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.