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.

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.

Quorum, 11th January 2020

Present
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall (Chair)
Kingdom of Lytera
Principality of New Eiffel
Commonwealth of Essexia
State of Zenrax
United Kingdoms of Misberia and Caloudonum
Principality of Posaf
Empire of Austenasia
Union of Mercia and Lurk
Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg
Gymnasium State
People’s Republic of Ponderosa Hills
Principality of Ledilia
Republic of New Rizalia
Principality of Montescano
Empire of Iustus
Kingdom of Wegmat

The Quorum entered into session at 18:02 UTC.

Membership applications

The Chair gave notice that he had dismissed the following applications:
-Grand Duchy of Rabenberg
-City State of Daeteria
-Somcowian Federation
-Principality of Ermenstein
There were no objections to the dismissals.

Kingdom of Abristan (full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 10
Abstain: 0
The Chair moved that Abristan be instead offered observership status. The Quorum divided:
Support: 4
Oppose: 5
Abstain: 1
The application was rejected.

Union of Nova-Occitania (full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 10
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The Union of Nova-Occitania was accepted as a provisional member state.

United Kingdom of Maradia and Fienomige (full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 4
Oppose: 5
Abstain: 3
The Chair moved that Maradia be instead offered observership status. The Quorum divided:
Support: 8
Oppose: 1
Abstain: 5
The motion was carried.

Sublime State of Hasanistan (observer)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 11
Oppose: 3
Abstain: 0
The Sublime State of Hasanistan was accepted as an observer state.

Empire of Nottingham (observer)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 14
Abstain: 1
The application was rejected.

Republic of Upper Shwartz Morgen Lorgen Land (observer)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 14
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The Republic of Upper Shwartz Morgen Lorgen Land was accepted as an observer state.

Kingdom of Begonia (full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 6
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 2
The Kingdom of Begonia was accepted as a provisional member state.

Republic of Poplar Nerva (full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 5
Oppose: 2
Abstain: 6
The Republic of Poplar Nerva was accepted as a provisional member state.

Federation of Orientia (observer)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 9
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 3
The Federation of Orientia was accepted as a provisional member state.

Appointment of the Vice-Chair

The Chair nominated Lord Matthew, the delegate for Essexia, as Vice-Chair. The Quorum divided:
Support: 11
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
Lord Matthew of Essexia was confirmed as Vice-Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational.

Appointment of the Supreme Judge

The Chair nominated Bradley of Dullahan, the delegate for Wyvern, as Supreme Judge. The Quorum divided:
Support: 11
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
Bradley of Dullahan was confirmed as Supreme Judge of the Grand Unified Micronational.

Staff appointments

Secretary for Public Relations and Press
The Chair nominated Emperor Adam I, the delegate for Adammia. The Quorum divided:
Support: 11
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The appointment was confirmed.

Secretary for Statistical Research
The Chair nominated Archie Birch, the delegate for Misberia. The Quorum divided:
Support: 10
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The appointment was confirmed.

Secretary for Events and Summits
The Chair nominated Daniel Morris, the delegate for New Westphalia. The Quorum divided:
Support: 9
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The appointment was confirmed.

Secretary of Diplomacy and Recruitment
The Chair nominated Nicholas Randouler, the delegate for Posaf. The Quorum divided:
Support: 11
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The appointment was confirmed.

Secretary for Micronational Development
The Chair nominated Zarel Smith, the delegate for New Eiffel. The Quorum divided:
Support: 12
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The appointment was confirmed.

Archivist
The Chair nominated Emperor Jonathan I, the delegate for Austenasia. The Quorum divided:
Support: 7
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The appointment was confirmed.

24-Hour Quorum

The Chair invited thoughts on a potential fourth 24-Hour Quorum. A number of possible charities were discussed. Dates ranging from mid-February to the Summer were considered and it was decided that the Staff would consider the matter further.

Questions to the Chair

There were no questions. The delegate for New Eiffel congratulated the Chair on a successful first Quorum, and the delegate for Posaf concurred.

The Quorum was adjourned at 19:44 UTC.

Result of the Chair election, December 2019

As acting returning officer I hereby give notice that the results of the election of the thirtieth Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational are as follows:

That a total of 29 valid ballots were cast, 0 spoilt ballots were cast, and that 29 ballots were cast in total, out of 33 full member states, giving a turnout of 87.9%;

That the total number of ballots cast for each candidate was as follows:

BAINBRIDGE, Thomas: His Royal Majesty King Thomas I (Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall) – 17 (58.6%)
BANKS, Alexander: His Holy Royal Highness King Alexander I (Kingdom of Lytera) – 2 (6.9%)
LOGAN: His Royal Highness Emperor Logan I (Empire of Aenopia) – 2 (6.9%)
TEZDZHAN-SMAHIN, Dionisiy: His Serene Highness Sovereign Prince Dionisiy I (Principality of Montescano) – 7 (24.1%)
None of the above – 1 (3.4%)

I therefore declare that His Royal Majesty Thomas I, King of Hrafnarfjall is duly elected as Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational.

Adamus Primus Imperator
Acting on authority of His Grace, Bradley of Dullahan, Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
1st January 2020

Quorum, 8th December 2019

Present:
Kingdom of Wyvern (Chair)
Empire of Austenasia (Vice-Chair)
State of Zenrax (Supreme Judge)
Republic of New Rizalia
Principality of New Eiffel
Gymnasium State
Republic of New Westphalia
Grand Republic of Cycoldia
Kingdom of Lytera
Nemkhav Federation
Empire of Aenopia
Triumvirate of Sonderan
Principality of Posaf
Third Kingdom of Misberia

The Quorum entered into session at 19:12 UTC.

Status of the Chair
The Vice-Chair stated that the Internet connectivity issues of the Chair had been resolved and that he would be resuming his duties.

Membership applications

Lusitania Federation (full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 8
Abstain: 0
The application was rejected. The Vice-Chair moved to offer observership status to Lusitania instead. The Quorum divided:
Support: 5
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 3
The motion was carried.

Principality of Ermenstein (full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 8
Abstain: 1
The application was rejected. The Vice-Chair moved to offer observership status to Ermenstein instead. The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 9
Abstain: 1
The motion failed.

Second Republic of Keyenay (full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 9
Abstain: 1
The application was rejected. The Vice-Chair moved to offer observership status to Keyenay instead. The Quorum divided:
Support: 1
Oppose: 4
Abstain: 4
The motion failed.

The Chair took over from the Vice-Chair.

Election of the Chair
The Chair stated that he would not seek re-election and expressed his hope that various good candidates would stand. It was stated that nominations shall open of the 11th of December. The delegate for Aenopia stated that he may consider running. The delegate for New Eiffel stated that he may consider running, but doubted that he would. The delegate for Posaf stated that he would consider running. The delegates for Misberia and Lytera stated that they would also consider running. The delegate for Gymnasium State stated that he would not run. The delegate for Cycoldia stated that she would run.

Questions to the Chair
The delegate for Posaf stated his intent to bring forward a micronational version of the Paris Climate Accords, and, noting that the Supreme Judge had stated that such a proposal would have to be written in line with the GUM Charter, asked which part of the Charter was relevant. The Chair responded that the Charter states that every member state is sovereign, that the accords can only be enforced upon the states which sign it, and that the signature of the GUM itself would only state that the Quorum supports the treaty and encourages member states to sign it.

The Quorum was adjourned at 20:00 UTC.

Quorum, 27th November 2019

Present:
Empire of Austenasia (Vice-Chair)
State of Zenrax (Supreme Judge)
Principality of New Eiffel
People’s Republic of Ponderosa Hills
Empire of Aenopia
Commonwealth of Essexia
Empire of Iustus
Kingdom of Wegmat
Grand Republic of Cycoldia
Third Kingdom of Misberia
Kingdom of Jupiter
Triumvirate of Sonderan
Kingdom of Ikonia
Principality of Montescano

The Quorum entered into session at 21:00 UTC.

Status of the Chair

The Vice-Chair stated that the Chair was having Internet connectivity problems, and that the Vice-Chair was to serve as Acting Chair until further notice. In the interests of clarifying that the Chair had not resigned, the Vice-Chair moved that it be recognised that he was serving as Vice-Chair with extraordinary powers until that status was revoked by the Chair, or until the end of the term of the incumbent Chair, giving him the right to unilaterally exercise all prerogatives of the Chair but without depriving the incumbent Chair of the right to do likewise or to review the Vice-Chair’s actions in this capacity.
The Quorum divided:
Support: 5
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The motion was carried.

Full membership confirmations

Empire of Aenopia
The Quorum divided:
Support: 5
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The Empire of Aenopia was confirmed as a full member state.

Grand Republic of Cycoldia
The Quorum divided:
Support: 6
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 2
The Grand Republic of Cycoldia was confirmed as a full member state.

United Kingdom of Maradia and Fienomige
The Quorum divided:
Support: 1
Oppose: 3
Abstain: 3
The motion failed. The Vice-Chair moved to expel the United Kingdom of Maradia and Fienomige from the organisation. The Quorum divided:
Support: 4
Oppose: 2
Abstain: 2
The United Kingdom of Maradia and Fienomige was expelled from the Grand Unified Micronational.

People’s Republic of Ponderosa Hills
The Quorum divided:
Support: 8
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The People’s Republic of Ponderosa Hills was confirmed as a full member state.

Kingdom of Wegmat
The Quorum divided:
Support: 3
Oppose: 2
Abstain: 2
The Kingdom of Wegmat was confirmed as a full member state.

Membership applications

Empire of Lehmark (full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 9
Abstain: 1
The application was rejected.

Jusin Republic (full, upgrade from observer)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 5
Oppose: 2
Abstain: 2
The Jusin Republic was upgraded from an observer state to a provisional member state.

Nottingham Empire (full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 6
Abstain: 1
The application was rejected.

Republic of Matthewopia (full)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 1
Oppose: 6
Abstain: 0
The application was rejected.

Kingdom of Kohlandia (observer)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 4
Oppose: 1
Abstain: 1
The Kingdom of Kohlandia was accepted as an observer state.

Any Other Business
The delegate for Ponderosa Hills asked about an application for Lusitania. The Vice-Chair stated that they had been sent a link but had not applied. The delegate for Ponderosa Hills asked whether a motion may be made allowing the Sauveuse Republic as a full member in light of statements made by Ms. Eryn Lewis. The Supreme Judge responded that the Sauveuse Republic was yet to submit an official application for membership.

The Quorum adjourned at 21:59 UTC.

Quorum, 20th November 2019

Present:
Kingdom of Wyvern (Chair)
Empire of Austenasia (Vice-Chair)
State of Zenrax (Supreme Judge)
Commonwealth of Essexia
Third Kingdom of Misberia
Principality of Ledilia
Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg
Principality of Montescano
Kingdom of Jupiter
Gymnasium State
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall
Kingdom of Gradonia
Empire of Aenopia (provisional)
Grand Republic of Cycoldia (provisional)

Quorum entered into an extraordinary session at 17:54 UTC.

Successor states of the People’s Federation of Quebec

The Chair informed the Quorum that the President McGrath of Quebec had dissolved Quebec and replaced it with the Sauveuse Republic, and that it had transpired that this action had been unconstitutional under Quebecois law. The Chair stated that the Sauveuse Republic had not notified the GUM of this change. The Chair further stated that the former Prime Minister Lewis of Quebec, whom the President had fired, had formed an alternative Quebecois government, and that a dispute had arisen as to which was the legitimate government of the nation. The Chair further stated that President McGrath had eventually recognised Lewis’ government as the legitimate government of Sauveuse, but had also created a new breakaway state known as the Socialist State of Paloma. The Chair put it to the Quorum that it must resolve to recognise either Sauveuse or Paloma as the successor state to Quebec, or neither. The delegate for Ledilia pointed out that Mr. Montan of Ponderosa Hills was the new President of the Sauveuse Republic, which he considered nonsensical, and advocated for recognising neither state. The delegate for Misberia stated his belief that the organisation had no right to determine the legitimate successor state, and also advocated for recognising neither. The delegate for Hrafnarfjall concurred. The provisional delegate Cycoldia suggested that the Quorum should refrain from making a decision until the situation resolved itself. The provisional delegate for Aenopia also stated that the Quorum should recognise neither, as both successor states were both very young by GUM standards.

Motion to recognise the Sauveuse Republic as the successor state to the People’s Federation of Quebec
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 7
Abstain: 3
The motion failed.

Motion to recognise the Socialist State of Paloma as the successor state to the People’s Federation of Quebec
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 8
Abstain: 2
The motion failed.

The Chair issued an executive proclamation recognising that the People’s Federation of Quebec had dissolved on 7 November 2019 and had therefore ceased to be a full member state of the Grand Unified Micronational. There were no objections.

The Quorum adjourned at 18:32 UTC.