Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational

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Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
Henree.png
Incumbent
Henry Clément

since 28 March 2017
Style Mr./M./Mme. Chair
Esteemed Chair
His/Her Excellency[1]
Appointer Quorum of Delegates
Term length Six months
Inaugural holder Kalvin Koolidge
Formation 15 February 2009
Succession Election

The Chairman of the Grand Unified Micronational, officially the Chair of the Quorum of Delegates, is the executive leader and chief administrative officer of the Grand Unified Micronational. Akin to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Chairperson is the most senior of the three recognised leaders of the GUM, with the office taking precedence over all other political appointments and positions in the organisation. The Chair exercises a wide range of powers within the organisation, though they have little direct control over member states and their representatives, with the vast majority of their powers being technical and administrative. The Chair is the presiding officer of the Quorum of Delegates, serving as a de facto speaker for that chamber, and exercising many of the powers usually vested in the speaker of a legislative chamber.

Creation

The post of Chairman was first formally established on 15 February 2009, over a month since the founding of the Grand Unified Micronational. In his capacity as the founder of the institution, Jacob Tierney had been acting as the de facto leader of the GUM, presiding over meetings of what would become known as the Quorum on an informal basis. As the institution began to grow and expand, it soon became apparent that it required a clearly defined leader and administrative chief. As such, it was decided that the organisation would be headed by a Chairman, who would be elected quarterly alongside councils. Kalvin Koolidge became the first Chairman of the GUM on 15 February, serving until 12 April, being succeeded by Robert Lethler. With the implementation of the GUM Constitution later that month, the posting officially became known as the Chair, the role of which remains largely defined by the roles played by Koolidge and Lethler in those first few months in the history of the GUM.

Election

The Chair serves for a period of six months, although prior to the adoption of the current charter in June 2016, the Chair served for a term of only three months. The Chair is elected by all full members in a ballot held online, with one vote allotted to each member state.

List of GUM Chairmen

# Portrait Name
Origin (nation)
Vice-Chair Term of office Political affiliation
1 Kalvin koolidge.png Kalvin Koolidge
Republic of Petorio
N/A 15 February 2009 13 April 2009 Independent
Considered Moderate
One of the original members of the Grand Unified Micronational. During his term a judicial branch was created for the organization, a constitution was written, the Altanian War began, the Meissner-Antifan War was ended with peacekeeping efforts by the GUM Security Council and the Grand Empire of Fuzzel was dissolved. Played a major role in the creation of future conventions still used by the GUM today. The Camurian War began during his term and ended towards the end of Robert Lethler's term.
2 Commerusia.png Robert Lethler
Democratic People's Republic of Erusia
Kalvin Koolidge
(from 31 May)
13 April 2009 13 July 2009 Erusian National Communist Party
Previously served briefly as the first de facto Supreme Judge of the GUM. Wrote the original version of the constitution, which was adopted during his term. Introduced a new voting system, the creation of a Vice-Chair, attempts to reform the Advancement and Security Councils and a greater emphasis on the core ideals of the GUM. Several intermicronational conflicts involving the GUM happened during this term. Had served 91 days at the end of his term.
3 Js1.png James Stewart
Democratic Duchy of Francisville
Alexander Reinhardt
(until 27 September)
13 July 2009 13 October 2009 Independent
Considered Moderate
Served a full 92 day term. Similarly to the previous Chairman, Stewart saw a multitude of conflicts occur during his term and aided their mediation. Also oversaw the introduction of Spanish as an official language of the GUM.
4 Commerusia.png Robert Lethler
Democratic People's Republic of Erusia
Wilhelm von Hartmann 13 October 2009 22 December 2009 Erusian National Communist Party
First Chairman to successfully secure a second term; resigned his powers on 22 December and vested them in the Vice-Chair. By the end of this term had served 71 days.
Wilhelm I in 2009.png Wilhelm von Hartmann
Empire of New Europe
Acting Chairman
None 22 December 2009 13 January 2010 Independent
Considered Conservative
First Vice-Chairman to act as Chairman. All powers and duties of the Chair fell to Wilhelm von Hartmann, who served 22 days as Acting Chair.
5 Photo-0074b.png Jacob Tierney
Renasia
Ben Lawson (until Feb)
Alexander Reinhardt (from Feb)
13 January 2010 13 April 2010 Independent
Considered Moderate
Founder of the GUM. He spent his term largely inactive due to personal reasons. Alexander Reinhardt served as "Vice-Chairman with emergency powers" during the majority of his term, but did not officially assume the role of Acting Chair. Served 90 days.
6 Commerusia.png Robert Lethler
Democratic People's Republic of Erusia
James von Puchow 13 April 2010 25 July 2010 Erusian National Communist Party
First Chairman to successfully secure a third term, held for 103 days. By the end of this term he had served 265 days in office. Led a caretaker administration from 13 July to 25 July as a consequence of the withdrawal of the only candidate from the election in July 2010.
7 Sandus 003.jpg Will Sörgel
Democratic People's Republic of Sandus
James von Puchow 25 July 2010 28 July 2010 Citizens' Communist Party of Sandus
The Grand Unified Micronational's only elected Chairman to step down from his position before the first Quorum of his term. As a consequence, James von Puchow, Vice-Chairman, was given the position of Acting Chair of the GUM for the remainder of M. Sörgel's term.
JamesvonPuchowSBFence.jpg James von Puchow
Antarctic Community Of Landashir
Acting Chairman
None 28 July 2010 13 September 2010 Independent
Considered Progressive
Second Vice-Chairman to act as Chairman, due to the resignation of Will Sörgel. Presided over the GUM when both its influence and levels of activity were rapidly declining. Entered into failed negotiations with the OAM regarding a proposed merger, and attempted to initiate a reform of the organisation, the only aspects of which that were actually implemented were bringing back the election schedule by - and therefore reducing his own term by - one month, and removing the last chances for the organisation to return to activity in the short term by dissolving the Councils. Announced that he had "dissolved" the organisation on 20 September 2010.
N/A N/A N/A 13 September 2010 14 August 2011 N/A
No Chair was in office during this time, as the Grand Unified Micronational entered a long period of inactivity. Although von Puchow had not had the legal authority to do so, most of the community accepted his "dissolution" of the GUM, with ineffective challenges to the legality of his declaration being initially raised in early 2011.
2011Summit Jacob.jpg Jacob Tierney
Renasia
Acting Chairman
Will Sörgel (Acting) 14 August 2011 13 September 2011 Independent
Considered Moderate
Informed various "former" member states that the GUM was de jure merely dormant, gathered together a Quorum and was elected Acting Chair. Led the effort to bring the organisation back from inactivity, and arranged for constitutional elections to take place a month after the "re-birth" of the GUM. Held office during the Yablokogate Scandal.
8 2011Summit Jacob.jpg Jacob Tierney
Renasia
Will Sörgel 13 September 2011 13 December 2011 Independent
Considered Moderate
The first constitutionally elected Chairman in over a year, and the first Chairman to be elected as such immediately after holding the position of Acting Chair. Oversaw the restoration of activity of the Security Council, the restoration of weekly national reports, and a large growth in the organisation’s membership. Served a full 91 day term.
9 JonathanDec11.png Jonathan Nobilissimus Caesar
Empire of Austenasia
Sebastian Linden (until 18 Dec)
Lucas Campos (from 18 Dec)
13 December 2011 13 March 2012 Theodorist Party of Austenasia
The first Chairman to appoint his Vice-Chair directly (albeit with approval from the Quorum) rather than have them elected. Successfully implemented a reform of the Constitution by codifying conventions and removing needless bureacratic or defunct features. Oversaw the restoration of activity of the Advancement Council, the creation of a micronational human rights treaty, the establishment of the GUM Lounge and the status of observers, and a further large growth in the organisation's membership. Served a full 91 day term.
10 Foto2.jpg Bradley of Dullahan
Kingdom of Wyvern
Will Sörgel
(from 14 Mar)
13 March 2012 22 April 2012 Wyvernian Liberal Party
Oversaw the de facto abolition of permanent observer status and encouraged several projects of the Advancement Council. Created the offices of Secretaries of the Advancement and Security Council. The first Chair to be made to resign through a vote of no confidence, after being accused by a majority of member states of incompetence and a lack of knowledge on the Constitution, conventions, workings and proceedings of the organisation.
Secession 010.JPG Will Sörgel
State of Sandus
Acting Chairman
Jonathan Nobilissimus Caesar (Acting)
(from 25 Apr)
22 April 2012 13 June 2012 Citizens' Communist Party of Sandus
The third Vice-Chairman to act as Chairman, due to the vote of no confidence passed against the Duke of Dullahan. Oversaw a large growth in membership.
11 JonathanMay12.jpg Jonathan Nobilissimus Caesar
Empire of Austenasia
Jacob Tierney
(from 17 Jun)
13 June 2012 13 September 2012 Theodorist Party of Austenasia
Re-elected to a second term as Chairman. Restored permanent observer status and oversaw a regulation of the Official Diplomatic Staff. Chaired the first physically held in-person Quorum session on 15 July 2012 in London, and chaired and helped to organise the 24 Hour Quorum held a month later which raised over £80 for various charities. Held office during the creation of an application form for non-members.
12 Jacob2012.jpg Jacob Tierney
Free State of Renasia
Yaroslav Mar
(from 16 Sep)
13 September 2012 13 December 2012 Independent
Considered Moderate
The first Chairman to be elected to a third term since Robert Lethler. Changed Quorum meetings from weekly to fortnightly.
13 Yaroslav Mar.jpg Yaroslav Mar
Republic of Lostisland
Bradley of Dullahan
(from 16 Dec)
13 December 2012 19 January 2013 Lostislandic National Congress
Oversaw the creation of the GUM Post. Resigned as a result of controversy arising from accusations he plotted to remove political opponents from the GUM with the complicity of the Vice-Chair and the Secretary of the Security Council.
BradleyPope.jpg Bradley of Dullahan
Kingdom of Wyvern
Acting Chairman
None 19 January 2013 19 January 2013 Wyvernian Liberal Party
Became de jure Acting Chairman upon the resignation of Yaroslav Mar as Mar's Vice-Chair, but resigned after 46 minutes in office, the shortest term in GUM history.
JonathanSep12.jpg Jonathan I
Empire of Austenasia
Acting Chairman
Tom Turner (Acting)
(from 20 Jan)
19 January 2013 13 March 2013 Theodorist Party of Austenasia
Became Acting Chairman (as Supreme Judge; the only time the holder of said office has ever had to assume the Chair due to the resignation of both the Chair and Vice-Chair) after the resignation of Yaroslav Mar and Bradley of Dullahan. Oversaw the restoration of the organisation after the 2012-13 GUM leadership scandal, with many members who had left rejoining.
14 Richard Cunningham Suit.png Richard Cunningham
Dominion of Burnham
Leon Simpson
(from 17 Mar)
13 March 2013 13 June 2013 Independent
Considered Theodorist
Suspended the Security Council on the grounds of inactivity and vulnerability to corruption. Oversaw the creation of a new GUM website, membership application form and official Chair e-mail address. Also increased the quota of provisional member slots from five to ten.
15 Jacob2012.jpg Jacob Tierney
Free State of Renasia
Will Sörgel
(from 30 Jun)
13 June 2013 13 September 2013 Independent
Considered Moderate
Elected to a record fourth term. Presided over a period of declining activity, acknowledging himself at the end of his term to have been a "placeholder and peace-keeper".
16 Quentinwyvern2013.jpg Quentin I
Kingdom of Wyvern
Kuri Kabanov
(from 15 Sep)
13 September 2013 13 December 2013 People's Party of Wyvern
Served over a period of general inactivity in the GUM, the zenith of which the organisation reached when it failed to properly organise the December 2013 elections. Oversaw the abolition of the membership cap. The first chairman to represent and originate from the same country as a former Chairman.
17 HMCiprian.png Ciprian
Kingdom of Juclandia
Adam I
(from 15 Dec)
13 December 2013 13 March 2014 Independent
Considered Radical
Oversaw the expulsion and demotion of several inactive member states. Moved part of the duties of the Quorum to a new venue, the forum. Re-founded the Press Secretariat for the GUM to serve as its PR office. Brought back the weekly Quorum meetings. Oversaw the opening of a Constituent Assembly and the successful abolition of the Constitution and ratification of a Charter for the GUM, which involved a structural reform of the organisation, by abolishing the Advancement and Security Councils, the abolition of all past GUM legislation, more powers for the Vice Chair, and different systems for approving or expelling member states, as well as other provisions.
18 BradleyPope.jpg Bradley of Dullahan
Kingdom of Wyvern
Arthur Lobão
(from 16 Mar)
13 March 2014 13 June 2014 Wyvernian Liberal Party
Oversaw the creation of the Advisory Staff, an organ made to advise the Chair, and later its abolition. Created the GUM Staff, an organ made up of all GUM officials, and created the GUM Peacekeeper Award, to be given to promoters of peace. Attempted to promote dialogue between the administrations of MicroWiki and MicroWikia.
19 HRH The Grand Duke Joseph.jpg Joseph Kennedy
Ashukov Federation
Arthur Lobão 13 June 2014 13 September 2014 National Party of Ashukovo
Elected after having served a full term as Chairman of the Justice Commission. Oversaw the establishment of two committees, the Committee for the Drafting of a New Charter and the Mock Trial Committee. Oversaw GUM acquisition of the news.micronation.org service. Oversaw the establishment of the GUM Library, and the creation of a wiki to serve as its hub. However, the Staff seldom met and Quorum was often postponed due to personal issues.
20 Adamcropped.jpg Adam I
Empire of Adammia
Fionnbarra Ó Cathail
(from 14 Sep)
13 September 2014 13 December 2014 Liberal Party of Adammia
Oversaw an overhaul of the organisation's internal administration, bringing many records up to date. Oversaw the creation of Junior Secretaries to assist the elected Secretaries, the creation of a directory of delegates, and the expulsion of three inactive member states.
21 Pride 2.jpg Taeglan I Nihilus
Reylan Imperial Triumvirate
Callum I
(from 21 Dec)
13 December 2014 1 April 2015 Independent
Considered Monarchist
Presided over rapidly declining activity in the GUM. Led a caretaker administration from 13 March to 1 April 2015 following the failure of regularly scheduled elections.
22 Adamcropped.jpg Adam I
Empire of Adammia
Joseph Kennedy
(until 14 Jun)
1 April 2015 30 July 2015 Liberal Party of Adammia
Led the Extraordinary Constituent Quorum which on 14 June 2015 transitioned the GUM from an international organisation of micronations into an association of micronationalists, leaving behind only the GUM Lounge.
23 ICJA2015.jpg Jonathan I
Empire of Austenasia
Fionnbarra Ó Cathail (Acting)
(from 26 Apr)
30 July 2015 25 June 2016 Independent
Considered Monarchist
Elected under the provisions put in place for the GUM as an association based in the Lounge. Broke the record of Jacob Tierney for the longest time served as Chairman on 27 January 2016 (4 January if time as Acting Chairman is counted). Led the process of transitioning the GUM back into a functioning intergovernmental organisation, chairing Quorums in the Lounge to draft a new Charter, which was adopted on 4 June, triggering elections.
24 123coa.png Fionnbarra Ó Cathail
Confederation of Leylandiistan & Gurvata
Jonathan I 25 June 2016 10 September 2016 Conradh Daonlathais
The first Chairman to be elected under the 2016 Charter. Oversaw a growth in membership and the consolidation of the newly revived organisation. Resigned halfway through his term upon the impending dissolution of his micronation.
ICJA.jpg Jonathan I
Empire of Austenasia
Acting Chairman
Bradley of Dullahan 10 September 2016 25 December 2016 Independent
Considered Monarchist
Became Acting Chair for a second time upon the resignation of the Chair. Oversaw the restarting of the Diplomabear World Tour under GUM supervision, amendments to the Charter, and a growth in membership.
25 Adam Mar 16.jpg Adam I
Kingdom of Überstadt
Thomas Merrell (until 11 Mar)
Henry Clément (from 11 Mar)
25 December 2016 28 March 2017 Independent
Considered Socialist
Oversaw judicial reform, the establishing of the SCRIL, and another amendment to the charter. Resigned due to other commitments infringing on his available time.
Henree.png Henry Clément
Essian Commonwealth
Acting Chairman
Newton von Uberquie
(from 2 Apr)
28 March 2017 25 June 2017 Independent
Considered Monarchist
Became Acting Chair upon the resignation of the Chair. Organised a second 24 Hour Quorum, saw the publication of the first GUM International Exhibitions, and the reorganisation of several inactive Secretaries into Secretariats. Appointed the first Associate Justices and expelled several inactive member states. Re-created a GUM email address and oversaw initial work on the GUM Portal.
26 Henree.png Henry Clément
Essian Commonwealth
Newton von Uberquie (until 24 Sep)
Tarik Kârjasary (from 24 Sep)
25 June 2017 Incumbent Independent
Considered Monarchist
Elected Chairman unopposed; only the second Chairman to be elected as such immediately after holding the position of Acting Chair (after Tierney in September 2011). Passed an amendment creating the office of Speaker pro tempore and combated inactivity. Saw the first Quarterly Statistical Report published. Oversaw the creation of an improved GUM News website.

References

  1. This an informal style, used only on occasion, often by parties outside of the Grand Unified Micronational.