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.

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