Dime Micronationalist of the Month

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DIME Micronationalist of the Month
DIME Micronationalist of the Month logo.jpeg
TypeAward
Established28 January 2019
Country'Intermicronational'
EligibilityAwarded to micronationalists who Zarel Smith and voters deem the best of the month
StatusCurrently awarded
OrganiserZarel Smith

Dime Micronationalist of the Month, commonly abbreviated DMM, MM or MotM, is a monthly award that features and honours a micronationalist (or a group, idea, fictional character, etc.) whom, the voters or the Dime committee (if a candidate is unopposed) deem the most influential of that month.[1] It is ran by Statistic-Dime.[2] It primarily represents the MicroWiki Sector. Since it was awarded in January 2019, it steadily grew into a highly anticipated and publicised event.[3][4] The latest winner was Sertor Valentinus for October 2020.[5]

Selection

The deciding committee—which is headed by Statistic-Dime CEO Daniel Hamilton—, with the help from community input, chooses who gets put on the final voting ballot, which goes on to get voted on by the public. The poll is usually open for between three days and a week. If the committee has only chosen one candidate, they win unopposed, with no poll taking place.

Historically, Zarel Smith, the creator of the award,[6] would solely decide on the candidates for the poll with community input. The poll for the winner would than be voted on by the general public.[3] For the months of August and September 2019, a monthly form which would be open all month was created so any micronationalist may nominate anyone and state their reason for doing so. One could also nominate oneself.

Non-human winners

There have been two non-human winners from various non-human nominees:

Tributes

There have been three winners (including one honorary) who won as a memorial to them:

For September 2019, the first Honorary Winner was announced, who was Tian Abdurrahman. Abdurrahman passed away on 9 September 2019. He served as Governor of Barakstan from 2012 to 2014; as the fifth President of Indokistan from July 2013 until January 2014; and as Chief of Arkapore from its establishment in January 2014 until his death on 9 September 2019.[3]

Women

Given the disproportion of male to female ratio within micronationalism as a whole, Micronationalist of the Month has been awarded to a considerably larger number of women.[citation needed]

Controversial selections

Both January 2019's Anthony Clark, the first micronationalist to receive the award, and November 2019's "You" (the micronationalist) received notable backlash.

Overview of winners

  n/a; usually to denote when no vote occurred
  Non-human winner; such as an object, topic, idea, animal, etc.
Month/Year Name Portrait Reason Votes
March 2021 NewFlorenceFlag.png Anthony Clark AnthonyClark.png Drafting the 2021 Charter of the Grand Unified Micronational
Reformation of the Supreme Court of the Grand Unified Micronational
n/a
Feb 2021 Flag of Australis.svg Daniel Hamilton
(Born 2006)
Daniel Pog.jpg Hosting Statistic-Dime Micronational Organisation Survey
Work in Australis
Awarded GUM Development Award for most improved micronation
29 (55.8%)
Jan 2021 Flag of Mercia.svg Karl Friedrich
(Born 19??)
Luxor.webp Work as a Wiki Bureaucrat
Opened a successful Patreon for users to support Wiki hosting
Successfully moved MicroWiki to another service provider with little disruption
Nominated for Nicholas Randouler Award for Outstanding Contribution to Micronationalism
6 (100%) [a]
Dec 2020 n/a n/a There was no winner for December due to Dime Micronationalist of the Year. n/a
Nov 2020 Flag of Austenasia.svg Andrew Creed
(Born 1999)
CreedA.jpg Work as a MicroWiki@Discord administrator
Organisation of the first administration feedback survey
Professionalism
14 (56%)
Oct 2020 WestSay.png Sertor Valentinus
(born 2002)
Sertor.jpg Opening of the La Salle Convention
Journalism
Diplomatic work in West Sayville
Wiki editing and research
n/a
Sep 2020 Flag of Naveria.svg Casper von Naveria
(born 2004)
98px Cultural work in Naveria
Diplomatic outreach
Editing on MicroWiki
Professionalism
15 (40.5%)
Aug 2020 Misberia Flag.png Maria Birch
(2004–2020)
Maria Birch.png Political work in Misberia
Cultural influence
Legacy following her passing
n/a
Jul 2020 Paravia.png Patrick Renwick
(born 2002)
P Renwick2.jpg Efforts during Concordiagate
Elected Vorsitzender in the August 2020 Abeldane executive election
Political and leadership skills
n/a
Jun 2020 Uberesse.png Newton von Uberquie
(born 1998)
Newtonvonuberquie 1.jpg Reign as Emperor of Abelden
Elected for a third term to be the Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
Foundation of the Uber-Essian Union
Professionalism
12 (41.3%)
May 2020 Misberia Flag.png Archie Birch
(born 2001)
98px Defended against an attempted coup in Misberia
Reestablishment of Misberia
Founded the New England Sector
Intermicronational diplomacy
n/a
Apr 2020 Flag of Posaf.svg Nicholas Randouler
(2004–2020)
NicholasRandouler3.jpg Work in the GUM
Sister Cities Program
Co-organised the 24 Hour Quorum (2020)
Created the Monthly MicroWiki Micronationalists Power Index
Elected Stellvertreter in the Abelden March 2020 executive election
14 (37.8%)
Mar 2020 Flag of the Gymnasium State.svg Tomáš Falešník
(born 2004)
Falešník-provisional.jpeg Hosted the 2020 MOF Games
Elected the Secretary of the Union of Micronations of Central Europe
Appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in Mekniy
Editing on MicroWiki
n/a
Feb 2020 Flag of New Eiffel.svg Prince Zarel I
(born 2004)
Zarel in February 2020.png Appointed a wiki administrator
Work in the GUM
Editing on MicroWiki
1 Year anniversary of Dime Micronationalist of the Month
9 (42.9%)
Jan 2020 AendereseFlag.png Jayden Lycon
(born 2005)
Screenshot 21.png Co-founded DIME Magazine
Created the Micronationalist of the Year award
Helpful work in the community
Editing on MicroWiki
15 (39.5%)
Dec 2019 n/a n/a There was no winner for December due to Dime Micronationalist of the Year. n/a
Nov 2019 You You DMM.png [b] n/a
Oct 2019 Flag of Kohlandia.jpg Catherine I
(born 1980)
CatherineI.jpg Writer of The Daily Micronationalist
Positive influence on the community
Professionalism
Work on Kohlandia
10 (55.6%)
Sep 2019 Flag of Zenrax.png Shiro of Zenrax
(born 1991)
Shiro of ZenraxCrop.jpeg Recreation of Zenrax
Elections in Zenrax
Helpfulness and positive influence on the community
Work in the GUM
12 (44.4%)
Aug 2019 Vlag.jpg Niels I, Grand Duke of Flandrensis
(born 1988)
Niels-I.jpg Head of state of the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis
Positive influence on the community
Co-founder of the Antarctic Micronational Union
Peace efforts in the community
Founder of the Union Against Micronational War
13 (43.3%)
Jul 2019 Wyvern Flag.svg Bradley, Duke of Dullahan
(born 1993)
BradleyPope.jpg Elected for a third term to be the Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
Announced more regular Quorums
Positive influence on the community
8 (66.7%)
Jun 2019 Flag of Adammia.svg Adam I
(born 1998)
EmperorOfAdammiaSep2018Cropped.jpg Served as GUM chair from 7 July 2018 until 1 July 2019
Organised the Birmingham Summit
Oversaw the adoption of the Wrythe Convention
Made the GUM more active
Oversaw the transition of the GUM from it's previous platform Skype to Discord
Led to a large increase in membership
n/a
May 2019 Flag of San Dover.png Suzuki Leōcor
(born 1996)
Violette Clingersmith DMM portrait.jpeg Third Annual Drunkiz Gadurō Micronational Flag Contest
Work in San Dover
Professionalism
8 (47.1%)
Apr 2019 MicroWiki@Discord Administrators MicroWiki@Discord administration.png 5 (100%)
Mar 2019 Flag of Austenasia.png Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy
(born 1999)
98px Re-elected Prime Minister of Austenasia
Accredited work as Prime Minister
4 (66.7%)
Feb 2019 Hutt River Flag.svg Prince Leonard I
(1925–2019)
Prince Leonard.jpeg Passing of Prince Leonard, first prince and founder of Hutt River n/a
Jan 2019 NewFlorenceFlag.png Anthony Clark AnthonyClark.png Establishment of New Florence
Expert legal knowledge
Contributions to MicroWiki
n/a

Voting and polling method

Almost all polls have been conducted through Google Forms. The only exceptions were March, which was manually conducted through Discord, and May 2019, which was done with Strawpoll.me. The poll was, however, rigged with voting bots, reported giving one over candidate two-hundred votes. Google Forms has since been used for every poll. The poll is commonly advertised on several Discord servers, most commonly MicroWiki@Discord.

Records

Reception

Since it was awarded in January 2019, it steadily grew into a highly anticipated and publicised event. The award has received several endorsements from both nominees and winners.[7] Zarel Smith has called it both his and Statistic-Dime's most successful projects ever.

News media

Micronationalist of the Month has been mentioned on a number of journalistic sources, including The Brookside Gazette, The Micronational Times, MicroWeekly, Plushunian News Service and the Ponderosan News Agency.

Use

Emperor Adam I of Adammia, June 2019's winner, posted on Twitter that the award was "A nice way to finish my year-long term as Chair of the GUM."[7] Jayden Lycon, January 2020's winner, mentioned the feat in the Canadian Isabelle - Shrek Super Party manifesto for the Ponderosan Hills general election.[8]

Spins-offs

Annually on December, there is a Micronationalist of the Year, where people choose the micronationalist who was the most influential of the year.[9]

See also

Notes

  1. "The low amount of votes coincides with the decision to select three candidates through a nominations form, and then vote on them privately in the Statistic-Dime Council. Despite this, the Council voted to select Luxor unanimously."
  2. "You may think you have little value in the community, but everyone plays their part. Whether you fixed a small spelling mistake on the wiki, undid vandalism, helped clean up an article, or just gave someone feedback. Or just chatted on MicroWiki@Discord for 14 hours, was nice to somebody; welcomed them in the community, made someone's day, helped make someone a coat of arms or flag, partook in a survey, joined community discussions, helped keep the community safe, helped develop a micronation, or made micronational culture or media. Or if you just did nothing. Literally nothing. I am sure at least one person got something out of it. You are an important and valued member of the MicroWiki community. Never forget that."

References

  1. Smith, Zarel (10 October 2020) Casper von Naveria wins September Micronationalist of the Month award. MicroWeekly. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  2. Cristi (31 August 2019) August 2019’s DIME Micronationalist of the Month announced. Plushunian News Service. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Catherine (3 October 2019) Shiro voted Dime's Micronationalist of the Month. The Micronational Times. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  4. Valentinus (11 October 2020) Casper von Naveria named Statistic-DIME’s Micronationalist of the Month. Brookside Gazette. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  5. Cristi (15 November 2020) November 2020’s DIME Micronationalist of the Month announced. Plushunian News Service. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  6. Smith, Zarel (30 September 2020) Zarel Smith begins to leave community just after two year anniversary celebrations. Ponderosan News Agency. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 https://mobile.twitter.com/ABanimationLtd/status/1145115437820207105
  8. Lycon, Jayden (26 April 2020) For you and for all. The Canadian Isabelle - Shrek Super Party manifesto 2020 on Issuu. Curio Publications, p. 4–5. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  9. Z. Smith & J. Lycon (26 December 2019) DIME Magazine Issue #1