Conference of Santiago

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Conference of Santiago
Conferência de Santiago
Intermicronational organisation
Conference of Santiago Logo.jpg
The Conference of Santiago's logo

Headquarters Persenburg, Karnia-Ruthenia

Official language Portuguese

Membership

Leadership
Founder Thomas I of Quinta Velha
Plenary Members Heads of State of the member states

Establishment
Treaty of Persenburg ratified 23 March 2020
Protocol of Goetha ratified 30 March 2020
– Treaty of Santiago 7 April 2020
– Convention of Mauritsstad 20 April 2020

Currency CS Doubloon (CSD)

News site

The Conference of Santiago (Portuguese language: Conferência de Santiago), also abbreviated as CS, is an intermicronational organisation with the aim to promote derivatism among Brazilian micronacionalists and to establish wide contact with another micronational sectors.

The CS was founded in April 2020 around the then newly-established Brazilian sector, after several debates over the creation of a Brazilian or lusophone derivative sector, therefore opposing the hegemonic simulationist and modelist-controlled Lusophone sector.[1] While the CS was founded by the King Thomas I of Quinta Velha, via the Treaty of Santiago,[2] it has as it's grounds the Treaty of Persenburg,[3] which formally established the Brazilian sector, and follow the definitions of the Protocol of Goetha,[4] both documments authored by the Emperor-King Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia, signed and ratified by all of the CS member-states. Eventually the CS lightened its requirements and admission process by the Mauritsstad Convention by which they intepreted micronationalism as in the forms of derivatism and virtualism and thus accepting both types of micronations at the organization.

First of kind (an exclusive two-micronational-types organization) and so far unmatched both in South America and in the Lusophone world, the Conference of Santiago became the continent's most important intermicronational organization for its production of content and intermicronational and intersectoral activity and recognition. Nonetheless it faces critics as "divider of Brazilian micronationalism" or as "Karno-Ruthenian imperialism".

History

Background

Different from most the world, since it's beggining in the 1990s, the Brazilian micronationalism has been greatly dominated by simulationist and historical-modelist micronational projects, other than derivatists. The Lusophone sector was developed, encompassing most micronations of all kind that held Portuguese as their official langugage, nonetheless the simulationist and historical-modelist projects were so dominant it started to press derivatist micronations to turn into those models and micronationalists to adhere it. It came far as a culture of superiority and arrogance was developed, whereas some advanced either simulationist or historical-modelist micronational projects tried to rule over the sector and state that their recognition was fundamental for a micronation to succeed on this scenario.

A debate arouse over this matter between derivatist micronationalist for several months until 12 March 2020, when Oscar I, Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia drafted the Treaty of Persenburg, a documment that formally established a Brazilian derivatist micronational sector - the Brazilian sector - and whose signatories compromised to not anymore diplomatically recognize simulationist and historical-modelist micronations, although regarding their importance to the Brazilian and Lusophone scenes. The creation of a derivatist sector was a shock to the simulationist-led Lusophone sector, which started several diplomatical and personal attacks to the Treaty of Persenburg's signatories states and it's micronationalists. Shortly after, the Protocol of Goetha was also published as a guideline on micronational right and definition.

Sooner after sign the Treaty of Persenburg, the Kingdom of Manso sought to alter it's content, promoting that the treaty should not ordain on a derivatist micronation's relation with micronations of other kind. Queen Marina I then presented her version of the text to appreciation by the treaty's signatories, but as they were all in consent that the text should not be altered, her presentation was promptly ignored and eventually dismissed. This led the 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.

With the attacks against the Treaty of Persenburg signatories growing violently and the Manso approach towards the II Microcon, a reactionary conference organized by the simulationist and historical-modelist nations of the Lusophone sector, headed by the micronational [?] "German Empire (Portuguese: Império Alemão)", the King Thomas I of Quinta Velha designed an Intermicronational organization made up of derivatists to act cohesively on the matter, so on 7 April he drafted the Treaty of Santiago and presented it to all nations in accordance to the Treaty of Persenburg's original terms - this is, all nations but the Manso, Deltaria, Montevert and Armatia (the two latter due to withdrawal all their micronational actions).

As soon as the Ebenthal became the last founding-signatory to ratify the treaty, on 12 April it's content was published and the next day the first Conference of Santiago summit was held in Persenburg. With the Conference of Santiago publicly created, the Mansean goverment, siding with the Microcon powers, also started to attack the Conference members, arguing that the Treaty of Santiago was developed in the darkness and that the Manso wasn't invited for a treaty they "would accept". Aiming to resolve the disputes, the King Arthur II of Ebenthal, the Regent Cesar of the Lateran States and the Princess Maria of Sildavia offered to talk with the Mansean monarch and representants on the I Santiago-Mansean Summit. Unbeknown to the Conference of Santiago representants, the self-proclaimed King of Bauru and St. Vincent, a simulationist micronation [?], was also present at the summit. As the talks were going with the Manso accusing the Conference member of betrayal, the King of Bauru, exhalted, cursed the High King of Ebenthal, who immediatly left the summit. 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 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-King 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" Thomas and the Stadhouder of the United Provinces of Mauritia, Lucas, Prince of Woenstein, exchanged attacks and offenses through notes and media. The "German Empire" also encouraged his group to create puppet-states in the core of the territory claimed by Mauritia and try to strike the virtual channels of the Conference. 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. 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, it's members continued to act in accordance and sought to expand the Conferece's relations, membership and influence. Over the next days, Quinta Velha and Karnia-Ruthenia established relations with the Republic of Rino Island, the most successful Chilean micronation, which expressed desire to join the Conference. The Conference as a whole started diplomatic talks with the Grand Republic of Delvera, which also demonstrated interest on the unique initiative of a derivatist sector and cohese organization. In 16 April 2020 the United Provinces of Mauritia also started diplomatic conversations with the Conference members, resulting in the confection of a diplomatical treaty of recognition between this micronation and all the Conference members on 20 April and the discussion of a special membership status to Mauricia on the Conference.

In May 2020 the Republic of Rino Island aceeded to the Treaty of Santiago and officialy joined the Conference as a special international member. The special status of Mauritia was confirmed with the official entry of the nation set on 20 April 2020. In 16 August 2020 the Principality of Nossia was admitted into the Conference.

Structure

Conference of Santiago founding-members' lesser arms.

The Conferece of Santiago works as a direct democracy, this means, there is no hierachical chain of command. The Heads of State of all member-nations revolve in a plenary that can be summoned at any time where, as equal parts, they can propose and vote matters and courses of action. The approval of a proposal is defined by a majority vote.

Currently there is a debate over the restructuring of the organization. The aim is to designate specific areas of action and allow greater autonomy for member states and their representatives. Talks also mention a hierachization of the structure but so far most agree to keep a fully democratic leadership relying on universal consensus. The creation and adoption of a single currency to be used by all of the Conference members has been a defining point on the organization's reform.

In late May 2020, the Conference members signed the Mauritsstad Convention, by which they would recognize virtualist micronations as non-terrirorial-controlling sovereign nation-states, which thus allowed Mauritia to join the organization. It was also agreed that the Conference of Santiago would accept non-Brazilian-originated micronations in order to promote a better integration of the Brazilian sector to others.

Requirements for membership

Full membership

The following are the requirements that a nation must have in order to be a full member of the organization.

  • Must be based in South America.
  • Must be have either Portuguese or Spanish as an official language.
  • Must have existed for not less than a month.
  • Must not be imaginary or fictional.
  • Must not be at war with any other micronation.
  • Must have a stable government and population.

A nation having met all the above mentioned criteria shall be eligible for full membership in the organization.

Observership

The following are the criteria for observership

  • Must have a territory/colony in South America
  • Must not be imaginary or fictional.
  • Must not be at war or disputes with any other micronation.
  • Must have a stable government and population.

Current members

Nation name Native name/
co-official name
Flag Arms Year of establishment System of government Current Head of State Population Macronational location
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
259
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of Brazil
Kingdom of Ebenthal
Ebenthal
KOEbenthal Flag Test4.png
GrandCOAEbenthal2.png
2014
Federal aristocratic constitutional monarchy
HMGM Arthur II
King
169
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of 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 David Klebis
Grand Master
7
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of Brazil
Kingdom of Quinta Velha
Quinta Velha
QuintaVelhaFlag.png
QuintaVelhaCoA.png
2018
Autocratic absolute monarchy
HM Thomas I
King
11
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of Brazil
Kingdom of Luna
Luna
Flag-Luna.png
CoA-Luna.png
2020
Autocratic absolute monarchy
HM Rafael I
King
Unknown
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of Brazil
Principality of Sildavia
Sildavia
Flag of Sildavia.jpg
Coat of arms of sildavia.png
2020
Constitutional monarchy
HM Maria I
Sovereign Princess
6
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of Brazil
Principality of Nossia
Nossia
Bandeira de Nossia - 2018.png
Brasão-de-NossiaCompleto-259x300.png
2016
Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
HSH Carlo
Prince
20
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of Brazil
Great Empire of Villa Alicia
Villa Alicia
VA Flag2.png
Villa alicia coat.png
2014
One-party state under constitutional monarchy
HIM Leonardo I
Emperor
20
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of Brazil
Republic of Rino Island
Rino Island
Rino-Island-flag.jpg
91353192 562921764318069 6070300948448673792 n.png
2009
Constitutional presidential republic
HE Marco Antonio Rino
President
58
Flag of Chile.png Republic of Chile
Kingdom of Braspor
Braspor
BrasporFlag2.png
BrasporCoA.png
2018
constitutional monarchy
HM Matheus I
King
16
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of Brazil
United Provinces of Mauritia
Maurícia
Mauricia.png
MauriciaCoA.png
2013
Aristocratic constitutional crowned republic
HM Lucas
Stadhouder
180
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of Brazil
Kingdom of Schneeblutig
Schneeblutig
SchneeblutigNewFlag.png
SchneeblutigNewArms.png
2014
Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
HM Pedro I
King
19
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of Brazil

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
125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Federative Republic of Brazil

Goals

According to the Treaty of Santiago, the namesake Conference aims to "promote the micronationalism derivatist 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 micronations a safe heaven and a political stage where to act in consensus with it's peers.

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 it's 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 state-modelist and simulationist micronations as real sovereign states; this view, 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 state-modelism and simulationism as micronationalism.

Furthermore on the Conference 1st summit all countries agreed on the freedom of movement, while freedom of settling and of work might still require government permission due to micronationalist nature whereas countries, micronations, cannot provide much land of job offer and/or is comprised of a family or personal property and potentially subject to outside influences.

In order to promote further integration and the organization's influence and common foreign affairs, the adoption of it's logo and presentation of it's name in all of the member states pages and documments was required.[5]

Economy

200 Doubloon banknote.

Following the Conference's 3rd 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, who faced the issue with reclusion.

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 countries. To administrate the currency and it's common economy, 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 administrative institution.[6][7]

Social policy

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 of either the Brazilian and Lusophone sectors or related to it, as well as all member or applicant countries strictly cannot enjoy any kind of prejudicial law on either race, gender or sexuality.

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 the only conferential social-related common documment is the Convention of Fruchemburg regarding micronational warfare and yet to be voted.

Summits

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

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