Following multiple brainstorming sessions from March to August 2015, the Secessionists’ Convent released its final report yesterday, seeking to provide guidance to secessionist micronations on important state matters required to achieve and support independence.
When the Convent first met on March 7 of last year, the four secessionist micronationalists in attendance – Rhys Gregory, Mike Lewis, Bailey McCahon, and Gabriel Pelger – sought to build the group into a trusted and accepted authority on secession. To help achieve that goal, the group laid out several principal aims for the nearly six-month conference that followed. Among those aims were creating a unified voice amongst micronations that would facilitate the creation of common standards concerning the topic of secessionism, and to define, promote and coordinate the advancement of the secessionist agenda.
The Convent reached conclusions on 19 separate matters, ranging from the definition of micronational secessions, to the identification of resources to support achieving secession, to social issues such as health, education and social security. The report also included commentary on the legal and economic considerations for secession.
Among the conclusions was the realization that unclaimed land is an impractical target for secessionist micronations. Instead, the Convent said, any chance of secession must be focused on identifying legal loopholes, to use the Sealand example with respect to British territorial waters. That effort must also be supported by identifying key local resources, such as food and water supplies, and exploiting such resources in a sustainable, environmentally-conscious manner, such as using rainwater collectors.
The Convent also suggested that the cost of living for a secessionist micronation must be kept low in order to entice population growth. It however cautioned that the cost of living, when it comes to the food supply, a secessionist government must not sacrifice healthy foods for processed foods, as it was important to ensure a healthy lifestyle to offset healthcare costs, which are often a serious burden on state coffers.
The participants were overwhelmingly pleased with the outcome of their efforts. “[The Convent] has had numerous positive effects for all nations involved,” said Bailey McCahon, noting that the diplomatic relationship between Covanellis, Lundenwic, Oryland, and the Usian Republic, had benefited immensely. Lewis agreed and suggested that future Convents should be held, given the beneficial results of their first effort.
The Convent’s report generated interest from individuals such as Thomas Merrell and Alejandro Valentino to participate in future iterations. Regardless of whether another Convent is held, “[The report] will serve as a solid guide for secessionist micronations into the future,” said Hugh McFarlane.