Conference of Santiago

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Conference of Santiago
Flag
Flag
Logo of Conference of Santiago
Logo
Original seatSantiago do Sacramento, Quinta Velha
Official languages
TypeSupranational union
Membership
GovernmentIntergovernmental direct democracy
Arthur II of Ebenthal
LegislaturePlenary
Establishment
23 March 2020
30 March 2020
• Treaty of Santiago
7 April 2020
20 April 2020
• Adoption of single currency
2 August 2020
14 December 2020
27 February 2021
10 March 2021
16 August 2021
Population
• 2022 estimate
1079
CurrencyConferential Doubloon (Δ) (CSD)

The Conference of Santiago (Portuguese: Conferência de Santiago  • Spanish: Conferencia de Santiago  • French: Conférence de Santiago), also abbreviated as CS, is an intermicronational organisation and supranational union whose main objective is to promote relations between secessionist (also called derivative) micronations and the development of secessionism/derivatism by formulating rules, accordances and treaties and providing micronationalists with the proper support to engage in secessionist micronationalism.

The CS was founded in 7 April 2020 by the Treaty of Santiago on the initiative of King Thomas I of Quinta Velha[1] as a direct consequence of the process that led to the splitting of the simulationist-dominated Lusophone Sector and the creation of the Brazilian sector.[2] Although formally established by the Treaty of Santiago, the CS has its premises established by the Treaty of Persenburg[3] and follows the definitions detailed in the Protocol of Goetha,[4] both documents authored by the Emperor Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia and which became requirements for the admissions process to the organization. Subsequently, the Convention of Mauritsstad, which identifies micronations that do not claim geographic territory as sovereign entities analogous to secessionist states (they were labeled virtualists), also became a key document and requirement for the admission process to the CS.

During its first year and a half, CS self-identified as a regional organization and became the most relevant intermicronational organization in South America and in the Lusophone and Spanish-speaking worlds due to its relationship development, intersectoral activity, intermicronational recognition and content production, which eventually led CS to abandon its regionality and become an organization with a global reach, with a presence in North America, Europe and Asia.

History

Background

Conference of Santiago founding members lesser arms.

Different from most the world, since its beggining in the 1990s, the Brazilian micronational scenario had been greatly dominated by simulationism and geofiction projects of nations, other than secessionist micronations. During this period, the so-called Lusophone sector emerged, covering secessionist micronations, simulationist projects and geofiction alike that had Portuguese as a common language. In time, the simulationists began to pressure the secessionist micronationalists to abandon their micronations and join the projects of geofiction and simulacrum of nations. This situation generated a culture of arrogance and dominance on the part of simulationists in which the largest simulationist projects tried to control the course of Lusophone micronationalism, especially in Brazil, and to some extent successfully, establishing that for a micronation or simulation to succeed, recognition of the great simulationists was imperative, and this recognition would only come with a certain degree of submission.

Due to the very long extension of this situation, with the emergence of new secessionist micronations that wanted to remain that way, between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 a deep debate arose that culminated in the Treaty of Persenburg, a document authored by the Emperor Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia, published on 12 March 2020, by which the signatory micronations would establish the Brazilian sector, a purely secessionist micronational sector, and would commit to no longer recognize simulationism and geofiction as micronationalism, therefore not engaging in diplomatic relations with nation projects that followed these strands. Although the treaty did not attack simulationism or attempt to co-opt adherents among the simulationists or their secessionist allies, its content and the creation of a secessionist sector separate from the Lusophone sector was received as a shock and interpreted as an aggressive act of invalidation by the simulationists, who responded with official notes and formal, informal and even personal attacks on the signatory states and the micronationalists involved. Shortly after, the Protocol of Goetha was also published as a guideline on micronational right and definition.

Soon after the signing of the Treaty of Persenburg by all the original signatory states, Queen Marina I of the Manso sought to change its content so that, even if it established the Brazilian Sector, the treaty would not prevent secessionist micronations from relating to simulationists. Monarch Manseana presented her amended version of the treaty to the original signatories, but as they were in agreement that the text should not be changed, Marina's proposal was promptly ignored. This led the Kingdom of Manso to move away from the treaty, removing itself in 12 April 2020. The Empire of Deltaria also removed itself from the treaty for other personal reasons.

Foundation: Treaty of Santiago

Foundation documment of the Conference of Santiago, signed in Persenburg, 7 April 2020.
Conference of Santiago note on micronational terrorism of which it has been victim.[5]

With the attacks against the signatories of the Treaty of Persenburg growing in proportions, the Government of Manso joined the II Microcon, a reactionary convention established by the simulationist "German Empire" (Portuguese: Império Alemão), which would eventually evolve to become the Queluz Group, with the objective to discuss the recent events of Brazilian micronationalism and invalidity of the Brazilian Sector proposal. In response, the King Thomas I of Quinta Velha drew up the idea of creating an intermicronational organization so that Brazilian secessionists could act in an organized, cohesive manner against an opponent by then much more influential locally. On 7 April 2020 he presented to the signatories of the Treaty of Persenburg, with the exception of Manso, Deltaria, Montevert and Armatia who had withdrawn from the treaty, the Treaty of Santiago, named after the Quinta Velha town of Santiago de Sacramento. The treaty established the Conference of Santiago by being signed and ratified by most of its signatories on the same day it was presented. At first the organization did not have a clear organizational and administrative structure and functioned de facto as a direct democracy.

As soon as the treaty was published, the Mansean Government, alongside the II Microcon simulationists and a few other secessionist micronations, began to attack the newly established Conference of Santiago, its member states, and the micronationalists involved. Queen Marina I of the Manso accused the treaty of having been "developed in darkness, in the dead of night", complaining that she had not been invited to sign a treaty that she would "accept". To try to settle the dispute, King Arthur II of Ebenthal, the Queen Maria I of Sildavia and Caesar, Prince Regent of the Lateran State, proposed to converse with the Queen and other representatives of the Manso at the I Santiago-Mansean Summit. Without having prior knowledge, the King of Bauru and St. Vincent was also present at the meeting, alongside Manso. As the dialogue progressed, Monarch Mansean accused the Conference of Santiago member states of having betrayed her by organizing the Treaty of Santiago without her knowledge, while representatives of the Conference of Santiago argued that it was done in such a way because the Government of Manso had left the Treaty of Persenburg and the Brazilian sector. On the occasion, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Manso was exalted with shouts, as did the King of Bauru, who cursed the micronationalist representatives of the CS as "scoundrels", which motivated the King of Ebenthal to immediately leave the meeting, which ended inconclusively long after. The event came to be known as the Santiago-Mansean Conflict.

Reactions

Immediatly following the official foundation of the Conference of Santiago, the organization received mostly a positive reaction, speacially in the worldwide micronational community. The Grand Duke Niels I of Flandrensis personally praised attitude and the Conference of Santiago's ultimate goal of promote actual micronationalism as officialy defined in dictionaires among the Lusophone and Brazilian sectors; Premier Thomas Frank Falesnik of the Gymnasium State congratulated the organization and laid ground for the realization of accordances between the Brazilian sector and his native Czech sector; Carlo, Prince of Nossia welcomed the organization as a turning point in recent South American micronationalism (the Principality of Nossia ultimatelly joined the Conference); former Emperor Wilhelm I of the North American Confederation saw the organization as a model to be followed in North America; Nicholas Randouler, Prince of Posaf, commended the Conference on being a cohesive and proffessional intermicronational organization; The House of Mithras praised the Conference and most specially its developing economic system, showing interest in take part on it. Many other micronationalists around the world showed support for the organization. Months following its foundation, the Conference of Santiago signed treaties with beyond-sea micronations, sectors and organizations.

Within the Lusophone sector, on the other hand, a group of both simulationists and micronationalists known as the "Queluz Group" led by the "German Empire" simulationist project and the Kingdom of Manso reacted negatively and aggressively to the creation of the organization. Queen Marina I of the Manso, along with some of her ministers, openly attacked the Conference, calling it "Karno-Ruthenian imperialism", "futureless", and attacking figures such as the King Arthur II of Ebenthal, King Rafael I of [[Luna[[ and the Emperor Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia at personal level. She and a couple of her allies sought to recruit Brazilian micronationalists by demeaning the Conference of Santiago and its members. The self-proclaimed "German Emperor" B. Thomas and the Stadhouder of the United Provinces of Mauritia, Lucas VIII, Prince of Woenstein, exchanged offenses through notes and media. The simulationist "German Empire" also encouraged his group to create puppet-states in the core of the territory claimed by Mauritia and to strike the virtual channels of the Conference through DDoS attacks. Both acts were considered as terrorist acts unanimously by the Conference of Santiago, which reacted with an open letter to the micronationalists of the world. Since then the Conference has taken the measure of ignore the attacks.[5] Following some months the whole matter was nearly-forgotten and entered a status of cold war.

Expansion

Despite the diplomatical crisis generated over the creation of the Conference, its members continued to act in accordance and sought to expand the Conference's relations, membership and influence. Over the next days, Quinta Velha and Karnia-Ruthenia established relations with the Republic of Rino Island,[6] one of the oldest and most successful Chilean micronations, which expressed desire to join the Conference. The CS as a whole started diplomatic talks with the Grand Republic of Delvera, which also demonstrated interest on the unique initiative of a secessionist sector and cohese organization. In 16 April 2020 the United Provinces of Mauritia also started diplomatic conversations with Conference members, resulting in the confection of a diplomatical treaty of recognition between this micronation and all the Conference members on 20 April.

In May 2020 the Republic of Rino Island aceeded to the Treaty of Santiago and officialy joined the Conference as a special international member with observer status. The accession of Mauritia was a little more complicated because the micronation did not claim geographic territory, however, similar to the system of ecclesiastical provinces of the Catholic Church, it claimed cultural continuity over a large part of the Brazilian northeast, so that the micronation was not simulationist, but it wasn't exactly secessionist either. To this end, the Convention of Mauritsstad was developed, which means the format of a micronation that does not claim geographic territory as a sovereign entity, called a "virtualist", equivalent to a secessionist microstate. The document was signed and ratified by all CS member states which allowed Mauritia to join and became a key document required for membership of the organization. Over the course of the year more micronations such as the Kingdom of Eminia and the Kingdom of Taslavia joined the CS, while others such as Gardenland intended to but were prevented due to political instability. In the meantime, the Conference developed the Conference of Santiago Derivative Program whereby more experienced CS micronationalists mentor new micronationalists and sometimes create micronations and hand over to the command of [mostly] new micronationalists due to the demand for secessionist micronational learning that arose with the stampede of part of the simulationists from the Lusophone Sector to the Brazilian Sector.

Contemporary history

First flag of the Conference of Santiago.

After the 6th Conference of Santiago Summit in December 2020 Lucas, Stadhouder of Mauritia, brought to the attention of the conference plenary the proposal to reform the CS into a UN-like organization , directing inter-micronational laws and regulations and opening up globally, beyond the continental union model it followed. Another proposed alternative was the creation of a separate organization for this purpose. The proposal, however, was met with skepticism by the King Arthur II of Ebenthal, who believed that as an organization almost entirely formed by Brazilians and with many start-up micronations, the proposed idea would be doomed to failure, the CS would become a YAMO and could also lose influence over the Brazilian Sector. Emperor Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia and Queen Maria I of Sildavia agreed with Arthur's opinion which prevailed among the members of the plenary, being promptly abandoned.

On 1 January 2021 the Stadhouder of Mauritia again brought up the proposal to reform the SC as a global organization after a conversation with the Karno-Ruthenian and Ebenthali monarchs about xenophobia in the Anglophone Sector. King Arthur again declared opposition to the idea and, together with Emperor Oscar, agreeing with the Ebenthali monarch, tried to dissuade the Mauritian Head of State from entering into a meaningless quarrel with the King of Ebenthal over a matter which, proposed not long ago , had been dismissed. The situation escalated into an internal diplomatic conflict between the Kingdom of Ebenthal and the United Provinces of Mauritia, with Stadhouser resigning his position at the Conference of Santiago Plenary and appointing his Minister of Foreign Affairs , The Marquis of Frag, to act in its stead. Nevertheless, after a few months, the Stadhouder of Mauritia re-assumed his position in the plenary.

Following the 2021 ASAM Radiator summit, on which the Conference of Santiago was represented by King Arthur II of Ebenthal, meeting with the Chairman of the Association of South Asian Micronations (ASAM) and the Chairman of the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM), the relations between the Conference and the ASAM were strenghtened, leading to the realization of the Protocol of Quinta Velha between the two intermicronational organizations.[7] Members of the ASAM, headed by Vishwamitra, were also expected to sign the conventions of Mauritsstad and Fruchemburg, the latter had already been signed by Vishwamitra. In April 2021 the Conference was contacted by Vincent I, Sovereign Prince of Hélianthis, a representant of the MicroFrancophonie, the most prominent intermicronational organization of French language, which aimed to develop further relations with the Conference throught the creation of common treaties on specific matters, including a super-treaty by which the micronations who individually agree, on both parts, would recognize one another. That same month, Queen Carolyn I of Ladonia expressed her sympathies and admiration towards the Conference of Santiago and its goal, and reportedly expect to engage in some sort of treaty with the organization regarding the promotion of environmental safety.

Reformation

The II Conference of Santiago Physical Summit between the Princess of Sacratosia and the Minister-President of Saint-Castin, 19 March 2022.

In late July 2021, Queen Maria I of Sildavia convened the Conference of Santiago Plenary for a formal meeting, and the VIII Conference of Santiago Summit was held on 1 August 2021. At the meeting, the representatives of the member states decided to create a Statute of the Conference of Santiago, formalizing the functions of the previously created secretariats, giving member states the right to nominate the secretaries upon approval by the plenary, and creating the position of Secretary-General of the Conference of Santiago to act as the administrative head of the organization and its main representative. Two important points of discussion were brought up by the meeting, which were the adoption of a cryptocurrency as the conference's new official currency, or the transformation of the Conferential Doubloon into a cryptocurrency, and the political opening of the Conference to other American and Ibero-American micronations.

Amidst the reformation, the Sultanate of Harram and the Grand Duchy of Mëcklewmburg-Wladir joined the Conference of Santiago, along with many other Brazilian-originated either resurrected, new and presently active micronation. By January 2022, as the General Secretariat transitioned from officeholders for the first time, the new administration decided for opening the Conference for worldwide application, as the Canadian-originated Newgraviate of Saint-Castin and the Principality of Sancratosia joined the organization, and also followed by the entrance of the US-originated United Provinces of Columbia. On 19 March, the governments of Sancratosia and Saint-Castin held the II Conference of Santiago Physical Summit in Canada, represented by the Princess of Sancratosia and the Minister-President Dominic Desaintes of Saint-Castin; this summit marked the first time that members of the organization met outside Brazil and South America[8].

Vishwamitra-Conference of Santiago Heads of State Summit logo.

On 12 May 2022, the State of Vishwamitra was voted by the plenary to join the organization, becoming the first micronation outside the American continent that joined the Conference of Santiago and the first Asian micronation to do so. It was also the first state member to host an intercontinental summit with members of the organization.[9][10][11]

Structure

The Conferece of Santiago works as an intergovernmental elective direct democracy headed by the Secretary-General of the Conference of Santiago who is elected by the Heads of State of the member states for a term of 6 months with possibility of re-election. The Secretary-General is the chief administrative officer and speaker of the Conference of Santiago Plenary, which is the main administrative body of the organization, formally composed by the Heads of State of the member states of the conference which may be represented by duly appointed members of his or her respective government.

Formal plenary sessions may be convened by any CS member state; in them, representatives of member states vote to approve or reject proposals previously discussed and listed, as well as can introduce new bills and policy proposals for future voting. The approval or rejection of proposals is subject to a simple majority vote with a minimum quorum of three votes either in favor or against, within the time period determined for the vote.

Secretariats

During the 6th Summit, in 13 December 2020, the Plenary of the Conference voted for the creation of secretariats to deal with a variety of issues, granting greater scope of action and autonomy to the members of the Conference, still acting in a cohesive manner under the supervision of the Secretary General. The secretaries are invited to assume the portfolios and, if accepted, are formally appointed by the Secretary General, under the scrutiny of the Plenary.

Secretariats include:

  • Secretariat of Culture: Responsible for promote culture, celebrate the differences of cultures at the Conference and create cultural events.
  • Secretariat of Diversity: Respomsible for promoting the diversity and integration of peoples and minorities rights.
  • Secretariat of Micronational Assistance: Responsible for give assistance to micronational begginers and promote micronationalism.
  • Secretariat of Health: Responsible for promote health standarts and informations.
  • Secretariat of Public Relations: Reponsible for promote and represent the Conference of Santiago internationally .
  • Secretariat of Economy: Responsible for head the Financial Authority, develop and administrate the Conference of Santiago's economic policy.
  • Secretariat of Environment: Responsible for promote environment preservation.

Requirements for membership

Following the promulgation of the Statute of the Conference of Santiago, the criteria for membership was padronized. It has since abbandoned the geographical requirement for a micronation to have its territory based in South America. Instead, it is required for a micronation to ratify the four main documents issued by the Conference, which are the Treaty of Persenburg, the Protocol of Goetha, the Convention of Mauritsstad and the Treaty of Santiago, to have a verifiable existence for at least 2 months, to not adhere to simulationism or geofiction, to not be at war with any other micronation, to have a stable government and population.

The criteria according to the Statute of the Conference:

  • Ratify the Treaty of Persenburg;
  • Ratify the Protocol of Goetha;
  • Ratify the Convention of Mauritsstad;
  • Ratify the Treaty of Santiago;
  • Have a verifiable territory, being derivatist or virtualist;
  • Have verifiable existence for at least 2 months;
  • Participate at the Plenary for two months without right to vote, in a propositive and positive way, being this disposition able to be suspended through approval by verified majority of the members of the Plenary;
  • Don't be imaginary, fictional or classified as “exercise of historical modelism”;
  • Don't being involved in intermicronational conflicts;
  • Have stable government, population and act of foundation.

Current members

Nation name Native name/
co-official name
Flag Arms Year of establishment System of government Current Head of State Population Macronational location
Hanseatic and Confederate States of Achsen
Achsen
Flag of Achsen.svg
CoA-Estados-Hanseaticos-de-Achsen-2021.png
2020
Elective monarchy
HSH Lucas Ribeiro
Archchancellor and Regent
10
 Brazil
Kingdom of Braspor
Braspor
Flag of Braspor.svg
BrasporCoA.png
2018
constitutional monarchy
HM Matheus I
King
16
 Brazil
Kingdom of Ebenthal
Ebenthal
Flag of Ebenthal.svg
Lesser Coat of Arms of Ebenthal (2021).svg
2014
Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
HM Arthur II
King
189
 Brazil
Sultanate of Harram
Harram
Harranflag20212.png
HarranCoA20212.png
2009
Unitary absolute monarchy
HM Hassan IV
Sultan
20
 Brazil
Karno-Ruthenian Empire
Karnia-Ruthenia
Flag of the Karno-Ruthenian Empire.svg
KarniaRutheniaCoA.png
2014
Federal constitutional dual monarchy
under personal union
HI&RAM Oscar I
Emperor-King
346
 Brazil
Secular Order of the Lateran Knights
Lateran Order
Flag of the Lateran-States.png
Coat of arms of the Lateran-States.png
2020
Unitary absolute monarchy
under elective theocracy
HH Dom Ruy
Grand Master
9
 Brazil
Empire of Lifréia
Lifréia
Flag Lifreia 2018.png
LifreiaCoA.png
2015
Autocratic absolute monarchy
Ivan VII
Kanfre
4
 Brazil
Kingdom of Luna
Luna
Flag of Luna.svg
CoA-Luna.png
2020
Autocratic absolute monarchy
HM Rafael I
King
Unknown
 Brazil
United Provinces of Mauritia
Maurícia
Flag of Mauritia.svg
MauriciaCoA.png
2013
Aristocratic constitutional crowned republic
HM Lucas VIII
Stadhouder
180
 Brazil
Grand Duchy of Mëcklewmburg-Wladir
Mëcklewmburg-Wladir
Flag of Mecklewmburg-Wladir.svg
Mëcklewmburg-Wladir COA.svg
2021
Semi-Absolute Monarchy
HGDH Gabriela I
Grand Duchess Regnant
4
 Brazil
Principality of Nossia
Nossia
Flag of Nossia.svg
Brasão-de-NossiaCompleto-259x300.png
2016
Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
HSH Carlo
Prince
20
 Brazil
Democratic Republic of the Nuremberg Commune
Nuremberg Commune
Nuremberg Flag.png
Nuremberg Arms.png
2020
Unitary one-party constitutional republic
Karl-Albrecht von Norbregen
General-Secretary
20
 Germany
Kingdom of Quinta Velha
Quinta Velha
Flag of Quinta Velha.svg
Quinta-Velha-greater-arms-2022.png
2018
Autocratic absolute monarchy
HM Thomas I
King
20
 Brazil
Independent State of the New Southern Rhine
Rhine
Flag of New Southern Rhine (2021).svg
IndependentStateRhineCoA.png
2020
Unitary absolute monarchy
Jonathan I
King
26
 Brazil
Republic of Rino Island
Rino Island
Flag of Rino Island 2021.png
Coat of Arms of Rino Island 2021.png
2009
Constitutional presidential republic
HE Marco Antonio Rino
President
58
 Chile
Kingdom of Roschfallen
Roschfallen
Roschfallen flag.2022.png
Kingdom-Roschfallen-Arms-2022.png
2014
Unitary absolute monarchy
Benjamin Azoulay
Regent
17
 Brazil
Kingdom of Schneeblutig
Schneeblutig
SchneeblutigNewFlag.png
SchneeblutigNewArms.png
2014
Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
HM Pedro I
King
19
 Brazil
Kingdom of Sildavia
Sildavia
Flag of Sildavia (2021).svg
Coat of Arms of Sildavia.svg
2020
Absolute Monarchy
HM Maria I
Queen of Sildavia
6
 Brazil
Kingdom of Taslavia
Taslavia
Flag of Taslavia.svg
TaslaviaFullArms.png
2020
Unitary absolute monarchy
Guilherme I Ítalo
King
6
 Brazil
Great Empire of Villa Alicia
Villa Alicia
Flag of Villa Alicia.svg
VillaAlicia.png
2014
One-party state under constitutional monarchy
HIM Leonardo I
Emperor
20
 Brazil
Newgraviate of Saint-Castin
Saint-Castin
Flag of Saint-Castin.svg
Saint Castin Arms.webp
2014
constitutional monarchy
HE Dominic Desaintes
Minister-President
14
 Canada
Principality of Sancratosia
Sancratosia
Flag of Sancratosia.svg
Coat of arms of Sancratosia (Greater).svg
2021
Unitary semi-constitutional monarchy
HSH Cloe
Sovereign Princess
24
 Canada
United Provinces of Columbia
Columbia
Bandeira Commonwealth of Columbia.png
Commonwealth of Columbia.png
2020
Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
HM Caio de Taxus
King
8
 United States
State of Vishwamitra
Vishwamitra
Flag of Vishwamitra.svg
Coat of arms of Vishwamitra (2021).svg
2007
Federal elective constitutional monarchy
HIllRM Dhrubajyoti Roy
Rashtradhyaksh
80
 India

Former members

Nation name Native name/
co-official name
Flag Arms Year of establishment System of government Current Head of State Population Macronational location
Kingdom of Alegres
Alegres
Alegres.png
2020
constitutional monarchy
N/A
King
Unknow
 Brazil
Imperial State of Badakhshan
Badakhshan
Flag of Badakhshan.svg
443px-Brasaobadakhshan.png
2014
Constitutional monarchy
HM Lucas I
Padishah
6
 Brazil
Kingdom of Eminia
Emínia
EminiaFlag.png
EminiaFullArmsComplete.png
2020
Constitutional monarchy
HM Louis Philippe
King
5
 France

Goals

According to the Treaty of Santiago, the namesake Conference aims to "promote the derivative micronationalism [secessionism] among practitioners of micronationalism wether they be Brazilians or speakers of the Portuguese language [and] [...] support new derivative projects, regardless of political system, religion or government" observing the definition of the Goetha Protocol. The Conference's ultimate goal is to provide derivative/secessionist micronations a safe heaven and a political stage where to act in consensus with it's peers.

Further, as ammended by the Conferential Statute in 1 August 2021, the Conference of Santiago's goal slightly changed to include not only Brazilians and Portuguese-speakers, or Hispanics, as de facto already included, but to promote derivative/secessionist micronationalism everywhere, while respecting other micronational practices and even simulationism.

Integration

Ebenthal's passport displaying the Conference of Santiago's logo.

Foreign relations

Foreign policy co-operation between member states is the groundstone of the Conference of Santiago established in all of its charters and following documments. By agreeing with those documments, the conferential members compromise to actively support each other in common or private matters and to act diplomatically as requires and defined in the organization charters; not engaging in unnecessary warfare and abiding by the principles of non-intervention, self-determination and the peaceful settlement of conflicts.

A core block of the Conference's foreign policy is the non-recognition of branded[ geoficticious and simulationist self-proclaimed micronations as real sovereign states; this legal interpretation, established at the Treaty of Persenburg and taken as a requirement for the organization's membership, eventually evolved to the so-called "separation between micronationalism (interpreted as derivatism and virtualism) and state-modelism/simulationism", by which the member states of the Conference compromise to not recognize geofiction and simulationism as micronationalism.

Furthermore, on the 1st Conference of Santiago Summit, the representatived of the original ratifier countries agreed on the freedom of movement, while freedom of settling and of work might still require government permission due to micronationalist nature whereas micronations cannot provide much land of job offer and/or are comprised of a family or private property and potentially subject to foreign legal influences (such as that of the neighbouring country which does not recognize the micronation's sovereignity and consider its territory its own). In order to promote further integration and the organization's influence and common foreign affairs, the adoption of its logo and presentation of it' name in all of the member states pages and documments was required by the Conference of Santiago Symbols Adoption Program.[12] Nonetheless it hasn't been enforced, even though some member states have acquiesced.

Relations between the Conference and other intermicronational organizations or micronational sectors are headed by the Secretary of Public Relations. In 2021 the Conference signed the Protocol of Quinta Velha with the Association of South Asian Micronations and developed its relations with the MicroFrancophonie with the entry into the Conference of a MicroFrancophonie member micronation. On 4 August 2022 the Conference of Santiago will be represented by two member states at MicroCon 2022, becoming the first intermicronational organization of South American origin to participate in the event.

Economy

1000 Doubloon special series banknote commemorating one year from the adoption of the currency. The note displays Hermes, the Greek God, and the Armillary Sphere, the two symbols of the CS.

Following the 3rd Conference of Santiago Summit, King Arthur II of Ebenthal proposed the formation of an economic union much like the Schengen Area at the European Union. The proposition came in the form of the development of a common currency and a common inner market and the establishment of free trade zones. The ideia was greeted with compliments by most of the Conference members but by Prince Lucas, Stadhouder of the microeconomically developed United Provinces of Mauritia, faced the issue negatively.

As the talks continued, the King of Ebenthal developed the Conferential Doubloon as a proposed currency for the Conference members to adopt with the aim is to create a fully-functional macrostate-like internal and external market based on the common currency and virtually turn the member states of the organization into economically advanced microcountries. To administrate the currency and the common market, Arthur also proposed the creation of a single economic institution called Conference of Santiago Financial Authority, which might also be the responsible for the minting and coinage of the Doubloon. In light of these events, a 4th summit of the Conference was called on which all member states representants present unanimously voted for the creation of both the currency and its administrative institution.[6][13][14]

As of 2022, the Conferential Doubloon is the largest micronational currency in the western hemisphere by number of adopters (12 micronations officialy, 2 unilaterally), used in both the Americas and Europe, and it is one of the few currencies in micronationalism with a real value, backed by the value of the grammage of pyrite.

Social policy

Advertising for the oral health awareness campaign carried out by the Secretariat of Health.

The Conference of Santiago actively seeks to protect diversity of both society and environment. While the organization hold no social requirement to someone apply for membership, it only accepts micronations whose governments and states do not allow or sympathize with any kind of prejudice, segregating laws and that respect the basic human rights guide. There's discussion going on on the adoption of common laws regarding prejudice and environment protection, as the world grows concerned of both things. So far there have been issued two conferential social-related common documments: the Convention of Fruchemburg, regarding micronational warfare, and the the Protocol of Klöw, deligning the Conferece's approach of minorities rights.

Another side of social policy has been the promotion of various awareness campaigns, such as the oral health awareness campaign, carried out by the Secretariat of Health, and promotional pieces about Braille Day and the importance of this method of communication for the blind people, carried out by the Secretariat of Diversity, both in Portuguese and Spanish, and the General Secretariat has announced that from 2022 onwards all campaigns will also be carried out in English.

Culture

Propaganda of the First Street Soccer Tournament of Braspor, 2021.

From late 2020, the Conference has developed a series of cultural projects, aiming further integration, which have been put in practice. In 5 August 2020 the Conference of Santiago, through the Karno-Ruthenian Government, participated in a partnership with the Wise Up English school to promote the English language among Latin American micronationalists, and CoS member state citizens received an exclusive discount for enrolling in the courses. In February 2021 the Conference started working on the development of the Almanach de Vetrolin, inspired by the Almanach de Gotha, with the goal to catalog and categorize micronational royal and mediatized noble houses across the world.

From 26 April to 1 May, the Conference hosted the 1st Braspor Street Soccer Tournment, the first non-virtual micronational sport event in Latin America, organized by the government of the Kingdom of Braspor and sponsored by the Grecco Materiais Desportivos, which provided equipment for the event.[15] The event was followed by further talks into the development of a likely virtual soccer cup within the Brazilian Sector and to be organized by the Conference of Santiago. From 16 August to 8 October, the Kingdom of Braspor again hosted a new sport event, the 1st Braspor Stree Volley Tournment.[16][17]

At the 8th Conference of Santiago summit in August 2021 it became decided the creation of the Conferential Academy of Letters, a linguistic and literary institution, in order to share the studies about the great literary ones appreciated or of origin in the member micronations, and to deepen the intermicronational linguistic study.

Programs

The Conference has also developed programs to improve activity, morality and the development of member nations. Programs have included:

External developments

The work of some Conference of Santiago member nation exceed the boundaries of micronationalism, an achievement which the Conference has been promoted since its establishment. In 5 August 2020 the Karno-Ruthenian Government made a deal with the Wise Up company of English classes sponsored by the Conference of Santiago by which any Karno-Ruthenian citizen and, at some extent, citizens of any of the Conference of Santiago's member nations willing to join the Wise Up English classes will enjoy of an exclusive discount.[18] In 6 August 2020 the United Provinces of Mauritia released for sale their first-ever original book, the Mauritiaanse Historic and Geographic Institute Newsletter, sponsored by the Conference of Santiago, at the Amazon online store.[19][20] On 28 April 2021, the Kingdom of Braspor promoted the first non-virtual sports event held by a micronation in Latin America, the First Street Soccer Tournament of Braspor, with some adaptations and reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[21][22]

Summits

King Rafael I of Luna and his wife, Queen Letizia, meeting Oscar I, Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia, at the I Brazilian Sector and Conference of Santiago Physical Summit.

Since establishment there have been five summits. They were called on the Conference of Santiago's discord server, but as the Treaty of Persenburg and the Treaty of Santiago unformally establish the city Persenburg, de facto capital of Karnia-Ruthenia, as the headquarter of the organization, the principle of extraterritoriality has been applied to the virtual space where the conference summits has taken place.

One physical summit has so far happened in São Paulo, Brazil, between the Emperor of Karnia-Ruthenia and the King and Queen of Luna. A second physical meeting has being scheduled between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ebenthal, Luísa Somme, Countess of Lorencia and the monarchs of Quinta Velha, Karnia-Ruthenia and Luna. Furthermore the Conferece has defined the Quitandinha Palace in Petrópolis, Brazil, to hold an all-member meeting.

Realized summits

Scheduled summits

Interorganizational summits

Criticism

Since it's foundation, the Conference has been criticized by the simulationist and historical-modelist micronational[?] projects of the Lusophone sector as a proponent of division, since there was no clearly open issue on the derivatism x simulationism/historical-modelism. The King of Bauru and St. Vincent argued that the Conference intend to reduce non-derivatist projects, this means, simulationist projects, to a "second class" of micronations, while the Queen of Manso argued that the derivatist exclusivity would be harmful to the Lusophone micronations' foreign relations as the Lusophone sector have been under simulationist hegemony.

Other than critiques, attacks are also parting from the micronational-claimed modelist "German Empire", the main historical-modelist actor in the Lusophone sector, who, motivated by the fear to lost hegemony among lusophone micronations, hans't argued nothing, but published offenses on its journal.

See also

References

  1. Conferência de Santiago. Treaty of Santiago. 12 April 2020.
  2. Lateran States Government. "Carta aberta às micronações" by Prince-Regent Cesar of the Lateran States. 6 April 2020.
  3. Conferência de Santiago. Treaty of Persenburg, given in Persenburg. 12 March 2020.
  4. Conferência de Santiago. Goetha Protocol. 30 March 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Conferência of Santiago Note to micronations about terrorist movements within Lusophone micronationalism. Retrieved on 11 December 2020. Published on 2 July 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rino Island Government. El Microcon y el Doblon Conferencial. Retrieved on 11 December 2020. Published on 6 October 2020
  7. Conferência de Santiago. Protocol of Quinta Velha. Retrieved on 24 March 2021. Published on 23 March 2021.
  8. "Le Ministre-president Desaintes rencontre la Princesse Cloe de Sancratosia", by the Union of Saint-Castin, 27 March 2022.
  9. "Vishwamitra is all set to host the 1st Vishwamitra-Conference of Santiago Heads of State Summit Meeting". State of Vishwamitra official page on Twitter, 29 July 2022.
  10. "Welcome to the dignataries of the Vishwamitra-Conference of Santiago Heads of State Meeting in 18 of our official languages". State of Vishwamitra official page on Twitter, 03 July 2022.
  11. "Leaders of the Conference of Santiago member states and Vishwamitran dignitaries attended the 1st Heads of State level summit between Vishwamitra and the Conference of Santiago". State of Vishwamitra official page on Twitter, 03 July 2022.
  12. Ebenthali Government. Ebenthal's new passport released Published on 26 July 2020. Retrieved on 26 August 2020.
  13. Conferência de Santiago. The Conference of Santiago and the Conferential Doubloon Retrieved on 21 August 2020. Published on 4 August 2020.
  14. Conferência de Santiago. Conferential Doubloon: 4th Conferential Summit. Published on 4 August 2020. Retrieved on 26 August 2020.
  15. Reino de Braspor. 1st Braspor Street Soccer Tournment. Published on 28 April 2021. Retrieved on 28 April 2021.
  16. Reino de Braspor. 1st Street Volley Tournment. Published on 16 August 2021. Retrievev on 30 December 2021.
  17. Reino de Braspor. Tournment finished. Published on 8 October 2021. Retrieved on 30 December 2021.
  18. Conferência de Santiago. Karnia-Ruthenia, the Conference and Wise Up. Retrieved on 11 December 2020. Published in 5 August 2020.
  19. Conferência de Santiago. Revista do Instituto Histórico e Geográfico Maurense. Retrieved on 11 December 2020. Published on 14 August 2020.
  20. Instituto Histórico e Grográfico Maurense. Mauritiaanse Historic and Geographic Institute Newsletter. Retrieved on 11 December 2020. Published on 6 August 2020.
  21. "1° Torneio de Street soccer de Braspor", Royal Government of Braspor, 28 April 2021.
  22. "Note of the Conference of Santiago on the First Street Soccer Tournament of Braspor", 28 April 2021.