Organisation of Active Micronations (New Eiffel Union)

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Organisation of Active Micronations
OAM2.png
Intermicronational organisation

Anthem "Gustav Holst- Jupiter" (orchestral)
Headquarters Victoria, Empire of Emosia
Last Secretary General Ian
Last Deputy Secretary General Cristi

Official languages Various (de jure)
English (de facto)

Motto “A real friend walks in when the rest of the world walks out”

Membership 47 Full Members
7 Observers

Establishment
– Foundation 21 November 2018
– Dissolution 26 August 2019

Budget £345.67
website Official Forums

The Organisation of Active Micronations (a name taken from a major micronational organisation that was active from 2009 to 2011; abbreviated to OAM or O.A.M.), previously the New Eiffel Union of Micronations,[1] was an intermicronational organisation founded by New Eiffel and Livettree, created to stimulate foreign relations and the development of micronations, providing a space in which said states were able to utilize assistance from the organisation's community to design national symbols such as flags, logos, coats of arms or emblems in addition to the identifying marks of their public and private corporations.[2]

OAM members cordinated the writing of articles in MicroWiki, attempting to ensure an environment of peace and cooperation in which they could obtain the legal stability necessary for all citizens of micronations to start their own businesses and obtain funding.

In it's heyday, the Organisation of Active Micronations was one of the fastest growing micronational organisations (within the MicroWiki Sector). This was most likely due to the fact that the organisation was not very exclusive. However, the organisation had been criticised for appropriating the name of the previous, well-known organisation, and further criticisms included allegations that "official meetings mostly consist of meme making."[3]

History

The Organisation of Active Micronations had achieved much since it's initial founding.

Foundation and early history

The organisation was created on 21 November 2018 by New Eiffel and Livettree. It was originally meant to be an organisation for trading and foreign relations. During its early history, the OAM was known as the New Eiffel Union of Micronations (this name was heavily criticized by early members for its seemingly imperialistic and possessive tone) more commonly refereed to as the NEUM or the NEUoM.

By late December of that same year, the NEUM had gained 12 member states, and together they started a new list of goals and purposes. The union obtained £80 funding from SURÜ, making it easier for the union to financially support its many micronational businesses. Foreign relations also quickly arose between member states, making it much easier for them to communicate. Additionally, the NEUoM at this time constructed its Discord server to act as a "new" permanent hub and primary meeting center (replacing google hangouts).

2019

Erstwhile logo of the New Eiffel Union of Micronations

Early 2019

Growth slowed down quite a bit throughout early 2019, and many prominent longtime member states like the Blue Army became inactive. Although, several states joined in January–March 2019 (most notably the Tsardom of Phokland and the Empire of Emosia) inactivity became an increasing problem and there were preliminary talks of dissolving the union.

Besides the plaguing inactivity within the union, some things of note were accomplished. Most importantly, the official discord server was formalized and updated, allowing for more ease of access allowing the union to gain 7 new full members within the first week of the update. Diplomatic ties also grew, as it became easier and more efficient to communicate through the server. Ministers were also introduced, the first ministries being; Minister of Recruitment, Minister of help and other affairs, Minister of writing and grammar, Minister of Foreign Relations, and the Minister of finance.

April—17 August

After a boost in activity and the creation of a legislative committee (known as the Council of Legislature), the group decided that its working name, the New Eiffel Union of Micronations was too self-serving so on 1 May 2019 (following a referendum) the organization officially changed it's name to the Organisation of Active Micronations (hoping to present itself as the spiritual successor to the group that had previously held the name). Though the new name caused mild controversy throughout the micronational community, it was widely accepted and approved of within the organisation.

17 August—26 August

After a long string of unprofessional and unsuccessful meetings, the Chancellor (Secretary General) and Vice Chancellor (Deputy Secretary General) discussed ways to institute massive reforms within the OAM. The Chancellor called a meeting to discuss the subject. However, the meeting was frequently interrupted and the Chancellor ended the meeting early.

Following this, Aenopia (an influential and active member) announced that they would be leaving and Emosia threatened to do likewise. Seeing the dissolution of the organization as "inevitable", an Emergency Council was formed. In addition, most functions of the OAM were effectively shut down. As the Council met to discuss ways of reforming the OAM, the Chancellor at the time James Ellis resigned and was replaced in acting by former Secretary General (and influential representative) Charles Ross. Their primary reason for appointing the former Sec-Gen. was that whilst under his administration, the OAM had seen its largest growth and expansion (due in no small part to reforms fazed in by his governing cabinet). This however was seemingly ineffective at keeping the group together and member states continued to depart.

The apparent death knell of the OAM came on the 24 August, when (after hinting at their departure the previous day) the Tsardom of Phokland announced the formation of the League of Professional Nations, (functionally a successor to the OAM) and announced that they would be leaving the following Monday. With Phokland's departure, saw the exit of not only Charles Ross (who at this time was Phokland's representative) but also the Empire of Emosia and the Principality of New Eiffel (a founding member and the namesake of the organization's previous title). Numerous members who had left the OAM quickly turned to the league and joined soon after, whilst others such as Lytera, Aenopia and Plushunia instead turned to the OAM's once rival: the GUM. Shortly after the creation of the LPN, the league took over the OAM forums[4] (which had recently replaced discord as the OAM's primary meeting place) and following a short attempt to revitalize the OAM, the new acting Secretary General the Rt. Hon. Ian announced the dissolution of the Organisation of Active Micronations on 26 August 2019.

Aftermath and legacy

A microball satirizing the OAM leadership's lack of successful reform.

Due to the negative stigma of the OAM after its dissolution and the events leading up to it, the wider MicroWiki community was generally in favour of its dissolution. Zarel Smith has been cited as giving a certain amount of credit to the OAM in helping him in his fast growth among the "New Guard" in the MicroWiki Sector between April to July 2019 of that year, since it attracted many newer and smaller nations due to its relatively relaxed joining policy, making them aware of Smith as well as his nation New Eiffel. The OAM also brought together multiple nations which have kept close relations, such as Aenopia, Ponderosa Hills, Lytera and New Eiffel, which are all members of the TOES Sector.

Goals

The OAM existed with several goals in mind, both within and without the micronational community.

Development

The organisation featured a series of templates for members to ensure that all micronations had access to the creation of their own elaborate symbols such as flags, logos, coats of arms or images representing public and private corporations in each nation. With graphic design and cultural tools, micronations could launch actions related to the issuance of postage stamps, issuing banknotes or also creating their own magazines with cultural content.

Partners had access to article writing services both from the micronational entities themselves and from individuals highlighted from the micronations in the MicroWiki. The OAM also created and participated in several community outreach events (such as the OAM Games and the Micronational Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament).

Diplomatic area

OAM members had access to a completely open market where (through free trade/defense) many states were able to find allies with whom they could cooperate to produce statistics, working papers, books and other reference materials for the cultural and economic development of the community.

Legal stability

The organisation's judicial division helped to arbitrate possible misunderstandings and disputes between members, guaranteeing a space for communication and intermicronational stability. The judicial division of the OAM had the task of preventing wars and other such conflicts between member states and other members/outside nations.

This division was created following a series of diplomatic scandals that rocked the OAM in early May of 2019.

Small business assistance

The New Eiffel Times, an OAM funded business

Through the development both in graphic design and in legal stability sponsored through the organization, members had access to a space where they could find potential commercial allies with whom to develop business relationships, being able to find sponsors or financing diverse businesses in the public and private institutions of each micronation.

Membership

Membership into the OAM was open to all micronations/geofictional states. The only requirements were that the nation must have the sponsorship of an already existing full member and the applying nation must be grounded in some form of reality (eg. the applying state cannot be a roleplay/LARP). The organisation had 44 full members and 5 observers at time of dissolution.

Members that were under "Red Status" were scheduled to be voted on whether they should be kicked or not, typically due to inactivity from the organisation.

Full members at date of dissolution

'In order of date of joining:

Flag Micronation Join date Capital City Code Notes
New Eiffel Flag.jpeg Principality of New Eiffel 21 Nov 2018 Új Repülő NE Founder
Livettree Flag-16.jpeg The Presidential Republic of Livettree 21 Nov 2018 Saint Belina PR Co-founder
Flag of Socialist United Republic of Ünie.jpeg Socialist United Republic of Ünie 24 Nov 2018 New Murph ZZ Observer from 21–24 November
Seybold Flag.jpeg Democratic Republic of Seybold 25 Nov 2018 New Springfield SE
Flag of islamic-State-of-habi.jpeg Islamic Republic of Hala’ib Triangle 29 Nov 2018 Su'nav HT
Flagfalcar2019.png Kingdom of Falcar and the Rottnest 30 Nov 2018 Arbonia FR
Blue flag.png Blue Army 5 Dec 2018 Capitala Lorxia BA
Flag of Omaha.svg.jpeg The Islands of Omaha 12 Dec 2018 Vélly Town YX Observer state from 8—12 December
MalinoviaFlag.png State of Malinovia 15 Dec 2018 Auroris MA Representative for MicroCon 2019
Fakeflag-mh2-au5.png Republic of Ellesmere 18 Dec 2018 Ellesmere Hamlet EL
Askio.png Capitalistic Republic of Askio 18 Dec 2018 Has no cities AS Started the joining process on 17 December
VA Flag.png Great Empire of Villa Alicia 10 Jan 2019 Maringa VA
South Islands of Omaha.jpeg South Islands of Omaha 27 Jan 2019 Has no cities SO
Flag of Myrek Republic.jpeg Myrek Republic 28 Jan 2019 Ghava MR Barred from joining between 5–28 January
Serralia Bandera Patria2019.png República de Serralia 29 Jan 2019 Hermenepolis SR
Flag Of MaudenaOfficial.png Republic of Maudena 31 Jan 2019 Maudena MD
NationalFlag2019.png Esecina 2 Feb 2019 Portofino ES
Method-draw-image (6).svg Landland 8 Feb 2019 Has no cities LL
Dukenewflag.png Principality of Duke 16 Feb 2019 Chatham DU
Lululandian flago.png Republic of Lululand 20 Feb 2019 Sejgshtat LU
Flag of Pikelend.jpeg Absolute Monarchy of Pikelend 22 Feb 2019 Pikelend City AB Observer from 18—22 February
Flag of Harmony South.jpeg Harmony South 23 Feb 2019 Capital Serenity HS
Bepistan Flag.png Kingdom of Bepistan 23 Feb 2019 Has no cities BE
Sunnit empire flag.jpg Kingdom of Sunnit 24 Feb 2019 Mithra city ST
Flag of North Africa.png Empire of North Africa 27 Feb 2019 Anpono NA
n/a United New Republic of Ünie 28 Feb 2019 Has no cities NU
Iival.jpg Principality of the Kingdom of Inival 3 March 2019 Fwhyde II Observer from 2 March—3 March.
Flag of Pöllömaa.png Kingdom of Pöllömaa 12 March 2019 Roadnine PL
Empire of Emosia 3x5.png Empire of Emosia 3 April 2019 Kyber EM
Flag of Antriaton Empire.jpeg Antriaton Empire 5 April 2019 Antriaton Capital AN
Flag of Roscommon.png Kingdom of Roscommon 7 April 2019 Roscommon CO Kingdom of Connaught/Duchy of CC (7 April 2019 – 3 May 2019) DR of Taughmaconnell (3 May 2019 – 5 May 2019) Kingdom of Roscommon (6 May 2019 – Present)
n/a Novae Unionis 12 April 2019 n/a NV
Flag of Darta.jpeg Federation of Darta 15 April 2019 Dipart DA n/a
Flag of Gradonia.svg State of Gradonia 10 May 2019 Charlington n/a Could present laws in Chamber of Legislature, approved by Speaker of the Chamber
QaflanaFlag.jpeg Qaflana 10 May 2019 Qafla n/a Member of administration, Minister of Events, and Speaker of the Chamber
Flag of Everland.png Republic of Everland 17 May 2019 Everland City EV
Dw3.png Third Kingdom of Misberia 17 May 2019 Eastport n/a
Flag of Yiff.jpeg Republic of Yiff 17 May 2019 Has no cities n/a
Ponderosa flag.svg Ponderosa Hills 18 May 2019 Arsenal PN Was observer for approximately twenty hours
Qoi flag.svg Empire of Qoí 13 Jun 2019 City-state QI Formerly known as New Paint
Alrovian National Flag.png Federal Republic of Alrovia 31 Jun 2019 n/a RV
FlagofPRT.png The People's Republic of Tibbsia 31 Jun 2019 Bear n/a
Dominion of Aenopia.jpg Dominion of Aenopia 6 Jul 2019 New Llandudno DA Reapplied after New Cymru's dissolution
AstropolisFlag2.jpeg Kingdom of Astropolis 27 Jul 2019 Astropolis n/a

Observer states

Observer states with yellow indicates their full membership was to have been voted upon next meeting.

Flag Micronation Observer date Capital City Code Notes
Flag of Zenrax.png Principality of Zenrax 14 May 2019 Capital Territory n/a Held permanent Observer State status at dissolution
Gendaraniaflag.png Kingdom of Gendarania 28 May 2019 New Phoenix GN Held permanent Observer State status at dissolution
Carth.png The Carthian Empire 3 June 2019 Corona n/a
Vardestroflag.png Democratic Republic of Vardestro 23 June 2019 Kournia n/a
n/a Socialist Taiopaio 27 June 2019 Taiopaio Capital TI Held permanent Observer State status at dissolution

Former Members

This list also includes nations that were preparing to leave the OAM.

Flag Micronation Union exit date Capital City(s) Code Notes
Goldenstein.flag.jpg Kingdom of Goldenstein 6 June 2019 Freddietown GD Left the union because of the low level of professionalism from the other members.
New Cymru Flag.jpg New Cymru 30 June 2019 Terra NC Dissolved on 30 June 2019, thus the membership is subsequently "Void"
Lytera flag.png Kingdom of Lytera 4 August 2019 St. Cavendish LY Left due to issues with the organisation as a whole
Federation of Aenopia flag.png Empire of Aenopia 20 August 2019 New Llandudno DA Left due to issues with the organisation as a whole
AstropolisFlag2.jpeg Kingdom of Astropolis 20 August 2019 Astropolis N/A Reason unknown
Bepistan Flag.png Kingdom of Bepistan 20 August 2019 Cape Vasya BE Left due to issues with the organisations as a whole
Pflag.png Tsardom of Phokland 25 August 2019 Vundenberg PH Left due to lack of professionalism and argument over OAM's future
PlushuniaFlag2.png Plushunia 27 August 2019 Plușeni PU Voted on by the Plushunian Parliament and the Assembly of Overseas Governors[5]

Ministers

The following are the ministers and final holders at the date of dissolution:

MicroCons

This is the official list of micronations that were going to representin the OAM at MicroCon and Pre-MicroCon.

External links

References

  1. Esecina in the New Eiffel Union of Micronations. Esecina.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. Organisation of Active Micronations. Archived from the original
  3. Banks, Alexander (9 July 2019) Lytexit? Lyteran Politicians Suggest Leaving the OAM. The Royal Lyteran News. Retrieved 22 December 2019. Archived from the original on 22 December 2019.
  4. Official Forums
  5. https://plushunia.wordpress.com/2019/07/15/plushunia-becomes-observer-of-the-organisation-of-active-micronations-joining-referendum-to-follow/