YAMOs remain relevant, argues Romanicus

For nearly two decades, micronationalists have decried intermicronational organizations as ultimately useless. With the founding of each new organization, micronationalists have with striking exasperation voiced “YAMO!” for Yet Another Micronational Organization. Many organizations quickly, or ultimately, fit the YAMO bill; however, Prince Romanicus of the Holy Confederation of the Violet Star argues that such organizations can, in fact, succeed from the outset.

Publishing his latest treatise on micropatriology yesterday, Romanicus suggests that the failing of any intermicronational organization rests on its inherent politically superficial nature. “Micronations have a very strong independent spirit … this means that by no means will any serious micronation allow another foreign entity to control its politics in any way,” wrote Romanicus. That legislation passed by an organization is only enforced locally if a member state government has the political will to do so further diminishes the organization’s relevance.

To fix this discouraging reality, Romanicus recommends that an organization be audience specific, catering to one or a combination of religion, ethnicity, cultural group, or ideology. Shared traits amongst the member states would promote unity and increase the organization’s relevance. It is also important, in his opinion, that the executive of the organization temper their dreams of close integration amongst the member states, as such impeding on sovereignty would discourage participation.

A successful organization, it is argued, will be one that admits only “serious” micronations, which Romanicus defines as one with a population of at least 100 individuals living in close proximity as opposed to a population operating within the confines of the Internet. “By no means am I criticizing simulationist or people without communities,” he said, “but to make YAMOs [worth] anything, micronations must be worth something as well.”

Importantly, Romanicus suggests, an organization must have a relevant purpose. Practical activities that he believes such an organization can focus on include fundraisers to support macronational government lobbying, the prevention of micronational war, collective security, and large-scale projects such as public works infrastructure development.

Finally, those involved in the creation and operation of the organization must not let themselves become disillusioned with the effort. “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,” he emphasized.

Collaborative book project under development

MICROWIKI (CS) – A collaborative project proposed by Trace Fleeman to author a book on the subject of micronations has been announced on the MicroWiki Community forums as he seeks interested contributors to participate in the initiative.

The book, to be entitled “Micropatriology: Micronations, Microstates, and Exopolitics,” aims to explore micronationalism in seven key areas: micronations, alternative governments, microstates, the micronational life cycle, micronational history, exopolitics and micronational political ideologies.

Individuals interested in contributing in one of the fields can obtain more information on the project by visiting the MicroWiki Community forums.