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Micropatrology: Micronational Organizations
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The infamous Micronational Organization, also known by the acronym YAMO (Yet Another Micronational Organization) to mock them. I admit, YAMOs have some serious issues, BUT these issues have simple solutions AND some are fundamentally unchangeable due to the nature of Micronations. In this thread I will say the common criticism of YAMOs, how to fix it (if possible), and my vision for the future of YAMOs in the Micronational World.

There are two historical "governments" that remind me to the behavior of YAMOs: The Holy Roman Empire after 1648 and the United States under the Articles of Confederation. Both states are extremely decentralized to the point that true power is held by the member states in which the central government can never make the local governments follow a law.

The main criticism of YAMOs as an institution: YAMOs are fundamentally a decentralized institution. 
Micronations have a very strong independent spirit, they won't be Micronations if they didn't. This means that by no means will any serious Micronation allow another foreign entity to control its politics in any way. When YAMOs make "Legislation" it is often just a form of formal advice and the "Legislative Bodies" are nothing more than advisory bodies or discussion forums. With few exceptions, when a YAMO passes a law or mandate, it is up to the individual Micronation member states to enforce said law, and they may choose not to. Even if on paper this is "Illegal" the YAMO has in no way to enforce this due to the fact that it likely will never have a centralized military force. Besides, if it did it would be controlled by the member states and no state will arrest itself for not following laws that it did not vote for in a de facto advisory body pretending to be a legislative assembly. Besides, if laws were properly enforced and a Micronation was forced to follow a law it did not want to, then it will simply secede just like what ti did for the Macronation it came from.

How to Fix this? Two things: firstly, have the YAMO be specific to general ideology, religion, ethnic group, cultural group or a combination of the previously mentioned. The more traits each Micronation has that they have in common with other member states the more unity the YAMO will have. BUT, since they are still Micronations it is VERY unlikely that they would willingly give up their sovereignty to the YAMO itself. How it works would likely involve a coalition like mindset where Micronations within a YAMO will agree to do one thing if it is deemed necessary and but when it no longer is it is then removed.
Secondly, there is absolutely no way to truly centralized a YAMO to work together like a functioning federal system simply because Micronations have that independence minded attitude. You can conquer all the Micronations within the YAMO and subjugate them to your control, but then you won't be a YAMO anymore and you may have caused enough anger to warrant the conquered areas to re-secede. If a YAMO becomes bias to a few elite Micronations, then the other member states would respond with secession. Microfragmentation truly is unbeatable. It is best to accept this reality and simply work with it and keep the YAMO decentralized.

With this reality, what good are YAMOs and how can we use them? I for one have a very optimistic view of the YAMOs future, it all boils down to one main issue. Most Micronations in this forum are either not very close to each other and/or most Micronations here are not a community. That is the main problem, you have to be a community of real people living within a real area in close proximity with AT LEAST 100 people for a population. YAMOs all fail simply because most of our activity is limited to the internet and that isn't a serious Micronation. By no means am I criticizing Simulationist or people without communities, but to make YAMOs work anything, Micronations must be worth something as well.

Here are some future uses for YAMOs that I would recommend. It is important to mention that YAMOs should be free to make extra governmental bodies or committees by the consent of the Micronational member state sin order to do particular activities more efficiently. For Example: a security council, a space research and development council, etc. With this idea here are what YAMOs can do now:
  • Fundraising for Lobbying Purposes: I made a thread in the past about using YAMOs to raise money to lobby the Macronational government that surrounds you for the purpose of getting aid in community development and obtain political autonomy.
  • Prevent Micronational Wars: Though this purpose would be minimized already since ideally YAMO member state share some sort of belief system, nonetheless YAMOs can be good arbiters to belligerent Micronations.
  • Collective Security: YAMOs can and should be military alliances as well. Micronations are small and if your Micronation is a real existing community of people in substantial number, then defense becomes a real issue. YAMOs become the central forum for all the member states to maintain their military forces.
  • Larger Projects: YAMOs can be the vessel for Micronations to cooperate for larger projects, be it political or otherwise. Need to build a railroad? Ask all your fellow Micronationalist in your regional YAMO. Need to develop weapons and a space program? Ask for the help in the YAMO etc. It is unlikely that nay YAMO will be bale to enforces taxes, instead it will depend on the the collective financial actions of its Micronational member states to act out of necessity to fund something.
Remember your limitations, YAMOs are in fact just like the Articles of Confederation. Don't expect things will be perfect but never give up, as Micronations the YAMOs are intrinsically part of our identity. YAMOs exist in the way they are because of Micronationalism itself, embrace them as our future for they are the vessels that Micronations will use in the future to consolidate power in a hostile world.
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"There are two historical "governments" that remind me to the behavior of YAMOs: The Holy Roman Empire after 1648 and the United States under the Articles of Confederation. Both states are extremely decentralized to the point that true power is held by the member states in which the central government can never make the local governments follow a law".

The United States still does this today. For example, there are specific amendments in the U.S. constitution that local governments don't follow, thus they are breaking the law.
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(7 May 2017, 23:27:56)President Alejandro Valentino Wrote: "There are two historical "governments" that remind me to the behavior of YAMOs: The Holy Roman Empire after 1648 and the United States under the Articles of Confederation. Both states are extremely decentralized to the point that true power is held by the member states in which the central government can never make the local governments follow a law".

The United States still does this today. For example, there are specific amendments in the U.S. constitution that local governments don't follow, thus they are breaking the law.

Wait, really? What examples?
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can we not write in BIG LETTERS because it's impossible to read on mobile
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(8 May 2017, 07:50:59)frix Wrote: can we not write in BIG LETTERS because it's impossible to read on mobile

I go to the front page and I am excited somebody responds to my Micropatrology thread hoping that it may be an insightful comment, a critique, or otherwise then.... oh come on.
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(8 May 2017, 08:26:49)Romanicus Wrote:
(8 May 2017, 07:50:59)frix Wrote: can we not write in BIG LETTERS because it's impossible to read on mobile

I go to the front page and I am excited somebody responds to my Micropatrology thread hoping that it may be an insightful comment, a critique, or otherwise then.... oh come on.

Criticism of format and style is valid criticism.
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I'm just going to quote what I said over skype a couple minutes ago:

Quote:While I would personally argue that the "YAMO" might have a good place within the community for its inherent nature of teaching others about the commitment it takes to run anything remotely resembling a successful organization, they're not in fact a benefit for the reasons Romanicus says they are.


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(10 May 2017, 06:18:01)Thomas Merrell Wrote: I'm just going to quote what I said over skype a couple minutes ago:

Quote:While I would personally argue that the "YAMO" might have a good place within the community for its inherent nature of teaching others about the commitment it takes to run anything remotely resembling a successful organization, they're not in fact a benefit for the reasons Romanicus says they are.

There is a Micronational Skype Group?

Oh and, these are how I envision "YAMOs" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lo...anizations
But instead of Micronations these examples listed are for local governments.
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I like the idea of coming together for fundraising and lobbying - this is especially applicable for something like an agricultural or trade alliance, which could very easily be classified by macronational standards as a farming co-op or something similar, and therefore able to receive grant money for seeds, equipment, volunteer benefits, etc.

Lobbying for autonomy might be more difficult...

The security and defense network might be able to be recognized as a form of neighborhood watch organization and receive training or equipment from local law enforcement agencies (for example, I completed a citizens policing academy when I was in High School that even included weapons training, and other things.)

Just some thoughts. There is grant money (or Foreign Aid, if you will) out there for associations - its mainly just a matter of paperwork.
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(10 May 2017, 15:49:25)ThegnSiarFordell Wrote: I like the idea of coming together for fundraising and lobbying - this is especially applicable for something like an agricultural or trade alliance, which could very easily be classified by macronational standards as a farming co-op or something similar, and therefore able to receive grant money for seeds, equipment, volunteer benefits, etc.

Lobbying for autonomy might be more difficult...

The security and defense network might be able to be recognized as a form of neighborhood watch organization and receive training or equipment from local law enforcement agencies (for example, I completed a citizens policing academy when I was in High School that even included weapons training, and other things.)

Just some thoughts. There is grant money (or Foreign Aid, if you will) out there for associations - its mainly just a matter of paperwork.

Well thank goodness somebody responds to one of my threads that is relevant to the topic at hand. Thank you for your input, Micronations must start as civilian political organizations and newly built towns before becoming sovereign states. 

My train of thought differs from some, the goal to "Get the seat in the UN" is completely thrown out of the window, what matters is what I call "de facto Sovereignty". Micronations must work together to get as much people, wealth, and properly occupied land as possible. To me power is wealth, capacity to use force, and influence. Instead of finding a magic loophole to secede, a proper Secessionist Micronation must instead work to get as much de facto Sovereignty as possible through economic and political activity.

True Secession occurs during the hypothetical fateful event known as the "Spring of Micronations". This event entails a situation when Micronationalism becomes so popular in mainstream politics that many more Micronations not only assert their existence but cooperate and compete for the de facto Sovereignty I mentioned through obtaining people, land, and capacity of force.

In summary, to make a Micronation secede, the idea of Micronationalism must be big enough that a lot of people join in it. From there, do absolutely everything you can to obtain de facto Sovereignty and proceed to become a political nuisance to the Macronation. YAMOs are the vessel for such Micronational cooperation.
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