AIMNN (11/07) – Association of Indonesian Micronations (AIM) General Assembly Special Session successfully took place today (11/07). AIM General Assembly delegates agreed to have a special session to celebrates the 9th anniversary of AIM.
AIM General Assembly special session was attended by 10 out of 16 member states and observers of AIM. Countries attending the session are Al-Muqaddimah, Astanesia, Cutlavania, Excellent, Falalia, Halenesia, Jomblonisme, Litania, St. John, dan Institut Suwarnakarta. Attending countries are represented by their own delegates. The special session was opened by AIM Secretary General Eri Septio on 20.45 Western Indonesian Time (UTC +7).
The special session was started by singing the organisation anthem “Cahaya Asia Tenggara” with a new melodic arrangement composed by Excellent leader Theodorus Diaz. The session afterward continued by a moment of remembrance for past micronations and special dedication for former Arkaporean leader Tian Abdurrahman that was passed away in 2019. Remarks from the Acting Chairman council member Theodorus Diaz and Secretary General Eri Septio follows.
Member States Reporting Their Countries
The session continues by member states report. At this part, member states shared much information about their countries, these include states’ history, current development target, and past challenges and hindrances.
Excellent leader Theodorus Diaz applauded his successful bilateral meeting with Harjakarta earlier this year, while also reported his plan for the first Excellent general election. Cutlavania reported their recent challenges to develop micronational economic and a tax system that was hindered by the recent Covid-19 outbreak.
King Jan II of Halenesia recalls his country’s history and his personal story that he was inspired to continue his country after a visit to Japan. Jan II also explain Halenesian flag colour that represents racial harmony in his country. Jomblonisme president Eri Septio continues by explaining his inspiration to create Jomblonisme and the current situation of his country.
Litanian delegation King Muhammad I Azka retells Litanian historical roots that stemmed since 2015, he also recalled various challenges Litania had, that includes foreign invasion and betrayal of one of his ministers to the enemy. St. John leader William Timothy also explained past conflicts of his former micronations, that was highly affected St. John current micronational activities today.
“Indonesian Police Told Us to Disband Ourselves!”
The session proceeds by a free discussion with the main theme on the current situation of Indonesian micronational movement. Delegates are particularly enthusiastic about the following discussion and debates on the theme.
The first discussion was on the 2020 Indonesian micronations shock and Indonesian authority response against Keraton Agung Sejagat and the Sunda Empire. In reflection on the situation, delegates admitted that there are many factors that causing micronationalism in Indonesia not to be popularly accepted, particularly on the Indonesian threat of separatism that resulted in public insistence to brand micronational movement as separatists.
Falalian leader remarks on Indonesian authority reaction to micronations aroused delegates’ curiousity, as he claimed that Indonesian police once reprimand him due to his micronational movement. “The police forced us to disband our country because he believed that our micronation is a separatist movement,” King Muhammad I Shah recalled the moment. Litanian leader also admitted that they once experienced the same situation.
The discussion continues on how to improve the image of the Indonesian micronational movement and to dissociate it with the separatist movement. Delegates believed that the current best method are continuous educational effort and to clarify itself that micronational movement is not a separatist movement. Special session delegates also agreed that a micronation is different with “fictional country”, as the latter existed only in narratives while a micronation would always involved physical activities and interaction in the real world.
Member states lastly praised the Indonesian micronational community openness to micronations belonging to members of ideological and religious minority, that if they openly declared their faith, they would not be accepted easily by the Indonesian public.
AIM General Assembly special session was adjourned by member of the Acting Chairman council Nabil Ihsan on 22.55 Western Indonesian Time (UTC +7). AIM member states then hoped that these kind of special session could take place next year on the 10th anniversary of AIM.