Reinhardt’s Corner: a once glorious establishment
Someone get the anti rust, please.
As 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.