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Diplomabear World Tour
|This article documents a current event. Information may change rapidly as the event progresses.|
The Diplomabear World Tour is an ongoing diplomatic tour of Angus Diplomabear, a small red teddy bear originally from the Federation of Egtavia, around various micronations across the world.
The tour was originally established by the now defunct micronation of Egtavia, sending the teddy bear via the postal system around the world as an "ambassador" for Egtavia. Since the dissolution of said micronation, the tour has continued as a means of strengthening ties between other micronations connected by Diplomabear, who has become a symbol of intermicronational diplomacy.
At the end of 2012, the tour ground to a halt, with Diplomabear's hosts being unwilling to send him on. The tour was revitalized in late 2016 by the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM), which persuaded the last host to send the bear on. The GUM now oversees the rota of hosts as a means of ensuring Diplomabear is not "lost" again, but said rota is open to any micronations willing to take responsibility for the bear.
The guardian's name highlighted in bold denotes the current Guardian of Diplomabear.
|Nation||Guardian||Approximate macronational location||Visit dates||Notes|
|Pierre d'Égtavie||Nottingham, United Kingdom||1
|Diplomabear, a teddy bear owned by Egtavian president Pierre d'Égtavie, started out in Egtavia with a passport and tie.|
|Landashir||James von Puchow||High Wycombe, United Kingdom||2
14 Aug 2012
|Diplomabear was taken to Landashir by d'Égtavie during a state visit also attended by Crown Prince Jonathan of Austenasia. Landashir'n premier James von Puchow took Diplomabear on the tour of Landashir that he gave the other two national leaders before entrusting him to the Crown Prince. While in Landashir, a pair of paper sunglasses were made for the bear.|
|Austenasia||Crown Prince Jonathan||South London, United Kingdom||3
14 Aug 2012 -
1 Sep 2012
|Diplomabear stayed at the Austenasian capital of Wrythe for over two weeks, during which time photographs of him were taken at various landmarks. He was also taken with the Crown Prince to an informal summit in London on 31 August attended by representatives of Landashir, the USLSSR, Zealandia and the St. Peters Republic.|
( New Wessex)
|Crown Prince Jonathan||South London, United Kingdom||4
1 Sep 2012
|On the morning of the final day in which Diplomabear was under his guardianship, Crown Prince Jonathan took the bear to Orly (then occupied by New Wessex), which he administered as Viceroy.|
|Zealandia||Håkon Lindström||Sydney, Australia||5
1 Sep 2012 - 24 Oct 2012
|Crown Prince Jonathan handed Diplomabear to then Prime Minister of Zealandia Håkon Lindström, who was in London to watch the Paralympic Games. Diplomabear was taken back to Zealandia, and photographs taken of him by various landmarks.|
|Molossia||Kevin Baugh||Carson City, Nevada, United States||6
|Diplomabear was sent by Zealandia to the famous Republic of Molossia. However, it is thought that President Baugh had not been given much information about the tour before receiving Diplomabear, as no photographs are known to have been taken, and Diplomabear was relatively quickly sent on to his next stop, Tiana.|
|Tiana||Joseph Puglisi||Long Island, New York, United States||7
Nov 2012 - 8 Mar 2014
|After Diplomabear's reception by Tiana, he was not sent on for over fifteen months. During this time, Egtavia dissolved, and some implied that Puglisi was keeping Diplomabear as a "hostage". Pressure built on him to send him on, with d'Égtavie starting a "Free Diplomabear" campaign in December 2013.|
|Sam Krimmer||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||8
14 Mar 2014 - Sep 2016
|Diplomabear was finally sent on from Tiana to Sam Krimmer of Renasia. Although this was hailed as "Diplomabear freed", the tour had lost its momentum. With the departure of Krimmer from micronationalism and the dissolution of Renasia, it was feared by some that Diplomabear was lost forever. However, in August 2016 Krimmer was contacted by Jonathan I of Austenasia as Vice-Chair of the GUM, and it was agreed to send Diplomabear on his way.|
|Überstadt||Adam I||Western Washington, United States||9
23 Sep 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
|Überstadt received Diplomabear after his 30-month stay with Sam Krimmer. Staying in the care of King Adam I, he was officially welcomed to the Überstadti consulate in Bellingham on 23 September.|
|Nedland||Ned Greiner||Arlington, Virginia, United States||10
8 Nov 2016 - Jan 2017
|Nedland received Diplomabear after his 1 month stay at Überstadt, when King Adam sent the package to Greiner. He was officially accepted by the Nedlandic Embassy in Washington, where the package was initially sent. Then, he came to Palazu, where he stayed for several weeks before being sent on in the first half of January 2017.|
15 Feb 2017 - 6 Jun 2017
|Diplomabear arrived at Koss, where he stayed for Carnival.|
|Wyvern||Bradley of Dullahan||Netherlands||12
9 Jun 2017 - 11 June 2018
|Diplomabear's next stop was Wyvern, where he stayed at Dullahan. After the passage of a year, the GUM had not yet assigned a next destination for the bear, who was sent on to Austenasia at the initiative of the Wyvernian government in order to keep the tour going.|
|Austenasia||Jonathan I||South London, United Kingdom||13
25 Jun 2018 - present
|After some initial problems with delivery, Diplomabear has now arrived in Wrythe, Austenasia, the first location to have hosted Diplomabear twice.|