Antarctic Micronational Union

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The Antarctic Micronational Union (AMU) is a defunct coalition that was the first inter-micronational organization comprised exclusively of micronations that claimed Antarctic territory.

The main goal of the AMU was to organize all Antarctic micronations and protect the territory and claims of its member states. During its tenure, the AMU also maintained the most up-to-date information about current claims in Antarctica to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts. Since 2010 the AMU has been mentioned in Dutch, Belgian, and Russian news media.

History

Establishment

The Antarctic Micronational Union was officially established on 6 December 2008 as the Grupo Del Acuerdo Micronational Antartico (GAMA) by the Kingdom of Finismund, Marie State, and the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis. The Federated States of Antarctica and Keep Watch were the first micronations which joined the organisation after its foundation. The GAMA formed as coalition of states allied against Westarctica during the 2009 Siple War.

On 24 September 2010, the hostilities of the Siple War were formally brought to an end with the signing of the West-Antarctic Treaty in which Westarctica agreed to join the AMU and all nations agreed to recognize one another's claims to Antarctic territory.

Reforms

In late 2009, the organization faced a crisis when two of the founding nations, Finismund and Marie State, were disbanded.

In January 2010 Flandrensis proposed the first elections of the organization, and on the 15th of that month Grand Duke Niels of Flandrensis was elected as the first Secretary-General. The same day he renamed the organization to the Antarctic Micronational Union (AMU), a name that has more clarity. On 24 October 2011 the AMU was reformed by dividing the organization into 4 administrative regions: West-Antarctica, East-Antarctica, Victoria Land and the Northern Antarctic Peninsula.

The reform was only a temporally success. Faced with inactivity on the forum, the lack of communication and the disappearing of several micronations the AMU was confronted again with a crisis in 2013. Niels of Flandrensis (co-founder of the AMU) took the initiative for another reform, supported by the remaining active members. On August 21, 2013 all inactive members were removed from the organization, the forum was removed and replaced by the official Facebook page and the organization simplified its administration.

Westarctica's departure

In November 2016 Flandrensis, Westarctica, Ruthenia, Arkel, and Campinia withdrew their membership in the Antarctic Micronational Union after a long debate about internal affairs and the preservation of Antarctica and ecologic issues.

Although the departure was first proposed by Flandrensis, Westarctica was bound to follow their ally in leaving the AMU due to the provisions of the West-Antarctic Free Alliance, a treaty which linked the foreign affairs of the two nations.

Current status

In the wake of the five micronations leaving the AMU, it appears the organization has fallen apart. There has been no activity on the website or official Facebook page since December of 2016. Since there has been no official declaration of disbanding the AMU, it is assumed that the organization is now defunct.

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