.

As the decade began, the use of talk pages on the wiki as the main form of communication for community members had been in a gradual, slow decline until August 2010, after being succeeded by the OAM forums[6] and then by micronational Skype rooms, the latter of which were used to share new ideas such as Microballs.[7][8][4] The MicroWiki forums were unveiled in late December,[5] directing users away from using the OAM forums to communicate and towards the MicroWiki forums and the growing Skype community, coinciding with the declining influence of the OAM.[4] In 2013, some users began informal communications over Facebook groups, alongside Skype and the forums being the most popular forms of communication; mild tensions and occasional ideological disputes took place between the more left-wing, younger members of the Skype groups and the older, more right-wing members of the Facebook groups.[4] The same happened in 2015, when concerns about community cohesion grew as the users of the wiki almost completely separate into a primarily left-wing faction mainly using the MicroWiki forums and a primarily right-wing faction mainly using the traditional MicroWiki-focused Skype rooms.

(Fan-made logo): MicroWiki@Discord was launched on 17 September 2018, leading to the "Discord Era", with the community returning to life after the move from Skype to Discord.

During the Stagnant Era which began in May 2017, activity on the forums and Skype rooms began to decline, and by mid-2018 the forums had effectively died.[4] In 2018, several micronations began using Discord, utilising their free-to-use private chatrooms, called "servers" - a collection of persistent user-created chat rooms and voice chat channels which require an invitation link to join.[9][10] On 17 September, in a move encouraged by the MicroWiki administration, the server MicroWiki@Discord was launched; it quickly became the focal point of the community and triggered a large boost in activity.[11][12] The forums also briefly returned during 2019, though to a much lesser extent. By late in 2019, however, with the ease of mass communication, the server became largely dominated by various memes and in-jokes, with some bemoaning a general atmosphere of unprofessionalism.[4]

Social change

Throughout the decade, the predominant ideology of the community repeatedly alternated between the right- and left-wings, with occasional ideological disputes taking place ranging from mild to drastic, such as the Great Ideological Conflict in May 2010 as a result of heavy tensions between between the left- (led by Erusia and Sandus) and right- (led by Bradley of Dullahan and the ICA) wings of the community.[4] The MicroWiki Discord Survey looking at demographics of MicroWiki@Discord held between 28–29 May 2019 by Ned Gunderson found that, out of fifty-four respondents, twenty-three identified as left-wing, twenty-two identified as right-wing, and three identified as unaffiliated or apolitical; six respondents said "Other not listed here".[13] Since the early 2010s, the dominant paradigm in the MicroWiki community has been classical micropatriology, which excludes interactive geofiction from micronationalism and regards any micronation that formally declares independence as secessionist. Antarctic micronationalism, whilst having its share of critics, remained largely accepted before slightly falling out of favour to many in late 2016 to mid-2017; micronational claims of Bir Tawil did not experience this same level of acceptance, however, as neither did extraterrestrial claims. Micronational warfare was mostly taken seriously and considered to be of large concern early in the decade (though not to the extend of 2009), however attitudes changed during the fellowing years, and by the end of the decade it was largely condemned by the community, and seen as unfeasible or unrealistic. Certain exceptions, such as civil wars or conflicts where physical contact was possible, were made by certain community members however.[4]

Conflicts, diplomacy and politics

Notable wars, scandals and conflicts

2010–2011

The Dissolution of the Democratic People's Republic of Erusia took place on 30 July 2010 after it was discovered that every single member of the Erusian political class was in fact a persona of Robert Lethler or his colleagues Kai Roosevelt and Kenneth Maisano, who admitted later on an interview that the whole Democratic People's Republic was in fact an experiment.
Location of the Atlantis Civil War (13–18 September 2010).

2012–2019

In September 2018, it was discovered by Nicholas Randouler that the micronation the Principality of Andany and most of its achievements were almost entirely fabricated or exaggerated by its leader, Pablo Macias. This eventually led to Macias leaving the community.
  • Spice Wars (2012–2015): A serious of conflicts (both military and ideological) between the Holy Empire of New Israel and the Wurtige Empire, the Wurtige Empire's successor states, affiliates thereof, and early enemies of the Holy Empire. Throughout the wars, the Würtige Empire fielded large coalitions against Emperor Markus II.[26]
  • 2012-13 GUM leadership scandal (30 December 2012 - 19 January 2013): a scandal following the expulsion of Sandus and Juclandia from the organisation on 30 December 2012. Accusations of corruption and underhand motives resulted in Chairman Yaroslav Mar and Vice-Chair Bradley of Dullahan both resigning, leading to a heavy blow to the reputation of the GUM and Supreme Judge Crown Prince - now Emperor - Jonathan becoming Acting Chair on 19 January 2013.[27]
  • On 3 October 2015, An open breach develops between the older and newer users of the wiki as the latter react to a prank pulled on a new user by some older members.[4]
  • New Community controversy (August 2017): a project started and promoted by Ives Blackwood — then known as Mark Kavanah — of the Republic of Glastieve which initially aimed to found a separate or parallel MicroWiki community, differentiated in some unspecified way from the rest of the community, and later aimed to start a community not centred on MicroWiki. Blackwood claimed that his movement was a protest against a "class structure" in the existing community, and it was loosely associated with a diplomatic dispute between Austenasia and Delvera that happened at the same time. The declaration of the New Community was met with near-unanimous condemnation, indifference, or humour by the other users of MicroWiki, including by people Blackwood initially claimed were his allies in project.[28]
  • Diplomatic dispute between Austenasia and Delvera[4] (5 September 2017)[29][a]
  • Principality of Andany scandal (September 2018): After several months of research,[33] it was discovered by Nicholas Randouler that the micronation the Principality of Andany and most of its achievements were almost entirely fabricated or exaggerated by its leader, Pablo Macias. This eventually led to Macias leaving the community.

Diplomacy

Summits

The decade saw the of normalisation of intermicronational summits, with the first summit of members in the MicroWiki community taking place in 2011; in total, 23 summits took place in 10 countries throughout the decade, totalling over 200 attendees;[34] MicroCon 2019 in Canada was the largest micronational summit ever held with 113 attendees, larger than both its 2015 and 2017 installations.[35] The most influential summits in the MicroWiki Sector were the 2011 Intermicronational Summit with 14 attendees – the first summit to be held by the MicroWiki community[36]PoliNation 2012 with 32 attendees,[37][38][39] and the 2019 GUM Birmingham Summit with 13 attendees, the first summit to be organised and held by the GUM.[40] Other notable summits included the 2013 Intermicronational Summit in France with 7 attendees,[41] and the 2016 and 2018 MicroFrancophonie Summits in France with 11+ and 17 attendees respectively.[42][43]

The Brazilian sector held two summits, the 2016 and 2018 editions of the Micronational Summit of São Paulo,[44] and the Czech sector also held two summits, Podskalský Congress – which took place on 23 March 2019 and had 8 attendees from 4 micronations[45] – and the smaller Summit of Czech and Slovakian Micronations 2019 on 28 September, which had 4 attendees.[46] The 2012 LIR Union Summit with 4 attendees was the first and only summit held in the Indonesian sector.[47] PoliNation 2010 with ~40 attendees[b] was the first in Australia,[48] PoliNation 2015 with 18 attendees was the first in Italy,[49] and the Summit Upon the Seas in 2018 with 7 attendees was the first in Mexico.[50]

Conventions and intermicronational treaties

Several notable conventions and treaties included:

  • The Micronational Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Law of Treaties is signed by several prominent micronations in August 2012, including Flandrensis, Havnesgade-Amager and Juclandia.
  • The promulgation of the Denton Protocol by Sandus and Zealandia in July 2014 resulted in a large backlash from right-wing members of the community and an open breach between the left- and right-wings, with the left-wing losing its moral hegemony over the community.[51] Sandus would later have its GUM membership application rejected in July 2016 by the Quorum due to being a signatory to the convention, eventually leading to Sandus nullifying their signature.[52][53]
  • Alcatraz's Treaty, devoted to the protection of the environment by limiting micronation's CO2 emissions in order to slow down or reverse climate change, was signed in-person by several micronations at PoliNation 2015 on 5 July 2015.[54]
  • The ratification of the Wrythe Convention, that condemns sockpuppeting, identity theft, and false claims within micronationalism was signed in-person by representatives from several micronations at Wrythe in September 2018.[55][56] By the end of the year, the convention reached 38 signatories, and 56 by the end of the decade, making it the largest micronational treaty.
  • The Edgbaston Convention, aiming to ensure higher standards of accuracy in regards to vague or frivolous claims made by some micronations in the community, is signed in-person by several micronations at the 2019 GUM Birmingham Summit in June 2019.[40]

Intermicronational organisations

GUM and OAM

As the decade began, the influence of the Grand Unified Micronational started to decline at the expense of that of the Organisation of Active Micronations, strengthened by several micronations joining; for the first time, there is a viable alternative intermicronational organisation in the community.[4] This results in the influence of the GUM beginning to decrease, no longer representing a community unified under one organisation. This continues until 30 July 2010, when it was discovered that Robert Lethler is a fictional persona, and that his nation of Erusia is entirely fabricated. Lethler leaves the community, and is followed out of the GUM by Erusia's close ally Sandus, the coinciding of which with both an electoral dispute and the temporary departure from the community of major GUM power New Europe results in a near-fatal blow to GUM influence and activity; meanwhile the influence of the OAM steadily continued to rise, however in late December the influence of the OAM began to decline as a result of the original MicroWiki Forums being unveiled, directing users away from using the OAM forums to communicate and towards the MicroWiki Forums and the growing Skype community; tension erupted over the OAM, which lost its monolithic presence over the community, and criticism of the OAM's purpose and scope increased in intensity. After a closely-failed (by a single vote) motion of no confidence against OAM Secretary-General Gordon Freeman in June 2011 for what many perceived as instances of religious bigotry from him, twelve member states left the OAM in protest at his refusal to resign. The influence of the OAM over the community declines, and it reaches into other communities such as Micras, which itself is condemned by those who consider Micras geofiction as opposed to micronationalism.[4][57][58][59][60] After several months of declining activity and influence, the OAM is dissolved on 29 December 2011, and the GUM began to steadily grow in size and influence, becoming the largest intermicronational organisation again by 2013 (see below for notable events of the GUM after this time), and remained so throughout the rest of the decade, outliving several other intermicronational organisations.[61][62]

Others

Among the most important regional organisations were the Antarctic Micronational Union, initially founded in 2008 but reformed on 15 January 2010 and again on 21 August 2013,[63] it fell into inactivity with the withdrawal of several prominent members in November 2016,[64] the European Union of Micronations on 11 June 2011,[65] the Association of Indonesian Micronations on 11 July 2011,[66] the Union of Micronations of Central Europe on 23 March 2014, which was de facto dissolved in 2015 and rived on 1 November 2017,[67] MicroFrancophonie (for French language-speaking micronations) on 30 May 2015,[68][69] and the Konmalehth on 25 August 2017.[70][71]

The Micronational Olympic Federation, founded on 7 January 2018, became the largest intermicronational organisation dedicated to sports.[72]

Grand Unified Micronational

The logo of the GUM between 2016 and 2021.

Notable events from the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM), the largest and most influential intermicronational organisation throughout the decade, outliving the Organisation of Active Micronations and IMTO:[73]

  • The GUM hosted a 24 Hour Quorum between 14–15 August 2012. It had 41 participants, and, with Quorum successfully maintained for 24 hours, it was considered highly productive. In total, £80.95 (US $128) was raised for various charities.[74]
  • 2012-13 GUM leadership scandal (30 December 2012 - 19 January 2013): a scandal following the expulsion of Sandus and Juclandia from the organisation on 30 December 2012. Accusations of corruption and underhand motives resulted in Chairman Yaroslav Mar and Vice-Chair Bradley of Dullahan both resigning, leading to a heavy blow to the reputation of the GUM and Supreme Judge Crown Prince - now Emperor - Jonathan becoming Acting Chair on 19 January 2013.[27]
  • After a long period of declining activity, the GUM abolishes its functions as an intergovernmental organisation and transitions into a formal chatroom between individuals on 14 June 2015.[75]
  • The GUM is restored as an intergovernmental organisation on 4 June 2016.[76]
  • The GUM hosted a second 24 Hour Quorum between 6–7 May 2017, and Quorum was successfully maintained for 24 hours. It had over 30 participants, with more than $140 donated towards various charities, and was considered highly successful, with statements saying "it united much of the community in a single event".[77]
  • The GUM held a third 24 Hour Quorum between 4-5 January 2019 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the organisation's founding. The GUM partnered with the Austenasian Order of Saint Constantine for the event to raise money for UNICEF. With 36 attendees, a valid Quorum was successfully maintained throughout the whole 24 hours.[78]

Other notable political events

Micropatriology

A version of the micronational compass from Introduction to New Secessionism; Blackwood made several developments to micropatriology later into the decade

Since the early 2010s, the dominant paradigm in the MicroWiki community has been classical micropatriology, which excludes interactive geofiction from micronationalism and regards any micronation that formally declares independence as secessionist. Antarctic micronationalism, whilst having a share of critics, remained largely accepted before slightly falling out of favour to many in late 2016 to mid-2017; micronational claims of Bir Tawil did not experience this same level of acceptance, as neither did extraterrestrial claims. Plush nations were popular and largely accepted in the start and middle of the decade, such as Juclandia and Sabia and Verona, however became less prominent and gradually more unfavourable by the end of the decade; nevertheless, they remained recognised by several intermicronational organisations, including maintaining the ability to hold membership within the GUM, such as Plushunia. Ives Blackwood made several developments to micropatriology later into the decade, introducing New Secessionism in 2018[83] and the micronational compass between 2019–2020 et al., as well as further developing the parallel plane theory created by Jordan Brizendine in August 2017, a position which holds that micronational sovereignty over a people or territory does not preclude macronational sovereignty from extending there simultaneously, and that micronations should not try to become macronations.[84][85]

Economics

Intermicronational economics were a much-discussed topic, especially during the middle half of the decade, with the intermicronational economics boom of 2016 beginning in March 2016, slowing down in the late summer and drawing to a close some time in the autumn. Major projects founded in the first part of the era were Anthony Clark's Micronational Dollar in March and Henry Clémens's Hiddleston Street in May. Increased co-operation between key figures including Clémens, Lucas Campos and Ives Blackwood led to the foundation of the Micronational Economic Group, chaired by Clémens, in June. The MEG established MicroCoin, a digital currency for the community[86] and MicroTimes, an economic news ticker, alongside various other projects. The group would later dissolve on 6 December.[87]

MicroWiki

Left: Main page of microwiki.org.uk on 22 May 2011; main page of micronations.wiki on 31 December 2019.

By the end of the decade, MicroWiki grew to 18,000 articles, 90,000 pages and hit 9,000 registered users; over 500,000 edits were made since MicroWiki had been set up.[88] MicroWiki reached 57 "good articles" (GA)–articles which are determined by MicroWiki's editors as the best articles on the site.[89] MicroWiki became the largest micronational wiki, and ranked in the top sixty largest English-language wikis (excluding wikis hosted on the MicroWikia wiki farm) by article count, and possibly top two-hundredth overall.[90] MicroWiki consistently ranked in the top 800,000 most visited websites in the world according to Alexa Internet,[91] and 600,000 according to SimilarWeb,[92] and was one of the largest micronational-based web sites, ranking alongside molossia.org and possibly talossa.com,[93] sealandgov.org[94] and lovelycountry.net.[citation needed]

At the start of the decade, MicroWiki moved away from Wikia and purchased a new domain (microwiki.org.uk) managed by Pierre d'Égtavie as the site owner on 7 November 2010,[95] causing a feud between the true "MicroWiki" which lasted from then until 31 October 2018, when MicroWikia formally renounced it's claim and officially renamed itself to MicroNations Fandom.[96][97] MicroWiki would later switch domains on 7 November 2013 to micronation.org, and finally on 20 October 2016 to micronations.wiki.[98][99][100] In early 2014, MicroWiki began accepting donations via PayPal (having been formerly ad-supported).[101] Jonathan I, Emperor of Austenasia became site owner after purchasing the wiki from d'Égtavie on 13 May 2014.[102] MicroWiki created several sister projects, including the MicroWiki forums in late December 2010;[5] UnMicroWiki – a satirical parody of MicroWiki – in 2011, which would be shut down in 2013 to free up MicroWiki server resources, Czech MicroWiki – the Czech language edition of MicroWiki – in 2012, MicroCommons – a repository of micronational literature, documentation, oratory transcripts and images – in 2013, and MicroWikiDictionary – a dictionary for micronational phrases and terms – in 2019.[103][104][105][106]

Several users held the distinction of the largest edit count, however, when MicroWiki moved to micronation.org on 7 November 2013, all edit counts were reset, alongside all page revision histories and original server statistics (such as the total number of edits and registered users), making earlier data unreliable. Before 7 November 2013, It is possible that User:Þeodia (Miles B Huff; later User:Swena) held the distinction for upwards to a year, which would make him the first user to hit 10,000 edits.[107] User:Nedland (Ned Gunderson) claimed the title on 10 June 2017 upon reaching 13,041 edits,[108] and held this distinction until 15 April 2019, when User:KingdomOfBaustralia (John I of Baustralia) claimed the title with 15,659 edits;[109] User:Z. Luna Skye (Zed) would be the final user to claim the title on 7 November 2019, with 18,607 edits. He also became the first user to hit 20,000 edits, doing so on 5 December.[110][111]

Furthermore, the main page for MicroWiki was changed for several April Fool's Day pranks:[112] in 2012, BoratWiki, a website (rendered in faux Cyrillic) devoted to "Boratnations", based on the titular 2006 mockumentary comedy film;[112] 2013, MicroWiki adopted "LOLSPEAK" on the Main Page and sidebar, and a video of internet meme Nyan Cat on the Main Page played automatically when the page loaded;[112] 2015, ErusiaWiki, MicroWiki apparently came under the jurisdiction of the Democratic People's Republic of Erusia;[112] 2017, MichaelWiki, "the internet's top fan forum for all things George Michael", audio of the music video of George Michael's 1984 single Careless Whisper played on the front page, and the wiki's typeface was changed from Arial to a handwriting style;[113] 2019, The main page's language was changed to gibberish called "gnome speak", and there were various images of gnomes on the site.[114][101]

Culture, media, entertainment and society

Sport

The Micronational Olympic Federation, founded on 7 January 2018, became the largest sports federation.

The Micronational Olympic Federation was founded on 7 January 2018 by Posaf, and soon the 2018 MOF Games took place between 15–26 February. It included six games and six national honours, such as Best Flag, and was received very positively, leading to a massive growth of the federation, after initial criticism from Pablo Macias his recently-established Micronational Olympic Group;[115] however, it was later revealed that the nation of Andany was fabricated and as were the 2018 Micronational Games. The 2019 MOF Games hosted by Millania between 16 February—15 March, which had 34 participating athletes from 12 micronations in 7 different events, was less successful, however, due to the host nation having Internet connection troubles and the games went on for longer than expected with a disputed national pride category winnings. Similarly, the rules for some games did not go well causing one member to leave the MOF in protest.[116]

Other notable events included the Micronational Games/Olympics and Los Bay Petrosian Olympic Games. Chess tournaments were the 2010 Intermicronational Chess Championship, 2012 Micronational Chess Championship and 2012/13 Micronational Chess Championships and the 2019 Blue Legion Chess Competition. Several virtual football tournaments were held, including the annual CFM World Cup, IFFA Cup, M-League, Micronational World Cup, Micronations World Cup, MicroWiki Cup, SVF Cup. Other tournaments included the 2019 MOF Checkers Tournament[117] and Micronational Rock Paper Scissors Tournament.[118]

Awards

Several awards for micronationalists, micronations and other micronational entities were handed out during the decade, though many were not without criticism or controversy. Two public awards for the "Micronationalist of the Year" took place; RadioMicro Awards in 2015 which bestowed the title to Gabriel N. Pelger, and Statistic-Dime in 2019 which bestowed the title to Adam I, Emperor of Adammia

Award Date Awarded for Focus Decision Owner
Schneider Awards 12 April 2011; 26 January 2013 The best and worst in micronationalism; chosen from a select eighteen separate awards Micronationalists Panel of five judges chosen by Lucas Aldrich Lucas
Pristinian Award of Appreciation Every six months (formerly annually): 2011; April 2012 The best in micronationalism; chosen from a select five separate awards (eight in April 2012) Micronations/micronationalists Public vote by the citizens of Pristinia to other micronations Pristinia
RadioMicro Awards[119] 2015 The best in micronationalism; chosen from a select thirteen awards[120] Micronationalists/micronational entities[121] Public vote[122] RadioMicro Group
Dime Micronationalist of the Month Monthly: January 2019–present[123] "The most influential micronationalist of the given month"[124] Micronationalists Usually public vote Statistic-Dime
Micronationalist of the Year[125] Annually: December 2019–present "The most influential micronationalist of the given year" Micronationalists Public vote Statistic-Dime

Music

Notable music artists of the 2010s included ambient, experimental and industrial artist Scott Harwood, who recorded hundreds of songs,[126] vaporwave artist Succ, the stage name of HG Colonel Sir Cavan Garfield, the musical project Klopfzeichen and the groups The Diarchy[127] and Nationality.[128]

Web-series and film

SBC TV's Micro High ran between 2011–2013 and received widespread acclaim.
ATP's Cool Barbie ran for nearly the entire decade, having its series finale in 2018.

ATP's Cool Barbie ran for nearly the entire decade, having its series finale in 2018.[129] SBC TV's Micro High ran between 2011–2013,[130] and received widespread critical acclaim, and the Daily Micronational's eponymous series and YAMO of the Week ran three and two episodes respectively between 2015–2016, however received widespread critical acclaim, and have been viewed over three-thousand times on YouTube.[131] The YouTube channel for Flandrensis was held in high regard. Several other short-lived web-series and news broadcasts, commonly of talk show, comedy and parody format, were uploaded onto YouTube throughout the decade. An anti-micronational warfare documentary short film by Alexander Reinhardt, Operation Electrolight, was released in 2011 and met with generally positive reviews, with several critics, mainly in the Italophone sector, citing it as "the best explanation as [to] why micronational war is stupid".[132] A short film from Sabia and Verona Proun was released in 2016, and was met with mixed reception.[133] New Eiffel released the first micronational feature-length film in 2019, the experimental artistic Soothing Ring of Fire, which consists of ten hours and thirty-four minutes of slow motion footage of an unchanging view of an electronic heater fan.[134]

Journalism

The St.Charlian Observer was widely considered to be the most influential news outlet of its time[135]

On 23 April 2015, a decision was made to only allow administrator-approved publications to the MicroWiki headlines on the main page. Sources approved in the 2010s (including sources which would later have the status removed) included Abeldane Telegraph, The Acteriendian Evening Standard, Adammic Express, Amaburg Times, Amerston Post, Ashukovski Vesti, Austenasian Times, Béal na Tíre, Burnham Micropress, Charlington Press, Courant van Lazia, The Custodian, The Daily Micronationalist, Daily Micronational, Eodusian Gazette, Eskhavn Guardian, Gazet of Giddis, The Glastieven, GUM News, IADP News, Ikonian Post, Imperial State News (Lundenwic), The Indokistan Times, Iustian Times, Khamsin Molossia News, Kirkburgh Courier, Koningswyk Gazette, Lavrada Bannerman, Lostisland News, Messenger, The Military Tribune, Nemkhav News Service, New Richmond Herald, Occidental Chronicle, Plushunian News Service, The Principality of Domanglia (publication), Quo Times, Scânteia, The Sirocco Times, The SiV Phonograph, South Maudlandian Standard, St.Charlian Observer, Sycamorean Broadcasting Center, Telenot.jc, themicronational, Tiana Today, Triumvirate National Press, Veritum Sandus and Wielki Wyladowac Times.[136]

Slang

One of the most popular[137] terms during the decade was YAMO, an acronym for the phrase "Yet Another Micronational Organisation," which is commonly used as a disparaging epithet for intermicronational organisations;[138] it also spawn several variations.[139] Handspuppet, termed around March 2010 (probably earlier) was used to describe a sockpuppet account, mainly those created by Barnaby Hands of Senya, the term's namesake.[140] Categories for micronations were termed as well, including a "one man nation" – a micronation that has only one active participant; the term began to have negative connotations in 2017[141] – a bedroom nation – a micronation that's territory or mainland territory consists of a single bedroom, or room[142] – a plush nation – a micronations that recognises and allows stuffed animals (also known as plushies) to become citizens or "participant" in politics – a nanonation (termed in at least October 2016)[143] – a small model country that is based within a larger micronation[144] – and a New Year's Micronation (termed in mid-2019) – a micronation founded on New Year's Day, as, allegedly, that is the most popular date for a micronation to be established in the MicroWiki sector.[145]

A sister project of MicroWiki dedicated to documenting micronational terms and phrases, MicroWikiDictionary, was founded on 7 April 2019.[106]

Memes and in-jokes

The spreading and prevalence of memes grew outside of small sectors – such as micronational Skype rooms or private forums – via the popularisation of the MicroWiki Forums around 2011, and the launch of MicroWiki@Discord in 2018, which made spreading memes much easier and faster. Notable memes included: Francillian apple pie, Microballs[8] (2010), MNTO, Smoking Lethler, Yaroslav heads (2015), Dreamlight Hackerz, Hahu, Math Pony, the United States of Wings (2016), Lenny Face,[146][147] Brazeaugate (2017), @New Eiffel Government, Arkovia,[148] Cornposting,[149] Face of Leon Montan,[150][151] Merge,[148] the MicroWiki Tea Company, former McGrathic states[148] and Verdis (2019).[148][152]

Prominent micronations

[154]

Significant micronationalists

Jonathan I (left), Reinhardt (right)
Lethler (left), Tierney (right)
Kennedy (left), Adam I (right)
Wilhelm I (left), Lewis (right)
Randouler (left), Jaax (right)
Ciprian (left), Green (right)

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Administrators

[155]

MicroWiki editors

[156]

  • Miles B. Huff, Theodia, possibly the first user to reach ten-thousand edits
  • Ned Gunderson, Nedland, most prolific MicroWiki editor (2017–2019)
  • John I of Baustralia, most prolific MicroWiki editor (2019–2019)
  • Zarel "Zed" Smith, New Eiffel, most prolific MicroWiki editor (since 2019)

Deaths

Maggiore (1993–2011) (left), Abdurrahman (1994–2019) (right)

See also

This article comprises the most notable events from the following timelines: 2010  • 2011  • 2012  • 2013  • 2014  • 2015  • 2016  • 2017  • 2018  • 2019

Summaries

Footnotes

  1. Unconfirmed; if the estimated number of 40 is correct, it would have been the largest intermicronational summit (larger than PoliNation 2012 with 32 attendees) until MicroCon 2019 with 113.
  2. Unknown

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