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DIME Micronationalist of the Month
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Awarded by the
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TypeAward
Established28 January 2019
Country'Intermicronational'
EligibilityAwarded to micronationalists who Zarel Smith and voters deem the best of the month
StatusCurrently awarded
HeadZarel Smith

Dime Micronationalist of the Month, or simply Micronationalist of the Month (also DMM, MotM, or DMotM) is a monthly award given out by Zarel Smith (sometimes via public polling) to award micronationalists who he, or the voters deems the best micronationalist of that month, primarily but not always in the MicroWiki sector. It was first awarded to Anthony Clark on 31 January 2019, and is now a highly publicised event. Since March 2019, the winner has been decided by a public poll, except for on rare occasions or when there are no other nominations.

Process

The process goes as follows. People can nominate anyone for micronationalist of the month through a form, which is open all month. they must state the nominee and reason for their nomination. Anyone can nominate themselves, though it is uncommon. Zarel will then pick who he thinks are worthy of nomination from people nominated through the form; a poll will than open three or four days before the end of the month, where people will be able to cast a vote for who the winner should be. The winner is than announced on the end of the month or early next month.

Overview of winners

  n/a; usually to denote when no vote occurred
  Non-human winner; such as an object, topic, idea, animal, etc.
Month/Year Name Portrait Reason Votes
Aug 2020 Misberia Flag.png Maria Birch Maria Birch.png Political work in Misberia
Cultural influence
Legacy following her passing
n/a
Jul 2020 Paravia.png Patrick Renwick P Renwick2.jpg Efforts during Concordiagate
Elected Vorsitzender in the August 2020 Abeldane executive election
Political and leadership skills
n/a
Jun 2020 Uberesse.png Newton von Uberquie Newtonvonuberquie 1.jpg Reign as Emperor of Abelden
Elected for a third term to be the Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
Foundation of the Uber-Essian Union
Professionalism
12 (41.3%)
May 2020 Misberia Flag.png Archie Birch Official Portrait of Archie Birch.png Defended against an attempted coup in Misberia
Reestablishment of Misberia
Founded the New England Sector
Intermicronational diplomacy
n/a
Apr 2020 Flag of Posaf.svg Nicholas Randouler NicholasRandouler3.jpg Work in the GUM
Sister Cities Program
Co-organised the 24 Hour Quorum (2020)
Created the Monthly MicroWiki Micronationalists Power Index
Elected Stellvertreter in the Abelden March 2020 executive election
14 (37.8%)
Mar 2020 Flag of the Gymnasium State.svg Tomáš Falešník Falešník-provisional.jpeg Hosted the 2020 MOF Games
Elected the Secretary of the Union of Micronations of Central Europe
Appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in Mekniy
Editing on MicroWiki
n/a
Feb 2020 Flag of New Eiffel.svg Prince Zarel I Zarel in February 2020.png Appointed a wiki administrator
Work in the GUM
Editing on MicroWiki
1 Year anniversary of Dime Micronationalist of the Month
9 (42.9%)
Jan 2020 AendereseFlag.png Jayden Lycon Screenshot 21.png Co-founded DIME Magazine
Created the Micronationalist of the Year award
Helpful work in the community
Editing on MicroWiki
15 (39.5%)
Dec 2019 n/a n/a There was no winner for December due to Dime Micronationalist of the Year. n/a
Nov 2019 You You DMM.png [a] n/a
Oct 2019 Flag of Kohlandia.jpg Catherine I CatherineI.jpg Writer of The Daily Micronationalist
Positive influence on the community
Professionalism
Work on Kohlandia
10 (55.6%)
Sep 2019 Flag of Zenrax.png Shiro of Zenrax Shiro of ZenraxCrop.jpeg Recreation of Zenrax
Elections in Zenrax
Helpfulness and positive influence on the community
Work in the GUM
12 (44.4%)
Aug 2019 Vlag.jpg Niels I, Grand Duke of Flandrensis Niels-I.jpg Head of state of the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis
Positive influence on the community
Co-founder of the Antarctic Micronational Union
Peace efforts in the community
Founder of the Union Against Micronational War
13 (43.3%)
Jul 2019 Wyvern Flag.svg Bradley, Duke of Dullahan BradleyPope.jpg Elected for a third term to be the Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
Announced more regular Quorums
Positive influence on the community
8 (66.7%)
Jun 2019 Flag of Adammia.svg Adam I EmperorOfAdammiaSep2018Cropped.jpg Served as GUM chair from 7 July 2018 until 1 July 2019
Organised the Birmingham Summit
Oversaw the adoption of the Wrythe Convention
Made the GUM more active
Oversaw the transition of the GUM from it's previous platform Skype to Discord
Led to a large increase in membership
n/a
May 2019 Flag of San Dover.png Suzuki Leōcor Violette Clingersmith DMM portrait.jpeg Third Annual Drunkiz Gadurō Micronational Flag Contest
Work in San Dover
Professionalism
8 (47.1%)
Apr 2019 MicroWiki@Discord Administrators MicroWiki@Discord administration.png 5 (100%)
Mar 2019 Flag of Austenasia.png Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy Joseph Caesar.jpeg Re-elected Prime Minister of Austenasia
Accredited work as Prime Minister
4 (66.7%)
Feb 2019 Hutt River Flag.svg Prince Leonard I Prince Leonard.jpeg Passing of Prince Leonard, first prince and founder of Hutt River n/a
Jan 2019 NewFlorenceFlag.png Anthony Clark AnthonyClark.png Establishment of New Florence
Expert legal knowledge
Contributions to MicroWiki
n/a

2020 Micronationalists of the Month

August

Depiction of Maria

Maria Birch was a Misberian politician who served multiple offices. She passed away just shy of August on 31 July 2020.

Why she was awarded

Maria was prominent in Misberia, an influential micronation in the MicroWiki Sector. Originally joining back in August 2019, Maria went on to assume the positions of Minister of Culture and Grand Advisor to Archie Birch. She is credited with creating the Songo Calendar, and worked with Reino de Atlia on the creation of a culture exchange program. She is also credited with starting Vison 2021, a program which seeks to expand Misberian culture locally and globally as well as bridge the divide between global and local citizens, an issue with has long plagued the nation.

She had served as the second Witapal of Misberia from mid to late June 2020, and was in charge of the nation during that time while Archie was recovering in the hospital. Alongside serval other honours, was made a Knight of the Noble and Sovereign Order of Machias, a very prestigious Misberian honour, on 12 July 2020.

Her passing was a great shock to the Misberian and micronational community, and her unborn child passed away as well; numerous flag lowerings took place, various places were named after her, and a number of memorials and religious events in her memory commenced. The CUP held a moment of silence, and the GUM gave member states an opportunity to send condolences. Furthermore, a memorial service was held on 1 August in Songo in remembrance of Maria and her unborn child, where two candles were lit in front of the national flag of Misberia. Maria not only influenced Misberia, she also greatly influenced the intermicronational community as a whole and even many individuals.

July

Patrick Renwick

Patrick Renwick is the Emperor of Paravia and an Abelden politician, who was reelected Vorsitzender following the Concordiagate scandal.

Why he was awarded

A scandal developed during the July 2020 Abeldane executive election, where leaked chat logs from Chase Nanatovich showed leaders of Concordia, most notably Stephen Freayth plotting to oust former Emperor Newton von Uberquie and Vorsitzender Patrick Renwick. The scandal was dubbed "Concordiagate".

The chat logs were leaked from the Abeldane Discord server, and show conversations dating as far back as May 2020, held between Concordia leaders and Abeldane founder and Emperor emeritus Freayth, in which they appear to criticise Newton and Renwick’s actions while they were in office and discuss Renwick's removal from the Vorsitzendership. At the time the conversations were held, Newton had already abdicated from the Abeldane Throne upon Freayth’s request.

According to Renwick, Freayth commited electoral fraud, especially in the state of Alenshka, dating as far back as 2017. These claims were backed by Emperor Nicholas Kaos. In the executive election, Renwick and von Uberquie dropped out of the race and expressed their intention to leave Abelden together. This comes after Renwick had resigned with immediate effect on 30 July, in his resignation stating that support for his party had "evaporated and gone with the wind". Although he was later reappointed because of Concordiagate.

Renwick ran again in the August 2020 Abeldane executive election, being elected Vorsitzender with 19 votes (61.3%), ahead of three other candidates, and has continued to serve as Vorsitzender greatly.

Connor Stumperth has since released a public apology, while both Edward Daniels and Freayth have since fully retired from Abelden as well as the micronational community.

June

Newton von Uberquie

Newton von Uberquie is the Palatine of Uber-Esse and former Emperor of Abelden.

Why he was awarded

Newton von Uberquie abdicated from the throne of Abelden on 29 May, after serving as the Emperor of Abelden since 15 June 2018. He announced this in a speech, declaring he had "somewhat been pushed into", and thanked his various political, and personal friends for their dedication in helping and supporting him through his reign. Despite his reasoning behind it seeming as though he had no longer the support of the Empire's founders, his reign was praised and his abdication came as a shock to the public and media. Abelden saw a huge rise in activity under Newton, regaining its status as one of the most influential micronationas in the community. Newton was involved in the creation of a 2018 edition of the Abeldane Constitution, which, alongside a new Code of Laws was enacted back in November 2018, and is still seen as a huge importance.

Newton followed by co-founding and becoming head of state of the Uber-Essian Union on 1 June, alongside Henry Clémens. The Union was declared the successor state to the Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg by the GUM. This was declared after the close friendships between the two.

Furthermore, Newton ran for Chair of the GUM in the June 2020 election, winning with a massive majority of 83.9% against one opponent, Jayden Lycon. Having received 26 votes, this was the most ever received by any Chair candidate, also placing him eight by percentage of votes. He hosted his first Quorum on 4 July, which despite some minor informalities by other Delegates, was proven to be a success.

Newton won with 12 votes (41.3%), against Thomas Bainbridge, who was nominated for a third time, with 2 votes (6.8%) and Duke Jordan of the Bear Peninsula with 0 votes. This was also the first from to test a new write-in feature, which had 15 write-ins, the most being 10 write-ins for Alexander IV, Emperor of Pavlov. Smith announced write-ins would not be returning in the July 2020 vote. There was also one protest vote.

May

Archie Birch

Archie Birch is the Koda of the Directive of Misberia.

Why he was awarded

A failed coup in Misberia commenced in the evening of 23 May. Despite the perpetrators best efforts to defame Misberia, Archie and supporters of Misberia prevailed. The perpetrators began with spamming the Misberian National Snapchat with vulgar and offensive language, and started targeting Archie on the Misberian Discord server. One of the perpetrators, Jane Hathaway, went to Archie's house and stood outside with a rock screaming at Archie. Nearing the end as the coup began to fail, they started spreading the lie that Misberia had dissolved. This led to the loss of '75% of the Misberian population'.

Despite this massive loss, many micronations quickly came to Misberia's aid and support, and people started flooding in seeking citizenship and getting on the Misberian political scene. The #HelpMisberia was created on Twitter and Instagram to gain support and help Misberia with rebuilding. Birch, while working with other micronationalists, has stayed strong and made it through the attempted coup, rebuilding and improving Misberia.

Birch is also the Chair of the Global Micronational Alliance, which he reestablished on 17 May. Birch also formally founded the New England Sector, which he established as a way for New England micronations to have a place to work together and learn from one another. Birch was awarded the Order of the Lock and Key in the Republic of Sinsini on 6 May.

Birch was decided as the winner for May after careful consideration from Zarel, with no vote taking place.

April

Randouler in 2020

Nicholas Randouler is the monarch of Posaf, and is also active in Abelden, and intermediately active in Iustus and Millania.

Why he was awarded

Nicholas Randouler has had a number of ideas for projects in the Grand Unified Micronational, most notably the Sister Cities Program as a successful attempt to restore the GUM's image as well as for something to do with summits being cancelled due to COVID-19. Starting in January 2020, Randouler released on 15 April the GUM Sister City Program website to the member states of the GUM entitling what the program desires to accomplish, and has accomplished. The GUM Sister City Program has been successful for participating nations to spread diplomatic relations and make closer ties with fellow participating nations, as well as being attributed to making the GUM a bit more active.

Randouler has also planned a large number of other projects, including the 'New Members Association' and expanding the GUM Outreach Program. Randouler has also announced he has been working on ideas for a micronational social media, which would likely mainly be for eco-discussions. Randouler also co-organised the 24 Hour Quorum which raised £266 ($332).

In other micronations, Randouler ran in the March 2020 executive election in Abelden where he ran for Stellvertreter. He won the race with 61.76% of the vote and became Stellvertreter on 1 April. And, although being this month, it is also notable that he created the Monthly MicroWiki Micronationalists Power Index, an index of the most influential people in the MicroWiki Sector of the micronational community. Which although subjective, the list was generally well received.

Randouler with 14 votes (37.8%), ahead of Leon Montan with 11 votes (29.7%), Lord Matthew with 7 votes (18.9%), and the first time added abstention vote "None of the above" with 5 (13.5%).

March

Falešník in 2019

Tomáš Falešník is a Gymnazist politician who served as the third and tenth president of the Gymnasium State. Tomáš also works for a number of intermicronational organisations.

Why he was awarded

Tomáš organised and hosted the 2020 MOF Games, the second edition of the annual MOF games, which he hosted on-behalf of the Gymnasium State, the hosting nation. The games took place between 14 February and ended on 10 March. A total of 52 athletes from 19 micronations partook in the games, making it the largest MOF games yet. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant Tomáš has had more time to extend the games after not all nations had yet finished.

He was also elected the Secretary of the Union of Micronations of Central Europe on 28 February, just before March, and was made the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Mekniy on 13 March.

Tomáš, being a Patroller, has also been an active contributor on the wiki recently, making 646 constructive edits in March alone, the third most of that month. His large edit count can be attributed to his "MicroGnome" style of editing, mainly marking articles for deletion, copyediting and fixing page titles. Tomáš has also been highly active on the Czech-language MicroWiki.

Tomáš was made a Grand Officer of the Order of the Green Horse and Blue Lion in Posaf on 29 February.

February

Zarel in February 2020

Prince Zarel is the Prince of the Principality of New Eiffel. Zarel is also a film critic, actor, filmmaker and retired artist.

Why he was awarded

Zarel was made a wiki administrator on 2 February, after being a patroller since February 2019, and actively contributing on MicroWiki daily. Zarel is currently acting as Ad-Interim Press Secretary for the Grand Unified Micronational while Emperor Adam I focuses on finishing his degree, and is currently unable to actively write news articles. Multiple "Zedposting" memes including Zedtv, an image of Zarel wearing a cardboard computer box on his head, and "Zedism", a comical religion based around Zedtv arose starting on MicroWiki@Discord this month.

Zarel as been a prominent editor on MicroWiki, describing himself as a "MicroWikiholic", having the most edits on the site, and also frequently engaging in community censuses and discussions, and contributing various ideas for the wiki, such as the idea for a featured image on the main page. Notably, Zarel has written two good articles. Zarel also conducts a large number of informative surveys, including the MicroWiki General Survey, the yearly LGBT Rights Index and the monthly surveys for Dime Micronationalist of the Month. Zarel is a long-time and valued member of the community.

Zarel won with 9 votes (42.9%) ahead of Tomáš Falešník with 5 (23.8%), Dionisiy I with 4 (19%) and the "Provisional Council of the Commonwealth of New Virginia" with 3 (14.3%), which consists of New Virginian Chairman Joseph Kennedy, Riley Kennedy and Eryn Lewis. This also makes Zarel the only person to be nominated for DMM three times.

January

Image used to represent Lycon

Jayden Lycon is the President of the Fifth Aenderian Republic. Notably he is the co-founder of DIME Magazine and Vice-Lead for the 19th MicroWiki Influence Survey.

Why he was awarded

Lycon has recently shown decorum and has continued becoming a very respected member of the community this month. Lycon has been described as being both 'helpful and serious' but also funny, and is known for his tongue-in-cheek humour. Most notably he is the co-founder alongside Prince Zarel I of DIME Magazine, which was published on Christmas Day and gained a fair amount of recognition. He created the website and primary wrote the magazine, in which he professionally interviewed Russell Gilzem and Emperor Adam I of Adammia, who was also selected as DIME Magazine's first ever "Micronationalist of the Year" for 2019. Both the interviews could be described as being professionally done.

Lycon also has a number of roles in various micronations aside from Aenderia, most prominently including Iustus, which he is on the delegation team of for the Grand Unified Micronational. He serves as the Chief Justice and wrote the criminal code, and was made a Knight Commander of the prestigious Order of the Iustian leaf on 1 January this year.

Lycon won with 15 votes (39.5%), the most votes ever received, ahead of Archie Birch with 12 (31.6%), Thomas Bainbridge with 6 (15.8%) and Math Pony with 5 (12.3%). This also means that this was the most voted in DMM poll, with a total of 38 votes, absolutely smashing the previous record of 30 votes cast.

2019 Micronationalists of the Month

Selection

Honorary winners

On September, the first Honorary Winner was announced, who was Tian Abdurrahman. Abdurrahman passed away on 9 September 2019. Abdurrahman served as Governor of Barakstan from 2012 to 2014; as the fifth President of Indokistan from July 2013 until January 2014; and as Chief of Arkapore from its establishment in January 2014 until his death on 9 September 2019.

Reception

The award has received several endorsements from both nominees and winners.[1]

Spins offs

Every December, there is an Dime Micronationalist of the Year, where people choose the micronationalist who was the most influential of the year.

See also

Notes

  1. "You may think you have little value in the community, but everyone plays their part. Whether you fixed a small spelling mistake on the wiki, undid vandalism, helped clean up an article, or just gave someone feedback. Or just chatted on MicroWiki@Discord for 14 hours, was nice to somebody; welcomed them in the community, made someone's day, helped make someone a coat of arms or flag, partook in a survey, joined community discussions, helped keep the community safe, helped develop a micronation, or made micronational culture or media. Or if you just did nothing. Literally nothing. I am sure at least one person got something out of it. You are an important and valued member of the MicroWiki community. Never forget that."

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