Quorum, 23 January 2021

Members present:

  • Commonwealth of Essexia and Čechsexia (Chair)
  • Misberian Confederacy
  • Empire of Paravia
  • Empire of Ikonia
  • Rednecks Republic
  • State of Vishwamitra
  • Unified Royal States of Australis
  • Empire of Aenopia
  • Principality of Posaf
  • State of Zenrax
  • Abeldane Empire
  • Federal Union of Wegmat
  • Jusin Republic
  • Kingdom of Lytera
  • Uber-Essian Union
  • Commonwealth of New Virginia
  • Commonwealth of Naveria
  • Republic of Nordale

Grand Unified Micronational YouTube Channel

The Chair proposed the GUM YouTube channel, an policy within his manifesto. The Chair argued that the channel would allow a communications path to the public, allowing the organization to produce content on the structure of the organization and how to get into the GUM. The Chair noted that this can also be used for the GUM Guides project. The idea was acclaimed by delegates.

The Chair moved the creation of a YouTube channel to vote.

For the creation of a YouTube channel Division
SUPPORT15
ABSTAIN0
OPPOSE 0
MOTION STATUSPASSED

The motion was passed.

GUM Development Awards

The Chair motioned for the creation of a commission responsible for GUM Development Awards. Lord Lewis of Zenrax questioned how this would differ from a popularity contest, for which the Chair replied, stating that “[it is] a rewarding endeavour for those that work hardest”. Joseph Kennedy questioned how the proposed commission would achieve the mission, which the Events Secretary, Terri, responded with having a panel of judges to decide the winners. Various delegates were concerned about subjectivity, which Anthony Clark of Abelden replied, stating he would be open in accepting subjectivity if the committee carries out steps to avoid such possibility.

A point of order was called after the Vice-Chair, Matthew of Essexia, accidentally posting two photos in the incorrect Discord channel. The Vice-Chair attempted to joke “that the Supreme Justice should not even have admin permissions to view the audit log”, but the joke was viewed negatively by some delegates.

The Chair moved for the creation of a commission to organize the GUM Development Awards.

For the creation of a temporary commission for the GUM Development AwardsDivision
SUPPORT13
ABSTAIN0
OPPOSE 0
MOTION STATUSPASSED

The motion was passed.

Lobby moderators

The Chair moved for the appointment of Archie Birch of Misberia and Cristian Dobrev of Plushunia, citing that the previous moderators, Henry Clements and the late Nicholas Randouler, both left the organization. This was viewed positivity by the Quorum and Anthony Clark questioned if both can be approved at once. The Chair did it separately, but was presented at the same time.

Archie Birch for lobby moderatorDivision
SUPPORT13
ABSTAIN1
OPPOSE 0
MOTION STATUSPASSED

The motion was passed.

Cristian Dobrev for lobby moderatorDivision
SUPPORT12
ABSTAIN1
OPPOSE 0
MOTION STATUSPASSED

The motion was passed.

The Supreme Justice, Anthony Clark, gave a statement regarding the Charter Commission. The Chair remarked that he was satisfied regarding the length of the quorum, and the Quorum was adjourned at 10:42 p.m. UTC.

Quorum, 9 January 2021

Present

  • Commonwealth of Essexia and Čechsexia (Chair)
  • Rednecks Republic
  • Commonwealth of New Virginia
  • Empire of Adammia
  • Republic of Nordale
  • Tsardom of Nolland
  • Republic of New Rizalia
  • Grand Duchy of Klitzibürg
  • State of Vishwamitra
  • Empire of Zooxaloo
  • Kingdom of West Sayville
  • Gymnasium State
  • Technocratic Republic of Theodia
  • Mercia
  • Nemkhav Federation
  • Uber-Essian Union
  • Serene Beaconite Republic
  • Empire of Paravia
  • Commonwealth of Naveria
  • Abeldane Empire
  • Vlasynian Despotate
  • Empire of Aenopia
  • Kingdom of Lytera
  • Kingdom of Ikonia
  • Federal Union of Wegmat
  • Empire of Austenasia
  • Jusin Republic
  • Unified Royal States of Australis

Nomination of Joseph Kennedy for Associate Judge

Anthony Clark of Abelden, the current Supreme Justice, nominated Joseph Kennedy of New Virginia for Associate Judge in the Supreme Court, citing past experience and compassion.

The Chair motioned for Joseph Kennedy to be confirmed as Associate Justice, replacing Jonathan Augustus.

Joseph Kennedy to be confirmed as Associate JusticeDivision
SUPPORT21
ABSTAIN0
OPPOSE 0
MOTION STATUSPASSED

The motion was passed.

Nomination of Matthew for Vice-Chair

The Chair re-nominated incumbent Matthew of Uber-Esse for Vice-Chair, citing continued experience during the role and that Leon Montan was defeated for Vice-Chair nomination.

Adam I of Adammia raised a complaint to the Quorum.

I would like to raise a complaint. During the recent election, it was my understanding that a certain delegate who should have been a key endorser of my campaign was unable to do so due to a conflict of interest arising from the fact that they were due to be nominated as Mr. Dean’s Vice-Chair in the likely event that Mr. Montan’s nomination failed. I will not name this delegate so as not to embarrass them, but the Chair knows who I am talking about. It now transpires that the Chair will be nominating a different delegate as Vice-Chair. Therefore, this delegate – and therefore, my campaign – were misled and we lost out on a key endorsement, which now appears to have all been for nothing. Whilst I would never believe that Chair acted maliciously, I must protest at this decision that I would argue put the Chair’s campaign at an unfair electoral advantage. I was more than happy to accept the original decision, as I fully believed that the delegate in question would have made a fantastic Vice-Chair. However, in going back on his word, the Chair has indicated that the delegate’s abstention from endorsing was for nothing. Therefore I will be voting against this nomination in protest.

Adam I of Adammia, 9 January 2021

Matthew of Uber-Esse responded, informing that the nation of the delegated that he referred voted for Adam I anyways and accusing Adam I of lying. Adam I responded back, stating that the delegate mentioned was planning to endorse him personally, but instead the burden of responsibility was handled by the secondary delegate too late in the election process, therefore having a decrease/no affect towards the election. Matthew later responded, stating that the delegate in question was never guaranteed the Vice-Chairmanship. Matthew also justified his renewal through a statement given to the Quorum:

As many as you know, I had intended to leave the GUM for a year or so, to focus on my upcoming A-Level exams and the start of university. Following the cancellation of the exams last week, my reason for taking a break is no longer needed, so I look forward to staying in the organisation. Following the rejection of Leon Montan last week, combined with my sudden availability, I have offered my services as Vice-Chair to Jack for another 6 months, and I’m glad he has chosen to take them up. I know that he did have other candidates in mind following Leon’s rejection, who I had also endorsed privately, so I am extremely grateful that I have been given this opportunity again over these excellent other choices. As someone who was at the heart of engineering Jack’s campaign, I believe I’m in the best position to help in the delivery of his platform as Vice-Chairman. After serving in the organisation as Vice-Chair under Thomas and Newton, I also believe I have the experience to help Jack in navigating the organisation and micronational community. I appreciate that after a year of me being Vice-Chair, the Quorum does need to have another say in my continuation, and it’s for the best that I only continue should I be reconfirmed, even if this vote would usually be unnecessary. It would be an honour for the Quorum to reconfirm me as Vice-Chair this evening and to serve another 6 months in this organisation which I have grown to love, and will work to see prosper.

Matthew of Uber-Esse, 9 January 2021

Anthony Clark stepped in with a point of order, stating that it would be disorderly to accused someone to be dishonest and asking if the Vice-Chair was indeed in-order with the first reply to Adam. Matthew later retracted the claims that Adam was lying, however accused Adam of misleading the Quorum. The Chair concurred, however asked both parties to refrain from such allegations in the Quorum.

Adam I then responded, confirming that the delegate in question was never promised the Vice-Chairmanship, however it was considered that they would be offered in a situation when Leon Montan’s nomination failed; henceforth not endorsing Adam. Adam, however, affirmed that he was not suggesting that the Chair acted out of malice. Matthew responded back, stating that the delegate in question did not join the campaign on the terms that he would be offered Vice-Chair and that he was an important member of the campaign. Matthew later invited Adam to exchange privately in direct messages.

Adam I rejected the fact that he was attempting to mislead the quorum, however noted the short timespan between him becoming campaign staff and the doubts of Montan winning the Vice-Chairmanship. Both James Frisch and Anthony Clark voiced their concerns about the now third term of Matthew, with the latter citing new energy needed and a regular rotation of senior posts. Sophia Albnia of Nordale defended the renewal, citing that Matthew’s Vice-Chairmanship was stable and he is competent as Vice-Chair.

Matthew noted those concerns and promised that it would be his last term as Vice-Chair.

The Chair motioned for Matthew of Uber-Esse to be renewed as Vice-Chair.

Matthew of Uber-Esse to be confirmed as Vice-ChairDivision
SUPPORT14
ABSTAIN2
OPPOSE 7
MOTION STATUSPASSED

The motion was passed.

Diplomatic talks with the Cupertino Alliance

The Chair proposed the permission to initiate diplomatic talks with the Cupertino Alliance (CA).

Adam I questioned the proposals that the Chair plans to move forward, as well as the benefits that they have to the GUM. The Chair later responded with a statement:

I intend to begin by creating a venue for myself to speak formally with my counterpart, followed by exchanges regarding how to better the community, how we can best use the venue for both organisations, and etc. This initial stage will set the foundations for further cooperation, such as joint projects or legislation to be adopted by both organisations, that will be passed by the quorum for approval of such first. I believe this can benefit the GUM and the wider community for the obvious benefits of any micronational projects or legislation, but their significance made greater by the number of nations involved.

Jack Dean of Essexia, 9 January 2021

Matthew Xia and Logan Ross, of Yu-Xia and Aenopia respectively, supported the motion, citing that a partnership would be bilaterally beneficial. Adam I then questioned the projects that the Chair plans to predict happening with the CA, which the Chair responded with “[a project] like sister cities… [and] joint legislation”. Logan Ross also proposed the member remark system used in the Cupertino Alliance could also be used in the GUM.

The Chair motioned for the Chair to be permitted to initiate diplomatic talks with the Cupertino Alliance.

The Chair is permitted to initiate diplomatic talks with the Cupertino AllianceDivision
SUPPORT11
ABSTAIN2
OPPOSE 2
MOTION STATUSPASSED

The motion was passed.

GUM Politan server

The Chair proposed that the GUM Politan (informal space for delegates) channel be spun-off to a separate server, citing the decrease in formality due to Politan discussion spilling into other channels.

Adam I opposed the plan, citing previous debates that the GUM being too decentralized, as well as proposing that the problem of informality was due to lack of enforcement from other Chairs. Adam notes that violations of decorum was excused by previous administrations, including infractions by senior GUM officials, and pointing that the lax enforcement was the real issue. Patrick I of Paravia concurred with Adam, adding on that a separate server would be a hassle for delegates. Swena of Theodia also concurred, providing a statement to the Quorum:

I am always a proponent of the UNIX Philosophy of “Do One Thing, And Do It Well.” The purpose of the GUM’s primary official server should be for primary official business, and nothing more. This helps to keep things simple and focused in the primary server; and helps to keep the additional, less-formal servers focused on their respective topics and duties.

I believe the aforementioned concerns over balkanization are unwarranted — all servers are in the same app, and we can easily create folders to group them together. It is trivial to move between them, and notifications are unified.

Swena of Theodia, 9 January 2021

The Chair motioned to move the GUM Politan and other informal channels into a new GUM Politan server.

Move the GUM Politan and other informal channels into a new GUM Politan serverDivision
SUPPORT 2
ABSTAIN3
OPPOSE11
MOTION STATUSDEFEATED

The motion was defeated.

Sandus invitation

The Chair proposed to reinvite the State of Sandus to the Grand Unified Micronational through a letter sent by the Chair, citing that they would be an asset towards the GUM.

This was supported by various delegates, including Adam I, Terry of Essexia, and others, citing the long history of the nation, and benefits of the membership towards the community. Sophia Albnia of Nordale requested that the Grand Unified Micronational as a whole apologize to Sandus, citing the unfair treatment and inconveniences given by the organization towards a nation such as Sandus over the past few years. This was opposed by the Vice-Chair, pointing out that the Chair shouldn’t have to apologize for actions by previous administrations. Various delegates, including Ms. Albnia noted the fact that the organization as a whole would apologize.

Cameron I of Ikonia requested the Chair moved the logo of the letter to the left. This was done by the Chair.

The Chair motioned for Sandus to be re-invited to apply for GUM membership.

Sandus to be re-invited to apply for GUM membershipDivision
SUPPORT8
ABSTAIN8
OPPOSE 0
MOTION STATUSPASSED

The motion was passed.

Addendum: Sandus apology

Luxor of Mercia opposed the invitation, considering that it was not the practice of the GUM to invite member states, adding on that Sandus should have applied within the past four years. Adam I noted the fact that the letter won’t include automatic membership, and argued that the GUM needs to invite them back to prove that the GUM has changed. Luxor responded, stating that Sandus is aware on how the GUM operates, and should’ve noted the changes by new administrations. However, Adam I brought up that various politicians of Sandus have been against GUM administration for a long period of time.

Swena of Theodia offered a solution to the debate, suggesting to send an apology towards Sandus, ensuring that their re-application would be viewed favorability. Adam I noted that Sandus would only re-apply if there was an formal invitation to do so.

Swena created 2 non-binding informal polls in the Quorum using reactions on the addition of an apology to the invitation.

[Non-binding] Make the invitation an apology letterDivision
SUPPORT4
OPPOSE 1
[Non-binding] Add an apology to the invitationDivision
SUPPORT 1
OPPOSE ✔5

Adam I noted that the invitation is practically an apology, therefore supporting the letter in its current form. Sophia Albnia questioned if Swena had the authority to call a vote, and Joseph Kennedy called for Swena to cease their actions.

Quorum adjourned at 11:59PM UTC.

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.

Result of the Chair election, January 2021

I apologize for the tardiness regarding this announcement as I was finishing up previous Quorums minutes. As returning officer, I hereby give the notice of the 32nd chairmanship election of the Grand Unified Micronational.

A total of 46 ballots were counted out of 48, therefore giving a turnout of 95.8%. The votes casted are as follow:

  • DEAN, Jack (Commonwealth of Essexia and Čechsexia) / MONTAN, Leon (Empire of Aenopia) – 28 votes (60.9%)
  • Adam I (Empire of Adammia) / MILLÁN, Nicolás (Confederation of El Dorado) – 16 votes (34.8%)
  • NONE OF THE ABOVE – 2 votes (4.3%)

I hereby declare that Jack Dean, of the Commonwealth of Essexia and Čechsexia, is hereby elected as the Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational. Leon Montan will be certified in the next Quorum if they want Montan to become Vice-Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational.

Jayden Lycon
Empire of Iustus
12 January 2020

Quorum, 12 December 2020

Present

  • Uber-Essian Union (Chair)
  • Commonwealth of Essexia and Čechsexia (Vice-Chair)
  • Rednecks Republic
  • Misberian Confederacy
  • Empire of Aenopia
  • Serene Beaconite Republic
  • Gymnasium State
  • Commonwealth of Naveria
  • Republic of Nordale
  • Abeldane Empire
  • Nemkhav Federation
  • Despotate of Vlasynia
  • Empire of Adammia
  • Crowned Republic of Yu-Xia
  • Republic of Poplar Nerva
  • Kingdom of Wyvern
  • Commonwealth of New Virginia
  • Plushunia
  • Empire of Iustus
  • Principality of Posaf
  • Empire of Ikonia
  • Empire of Lytera
  • Empire of Austenasia

Hrafnarfjall Expulsion

The Vice-Chair started off the quorum with the recent events regarding the motion to expel Harfnarfjall, citing their attempt to use the Charter of the GUM to dismiss Leon Montan, the running mate for Jack Dean. The delegate from Nordale, a supporter of the rival Kennedy campaign, stated that Montan was “unable to contribute to this organization” but also hopes that the King of Harfnarfjall “reconsiders his actions and comes to the conclusion that they were misguided so that he may perhaps one day rejoin us as a friend and with his better judgement that we all know he is capable of.”

The delegate of Wyvern stated that he does not support the article used in the incident to dismiss Montan, but supports amending it and bringing Montan back to the GUM. However, the delegate of Wyvern did not support expelling Harfnarfjall for this incident. The delegate from Adammia stated from Bainbridge that it was “misguided” and was caused by sleep fatigue. The delegates from Aenopia and Iustus voiced their support for a motion of expulsion. The delegate from Rednecks Republic abstained.

The Vice-Chair moved a motion to expel the Kingdom of Harfnarfjall from the Grand Unified Micronational.

  • Support – 8
  • Oppose – 2
  • Abstain – 9

The motion was carried.

Leon Montan Clemency

The Vice-Chair next moved a motion granting clemency from both Nicolas Millan and Leon Montan from their suspension to the Grand Unified Micronational. The delegate from Iustus voiced their support.

The Vice-Chair moved a motion to grant Leon Montan clemency and the restoration of his delegacy.

  • Support – 20
  • Oppose – 0
  • Abstain – 0

The motion was carried.

The delegate from Adammia called a point of order, citing that Harfnarfjall is no longer a member of the GUM, leading to the motion being redundant. The delegate of Iustus and delegate of Wyvern agreed.

Nicolas Millan Clemency

The Vice-Chair moved a motion to grant Nicolas Millan clemency and the restoration of his delegacy. The delegate from the Serene Beaconite Republic agreed with the motion.

  • Support – 17
  • Oppose – 1
  • Abstain – 0

The motion was carried.

GUM Code of Conduct

The Vice-Chair moved a motion for a creation of the GUM Code of Conduct, after an recommendation from the Welfare Officer. The Welfare Officer stated:

I would like the Quorum to empower me to undertake consultative research among full member delegates in order to draft an official GUM Code of Conduct. I believe such a code would enshrine, in a more specific sense, the types of behaviours that are acceptable within the organisation, whilst stipulating those that are not. It would be assumed, once an acceptable draft has been submitted and appropriately ratified by the Quorum, that all member delegates must abide by the Code of Conduct or risk expulsion from the GUM. I think such a code would go a long way towards improving the safety and organisational culture of the GUM. It will empower members with the ability to avoid unwanted confrontations, provide transparency around some decision making processes, and clarify how some of the loftier ideals of the GUM charter interplay on a more mundane level.

Queen Cedar

The delegates from Wyvern, Poplar Nerva, Iustus, and others concurred. The delegate of Abelden concurred, but also suggested to adding parts relating to the protection of vulnerable groups in a reformed charter.

The Vice-Chair moved a motion to allow the Welfare Officer to begin the draft of a Code of Conduct for the Grand Unified Micronational that will outline acceptable and unacceptable behaviour within the organization.

  • Support – 21
  • Oppose – 0
  • Abstain – 0

The motion was carried.

New Charter

The Chair proposed an resolution forming a commission to draft a new GUM Charter, citing that the current charter is out of date considering the present size of the GUM. The delegate from Wyvern, Poplar Nerva, Abelden, and others supported the motion.

The Vice-Chair moved to pass motion PR026, “That a commission, open to all full member states, be created to draft a new GUM Charter. The commission shall be chaired by the Chair of the GUM, with the Vice-Chair sitting as a permanent member and fulfilling the duties of the Chair in their absence. The Supreme Justice and Clerk of the Supreme Court also sit as permanent members. Any delegate may request to join the commission. Any decisions made by the commission must be completed Democratically, though only one delegate per member-state may vote on a commission motion. Any rulings of the commission may be vetoed by agreement of the Chair and Supreme Justice.”

  • Support – 16
  • Oppose – 0
  • Abstain – 2

The motion was carried.

Succeeding Chair Statements

The Vice-Chair allotted some time to allow the candidates for the next GUM Chair to make some statements.

Jack Dean

Our campaign mostly focuses on a few key things: Reforming the systems that are already in place, catering to the Asian and other micronations outside of the UK and USA, and cracking down on corruption and nepotism, to name a few things. The Dean Montan 2020 campaign is one that aims to make the GUM a better place, in short.
Not only this, but we aim to unify the GUM through an increase in engagement between staff and member states, as well as a number of fun projects such as establishing a GUM minecraft server and working closer with the Wincott Cup.
Finally, another area we’re focusing on is closer relations between micronations through reforming some of the staff roles and providing more resources such as the GUM guides, as well as cooperating with the Cupertino Alliance to bring the micronational community together.

But my campaign isn’t all about our focuses – as for me, I’ve been in micronationalism for around 3 years now, and I’ve met some brilliant people to say the least. I’ve been fundamental in the successes of both Essexia and Poplar Nerva, and have always been committed to engaging in the GUM. I also have good experience with MicroWiki, having written the majority of articles in the Poplar Nerva and Essexia categories, as well as working with some smaller micronations on improving their own articles. Basically, I’m committed and have enough experience to know what I’m doing as Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational.

These are just a few of our focuses, but all of our pledges can be found in our manifesto at https://www.dean2020.com/. Thank you all for listening, and I hope I can convince you to vote Dean Montan and Make Things Better!

Jack Dean

Joey Kennedy

Joey Kennedy was absent and was represented by Archie Birch.

Rotating Quorums
The GUM is composed of nations from all over the world, and yet often it is complained that its schedule seeks to only serve one or two time zones! Our organization is not a geographically confined one, so our meeting times should not be either. Luckily, this is not too hard to fix. Firstly, a Kennedy-Birch Administration would introduce rotating Quorum times, alternating between certain times that nations would be able to attend. Secondly, when considering issues of great importance, nations from all the time zones should be given the opportunity to make their voices heard and debate the issues so that the democratic aspect of the GUM is not limited to any one region.

Secretariat of Eastern Hemisphere Affairs
The establishment of a (tentatively-named) Secretariat or Eastern Hemisphere Affairs is a necessity as the GUM finds itself with an increasing number of member-states based in Asia, Australia, the Indian subcontinent, and other locales. Such a secretariat would be responsible for coordinating times for rotating Quorums, ensuring fair representation for member-states in the eastern hemisphere, and advising the Chair on affairs important to the delegations of such member-states. The Secretary of Eastern Hemisphere Affairs would naturally be appointed from among the nations which would fall under the jurisdiction of the Secretariat.

Attainable quality but quality nonetheless :
As Sir Joseph has spoken about in Quorum before, the standards of this organization must be arranged in such a way as to be flexible, but still at a level befitting of an intermicronational organization which has existed for more than a decade and seeks to carry out high quality work.

Decorum :
In recent times, Grand Unified Micronational venues have had a real issue with a lack of decorum. This issue cannot be attributed to any one Chair or administration, however that doesn’t make it less of an issue.

Activity and Participation Reports

Vote KenndeyBirch

Archie Birch

Joey Kennedy later returned to make another statement.

As you all know, I’m running for Chair of this organization. As we go into 2021, the GUM has proven that while it’s in perhaps the best shape it’s ever been in, it still needs work.

My campaign stands for a return to decorum and professionalism, for an evaluation of the Charter to correct any errors (as has happened today) from occurring again, for cooperation with the Cupertino Alliance, for ensuring that member-states in the eastern hemisphere get a fair shot at inclusion, for ensuring that member states maintain a level of activity, and much more.

As I’ve said in private, I am not running for this office for any personal gain. I do not believe holding the office of Chair will really benefit me in any way, save for the feeling of contributing to this organization. I am running because I believe I am the most experienced and well-suited candidate for the job, and I thank all of my supporters for believing in me.

I’ve made it clear that I will not be a Chair of the old guard, or of the left wing. I have proven that I can bridge the gap between these divides, and that I will serve as a Chair for all delegates.

Thank you.

Joey Kennedy

The delegates from Nordale, Wyvern, and others supported Kennedy. The delegate from Iustus, Essexia, and others expressed their support for the Dean campaign.

GUM Awards

The delegate from Adammia motioned that PR021, regarding GUM Awards, should be amended from 3 months to annually, and also planned to host an awards ceremony in late December. The delegate from Poplar Nerva supported.

The delegate from Adammia moved to pass motion PR021 “be amended such that the Development Awards are renamed to the GUM Awards, and that the said awards shall take place once per year.”

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

The motion was carried.

Charter Amendment

Following the recent incident regarding Leon Montan and Nicolas Millan on criminal convictions, the Vice-Chair moved a motion to add a section allowing the Quorum to deny someone to serve as a delegate through majority vote, but only after viewing proof that said individual was convicted through a fair trial. The Chair supported the motion.

The Vice-Chair motioned to pass an amendment to the Charter consisting of “Striking article III, Chapter I, section e, paragraph ii in its entirety; [and] insert a new section after III(I)(e), reading in its entirety: “If an individual holds a criminal conviction under the law of a full member state, Quorum may by majority vote prohibit that individual from serving as a delegate; but Quorum may only do so after viewing proof that the individual was convicted pursuant to a fair trial.””

  • Support – 31
  • Oppose – 0
  • Abstain – 0

The motion was carried.

Final Statements

Various delegates gave statements following the conclusion of the Newton administration.

There we go then; we’ve got through it all! This might be the last Quroum of this Chairmanship, and if it is, can I say what an honour it is to serve as Vice-Chair for the past year. It really has been a wonderful opportunity and I’d like to think that I’ve helped to contribute in making the GUM a better place. Furthermore, I’d like to congratulate Newton on a sound run. We’ve got through much more than we hoped, and we might even get a new Charter! He’s been a fair, impartial and professional Chairman who while not having to deal with the melodrama and scandal associated with Tom’s chairmanship, did not always have an easy ride. I think we can all agree he’s done an amazing job considering the continued circumstances of a global pandemic and his own personal battles.

Good luck to our successors too. While I support Jack – a friend who I have known for 7 years who’s the kindest and most devoted person I have ever met – I know that Joey will make a fine Chairman too. It is up to you as an organisation to decide which one is better to lead, however, and I trust that whatever decision you make, the GUM will be in a strong position either way.

I have some personal news too – I have tendered my resignation from the Ministry of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to Emperor Terry I, effective at the start of January next year once the new Vice-Chair is in place, whoever they may be. This means I will no longer have the honour of representing the Essexian delegation in this fine organisation, and will relinquish all of my other foreign engagements in the micronational community. This has been something that I have planned for a long time, and I have already withdrawn from most micronational Discord servers in anticipation of my departure from everywhere apart from Essexia. I need to focus more on school and my personal life, and as I will no longer hold office in this organisation there will be no need for me to contribute further.

When I first joined the GUM in mid-2018, Essexia was in a dire place. We had just been rejected from joining the organisation due to our competing land claims with Mercia and many saw us as a joke and frequently refused to enter into relations with us. I am sure many of you have been in this position before, and it is why my policy as Minister of Foreign Affairs in Essexia has always been to not judge a micronation on longevity. However, since we joined the GUM, we have grown from strength to strength, and I’d consider us one of the most established, populous, productive and renowned micronations in the GUM. This was not my work alone, but the work of dozens of Essexian’s who have worked on our project unrelentingly for years. To think of where we are now, compared to where we were when we first applied to join here, is incredible. Thank you for giving me a chance, and by extension giving Essexia a chance. I wish you all well, and hope to return one day.

Merry Christmas all!

Matthew S

Both Matthew and Newton have contributed greatly to this organisation, and their own micronations by extension. I will be sorry to see Matthew leave the GUM and many of his duties, but completely understand and wish him nothing but the best for the future, and the same goes to Newton aswell.

Jack Dean

The Vice-Chair gave a statement on behalf of Jonathan I.

The Order of Saint Constantine, Austenasia’s philanthropic order of chivalry, is looking this Christmas season to raise money for the Covid-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA).

The CHSA was set up by the Royal College of Nursing to fund projects to support health and care workers in the UK during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

So many health and care workers have risked and even given their lives to treat and protect others during this pandemic, it seems only right that this year the Order donates to such a charity. Many of us from the UK will remember the “Clap for Carers” on Thursday evenings earlier this year, but with this, we can show our gratitude by providing for their material and psychological support.

We aim to raise £100 this year, beating our previous Christmas fundraiser’s donation of £90, which was to UNICEF.

Donations can be made via a fundraiser post in Austenasia’s Facebook group, or by PayPal (please message me for details). Many thanks!

Jonathan I

The delegates of Misberia, Adammia, and others thanked Newton, Matthew, and their cabinet on their work for the past 3 months.

The delegate from Plushunia was concerned regarding the decline of formality in the public lobby despite the best efforts from staff. The delegate from Plushunia stated that the lobby should only be open to verified delegates.

Quorum was adjourned on 10:30PM UTC.

Quorum, 7 November 2020

Present

  • Uber-Essian Union (Chair)
  • Commonwealth of Essexia and Čechsexia (Vice-Chair)
  • Union of Mercia and Lurk
  • Empire of Adammia
  • Gymnasium State
  • Kingdom of Wyvern
  • Rednecks Republic
  • Serene Beaconite Republic
  • Misberian Confederacy
  • State of Vishwamitra
  • Empire of Aenopia
  • Commonwealth of Naveria
  • Technocratic Republic of Theodia
  • Republic of Nordale

Chair Statement

The Chair issued a statement regarding the recent GUM Summit and his future prospects regarding the GUM.

Delegates,

I am happy to, on this momentous day, declare that the GUM Summit has been a resounding success. After much turmoil in our community during recent weeks, I am extremely glad and humbled at the turnout and effort on behalf of everyone to bring this summit together. The effects of COVID-19 globally has meant that an ideal in-person summit was not possible this year, but I hope this e-summit lived up to the expectations of the community and builds upon last year’s summit in Birmingham.
I’d like to spend a few moments discussing my term as Chair of the GUM. While I am the first to admit that my term has been a turmoiled one, fraught with relative inconsistency, I hope that I have adequately represented this organization as it’s Chair. My term has seen the continuation of the legacy of our late friend, Nicholas Randouler; in the Sister Cities Project. We have seen a return to regular Quorums, and an important landmark was met with long needed electoral reform in this very organization. The GUM has continued to grow at a rapid rate, continuing from the previous Chair, which ensures our organization has a long and vibrant future ahead of it. I’d like to give thanks to all my staff, and Mr. Vice Chair who has served tremendously as a close advisor these months.

I’d like to conclude by reiterating, though now officially, that I will not be seeking a second term as Chair of the GUM. I always intended to be a one term Chair, and my mandate was built upon transitioning the GUM back into a functioning organization again. I hope I have done enough to achieve this, and I wish the future Chair the best of luck in continuing that legacy.

Thank you.

Newton von Uberquie

The delegates from Essexia , Vishwamitra, Naveria, Rednecks Republic, Serene Beaconite Republic, and others expressed their thanks to the Chair.

GUM Calendar Proposal

The delegate from Vishwamitra moved this proposal to the Quorum.

Creation of the Grand Unified Micronational Calendar (GUM Calendar) which would comprise of all important dates linked to the organization and all other member-nations (more specifically the dates of the nation’s establishment or independence). And on that happy occasion, the leader of the nation can be sent a letter/best wishes by the Chair & other members of the organization.

Dhrubajyoti Roy

The delegate from Adammia supported the idea, but the delegate from Nordale and Rednecks Republic expressed their concern within the management of such project. The delegate of Adammia offered to do it under his Micronational Development secretarial post. The delegate of Nordale also expressed her concern regarding the funding for postage of the letters, but the delegate of Vishwamitra corrected that it will not be done through physical letters.

The idea was not moved to vote. The quorum adjourned on 7:17 pm UTC.

Quorum, 31 October 2020

Present:

  • Uber-Essian Union (Chair)
  • Commonwealth of Essexia and Čechsexia (Vice-Chair)
  • Empire of Iustus
  • Commonwealth of New Virginia
  • Gymnasium State
  • State of Vishwamitra
  • Technocratic Republic of Theodia
  • Empire of Aenopia
  • Republic of New Rizalia
  • Nemkhav Federation
  • Republic of Nordale
  • Misberian Confederancy
  • Serene Beaconite Republic
  • Rednecks Republic
  • Empire of Ikonia
  • Crowned Republic of Yu-Xia
  • Empire of Adammia
  • Despotate of Vlasynia
  • Triumvirate of Sonderan

Quarterly Statistical Report

The Chair presented the recently finished quarterly statistical report finished by the Secretariat for Statistics.

Henry Clemens appointment for Lobby Moderator

The Chair proposed that Henry Clemens of the Uber-Essian Union should be appointed for Lobby Moderator. Serene Beaconite Republic, Vishwamitra, and Iustus voiced their support for the motion.

The Chair motioned the nomination of AP112: “That Henry Clemens of the Uber-Essian Union be confirmed as Lobby Moderator”.

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

The motion was carried.

GUM Virtual Summit 2020

The Chair proposed to host a virtual summit planned for 7 November 2020 at 5PM UTC by the Events Secretary. Rednecks Republic voiced their plans to have a delegate, but asked what platform that this summit would be hosted on. The Chair answered with Discord. The delegate for Vishwamitra voiced their concern regarding the time of the event, and the delegate for Nordale asked that the date should be changed due to an event planned by Sandus’ governing party at the same time, citing that various other GUM members are planned to speak at the party event. The delegate for Sondera and other delegates also complained that the date was chosen 2 weeks ago.

The Chair compromised by speaking with Sandus regarding the scheduling, making it more convenient for members, but did not choose to move the date of the summit.

The Chair motioned to pass PRO26 “That the Events Secretary shall be given the responsibility of organising a summit of micronations, known as the GUM Virtual Summit 2020, on the 7th of November 2020, starting at 5PM UTC.”

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

The motion was carried.

The delegate for Nordale voiced their concern regarding the community and their behavior, urging all of us to reflect on our behavior. Delegates wished the quorum a good Halloween, and the Quorum was adjourned 9:43PM UTC.

Quorum, 4 October 2020

Present:

Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)

Empire of Aenopia

Kingdom of Ikonia

Principality of New Eiffel 

State of Vishwamitra

Technocratic Republic of Theodia 

Commonwealth of New Virginia 

Republic of Polar Nerva

Empire of Adammia

Rednecks Republic

Gymnasium State 

Republic of Yu-Xia

Empire of Iustus

Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall

Republic of Nordale

Serene Beaconite Republic 

Empire of Austenasia 

Despotate of Vlasynia

Unitary State of Swivia 

The Quorum entered into session at 20:00 UTC.

Ban of Ivan Brienovic

The Delegates for Hrafnarfjall, Iustus, and New Virginia argued that the ban on Ivan Brienovic be extended, and made indefinite. Several Delegates noted that Ivan’s behavior which led to the original ban, had not improved. 

The Vice-Chair motioned that Ivan Brienovic’s ban be renewed, with review in six months

Support – 17

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 0

The motion was carried 

The Vice-Chair motioned that Ivan Brienovic’s ban be made indefinite, subject to annual review 

Support – 15

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 2  

The motion was carried 

Discussion on the GUM Post Isolation 

The Delegate for Adammia argued that the GUM should focus more on internal development, rather than acquiring new membership, the Delegate for New Virginia concurred and proposed revising the membership form. 

Announcement of GUM Virtual Summit 

The Secretary for Events and Summits, after conducting a survey argued that specific sections of the summit should be recorded, that the GUM should not enforce a webcam policy, and that the GUM should enforce a microphone policy. The Delegate for Iustus sought clarification on what the microphone policy imposed. 

Any Other Business

The Delegate for New Virginia brought up the Augusta Accord, and called upon member nations to endorse the Accord, the Delegate for Nordale, and New Eiffel concurred. 

The Quorum was adjourned at 21:22 UTC

Quorum, 5 September 2020

Present:

Uber – Esse Commonwealth (Chair)

Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair)

Yu-Xia Republic

Abeldane Empire

Empire of Adammia

State of Vishwamitra

Kingdom of Ikonia

Rednecks Republic

Serene Beconite Republic

Commonwealth of New Virginia 

Empire of Aenopia

Empire of Austenasia

Grand Duchy of Misberia

Union of Mercia and Lurk

Despotate of Vlasynia

Technocratic Republic of Theodia

Principality of New Eiffel 

Triumvirate of Sonderan

Kingdom of Wyvern 

The Quorum entered into session at 20:00 UTC.

Membership Votes

The Chair moved for the Kingdom of Corea to either be promoted, expelled, or retain provisional membership 

Promote – 2

Expel – 8

Retain – 6

The Kingdom of Corea was expelled 

The Chair moved for the Grand Duchy of Leonsle to either be promoted, expelled, or retain provisional membership 

Promote – 14

Expel – 0

Retain – 1

The Grand Duchy of Leonsle was promoted to full membership 

The Chair moved that the Republic or Nordale to either be promoted, expelled, or retain provisional membership 

Promote – 9

Expel – 3

Retain – 1

The Republic of Nordale was promoted to full membership 

The Chair moved that the Astovian Union to either be promoted, expelled, or retain provisional membership 

Promote – 1 

Expel – 0

Retain – 14

The Astovian Union retained provisional membership 

Electoral Procedure Amendment 

The Chair proposed the Electoral Procedure Amendment, which includes instant run-off voting, join tickets, and the right for the Supreme Court to organize an electoral commission. The Vice-Chair, and the Delegates for Vlaysnia, Theodia, and Paravia voiced their support for the amendment. The Delegate for Adammia voiced concern for it’s removal of private ballots.

The Chair motioned to pass Charter Amendment 11: Electoral Procedure Amendment 

Support – 28

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 1 

The motion was carried

The Quorum was adjourned at 21:36 UTC

Quorum, 18th August 2020

Present:

Commonwealth of Essexia (Vice-Chair) 

Grand Duchy of Leonsle

Republic of Nordale

Empire of Paravia 

Principality of New Eiffel 

Kingdom of Wyvern 

Serene Beaconite Republic

Technocratic Republic of Theodia 

Misberian Confederacy 

Republic of Polar Nerva 

Commonwealth of Uskor

Kingdom of Lytera

Principality of Posaf 

Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall

Empire of Austenasia

The Quorum entered into session at 20:00 UTC.

Chair Elections

The Delegate from Hrafnarfjall proposed working with an already established online election system, while the Vice-Chair stated the consensus on maintaining the current system. 

The Vice – Chair moved that the GUM maintains voting for Chair via the Wiki Talk page 

Support – 12

Oppose – 1

Abstain – 0

The motion was carried

Election Commission 

The Delegate for Wyvern argued for the Chair organizing GUM elections, while proposing a Election Commission, to verify the results, which was concurred by the Delegate for Posaf. The Delegate for Hrafnarfjall, and the Vice-Chair proposed that the Supreme Judge lead the Election Commission, while the Delegate for Wyvern opposed the proposal. 

The Vice – Chair moved that following an election, there shall be a commission by the Supreme Judge to review the election 

Support  – 9

Oppose – 0

Abstain – 3 

The motion was carried

Updates from Secretaries

The Secretary for Events and Summits stated that there will be no events planned in real life, citing the pandemic. The Secretary for Statistics updated the Quorum on statistics.

Any Other Business 

The Delegate for Wyvern brought up reforming the Charter, and striving to have the Chair be both the de facto, and de jure Executive of the GUM. The Delegate for Austenasia argued that the Chair is not a “presidential position”. The Delegate for Aenopia proposed GUM Holiday Cards.  

The Quorum was adjourned at 20:43 UTC