Micronational summit

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Map of countries where micronational summits took place. Note that this is not complete and outdated

A micronational summit (also intermicronational summit, micronational convention or micro summit) is a formal gathering of micronationalists. Some also have a considerable number of media in attendance. These summits provide a place for micronationalists to meet, exchange ideas, sign treaties, and engage in other diplomatic relations. The majority of summits were held in Europe and North America. The largest micronational convention is MicroCon, which has been hosted biennially in odd years since 2015.[1] Attendance at micronational summits has been growing, with the number of summits, total attendance of all summits and maximum size of a single summit all growing over the period 2011–present.[2] In total, 7 summits were held in the United Kingdom, 5 in the United States, 3 in France and 3 on the African continent, 2 in the Czech Republic and Brazil, and 1 in Finland, Mexico, Australia, Indonesia, Italy and Canada.

A number of micronational summits have been hosted by intermicronational organisations, such as the Grand Unified Micronational which hosted a summit in Birmingham,[3] and MicroFrancophonie which has hosted two micronational summits between its member states.[4][5]

In total, 29 micronational summits have taken place. The first known micronational summit took place in Helsinki in 2003.[6]

Activities

Most micronationalists who attend summits engage in signing treaties with other micronations. Other common activities include various discussions and presentations. Each MicroCon allows a presentation secession, where various micronationalists hold presentations on various aspects of micronationalism. When a summit is hosted by an intermicronational organisation, the member states of that organisation may have discussions relating to it's business, such as the Grand Unified Micronational which had a in-person Quorum meeting. Some other activities may also include going out to eat at a local restaurant or pub.

History

Before the 2000s

Various Japanese micronations held micronational summits from 1983 to 1985, and some of them formed confederations.[citation needed]

2000s

The attendees at the first ever micronational summit, which took place in Helsinki, Finland.

In August 2003, a summit of micronations took place in Helsinki at Finlandia Hall, the site of the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE).[7] The summit lasted for 3 days, and had 16 attendees.[8] The summit was attended by delegations of the Principality of Sealand, the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, NSK-State in Time, Ladonia, the Transnational Republic, the State of Sabotage and by scholars from various academic institutions.[9][10][11]

A summit took place on 20 September 2005, between the President of Molossia Kevin Baugh, Grand Duke Travis and Grand Duchess Cathryn of Westarctica. The summit took place in Kevin Baugh's hotel suite in the United States, in Washington, D.C. Various orders and awards were given at the summit, and discussions on matters of micronational protocol, history and politics took place at a nearby restaurant.[12]

The African Micronational Summit was an annual summit between micronationalists in the African sector, primarily consisting of micronations in Southern Africa.[13] The 2005 African Micronational Summit took place in South Africa on 9 October, and was hosted by Sigland. It had 9 attendees from 5 micronations. The 2006 African Micronational Summit took place in Ünie on 11 September, which was also the host of the event. It had 16 attendees from 7 micronations. The final summit took place between 2–3 July 2007, and was hosted by Adronia.[14] It had 28 attendees, and held the record for the most attended micronational summit until the record was beaten by PoliNation in 2012.[15]

2010s

BBC correspondent Phil Mercer interviewing Dr Judy Lattas at PoliNation 2010.[16]

PoliNation 2010, a conference of micronations, was held on Dangar Island in Sydney, Australia.[17] Micronations with representatives in attendance included the Empire of Atlantium, the Principality of Hutt River, the Principality of Wy and the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands.[18][19] The conference hosted various presentations, workshops and events. Parts of the conference was filmed by filmmaker Paul Poet for his upcoming documentary film, Empire Me: New Worlds Are Happening!. The conference convenors were Dr. Judy Lattas of Macquarie University, Princess Paula of the Principality of Snake Hill, and His Imperial Majesty George II of the Empire of Atlantium.[20][21][22][23]

A summit of micronationalists from the Spokane Sector took place in Washington, United States on 20 September 2011. One of the main topics of the 2011 Spokane Summit was the possibility of a currency union of the micronations of the Spokane Sector, which was passed as the UNS Tarvin. It had 3 attendees, each representing a micronation.

The 2011 Intermicronational Summit took place in London on 24 August. The 2011 Summit saw the first time in the history of the MicroWiki Community that many micronationalists met in real life. It had 14 attendees representing 13 micronations[note 1]. Most of the attendees were from the MicroWiki Community. The summit's priorities included evaluating and discussing the progress of micronationalism and comparing the current types of micronationalism that can be found on the internet, but also meeting for the first time after the establishment of the MicroWiki Community. The event was being planned since April 2011, when talks first started for a possible summit to finally take place, after previous failed attempts. This time led by Alexander Reinhardt and Marka Mejakhansk in the Micropolitan Lounge, on April 10, a discussion[24] was opened by Reinhardt on the MicroWiki Forum asking the community for the best period in which a possible meeting could take place. On the same day the gathering was named the "Summit '11", and London was chosen as the most appropriate place for the meeting, also because of the tourist attractions, and therefore, the possibility to visit the city for more than just the Summit itself. Many European micronationalists quickly showed interested in the event. In the end, August was chosen as the best month for organising it. Will Sörgel was the only non-European micronationalist who initially confirmed his presence, but later had to announce his unavailability to come, mainly due to the cost of transportation. Gordon Freeman as well announced there would have been a possibility of him attending, but no other information was later given. On April 14 it was decided that the Summit would have been a one-day event. The particular day, however, was still unknown. Early August was proposed, until Mejakhansk announced he would have been unable to participate. On April 29, the choice was narrowed to August 20–26, and later to Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 on May 11. By the 2nd of June, August 24 was decided as the official date due to the publishing of the results of the British GCSEs which will take place on the day after.[25][26]

The 2012 'Chairs of East Anglia' Summit took place on 14 April 2012 in the United Kingdom. It had 3 attendees, each representing a micronation. At the summit, a treaty of mutual recognition between two of the micronations being represented was signed.[27]

PoliNation 2012 held the record for the largest micronational summit by attendees from 14 July 2012 with 32,[28] until the record was beaten by MicroCon 2015 which was reported to have had 36 attendees.[29] The summit was held in London, and had 32 attendees from over 24 micronations, a large number of them being in the MicroWiki sector. Some popular micronationalists attended, including Kevin Baugh of Molossia, and one of the organisers of the event, George II, Emperor of Atlantium. The conference mainly consisted of speakers from most of the attending micronations giving presentations on their micronations and on aspects of micronationalism.[30] Several presentations of physical objects such as micronational currency and postage stamps were also set up around the hall. Micronations on which presentations were given by their founders, leaders and/or citizens included Molossia, Aerica, Atlantium, Flandrensis, the Formori Community, Francisville, Erephisia, Juclandia, Ladonia, Landashir, Monovia, Reyla, Sandus, and the USLSSR. The conference ended with a screening of Empire Me: New Worlds Are Happening, a film documenting Sealand, Hutt River, and some other less well-known micronations and autonomy movements. After the conference, photographs were taken in a larger adjoining hall and some delegations signed treaties with each other, after which most of the delegates left for a London restaurant at King's Cross for a post-conference dinner.[31][32]

Attendees of the 2012 LIR Union Summit

The first and only to date Indonesian sector summit was the 2012 LIR Union Summit (Indonesian: Pertemuan Uni LIR 2012). It was a diplomatic conference between member states of an Indonesian union LIR Union, that took place on 10 August 2012 in Kranji, Los Bay Petros. It had 4 attendees from 3 micronations. A commission was formed inside LIR Union to arrange a summit between its members in July 2012. Los Bay Petros agreed to became the host for the meeting. It was agreed that the proposed meeting would took place in August 2012. The summit was really influential in the Indonesian sector, and proved that a Indonesian micronational summit could be held. The meeting was held in a restaurant previously reserved by Indokistan and Raflesinesia, when they two become the first to arrive in the meeting point, Los Bay Petrosian representatives later arrived quite late from the scheduled time. The meeting first discussed about the recent development each micronations have had, including further discussion held between Indokistan and Raflesinesia to establish a joint tollroad company. Coincidentally, the meeting was held during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, which meant the meeting should be adjourned for half an hour for break-fasting and dinner. After the dinner, the meeting continued, and two treaties were signed on that moment. The LIR Union Founding Treaty specifying the basis of activity for the organisation was signed by all parties, and then continued by the process of signing of an agreement about national borders between Indokistan and Raflesinesia. The meeting was closed by Los Bay Petrosian president Adriansyah Yassin Sulaeman and before each delegated depart from the event, and a photograph session was held.

Draega Multinational 2012 took place on 3 September 2012 in the United Kingdom. It had 4 attendees, each representing a micronation.[33]

The Summit of the Three Kings took place in Anaheim, California on 12 September 2012. It had 3 attendees each representing a micronation. It was named the "Summit of the Three Kings" because all 3 of the the attendees were kings of their micronations. The majority of the summit took place in and around the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. The three Kings toured the park and spent most of the day riding the rides and enjoying one another's company. Discussions concerning national histories and motivations for becoming micronationalists dominated the conversations as did strategies for increasing the legitimacy of their micronations. The summit was concluded at a nearby restaurant where the three Kings were treated to a private dining room so they could continue their discussions without interruption from the general public. Once dinner was finished, they each bestowed their national awards on one another and the summit was deemed completed and the rulers returned to their dominions.[34]

The first micronational summit held in France was the 2013 Intermicronational Summit, which took place in Paris. It took place between 15 and 20 July, making it the longest intermicronational meeting ever held to date. It had 10 attendees from 9 micronations[35], with two delegations representatives more then one. Emperor Jonathan I confirmed in May 2013 that he had booked an apartment for the summit, with those staying in the apartment having sent him their contributions towards its rent. Some of the activities include eating at various restaurants, spending time together having discussions and signing treaties.

The Midsummer Micronational Meeting 2014 took place on 21 June 2014 in London. It had 5 attendees from 4 micronations. Emperor Jonathan I, James von Puchow and Richard Cunningham visited the Tower of London before getting lunch, followed by a look around the British Museum. After seeing the Museum, the group returned to Mile End to meet Linden and his partner at roughly 16:00. The group had refreshments in a nearby Costa Coffee branch before heading on to Mile End Park. While at the park, in a pre-planned ceremony, von Puchow was inducted as an Austenasian subject by Jonathan I.

The Midsummer Micronational Meeting 2015 was an informal summit which took place on 18 July 2015 in London. It had 5 attendees from 4 micronations. Emperor Jonathan I of Austenasia and Tom Turner of the former nation of Rukora met at Westminster tube station in the morning and walked over Westminster Bridge to meet Sebastian Linden of Rudno and Lady Evren Filgert of Austenasia at Waterloo station. From there the group headed to the gardens of St John's Church, where they met with Emperor Taeglan I Nihilus of Reyla. The group spent some time in informal discussion, then delegations started departing one-by-one. At King's Cross, Turner departed, and the Emperor and Linden had refreshments at a nearby café before they both departed as well, which was the end of the summit.

A photoshoot at the Third International Conference of Micronations[36]

The Third International Conference of Micronations, or PoliNation 2015, took place between 4–5 July 2015[37]. The summit took place in the Free Republic of Alcatraz in Italy[38], and had attendees from 14 micronations.[39] It was also attended by various scientists and journalists.[40] Various discussions took place, and there was a proposal for creating a trading union. A treaty called Alcatraz's Treaty[41] devoted to the protection of the environment by limiting micronation's CO2 emissions, in order to slow down or reverse climate change, was signed by a large number of nations.[42][43] It was the first micronational summit to be held in Italy.[44][45]

The 2016 Micronational Summit of São Paulo took place in São Paulo, Brazil on 25 June 2016, at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. It had attendees from 4 micronations. Karnia-Ruthenia and the Holy Kingdom of Pampas signed the Treaty of Lichtenberg, a document created to strengthen the friendship between Lusophone micronationalists and to establish as a common conduct to signatories the use of cordiality and diplomacy to resolve disputes and promote micronationalism in the Lusophone sector, especially in Brazil.[46] This was the first summit ever to take place in Brazil.

MicroFrancophonie held a micronational summit between it's member states. The first MicroFrancophonie Summit took place in the Principality of Aigues-Mortes between the 23–24 July 2016. Delegates from 9 micronations attended.[47]

The 2018 Micronational Summit of São Paulo was the second summit to be hosted in the Lusophone Sector. It took place in São Paulo, Brazil on 4 February 2018. The summit had 4 attendees, each representing a micronation. The goal was to promote the practice of micronationalism and bring together the leaders of already established micronations. The summit was attended by leaders and representatives of Karnia-Ruthenia, United Provinces of Mauricia, R.U.P.A. and the Império Alemão, a simulationist and historical-modelist micronation. Despite the difference between the micronational projects that attended the summit, three historical-modelists, which are the predominant genre in the Lusophone Sector, and the realist-derivatist represented by Karnia-Ruthenia, the meeting found several points of convergence that made the summit a resounding diplomatic success between the participants. Subjects discussed between the parties dealt with diplomacy in the Lusophone sector, comparisons on micronational practices in different countries, international cooperation and citizen interchange to strengthen ties and share technologies and information, and micronational economy and market dynamics. There was also the awarding of commemorative medals by some of the participants of the summit.[48][49][50]

The Carolina Confederation Conference took place in Raleigh, North Carolina on 28 April 2018. It had 3 attendees, each representing a nation.[51]

MicroFrancophonie hosted a second summit on 21–22 July 2018, in Vincennes, France.[52] It had 17 attendees from 12 micronations.[53][54] It was hosted by the Empire of Angyalistan.[55][56][57]

The Summit Upon the Seas took place on 21–24 October 2018 onboard the Carnival Imagination cruise ship in international waters and Ensenada, Mexico. The summit was organized by King Timothy of Shiloh as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Kingdom of Shiloh's independence.[58] It had 7 attendees from 3 micronations. It was the first summit to take place on international waters, and in Mexico.[59] On the second day of the cruise, the attendees of the summit dressed in their official uniforms and finery for the 6:00pm dinner where Grand Duke Travis gave a champagne toast to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Kingdom of Shiloh. Immediately following dinner, the Heads of State departed for a meeting with the captain of the vessel, Giuseppe Strano, who took a moment from his busy schedule to receive the visiting leaders. While waiting for the captain to arrive, several of the ship's passengers stopped to pose for pictures with the foreign rulers, with many of them wrongly asking King Timothy if he was the captain of the ship. On the final day of the cruise, while the consorts played bingo and enjoyed a pampering spa experience, Grand Duke Travis and King Timothy spent several hours in a quiet corner of the ship discussing future plans for their micronations and how their two governments might best work together to accomplish challenging tasks. Afterward, the Grand Duke and Prince-Consort joined President Kevin Baugh and First Lady Adrianne Baugh in a hot tub at the aft end of the ship. While soaking in the relaxing waters, the Grand Duke revealed his five-year plan for Westarctica and sought advice from his fellow micronationalists. As the day wound to a close, the leaders and their companions enjoyed refreshing beverages while observing a karaoke contest and comedy show.[60]

2019 has had four summits so far, making it the most of any year yet. Podskalský Congress held by Venedia was the first micronational summit to happen in the Czech Republic, and took place on 23 March 2019. It had 8 attendees from 4 micronations. [61]

Attendees at the GUM Birmingham Summit.

The 2019 GUM Birmingham Summit was hosted by the Grand Unified Micronational, however non-member states were also allowed to attend.[62] The summit took place on 28 June 2019 in Birmingham, England, in the Guild Council Chamber at the University of Birmingham[63][64], and was organised by Emperor Adam I of Adammia, who was Chair of the Grand Unified Micronatioanl at the time. The summit had 12 attendees from 6 micronations.[65][note 2] The summit saw presentations by attendees, as well as open discussions on law enforcement, international organisations, and economics.[66] The summit was also used as an occasion for the signing of the Edgbaston Convention, a treaty aiming to ensure higher standards of accuracy in regards to the sometimes vague or frivolous claims made in the community of small nations[67]. A Gradonian-Austenasian Treaty of Mutual recognition was also signed. The summit ended with the playing of national anthems. It is planned that a similar summit may take place next year.[68][69]

Attendees of the Sušice Summit

After the successful Podskalský Congress and the GUM Birmingham Summit, the support for another meeting of micronations in the Czech sector started to rise. Originally from the initiative of Snowy Plains, Gymnasium State and Mercia-Lurk, a summit was decided to be held in Sušice and hosted by the Gymnasium State. The Summit of Czech and Slovakian Micronations 2019 took place on 28 September 2019. It had 4 attendees from 4 micronations, with 1 of the attendees representing 2 micronations. Between 11–12 am, the delegates met in the Church of Brethren. The summit began with the signing of treaties of diplomatic relations between the participants. Then a discussion on various topics began, including geofiction and micronational warfare, propagation and the future of Czech micronationalism, as well as Mr Šťastný’s proposal of the Council of Micronations. Mr Čech had to leave soon into the discussion, leaving only the three delegates. The Gymnasium State encouraged the other participants to consider signing the Wrythe Convention. At 3 PM, the summit officially ended, and it was stated that the Rednecks Republic was interested in hosting the next edition of the summit.[70]

Planing

A number of summits have a website or forum where you can register to attend, summits that do not have websites where you can register have been planed through social medias such as Skype or Discord.

Timing and duration

Most micronational summits take place over only one day, typically in June or July and in the weekend. Most summits typically last between 12 am and 7 pm.

Factors for this include:

  • Some micronationalists would have to take a vacation from work or study to attend an event held during the work week.
  • Transportation costs are often lower for weekend travellers.[71]
  • For events reserving a restaurant or a room, prices may be cheaper in some places during the weekend.

Planned and upcoming summits

A summit in Texas is being planned, with no official date yet.

A Czech Republic summit is in the talks.

2019

A third micronational summit in São Paulo might take place in 2019.[72]

A Dutch summit is set to take place in 2019 between 3 micronations.

A London summit set to take place in November has been proposed. Talks are currently underway to determine the best time and location.

An Ohio summit is being talked about in Mason, Ohio at the Kings Island amusement park. The event is set to take place in December of 2019 or in the spring of 2020.[73]

2020

The Grand Unified Micronational is planning on hosting another summit sometime in 2020. It is rumoured it may take place in London.[74]

MicroFrancophonie is planning on holding a third micronational summit sometime in 2020.

The 2020 InterMicronational Summit is planned to take place between 18–19 July. It has no confirmed venue yet, however Charriot'sVille, Kapreburg was proposed. Registration for the event is not currently open.[75]

Pre-MicroCon 2020 is a Pre-MicroCon event[76] that is set to take place on 5–7 November 2020[77]. It is set to take place in Pretoria, South Africa. The event is not associated with MicroCon. It will be the first summit to take place in Africa since the Adronia 2007 African Micronational Summit.

The Summit of Czech and Slovakian Micronations has proposed holding another summit in 2020, however it has not yet been confirmed.

A summit is being planned to take place in the United States in 2020.

2021

A Brazilian summit is being planned and set to take place in 2021 by micronationalists in the Lusophone sector.

MicroCon 2021 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. It will be hosted by Westarctica and co-hosted by the Kingdom of Shiloh.[78]

2023

MicroCon 2023 will take place.[citation needed]

Cancelled summits

A number of summits have been cancelled. Mainly due to lack of interest, transportation issues or financial difficulties.[citation needed]

The 2008 Ünie African Micronational Summit was cancelled due to lack of interest.[79]

In response to the 2011 Intermicronational Summit, summits in Brussels,[80] Dresden, Cape Town and Timor-Leste were all suggested, but were all rejected. In May 2011, North America adopted Pittsburgh as location for its conference, ahead of Chicago and New York, mainly as it was central and was the location for several micronations, including the Republic of Ultamiya. However, the Pittsburgh summit was later cancelled, and the New World Summit was moved to late-2011. Micronationalists in Oceania were also seen in the process of deciding upon a host city, with Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide all being discussed as part of a TASPAC summit. Auckland was supported most by New Zealand members while Australian delegates were split between Melbourne and Sydney. However, nothing official was published and the idea was discarded.

Various summits were attempted by micronationalists in the Indonesian sector, motivated by the 2012 LIR Union Summit which became the first and only successful summit to take place in Indonesia, however non were successful. The latest planned summit was to be held in June 2015, with Indokistani capital Suwarnakarta as the host, which also failed.

It is unknown whether or not the 2013 Toronto Summit successfully took place or was cancelled. If it did, it would’ve been the first micronational summit to take place in Canada. Supposedly the summit did take place and only two people showed up.[citation needed]

The New York Micronational Summit and Conference was to be a micronational summit to be held in Battery Park, New York, United States in June 2013. The summit was planned to officially last for one day, however delegates were directed to arrive the day before. There would have been an official dinner the night of the official summit. On 14 November 2012, Hamlin announced due to a general lack of interest and the dissolution of his nation that the summit would be cancelled.[81]

The World Micronational Conference of 2016 was set to take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, between the 20th-22 July.

A summit was planned to take place in October 2019 in Berlin, Krakow and many other locations[82], however was cancelled due to lack of interest.

Media and public perception

An interviewer for NPR described the attendees at MicroCon 2015 as being "Oddly dressed".[83] A number summits have had media in attendance. MicroCon 2015 had press most notably from the Independent and the Daily Mail.[84][85] The press present at MicroCon 2019 were the Burlington County Times, Reino Hornson Network, LU Radio, Spill Magazine, Not Exactly Normal[86], ABC Australia, The Yawning Chasm and Dark Wolf Productions.[87] PoliNation 2010 had press from the BBC, and MicroCon 2017 had press from Vice Television.[88]

Not Exactly Normal uploaded a video about micronationalism to YouTube, primarily featuring interviews and footage from MicroCon 2019.[89]

MicroCon

Attendees at MicroCon 2017

MicroCon is the largest micronational convention. It has been hosted biennially in odd years since 2015.[90] Each MicroCon has had a larger number of attendees then the last[citation needed]. Most conventions consist of giving speeches and presentations, exchanging passport stamps, socialising, exchanging medals, signing diplomatic treaties, and eating.[91][92] The host micronation is decided upon by the MicroCon Committee.[93]

2015

MicroCon 2015 took place in the United States in the Anaheim Central Library, Anaheim, Los Angeles[94][95] on 11 April, and lasted from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm. It had 36 attendees from 17 micronations.[96]. It was hosted by the Republic of Molossia.[97] Many presentations took place on various topics and opinions. The conference began with a keynote address via YouTube by Mr. Steven A. Scharff, noted micronational patriologist, speaking about micronational history and concepts.[98][99] One of the most notable moments of the event was a medieval warfare demonstration by Shiloh, including knights battling it out in the midst of the convention[100][101]. Breaks were taken, including lunch, to allow time for socialising and many photo-ops in front of the bank of national flags displayed. The media was also in attendance,[102][103] and many interviews took place.[104] After all 4 hours the conference adjourned and the delegates departed, some to their home nations, and others to prepare for the evening's event, the MicronCon Cotillion.

The MicroCon Cotillion was a semi-formal ball[105], arranged as a social event following the convention. Attendees arrived at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim at 5:30 PM, dressed in their finery for an evening of dining and dancing.[106] After a catered dinner and some dancing, awards were presented by various micronational leaders to their peers and associates. Among the prestenters were Grand Duke Travis of Westarctica, King Christopher of Vikesland, King Timothy of Shiloh, Queen Anastasia of Ruritania and Prince Arthur of Homestead[107]. Following the awards ceremony dancing and socializing continued until the evening wound down and each leader and their party took their leave.[108][109]

2017

MicroCon 2017 took place in Atlanta, Georgia on 22–25 June 2017. It was hosted by the Georgia-based Kingdom of Ruritania. MicroCon 2017 included a conference and formal banquet. The summit was attended by 26 micronations from three continents. A series of presentations were given to delegates covering topics such as, "How to Sustain a Micronation", "Alternative Citizenship", "Micronational post system" and "Women in micronations: Starting your own or supporting your dictator husband.".[110] Breaks were taken, including lunch, to allow time for socialising and photo-ops in front of each nation's information display. The media was also in attendance, including Vice Television. After an all too brief five and a half hours the conference adjourned and the delegates departed to prepare for the evening's event, the MicroCon Gala[111]. After a magnificent dinner, awards were presented by various micronational leaders to their peers and associates.[112][113][114]

2019

Grand Duke Travis from Westarctica giving a presentation on micronational conflicts

MicroCon 2019 was the most attend micronational event in history, with 111 attendees from 43 micronations. 2 other attendees who did not represent a micronation also attended. It took place in Ontario, Canada[115] on 19–21 July 2019, making it the first MicroCon outside of the United States.[116] It was hosted by the United Slabovian Empire[117][118]. The event included a diplomatic reception[119], conference, gala dinner and laser tag tournament[120]. The press at the event were the Burlington County Times, Reino Hornson Network, LU Radio, Spill Magazine, Not Exactly Normal, ABC Australia, The Yawning Chasm and Dark Wolf Productions. Photo-shots and presentations also took place. A formal gala dinner was held after the conference program ended. Dinner was also served. After the dinner, various awards and honours were given by micronationalists. The entry fee for the gala dinner was $55 Cdn ($44 USD).[121] MicroCon 2019 concluded on 21 July with a laser tag tournament.[122][123][124][125][126]

2021

MicroCon 2021 will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and be hosted by Westarctica and co-hosted by the Kingdom of Shiloh.[127][128] The bidding deadline to host MicroCon 2021 ended on 30 June 2019. The winner was voted on by the MicroCon Committee.[129][130][131]

2023

Kevin Baugh has confirmed there will be a MicroCon in 2023.[citation needed]

PoliNation

Attendees of PoliNation in July 2012, listening to a presentation by Queen Carolyn I of Ladonia.

PoliNation has had three summits, one in 2010, 2012, and 2015. PoliNation 2012 held the record for the most attended summit for 2 years with 32 attendees.[132]

2010

PoliNation 2010, was held on Dangar Island in Sydney, Australia.[133] Micronations with representatives in attendance included the Empire of Atlantium, the Principality of Hutt River, the Principality of Wy and the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands.[134][135] The media was also in attendance. The conference hosted various presentations, workshops and events.[136] Parts of the conference was filmed by filmmaker Paul Poet for his upcoming documentary film, Empire Me: New Worlds Are Happening!. The conference convenors were Dr. Judy Lattas of Macquarie University, Princess Paula of the Principality of Snake Hill, and His Imperial Majesty George II of the Empire of Atlantium.[137][138][139]

2012

PoliNation 2012 held the record for the largest micronational summit by attendees from 14 July 2012 with 32,[140] until the record was beaten by MicroCon 2015 which was reported to have had 36 attendees.[141] The summit was held in London, and had 32 attendees from over 24 micronations, a large number of them being in the MicroWiki sector. The conference mainly consisted of speakers from most of the attending micronations giving presentations on their micronations and on aspects of micronationalism. The conference ended with a screening of Empire Me: New Worlds Are Happening, a film documenting Sealand, Hutt River, and some other less well-known micronations and autonomy movements. After the conference, photographs were taken in a larger adjoining hall and some delegations signed treaties with each other, after which most of the delegates left for a London restaurant at King's Cross for a post-conference dinner.[142]

2015

PoliNation 2015 took place between 4–5 July 2015[143]. The summit took place in the Free Republic of Alcatraz in Italy,[144][145] and had attendees from 14 micronations.[146] It was also attended by various photographers, scientists and journalists.[147] A number of photo shots and discussions took place, as well as the signing of many treaties related to mutual recognition and climate change.

Lists of summits

Micronational summits by year

This is a list of micronational summits by year.

Year Summit Attendees
2003 Flag of Finland.png Summit of Micronations, Helsinki 2003 16
2005 Flag of the United States.png Molossia Micronational Meeting 3
Flag of South Africa.png Sigland 2005 African Micronational Summit 9
2006 Flag of Zimbabwe.png Ünie 2006 African Micronational Summit 16
2007 Flag of Botswana.png Adronia 2007 African Micronational Summit 28
2010 Flag of Australia.png PoliNation 2010
2011 Flag of the United Kingdom.png 2011 Intermicronational Summit 14
Flag of the United States.png 2011 Spokane Summit 3
2012 Flag of the United Kingdom.png PoliNation 2012 32
Flag of Indonesia.png 2012 LIR Union Summit 4
Flag of the United Kingdom.png 2012 Chairs of East Anglia Summit 3
Flag of the United Kingdom.png Draega Multinational 2012 4
Flag of the United States.png Summit of the Three Kings 3
2013 Flag of France.png 2013 Intermicronational Summit 10
2014 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Midsummer Micronational Meeting 2014 5
2015 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Midsummer Micronational Meeting 2015 5
Flag of the United States.png MicroCon 2015 36
Flag of Italy.png PoliNation 2015
2016 Flag of Brazil.png 2016 Micronational Summit of São Paulo
Flag of France.png 2016 MicroFrancophonie Summit
2017 Flag of the United States.png MicroCon 2017
2018 Flag of Brazil.png 2018 Micronational Summit of São Paulo 4
Flag of the United States.png Carolina Confederation Conference 3
Flag of France.png 2018 MicroFrancophonie Summit 17
Flag of Mexico.png Summit Upon the Seas 7
2019 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Podskalský Congress 8
Flag of the United Kingdom.png 2019 GUM Birmingham Summit 12
Flag of Canada.png MicroCon 2019 113
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Summit of Czech and Slovakian Micronations 2019 4

List of micronational summits by country

7 summits were held in the United Kingdom, 5 in the United States, 3 in France and 3 on the African continent, 2 in the Czech Republic and Brazil, and 1 in Finland, Mexico, Australia, Indonesia, Italy and Canada.

Country Summit Attendees
United Kingdom - 7 2011 Intermicronational Summit 14
PoliNation 2012 32
2012 'Chairs of East Anglia' Summit 3
Draega Multinational 2012 4
Midsummer Micronational Meeting 2014 5
Midsummer Micronational Meeting 2015 5
2019 GUM Birmingham Summit 12
United States - 5 Molossia Micronational Meeting 3
2011 Spokane Summit 3
Summit of the Three Kings 3
MicroCon 2015 36
MicroCon 2017
France - 3 2013 Intermicronational Summit 10
2016 MicroFrancophonie Summit
2018 MicroFrancophonie Summit 17
African continent - 3 Flag of South Africa.png Sigland 2005 African Micronational Summit 9
Flag of Zimbabwe.png Ünie 2006 African Micronational Summit 16
Flag of Botswana.png Adronia 2007 African Micronational Summit 28
Brazil - 2 2016 Micronational Summit of São Paulo
2018 Micronational Summit of São Paulo 4
Czech Republic - 2 Podskalský Congress 8
Summit of Czech and Slovakian Micronations 2019 4
Finland - 1 Summit of Micronations, Helsinki 2003 16
Australia - 1 PoliNation 2010
Indonesia - 1 2012 LIR Union Summit 4
Italy - 1 PoliNation 2015
Mexico - 1 Summit Upon the Seas 7
Canada - 1 MicroCon 2019 113

List of micronational summits by duration

This is a list of summits by duration in days, which lasted for more then 1 day.

Year Summit Duration (days)
2011 2011 Intermicronational Summit 5
2017 MicroCon 2017 4
2018 Summit Upon the Seas 4
2003 Summit of Micronations, Helsinki 2003 3
2019 MicroCon 2019 3
2007 Adronia 2007 African Micronational Summit 2
2015 PoliNation 2015 2
2016 2016 MicroFrancophonie Summit 2

Timeline of the most attended summit

Record holder for the most attended summit since 2003, the earliest known micronational summit.

Year Summit Attendees
2019 MicroCon 2019 113[148]
2015 MicroCon 2015 36[149]
2012 PoliNation 2012 32
2007 Adronia 2007 African Micronational Summit 28
2006 Ünie 2006 African Micronational Summit 16
2003 Summit of Micronations, Helsinki 2003 16[150]

Number of summits per year

This lists the number of summits per year since 2010.[151]

Year Number of summits Combined number of attendees
2019 4 137
2018 4 More then 27
2017 1 Unknown
2016 2 Unknown
2015 3 Unknown
2014 1 5
2013 1 10
2012 5 50
2011 2 14
2010 1 Unknown
2000s 5 72

Exhibits

From 7 November through 17 December 2004, the Reg Vardy Gallery at the University of Sunderland (UK) hosted an exhibition on the subject of micronational group identity and symbolism. The exhibition focused on numismatic, philatelic and vexillological artifacts, as well as other symbols and instruments created and used by a number of micronations from the 1950s through to the present day. A summit of micronations conducted as part of this exhibition was attended by representatives of Sealand, Elgaland-Vargaland, New Utopia, Atlantium, Frestonia and Fusa.[152] The exhibition was reprised at the Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City from 24 June – 29 July of the following year and organized by R. Blackson and Peter Coffin. Peter Coffin organized a more extensive exhibition about micronations at Paris' Palais de Tokyo in early 2007 called ÉTATS (faites-le vous-même)/States (Do it yourself).[citation needed]

Sporting events

Although not diplomatic summits, informal gatherings of micronationalists for sporting related events are being planned and have occurred. 4 out of the 10 Sports MicroGames tournaments have been physical, Ünie 2004, Communist Dictatorship of Botswana 2006, Ünie 2008 and Land van de Hemel 2017.

The MOF 2020 Micronational Olympic Games will take place in Iustus sometime during the summer of 2020.[153] So far over 6 micronations have announced they will participate.

The 2021 Micronational Olympics is going to take place in North Carolina and will be hosted by Thebes.[154] Sign-up for the event is available on Thebes' official website.[155] Molossia claimed they may be able to attend.[citation needed]

The MOF is planning on hosting a 2022 Micronational Olympic Games.

Notes

  1. Some attendees represented more then 1 micronation.
  2. Three none present nations were also represented by three delegates of Essexia, making the total number of micronations 9.

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See also