GRAND UNIFIED MICRONATIONAL – The Grand Unified Micronational, undoubtedly the most influential micronational organization in MicroWiki history, may be on the cusp of making an unprecedented return to the fore.
Emperor Jonathan of Austenasia announced in the GUM Lounge earlier today bold plans to bring the organization out of retirement and restore it to the international body that it served as in its previous incarnation.
“Lord McCarthy and myself have been discussing with some others about returning the GUM back to its status as an international organisation between governments. As it stands now, the GUM is simply a low-traffic formal chatroom, when it could be so much more,” Emperor Jonathan argued, in attempting to make the case for a return of the GUM. “The newer members of the community currently lack a focal point for professional multilateral diplomatic communication, and that is something we can remedy.” Kit McCarthy later confirmed his involvement in the undertaking, and further that the plan had a “support base” of “8 individuals”, though he did not go into more detail about who these individuals were.
There was a great deal of positivity – Mememaster-General Horatio Eden announcing his being “for it”, and Baron Ó Cathail announcing his belief that “I think it’s about time the GUM restarted, we have a sizeable influx of new nations which are up to the task” (though hastened to add that “I’d suggest keeping it simple, no cabinet or secretaries or anything along those lines… Just chair, vice chair and possibly a judicial figure,” echoed by Austenasian Prime Minister Joseph Kennedy who remarked “a judicial figure would be necessary to keep the Chair in check and protect the founding document.”) – though others, such as HIM Emperor Adam I of Adammia, remarked that “I don’t really care what happens, but I’m not opposed to it and I will probably get involved on some level if you go through with it.”
However, still others were out and out opposed to the Emperor’s plan. “I oppose the full reestablishment of the GUM. For the older members of the community, it was simply a fancier group venue for drama. I would not be opposed to making it some kind of formal forum for willing nations, perhaps even with the ability to pass nonbinding resolutions, but I would oppose the reestablishment of the judiciary and security council,” was Adam Oberstadt’s unequivocal response.
Despite the limited opposition, Emperor Jonathan took decisive action, removing all those who he felt would be unlikely to “contribute” to a reformed GUM from the Lounge, reducing its number significantly from the original thirty-eight to a more modest twenty-seven at time of going to press.
Quorum (the term used to describe a meeting of the legislative branch of the organisation) in the GUM began moments ago, with the diplomatic representatives of seven micronations taking part in multilateral discussions regarding the future of the organization.