Conference of Santiago
|Conference of Santiago|
Conferência de Santiago
|The Conference of Santiago's logo|
|Official language||Portuguese and Spanish|
|Founder||Thomas I of Quinta-Velha/small>|
|Chairman of Honor||Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia|
|Plenary Members||Heads of State of the member states|
|– 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|
|– Adoption of single currency||2 August 2020|
|– Convention of Fruchemburg||13 December 2020|
|Currency||CS Doubloon (CSD)|
The Conference of Santiago (Portuguese: Conferência de Santiago; Spanish: Conferencia de Santiago), also abbreviated as CS, is an intermicronational organisation with the main goal of promoting derivatism, or realistic micronationalism, among Brazilian and Spanish-speaking South American micronationalists, and to establish wider contact with other 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. While the CS was founded by the King Thomas I of Quinta-Velha through the Treaty of Santiago, it has as its grounds in the Treaty of Persenburg, which formally established the Brazilian sector, and it follows the definitions of the Protocol of Goetha, 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 Convention of Mauritsstad 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 development in relationships, production of content and intermicronational, intermicronational recognition and influence and intersectoral activity. Nonetheless, it faces criticism by oppositors who have called it "divider of Brazilian micronationalism" and most specially "Karno-Ruthenian imperialism".
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
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 Queen 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.
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.
Despite the diplomatical crisis generated over the creation of the Conference, its 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 eventual ascension of Mauritia to 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. In 4 December 2020 the Hanseatic and Confederate States of Achsen and the Kingdom of Eminia expressed their intent to join the Conference of Santiago, which eventually happened. In early 2021 Taslavia intend to join the organization, while Gardenland although interested, ultimatelly never joined due to political instability.
Following the 6th Conference of Santiago Summit, in December 2020, the Stadhouder of Mauritia brought to the table of the plenary a discussion over the re-creation of the Conference of Santiago as a UN-like organization, directing intermicronational laws and regulations and open to peoples from all over the world. An alternative suggestion was the creation of another intermicronational organization on this way, concurrent to the existence of the Conference of Santiago as a continental union. The matter raised by Lucas, Stadhouder of Mauritia, was faced negatively by Oscar I, Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia, Arthur II, King of Ebenthal, and to a lesser extent by Maria, Queen of Sildavia, while Leornado I, Emperor of Villa Alicia declared his abstension on the matter. A discussion followed ending in the dismissal of the ideia by a majority of presents.
In 1 January 2021 the matter of the Conference's re-creation as a global organization was revived by the head of the United Provinces of Mauritia following a convesation between the Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia and the King of Ebenthal on xenophobia in English-speaking intermicronational organizations and communities. King Arthur II declared, again, his opposition, and Emperor-King Oscar I, agreeing with the Ebenthali monarch, tried to convince the Mauritiaanse crowned head of their point and from engage into a "pointless discussion". This sparked a diplomatic indicent with the Stadhouder of Mauritia removing himself from the plenary and naming his Minister of Foreign Affairs in replace. The Stadhouder reiterated that he's available yet, and that he just did that because "it is unusual for the Stadhouder of Mauritia to directly lead the external matters" and the matter have since cooled, ending with the return of the Stadhouder to the plenary and sparking the peak of his activity at the organization;
Following the 2021 ASAM AVR 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. Members of the ASAM, headed by Vishwamitra, are 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 aims 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.
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.
There have been talks also mention on the hierachization of the structure but so far all agreed 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.
During the 6th Summit, in 13 December 2020, the Plenary of the Conference voted for the creation of specific secretariats for certain subjects in order to grant the Conference more autonomy. The secretariats offices were disposed and distributed according to each plenary members wishes under unanimous sanction. The secretaries's functions is to develop a policy and represent the Conference of Santiago in the areas of activity assigned to them.
- 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
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.
- Must ratify the Treaty of Santiago, the Treaty of Persenburg and the Goetha Protocol
A nation having met all the above mentioned criteria shall be eligible for full membership in the organization.
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.
- Must agree with the terms of the Treaty of Persenburg and the Goetha Protocol
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (i.e. South American and Iberian micronations), as well as all members 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 there have been issude 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.
From late 2020, the Conference has developed a series of cultural projects, aiming further integration, which have been put in practice. In February 2021 the Conference started 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. 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.
The Conference has also developed programs to improve activity, morality and the development of member nations. Programs have included:
- Conference of Santiago Symbols Adoption Program: This program promote the official adoption of the Conference of Santiago's symbol and name in national official documments and pages.
- Conference of Santiago Wiki Project: This project aims the creation and further expansion of the Conference of Santiago's member nations and related articles in the MicroWiki.
- Conference of Santiago Anti-terrorism Program: This program promotes the combat to micronational terrorist actions and the establishment of a moral guideline on intermicronational conflicts.
- Conference of Santiago Derivative Program: This program promotes derivatism in the Brazilian and Lusophone micronational sectors, as well in all of South America.
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. 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. 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.
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.
- I Brazilian Sector and Conference of Santiago Physical Summit, 8 March 2020.
- I Conference of Santiago Summit, 13 April 2020.
- II Conference of Santiago Summit, 14 May 2020.
- III Conference of Santiago Summit, 26 July 2020.
- IV Conference of Santiago Summit, 2 August 2020.
- V Conference of Santiago Summit, 6 September 2020.
- VI Conference of Santiago Summit, 13 December 2020.
- VII Conference of Santiago Summit, 23 March 2021.
- II Conference of Santiago Physical Summit, undefined date.
- I Conference of Santiago All-Member Summit, undefined date.
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.
- Lateran States Government. "Carta aberta às micronações" by Prince-Regent Cesar of the Lateran States. 6 April 2020.
- Conferência de Santiago. Treaty of Santiago. 12 April 2020.
- Conferência de Santiago. Treaty of Persenburg, given in Persenburg. 12 March 2020.
- Conferência de Santiago. Goetha Protocol. 30 March 2020.
- Conferência of Santiago Note to micronations about terrorist movements within Lusophone micronationalism. Retrieved on 11 December 2020. Published on 2 July 2020.
- Rino Island Government. El Microcon y el Doblon Conferencial. Retrieved on 11 December 2020. Published on 6 October 2020
- Conferência de Santiago. Protocol of Quinta Velha. Retrieved on 24 March 2021. Published on 23 March 2021.
- Ebenthali Government. Ebenthal's new passport released Published on 26 July 2020. Retrieved on 26 August 2020.
- Conferência de Santiago. The Conference of Santiago and the Conferential Doubloon Retrieved on 21 August 2020. Published on 4 August 2020.
- Conferência de Santiago. Conferential Doubloon: 4th Conferential Summit. Published on 4 August 2020. Retrieved on 26 August 2020.
- Reino de Braspor. 1st Braspor Street Soccer Tournment. Published on 28 April 2021. Retrieved on 28 April 2021.
- Conferência de Santiago. Karnia-Ruthenia, the Conference and Wise Up. Retrieved on 11 December 2020. Published in 5 August 2020.
- Conferência de Santiago. Revista do Instituto Histórico e Geográfico Maurense. Retrieved on 11 December 2020. Published on 14 August 2020.
- Instituto Histórico e Grográfico Maurense. Mauritiaanse Historic and Geographic Institute Newsletter. Retrieved on 11 December 2020. Published on 6 August 2020.
- "1° Torneio de Street soccer de Braspor", Royal Government of Braspor, 28 April 2021.
- "Note of the Conference of Santiago on the First Street Soccer Tournament of Braspor", 28 April 2021.