Union of City-States
|Motto: "Connected in Co-operation"|
|Anthem: Hymn to the City-States|
|Headquarters|| London, England|
|Official languages|| • Arabic|
• Sign language
|4 May 2020|
The Union of City-States (UCS) is an inter-regional political and economic intergovernmental organisation, commonly referred to as an intermicronational organisation by external observers, with the aim at helping diplomatic relations, achieve international co-operation, and be a center for harmonizing the actions of unrecognised city-states. UCS Member states are required to be distant from micronations and consider themselves as unrecognised sovereign city-states and/or separative movements in the international community. The UCS has developed an internal single market through a standardised system of laws that apply in all member states in those matters, and only those matters, where members have agreed to act as one. UCS policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services and capital within the internal market, enact legislation in justice and home affairs and maintain common policies on trade, agriculture and development.
The Union of City-States was established during COVID-19 pandemic through a freeware VoIP application and digital distribution platform, in respect of self-distancing laws, with the aim at helping diplomatic relations and achieving international co-operation between unrecognised city-states in the international community. On 4 May 2020, governments met on Discord for a virtual conference and started drafting the UCS Charter, which was adopted on the same day and took effect immediately, when the UCS began operations. Pursuant to the Charter, the organization's objectives include connecting city-states, ensuring freedom of movement, promoting sustainable development, delivering aid to member states in need and upholding inter-regional law.
Through the UCS Security Policy, the Union of City-States has developed a role in external relations and defence. The union maintains permanent diplomatic missions throughout the world and represents itself in several other intergovernmental organizations and the rest of the international community. UCS's international parliament is the General Assembly and its chief administrative officer is the Secretary General, currently Leamothian politician and diplomat Naveeda Ajeeb, who began her five year-term on UCS's foundation. The organisation is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states.
Full member states
Full member states are those ratifiers of the charter that enjoy all rights and duties given to a member state: they can contribute to discussions and debates, vote in General Assembly sessions, and stand for election to any positions in the organisation. There are currently two full member states. They are:
Observers are countries which are permitted access to the General Assembly, and can propose matters to be discussed in the General Assembly, but do not have the right to vote in a live General Assembly session. Instead of the three delegates permitted to full and provisional members, observers are only granted one non-voting delegate to observe General Assembly sessions. They also must confirm their continued wish to stay in the UCS every three months, in order to ensure that observer nations wish to actively partake in UCS business as far as is possible and not simply hold the status of observer in a titular fashion. Non-city-state nations are permitted to be observers but will not be able to become a full member in future.