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|Tough Organisation of Elite Stuff|
|Former names||The Trio, The Trio™️|
|Motto||"I will have sex with Peter Griffin."|
"be gay do crime"
|Type||Private group chat|
|Founded||25 December 2019|
|Language||Tigrinya (de jure), English (de facto)|
|Patron saint||Paul Atherton|
TOES (an acronym for Tough Organisation of Elite Stuff; Tigrinya: ተሪር ውድብ ብሉጻት ነገራት, romanized: tärirə wədəbə bəlus'atə nägäratə) is a satirical, invitation-only micronational social club and organisation which is hosted on Discord. The club jocularly claims to be "more prestigious than the amateur Micropolitan Club and Lounge." It was initially formed on Christmas Day 2019 as a group chat between micronationalists Leon Montan, Zed, and Leah Telford, under the name "The Trio" or "The Trio™️". Since then, TOES has become infamous throughout MicroWiki@Discord and the Reddit Sector, as well as several smaller servers, particularly attracting more controversy following the TOES-Almendria War in June 2020.
As an organisation, TOES functions with Montan has the de facto owner, with members (called "TOESites") voting on changes to the organisation, who to invite and who to ban. Members may also be kicked from TOES. TOES follows an informal "do not ask to join" policy, where, if one asks to become a member, they will be banned, though more recently this has not always been the case. TOES has a member cap of ten, which is the current membership count; there are eleven former members. By May 2020, most members of TOES were either former members of the erstwhile Organisation of Active Micronations (New Eiffel Union) or the later North Atlantic Defense Union, leading to the creation of the TOES Sector on 21 May 2020 to describe the sector.[a]
TOES is a divisive part of the MicroWiki community, being lauded by some, and criticised by others. TOES was most influential during early and mid-2020, being a primary influence in the MicroWiki@Discord Administrative Protests of 2020 held between 16 February—March 2020, which saw over 30 participants; however, TOES has since began to attract controversy since the TOES-Almendria War in June 2020, and in the following months has become less influential over MicroWiki@Discord, though it remains active elsewhere.
Zarel Smith, Leon Montan, and Leah Telford were the only three users talking in various channels on MicroWiki@Discord on Christmas Day, around 1–3 am UTC. Smith proposed the idea for them to create a secret(ish) group DM on Discord. Montan and Telford were both fond of the idea, and Montan officially created the group DM which was later dubbed "The Trio™️". The Trio consisted of mostly "shitposting", however after a few days turned into a hub of conspiracy and discussion of various memes and micronational news.
2020 and onwards
Since 2020, three members have been admitted into TOES, and eleven have been banned on multiple grounds after the ban list was officially added after the adoption of the charter. TOES also gained a status and reputation of being a high-class and elite social club. Cole B. joined on 15 January, and was the first member to have joined who was not one of the founders. On 20 January, an official Discord server was created to have multiple channels. The server ended up being deleted on 10 February after it had been mostly un-used for over a week. Marvel became a member on 20 January but was kicked from having membership on 1 February; making them the first member to have been kicked from TOES. Logan Ross became the fifth member on 2 February. On 7 February, Smith proposed the current charter, which was passed 3-0 and officially adopted on 8 February, which officially renamed the group to the Tough Organisation of Elite Stuff ("TOES"). Jayden Lycon became the sixth member on 11 February. On 14 February, the official motto was adopted "I didn't choose to be in the TOES, the TOES chose me" as proposed by Lycon. Max Baez was made a member on the 14 February, and William Efton was also made a member on 16 February. Brian withdrew from the organisation on 24 March 2020. On April 18, Zarel Smith became Minister of MicroWiki Management.
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TOES has a large ban list, which contains numerous individuals. It contains prominent micronationalists such as Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin and Violette "Suzuki" Clingersmith.
TOES was a primary influence in the MicroWiki@Discord Administrative Protests of 2020 held between 16 February—March 2020. The TOES Sector is a political sector informally created on 21 May 2020 which was created for members of nations ran by TOESites; whether or not a nation calls themselves a member of the sector or chooses to associate with it is completely optional. A documentary on TOES titled TOES: A Documentary on the Elite Organisation is currently in production. TOES Wiki, which runs on the wiki farm Fandom (also known as Wikia) is an online encyclopædia dedicated to TOES.
|Leon Montan||President of Ponderosa Hills and owner of the group||25 December 2019||Co-founder|
|Cole B.||Prime Minister of Wegmat||15 January 2020|
|Logan Ross||Chair of the Cupertino Alliance, Emperor of Aenopia||2 February 2020|
|Jayden Lycon||Former Chair of the Cupertino Alliance||11 February 2020|
|Johann Kümmel||King of Lacura||18 June 2020|
|James Bornstein||First Secretary of Desert District||14 December 2020|
|Brennan Sullivan||President of Tesforia||14 January 2021|
|Jonas Rhymer||President of Wendatia||1 March 2021|
|Logan Medlin||President of North Dirigo||11 June 2021|
|Thorin Neal||Foreign Minister of Qaflana||6 August 2021|
There are twelve former members.
|Marvel||20 January–1 February 2020||Kicked|
|Brian's Republic||21 February–24 March 2020||Kicked; inactivity|
|Karl Friedrich||15 April 2020||Withdrew|
|YandereDev||15–16 May 2020||Withdrew, was added back and then kicked out, only remark from Yanderedev was "That was very sweet of you to say".|
|William Efton||16 February–12 June 2020||Withdrew|
|Pun Watta||12 April–21 October 2020||Withdrew|
|Casper von Naveria||21–22 October 2020||Kicked, as he was not added through proper membership attainment procedures|
|Zed||23 December 2019–11 December 2020||Withdrew; took leave of absence from micronational community|
|Alexander I||2 July 2020–25 January 2021||Kicked|
|Robert Smith||11 July 2020–25 January 2021||Kicked|
|Max Baez||14 February 2020–12 February 2021||Kicked; privacy concerns|
|Cristian Dobrev||26 January 2021-6 August 2021||Kicked; inactivity|
|1 FOOT||Nuclear war is imminent or has already started.|
|4 TOES||"The Discord is a war-zone. Get to the cringe bunker."|
|3 TOES||"Crap's starting up."|
|2 TOES||"Starting to get a bit tense."|
|1 TOE||"Everything is fine."|
The highest ever activated was 1 FOOT, and later comically upped to 4 FEET were activated. This was during the 'Dan Morris incident'.
During 16 - 19 February 2020, multiple levels of TOECON were activated because of the MicroWiki@Discord Administrative Protests of 2020, the highest being TOECON 4 after the 'The Microwiki Genocide', referring to the mass server warnings issued to key participants of the protest. TOECON 4 would later be reactivated on 29 September following Yaroslav Mar being unbanned from MicroWiki, along with Elizabeth Lewis and Zarel Smith resigning as administrators.
TOECON 2 was activated on 23 February 2020 after drama in the server involving the banning of open supporters of the terrorist organisation ISIS. It was activated again on 30 September 2020.
In an opinion piece for the Micronational Gazette, Isaiah David slammed TOES as "silly" and "simulationist", citing acts of server raiding during the TOES-Almendria War, which Burdette called a "disgrace to micronationalism". This echoed an earlier press release by Tizian Aruna of the Communist Union of Almendria, which claimed their nation declared war on TOES following alleged acts of server raiding.. Owner Leon Montan refuted these claims, stating that the war was a joke that went out of hand. Montan has since accused Burdette, as he is known for his usage of Discord server raiding, which is known within the micronational community to be an extremely "simulationist" act. He has responded to this by saying he no longer does and his condemned his former actions.
- "TOES Sector" solely refers to current members of TOES, while "outer-TOES sector" refers to former members and micronations which are otherwise seen as associated or related to TOES.
- Charter of TOES on Google Docs. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
- "Official Statement of the Tough Organization of Elite Stuff on the topic of Current Unrest on MicroWiki@Discord". Tough Organization of Elite Stuff. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
- TOES's old Discord server. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
- Baird, Cole (17 February 2020). 'Breaking News:Zed to become admin on Microwiki@Discord'. Wegmat General Broadcasting. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
- TOES: A Documentary on the Elite Organization (2020) on IMDB
- Z&jproductions (29 April 2020), TOES: A Documentary on the Elite Organisation - Official teaser trailer on YouTube
- Main Page, TOES Wiki
- Discord (16 May 2020) YandereDev added to TOES
- Lycon, Jayden (16 May 2020) YandereDev talks in TOES
- Burdette, Isaiah (18 October 2020) Opinion Article Isaiah Burdette: Zarel Smith, Micronational Gazette.
- Aruna, Tizian (6 July 2020) Important) Press Release from the Almendrian Cyberforces, R/micronations.
- Montan, Leon (7 August 2020) on drama with tizian and almendria, R/micronations.
- TOES on TOES Wiki