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Union of States around the Sovereign Oceans

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Union of States around the Sovereign Oceans
Flag of USSO
Flag
Emblem of USSO
Emblem
Hymn:
Location of USSO
Headquarters Apollo City (Jingdao)
Official language(s) English
Type Political, military and economic union
Leaders
 - Chairman of the USSO Kan Zen
 - Executive branch Union Council of Commissars (UCC)
 - Main assembly Political Consultative Committee
Establishment 26th February, 2017
Membership 7 member states,

2 associate members,

0 observers

(of 30 MCS-nations [1])

National website NA
National forum Forum
A Craitish Union Passport, allowing free travel throughout the Union.

The Union of States around the Sovereign Oceans (USSO) is a collective defence, economical and cultural treaty organisation among Jingdaoese Empire, Craitland, Gerenia, Passio-Corum, Xang Muang, the Florian Republic and the Brettania. It has an estimated population of over 317 million (fictional) citizens and has land on almost each continent across Micras. While originally a defence union, the focus and input from Passio-Corum swayed its members to establish and further integrate a common market between the members.

The Union traces its roots back in the Hammish Civil War, in which several of the founding states saw the interference of the Shirerithians in the civil war as very worrisome. Soon after, the alliance also began cooperating on the economical, cultural and scientific level. Since the Union Treaty of July 2017, all citizens of each Union State can also apply for Union Citizenship, which guarantees free movement between the States.


History

Origin

A propaganda poster in Hamland: the invading forces didn't even attempt to hide their presence and influence to the world.

The USSO was born during a period of heightened tensions due to the ongoing Hammish Civil War. Jingdao, which had undergone a change of government and (limited) democratization after the death of the Sheng Emperor, sought to regain some influence on the world stage.

It found allies in nations including Gerenia and Xang Muang, who were eager to protect themselves against what was perceived imperialist aggression from other nations, Craitland, which offered humanitarian efforts for future situations, and Passio-Corum, which sought to protect its economic interests around the Sea of Storms. Having seen the aggressive use of atomic weapons ( Operation Tymarian Sun ) and Hamland pushed into a lengthy and cruel civil war had both shocked and angered public opinion, which demanded the atrocities to be stopped. Much of the blame was put on the interference by the larger (western) states, which sought to use the war to their benefit.


Treaty of Voorpost

The five heads of government at the Conference of Voorpost.

In February 2017, the Jingdaoese Empire, Craitland, Gerenia, Passio-Corum and Xang Muang gathered around the conference table in Voorpost (in Passio-Corum) to discuss the possibility of a tighter international cooperation to constructively work on a future for their micronations.

The cultural differences and even former rivalries (between Jingdao and Passio-Corum) were put aside and declarations of friendship were made and met with enthusiasm by the population of the participating member states. On the 26th February 2017, the rulers (or representatives) of its founding states signed the Treaty of Voorpost.

A shattered Union (April 2017)

The death of the Sheng Emperor and the rise of the Mingshi Emperor to active participation in politics fractured the attempts of the Union to counter the interference of SANE into Hamland. What had begun as indirect attempts (like blockades), soon became outright hostilities. On the 1st April, the Emperor - in a fit of madness - declared war upon Shireroth and its allies. This led to the outbreak of the War of Jingdaoese Immolation. In the meantime, Gerenia was blockaded by the Shirerithian Navy and was forced to declare itself neutral.

In attempt to save the strategic positions in Keltia, Passio-Corum invaded its ally and occupied its oversea territories. With the death of the Mingshi Emperor, those possessions were returned to Jingdao and relations restored.

Having survived the crisis, the members became convinced that a military alliance alone meant nothing. Several projects, including the Common Market, were launched.


First Union Summit (21 June - 23rd July 2017)

The USSO Command Enterprise was launched during the June 2017 Summit.

In May 2017 plans were made to finance the creation of a flying Headquarters, which could travel from one member state to another. This immense project, which was both a prestige project as an attempt to make the Policon HQ less dependent from one member nation, received heavy funding from not only the states, but also the private sector. It was launched during a ceremony in the presence of Chairman Tuân Quân on the 21st June 2017, during the First Policon Summit.

The First Summit began at a slow speed, which worried some member states and led to a decline of support for Tuân Quân, who was campaigning for a second term as Chairman. In the end, he was defeated and replaced by Kan Zen of Passio-Corum during a close election. During the meeting, the Florian Republic was also admitted to the Union, making it the first non-founding Full Member.

The Summit itself had some ambitious goals to strengthen certain aspects in cooperation between the nations, including the creation of an Union Citizenship, the establishment of Union defence units, free movement of people within the Union and stronger cultural cooperation (including a detailed map of Micras, thanks to investments in space satellites).


Treaty

The main treaty of the Union was the Treaty of Voorpost (26th February 2017). This was replaced by the Union Treaty (July 2017) and unanimously passed on the 23rd July, ending the First Summit. The Union Treaty saw the creation of the function of Commissars, responsible for certain projects.

Member states

There are three different kinds of membership:

  • Full Membership
  • Associate Membership
  • Observer status

Full Members

Full Members - or Union States - hold all privileges and duties, as being agreed upon in the Union Treaty (including free movement, Union Citizenship, military aid and economical access to the common market).


  • Observer (21 June - 29 June 2017)
Name Accession Status Population (sim.) Notes
Flag of Craitland.png Craitland Founder Full Member 17,000,000
  • Defence tasks limited to support and providing care to wounded military personnel and citizens.
  • Not yet active in the USSO Common Market.
Gerenia flag 2015.png Gerenia Founder Full Member 6,000,000
Flag Jingdao 2.png Jingdao Founder Full Member 255,000,000
Passasflggz2.jpg Passio-Corum Founder Full Member 35,000,000
  • Major player and founder of the USSO Common Market.
Flag of Xang Muang.png Xang Muang Founder Full Member 9,000,000
  • Not yet active in the USSO Common Market.
Brettishflag.png Kingdom of Brettania 25 July 2017 Full Member 5,000,000

Associative Members

  1. Associate Members are allowed to send a representative to the Political Consultative Committee but hold no voting power.
  2. Can participate in a project (militarily, economically, cultural), but must be approved by the Political Consultative Committee and involved Commissar.


Name Accession Status Population (sim.) Notes
Nova English flag.png Nova England 16 April 2017 Participant in the Common Market. 250,000
  • Not an official Member State.
Strait of haifa flag.png Maritime Markets of the Strait of Haifa 15 June 2017 Participant in the Common Market. 700,000
  • Not an official Member State.

Observers

Observer States are allowed to send a representative to the Political Consultative Committee, but hold no voting power and do not actively participate in any of the projects.

No observer states.

Former Members

Former Members are those which have left the Union after having enjoyed membership.

Name Accession Status Population (sim.) Notes
Florianrepublicflag.png Florian Republic 29 June 2017 25,000,000
  • Observer (21 June - 29 June 2017).
  • Full member (29 June 2017- 10th October 2017).
  • Associate Member (07 October 2017 - 25 October 2017)
  • Former Member (25 October 2017 - Present)

Structure

Union is the Union Council of Commissars (UCC)

The Union is the Union Council of Commissars (UCC) acts as the highest executive and administrative body of the Union, being responsible for issuing decisions and orders on the basis and in pursuance of the treaties in operation. They also need to supervise the execution of those decisions. The Council is headed by the Chairman of the USSO and has a number of Commissars which are responsible for their own department.

Picture Name Country Term in office Notes Commissar of Trade Commissar of Cultural Affairs Commissar of Union Defence & Security
Tuan Quan.png
Tuân Quân Flag of Xang Muang.png Xang Muang 28 February 2017 - 10 July 2017
  • The first Chairman of the Union. Unanimously elected.
Kanzenportrait.png
Kan Zen Passasflggz2.jpg Passio-Corum 10 July 2017 - present
  • The second Chairman of the Union. (1 abstain, 2 in favour of Quân, 3 in favour of Kan Zen)
Passasflggz2.jpg Son Aeahn Flag Jingdao 2.png Zhang Shun Flag Jingdao 2.png Li Hong

Political Consultative Committee (Policon)

The Policon is the assembly of the USSO and discusses changes to the treaties and oversees its execution.

Discussed treaties and legislation:

Subject Period Votes Status
Treaty of Voorpost 26th February 2017 In favour: Craitland, Gerenia, Jingdao, Passio-Corum, Xang Muang

Abstain:
Against:

Replaced by the Union Treaty (July 2017)
Admission of the Florian Republic [1] 29th June 2017 In favour: Craitland, Gerenia, Jingdao, Passio-Corum, Xang Muang

Abstain:
Against:

Florian Republic later downgraded to Associate Member.
Union Treaty (July 2017) [2] 23rd July 2017 In favour: Craitland, Gerenia, Jingdao, Passio-Corum, Xang Muang, Florian Republic

Abstain:
Against:

Passed during the First Summit.
Admission of the Brettish Isles [3] 25th July 2017 In favour: Craitland, Gerenia, Jingdao, Passio-Corum, Xang Muang, Florian Republic

Abstain:
Against:

Downgrade of Florian Republic to Associate Member Status [4] 7th October 2017 In favour: Jingdao, Passio-Corum, Xang Muang, Florian Republic

Abstain: Craitland, Gerenia, Brettish Isles
Against:


Color
Active
Revoked / non-active
Failed to gather support / pending

USSO Common Market

The USSO Common Market falls within the responsibility and jurisdiction of the Commissar of Trade, who is responsible for the well-functioning of the Common Market mechanics. Union Members have access to the largest economic market of Micras, which led to an increased welfare in and breakdown of protective policies of the individual member states.


Conflicts

A propaganda poster of the USSO's commitment to each other.

The USSO has been involved in the following number of conflicts:


References

  1. ^ As of 26/02/2017 there were 30 nations on the map.