Reinhardt’s Corner: the Rotary Club of MicroWiki
Where secret plans are revealed to the powerful guys.
We’re going through a period in which Skype is recognized in our community as the fastest and best way of “personal communication” between micronationalists: several members of the forum are encouraged to get Skype, and not always for calls, but rather for chatting. Skype first came out thanks to an idea I had a long time ago while still working at the Grand Unified Micronational, when I once talked to Bob Lethler about a better way to have weekly meetings (also because, if I recall correctly, the chatroom we were using at the time was laggy and always under maintenance). Several people then installed Skype and despite the fact we never used it for the Sunday GUM venue, more and more people started to show up. Eventually, Will Sörgel created, around at the end of 2009, a group chatroom that included several GUM members. That later became what is today known as the “Micropolitan Lounge”, a sort of virtual, imaginary gentleman’s club with restricted access. Indeed, members must be voted by the ones who are inside the room if they can be invited or not, contrary to other existing chatrooms.
The rest, then, is history: due to some arguments and the arrival of new micronationalists, other chatrooms were formed, such as the MicroUniverse, which pretty much includes all the MicroWiki members that have Skype, the Antipolitan, a sort of room that is full of jealous people because they’re not part of the MicroPolitan (yes yes, I am joking), the Yellow Bear Micronational, OAM Official Chatroom, TASPAC, etc. Each of them are generally formed by different people and have their own history, however, if I might say, the MicroPolitan beats them all: it has its own set of rules, respected by its members, and, from what I’ve seen, it’s the only chatroom in which you can carry out a serious conversation. Recent and varied criticism of said room convinced me that an article about the MicroPolitan was probably needed, as I’ve always been part of the room since its foundation and can assure you more than anybody else that we might be the “Rotary Club” of MicroWiki, but we’re surely not its “Illuminati group”.
The Micropolitan Lounge counts nineteen members, five of them don’t post regularly and aren’t really that active in its discussions. The list includes old and “not-so-popular-unfortunately-but-respected” micronationalists such as Jamie Sutherland of Francisville, Declan I of Wilcsland, or Jacob Tierney of Renasia (now part of Egtavia). We usually discuss about random themes, such as politics, or even our personal lives, and obviously micronationalism. It is obvious that sometimes an argument over a certain micronation, or current event, comes out, but nothing was ever “planned” as people supposed many times. Marka Mejakhansk is part of the room, people, and he surely wouldn’t assist at a conspiracy without negatively reacting to it in public, or warning others. I would do it too, so therefore, forget about evil plans.
For those who are interested in joining, everyone is entitled to. They just need to ask someone who’s already part of the chat to ask everyone if he can be invited or not. If a majority is reached, welcome to the club. Yeah, it’s a bit like the Rotary, except for the humanitarian aid and the shiny pins.
But not everyone is accepted, which is probably the main reason why everyone sees the MicroPolitan as an elitist club of snob twits: because not everyone is allowed to join, because it’s formed by the “old school”, and because we discuss serious things sometimes, contrary to the other chatrooms, if I might say. Yes, it’s not always a good thing, as it creates a sort of division between those who can join and those who can’t. However, restrictions in this case are good: apart from the fact that I don’t need to load 1500 messages everytime I log in, it also prevents pointless spam discussions or Parker I’s senseless outbursts (like in the OAM Chatroom). It’s a cleaner environment, period, and strangely enough, we don’t spend our time trying to rig the Influence Survey like someone else (OH OH OH!).
I hope I cleared all doubts about the MicroPolitan, and if you need any other information, just leave a comment or send me a message.