North Atlantic Diplomatic Union
|North Atlantic Diplomatic Union|
|Headquarters||New Aberdare, Aenopia|
|Official language||English, Welsh|
|Membership at time of dissolution|
|De-Facto Chair||Cole Baird|
|De-Facto Vice Chair||N/A|
|– Foundation||13 September 2019|
|– Reformation||29 October 2020|
The North Atlantic Defence Union, later known as the North Atlantic Diplomatic Union and often abbreviated as NADU, is an intermicronational organisation established to promote derivatism among micronations located around the North Atlantic ocean, previously akin to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). The first incarnation of the North Atlantic Defence Union was formed by the Empire of Aenopia, the Republic of Astropolis, and the People's Republic of Ponderosa Hills as part of the PAA Pact in September 2019.
NADU was initially formed from an informal group chat between ex-Organisation of Active Micronations (2019) members, primarily between Leon Montan of Ponderosa Hills, Simon Reeve of Aenopia and Alex Halbesleben of Qaflana, later including Astral of Astropolis after the departure of Halbesleben from the group. As such, NADU served as an important organisation for developing ex-OAM members, such as Aenopia and Wegmat. The initial incarnation of NADU suffered from rivalry between the "successor" of the 2019 OAM, the League of Professional Nations, despite numerous nations being members in both organisations.
NADU is cited as being an influence to what would become the Tough Organisation of Elitist Stuff (TOES) with individuals from ex-member states Aenopia, Ponderosa Hills, New Eiffel, Lytera, Wegmat and Caddia all becoming members of TOES. The 2019 incarnation of NADU also served as a successor of the Organisation of Active Micronations (New Eiffel Union) and in some senses a predecessor of the Cupertino Alliance.[a] NADU would also indirectly influence the Sough2020 convention and treaty which took place from 2 October 2020 to 26 November 2020.
NADU initially fell into inactivity during the final months of 2019, and was dissolved in December of the same year. Ex-chair of NADU Simon Reeve reformed the North Atlantic Defence Union on 28 October 2020. Unlike its predecessor, the 2020 NADU has since dropped the defence doctrine initially implemented into the formation treaty of the original NADU in favour of diplomacy.
Prehistory and PAA Pact
NADU initially started as a groupchat formed by Leon Montan on 3 August 2019 consisting of himself, Simon Reeve and Alex Halbesleben in order to choose the host of the 2020 OAM Games after the cancelling of the 2019 OAM Games previously. The group later evolved into an informal group chat between the 3, and later on Astral of Astropolis and a personal friend of Simon after the departure of Alex. Following the departure of Alex Halbesleben, the Ponderosa, Aenopia, Astropolis Pact (later known as the PAA Pact) was established. As part of this pact, free movement and trade was agreed by the states as part of a treaty. This treaty later became the Charter of the North Atlantic Defence Union. The North Atlantic Defence Union was officially formed after the signing of the charter of NADU on 13 September 2019.
Rise and growth
On 21 September 2019, Intern-Chair Simon Reeve announced that the Welsh Micronational Union (an inactive organisation formed by himself) would be incorporated into NADU. The Welsh Micronational Union was initially formed to serve as a sector to unite Welsh micronationalism, however has fallen into inactivity. As a result of this, ex-WMU observer Republic of Arnerea became a member, however was not fully incorporated into NADU until 28 September. NADU continued to grow in October 2019, with events and projects such as the Sough Convetion on Global Climate Change taking place on 5 October 2019 with partial success. The Sough Convetion on Global Climate Change was attended and subsequently signed by only 4 nations including Aenopia, Malinovia, New Eiffel and Ponderosa Hills. On 28 September 2019, founding member Simon Reeve of Aenopia became the Intern Chair of NADU, initially until elections could take place. Simon remained as chair until the organisation fell into inactivity, resulting in his departure from NADU in December 2019.
Plans for a potential 'NADU E-sports' were also mooted during this period which would have seen a variety of games being played competitively by member states, in a similar manner to the macronational Olympics and the planned OAM Games which were set to take place in July 2019 and would be subsequently cancelled, in turn indirectly leading to the formation of the PAA pact. Other projects included the NADU VoIP system which was originally suggested on 5 October 2019. This project would later be revitalised by Leon Montan in the Cupertino Alliance however as of 1 December 2020 has been postponed indefinitely.
Inactivity and dissolution
During the final months of 2019, NADU fell into inactivity with meetings becoming unproductive and a lack of activity across the organistion. This is believed to have been the result of numerous causes, such as founding state Astropolis falling back into inactivity whilst Ponderosa Hills moved to focus primarily on the revitalisation of Cupertino Alliance. On 4 December 2019, de-facto Chair of NADU Simon Reeve released a poll asking members to decide the fate of NADU, with members given the option of either A) dissolving the organisation; B) reforming NADU back into the PAA pact or C) continuing to run NADU as it was. Over 7 respondents were recorded over the course of 7 days, with 42% voting to reform NADU back into the PAA pact. This was the last sign of activity from NADU, with de-facto chair Simon Reeve leaving the server later in December due to prolonged inactivity.
On 25 December 2019, Leon Montan, Anna Telford and Zed representing ex-member states Ponderosa Hills, Caddia and New Eiffel formed the Tough Organisation for Elite Stuff (TOES) under the initial name of The Trio. The Trio later became known as TOES in February 2020. After the dissolution of NADU in late 2019, ex-members gradually moved over to either the Grand Unified Micronational or the newly formed Cupertino Alliance over the course of numerous months. Simon Reeve whom previously served as the Interim Chair of NADU during its existence later became the Lieutenant Chair of the Cupertino Alliance on 21 September 2020.
Reformation and further inactivity
The idea of reforming NADU has been mooted several times by ex-members after its dissolution in December 2019. After the creation of the Sough2020 global climate change convention in October 2020 . Simon publicly announced his intentions to reform NADU in the Microwiki@Discord server on 21 October 2020 after ex-member Cole Baird suggested the reformation of NADU. A server was created on 28 October 2020, and was announced in the TOES group chat on 29 October 2020. Unlike its 2019 predecessor, the primary goals of 2020 NADU are to foster diplomacy in a similar manner to the GUM or Cupertino Alliance. This eliminates the defence doctrine initially employed by the predecessor, primarily due to changes in founding member Aenopia's foreign policy and involvement in micronational war.
On 31 October 2020, Simon Reeve, again serving as intern chair, announced that ex-member states and their successor states could redeem their membership back without reapplying in order to encourage growth within the organisation. The first session held by Simon Reeve as part of the newly-reformed NADU was held on 4 November 2020 and included the admission of 3 nations as provisional members. Ross' tenure would last for just over 3 months, as he announced his resignation as chair of NADU on 10 February 2021, citing his recent assumption of office as the Chair of the Cupertino Alliance and confirmed that he would either host election or appoint a successor. Cole Baird would later assume office as his successor on 11 February 2021.
NADUs initial goal was to serve as a defence union between member states similar to NATO. Article III of the formation treaty decreed that: The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them within the treaty shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in union with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of all Parties.
Later on during the existence of the North Atlantic Defence Union, the primary goals changed to provide support to younger and newer nations to grow and become fully fledged, formal entities and as a result of shifting interests with the founding states, the defence doctrine initially implemented as a core feature of NADU fell out of favour. Members could help said nations by providing advice as to how their country should be run, help to design symbols for their nation such as a flag, coat of arms, stamps or other symbols synonymous to real nations. NADU also created events for member nations to participate in, such as the NADU Climate Summit of 29 September 2019. The defence doctrine initially implemented into the 2019 NADU was completely abolished by Simon Reeve following the organisations reformation on 28 October 2020.
NADU VoIP program
Leon Montan initially proposed a NADU VoIP system in the form of a telecommunications division of NADU on 5 October 2019. The system would consist of a central Arduino with nations connected to the system via VoIP phones. Member states were assigned telephone numbers based on their location, with numbers primarily consisting of a two digit number for the nation and three numbers representing the administrative divisions of the member, e.g. 69-401. On 20 October 2019, head of the project Leon Montan alerted the members of NADU that the VoIP system would be available to members soon, with the first call between the Premier of Ponderosa Hills and the Ponderosan Government having reportedly been conducted the day before.
The project was later revitalised again by Leon Montan on 18 July 2020 during a Cupertino Alliance meeting. The VoIP system would allow citizens of CA member states to use software or VoIP phones to communicate with each other via assigned phone numbers. These numbers were assigned to 16 member states the same day. The project was initially delayed whilst an ethernet cable was delivered to Leon Montan on 19 July 2020, this arrived 2 days later. As of 28 October 2020, the VoIP project was postponed indefinitely.
NADU Climate Summit
The NADU Climate Summit 2019 was a virtual summit held on 29 September 2019 attended by 4 member states. The summit focused on Micronational efforts to reduce the effects of climate change. The summit culminated in the creation of the Sough Convention on Global Climate Change Volume I which was initially created in the Aenopian city of New Aberdare on 25 September 2019 before entering into force on 1 October 2019. The convention was the 2nd volume of the North Atlantic Defense Union's Treaty Series, covering treaties signed, ratified or created by NADU parties or representatives. This convention also covers deadlines set by NADU parties covering the abolition of negative emission-producing everyday objects. This convention does not cover the complete removal of carbon emissions from the atmosphere.
The Sough Convention on Global Climate Change Volume I and the Summit as a whole resulted in the ongoing creation of the Sough Convention on Global Climate Change Volume II, also known as Sough Convention Volume II, in October 2020. Unlike the first Sough convention, Sough Convention Volume II is not limited to delegates from one organisation or group, but instead allows any nations to partake. At the conventions peak on 26 November 2020, 31 nations participated in the convention however as of 29 November 2020 only 26 nations has formally signed and ratified the final treaty following its publishing in comparison to the 4 nations which attended and signed the Sough Convention on Global Climate Change Volume I.
At the time of dissolution in 2019, NADU had twelve member nations and one observer nation, however currently has ten full members as of 5 December 2020. Full members are those who have ratified the NADU Charter and as a result can contribute to discussions and debates, vote in meetings, and stand for election to any positions in the organisation. Provisional membership is a status granted to newly-approved member states or to member states that are found in the process of expulsion. Observer members do not hold voting rights and can not stand for election for any position in NADU, but can observe meetings. Each member state is represented by a sole delegation from said nation.
Full members are those who have ratified the Charter, and as a result enjoy all the rights and duties given to a member state. In order of date of joining, they are:
|Flag||Micronation||Join date||Capital City||Code|
|People's Republic of Ponderosa Hills||1 November 2020||Arastraville||POH|
|Federal Union of Wegmat||1 November 2020||Two Pine||WE|
|Republic of Bonumland||1 November 2020||Bonumis||BO|
|Principality of Trumar||2 November 2020||N/A||TRU|
|Federal Republic of Caddia||4 November 2020||Caddia City||CAD|
|Confederation of Nova Tromsø||4 November 2020||Brabandy||NOT|
|Kingdom of Atiera||4 November 2020||Georgetown||ATI|
|Union of Garuda||4 November 2020||Taixia||GAR|
Observers are nations which are permitted access to council meetings, and are provided with the ability to propose matters to be discussed in a council meeting, but do not have the right to vote in a council meeting, or actively participate in one without the consent of the chairman. Observers are also required to confirm their observership NADU every three months, in order to ensure that observer nations wished to actively engage within the organisation. At the time of dissolution in 2019, there was one observer nation.
|Flag||Micronation||Join date||Capital City||Code||Notes|
|People's Federation of Quebec||20 October 2019||Citadelle||QUE||Membership voided due to NADU dissolution|
|Kingdom of Astropolis||13 September 2019||Astropolis||AST||Dissolved|
|Principality of New Eiffel||28 September 2019||Új Repülő||NE||Membership voided due to NADU dissolution|
|State of Malinovia||28 September 2019||Auroris||ML||Membership voided due to NADU dissolution|
|Republic of Arnerea||28 September 2019||Hart City||ARN||Membership voided due to NADU dissolution|
|United Kingdom of Maradia and Fienomige||20 October 2019||Arium||MAR||Membership voided due to NADU dissolution|
|Kingdom of Lytera||27 October 2019||St. Cavendish||LYT||Membership voided due to NADU dissolution|
|Principality of Ledilia||1 November 2020||Warren||LI||Dissolved|
|Empire of Aenopia||29 October 2020||New Aberdare||AA||Withdrew|
After the organisation originally fell into inactivity, and subsequently was dissolved in 2019, member states instead turned their attention to more prominent organisations, particularly the Grand Unified Micronational for which Aenopia, Ponderosa Hills and Wegmat became members of in November 2019 and New Eiffel, Lytera and Ledilia having been members prior to the formation of NADU. Ex-member states also gradually joined the Cupertino Alliance over the course of 2020, for which Ponderosa Hills served as a key member of its revitalisation.
The North Atlantic Defence Union also served as a key influence in the formation of TOES, and also became a platform for many ex-Organisation of Active Micronations (New Eiffel Union) members such as New Eiffel, Aenopia, Lytera and Ponderosa Hills. The NADU Climate Change Summit 2019 and the resulting Sough Convention on Global Climate Change, 2019 heavily influenced the ongoing Sough Convention on Global Climate Change 2020. Unlike its predecessor, Volume II is not limited to members of one organisation, however encourages participation from nations across the Microwiki community. NADU was also briefly mentioned in MicroWiki's 25 Most Influential (2020) released on 2 December 2020.
- Numerous ex-NADU members such as Ponderosa Hills, New Eiffel and Aenopia became members of the Cupertino Alliance during the course of 2020, however NADU didn't directly influence the revitalisation of the latter organisation.
- Despite not being a direct influence, many ex-NADU members emigrated over to the Cupertino Alliance after the dissolution of NADU.
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