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Micronational Federalism: Past, Present & Future
This article originally appeared on the Nemkhav News Service, 22/11/17

Micronational federalism has been the driving force of the Nemkhav Federation since the foundation of its second incarnation in June of 2011. In its heyday, the ideology turned the Federation into one of the most vibrant and active nations in the MicroWiki Community.

The idea of nations combining resources and know-how to form a larger whole is by no means unique to Nemkhavia, but I do believe its application here was unprecedented.

Micronational federalism had its doubters and opponents. Many said the concept was just "YAMO" (Yet Another Micronational Organisation) by a different name. Many more still said that even if the concept came to fruition, it wouldn't last. On the face of it, the latter count might seem true since there's only one State left in the Federation now - but I would humbly counter that point by saying that the concept is, and will remain, a work in progress. Developing a true understanding of the wants and needs of nations is an ever-evolving science, after all.

The basis for the idea as it was implemented in Nemkhavia is that most nations specialise in one field. Some nations focus on the development of language, others focus on flags, technology, science, historical study, etc. It was and remains my belief that the very best of micronationalism can be achieved by the combination of different specialities into a larger, more effective whole - but crucially, the whole should be a nation of its own, not a micronational organisation. My reasoning is that national cooperation can be spread over many fields, while most micronational organisations in my experience invariably end up bogged down in one issue or another.

Within a micronational federation, constituent nations can develop their own unique identities while lending their expertise to each other. Each nation grows, as does the whole. In the Nemkhav Federation, for example, the constituent State of West Germania lent expertise to other Member States in matters to do with language and culture.

To be a "Nemkhav" became a dual nationality. While I, being from the original Nemkhav homeland would consider myself a cultural Nemkhav, my colleagues in other nations adopted the name in a similar manner to how Americans use their term - "Italian American", etc. Citizens of Koss became "Nemkhav-Kossian", for example. The adoption of the term, to me, really showed how the federalist ideology permeated into society, creating not just a federation in name, but a federation in nature.

I still maintain that micronational federalism is a viable system of government. The Nemkhav Federation, now in its third incarnation, remains as a testament to national co-operation. The current federal constitution, adopted in 2016, has taken on board the positives and negatives of the past to provide an opportunity for a bright future.

Marka Mejakhansk, 22/11/17
Marka Mejakhansk GCOC OBS KCA
President of the Nemkhav Federation
Chancellor of the Central Nemkhav Republic

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