Wednesday, July 11, 2007

President Baugh of Molossia proposes Intermicronational Geophysical Year

-- Open Micronational Forum.

I propose an Intermicronational Geophysical Year. Those of you that have been around a while might recall that I tried this before, but it never really took off. This time around I hope that it will get a better reception, for two reasons: First, it is exactly 50 years since the original International Geophysical Year, which ran from 1 July 1957 through 31 December 1958 and Second, and probably more important, our environment has never been under the scrutiny that it is now, due to Global Warming.

The project is really a simple one. As always, I try to get micronationalists out into the real world and this idea is no different. So I suggest that all interested micronationalists become amateur scientists, and conduct surveys, expeditions and / or experiments of their natural environment. This does not have to be a major effort, nor does it require an investment of capital or a degree in geology. No, it really just requires a little effort, some imagination, a notebook, and perhaps a digital camera. Simply go out into the world and document what you see. If you like, make an expedition of it, exploring a pond, beach, forest or someplace like that. You could conduct a simple experiment by measuring the local rainfall and comparing it to statistical measurements in the past. Whatever interests you, but the more creative the better. Think about the explorers and scientists that roamed the globe in the past couple of centuries, and put yourself in that mindset. Of course, all of this will be representational of your micronation, and should be presented as such, as an expedition on behalf of your country.

Then, report it. I have already built a simple webpage here, and I will happily post your notes, results and hopefully photos there. Or you can post them elsewhere, and send me the link to put on the webpage.

The main rule, of course, is that whatever your surveys, expeditions and / or experiments, it must be of the real world, not of a fictional or imaginary place.

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