YAMO

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YAMO is an acronym for the phrase "Yet Another Micronational Organization," which is commonly used as a disparaging epithet for micronational intergovernmental organizations and international non-governmental organizations. The term when applied to an organization has multiple critical connotations, including serving no useful purpose, failing to perform an intended purpose, attempting to fill the role served by an already extant organization, being operated by inexperienced or incompetent leaders, and being unstable or short-lived.

YAMO is a common phrase found in journalism covering the MicroWiki community.

Historical use


Variations

The use of YAMO has spawned several related, more specific phrases, which disparage the creation of projects which have failed in the past, usually by inexperienced micronationalists. Examples include:

  • YAMUN - Yet Another Micronational United Nations, in reference to the macronational United Nations, referring to IGOs which attempt to consolidate many micronations to dictate international law and norms. Particularly used in comparison against the Grand Unified Micronational, or historically the Organization of Active Micronations.
  • YAMA - Yet Another Micronational Association.
  • YAMSE - Yet Another Micronational Stock Exchange.
  • YAMTO - Yet Another Micronational Treaty Organization - Referring to defense compacts, alluding to the macronational North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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