Quorum, 28th March 2020

Present
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall
Empire of Iustus
Commonwealth of Essexia
Federated States of Gapla (provisional)
Principality of New Eiffel
Principality of Posaf
Grand Republic of Cycoldia
Union of Millania and New Granada
Commonwealth of Uskor
Kingdom of Lytera
Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg
Kingdom of Wyvern
Empire of Adammia
Republic of Poplar Nerva
Tsardom of Nolland
Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Council of the Diarchal Crowns of the Disciples (Mercia)
Empire of Aenopia
Union of Nova-Occitania
Jusin Republic
Empire of Austenasia
Federal Republic of Caddia

Voting in absentia
Principality of Zenrax

The Quorum entered into session at 21:00 UTC.

Cupertino Alliance – GUM Earth Day Initiative
The delegate for Iustus, who is the Chair of the Cupertino Alliance proposed the Cupertino Alliance – Grand Unified Micronational Earth Day Initiative, which would be a kind of clean-up event held on Earth Day where delegates of both organisations could optionally sign up to participate. The Cupertino Alliance proposed to partner with the GUM for this event and asked delegates for their opinions. Delegates noted that the Cupertino Alliance had a distaste for the GUM, with some also calling the organisation tongue-in-cheek. The delegate for Posaf stated that the Cupertino Alliance was a failing organisation, due to the founding nation Aenderia which voted to leave after the strong informality in the organisation. The Chair rejected considering this proposal, for which there were no objections.

Sister Cities Project
The floor was passed to the delegate for Posaf, who stated that the GUM Sister Cities Project Phase 3 would definitely be out this week, and that Phase 2 was a success in expanding foreign relations between participants, and despite two nations leaving the project, one of them was considering coming back. The delegate also stated he was working on the Google Form to match the nations for Phase 3, and that he was considering creating a website for the project, where people will be able to sign-up directly, as well as it displaying the achievements made by the program.

Successor state to Misberia
Following the disestablishment of the United Kingdoms of Misberia and Caloudonum, the Chair motioned to recognise the newly established Directive of Misberia as the Misberian successor state and for it to be admitted to the GUM. The Quorum divided:
Support: 9
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 3
The motion passed, and the Directive of Misberia was admitted to the GUM.

Lobby Moderators
The delegate for Posaf proposed to make Zarel I, the delegate for New Eiffel, and Alexander I, the delegate for Lytera new GUM Discord Lobby Moderators, as replacements for the Chair and Austin I, the delegate for Iustus. The Chair thanked Austin I for his efforts as Lobby Moderator. 

The Chair motioned that Zarel I and Alexander I be confirmed as Lobby Moderators. The Quorum divided:
Support: 8
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 4
The motion passed.

Membership applications
The Chair rejected the applications for the Democratic People’s Republic of Kekia, the Kingdom of Tokia and the Federation of Farlands. There were no objections.

Republic of Yu-Xia 
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 9
Abstain: 13
The Chair moved that Yu-Xia be instead offered observership status. The Quorum divided:
Support: 7
Oppose: 3
Abstain: 2
Yu-Xia was accepted as an observer.

United Republics of Antarctica (observership)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 1
Oppose: 8
Abstain: 1
The United Republics of Antartica was not accepted as an observer state.

Rino Island
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 10
Abstain: 5
Rino Island was not accepted as a member state.

New Antrim
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 9
Abstain: 1
New Antrim was not accepted as a member state.

Nottingham Woods
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 9
Abstain: 2
The Chair moved that Nottingham Woods be instead offered observership status. The Quorum divided:
Support: 1
Oppose: 12
Abstain: 1
Nottingham Woods was not accepted as an observer.

Principality of Brienia 
The Quorum divided:
Support: 1
Oppose: 9
Abstain: 3
Brienia was not accepted as a member state.

After some discussion from Delegates, the Chair motioned to ban Brienia and its successors from reapplying for one year. The Quorum divided:
Support: 7
Oppose: 7
Abstain: 2
The motion failed.

The Chair motioned a recount, the Quorum divided:
Support: 6
Oppose: 6
Abstain: 2
The motion failed.

The Chair motioned that Ivan of Brienia be barred from the main GUM server for a period of 6 months. The Quorum divided:
Support: 6
Oppose: 4
Abstain: 1
The motion passed.

Closing business
Delegates expressed their disappointments for the time it took to go through membership applications. The Chair stated he would take the delegate’s comments into consideration, and perhaps work out a criteria for nations in order to apply for membership.

The Quorum was adjourned at 23:32 UTC.

Quorum, 14th March 2020

Present
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall (Chair)
Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)
Empire of Aenopia
Gymnasium State
Federation of Orientia
Principality of New Eiffel
Empire of Iustus
Kingdom of Lytera
Principality of Posaf
Principality of Ledilia
Union of Nova-Occitania
Empire of Adammia
Republic of New Rizalia
Grand Republic of Cycoldia

The Quorum entered into session at 18:05 UTC.

Membership applications

Despotate of Vlasynia (observership) 
The Quorum divided:
Support: 5
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
Vlasynia was accepted as an observer state.

Republic of Farlands 
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 6
Abstain: 1
The Chair moved that Farlands be instead offered observership status. The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 8
Abstain: 1
Farlands was not accepted as a provisional member.

Bailiwick of Hak’hanna 
The Quorum divided:
Support: 9
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
Hak’hanna was accepted as a provisional member.

Confederation of Patchogue 
The Quorum divided:
Support: 1
Oppose: 7
Abstain: 1
The Chair moved that Patchogue be instead offered observership status. The Quorum divided:
Support: 4
Oppose: 5
Abstain: 3

24 Hour Quorum

The Chair suggested the 24 Hour Quorum become an “eSummit” hosted on Discord due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The delegate of Iustus suggested co-organising the event alongside the delegate of Orentia. The Chair suggested having a schedule of events for the eSummit, similar to an in-person summit, and advised delegates to think of activities, discussion topics, and other ideas they would like to see.

Sister Cities Project

The Chair invited the delegate for Posaf to talk about the Sister Cities Project. The delegate for Posaf stated that Phase 2 has been slow due to him being busy, but that Phase 3 would be out this week and it will work differently, giving participants an option to randomise or pick cities.

Responses to COVID-19

The Chair invited delegates to make statements on the recent 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic. The delegate for Posaf stated that Posaf is taking a calm approach, and declared a national state of caution with the advise of the Ohio Department if Health. The delegate of Lytera stated that the government is pondering declaring a national state of emergency, and that one of their citizens is experiencing similar symptoms to that of COVID-19, however it had not yet been confirmed wither or not it was COVID-19.

Closing business

The delegate for Orentia stated that weekly GUM-related trivia questions would be starting this week, an idea which had been proposed by the delegate of New Eiffel.

Quorum was adjourned at 19:19 UTC

Quorum, 11th March 2020

Present:
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall (Chair)
Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)
Principality of Ledilia
Grand Republic of Cycoldia
Empire of Aenopia
Triumvirate of Sonderan
Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg
Republic of Poplar Nerva
Empire of Austenasia
Kingdom of Wyvern
Principality of New Eiffel
Principality of Posaf
Union of Nova-Occitania
Kingdom of Lytera

The Quorum entered into session at 20:41 UTC.

Discord Terms of Service

The Chair informed the delegates about the issue of Discord ToS concerning the minimum age for users of the software; thirteen years, and that due to Discord staff recently cracking down on Discord servers with underaged users, it put the GUM Discord server at risk. The Chair asked for thoughts and opinions on the matter. Delegates questioned the odds of the server being shut down due to its relatively small size. The delegate of Austenasia in reply stated that any user with an ill will to the GUM could easily report the server to Discord staff, making it more likely for it to be shut down. The Supreme Judge stated that the stability of the GUM was their main concern, and that following Discord’s ToS should be a priority.

The Chair motioned the nation must have a delegate that complies with the Terms of Service of the platform the GUM uses to conduct its business. The Quorum divided:
Support: 8
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The motion passed.

The Chair motioned that in accordance with Article IV, chapter 1.a. it must be understood that for a member state to be capable to sign and ratify the Charter they must have at least one citizen who complies with the Terms of Service of the platform the GUM uses to conduct its business and state this in their application.
Support: 8
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The motion passed 

The Chair motioned that in accordance with PD025 and PD026 that defines the articles of the Charter relating to duties of full members and the terms of the Charter in regards to membership, it is to be recognised that nations that do not have delegates and cannot deliver delegates that comply with the terms of service of the platform the GUM uses is a ground for removal as it violates the terms of the Charter as per Chapter V.a.i.
Support: 10
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
The motion passed.

The Quorum was adjourned at 21:08 UTC.

Quorum, 29th February 2020

Present:
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall (Chair)
Kingdom of Wegmat
Kingdom of Wyvern
Empire of Iustus
Triumvirate of Sonderan
Federated States of Gapla (provisional)
Principality of New Eiffel
Commonwealth of Essexia
Principality of Posaf
Grand Republic of Cycoldia
Empire of Aenopia
Principality of Montescano
Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg
Union of Nova-Occitania
Kingdom of Lytera
Principality of Ledilia

Voting in absentia:
Principality of Zenrax
United Kingdoms of Misberia and Caloudonum

The Quorum entered into session at 21:00 UTC.

Membership applications  

The Chair gave notice that there were no membership applications.

Appointment of the Associate Justices  

The Supreme Judge nominated Newton von Uberquie, the delegate for Uberquiesenberg and Emperor Jonathan I, the delegate for Austenasia as Associate Justices.

Newton von Uberquie
The Quorum divided:
Support: 8
Oppose: 1
Abstain: 1
Newton von Uberquie was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Grand Unified Micronational. 

Emperor Jonathan I 
The Quorum divided:
Support: 8
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
Emperor Jonathan I was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Grand Unified Micronational.

Closing business

The Chair invited the delegate for Posaf to speak about Phase 3 of the GUM Sister Cities Program. The delegate for Posaf said that while he has been busy the past week, Phase 3 would begin within the next week and more options will become available.

Quorum was adjourned at 21:33 UTC

Quorums, 15th February 2020

Present
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall (Chair)
Principality of New Eiffel
Empire of Iustus
Gymnasium State
United Kingdoms of Misberia and Caloudonum
Empire of Aenopia
Principality of Posaf
Kingdom of Wegmat
Union of Nova-Occitania
Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg
Union of Millania and New Granada
Kingdom of Atovia
Federal Republic of Caddia (provisional)
Grand Republic of Cycoldia
Kingdom of Lytera

Voting in absentia
Principality of Zenrax

The Quorum entered into session at 18:06 UTC.

The Chair gave notice that membership applications would be done last, and advised delegates who would not be in attendance by the end of Quorum to him their absentee votes.

24-Hour Quorum

The Chair invited thoughts on a date and time for the fourth 24-Hour Quorum. The delegate for Misberia gave the times at which most delegates could attend Quorms from the official GUM survey he did as a reference for when the 24-Hour Quorum could start, most commonly ranging from 18:00 to 22:00 (UTC). It was commonly agreed upon that Saturday and Sunday would be the best times.

The Chair motioned to set the date and time for the 24 Hour Quorum to be starting on the 22nd February 2020 at 08:00 (UTC). The Quorum divided:
Support: 5
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 2
The Quorum approved the motion.

Membership applications

The chair gave notice that he had rejected the application for the Iceni Democratic Republic as it had dissolved.

Rednecks Republic (observer)  
The Quorum divided:
Support: 13
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The Rednecks Republic was accepted as an observer.

The Chair intermittently left, and Quorum was left un-adjourned without a Chair or Vice-Chair for thirty minutes.

Quorum was adjourned by the Vice-Chair at 19:04 UTC

A second Quorum was later held by the Vice-Chair on the same day:

Present:
Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)
Empire of Aenopia
United Kingdoms of Misberia and Caloudonum
Empire of Iustus
Principality of New Eiffel
Kingdom of Wegmat
Principality of Posaf
Union of Millania and New Granada
Kingdom of Lytera
Federal Republic of Caddia (provisional)
Triumvirate of Sonderan

The Quorum entered into session at 20:51 UTC

Membership applications
Federation of New Port (full) 
The Quorum divided:
Support: 0
Oppose: 9
Abstain: 0

The Chair moved that New Port be instead offered observership status. The Quorum divided:
Support: 9
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0
New Port was accepted as an observer state.

The Most Serene Judaistic People’s Democratic Republic of the Provinces and Greater Confederates of Henristan (Observer)
The Quorum divided:
Support: 5
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 3

Despotate of Vlasynia (full) 
The Quorum divided:
Support: 2
Oppose: 3
Abstain: 2

Closing business

The Vice-Chair apologised for the inconvenience of holding two Quorum sessions.

Quorum was adjourned at 21:08.

Quorum, 1st February 2020

Present
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall (Chair)
Union of Mercia and Lurk
Empire of Iustus
Empire of Aenopia
Commonwealth of Essexia
United Kingdoms of Misberia and Caloudonum
Grand Republic of Cycoldia
Principality of Posaf
Federal Republic of Caddia (provisional)

The Quorum entered into session at 19:38 UTC.

Membership applications

The delegate for Iustus gave notice that there were no membership applications.

Help Joining the GUM

The Chair motioned to integrate the Help Joining GUM project as an official entity of the GUM. The Quorum divided:
Support: 6
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1
The Quorum approved the motion.

Closing business

The delegate for Posaf stated that the Sister Cities Project Phase 2 will likely start in a week due to the success of the project. The delegate for Lytera expressed their delight for the success of the Sister Cities Project.

The Quorum was adjourned at 19:50 UTC.

 

Quorum, 30th January 2020

Present
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall (Chair)
Principality of New Eiffel
Kingdom of Atovia
Empire of Adammia
Kingdom of Gradonia
Principality of Posaf
Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg
Empire of Iustus
Empire of Aenopia
Republic of New Westphalia
Kingdom of Lytera
Republic Poplar Nerva
Kingdom of Montescano
Gymnasium State

Quorum entered into an extraordinary session at 17:03 UTC.

Motion to expel Hasanistan

The Chair noted the evidence of the delegate of Hasanistan admitting to the vandalism on MicroWiki in public on MicroWiki@Discord and in private, and noted how the Occitania courts had come to the same conclusion holding the delegate for Hasanistan and Emiel of Mahuset accountable for the vandalism. Delegates further condemned the actions of the vandalism, citing it as being unprofessional. The delegate for Aenopia called the vandalism inappropriate and childish.

The Chair motioned that the Delegation of Hasanistan be hereby ejected from the GUM for misconduct. The quorum divided:
Support: 14
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 0

The Delegation of Hasanistan was rejected.

Closing business

The delegate for Uberquiesenberg released a statement on behalf of the Konmalehth Chairman, thanking the GUM Chair and senior staff for working closely with the Konmalehth Chair and his staff on a speedy resolution to the matter, and said that he was glad to have the trust of the GUM in resolving cross community issues and hope that they can have a continued positive relationship in future.

The Quorum was adjourned at 17:19 UTC.