OAM, 2 former Secretary-Generals would support dissolution

Argument over motion against Fish divides Organisation in half

The Organisation of Active Micronations has been recently in the middle of a proper crisis: after a revival in its internal activities following the election of Philip Fish as Secretary-General and the admission of states who are not part of the MicroWiki Community, a motion of no confidence by the Austenasian Delegation has divided the Organisation in those who support Fish, and those who would like to see someone else instead of him. The motion requests Fish to step down from his position because of various reasons, including private declarations on neopagan beliefs, the “inability to receive and accept constructive criticism”, and the current dispute between Fish and the Austenasian Government on the concept of “sovereignty”. The voting is expected to close in three days.

But what caused this sudden decline in popularity of the A1-Australian statesman?  A deduction could be the sudden depart to the Micras community followed by critics of the MicroWiki Sector, described recently by Fish as “dysfunctional and counter-productive”. “It’s not worth my time anymore. It also bores and annoys me. Hence, nothing keeps me here other than a slight tingling of necessity” added the current Secretary-General.  As a consequence of the recent events who have shook the OAM, the St.Charlian Observer has decided to ask several politicians of the MicroWiki Community, including two former Secretary-Generals, what is the future of the OAM. Results have shown that support for the Organisation of Active Micronation has been gradually declining in the last months.

“When we first joined the OAM, it looked very promising as competition for the more exclusive Grand Unified Micronational. However, in several months, the OAM has achieved nothing worth existing for in this sector of micronationalism. -said King Quentin of Wyvern, current Delegate to the OAM- Most of the discussion has been regarding internal organisation rather than adding value to member states”. Quentin is followed by his Prime Minister, Duke Bradley of Dullahan, known for his controversial position in the OAM ad his fervid opposition to the entrance of “geofictional states” within the Organisation. “Yes, Fish promised more members, kick the old ones, and also some minor changes. He hasn’t done any of these things. -affirms the Duke, which later however specifies- The Secretariat has lost too many power, and yes, partially it is my fault, but what I really want to do is undo my actions and just give the Secretariat less Admin powers”.

“I had the privilege of being its Secretary General for a brief period. -says Nemkhav statesman Marka Mejakhansk- It presented […] a meeting place. […] The advent of the Microwiki Forums took away from the OAM its main function”. But for the current Nemkhav leader the OAM crisis was caused by something different: “the response to this situation showed the OAM for what I believe it really is. Philip Fish […] did everything in his power to ensure that it did not die. As I watched the situation decline, I found that Fish was treating the OAM as if it were a child, his best creation”. Mejakhansk described the OAM as a “tool of A1 foreign policy” and a way to “extend A1’s influence quietly”. But the Irish micronationalist is clear: “the morality of this issue is not what I am discussing. I am simply saying that this is not the purpose for which it was created, and to use it as such as a perversion of its founding principles”.

But perhaps the most interesting declaration came from Tom Turner, who provided us with a short but succinct declaration. The Rukoran politician, often criticized for his term as SG, starts his discourse saying: “As a former Secretary General of the OAM, I am happy to say that the OAM has no future within the MicroWiki Sector”, and then adds: “[it] is beyond all hope of repair, any attempts have clearly failed and at this point, the same strategies are just repeating themselves”. During his term as Secretary-General, Turner says he was able to discover a few things about the group: “The OAM is Fish’s organisation. -claims the former SG- He can essentially control what goes on there, regardless of whether he is in charge or not. […] The OAM is a one man organisation”. But negatively or positively, Fish for Turner is not the real cause of this decline: “The only way to keep such a place active is by consistant reform. Project fall inactive due to lack of funds and time. To summarise everything, the OAM no longer works, and it’s about time it left us”.

The intention of this study was to see what people from different backgrounds say and think about the Organisation, and what is maybe most alarming in all these declarations is that, when asked about an eventual dissolution of the OAM, all of them would be in favour. “The Organisation of Active Micronations has had its day. -concludes Mejakhansk- It’s an organisation without a real purpose, nothing more than a source of arguments and petty squabbles as Mr Fish tries to save a ship that has already begun to sink. It’s not that I’m asking Mr Fish to drop the OAM on its sword, so to speak – I’m asking him to let it go.”

7 Responses to “OAM, 2 former Secretary-Generals would support dissolution”
  1. Fishy says:

    A good article, but it would’ve been nice to have asked me about this proposed “dissolution” of the OAM 😛

    Anyway, I would agree that to a certain extent, the OAM has declined to its present state. However, this isn’t my individual fault, or anyone else’s for that matter. It is up to The Council to propose and enact reforms and policy – not me or anyone else. If improvements/changes are to be made, it is the Council’s responsibility, not mine. I can’t be held responsible for things that I can’t change.

  2. SkyMarshal Hargis says:

    I think in the end, it is your personal property. Monopoly has been held for too long, not just by you but the elite few. It gets boring. I really think you have done some neat stuff, but like i said…….

    • James E Wilary says:

      Then why mustn’t we wait for the next democratic election to be held instead of hailing for an extemeist and uncalled for No Confidence? I find that to be quite odd if you have confidence in the Secretary General. This is not a motion to install whomever we wish for whatever reason, this is declaring that Herr Fish is incapable of leadership.

  3. Mello says:

    Here is the thing, after the GUM collapse, our only option was the OAM and that resulted in monopoly, and when it was just the OAM, it didn’t matter what was wrong about the organization, we had to accepted. But as time goes by, new forums began to exist with highlight at the MicroWiki Forum(thankgod) and now we don’t need OAM anymore, it has serve its purpose. As I said in the MicroWikiForum, OAM is the League of Nations(1919-1946) and the MWF is the UN(1946-present).
    In conclusion, MWF is the future (:

  4. Archangel says:

    Interesting and informative article, but I do not believe that the OAM will be going anywhere anytime soon. These things are growing pains, and are a sign of expansion, not dissolution. As a new member of the OAM, New Guinea is in a position to see the situation from a different perspective. We have been a “Micronation” for almost 30 years, and only recently have discovered the “community”. I do not know the Secretary General, but there are enough serious members, who are dedicated to the OAM, too keep it going for a very long time.

  5. Quite interesting read, as an outsider I know nothing about what goes on inside the OAM or its forums, but I won’t be surprised if it does dissolve within a year, if not the end of 2011.

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