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The Congress of Colo convened for a second time on the 19th of August, 2017, as had previously been determined by the delegates at the first session of the Congress.

Once again, the minutes from the session were released by the official Facebook page, and can be found here.

Their first order of business was to recognize the fact that the Austenasian delegation had quit the Congress. By officially recognizing this withdrawal, the Congress was able to reach a quorum and move forward beyond mere discussion.

Jordan Brizendine, a delegate from Delvera, then took the floor to introduce an additional resolution to the articles already being considered by the Congress of Colo. This resolution, largely based upon similar legislation recently passed by the Delveran Chamber of Deputies, attempts to better define what micronationalism is, and how it differs from the macronational form of government.

After much discussion and several amendments, the resolution was passed unanimously by the Congress. The full text of the resolution, in its final form, can be found below for those who do not wish to read through the minutes in their entirety.

Finally, the delegations from the Congress discussed the possibility of an amendment that, in the words of delegate Joseph Marx from the North American Confederation, “clarifies the limits of micronational authority and the inherent human rights of micronational citizens.”  Delveran delegate Dylan Callahan pointed out that, “there are some rights that are specific to micronationalism,” citing the right to know that one is being claimed as a citizen as an example.

A series of informal meetings is planned by the delegates for the purpose of collaborating on this matter before the next session of Congress, which will meet on the 26th of August.

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Full text of the Resolution on Micronational Sovereignty:

“Whereas micronations and macronations exist on separate, parallel planes whereby their duties and responsibilities do not overlap; and
Whereas micronations have sovereign power which is exerted in the social, cultural, and economic realms; and
Whereas micronational authority is entirely based on the consent of the governed rather than a monopoly on force; and
Whereas micronational laws are enforced through the implementation of punishments agreed to via consensus ad idem and pursuant to macronational restrictions on violence; and
Whereas all micronational citizens hold macronational citizenship; and
Whereas macronations generally do not tolerate challenges to their authority in the manner of true secessionism or separatism; and
Whereas micronational governments, as true servants of the people, should protect their citizens from unnecessary hardship and persecution at the hands of macronations in relation to movements of secession;

Therefore, micronational sovereignty and macronational sovereignty do not preclude one another; and
Micronations which seek macronational status alter their basis of authority, and therefore their national character; and
Micronational governments do not hold a monopoly on force to the exclusion of separate, macronational authorities where such authorities claim jurisdiction in a given case; and
Micronations should not identify as a movement which seeks to usurp the macronational monopoly of force.

Nothing in this resolution shall be construed to deny the right of self-determination of any people or their representative government.”

Reporter: Hannah Callahan

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