North Atlantic Defense Union

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North Atlantic Diplomatic Union
Intermicronational organisation
NADU logo.png
Logo

Headquarters New Aberdare, Aenopia[1]

Official language English, Welsh

Membership
Membership at time of dissolution

Motto "N/A"

Leadership
De-Facto Chair Logan Ross
De-Facto Vice Chair Leon Montan

Establishment
– Foundation 13 September 2019
– Reformation 29 October 2020

Website naduofficial.wordpress.com

The North Atlantic Defence Union, later known as the North Atlantic Diplomatic Union and often abbreviated as NADU, is an intermicronational organisation intended for micronations located within close proximity to the North Atlantic ocean, previously akin to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Nations from one of 23 macronations located adjacent or near to the North Atlantic ocean can join NADU, including separate branches such as the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The first inacarnation of the North Atlantic Defence Union was formed by Empire of Aenopia, the Republic of Astropolis and 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, Logan Ross 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 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 Logan Ross 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.

History

Prehistory and PAA Pact

The original flag for the PAA Pact before the formation of the North Atlantic Defence Union.

NADU initially started as a groupchat formed by Leon Montan on 3 August 2019 consisting of himself, Logan Ross and Alex Halbesleben in order to choose the host of the 2020 OAM Games after the cancelling of the 2019 OAM Games previously.[2] This group later evolved into an informal group chat between the 3, and later on Astral of Astropolis and a personal friend of Logan 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 Logan Ross 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.[3] 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. On 28 September 2019, founding member Logan Ross of Aenopia became the Intern Chair of NADU, initially until elections could take place. [4] Logan remained as chair until the organisation fell into inactivity, resulting in his departure from NADU in December 2019.

Inactivity and Dissolution

Key:
  Macronations with member states
  Macronations included in NADU application bubble

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 Logan Ross 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.[5] 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 Logan Ross 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. Logan Ross 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.

2020 Reforms

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 . Logan 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.[6] 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, Logan Ross, 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.

Goals

Development

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 Logan Ross following the organisations reformation on 28 October 2020.

NADU VoIP program

Leon Montan presenting the initial 16 numbers for the Cupertino system which served as the successor project to the original NADU project.

Leon Montan initially proposed a NADU VoIP system in the form of a telecommunications division of NADU on 5 October 2019.[7] 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.[8]

The project was later revitalised again by Leon Montan on 18 July 2020 during a Cupertino Alliance meeting.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.

Members

At the time of dissolution in 2019, NADU had twelve member nations and one observer nation however currently has six full members with three applications as of 2 November 2020. Full members are those who have ratified the NADU Charter and as a result can contribute to discussions and debates, vote in meeting, 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 could not stand for election for any position in NADU however could observe meetings. Only fully "sovereign" micronations are available to become member states. Each member state is represented by a sole delegation from said nation.

Full Members

Full members are those who have ratified the Charter, and as a result enjoy all the rights and duties given to a member state. For example, they retain the ability to contribute to discussions and debates, vote in council meetings, and stand for election to any positions in the organisation unlike Observer members. At the time of dissolution in 2019, there were twelve full member states. As of 16 November, there are ten full member states. They are in order of date of joining...

Flag Micronation Join date Capital City Code
Empire of Aenopia flag.png Empire of Aenopia 29 October 2020 New Aberdare AA
PRPH flag.png People's Republic of Ponderosa Hills 1 November 2020 Arastraville POH
Flag of the Kingdom of Wegmat.svg Federal Union of Wegmat 1 November 2020 Two Pine WE
Updated TRA PDL Flag.png Principality of Ledilia 1 November 2020 Warren LI
BonumlandFlag.png Republic of Bonumland 1 November 2020 Bonumis BO
Trumarflag.svg Principality of Trumar 2 November 2020 N/A TRU
Caddiaflag.png Federal Republic of Caddia 4 November 2020 Caddia City CAD
New Flag of Centralia.png Confederation of Nova Tromsø 4 November 2020 Brabandy NOT
Atiera flag.svg Kingdom of Atiera 4 November 2020 Georgetown ATI
Noflag.png Union of Garuda 4 November 2020 Taixia GAR

Observer Nations

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.

Former members

Flag Micronation Join date Capital City Code Withdrew/Expelled
Flag of the People's Federation of Quebec 2019.svg People's Federation of Quebec 20 October 2019 Citadelle QUE Membership voided due to NADU dissolution
AstropolisFlag2.jpeg Kingdom of Astropolis 13 September 2019 Astropolis AST Dissolved
New Eiffel Flag.jpeg Principality of New Eiffel 28 September 2019 Új Repülő NE Membership voided due to NADU dissolution
Fixed Malinovian Flag.png State of Malinovia 28 September 2019 Auroris ML Membership voided due to NADU dissolution
Arnerea flag.png Republic of Arnerea 28 September 2019 Hart City ARN Membership voided due to NADU dissolution
Maradia Historic Flag (Grand Period).jpeg United Kingdom of Maradia and Fienomige 20 October 2019 Arium MAR Membership voided due to NADU dissolution
Lytera flag.png Kingdom of Lytera 27 October 2019[12] St. Cavendish LYT Membership voided due to NADU dissolution

Legacy

The Sough Convention of 2019 heavily influenced the Sough Convention on Global Climate Change of 2020, however unlike its predecessor is not limited to an organisation.

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.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 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.

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