What is the UMMOA?


What is the UMMOA, or the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago?

The first thing one needs to note is that the term micronation is both a neologism and an exonym, and it is a pretty inferior example of English as well. The term microstate always implies a small state. However, the term micronation does not imply a small nation, but according to the Wikipedia, an imaginary or aspirational state. Rather than rely on Wikipedian terms, micronationalists should start their aspirations of independence by first adopting an endonym, rather than an exonym, to describe their national entities, and Fifth World nation is a better and more neutral term than micronation, and Sixth World nation is a better and more neutral term to describe a young micronation.

In its article about micronations, the Wikipedia goes on to say that micronations differ from secession and self-determination movements in that they are largely viewed as being eccentric and ephemeral in nature, and micronations also differ from other kinds of social groups such as eco-villages, campuses, tribes, clans, sects, and residential community associations, since they express formal and persistent, even if unrecognised, claims of sovereignty over some physical territory. Why does the Wikipedia use so many examples of what a micronation is not, instead of using a few but clear examples of what a micronation is? Is this some sort of propaganda piece passing for genuine political science? Do we call black people Africans, or African-Americans, depending on where they reside, or do we call them "something less than white people"? A more meaningful and accurate term than micronation would be imaginary or aspirational state, rather than micronation.

Is the UMMOA a micronation?

It is clear that although the UMMOA is a small nation, the UMMOA is not a micronation at least as the Wikipedia defines it, as the word itself is unbecoming of any real small nation anyway. The word micronation is used in English today as a disparaging and a demeaning term, not a neutral and/or scientific one. However, the UMMOA was recognised as a micronation when it was recognised by the International Parliament for Safety and Peace in July 2008.

Is the UMMOA an active separatist movement, or national liberation movement recognised by intergovernmental organisations?

Again, the Wikipedia takes the biased position that only the United Nations can define what is a state, and what isn't, and only intergovernmental organisations approved by the United Nations can define active separatist or national liberation movements. Nevertheless, the UMMOA was recognised as an active separatist or national liberation movement when it was fully recognised by the Organization of Emerging African States (OEAS) in May 2012. The UMMOA is also recognised by Nations Without States (NWS), another Nation or People intergovernmental organisation (IGO).

Is the UMMOA a state with limited recognition?

It is clear that the UMMOA, being recognised by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the United States government; being also that its wordmark is recognised by the same agency as indicating "membership in a political organization concerned with international affairs"; the UMMOA exhibits stronger recognition in the United States than even the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), and one could argue that the UMMOA exhibits stronger recognition in the US than even Somaliland.

It is thus clear that the UMMOA has begun to exhibit the characteristics of a state with limited recognition, but it is still not recognised by another state, or even by another town, and the UMMOA is not recognised by a major intergovernmental organisation (IGO), and still doesn't have many of the characteristics that even of an underdeveloped state possesses.

So the UMMOA is a quasi-state, on its way of becoming a stronger and more independent state.