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Organisation of Active Micronations
OAM logo
Official logo

Headquarters OAM Forum

Official language English

Membership 68 member nations

Leadership
Secretary-General Tom Turner
Vice-Secretary Generals Gordon Freeman
Pierre d'Égtavie

Establishment
Foundation October 30, 2009
OAM Reforms July 13, 2010
Websites Official Website
Official forum

The Organisation of Active Micronations was the first micronational multinational organisation that comprised only of 'active' micronations, one of the largest in micronational history, and one of the only to have expanded beyond peacekeeping and negotiation, with the introduction of important reforms in July 2010.

The Organisation aims was to provide real assistance to newer and fledging micronations, maintain its numerous projects, contribute in a meaningful and relevant way to micronationalism and other aims outlined in the OAM Charter. The Council was made up of every member nation of the OAM.

History

Establishment

The OAM was officially established on October 30, 2009, after a decision was taken by the A1 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the A1 Cabinet to follow the recommendations set out in the July 2009 Foreign Affairs White Paper to establish an effective and comprehensive intermicronational organisation.

Although there were no officially acknowledged founding nations, the first three nations to join, other than the MGPRA1, were Victoria, Wellington and Barrington.

Following heavy criticism from some micronationalists, most notably Robert Lethler, and A1's withdrawal from the GUM, a surge of members followed.

First two months

File:Original OAM logo.jpg

During the first two months of its existence, the OAM's online headquarters were based in a mediocre forum system that allowed almost no scope for expansion and limited support. It was thus that the forum was moved to its current location, as well as the website, allowing for the first purge of inactive member nations to occur.

A number of member nations were suspended, and later expelled, due to lengthy periods of inactivity. A second purge followed soon afterwards.

The 'Micronational Dictionary' project was also formally begun at this time, and scope for expansion of future projects was also established.

'Honeymoon Period'

Following the move to the new forum, another massive surge of new member nations occurred. This greatly elevated the OAM's standing, and enabled the OAM to start work on its projects and other initial aims and goals.

Members of the OAM often negotiated directly on the forums for alliances, diplomatic relations, debates on both macro and micronational issues, opinions and solving disputes. These discussions almost always produced results, such as the Aegis Alliance.

'Post-Freeman Period'

The election of Pierre d'Égtavie to the position of Secretary-General marked the end of a period of time in which Gordon Freeman was, at most times, Secretary-General of the Organisation. He announced his intention not to run for Secretary-General "...for quite some time", although this was later not to be true, following the June 29th Incident. The same election also produced the election of two Committee Chairmen positions, the OAMATC (OAM Activity Testing Committee) and the OAMPC (OAM Projects Committee), these being the Kingdom of Sterling and the Royal reformed States of America respectively.

This period has been characterised by the restarting of former projects by the newly created OAMPC, the purging of inactive members immediately following the election by the OAMATC, resulting in a slight membership decline.

June 29th Incident

On June 29th 2010 at 19:00 UTC, Pierre d'Égtavie suddenly and unexpectedly resigned as Secretary-General of the Organisation in protest against what he perceived to be a serious schism that had formed between its left and right wings. At the same time his nation, the Republic of Egtavia, unilaterally withdrew from the OAM. This was followed by the withdrawals of the Democratic People's Republic of Sandus, the Democratic People's Republic of Erusia, the Socialist Federal Republic of Nemkhavia and the Republic of Bokonton from the OAM in concert with Egtavia's action. Each of the withdrawing nations appeared to blame what they considered to be "unprofessional", "corrupt" and "aggressive" elements in the OAM for their withdrawal - the representative of Sandus specifically cited the Kingdom of Wyvern and its allies as being to blame. All five nations appeared to express strong support for Sir Gordon Freeman and their interpretation of his founding vision for the OAM, and only Sandus was critical of the Organisation itself.

July Reform

In mid-July 2010, the wordy Resolution 70 passed through The Council, approving Gordon Freeman's recommendations for reform. The cornerstone of the reform was the replacement of the committee system with a series of 'agencies', with specific tasks to perform both outside and inside of the OAM.

Proposed OAM-GUM Merge

Although in the past, the OAM and GUM had been at odds with one another, several proposals for a merger were proposed by then Acting Chairman James Puchowski to try to "save" the institution from collapse and inactivity, after having been discussed for some time before. Many different proposals were put forward by GUM members, but all of these proposals were rejected immediately, or discussed then rejected by the Secretariat and The Council of the OAM.

Some of the proposals included appointing James Puchowski to fill the then vacant position of Vice Secretary-General to account for his recent GUM election win, and establishing a new agency in the OAM specifically for ex-GUM members to help integrate the GUM into the OAM, whereby the Secretary would have one extra vote in The Council. All the proposals were rejected by both the Secretariat and The Council, during which Puchowski accused the OAM members of having "prejudices against us [the GUM]" (noting the OAM and GUM's turbulent past), being "too big headed to accept us" [emphasis included] and unwilling "to mutually cooperate with us [the GUM]".

After many weeks of negotiation, Puchowski "relaunched" the GUM with "reforms", and discussions regarding an OAM-GUM merge were dropped with no result, which later saw the demise of the GUM in September.

Workings

The OAM operated similarly to the United Nations and prideded itself on its commitment to speedy democratic processes, as The Council, made up of every member nation, had overriding democratic authority in any matter.

The Council

The Council was the decision making and debating body in the OAM. It operateded on a basis of 'one nation, one vote' in The Council, regardless of 'standing'.

Resolutions

The most important part of the OAM was the debating and either adaptation or rejecting of resolutions, much like those debating in the United Nations General Assembly.

Such resolutions were non-binding on any micronation and in order for one to be adopted, a majority of voting Members must vote in the affirmative. A resolution may have been proposed by any Member nation.

The Secretariat

The Secretariat was essentially the administrative body of the OAM, consisting of the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Active Micronations and the two Vice Secretary-Generals.

As outlined in the Charter:

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"The Secretariat shall comprise a Secretary-General and such staff as the Organisation may require. The Secretary-General shall be appointed by The Council. They shall be the chief administrative officer of the Organisation."
(Charter of the Organisation of Active Micronations; Chapter 3, Article 7, No. 1)

The Secretary-General and two Vice Secretary-Generals are elected on 4 month terms by The Council. The first elections for Secretary-General were held in January 2010.

Agencies

Agencies may be established upon the passing of a resolution in The Council that calls for such an establishment. All current agencies were established in the reforms adopted in July 2010.

The current agencies are:

Elections

Criticisms

Some micronations claimed, when the OAM was established, that the OAM is "redundant" and "very similar in aims to other existing organisations". They claimed that the OAM was a YAMO (Yet Another Micronational Organisation), redundant and simply duplicating the work of other organisations. Others claimed that the OAM existed only to jeopardise and attack the GUM, due to numerous verbal public attacks by individual member states.

Such criticism has been particularly heavy from leading members of the Grand Unified Micronational, most notably Robert Lethler, although criticisms from Mr. Lethler diminished over time, with Will Sœrgèl of Sandus stepping up verbal attacks in mid-2010. He claimed that the OAM was used as a "basis of attacks and insults", being anti-Communist, did not respect sovereignty, existed without a united purpose and "...[did] not foster cooperation between member-states".

Response

At-the-time Chairman and founder Gordon Freeman has strongly refuted these claims, stating that the only similar aims with other micronational organisations is the "Intermicronational peace and security" and "Developing friendly relations" aims, which are "pretty much standard". He has also emphasised that the other aims "...are really the crux of the existence of this organisation". The reforms introduced in July 2010 also firmly rebut this argument.

Responding also to claims that the OAM existed only to jeopardise and attack the GUM, Freeman has stated that such criticisms are "without foundation" and that the public attacks made "were not a representation of any sort of policy or stance ever adopted by the OAM, as clearly stated by those involved".

Gordon Freeman has also rebutted the claims by Sœrgèl, pointing out that the OAM was established "...riding the wave of respect for sovereignty by intermicronational organisation", and has "never violated the sovereignty of any micronation, whether they be a member or not". He also referred to the fact that he himself, the founder of the OAM and multiple term-serving Secretary-General, believes in A1ism, a far-left ideology.

Member Nations

Visit this page for member listing: http://www.oamicro.org/membership/member-nations.

To apply for membership to the OAM please visit their website and fill out the online form. The OAMRO will then get back to you.


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