Multi-Oceanic Garbage Patch Treatment (MOGPT)

This patch is your patch, this patch is my patch
From California, to the Japanese islands
From the fishing line forest, to the jetsam waters
This patch was made for you and me

- HMRD Cesidio Tallini

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient.
One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach — waiting for a gift from the sea.

- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The sea is the conscience of our civilization.
- Phillipe Cousteau

Always, then, in this flotsam and jetsam of the tide lines, we are reminded that a strange and different world lies offshore.
- Rachel Carson, The Edge of The Sea

The original name of this website was the "Multi-Oceanic Garbage Patch Treaty". A treaty is about words, essentially, and now we are going from the words, into action. For this reason, the website has been renamed the "Multi-Oceanic Garbage Patch Treatment", which changes the words, but not the initial intention, which was embedded in the MOGPT acronym, so now that the words have changed, but not the original intention, we have recycled the website!

In the beginning, everything started with a song, a song whose music is familiar to Americans, but the words had been changed:
This patch is your patch, this patch is my patch
From California, to the Japanese islands
From the fishing line forest, to the jetsam waters
This patch was made for you and me
Originally it was a song about America, a kind of "America the Beautiful" song; however, the song's words had been changed, to reflect the current reality of "America the Ugly". The song, however, wasn't just a pun on America, since it actually had a purpose, and the purpose was to make a legal claim.

On 7 January 2011, the Governor of the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA™) launched the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Treaty (GPGPT), which many leaders of micronations in the past signed. Records are still available at the old GPGPT website.

The purpose of the treaty was to bring many micronations together with a specific goal, and since all the good land of the earth has been claimed by the garbage makers, aka UN member states, the purpose of the GPGPT was to claim all the garbage of the garbage makers, and with the garbage, also the unclaimed body called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP).

Every year, human beings without a conscience produce and use about 300 million tons of plastic, a portion of which enters and accumulates in the oceans. Due to large offshore currents, plastic concentrates in vast areas called gyres, of which the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), between Hawaii and California, is only the best known example.

Later, on 23 June 2011, the intent of the GPGPT was extended to all the world's oceans, and to all current gyres, with this very website, which was then named "Multi-Oceanic Garbage Patch Treaty".

These are the Trash or Garbage Islands part of the Multi-Oceanic Garbage Patch (MOGP):
  1. North Pacific Gyre (Great Pacific Garbage Patch or GPGP, actually made up of two large masses of ever-accumulating trash known as the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches);
  2. North Atlantic Gyre (North Atlantic Garbage Patch or Sargasso Sea);
  3. Indian Ocean Gyre (Indian Ocean Garbage Patch).
It is also possible that there are trash islands in the other two major gyres, the South Pacific Gyre and the South Atlantic Gyre. There are also three other minor gyres: the Beaufort Gyre (Arctic Ocean), and the Ross and Weddell Gyre (Southern Ocean gyres).

So back in January 2011, the UMMOA and other micronations basically claimed the North Pacific Ocean, and in June 2011, the UMMOA and other micronations also claimed all the other oceans of the world, and this dispute of ours is with the United Nations (UN), which without any authority whatsoever claims jurisdiction over all of the high seas.

Now the Governor of the UMMOA is launching Phase II of the program: we are going from the "Multi-Oceanic Garbage Patch Treaty", and changing this website to the "Multi-Oceanic Garbage Patch Treatment". With the "Multi-Oceanic Garbage Patch Treatment" phase, we are going from treaty to treatment, or from legal claim to all of the world's oceans, to actually exercising jurisdiction over that legal claim, and in place of the United Nations! Why?

The damage to sea life by all these trash or garbage islands is staggering: at least one million seabirds, and hundreds of thousands of marine mammals die each year due to the pollution. Even worse, the survival of many species, like the Hawaiian Monk Seal and Loggerhead Turtle, is directly jeopardised by plastic debris.

Even if we manage, through "wake-up calls" like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Treaty (GPGPT), to prevent any more plastic from entering the oceans, the natural loss of plastic from the gyres is likely low; therefore, a cleanup is still necessary.

The United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA™) is launching Phase II of the program, which is going from the legal claim, to exercising jurisdiction over the legal claim. How?

The Ocean Cleanup Array, conceived by Dutch engineering student Boyan Slat [1, 2, 3], utilises long floating barriers which — being at an an angle — capture and concentrate the plastic, making mechanical extraction possible. One of the main advantages of this passive cleanup concept is that it is scalable. Using the natural circulation period of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, cleanup duration could be reduced to a minimum of just 5 years. Using a passive collection approach, operational expenses can potentially be very low, making the cleanup more viable. Furthermore, converting the extracted plastic into either energy, oil, or new materials, could partly cover execution costs.

Because no nets would be used, a passive cleanup may be harmless to the marine ecosystem as well, and could potentially catch particles that are much smaller than what nets could capture.

Between April 2013 and May 2014, Boyan Slat and the The Ocean Cleanup organisation has been investigating the technical feasibility and financial viability of The Ocean Cleanup Array concept. With costs covered by a crowdfunding campaign, a global team of over 100 people, companies and institutes have collaborated to produce an in-depth study.

Based on this collected evidence, it was concluded that The Ocean Cleanup Array is likely a feasible and viable method for large-scale, passive and efficient removal of floating plastic from the North Pacific Garbage Patch.

You can see Boyan Slat personally present his concept at the special video below:

United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) Nation 21 June 2014