Observer state of the Grand Unified Micronational

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The Grand Unified Micronational currently has 37 full member states and 2 provisional member state (see Member state of the Grand Unified Micronational).

Observers are nations which are permitted access to Quorums, and can propose matters to be discussed in a Quorum, but do not have the right to vote in a live Quorum meeting, or actively participate in one without the consent of the chair. Instead of the three delegates permitted to full and provisional members, observers are only granted one non-voting delegate to observe Quorum sessions. They also must confirm their continued wish to stay in the GUM every three months, in order to ensure that observer nations wish to actively partake in GUM business as far as is possible and not simply hold the status of observer in a titular fashion.

Each observer state is represented by a delegation team from that nation. Unlike full members, Observers may only have one delegate, whilst the rule of having only one delegate be present in any given Quorum session remaining.

Observers

List

Nation name Native name/
co-official name
Flag Arms Accession
Renew Date
Population
Area (km²)
Grand Duchy of Klitzibürg Kilitzibürg New flag of Klitzibürg.png Vetsi znak.png 25 January 2020 29 July 2020 12 115,820,000m² (15.82km²)
Kingdom of Kohlandia Kohlandia Flag of Kohlandia.jpg Coat of arms of Kohlandia.png 27 November 2019 16 June 2020 10 9m²
Rednecks Republic Rednecks Republic Vlajkanova.png 15 February 2020 15 August 2019 33 8.005km²
Saspearian Saspearian SaspearianFlag.jpg Saspearian Coat of Arms.png 11 August 2019 15 August 2020 8 0.00404686m²
Republic of Upper Shwartz Morgen Lorgen Land Upper Shwartz Morgen Lorgen Land Flag of GSMLL.jpg Coat of arms of GSMLL.png 11 January 2020 21 July 2020 10 >1km²
Despotate of Vlasynia Vlasynia Flag of Vlasynia.png National Coat of Arms 11.9 MP.png 6 October 2019 14 June 2020 14 18.61 km²
Republic of Yu-Xia Yu-Xia Yu-Xia Republic New Flag.png Yu-Xian Coat Of Arms.png 28 March 2020 21 July 2020 15 3.62598km²

Former Observers

Permanent observers

Permanent observership was originally a status given to St.Charlie, Bokonton, and Francisville, which were members of the GUM at its so-called "dissolution" in September 2010 but did not take part when it returned to activity in August 2011, and had stated that they may consider resuming full membership at some point in the near future. Permanent observers had the same rights as observers, while also being permitted to view Quorum sessions and contribute to discussions, but could not vote or stand for election. It was decided on 1 April 2012 to abolish this membership status, as it was seen as giving preferential treatment to former members; the three permanent observers were transitioned into "regular" observer states and a ban was applied on creating any new permanent observers, de facto abolishing the status. On 8 July later that year, the status was revived along with reforms to observer status, with permanent observers effectively being observers which due to a close historical association to the GUM would not be not required to periodically reaffirm their desire to stay in the organisation. All provision for the status of permanent observer was removed upon the entering into force of the February 2014 Charter.

Withdrawal

Member states, and provisional members and observers, may leave at any time, commonly through a referendum. Most nations leave usually after a controversial event within the organisation. This tends to happen less regularly with Observers however.

Expulsion

Members can vote for the expulsion of members for multiple reasons, most often on the grounds of inactivity. This also applies to Observers, however this tends to happen less regularly.

Representation

Each observer state is represented by a sole delegation from that nation. Unlike a full member whom may have up to three delegates, Observers may only have one delegate. Like full members, only one delegate may be present in any given Quorum session. In elections, observer states are not allowed to vote unlike full members.

Offices

Delegates of Observer states are not allowed to run for positions in offices.

Summits

At summits, usually, but not always, the head of state or head of government attends. Another representative may also be sent.

See also