Consensus AMOMUS N. 1 **


The United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) is in the process of having certain claims recognised by an international organisation.

An examination of the individual claims has lead to important discoveries, which may affect future geographic classifications, but also to an important Ummoagian legal opinion.

Adélie Land, which the UMMOA has renamed Terra Firma or Terra Fabiana, is Antarctic territory that is claimed by France as one of five districts of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. However, not all nations have given this claim diplomatic recognition. France's sovereignty is not recognised internationally over this claim.

So outside of the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) rationale, Adélie Land is actually just another disputed claim.

It should also be noted that ATS claims do not signify de jure recognition. These are all de facto claims, so the Antarctic Treaty does not enjoy the status of customary international law, and probably never will.

It should also be noted that customary international law is based on a theory of State consent, and if a State consistently objects to a rule of customary international law, it will not be bound by it.

The UMMOA does not accept Antarctic Treaty claims, and would be free to do so even if the Antarctic Treaty were a rule of customary international law, which it is not.

HMRD Cesidio Tallini, 1 April 2012 (J:14D2012)


** Latin Note: The Latin term for the UMMOA is AMOMU (Archipelagus MultiOceanicis Micronationum Unitarum), and follows the atypical fourth declension form ending in "-u", such as the declension "cornu, cornus", and whose singular genitive case ends in "-us".