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Montediszamble Convention

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Montediszamble Convention on Freedom of Expression, Civility and Copyright Protection in Micronationalism
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Ratified22 November 2020
Date effective22 November 2020
Author(s)Yaroslav Mar

The Montediszamble Convention on Freedom of Expression, Civility and Copyright Protection in Micronationalism, commonly referred to as Montediszamble Convention, is an international treaty which condemns the attacks on freedom of expression, the attempts to implement a cancel culture in micronationalism, the practice of shunning and publicly shaming other micronationalists over political and religious views or personal disagreements, the usage of personal insults in intermicronational discourse and the violation of copyright.

The idea of the convention belongs to Yaroslav Mar, the President of Lostisland, who drafted the original text. It was edited by Eric Lis, the Emperor of Aerica. The word "Montediszamble", which gave name to the convention, is the Lostisland's name for the dormant Hunter Island volcano and the proposed name for the Lostislandic capital, which, in turn, was given after the semi-legendary founder of Lostisland Rolf Diszamble.

Revealing the convention to the public, Yaroslav Mar said that "[b]y signing it, we’re sending a clear message: the largest micronations of the world condemn the practice of shunning, shaming and bullying micronationalists on official websites or other venues over political or religious differences, believe that resorting to personal insults is childish and unprofessional, and do not condone copyright violation".[1] In an interview to Courrier Micronational, the French-speaking newspaper of the Principality of Beremagne, which was the first nation to join the convention after the original signers, he added that the convention doesn't contain any groundbreaking points and its provisions have been understood as the "conventional wisdom" of micronationalism for decades, but that this is the first time that these provisions are codified in a document signed by world's largest and most renowned micronations.[2]

The Montediszamble Convention was largely received positively, but a vocal minority of micronationalists [note 1] criticized it, claiming it was a hypocritical attempt to silence Pavlov and Lostisland's critics. [note 2]

Original signatories

Subsequent signatories

The convention is open for accession for any micronation. The procedure of signing consists of submitting a Notice of Accession to the convention's website.

Notes and references

  1. "Yaroslav Mar reveals Montediszamble Convention as world's largest micronations sign", Federal Republic of Lostisland, Retrieved 22 November 2020
  2. "Lostisland : Bérémagne ratifie la Convention de Montediszamble", Courrier Micronational, Retrieved 22 November 2020
  1. Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola of Sandus, for example, has argued that the Convention was written in bad faith because associates of Mar's were criticised for allegedly using racist and transphobic language in autumn 2020. Mar says these accusations are libellous and claimed there is a lack of evidence to support them. In an op-ed in Veritum Sandus, Soergel said that the "historical context" of the Convention — the alleged racist and transphobic remarks — showed that it was hypocritical and an attempt to create a "compulsory narrative" that would silence criticism of Lostisland and Pavlov by characterising their critics as "uncivil".
  2. Yaroslav Mar pointed out that the convention is binding for its signatories (including himself), who agree to remain civil in their interactions with their opponents, so it also benefits those who have not signed it or oppose it, and that the allegations of hypocrisy are not supplied by evidence. Oscar I, the Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia and one of the original signatories, added that Soergel's remarks are an ad hominem attack on Mar rather than a criticism of the convention.

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