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The Charter of the
International Council of Independent States



  The International Council of Independent States (abbreviated:: ICIS) is an organisation of governments of states not holding membership in the United Nations Organisation or any of it's specialised organisations or agencies, and aims at being an equal body to the United Nations Organisation, and to provide a forum for peaceful discussion and settlement of world problems.  



The Governments of the following states founded the International Council of Independent States on 1st June 1984.

1. Mevu (Republic of)

2. Port Maria (Republic of)

Governments of any other State may apply for membership in the ICIS. Any State shall be granted membership provided they agree to adhere to this Charter. Such membership may be either Full Membership, entitling the State to vote, or Associate Membership, whereby the State has Observer Status and the right to be informed but not to vote, at the discretion of the Secretary-General. The official and full name of all new Member States shall be added to this section of the Charter with the date of entry:

3. Kemp Land (Gay Republic of) (– admitted 12th October 1984)

4. Occussi-Ambeno (Sultanate of) (– admitted 26th July 1985)

5. Tui Tui of the Joyous Lake (Lacustrine Archipelago of) (– admitted 1st August 1987)

6. Terra Candella (State of) (– admitted 10th October 1987)

7. Aldabra (Kingdom of) (– admitted 10th November 1988)

8. Corterra (Federal Republic of) (– admitted 15th November 1988)

9. Lunamon (Kama of) (– admitted 1st July 1989)

10. Sedang (Kingdom of All the) (– admitted 1st October 1989)

11. Witti (Republic of) (– admitted 1st May 1990)

12. Chyan (People's Republic of) (– admitted 1st September 1990)

13. Dam Batai (Federation of) (– admitted 30th September 1990)

14. Karenni (State of) (– admitted 26th October 1990)

15. Kolkis (Free State of) (– admitted 2nd November 1990)

16. Weston (Trading Protectorate of) (– admitted 27th November 1990)

17. Taiper (Republic of) (– admitted 4th January 1991)

18. Adaluncatiff (Kingdom of) (– admitted 11th January 1991)

19. Antarctic Confederation (Federal Republic of) (– admitted 1st March 1991)

20. Bokhara (Khanate of) (– admitted 11th March 1991)

21. Goffrea (Republic of) [ASSOCIATE] (– admitted 22nd March 1991)

22. Yogoth (Tribal Council of) (– admitted 4th July 1991)

23. Raoul (Republic of) (– admitted 16th July 1991)

24. Waitati (Duchy of) (– admitted 9th November 1991)

25. Aramoana (Independent State of) (– admitted 13th November 1991)

26. Newer Hebrides (Archipelago of) (– admitted 14th July 1992)

27. New Hellenes (State of) (– admitted 20th February 1993)

28. Muggy (Land of) (– admitted 16th March 1993)

29. Whangamomona (Republic of) (– admitted 24th March 1993)

30. Laré (Archipelago of) (– admitted 26th March 1993)

31. Free Vinland (Republic of) (– admitted 28th March 1993)

32. Splintania (United Empire of) (– admitted 14th August 1993)

33. Rumbia (Republic of) (– admitted 22nd December 1993)

34. Liegerland (Republic of) (– admitted 4th October 1994)

35. Syai (Empire of) (– admitted 16th March 1993)

36. Lonts (Earldom of) (– admitted 10th October 1995)

37. Golden Book (Community of the) (– admitted 17th October 1995)

38. Upper Yafa (Sultanate of) (– admitted 20th June 1998)


3 The Secretariat-General:    
  The Secretariat-General is headed by the Secretary-General, who is elected by the General Assembly for a period of two years dating from.the first day of April in every odd-numbered year. All Council members have one vote in the ele tions for Secretary-General, including Zssociate Members. The Secretariat-General is established at the address of the Secretary-General, which shall also be the site of the General Assembly. The position of Secretary-General for the years 1993 to date is held by Mr Norbert E. Ching of P.O. Box 876, Auckland, New Zealand 1140.  

The General Assembly:

  Each State holding Full Membership is entitled to one vote in the General Assembly. Each member State is required to deposit a passport-sized photograph and the left and right thumb prints of the authorised delegate, which is normally the Foreign Minister of the State. The General Assembly will meet in sessions at noon on the first day of each quarter to consider reports, motions, and votes received in the mail. Following each session, the Secretary-General shall publish the ICIS Official Bulletin, reporting all decisions, and send a copy to each member.  

Specialised Organisations:


Any group of members may form specialised organisations within the ICIS, provided that such organisations or their aims are not contrary to this Charter or to any decision taken by the General Assembly. Such organisations shall be open to all ICIS members or non-members, and shall have their own statutes.

At the founding General Assembly, it was decided to establish:

The General Postal Treaty Organisation (abbreviated GPTO), with a Permanent Postal Co-ordination Office (PPCO) and an International Postal Courier Service (IPCS) - to organise and promote postal relations between members. The GPTO is headed by a Director-General and subject to elections every two years at the same time as the Secretary-General is chosen. At present, the Director-General of the GPTO is Mr Norbert Ching.

The International News Agency (INA) - to distribute news releases by members, and to publicise important advances in the Fifth World.

The World Philatelic Agency (WOPHAD), which shall be based at the Secretariat-General or such other place as the General Assembly may decide, and shall make available postage stamps of those member States who wish to use this marketing vehicle, to collectors by mail-order. As not all members currently participate in this project, collectors are advised to inquire of WOPHAD which stamps are currently stocked before ordering.

International Bank for Construction and Development (IBACODE);

World Economis Co-operation Organisation (WECO);

World Organisation for Cultural and Scientific Co-operation (WOCSCO).




Operational expenses of ICIS Headquarters are covered by fees paid by members as per the following (approved as Motion 291):

(a) The International Currency Unit is hereby authorised and established for the purposes of exchanges between and among ICIS States. The value of the ICU in each member country is linked at a 1:1 ratio with that of the Postal Unit [= price to mail a postcard internally] expressed in each nation's own currency.

(b) Annual Dues shall commence with the election of the new Secretary-General in the amount of a credit of 1,000 ICUs (One thousand ICU) from each member State creditted by voucher or banknotes to the Secretariat-General of the ICIS. The ICIS may use these credits to purchase the products of that member State at the prices prevailing domestically.

(c) An additional voluntary contribution in First World currency is urged to be paid by each State according to its ability to pay. These monies are to be used to defray postal and administrative costs of operations.


ICIS members live all round the planet.

A monarch butterfly cocoon is shown on the 15 cents definitive stamp of 2000.  200th birthday of Dr Samuel Hahnemann, 1990.  First stamp of the ICIS: the 1.75 kroner stamp of 1988.   In 1989, many countries sent teams to the World Starcross Championships.  A newly-hatched monarch butterfly is shown on this stamp of 2000.

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