MicroCon 2022 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. It will be hosted by Westarctica and co-hosted by the Kingdom of Shiloh. The event was originally planned for 2021, but was moved due to the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Planning for the event began in late 2018, when King Timothy of Shiloh and Grand Duke Travis of Westarctica devised a plan to submit a joint bid to host the 2021 iteration of the event in Las Vegas. Their bid was selected from a field of at least three others, and was officially announced at MicroCon 2019.
The first formal planning meeting of the organizing committee occurred on 7 January 2020 at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA, only a few miles away from the site of the first MicroCon. The two host nation's heads of state were joined by Princess Samantha of Shiloh, and Jordan Farmer, the Prime Minister of Westarctica. The event's official website was launched two days later to share the committee's proposed schedule.
Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic
A weekend trip to Las Vegas had been planned in April 2020 in order to make a final selection from a shortlist of three sites. Unfortunately, the global Covid-19 outbreak prevented this from occurring. In October of 2020, the committee still had not been able to resume planning of the event and began discussions on delaying or canceling the event. After internal discussions and bringing in the members of the head MicroCon committee, the event was moved to 2022, with the next iterations still intended to occur in 2023. Planning of the event will resume once Las Vegas' convention industry opens back up for new bookings. At that time, the specific weekend will be decided upon, although late Spring or early Summer has been identified as the preferred timeframe.
The convention is planned to follow a similar format as MicroCon 2019. There has been discussion of adding an informal meet-and-greet on Thursday evening. There are plans to make the awards presentations a separate event from the Saturday night white-tie event. The presentations dominated the gala in 2019, and even more attendees are expected at the Las Vegas convention. The first induction ceremony for the newly established Micronational Hall of Excellence is planned to take place in conjunction with the event, if not during the convention itself.
As tickets for the event have yet to go on sale, an exact list of nations that will be in attendance is unavailable. Many nations have expressed their interest or intent to attend the conference.
Nations Intending to Attend
- Commonwealth of Naveria
- Ponderosa Hills
- Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas
- Free State of Sabini
- The Sun Republic