Reinhardt’s Corner: a once glorious establishment

Someone get the anti rust, please.

rusty gumAs all of you might have noticed yesterday evening, Veritum Sandus published a log of the Security Council session that saw the states of Sandus and (later) Juclandia being removed from the Grand Unified Micronational. I will not describe or tell you what the logs say (you can do that yourself). However, I will simply share with you a couple of considerations that came out while reading the article.

Other than showing the inadequacy of a few GUM officials and disrespect towards the nations involved, the logs are not that important. What people should notice is how everything is carried out with an hallucinating normality: words that probably come from vintage political movies (“I am frankly in quite a lot of pain“) are thrown into the chatroom like the stage of a popular TV show.

Probably the most striking thing that can be clearly noticed in those words is the diplomatic excellence and professionalism of Marka Mejakhansk, who took a neutral approach and tried to make people think throughout the whole meeting.  Mr. Mejakhansk’s attitude is completely opposed to the inadequacy and political unfariness of Håkon Lindström. I hold nothing against the Zealandian leader -I speak to him several times in private- but I hope that the attitude shown in the logs is different in other meetings: an “investigation” against Sandus pulled out of nowhere (and which I presume no one has read) based on virtually nothing, ridiculous accusations towards Juclandia (strangely enough) lack of neutrality and fairness and total misuse of the Security Council, which seems to have been turned into Zealandia’s only tool to actually do something internationally.

Those logs and attiture are an clear sign that the GUM has changed radically: its revival after Puchowski’s decision to close it down was seen by many as a comeback to the old days of professionalism and diplomatic excellency (not made by Lethler, but rather, by the people who lived our sector with fairness). Needless to say that we all knew somehow that this period wasn’t going to last for long: there was always a wish to bring back the GUM to its golden age, but the so-called “decline” came only when the top positions started to be held by “non-founders” – But it’s not like it’s their fault; it’s just that they dealt with the GUM differently, and the way in which Mejakhansk is treated thows this pretty well.

Now, you’re probably going to think: “But Reinhardt, the GUM is not dead. Why are you talking about it like if it doesn’t exist anymore?” Well, if you’re able to tell me at least three things that recently made the GUM useful and different from any other intermicronational union (or even the MicroPolitan Lounge), please write them down. It has turned into an arena for micronations to argue about useless matters, or to simply act like a proper United Nations (I mean.. the Human Rights report? Seriously?). The organisation itself is not dead, however, its ideals and concepts have left a long time ago. They were replaced by.. nothing, really, and that’s the main problem (yes, I knew it was going to be a controversial article).

But who is to blame? Sandus, who decided only now to leak logs when the organisation is weak? Chairman Mar, who was unable to handle his power correctly? Or the “old nomenklatura” of the GUM, who forgot to train the “new names” about how to manage such a complex union?

I’m afraid no one has caused, nor wished for this to take place: the Grand Unified Micronational has done its course and even the current members know it. A few nations in the last hours have revoked their membership or resigned from key positions. If the current leadership wants to do something, I’d start with an apology, the removal of some officials and some drastic, yet effective measures. Maybe if something is done quickly, the GUM can get back something more important than its activity: its decency.

12 Responses to “Reinhardt’s Corner: a once glorious establishment”
  1. Maybe I pulled Ultamiya out at a good time…

  2. HM Adam I says:

    This is exactly why the Kingdom of Überstadt has decided to vacate its position as a provisional member. There is nothing good for us in the GUM.

  3. Bradley of Dullahan says:

    This is truely sad to hear. As Vice-Chair I wish to note an official apology has already gone out and notices of our actions have been posted eveywhere and given to all leaving members.

    We are going to rectify this and solve everything. We cleared the air with Sandus and Juclandia, Renesia was quite pleased with the quick progress and we are going to invite them back as Observers and hopefully they will come back as members.

    We ask everyone to keep a open mind and allow the administration to fix this and I promise that we shall do such.

    Alot of projects shall be rushed to make sure everyone can live and move on and show our purpose. We have lost time to our bickering and instability, now were going to move like a jetengine.


  4. Taeglan I Nihilus says:

    Bravo sir! Well said

  5. Excellent report. I have said since my “return” to the MicroWiki Community in response to queries about a possible entry into the GUM, my reply has included points identical to yours. The GUM of old (I wasn’t there of course, but I have read up) actually achieved, it settled conflicts, boosted confidence and generally did well as a organisation. I’m quite sure it has potential, but by arguing consistently about petty matters it is not doing well to convince me.

    • I’m not entirely sure what you mean there. I don’t actually remember the ‘GUM of old’ doing anything noteworthy, especially outside the small circle of nations that were part of it. We were members for a short while, and though it was collapsing at that time, there was no sign that anything had actually happened.

      In that respect, today’s Grand Unified Micronational deserves points for at least trying.

      • IIRC, Wyvern joined as a provisional member when the “GUM of old” was on its last legs in the summer of 2010. Most of the achievements which M. Fitzpatrick referred to took place before Wyvern was even founded.

  6. Grand Unified Micronational has been in trouble since it was refounded. Recently, I have become the first person in ages, perhaps even the first person since Lethler, to take a good look at the Constitution of Grand Unified Micronational. Considering what I found, there is no reason to assume that anyone – not the Chairs, not the Vice Chairs and not the Supreme Judges – had actually taken a look at it.

    At the moment, it is even highly dubious whether any states currently taking part in the organisation are actually members, since the Constitution explicitly demands that all applicants sign the Constitution of Grand Unified Micronational and ratify it if necessary according to local law.

    No wonder the organisation is a mess – not even the ‘old guard’ of the organisation knows anything about how it’s supposed to work, and all trials, elections and meetings from the moment it was refounded until today have taken place based on ‘convention’, which lends itself to the type of power struggles that we, as a community, seem to love.

    • Sorry, but I must object. I and many others know the Constitution inside out. In case you’d forgotten, I set up a committee to review it and suggest changes which led to a revised Constitution being agreed upon in February last year. Your statement that you’re the “first person since Lethler to take a good look” at it is, frankly, laughable.

      You also seem to misunderstand the situations regarding ratification of the Constitution and the principle of convention in GUM proceedings. I’m not going to explain them here, but rest assured your concerns will be adequately satisfied in the report on GUM law I’m making at the request of the Quorum.

  7. Although I know GUM isn’t necessarily en route to its demise at this time, I still feel like saying the following:
    It seems to me like the same supramicronacional organizacion keeps being reborn under different names. They all share similar life-cycles: people want a MUN, they make a MUN, it’s useful at first, but degrades over time, and is eventually dismantled, only to be reborn when people realize they miss having a MUN. If we know that the main UNs of micronacionalism have continuously descended into silliness but that they are also essentially unkillable, why go through all the difficulty of repeatedly establishing and disestablishing them? It seems more productive to me to improve on the policies of one over time rather than fiat UN-ing every few thirds.
    Anyway, I hope GUM is successful in its current reforms so that this cycle can be broken and the shenanigans culled.

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