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Micronation legally invades the United States and annexes 11 islands/atolls

UMMOA News — 6 May 2008 — The United States Minor Outlying Islands (USMOI), a statistical designation defined by ISO 3166-1, consisted of eleven insular United States possessions. Palmyra Atoll was the only incorporated territory. Currently, none of these islands have any permanent inhabitants. The census of 1980 gave population figures for three of the islands: Johnston Atoll (327), Midway Atoll (453), and Wake Island (302). The censuses that followed in 1990 and 2000 only note that there was no indigenous population, which was of course also true for all previous censuses.

These islands were grouped together entirely as a statistical convenience. They were not administered collectively, nor did they share a single cultural or political history beyond being currently uninhabited islands under the sovereignty of the United States.

In January 2007, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) reportedly dropped the .UM country code top-level domain (ccTLD) from the master list of domain names in response to the domain being unused, and the desire of the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (ISI) to divest itself of responsibility for the domain.

Red-footed boobies (Sula sula) on Palmyra
Red-footed boobies (Sula sula) on Palmyra Atoll

Since the U.S. still legally assumes that Roman law extends to the Internet (false assumption, because it can be demonstrated that Cesidian law really governs the Internet); since the .UM ccTLD also legally represented the United States Minor Outlying Islands, a statistical designation defined by ISO 3166-1, and consisting of 11 insular United States possessions; officers of the Cesidian Root, an intercontinental Internet independent of the ICANN, were prepared to legally occupy the .UM ccTLD as soon as ICANN and the ISI abandoned it. Like any seaworthy ship abandoned in international waters, any pirate could have legally occupied the .UM ccTLD.

Once the .UM ccTLD was legally occupied, the President of the Cesidian Root would have used the legally occupied .UM ccTLD to legally annex the United States Minor Outlying Islands (if the U.S. can occupy the Internet based on territorial claims, then the reverse should also be kosher from a legal standpoint...), and would have renamed the islands the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago or UMMOA (map).

The .UM ccTLD was not abandoned immediately, however. According to a Wikipedia article, in November 2007 at the registry website of www.nic.um a message stated "Registration is CLOSED at this time. We are only accepting Registrar Accounts." In December 2007, registration was opened on an experimental basis with an "Annual Account Maintenance" fee of $1,200 and a $30 annual domain registration. Since the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (ISI) divested itself of this registry, EP.NET hosted it for an independent company, USMIR, and continued to administer it. Some .UM websites like 'hotel.um' sprung up after the ccTLD opened.

On 19 January 2008 the www.ummoa and www.amomu domains came alive in the Cesidian Root. The Hon. Most Rev. Dr. Cesidio Tallini, who is already Governor of Independent Long Island, Co-Founder of the Commonwealth Nations Research Society, President and Founder of the Cesidian Root, and Bishop of the Cesidian Church, started a first Independent Long Island-registered organisation called the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) for the expressed purpose of providing each macro- and micronational member of the organisation an UMMOA-based embassy, so any micronation can stand on legal ground in Montevideo Convention terms.

UMMOA was to exist on the legal foundation called jus cerebri humani, since it is, in essence, the intellectual creation of Tallini, as much as a new and distinct territorial claim. Since Tallini was born on Independent Long Island, but not on any of the islands of UMMOA; since UMMOA has no indigenous population; Tallini, and any national of the UMMOA federation, became a citizen of that country by naturalisation (jus via naturalisation).

Some time on Monday, 21 April 2008, the .UM ccTLD was suddenly removed from ICANN's root zone file. At the Cesidian Root, IASON records of 20 April 2008 still show .UM as part of the ICANN root zone.

On Saturday, 26 April 2008, however, IASON, a Star Wars-like root server defense system, showed for the first time a missing top-level domain in the ICANN root: the .UM ccTLD. In other words, the .UM ccTLD was behaving as if it was part of the Cesidian Root, but not part of the ICANN root.

Any .UM second-level domain that was still visible in the Cesidian Root after that date, was still visible only because the .UM had not been deleted from the Cesidian Root, so domains like the old copy of the gov.um (PNG image; DiG text; HTML file) were still visible. These domains are no longer visible in the ICANN root, since the .UM top level domain is missing entirely from the root zone file.

On 6 May 2008, at 4.53 GMT exactly, the new, UMMOA-controlled gov.um (PNG image; DiG text; HTML file) domain became visible in the Cesidian Root for the first time, and all these other new .UM domains were already visible at the time:

In an email in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday, 6 May 2008 ('Juday 23 Edison 2008' in the Cesidian Calendar), the President and Founder of the Cesidian Root made the official announcement to Cesidian Root operators worldwide as follows:

Cesidian Root officers, Nürnberg, Germany IPv4 address here. The Red-footed Booby has landed...

The Red-footed Booby has landed indeed! Not even during the Normandy Invasion in World War II have 12 islands, atolls, reefs, banks, or islets been invaded on a single day! It is the first time in history that an alternative DNS root like the Cesidian Root successfully takes away a TLD like the .UM from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Other racines libres, other free alternative DNS root server systems, have faced the very opposite scenario. For example, the Wikipedia states that "Before ICANN approved of .biz as a top-level domain it was already in use by one or more alternative DNS root(s)." The .BIZ TLD was illegally taken by the ICANN from alternative DNS roots in the past.

The ICANN, a California non-profit corporation that was itself illegally created on 18 September 1998 by the U.S. Department of Commerce, assumes that Roman law legally extends to the Internet, and acts as if this were a legal fact. Since the United States holds large territories, and military bases in over one hundred countries, the ICANN assumes that the U.S. also has the right to hold a global Internet, and a virtual global monopoly over DNS business. The principle of "might makes right." By the same principle, the U.S. believes that since it holds 11 islands and atolls, a most irregular claim under international legal convention even if it were just a territory, the U.S. government also has the right to hold a .UM ccTLD. Well, if this is legally true, if it is legally true that the U.S. can occupy the Internet based on territorial claims, then the reverse should also be kosher from a legal standpoint: once an ccTLD is occupied, and according to previously published RFCs, cannot be re-occupied by another root or party in order to avoid any possible collisions, any land or territory legally associated with such ccTLD is also the property of the new ccTLD operators.

The United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) thus legally annexes the 11 islands and atolls (map) previously known to belong to the 'United States Minor Outlying Islands'; the UMMOA requests that the U.S. government, and any individual or corporate landholder associated with the U.S. government, abandon these islands as soon as possible; and UMMOA declares its independence from the United States of America as a free nation, peacefully- and legally-formed country, before the eyes of the world. The UMMOA holds these truths to be self-evident: that all nations are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and sovereignty.

The UMMOA today has 27 registered nationals, and 19 nations or micronations claiming a small piece of land for embassy construction purposes, and in order to fulfill the requirements of a state under the Montevideo Convention. The UMMOA also runs the Cesidian Root, a sophisticated intercontinental Internet which maintains access to 5 different roots, and the UMMOA also manages several international organisations: the Fifth World Accreditation Agency (5WAA), the Fifth World Health Organisation (5WHO), and Live Nations.

The UMMOA has also conceived a virtual capital called the City of Cyberterra, which has it own time zone or local time; which has its own terrestrial coordinates (43°0'0" North and 15°0'0" East); which is the first operational Cesidian law jurisdiction; and which is also the episcopal see of the Bishop of Cyberterra, who is also the Primate of the Cesidian Church (new map of the UMMOA).

[This article was updated on 7 April 2010]