The MicroWiki boycott movement, started by the Universal Triumvirate on June 14 in response to perceived management inaction on Markus Abernathy’s controversial anti-Muslim comments, has become more entrenched with the founding of its own community forum.
Created by Horatio Eden, the “MicroWorld” forum is meant to provide a place for individuals participating in the boycott to congregate and discuss matters of common interest. As of press time, eleven individuals have registered accounts with the forums, including other prominent participants in the boycott such as Kit McCarthy, Henry Twain, and Lancelot Rice, though fewer have begun active involvement in its discussions.
Admittedly little different from the existing MicroWiki community forum in structure, MicroWorld features a less-comprehensive ruleset for participants, with the major rule being a requirement to be respectful toward each other’s opinion and not derail discussions with irrelevant comments. Eden has promised to enforce that rule “ruthlessly”, given the group’s perception that the MicroWiki administration team was failing to do the same with Abernathy. The MicroWiki administration team instead encouraged its members to ignore hateful comments by Abernathy, which would serve as a means of discouraging him in the future (by depriving him of his audience); however, that measure failed to satisfy certain individuals’ desire to see Abernathy more sternly punished.
Since its creation just days ago, the forum has already attracted criticism from one member of the MicroWiki community. Julian Shelley, the President of Lumania, colourfully suggested that MicroWorld exists “because you guys couldn’t grow up and take a little hate.” He encouraged the participants to “[not] be baby’s [sic]and be real political leaders,” by ignoring Abernathy’s hateful comments and returning to MicroWiki’s forums.
Twain dismissed the criticism. “We are very much acting like real political leaders … real political leaders do not affiliate with the sorts of behaviour … that has been going on [at] the MicroWiki,” he said.
The founding of the MicroWorld forum suggests that the boycott movement is seeking to attain some longevity, by providing a more convenient means of communication between its participants. The forum’s small base will need to remain dedicated in the long-term if the forum is to last and grow as a community in its own right.
If its creation is meant only as a measure in a protest movement, it may ultimately fade into history as hurt feelings and sensibilities pass, and participants seek to reintegrate with the larger MicroWiki community. That said, with Markus Abernathy unlikely to be punished as demanded, and even more unlikely to leave the MicroWiki community forums, MicroWorld may become a fixture in the wider micronational community as time moves forward.
Still, as a protest tool, it is unlikely to succeed in pressuring the MicroWiki administration into taking action against Abernathy, given that the MicroWiki community forums retain a healthy base post-boycott. As such, it’s better that MicroWorld be less motivated to be billed as a less “hate-filled” alternative to MicroWiki, and instead focus its energies on determining how it can provide a relevant service to its participants and taking the necessary steps to provide the same.