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 There was a motion of Orientia which the delegate for Austenasia advised was redundant, and the motion was withdrawn.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.