Quorum, 2 January 2021

Present

  • Commonwealth of Essexia and Čechsexia (Chair)
  • Empire of Iustus
  • State of Zenrax
  • Unified Royal States of Australis
  • Republic of Yu-Xia
  • State of Vishwamitra
  • Misberian Confederacy
  • Uber-Essian Union
  • Kingdom of Lytera
  • Republic of Poplar Nerva
  • Abeldane Empire
  • Plushunia
  • Republic of New Rizalia
  • Empire of Aenopia
  • Gymnasium State
  • Empire of Paravia
  • Grand Duchy of Klitzibürg
  • Rednecks Republic
  • Kingdom of West Sayville
  • Nemkhav Federation
  • Kingdom of Atovia
  • Empire of Adammia
  • Technocratic Republic of Theodia
  • Federal Republic of Caddia
  • Empire of Austenasia
  • Commonwealth of Uskor
  • Commonwealth of Naveria
  • Serene Beaconite Republic

Nomination of Leon Montan for Vice-Chair

Newly-elected Jack Dean’s running mate Leon Montan was up for confirmation by the quorum for the position of Vice Chair. Logan Ross of the Empire of Aenopia supported the nomination, citing his relations with him in NADU.

Sertor Valentinus objected the nomination, citing an incident when Mr. Montan disclosed private information regarding a former secretary without their consent, leading to their departure from the community. Adam I and Shiro of Adammia and Zenrax respectively opposed the nomination, citing the lack of public standing justified for a position like the GUM Vice-Chair.

In a defence toward Montan’s nomination, both Matthew of Uber-Esse and Leon Montan made statements.

… However now that the future of the Chairmanship has been decided another great decision falls upon this Quorum—the future of the Vice-Chairmanship. My potential successor, and the man that will be proposed to you today is a very controversial figure. There is no doubt that many have concerns over his integrity due to past and ongoing misdemeanours and unprofessionalism—and I share these concerns as someone who cares about the GUM and its image as a diplomatic and prestigious organisation. However, I’d also be a hypocrite not to defend Mr Montan to an extent. Many people shared the same concerns about me, almost exactly a year ago, when Thomas Bainbridge chose me as his Vice-Chair over Jonathan Austen. It takes great courage to choose an Essexian over an Austenasian Emperor in any capacity, let alone the Vice-Chairmanship of the GUM, and I will forever be grateful to Tom for giving me the opportunity, for it was with that opportunity that I was able to prove my worth and serve the GUM for the past year. Sure, I haven’t been without my issues, and Leon certainly won’t be either. But my point is—sometimes it’s good to be given a chance. I also appreciate that giving someone a chance with the Vice-Chairmanship is a tremendous gamble—so if Leon is rejected today because you feel he is not suitable, that is understandable, and I’m sure Jack will hold no ill-will towards the Quorum and will pick a more suitable candidate. We support whatever action it choses to take, and if it is so obliged as to decline this nomination for the Vice-Chairmanship, then we will all understand that. Whatever happens, the Vice-Chairmanship is an important role that builds the organisation, but one that can help to build a micronational career as it has done with mine…

Matthew of Uber-Esse, 2 January 2021

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Although I obviously have a bias, I am the one being nominated, I encourage the Quorum of the Grand Unified Micronational to vote in favor of my nomination. I do admit that I am a controversial figure, and have done things within this community that are subpar when it comes to professionalism, but I think that I can be a capable Vice Chair- Matthew was confirmed on a slim margin and was still a very, very, very capable Vice Chair. I believe that I have the capability to preside over meetings of the Quorum when the Chair is not present, which can be seen through my contributions to groups like the Cupertino Alliance, through my position as their Minister for Membership Attainment, and micronations like New Virginia. I thank you all for this opportunity, and I cede the floor.

Leon Montan of Aenopia, 2 January 2021

The Chair moved a motion for Leon Montan to be confirmed for the position of Vice-Chairman of the Grand Unified Micronational.

  • Support – 3
  • Abstain – 9
  • Oppose – 13

The motion was defeated. Matthew of Uber-Esse would later stay as Vice-Chair.

Nomination of Anthony Clark for Supreme Justice

The Chair nominated Anthony Clark of Abelden for the position of Supreme Justice, citing his micronational career within the field of law, as well as his contributions towards the charter commission. This was echoed by former Chair Newton von Uberquie, and many other delegates.

Anthony Clark gave a statement regarding the position to the Quorum.

Firstly, I thank the delegate for Uberessenberg kindly. I am very grateful for his support.

I’d like to tell you a little about why I think I’m suited for this office, and what I’d do if confirmed.

My micronational speciality is law, and has been for many years. I’m one of the community’s most experienced judges, litigators, and legislative drafters. One of my most significant projects was the near-200 page Abeldane Code. Though I’ve no macronational qualifications, I have an extensive knowledge of many fields of law.

I’d like to bring in a simple and clear set of rules for the Court, so that everyone knows what to expect. I want to make it as accessible as possible, so you don’t need lots of legal knowledge to use its services. A separate long document of procedural rules might be desirable from a legal point of view, but my experience suggests it would also alienate delegates. I don’t want anyone thinking the court is too complicated for them.

So, I think that charter reform is the best way to do this. The current section about the court is clumsy and full of unneeded detail. I’d work with the Commission to streamline it and make it less confusing. My key aim is for the charter to unambiguously set out the powers, duties, and processes of the court, in as few words as possible.

With the permission of the Chair, I’d be delighted to answer any questions you have about my experience, knowledge, and plans.

I cede.

Anthony Clark of Abelden, 2 January 2021

The Chair moved a motion to confirm that Anthony Clark of Abelden for the position of Supreme Justice of the GUM.

  • Support – 17
  • Abstain – 6
  • Oppose – 0

The motion was passed.

Creation of the Secretary of Asia Affairs

The Chair presented the idea of the creation of the Secretary of Asia Affairs to focus on the long-neglected group of member nations located in Asia, to increase representation of the Asian sector in the GUM, as well as to assist in the organization of Asia-focused events. Cameron I of Ikonia, Swena of Theodia, and other delegates supported the nomination.

Adam I of Adammia and Anthony Clark of Abelden opposed the idea, citing the lack of members in the Asian sector to justify such office and that GUM leadership already has many secretaries. The former argued that some of the mandate for the proposed Secretary can be better managed into other pre-existing secretarial positions.

Swena of Theodia, however, objected to the argument of lack of members in Asia, mentioning that the pending withdrawal of an GUM member in Asia due to neglect in their time zone.

The Chair moved a motion to establish the Secretary of Asia Affairs.

  • Support – 19
  • Abstain – 0
  • Oppose – 1

The motion was passed.

Creation of three GUM Mentor roles

The Chair proposed the creation of three GUM Mentor roles, to oversee the “Help Joining the GUM” initiative as well as aid potential GUM member. This idea was objected by Adam I of Adammia, referring to past attempts in creating a mentor programs, which later led to lack of interest between both the mentors and mentees. Furthermore, Adam I argued that it would be better for the Micronational Development Secretary to informally work with potential mentees as opposed to a formal mentorship program; an argument agreed by Swena of Theodia.

Cristian Dobrev of Plushunia supported the idea, adding that the full intergration of the “Help Joining the GUM” program would further activity towards the latter project and to increase the quality of the application base to the GUM.

Adam I noted the system of how the Quorum needed to confirm every lobby moderator and mentor, remarking it to be “too bureaucratic”. This was supported by Newton von Uberquie and later Adam I reminded the Quorum that the Micronational Development Seceretary holds the power to appoint people regardless of Quorum consent. Upon hearing the reminder, the Chair cancelled the motion.

Dean Cabinet confirmation

The Chair moved to confirm the proposed cabinet for the Grand Unified Micronational, consisting of:

  • Safeguarding and Welfare Officer – Cedar (no change)
  • Sec. Events and Summits – Emperor Terry (no change)
  • Clerk – Anthony Clark (no change)
  • Sec. Public Relations and Press – Jayden Lycon
  • Sec. Statistical Research – Daniel Roscoe
  • Sec. Diplomacy and Recruitment – Tomáš Falešník
  • Sec. Micronational Development – Alex Banks
  • GUM ArchivistVacant
  • Sec. Asia Affairs – Dhrubajyoti Roy (new position)

Nomination for Jayden Lycon for Secretary of Public Relations and Press

The Chair moved to appoint Jayden Lycon for the office of Secretary of Public Relations and Press.

  • Support – 15
  • Abstain – 3
  • Oppose – 0

The motion was passed. Issac Richards of Iceni proposed that Jayden Lycon should justify why he should hold the secretarial position, an idea seconded by Swena of Theodia. Due to the motion ending however, the Chair moved on.

Nomination for Daniel Roscoe for Secretary of Statistical Research

The Chair moved to appoint Daniel Roscoe for the office of Secretary of Statistical Research.

Cameron I of Ikonia supported the motion, citing his work under the Roscoe Statistics- later Statistic-Dime corporation. This was echoed by Sertor Valentinus and Isaac Richards. Jayden Lycon opposed the nomination, citing a previous security incident. Logan Ross of Aenopia questioned if Daniel Roscoe would have enough time for this position considering Roscoe was also running for Chair of the Cupertino Alliance. This was seconded by Matthew Xia of Yu-Xia.

The Chair moved to appoint Daniel Roscoe for the office of Secretary of Statistical Research.

  • Support – 11
  • Abstain – 9
  • Oppose – 0

The motion was passed. Swena of Theodia later suggested to move towards reaction-based voting for the rest of the cabinet, which was supported by a number of delegates. However, due to the Quorum having discussed 2 applications, it would be unfair to switch the method of voting for the rest of the Cabinet.

Nomination of Emperor Terry for Secretary of Events and Summits

The Chair moved to appoint Emperor Terry for the office of Secretary of Events and Summits.

Jayden Lycon of Iustus supported the nomination, citing his work during the previous 24 Hour Quorum. This was concurred by Jan Stastny of the Rednecks Republic. The Chair later asked the Quorum if they preferred to vote on consecutive motions, skipping the discussion between each nomination. This was supported by Jayden Lycon of Iustus and Anthony Clark of Abelden, but was opposed by Sertor Valentinus of West Sayville.

Isaac Richards of Iceni questioned the summits for which they participated in, for which the nominee responded with:

  • GUM Chair/Vice-Chair physical meeting
  • GUM 24 Hour Quorum
  • GUM Summit 2020
  • 1st Essexia-Millania Summit
  • A short meeting between the Chair and Vice-Chair

James Frisch of the Serene Beaconite Republic later asked Issac Richards to send his questions regarding candidates before voting concludes.

The Chair moved to appoint Emperor Terry for the office of Secretary of Events and Summits.

  • Support – 14
  • Abstain – 3
  • Oppose – 0

The motion was passed.

Nomination of Tomáš Falešník for Secretary of Diplomacy and Recruitment

The Chair moved to appoint Tomáš Falešník for the office of Secretary of Diplomacy and Recruitment.

Anthony Clark of Abelden, Daniel Lee of Posaf, and other delegates supported the nomination. Issac Richards of Iceni questioned the history relating to the role in the past, but was denied by the Chair, citing that he wishes to move the Quorum as fast as possible.

The Chair moved to appoint Tomáš Falešník for the office of Secretary of Diplomacy and Recruitment:

  • Support – 18
  • Abstain – 3
  • Oppose – 0

The motion was passed.

Nomination of Alex Banks for Secretary of Micronational Development

The Chair moved to appoint Alex Banks for the office of Secretary of Micronational Development:

  • Support – 9
  • Abstain – 6
  • Oppose – 1

The motion was passed.

Nomination of Dhrubajyoti Roy for Secretary of Asia Affairs

The Chair moved to appoint Dhrubajyoti Roy for the office of Secretary of Asia Affairs. The motion was supported by various delegates including Daniel Lee of Posaf, Cristian Dobrev of Plusunia, and Jan Stastny of the Rednecks Republic.

The Chair moved to appoint Dhrubajyoti Roy for the office of Secretary of Asia Affairs:

  • Support – 9
  • Abstain – 6
  • Oppose – 1

The motion was passed.

Nomination of Cedar for Safeguarding and Welfare Officer.

The Chair moved to appoint Cedar for the office of Safeguarding and Welfare Officer. The motion was supported by various delegates including former Chair Newton von Uberquie, citing her work during his tenure.

The Chair moved to appoint Cedar for the office of Safeguarding and Welfare Officer:

  • Support – 9
  • Abstain – 4
  • Oppose – 0

The motion was passed.

Archivist Resignation

The Chair motioned to remove James Frisch as Archivist, citing that Mr. Frisch does not wish to carry on in the role and that multiple people declined to take up the position. Henceforth, the Chair decided to not nominate anyone to the position.

Noting the wishes from the Chair, James Frisch of the Serene Beaconite Republic formally resigned from his role of Archivist. Due to this, the motion was cancelled.

Cupertino Alliance Partnership

The Chair proposed to formally establish talks within the Cupertino Alliance, citing their potential between the GUM and allowing the GUM to communicate with the Cupertino Alliance when needed. The Chair proposed to establish communications within the Cupertino Alliance, but was later postponed to next week due to the length of the session.

Charter Commission Update

The Chair gave the floor to Anthony Clark of Abelden to give an update regarding the Charter Commission. Clark updated the Quorum, noting that the Commission was discussing the content of the new Charter one topic at a time. Clark also reminded all Commission members to vote and reminded that delegates can still join the Commission.

Nomination of Newton von Uberquie to the position of Associate Justice

Anthony Clark of Ableden, under his mandate of Supreme Judge, nominated Newton von Uberquie to succeed Henry Clemens as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. This was approved by the Chair. Newton von Uberquie gave a statement regarding his goals as Associate Justice:

I don’t have a long statement to make because I realise the urgency of the Quorum. However, alongside the Supreme Justice, my aim is to help complete the massive Charter Reform that began while I was Chair, and aid in any way in rectifying the mess in the statutory code alongside the normal duties of the Associate Justice. I have a long legislative history in nations like the Abeldane Empire which I believe qualifies me for this role.

Newton von Uberquie of Uber-Esse, 2 January 2021

The Chair motion to appoint Newton von Uberquie as Associate Justice to replace Henry Clemens:

  • Support – 14
  • Abstain – 1
  • Oppose – 1

The motion was passed.

The Chair thanked delegates for their time and some delegates wished a happy New Year. Quorum was adjourned on 12AM UTC.

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