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An intermicronational organisation (intergovernmental organisation (IGO); micronational organisation (micro-org)) is an organisation, similar to the macronational equivalent, which is composed of primarily Member states, but may also include other entities, such as other intermicronational organisations. Additionally, entities (including, but not limited to states) may hold observer status. Intermicronational organisations may hold multiple goals or purposes, commonly foreign relations, development and general discussions. Some intermicronational organisations are created for the single purpose of diplomacy with its member states in a certain region, such as the Union of Micronations of Central Europe (UMCE) and Association of Indonesian Micronations (AIM). Intermicronational organisations may also create and sign treaties and host micronational summits among other projects, such as the Grand Unified Micronational which hosted a summit in Birmingham, and MicroFrancophonie which has hosted two micronational summits between its member states.
Notable examples of active intermicronational organisations include the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM), the biggest intermicronational organisation and main forum for diplomacy in the MicroWiki sector, the Micronational Olympic Federation (MOF), Union of Micronations of Central Europe (UMCE), MicroFrancophonie (OMF) and the Konmalehth. Historical examples included the United Micronations (UM), Organisation of Active Micronations (OAM), League of Secessionist States (LoSS) and the League of Micronations (established 2000) (LoM).
- 1 History
- 2 Purpose
- 3 Structure
- 4 Criticism of intermicronational organisations
- 5 Regional intermicronational organisations
- 6 Reforming and reviving defunct intermicronational organisations
- 7 Summits and treaties
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The oldest intermicronational organisation ever formed is the League of Secessionist States (LSS), created on 26 November 1980. It had thirty-two member states by late 2001, which had risen to forty-three by early 2003, at which point the organisation had been assumed defunct after months of inactivity. The United Micronations (1999) (UM) was the first intermicronational organisation to have a name in emulation of the United Nations. The Grand Unified Micronational was founded in January 2009, focusing on the MicroWiki community. It is the current oldest intermicronational organisation still in existence. The Association of Indonesian Micronations (AIM), was founded by Indokistan and Los Bay Petros in July 2011, and became the largest intermicronational organisation that unites Indonesian micronations and significantly influences micronational activities on the sector. On 7 January 2018, Posaf founded the Micronational Olympic Federation after noting the Micronational Olympic Committee was inactive. So far, the MOF has hosted the 2018 MOF Games and 2019 MOF Games, and are planning on hosting physical games sometime during the summer of 2020.
Intermicronational organisations differ in function, purpose, membership and membership criteria. They have various goals and scopes, often outlined in the treaty or charter. Some common types include:
- Worldwide or global intermicronational organisations — generally open to nations worldwide as long as certain criteria are met: This category includes the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM) and Commonwealth of Sovereignties (ComSov).
- Economic intermicronational organisations — based on macro-economic policy goals: Some are dedicated to free trade and reduction of trade barriers: Micronational Economic Group (MEG).
- Cultural, linguistic, ethnic, religious, or historical intermicronational organisations — open to members based on some cultural, linguistic, relations, ethnic, religious, or historical link: examples include the Konmalehth.
- Regional intermicronational organisations — open to members from a particular continent or other specific region of the world. Sometimes micronations from the non-specific region may hold observer-ship. This category includes the Union of Micronations of Central Europe (UMCE), MicroFrancophonie (OMF), the Taiwanese Micronational Community (TMC), Asia-Pacific Alliance (ASPAA) and the Association of Indonesian Micronations (AIM).
- Sports intermicronational organisations and sport federations — primarily focused on sports and hosting sporting events. This category includes the Micronational Olympic Federation (MOF) and the Micronational Fédération Football (MFF).
- Satire or non-serious intermicronational organisations — created as a joke or to satirise a certain subject related to an intermicronational organisation.
Intermicronational organisations typically have a Chair or Vice-Chair, a judicial council, and ministries or cabinets. Most intermicronational organisations typically host elections for a new head of the organisation. Almost every intermicronational organisation hosts meetings, usually monthly or weekly, always online. Usually through text through Skype, Twitter, Facebook or Discord.
Criticism of intermicronational organisations
The term "YAMO", an acronym for "Yet Another Micronational Organisation" is a common phrase used to defame an intermicronational organisation, most commonly for serving no purpose, being underdeveloped or being short-lived. It is a common phrase found in journalism covering the MicroWiki community. The YAMO Federation is an intemicronational organisation established at MicroCon 2019 with the stated goal to "try to find out why almost all micronational organisations fail or dissolve quickly."
The name "United Micronations" ("UM") has been given to many intermicronational organisations in emulation of the United Nations (UN). The first of such was the United Micronations (1999). As such the term "YAMUN", an acronym for "Yet Another Micronational United Nations", has been used to describe the large number of intermicronational organisations in emulation of the UN. The Daily Micronational talked about the various organisations with this name in episode one of the YAMO of the Week series.
Between 1-4 March 2020 the Dime-Curio Micronational Organisation Poll took place, which was a poll used to rank intermicronational organisations. It was created by Jayden Lycon and Zarel Smith, and ran by Statistic-Dime and Curio Publications. It asked participants to rank a selected eight intermicronational organisations on a scale of 1 to 10. The Cupertino Alliance and Micronational Olympic Federation ranked the highest with 8.17 and 7.6 respectively, whilst perhaps interestingly the Konmalehth ranked second last with 5.25 and the Grand Unified Micronational came in last place with 4.94.
Regional intermicronational organisations
Regional intermicronational organisations typically have member states from the whole world, with micronations from outside the specified region typically holding observership status or some variant of it. Regional international organisations usually hold more efficient meeting times for its member states due to their close proximity. Examples of regional intermicronational organisations include:
- Union of Micronations of Central Europe (UMCE)
- Taiwanese Micronational Community (TMC)
- MicroFrancophonie (OMF)
- Organisation of North American States (ONAS)
- Association of Indonesian Micronations (AIM)
A handful of intermicronational organisations were created for the purpose of dividing land claims in Marie Byrd Land or the whole Antarctic continent itself. No micronation has yet physically set foot on Antarctica, making these claims and dividing up Antarctica pointless to some. The Antarctic Micronational Union (AMU) was historically widely regarded as one of the leading intermicronational organisations in Antarctic claims,[better source needed] until it fell into inactivity after late November 2016. The intermicronational organisation was later reformed on 24 February 2020, when the new Charter was signed. Other current and historic Antarctic intermicronational organisations include the Union of Antarctic Micronational Claims (UAMC) and Transantarctic Supramicronational Union (TSA).
Reforming and reviving defunct intermicronational organisations
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Some micronationalists reform or revive already defunct intermicronational organisations, usually without any jurisdiction to do so. This practice is largely frowned upon within the community.
Notable reformed intermicronational organisations included:
- United Micronations (Early 1999 - October 2000) — 2009 - 2011[better source needed]
- Organisation of Active Micronations (13 July 2010 - 29 December 2011) — Organisation of Active Micronations[a] (21 November 2018 - 26 August 2019)
Summits and treaties
Four micronational summits have been hosted by three intermicronational organisations. The first was the 2012 LIR Union Summit, which was a diplomatic conference between member states of an Indonesian customs union LIR Union, that was took place on 10 August 2012 in Kranji, Los Bay Petros. The meeting discussed and ratified the founding treaty of LIR Union. This summit became the first of its kind inside the sector and the only conference held by the Union before its collapse in 2013.
MicroFrancophonie has hosted two micronational summits between its member states, one in 2016 and another in 2018. The first MicroFrancophonie Summit took place in the Principality of Aigues-Mortes between the 23–24 July 2016. Delegates from 9 micronations attended. MicroFrancophonie hosted a second summit on 21–22 July 2018, in Vincennes, France. It had 17 attendees from 12 micronations. It was hosted by the Empire of Angyalistan.
The Grand Unified Micronational hosted a summit in Birmingham. The summit took place on 28 June 2019 in Birmingham, England, in the Guild Council Chamber at the University of Birmingham, and was organised by Emperor Adam I of Adammia, who was Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational at the time. It had twelve attendees, including two non-GUM members from Westarctica as non-member states were also allowed to attend.
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- previously the New Eiffel Union of Micronations.
- Official website of the LoM. Archived from the original on 12 June 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
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- Official website of the MOF. weebly.com. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
- Official website of MicroFrancophonie (in French). Retrieved 24 February 2020.
- Official news website of the Konmalehth. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
- Official website of the OAM. Archived from the original on 10 November 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
- Official website of the LoSS (in French). Retrieved 24 February 2020.
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