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Montediszamble Convention on Freedom of Expression, Civility and Copyright Protection in Micronationalism
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Ratified22 November 2020
Date effective22 November 2020
Author(s)Yaroslav Mar
Signatories40
Language(s)English

The Montediszamble Convention on Freedom of Expression, Civility and Copyright Protection in Micronationalism, commonly referred to as Montediszamble Convention, is an international treaty which condemns attacks on freedom of expression, attempts to implement a cancel culture in micronationalism, shunning and publicly shaming other micronationalists over political and religious views or personal disagreements, the usage of personal insults in intermicronational discourse and the violation of copyright.

The convention was originally proposed by Yaroslav Mar, the President of Lostisland, who drafted the original text. It was edited by Eric Lis, the Emperor of Aerica. The word "Montediszamble", which gave name to the convention, is the Lostisland's name for the dormant Hunter Island volcano and the proposed name for the Lostislandic capital, which, in turn, was given after the semi-legendary founder of Lostisland Rolf Diszamble.

Revealing the convention to the public, Yaroslav Mar said that "[b]y signing it, we’re sending a clear message: the largest micronations of the world condemn the practice of shunning, shaming and bullying micronationalists on official websites or other venues over political or religious differences, believe that resorting to personal insults is childish and unprofessional, and do not condone copyright violation".[1] In an interview to Courrier Micronational, the French-speaking newspaper of the Principality of Beremagne, which was the first nation to join the convention after the original signers, he added that the convention doesn't contain any groundbreaking points and its provisions have been understood as the "conventional wisdom" of micronationalism for decades, but that this is the first time that these provisions are codified in a document signed by world's largest and most renowned micronations.[2]

The Montediszamble Convention was largely received positively, but a vocal minority of micronationalists [a] criticized it, claiming it was a hypocritical attempt to silence Pavlov and Lostisland's critics. [b]

History

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Pre-history

Establishment and initial ratification

Structure and content

The convention is structured around four key tenets, namely that of civil behaviour, conflict resolution, freedom of expression and copyright protection.

For each point, the document outlines the beliefs of the convention, and in succession presents the pledges of the signatories in spirit of the convention.

Civility

We believe that civility is a necessity for the micronational community, and there is no situation in which it is acceptable for someone who claims to be head of state or a senior state officer to resort to personal insults.


We will not use personal insults in our interactions with other micronationalists, irrespective of whether we recognize their micronations or not, and even when objectively provoked, but will instead try to solve the conflict in a peaceful manner. Failing that, we will bring the issue to the attention of the venue administrator, and/or block the individual.

The convention promotes civility, and condemns the use of personal insults regardless of the situation at hand, believe it to be below the standard of behaviour expected from a state official.[3]

Conflicts

We believe that conflicts, when they arise, should be dealt with behind closed doors and through diplomacy, and when a compromise is impossible, the parties should cease communication with each other rather than publicizing the conflict on websites and social media, and thereby damaging the micronational community as a whole.


We will deal with personal conflicts with other micronationalists behind closed doors, through non-public diplomacy, and will not use the websites, social media accounts, or other venues of our micronations to shame other micronationalists, no matter how strongly we disagree or dislike them.

The document promotes peaceful resolution of conflicts through diplomatic and civil means, as opposed to publicising issues which bring disrepute to the micronational community.[3]

Freedom of expression

We believe that freedom of expression, and in particular freedom of speech and freedom of religion, are inalienable human rights, and said freedom includes the right to openly express views and adhere to the teachings of the religion even when they are not supported by the majority, without fear of shunning.


When in charge of intermicronational venues, we will not ban members for holding different political views or for adhering to the tenets of their religion, even when they differ from those of the majority, so long as that such views are expressed in a civil manner and do not call for violence. We will not participate in the attempts to implement a “cancel culture” in micronationalism, which creates more division rather than building bridges, radicalizes people rather than encouraging them to reconsider their views, and damages the reputation of the micronational community as a whole.

Freedom of expression, irregardless of whether said views are generally supported is promoted. So long as views are presented in a civil manner, signatories pledge to not prohibit said individuals from their venues.[3]

Copyright protection

We believe that copyright protection is of utmost importance in micronationalism, and copying the work of other micronations or using it without permission goes against the very nature of micronationalism, which is, by definition, about making something unique.


We will not use content developed by or belonging to other micronationalists without their consent and will remove such content upon request.

Copyright protection is another key point of the document. Plagiarism and theft of work is condemned, and signatories pledge to avoid this and to remove unauthorised content upon request.[3]

Parties

The convention was initially signed on 22 November 2020 by eleven signatories. Following the convention's initial signing, the document has been open for further signatures from other nations– the first of which was the Principality of Beremagne.[4][5]

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The convention is open for accession for any micronation. The procedure of signing consists of submitting a Notice of Accession to the convention's website.

Reaction

Praise and support

Criticism

The contents of the Montedizamble Convention has come under criticism and controversy on numerous occasions since its inception.[citation needed] The convention has been criticised for allegedly serving as a platform to silence Mar's critics following racist and transphobic comments made by Mar and his associates throughout 2020.

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On 26 October 2020, Citizen-Premier Sophia Albina of the Republic of Nordale released a denunciation accusing Yaroslav Mar, Ivan Brienovič, and Alexander IV of racism,[6][c] bigotry towards LGBT people,[7][d] and disruptive and malicious behaviour within the micronational community, of which critics of the Montediszamble Convention describe as the primary reason for the Convention's existence.

Several nations, namely New Virginia, the Misberian Confederacy, the State of Sandus, and the Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall supported the initial declaration, later leading to the creation of an international denunciation with the support of the aforementioned states. Upon its release, the denunciation was met with criticism for using Alexander's real name – which he kept private – and it was ultimately banned from distribution on MicroWiki over violation of community standards. Mar and Alexander also criticised it for including what they considered foul language, referring to the duo as the "two dogs of reaction". As a result of the backlash, as well as claims from Mar and Alexander disputing the context of the accusations, Hrafnarfjall and Misberia revoked their signatures, with the latter apologizing to Mar and Alexander for their involvement.

At one point in the incident, Mar and Alexander allegedly considered legal action against Albina for an alleged copyright violation, as the news article was illustrated with a photo taken from Alexander's company website. The legal threats included an incorrect guess that Albina lived in a certain city in the Bay Area, leading Albina to accuse the pair of having sought out private information about herself while they were simultaneously denouncing the exposure of supposedly private information. Mar claimed in response that the information had been derived from publicly-available sources and that he had no intention of actually releasing private information.

Montediszamble Act, 2021

Logo of the Cupertino Alliance, of which the Montediszamble Act was implemented by in November 2021.

"The Montediszamble Convention, initially ratified in November 2020, is a problematic document created in response to silence those decrying its authors for transphobia, racism and homophobia. Nearing the one year anniversary of the convention, and to take a stand for our LGBT members especially during a recent troubling wave of new observers and applicants, this act hereby:"

Montedizamble Act preamble

Signatories of the Montediszamble Convention are illegible for membership in the Cupertino Alliance under the Montedizamble Act, 2021.[8] The act was proposed and passed in November 2021, with the contents coming into effect on 1 December 2021. The principal focus of the Act is to bar signatory states from ascending to membership status within the Alliance, and expelling member states who sign it after 1 December 2021.

The first proposal for legislation banning Montediszamble Convention signatories from holding membership in the Cupertino Alliance was proposed by West Sayvillian delegate Sertor Valentinus during the 138th session on 30 October 2021 as a result of recent debate regarding the convention within the Alliance. Discussion regarding the Convention had primarily stemmed from numerous anti-LGBT applicants and the recently established LGBT Association. Valentinus would later write the Montediszamble Act, 2021 on 1 November 2021, which would be proposed on 7 November 2021.

I would actually like to propose a ban an all future Montediszamble [Convention] Signatories from being accepted into the CA. I know a number of members here have discussed it.

— Sertor Valentinus on the proposal of an Anti-Montediszamble Act, 30 October 2021

The act saw criticism from numerous delegates, primarily Montediszamble signatories, whom highlighted that the contents of the treaty were without fault and instead emphasising that the authors (Yaroslav Mar and Alexander IV in particular) were the only outlying issues. Despite this, the Act was narrowly passed on 17 November 2021. Following the passing passing of the Act, numerous nations including Vishwamitra, Snagov[9] and Indradhanush[e] revoked their signatures for varying reasons, with Vishwamitra replacing their signature with domestic legislation.

See also

Notes

  1. Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola of Sandus, for example, has argued that the Convention was written in bad faith because associates of Mar's were criticised for allegedly using racist and transphobic language in autumn 2020. Mar says these accusations are libellous and claimed there is a lack of evidence to support them. In an op-ed in Veritum Sandus, Soergel said that the "historical context" of the Convention — the alleged racist and transphobic remarks — showed that it was hypocritical and an attempt to create a "compulsory narrative" that would silence criticism of Lostisland and Pavlov by characterising their critics as "uncivil".
  2. Yaroslav Mar pointed out that the convention is binding for its signatories (including himself), who agree to remain civil in their interactions with their opponents, so it also benefits those who have not signed it or oppose it, and that the allegations of hypocrisy are not supplied by evidence. Oscar I, the Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia and one of the original signatories, added that Soergel's remarks are an ad hominem attack on Mar rather than a criticism of the convention.
  3. Alexander IV disputed that the context of this message was overtly racist, noting that it was jocularly used against a white person in a server specifically created for venting negative emotions and insulting each other, whereas others argued that the word's usage was not acceptable under any circumstances.
  4. The accusation in particular stemmed from a screenshot of a comment by Mar which offended several trans women
  5. Indradhanush would later re-sign the Convention on 29 November 2021 till withdrawing it on 18 March 2022.

References

  1. "Yaroslav Mar reveals Montediszamble Convention as world's largest micronations sign", Federal Republic of Lostisland, Retrieved 22 November 2020
  2. "Lostisland : Bérémagne ratifie la Convention de Montediszamble", Courrier Micronational, Retrieved 22 November 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mar, Yaroslav (22 November 2020). Lis, Eric, ed. "Montediszamble Convention". Montediszamble.co. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  4. "Yaroslav Mar reveals Montediszamble Convention as world's largest micronations sign". Federal Republic of Lostisland. 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  5. ""Lostisland : Bérémagne ratifie la Convention de Montediszamble"" [Lostisland: Bérémagne ratifies the Montediszamble Convention]. Courrier Micronational (in français). 24 November 2020. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  6. A screenshot of Alexander IV using the n-word.
  7. A screenshot of Yaroslav Mar referring to the prevalence of trans women in micronationalism as it being "fashionable for male micronationalists to pose as females
  8. Sertor Valentinus on behalf of the Cupertino Alliance. "Montedizamble Act, 2021". Archived from the original on 4 December 2021.
  9. Government of Snagov. "Announcement 29.11.2021". Archived from the original on 4 December 2021.

External links

Category:Treaties