Grand Commonwealth Reduced to Karnali

The Grand Commonwealth suffered what may be its final deathblow today with the announced secession of the Kingdom of Oscland from the organization. The loss of Oscland by the troubled intermicronational organization caps off a one-month period that has seen the Commonwealth lose both of its key founding members (the United Baronies and Babkha).

The decision to secede unilaterally from the Grand Commonwealth came after recent deliberation in Oscland, and was effected on the basis that the Commonwealth could no longer effectively pursue its founding principles with only two member nations (Oscland and Karnali). Also a motive for the secession was Oscland’s desire not to have its intermicronational actions associated with Karnali, which its Secession Act called the “strange land.” The declaration comes without consultation with the Commonwealth’s legislature, the Majlis-i-Dharma, which has only sanctioned the previous secession of the United Baronies, at the request of that micronation. Other micronations to have seceded from the Commonwealth since then have all elected to not consult the Majlis on the basis that the body does not have the moral authority, as a multinational body, to overrule (or approve) the decision of the individual sovereign micronations to secede.

Perhaps the last remaining supporter of the Grand Commonwealth, Iain de Vembria, dismissed the unilateral declaration of Oscland, as well as those of Babkha and Treithar. Believing that the Commonwealth Charter is a supreme law over the sovereignty of its members (which it is not according to four micronational governments and populations), de Vembria openly claimed that “no further changes of membership have happened” since the United Baronies withdrew from the Commonwealth on 29 July. De Vembria’s claims have been largely dismissed by the micronational community, leaving him as perhaps the sole person who continues to believe that the Grand Commonwealth still holds Babkha, Treithar, and Oscland under its membership.

Meanwhile, with Karnali as its last remaining member, the future of the Grand Commonwealth looks increasingly dismal. It would by no means be a reaching thought to consider the organization effectively dead and nothing more than a newly minted constituent of micronational history.

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