Statement from the Chair: Wrythe Convention

On Saturday the 15th of September, I was pleased to officially sign the Wrythe Convention on the Prevention and Denouncing of Falsehoods on behalf of the Grand Unified Micronational in my capacity as Chair, as authorised by the Quorum the week prior.

I offer my thanks to Emperor Jonathan I of Austenasia for drafting this much-needed agreement. In an era of fake news, it has been easier than ever for less scrupulous micronations to make misleading or outright fabricated claims about themselves.

The agreement calls on its signatories to refrain from entering into relations with micronations which make false claims. We hope that the threat of ostracism from the micronational community will discourage micronations from being deliberately misleading.

As Chair of the GUM, I would like to commend this Convention, and I urge micronations both inside and outside the organisation to sign it. There has already been a huge amount of interest from the wider community which we are very happy to see, with “big name” micronations such as Flandrensis and Westarctica adding their signatures.

Let this be a message to all micronations which knowingly lie about the extent of their achievements. The executive of the GUM will not support membership applications from nations that mislead. We will, however, be forgiving of those micronations that realise the error of their ways and drop their spurious claims.

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Adam I of Adammia
Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational

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Quorum, 8th September 2018

Present:
Empire of Adammia (Chair)
Aarianian Union of North America
Republic of Iustus
Nemkhav Federation
Amissopian Federation
Mathenia
Empire of Austenasia

Quorum entered into session at 20:05 UTC.

Membership applications
Principality of Andany (Observer)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 5
Abstain: 0
The application was rejected.

Konraq Khanate (Full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 2
Abstain: 3
The application was rejected.
The Chair moved to instead offer observer status to the Konraq Khanate.
The Quorum divided:
Support: 4
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The Konraq Khanate will be offered observership.

Nomination of the Supreme Justice
The Chair nominated Mr. Horatio Eden, delegate for Amissopia, as Supreme Judge. The Quorum divided:
Support: 4
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
Horatio Eden was duly confirmed as the 23rd Supreme Justice of the Grand Unified Micronational.

Wrythe Convention on the Prevention and Denouncing of Falsehoods
The Chair stated that the Emperor of Austenasia had sent him the proposed Convention, and that he sought the Quorum’s permission to sign the Convention on behalf of the GUM during his scheduled visit to Wrythe next Saturday for Austenasia’s 10th independence day celebrations. The delegate for Nemkhavia raised the issue of interpretation of the Convention. The Chair suggested that the Supreme Judge of the GUM may be able to adjudicate in certain conditions, but conceded that there was no universal intermicronational court.

Point of Order: The Chair was made aware that as Mathenia was still a provisional member, it should not have been allowed to vote on the previous motions. Both the Chair and the delegate for Mathenia apologised. Mathenia’s votes were subtracted from the previous motions; this did not change any motion outcomes. Noting that the full membership vote for Mathenia was due anyway, the Chair parked the current item to allow the Quorum to vote on Mathenia’s full membership. The Quorum divided:
Support: 4
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
Mathenia was duly confirmed as a full member state of the Grand Unified Micronational.

The standard agenda was resumed. The delegate for Aariania suggested that the Convention may need to be amended in the future. The Quorum divided:
Support: 6
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The Chair is therefore authorised to sign the Convention at Wrythe on Saturday the 15th of September.

Questions to the Chair
There were no questions to the Chair.

Any Other Business
There was no other business.

Next Quorum
The Chair stated that the timing of the next Quorum was unclear as he had not yet received his university timetable for the autumn term, but that provisionally the next Quorum should be expected in the first weekend of October.

The Quorum adjourned at 21:09 UTC.