|Largest cities||Varied with member nations|
|Number of citizens||13|
|Number of active citizens||0 (Nation Inactive)|
|Date founded||August 2005|
|Map versions||7.0.6 - 13.7.8|
The Confederacy of Independent States, commonly referred to as the CIS, was partially responsible for the introduction of the so-called Lovely Sector nations into the Micran Sector of micronationalism. Founded by Seperatist (Zayd Al-Ani) in August 2005 and his comrades known as Biffa, PeoplesPoet and Bean, the organisation had its origins as a resistance cell and breakaway statelet known as the Freedom Republic in Lovely against Danny Wallace's government, although its actions never amounted to more than causing a nuisance on government forums. Al-Ani is believed to have founded the organisation some time in early to mid 2005 and migrated over to the Micran Sector, creating a CIS forum and establishing the Confederacy as a supranational entity of united, small micronations. By late 2005 Seperatist was actively recruiting new micronations in the Micran Sector to join the CIS, many of whom used the organisation as a quicker way to get land on the MCS map of Micras and to circumvent the organisation's Three Month Rule. The CIS acted in its early days more as a Federated Micronation than a supranational alliance body such as the Grand Commonwealth, claiming on the MCS as one entity and theoretically maintaining a unified military, foreign policy, and economy. However most of the CIS' member nations openly flouted these rules, leading to division and dischord within the CIS from late 2005 onwards.
Many CIS nations later left the organisation and sought full independence, and the lack of centralisation in the CIS and its lack of exclusivity led to a stigma being attached to the organisation and nations who had been a part of it. Nonetheless the CIS gradually became an integral part of the Micran Sector and remained a loose organisation of primarily new and small micronations until its inactivity and eventual removal from the MCS map in February 2009.
Political Structure and History
From the very beginning the CIS was intended as a centralised, united, group of micronations who would pursue a common economic and foreign policy. Due to the youth of most CIS member nations, and an understandable desire on their part to experience full political independence, these rules were largely ignored. As the CIS claimed for the first time on the MCS, for example in February 2006, there were already territorial disputes between how the organisation's land should be divided between its member nations, with Matbaa and Jamzinia particularly dissatisfied with their allocations. Many nations who joined initially were in fact seccessionist, such as Kemetia and Gosling, and others such as Tchistanski brought their inherited political disputes with them to the organisation. Although theoretically a centralised forum with sub-boards for each nation was to be used, most nations ignored this too and used the CIS as a military alliance resource, the importance of which was realised when tensions with the newly established CWOM (Commonwealth of Micronations), including New Britannia and her allies, nearly led to war.
As the CIS was viewed as a nation in its own right by the MCS administrators, it claimed various 'CIS Admin Territories' for future members of the organisation, which was viewed in a bad light by many who saw it as 'reserving' land for non-existent nations. This tactic was later revoked in favour of adding papel nations for which the CIS later became notorious, such as Conga, Galactica, Stasia, the Imperial Condominium and Gaia (later to become Tellia) into the CIS' territory. Even by the time the CIS had moved to Eura in September 2006, large swathes of land were reserved for CIS direct control from the capital, Union City, such as the Central Euran Plains region and the somewhat controversially named Euran Testicle.
The Executive Head of State of the organisation was the President, who was supposedly selected from a rotating presidency of member nations. Nonetheless, Seperatist remained President until his departure from Micronationalism. In correspondence with what he viewed as the most promising CIS nations, Seperatist hinted at the possible creation of a Confederacy of Imperial States, which would be established when the CIS moved to Eura from Benacia after the departure of Babkha from the MCS. This is believed to be one of the reasons why smaller states began to feel outcast from the organisation, and fuelled the bad atmosphere for the first general elections. When these democratic elections were eventually held, the new President, Maximos (of Matbaa and later of Ashkenatza) ruled only for one week before replaced by Oscar of New Oscland, and then Dr-Spangle, whose presidency was contested by Seperatist, who created a secret organisation in response, Sector 8, to challenge the new President. Spangle was then able to disband Sector 8 and ruled the CIS uncontested (though events such as the MMES-MCS split severely weakened the CIS during his rule) until the Confederacy's death in February 2009.
The culture of the CIS was generally determined by its constituent member nations, though the political foundation of the CIS itself rested on anti-imperialism, more specifically, Anti-Lovely. This was highlighted in what would become the trademark thread of all CIS forums, the Viva Thread where members would show their patriotism in the Confederacy's unofficial slogan and battle-cry. Much of this was taken from the Freedom Republic as previously mentioned, and in September 2008 when last President Dr-Spangle officially abolished the CIS in a speech to the CIS Senate, he stated that One of [his] greatest regrets is that the CIS (formerly "the vivas") never achieved its original goal of destroying Lovely, but they've done that for themselves anyway. It was this antagonism towards Lovely which provided something of a common unity and goal for the CIS member nations, regardless of whether any of them were indeed inspired by Wallace's attempt at a micronation anyway. Nevertheless, for all the bad image the CIS suffered (and which it was in retrospect partially responsible for) it did provide a safe haven for young, new nations at the time of Lovely's arrival in micronationalism, and allowed them to benefit from collective wisdom and experience micronationalism with ready-made allies at their side, keeping the culture of camaraderie and Viva alive until the CIS' death.
A great number of Micran Sector nations have been part of the CIS at some point in their history, including:
- Jamzinia (Founder Nation)
- Oscland (Founder Nation)
- Woodstania (Founder Nation)
- Gaia (later Tellia)
- Imperial Condominium
- Freedom Republic (Founder Nation)
- Col (later USSC)