Quorum, 4 October 2020

Present:

Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)

Empire of Aenopia

Kingdom of Ikonia

Principality of New Eiffel 

State of Vishwamitra

Technocratic Republic of Theodia 

Commonwealth of New Virginia 

Republic of Polar Nerva

Empire of Adammia

Rednecks Republic

Gymnasium State 

Republic of Yu-Xia

Empire of Iustus

Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall

Republic of Nordale

Serene Beaconite Republic 

Empire of Austenasia 

Despotate of Vlasynia

Unitary State of Swivia 

The Quorum entered into session at 20:00 UTC.

Ban of Ivan Brienovic

The Delegates for Hrafnarfjall, Iustus, and New Virginia argued that the ban on Ivan Brienovic be extended, and made indefinite. Several Delegates noted that Ivan’s behavior which led to the original ban, had not improved. 

The Vice-Chair motioned that Ivan Brienovic’s ban be renewed, with review in six months

Support – 17

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 0

The motion was carried 

The Vice-Chair motioned that Ivan Brienovic’s ban be made indefinite, subject to annual review 

Support – 15

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 2  

The motion was carried 

Discussion on the GUM Post Isolation 

The Delegate for Adammia argued that the GUM should focus more on internal development, rather than acquiring new membership, the Delegate for New Virginia concurred and proposed revising the membership form. 

Announcement of GUM Virtual Summit 

The Secretary for Events and Summits, after conducting a survey argued that specific sections of the summit should be recorded, that the GUM should not enforce a webcam policy, and that the GUM should enforce a microphone policy. The Delegate for Iustus sought clarification on what the microphone policy imposed. 

Any Other Business

The Delegate for New Virginia brought up the Augusta Accord, and called upon member nations to endorse the Accord, the Delegate for Nordale, and New Eiffel concurred. 

The Quorum was adjourned at 21:22 UTC

Quorum, 5 September 2020

Present:

Uber – Esse Commonwealth (Chair)

Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)

Yu-Xia Republic

Abeldane Empire

Empire of Adammia

State of Vishwamitra

Kingdom of Ikonia

Rednecks Republic

Serene Beconite Republic

Commonwealth of New Virginia 

Empire of Aenopia

Empire of Austenasia

Grand Duchy of Misberia

Union of Mercia and Lurk

Despotate of Vlasynia

Technocratic Republic of Theodia

Principality of New Eiffel 

Triumvirate of Sonderan

Kingdom of Wyvern 

The Quorum entered into session at 20:00 UTC.

Membership Votes

The Chair moved for the Kingdom of Corea to either be promoted, expelled, or retain provisional membership 

Promote – 2

Expel – 8

Retain – 6

The Kingdom of Corea was expelled 

The Chair moved for the Grand Duchy of Leonsle to either be promoted, expelled, or retain provisional membership 

Promote – 14

Expel – 0

Retain – 1

The Grand Duchy of Leonsle was promoted to full membership 

The Chair moved that the Republic or Nordale to either be promoted, expelled, or retain provisional membership 

Promote – 9

Expel – 3

Retain – 1

The Republic of Nordale was promoted to full membership 

The Chair moved that the Astovian Union to either be promoted, expelled, or retain provisional membership 

Promote – 1 

Expel – 0

Retain – 14

The Astovian Union retained provisional membership 

Electoral Procedure Amendment 

The Chair proposed the Electoral Procedure Amendment, which includes instant run-off voting, join tickets, and the right for the Supreme Court to organize an electoral commission. The Vice-Chair, and the Delegates for Vlaysnia, Theodia, and Paravia voiced their support for the amendment. The Delegate for Adammia voiced concern for it’s removal of private ballots.

The Chair motioned to pass Charter Amendment 11: Electoral Procedure Amendment 

Support – 28

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 1 

The motion was carried

The Quorum was adjourned at 21:36 UTC

Quorum, 18th August 2020

Present:

Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair) 

Grand Duchy of Leonsle

Republic of Nordale

Empire of Paravia 

Principality of New Eiffel 

Kingdom of Wyvern 

Serene Beaconite Republic

Technocratic Republic of Theodia 

Misberian Confederacy 

Republic of Polar Nerva 

Commonwealth of Uskor

Kingdom of Lytera

Principality of Posaf 

Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall

Empire of Austenasia

The Quorum entered into session at 20:00 UTC.

Chair Elections

The Delegate from Hrafnarfjall proposed working with an already established online election system, while the Vice-Chair stated the consensus on maintaining the current system. 

The Vice – Chair moved that the GUM maintains voting for Chair via the Wiki Talk page 

Support – 12

Oppose – 1

Abstain – 0

The motion was carried

Election Commission 

The Delegate for Wyvern argued for the Chair organizing GUM elections, while proposing a Election Commission, to verify the results, which was concurred by the Delegate for Posaf. The Delegate for Hrafnarfjall, and the Vice-Chair proposed that the Supreme Judge lead the Election Commission, while the Delegate for Wyvern opposed the proposal. 

The Vice – Chair moved that following an election, there shall be a commission by the Supreme Judge to review the election 

Support  – 9

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 3 

The motion was carried

Updates from Secretaries

The Secretary for Events and Summits stated that there will be no events planned in real life, citing the pandemic. The Secretary for Statistics updated the Quorum on statistics.

Any Other Business 

The Delegate for Wyvern brought up reforming the Charter, and striving to have the Chair be both the de facto, and de jure Executive of the GUM. The Delegate for Austenasia argued that the Chair is not a “presidential position”. The Delegate for Aenopia proposed GUM Holiday Cards.  

The Quorum was adjourned at 20:43 UTC

Quorum, 1st August 2020

Present:

Uber-Essien Commonwealth (Chair)

Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)

Technocratic Republic of Theodia

Unitary State of Swivia

Empire of Adammia

Kingdom of Jupiter

Empire of Aenopia

Kingdom of Ikonia

Kingdom of Atovia

Empire of Paravia

Empire of Abelden

Kingdom of Lytera

Principality of New Eiffel

Commonwealth of New Virginia

Republic of Yu-Xia

Republic of New Rizalia

Serene Beaconite Republic

Despotate of Vlasynia

Directive of Misberia

The Quorum entered into session at 20:00 UTC.

Electoral reform

Voting system

The delegate for Theodia argued in favour of approval voting. The delegate for Adammia argued in favour of instant-runoff voting. The merits of both systems were debated.

The Chair put the question that the GUM should adopt First Past the Post system for GUM Chair Elections.

Support – 0

Oppose – 10

Abstain – 3

The question failed.

The Chair put the question that the GUM should adopt Approval Voting system for GUM Chair Elections.

Support – 1

Oppose – 7

Abstain – 4

The question failed.

The Chair put the question that the GUM should adopt Instant – Runoff Voting system for GUM Chair Elections.

Support – 10

Oppose – 1

Abstain – 1

The question was carried.

Nomination or election of the Vice-Chair

The Vice-Chair argued for a separate ticket voting system. The delegate for Adammia argued for the status quo, but stated that he would be amenable to a joint ticket system. The Chair stated that he would endorse any system other than the status quo.

The Chair put the question that the GUM should adopt a Joint Ticket system for GUM Chair and Vice-Chair elections.

Support – 9

Oppose – 2

Abstain – 3

The question was carried.

The Chair put the question that the GUM should adopt a Separate Ticket system for the GUM Chair and Vice-Chair elections.

Support – 4

Oppose – 6

Abstain – 4

The question failed.

The Chair put the question that the GUM should retain the status quo voting system, a Quorum vote for Vice-Chair, after the Chair ballot.

Support – 3

Oppose – 6

Abstain – 4

The question failed.

Remaining questions on electoral reform were deferred to the next session.

Any Other Business

 

The Chair moved that the full membership of the Republic of Yu-Xia be confirmed.

Promote – 13

Expel – 0

Retain – 0

The Republic of Yu-Xia was promoted to Full Membership of the Grand Unified Micronational.

The Chair issued Executive Proclamations recognising that the observership period of the Greater Klitzibürg Empire had expired and that it was no longer an observer, and that the Union of Nova-Occitania was taken to have renounced the Charter and was no longer a member state.

The Secretary of Diplomacy and Recruitment announced that the Sister Cities project was officially up and running again, having been put on hold following the passing of the delegate for Posaf, and explained how member states could take part. The Chair encouraged member states to take part. The Chair, along with the delegates for Adammia, the Serene Beaconite Republic, Swivia, New Rizalia, New Virginia and Paravia, expressed condolences to the delegate for Misberia with respect to the passing of Maria Birch.

 

The Quorum was adjourned at 21:54 UTC.

Quorum, 4th July 2020

Present:

Uber-Essian Union (Chair)

Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)

Kingdom of Wyvern (Supreme Judge)

Kingdom of Lytera

Empire of Iustus

Gymnasium State

Republic of Ashukovo

Directive of Misberia

Commonwealth of New Virginia

Empire of Aenopia

Serene Beaconite Republic

Principality of New Eiffel

Principality of Ledilia

Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall

Technocratic Republic of Theodia

Empire of Adammia

Kingdom of Wegmat

Empire of Austenasia

Empire of Paravia

Despotate of Vlasynia

Kingdom of Ikonia

Republic of Poplar Nerva

Republic of New Rizalia

The Quorum entered into session at 20:00 UTC.

 

Clerk of the Supreme Court

The Chair moved that the Office of Clerk of the Supreme Court be hereby established and to be henceforth appointed by the Supreme Justice of the Supreme Court.

Support – 14

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 0

The motion was carried.

Nominations

Associate Justice

The Chair moved that Henry Clemens’ nomination to the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Grand Unified Micronational is confirmed.

Support – 13

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 0

The motion was carried.

Supreme Judge

The Chair moved that Bradley of Dullahan’s nomination to the position of Supreme Justice of the Supreme Court of the Grand Unified Micronational is confirmed.

Support – 12

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 1

The motion was carried.

Associate Justice

The Chair moved that Jonathan I’s nomination to the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Grand Unified Micronational is confirmed.

Support – 13

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 0

The motion was carried.

Press and Public Relations Secretary

The Chair moved that Austin I’s nomination to the position of Secretary for Press and Public Relations of the Grand Unified Micronational is confirmed.

Support – 16

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 0

The motion was carried.

Events and Summits Secretary

The Chair moved that Terry I’s nomination to the position of Secretary for Events and Summits of the Grand Unified Micronational is confirmed.

Support – 11

Oppose – 2

Abstain – 1

The motion was carried.

Diplomacy and Recruitment Secretary

The Chair moved that Alexander I’s nomination to the position of Secretary for Diplomacy and Recruitment of the Grand Unified Micronational is confirmed.

Support – 14

Oppose – 1

Abstain – 0

The motion was carried.

Micronational Development Secretary

The Chair moved that Adam I’s nomination to the position of Secretary for Micronational Development of the Grand Unified Micronational is confirmed.

Support – 13

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 1

The motion was carried.

Archivist

The Chair moved that James Frisch’s nomination to the position of Archivist to the Grand Unified Micronational is confirmed.

Support – 14

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 1

The motion was carried.

Any Other Business

The Vice-Chair moved that Thomas I shall be confirmed as a member of the Advisory Council to the Chair.

Support – 8

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 4

The motion was carried.

 

The secondary delegate for Iustus proposed a Membership Application Act. The Chair moved that the Membership Application Act be passed by the Quorum.

Support – 10

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 2

The motion was carried.

The primary delegate for Iustus proposed a motion on police brutality. The Chair moved that the GUM officially supports the protests against Police Brutality that have sprung up all across the world since the death of George Floyd.

Support – 2

Oppose – 7

Abstain – 5

The motion failed.

Questions to the Chair

The Vice-Chair asked the Chair why he is such a “massive legend”. The Chair responded that it was due to his good looks. The Supreme Judge asked if the Chair was aware that he was happy that the Chair had moved his nominations for Associate Justices in his absence. The Chair responded in the affirmative. The Supreme Judge asked whether the Chair and the Micronational Development Secretary would implement PR021 (Development Awards). The Micronational Development Secretary stated that they intended to go ahead with the awards around Christmas, and that an award would be named after the late delegate for Posaf.

The Quorum was adjourned at 22:28 UTC.

Result of the Chair election, June 2020

As acting returning officer, I hereby give notice that the results of the election of the thirty-first Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational are as follows:

That a total of 31 valid ballots were cast, 0 spoilt ballots were cast, and that 31 ballots were cast in total, out of 41 full member states, giving a turnout of 75.6%;

That the total number of ballots cast for each candidate was as follows:

LYCON, Jayden (Empire of Iustus) – 4 (12.9%)
VON UBERQUIE, Newton (Uber-Essian Union) – 26 (83.9%)
None of the above – 1 (3.2%)

I therefore declare that Newton von Uberquie is duly elected as Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational.

Adamus Primus Imperator
Grand Unified Micronational Press Secretary
1st July 2020

Quorum, 20th June 2020

Present:
Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)
Kingdom of Ikonia
Technocratic Republic of Theodia
Directive of Misberia
Kingdom of Atovia
Kingdom of Lytera
Uber-Essian Union
Abeldane Empire
Commonwealth of New Virginia
Empire of Iustus
Union of Millania and New Granada
Commonwealth of Uskor
Republic of Ashukovo
Principality of New Eiffel
Empire of Adammia
Empire of Paravia
Empire of Aenopia
Principality of Posaf
Serene Beaconite Republic
Republic of New Rizalia

The Quorum entered into session at 20:00 UTC.

Membership
The Vice-Chair moved to upgrade the Unitary State of Swivia to full membership. The Quorum divided:
Support: 7
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 3
The motion was carried.

Secretarial term limits
There was a debate on abolishing the six month term limits applied to secretaries. The delegates for Iustus, New Virginia and Uber-Esse advocated for the proposal. The delegate for Adammia suggested having term limits for the Micronational Development and Diplomacy & Recruitment Secretaries, but not for the Press and Events Secretaries. The delegate for Theodia suggested that if there are term limits, they should be evenly off-set from the term of the Chair, so that the entire executive is not changed at once. The Vice-Chair moved to repeal AP069. The Quorum divided:
Support: 13
Oppose: 3
Abstain: 1
The motion was carried.

Appointment of Safeguarding and Welfare Officer
The Vice-Chair nominated the delegate for Sonderan. The Quorum divided:
Support: 12
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 4
The motion was carried.

Diplomabear
It was noted that Diplomabear is still in the Kingdom of Jupiter, and that the former nations of Aariania and San Dover were near to Jupiter in the North Carolina sector, and therefore might be able to contact the delegate for Jupiter. It was also noted that nobody had an address for Jupiter, as the bear had been handed over at MicroCon 2019. The delegate for Uskor stated that if the bear could not be recovered, they would provide funds for a new bear. The delegate for Adammia suggested that if the bear was recovered, it should tour a final list of nations before being permanently retired in a stable micronation.

Membership
The Vice-Chair moved to downgrade the Kingdom of Gradonia to observership, in accordance with their wishes. The Quorum divided:
Support: 15
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The motion was carried.

Chair election
As neither candidate for Chair was online, the Vice-Chair posted official statements on their behalf.

Updates from Secretaries
The delegate for Adammia, in his capacity as Press Secretary, stated that minutes for the last few sessions of Quorum had been posted, and that he would post the minutes of the current session, the results of the Chair election, and some of the tributes given for the late delegate for Posaf before stepping down as Press Secretary.

Any Other Business
The delegate for Ikonia proposed the creation of a Technical Officer with responsibility for administering the Discord server as well as a GUM website. It was pointed out that the delegate for Adammia was already the Technical Administrator. The delegate for Adammia moved to make himself the Head Technical Administrator, with the power to appoint subordinate Technical Administrators, and that an official website be added to their responsibilities. The Quorum divided:
Support: 15
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The motion was carried. The delegate for Adammia promptly stated that he had appointed the delegate for Ikonia as a Technical Administrator.

The delegate for Adammia moved that the Quorum recognise that the Principality of Montescano had renounced the Charter and was therefore no longer a member state. The Quorum divided:
Support: 15
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The motion was carried.

The delegate for Adammia moved that the Quorum recognise the People’s Republic of Orientia as the successor state to the Federation of Orientia, and that the latter had dissolved and was therefore no longer a member state. The Quorum divided:
Support: 15
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 2
The motion was carried.

The delegate for New Virginia thanked the Vice-Chair for his work over the past term. The delegate for Uskor thanked both the Chair and Vice-Chair.

The delegate for Ikonia asked whether the GUM had a motto. The delegate for Adammia stated that it did not, but that it did once have an anthem.

The Vice-Chair gave a statement commenting on the highs and lows of the past term, thanked the Quorum, and wished good luck to the next Chair and Vice-Chair.

The Quorum was adjourned at 21:26 UTC.

Quorum, 16th May 2020

Present:
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall (Chair)
Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)
Kingdom of Gradonia
Directive of Misberia
Gymnasium State
Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg
Empire of Iustus
Empire of Austenasia
Principality of New Eiffel
Federal Republic of Caddia
Principality of Posaf
Principality of Ledilia
Empire of Aenopia
Empire of Adammia
Union of Nova-Occitania
Kingdom of Lytera

The Quorum entered into session at 19:07 UTC.

Questions to the Chair
The delegate for Gradonia what provisions in the proposed convention on treaties would be relevant for micronations. The Chair responded that the intent was to develop a treaty that set out professional standards and guidelines. The delegate for Misberia asked whether this treaty would be handled similarly to the Wrythe Convention and the Edgbaston Convention. The Chair answered in the affirmative.

The delegate for Gradonia asked what specific provisions could be included in the treaty that would be relevant for micronational diplomacy. The Chair responded that this would be discussed between those nations that were interested in the treaty. The delegate for Gradonia asked what the Chair saw as being prospective clauses. The Chair responded that his overall intention with the treaty was to develop a set of guidelines to grow the community and develop a more professional atmosphere. The delegate for Gradonia asked if there were any probably clauses that the Chair would include in the treaty. The Chair responded that there were no solid clauses, hence why he was bringing the topic up for discussion.

Sister Cities
The delegate for Posaf stated that he would be releasing the latest cluster of sister cities the coming week, and that there had been a delay due to elections in Posaf.

Membership
There was some discussion on the provisional membership of Ashukovo, and the observerships of Kohlandia and Saspearian.

The delegate for Posaf proposed to overturn the decision by the Chair to dismiss the applications of the Democratic Republic of Benjastan, the People’s Republic of Orientia, and the Republic of Williamsburg. On Orientia, this was seconded by Iustus, Misberia and Aenopia. There was a motion of Orientia which the delegate for Austenasia advised was redundant, and the motion was withdrawn. On Benjastan, this was seconded by Misberia, Gradonia, Aenopia and Adammia. Orientia and Benjastan were returned to the membership voting docket.

Any Other Business
The delegate for Austenasia asked for an update regarding Diplomabear. The Chair stated that he would follow up on this. The delegate for Austenasia asked about the vacancies of the positions of both Events Officer and Safeguarding and Welfare Officer. The Chair stated that he would be putting out a general call for Events Officer, and that he would contact certain delegates privately for the SWO position.

The delegate for Lytera raised the issue of the GUM Micronational Development Initiative. The Chair stated that he asked all delegates to join it, and that he would be speaking with the Micronational Development Secretary regarding the program.

The Quorum was adjourned at 20:40 UTC.

Quorum, 26th April 2020

Present:
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall (Chair)
Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)
Empire of Adammia
Kingdom of Lytera
Gymnasium State
Union of Nova-Occitania
Nemkhav Federation
Republic of Poplar Nova
Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg
Principality of Posaf
Kingdom of Wegmat
Republic of Ashukovo (provisional)

The Quorum entered into session at 16:09 UTC.

Questions to the Chair
The delegate for Ashukovo asked when the vote to upgrade Ashukovo to full membership would take place. The Chair stated that he would post it and other pending membership votes by the following Sunday.

New membership voting process
The Chair asked delegates for their thoughts on the new process for voting on membership applications. The delegate for Lytera remarked that, although the new system had achieved its purpose of making Quorum sessions shorter, it had not yet been tested fully due to the recent moratorium on membership applications. The delegate for Nemkhavia stated that the new system was useful for member states who were not able to attend Quorum regularly.

Change in voting procedure
The Chair moved:
1) A motion must be presented at a Quorum (which can be done by proxy).
2) The Sunday after the Quorum, the vote will be put up in an appropriate channel.
3) Votes will close the Wednesday after, to allow amble time for nations to vote.
The Quorum divided:
Support: 7
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 3
The motion was carried.

Changes to powers of the Chair
The delegate for Adammia asked whether the proposed power for the Chair to dismiss non-functioning secretaries already existed. The Chair stated that the Supreme Judge had said it did not. The delegate for Adammia conceded that he may have seen the proposal before during the term of the previous Chair, when it met opposition. The Vice-Chair added that he had previously opposed the measure. The delegate for Posaf added that the proposal in its original form did not include the ability for the Quorum to revert the use of the power.

The Chair moved:
The power to dismiss, with the consent of the Vice-Chair, non-functioning Secretaries, be granted to the Chair and that the Quorum has the right to undo it and has to be informed the first Quorum after this power has been exercised.
The Quorum divided:
Support: 8
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The motion was carried.

The Chair moved:
The Chair and the Secretariat be allowed to start projects without needing prior Quorum approval, but still report their start to Quorum.
The Quorum divided:
Support: 8
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The motion was carried.

New Projects
The delegate for Posaf suggested a range of projects that he had been thinking of since 2018 and requested the opinion of the Quorum on them. They included:

A New Members Association that all new member states would be a part of for four months, as well as older nations that volunteer to be part of it;

A GUM Outreach Program that would target Reddit, Facebook and Instagram communities, as well as French and Czech-speaking communities;

A New Image Project involving a revitalised website and a new logo;

A GUM Green Caucus of Nations, a voluntary treaty encouraging nations to clean up litter within their borders and other environmental action;

A Direct Diplomacy channel on the Discord server where nations would be able to submit a “resumé” about their nation.

The delegate for Nemkhavia commented that he thought the proposed projects interesting. The delegate for Lytera commented that the Reddit community might be hard to convince as they are very distrustful of outsiders, and also noted their constant wars, but that they might be able to be swayed. The delegate for Posaf responded that the organisation would not allow every nation from the Reddit community to join, and that he would like to be personally become active in that community in order to identify the more well-developed nations, as he had been doing already with the Instagram community. The delegate for Nova-Occitania questioned the relevance of targetting Czech and French communities without changing the Anglo-American image of the GUM. The delegate for Posaf responded that he wished to focus on the French and Czech communities as they are the most developed, whilst noting that a language barrier could be a problem.

Expulsion of Cycoldia
The Chair moved that the Grand Republic of Cycoldia be expelled from the Grand Unified Micronational. The Quorum divided:
Support: 8
Oppose: 1
Abstain: 1
The motion was carried.

Charter Amendment
The Chair moved that the amendment be posted for a vote of all members on the talk page. The Quorum divided:
Support: 6
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The motion was carried.

The Quorum was adjourned at 17:36 UTC.

Quorum, 11th April 2020

Present
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall (Chair)
Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)
Republic of New Rizalia
Republic of Poplar Nerva
Kingdom of Atovia
Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg
Commonwealth of Uskor
Empire of Aenopia
Principality of Posaf
Principality of New Eiffel
Empire of Adammia
Kingdom of Lytera
Tsardom of Nolland
Empire of Austenasia
Kingdom of Ikonia
Union of Nova-Occitania
Principality of Ledilia
Empire of Iustus

The Quorum entered into session at 17:59 UTC.

Speech from the Chair
The Chair commented on the lack of decorum in light of recent events and stated that he would enforce decorum more strictly.

Expulsion of New Westphalia
The delegate for Austenasia asked whether there were any alternative delegates available to represent New Westphalia. The Chair stated that there were none to his knowledge.

The delegates for Posaf, Uberquiesenberg and Atovia also commented.

The Chair moved that Mr. Daniel Morris be expelled as the delegate for New Westphalia. The Quorum divided:
Support: 15
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The motion was carried.

The Chair moved that the Republic of New Westphalia be expelled from the Grand Unified Micronational. The Quorum divided:
Support: 15
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The motion was carried.

Safeguarding and Welfare Officer
The Vice-Chair proposed the creation of an officer of the GUM responsible for safeguarding minors, over 18 years of age and preferably with previous relevant experience. The delegate for Poplar Nova asked what the pre-requisites for becoming the Safeguarding and Welfare Officer would be. The Vice-Chair stated that they would be a trusted member of the community over the age of 18, preferably with relevant experience such as teacher training or proof of DBS checks.

The Chair moved that the Office of Safeguarding and Welfare Officer be established. The Quorum divided:
Support: 13
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0

The Chair moved that the duties of the SWO be defined as “a trusted, over 18 member of the community, preferably with previous macronational child-safety experience, and their role would be ensuring to the best of their ability the safety of underage members, and dealing with any safeguarding situations that may arise – as well as pointing out red flags and failures in GUM towards protecting minors, and constitutional changes that may be needed to ensure safety.” The Quorum divided:
Support: 11
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1

Status of Cycoldia
The Chair noted that the Grand Republic of Cycoldia claimed to have “self-suspended” its delegation, and added that Cycoldia had brought the organisation into disrepute due to issues involving the micronational press. The delegate for Uberquiesenberg asked what was meant by bringing the organisation into disrepute. The delegate for Posaf stated that he had received a message from the delegate for Cycoldia regarding a GUM-related issue in the nation of Caudonia, and that she had told a micronational journalist that the GUM would persue legal action against them (which was not correct). The Vice-Chair added that the delegate for Cycoldia did not rule out leaking the Quorum in order to fulfil requests by Cycoldia’s allies to do so.

The delegate for Lytera whether there would still be potential talks between Cycoldia and the nation of Ticronvidia, and whether the organisation would reconsider the previous refusal given to Ticronvidian observership given that many member states may arguably have been swayed by the threat by the delegate for Cycoldia to leave the GUM if they were accepted. The Chair stated that there would be no new vote on Ticronvidia as he had been informed that they were no longer sovereign.

The Vice-Chair asserted that it was not legally possible for a delegation to suspend itself from the organisation, and that any attempt to do so was tantamount to renounciation of the Charter. The delegate for Uberquiesenberg added that in his legal opinion, if Cycoldia had not withdrawn its ratification of the Charter, then it was still a full member state, and it was not clear that Cycoldia had done so.

The Chair moved that the membership of the Grand Republic of Cycoldia be suspended. The Quorum divided:
Support: 9
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 2
The motion was carried.

Questions to the Chair
The delegate for Lytera asked what would happen to Cycoldia if the accusations of them leaking the Quorum were shown to be true. The Chair replied that their suspension would be upheld, pending expulsion.

The delegate for Uberquiesenberg asked how the administration planned to proceed with proposals for a new intermicronational court and new treaties regarding diplomatic procedure. The Chair responded that this was still being considered by the membership, and that the administration did not plan to move further yet.

The Quorum was adjourned at 19:19 UTC.