United Northern Congress

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United Northern Congress
UNC Flag.png
Alliance Motto
'Strength Though Unity'
UNC Charter As of June 2019
Last Alliance Spokesperson BritishWanderer
Founded 3rd August 2018
Disbanded 13th July 2019

The United Northern Congress (UNC) was an intergovernmental economic and military alliance between 10 countries, all of which are located in the northern hemisphere of CivClassics, and was formed on the 3rd of August 2018 and effectively disbanded on July 13th, 2019. The UNC operated under a system of collective defense whereby its individual member states agreed to mutual defend each other in response to any attack by any external party.

The United Northern Congress "prided itself on the democratic values on which it was founded", and the Congress was comprised of a voting delegation from each contracting party from which all votes, congressional or charter amendments, were decided by unanimous vote by national leaders. The UNC was originally founded by three nations, but would later be joined by seven other sovereign entities.

The United Northern Congress operated on a system of collective diplomacy, with each contracting party placing their trust in an elected spokesperson. The spokesperson was the orator of the UNC, speaking on behalf of all contracted parties.

United Northern Congress' Territories as of May 2019[By Falvyu & Lokilog]

History

It is generally accepted that the foundations of the UNC began as an economic and defensive alliance between the Federal Republic of Bloom and the then Principality of Gabon. On the latter's incorporation into the Grand Duchy of Varkonia the treaty between themselves and Bloom was upheld by the government of Varkonia, whom using their good relations with Nevrast and SPQR floated the idea of a joint treaty utilising the alliance with Bloom as a pretext.

On the third of August 2018, the treaty was negotiated and signed by the sovereign states of Varkonia, Nevrast and SPQR with Kaiserreich and Bloom expressing their support and becoming signatories in the following fortnight.

Late 2018

During September the following nation states of Kaltsburg, Tvtopia and Westmore were admitted on the 6th, 11th and 21st respectively, to the growing family of nations.

The winter months of 2018 for the United Northern Congress were quiet, fulfilling its purpose of a defensive alliance comprised of mostly builder-centric countries, infrastructure, embassies and joint projects relating to defense were built between the contracting members. The diplomatic outlook of the UNC was at this time quite separate in contrast to the functions of the current UNC, drama was on the low side and there were no issues internally. Around this time, both Westmore and Kaiserreich became further intertwined with The Grand Duchy Varkonia, becoming a province of the duchy and a protectorate respectively. Westmore relinquished their UNC vote as of becoming a province however Kasierreich kept theirs until the reformation of the protectorate on the 24th of April 2019.

In late december, after a period of inactivity, Kaltsburg granted SPQR the eastern claims of their nation, formally creating the administrative territories of the Kingdom of Kaltsburg within the SPQR. Kaltsburg later had a resurgence of activity in their independent territory of the Principality of Kaltsburg located below the Grand Duchy of Varkonia. Kaltsburg retained their congressional vote until the UNC reform on the 1st of May 2019.

Early 2019

In the beginning of 2019, the internal activity of the UNC picked up with the admission of Gensokyo on January 21st and the SPQR border crisis beginning in late February. In March, the charter was modified to appoint a spokesperson to handle diplomatic affairs on behalf of the organisation, a response to the handling of the prior SPQR border crisis.

United Northern Congress' Territories as of April 2019 [By Syurii]

2019 Charter Reform

In late april, it was agreed that the bureaucracy of unanimous voting between nine nations was becoming sluggish in regards to responding to diplomatic proposals and treaties. It was noted that waiting extra days to finish crucial votes could reflect badly on the alliance and thus the charter was rewritten, taking into considerations the concerns of every contracting party. The new charter established 6 core principles and the separation of member & observer states and their voting capabilities. The reform expanded on the concept of collective diplomacy, further specifying the role of the elected Alliance Spokesperson and their abilities when negotiating and being the orator of the UNC. The charter was signed into effect on May 1st and all prior principle states became signatories of the reform.

Admissions

On the 24th of March, Nyasaland was admitted to the Congress, taking the signatory count up to nine.

Following the charter reform on May 1st, Corvus was formally accepted as a member state and on May 7th, Iria was unanimously approved to become an observer state of the UNC.

Diplomatic Activities


Prior to the public announcement of the UNC in early September the diplomatic stance of the Congress was mostly isolationist and would stay that way until the first major incident in March with the SPQR border crisis, after which, with the addition of the spokesperson, the alliance became a neutral and outspoken bloc in local and international diplomacy.

SPQR Border Crisis

In mid February, Hallow, on behalf of the North Axis Treaty Organisation (NATO) contacted SPQR privately for comment on suspected Mirian combatants using the UNC border with NATO as an area to advance and retreat safely into as part of the on-going NATO-Mir war. Hallow had surmised that Mir maintained a bunker within the territories of SPQR and accused UNC inaction as silent support in the war.

Due to commitments unrelating to civclassics, NovaCeasar the National Leader representing SPQR only brought the concerns to the Congress' attention in the days leading up to march. The contracting parties were swift to reach a conclusion to their discussion on the matter and it was decided to commit to establishing their neutrality in the ongoing conflict and publicly announce this stance to the international community. As of March 2nd, the UNC unanimously approved a statement of neutrality which was shortly posted.

Alongside the announcement of neutrality, it was agreed internally to dispatch a party to the SPQR-Hallow border to investigate the claims brought forward by NATO and to assess the situation at the border in a way that could not be done at home. The party was comprised of citizens, government officials and leaders of Varkonia, Bloom and Gensokyo. The goals of the expedition were to remove any foreign entities, people or blocks from either side from the territories of the UNC with the priority being neutralising the Mirian bunker suspected to exist in the area. The investigation concluded with the results being published publicly to the international community with a post on restoring the peace to SPQR.

Summary

Although the affirmation of neutrality was met with mixed responses due to its seeming lack of alliance action on the matter, the restoration of peace was met with a positive reaction from outsiders and constructive diplomatic avenues with both NATO and Mir. Both sides of the conflict volunteered their snitch networks in the region much to the gratitude of the United Northern Congress. The border region was subsequently snitched and further monitored by the UNC as part of the collective defensive policy.

This situation led to further discussions internally on the issue of collective diplomacy and amendments were made to establish and clarify the alliance's position on diplomatic matters.

Icenian Diplomatic Incident

In late June, tensions between New Sovia and Icenia culminated in a Reddit postexposing Icenian President, ChrisChrispie for participating in the obby bombing of New Verda (Nyasaland) and contained screenshots alleging his support for retaliation attacks against the UNC member in future. On the day of the post, protests led by and mostly consisting of New Sovians littered the streets of Icenia with the attacks on icenian citizens with the subsequent pearling of Pirater by Lil_wayne. Prior to these incidents, however, the present Spokesperson, BritishWanderer took an unarmed visit to Icenia to observe the protests and to visit the Varkonian shop. The Spokesperson was accompanied by four UNC geared fighters who were there to ensure the safety of the Spokesperson as is the unwritten policy for when visiting foreign nations.


During the confusion of the protests and observations by the UNC, an Icenian by Lil_wayne took it upon himself to attack the Spokesperson, pearling him in the process. The accompanying UNC fighters launched pursuit of Lil_wayne and eventually captured and pearled him, freeing BritishWanderer in the process. [Video of the event] This event initially sent ripples through the - , - and internationally with many being taken aback by the random attack on an unarmoured civilian, especially that of the Spokesperson of the UNC. The response for the UNC internally was the shock of an unprecedented attack on one of their own.

Summary

Although initially a shock, the event mostly simmered into general memery and jokes about the situation. ChrisChrispie did, however, reiterate that BritishWanderer was always welcome in Icenia and apologised for the event. Lil_wayne was also given a light sentence by the UNC with the context of the event in mind.


Congressional Votes & Treaties

Membership status of the United Northern Congress

In Order of Joining the UNC Date Membership Status
Grand Duchy of Varkonia 3rd of August 2018 No longer a member as of 4th of July 2019
SPQR 3rd of August 2018 No longer a member as of 13th of July 2019
Nevrast 3rd of August 2018 No longer a member as of 13th of July 2019
Kaiserreich 6th of August 2018 No longer a member as of 24th of April 2019
Republic of Bloom 16th of August 2018 No longer a member as of 12th of July 2019
Kaltsburg 6th of September 2018 No longer a member as of 13th of July 2019
Tvtopia 11th of September 2018 Did not officially leave until disbandment of the UNC
Westmore 21st of September 2018 No longer a member as of 21st of October 2018
Gensokyo 21st of January 2019 No longer a member as of 12th of July 2019
Nyasaland 24th of March 2019 No longer a member as of 12th of July 2019
Corvus 1st of May 2019 No longer a member as of 13th of July 2019
Iria 7th of May 2019 No longer a member as of 13th of July 2019
Imperial Truidence 1st of July 2019 No longer a member as of 13th of July 2019


Votes Proposed by each Member State

Member State Votes

Proposed

Pass Rate
Grand Duchy of Varkonia 11 91%
SPQR 8 75%
Nyasaland 5 83%
Kaltsburg 4 50%
Tvtopia 4 100%
Republic of Bloom 3 66.6%
Gensokyo 2 100%


Alliance Spokesperson

The introduction of Alliance Spokesperson was regarded as one of the largest changes in comparison to the UNC's inception. The Spokesperson had the written responsibility to "Post updates, announcements and statements regarding the UNC on public forums and shall be the orator of the concentrated positions of the National Leaders" The spokesperson was implored to not carry their own ideals or biases in their role as it was their responsibility to speak for all contracting parties and to form a robust and cohesive diplomatic outlook on their behalf.

Externally the Spokesperson acted as an ambassador, with the ability to reach out to foreign nations, conferring with foreign leaders on behalf of the UNC; with the Spokesperson internally being responsible for holding regular meetings on current events, ensuring that alliance votes went smoothly and generally being the curator of any public or UNC-wide information. The Spokesperson had generally become a more involved figure over time, with many of the responsibilities being assumed as time had passed.

The Alliance Spokesperson was elected by a majority vote of all members of the alliance after being nominated by Head Representatives.

First Election for Alliance Spokesperson
Government Name Votes
Varkonia BritishWanderer 7
Varkonia Mickale -
Tvtopia Tvman999 -

The spokesperson during this time, BritishWanderer, oversaw the introduction of the Archduchy of Nyasaland into the UNC, assisted in the diplomatic responses to the Sovian and Icenian situations and ended with his term culminating in the charter reform of which he was one of the authors.

Second Election for Alliance Spokesperson
Government Name Votes
Varkonia BritishWanderer 7

The spokesperson during this time, BritishWanderer, aided in the introduction of Corvus to the UNC, handled the UNC's collective response to the Nyasaland leadership crisis, created an infographic for the benefit of public PR, assisted in establishing a formal motto for the UNC and collected the response to the Icenian incident after his assassination.

Third Election for Alliance Spokesperson
Government Name Votes
Varkonia BritishWanderer 8
Varkonia Varkanos 2

The spokesperson during this time, BritishWanderer, attempted to handle the internal and external crisis that became known as the Corvus incident. The spokesperson resigned on the 5th of July.

Fourth Election for Alliance Spokesperson
Government Name Votes
Tvtopia BritishWanderer -
Gensokyo Topaz4293 4

The spokesperson during this time, Topaz4293, attempted to quell the internal emergency bought on by previous spokesperson and Varkonia's departure from the UNC and the fallout relating to this. Ultimately leaving as a result of Gensokyo joining the Entente on July 12th 2019.

Fifth Election for Alliance Spokesperson
Government Name Votes
Tvtopia BritishWanderer 2

The spokesperson during this time, BritishWanderer, was nominated as a last attempt to give the UNC a chance by SPQR, though ultimately not succeeding as the alliance would officially disband later that day.

No. Name Term of Office Government
1 BritishWanderer 10th of March

2019

1st of May

2019

1 month, 21 days

(52 days total)

Grand Duchy of Varkonia
2 BritishWanderer 1st of May

2019

1st of July

2019

2 months,

(61 days total)

Grand Duchy of Varkonia
3 BritishWanderer 1st of July

2019

5th of July

2019

4 days

(4 days total)

Grand Duchy of Varkonia
4 Topaz4293 7th of July

2019

12th of July

2019

5 days

(5 days total)

Heavenly Kingdom of Gensokyo
5 BritishWanderer 13th of July

2019

13th of July

2019

1 day

(1 day total)

Tvtopia