Great Pacific Garbage Patch Treaty
Multi-Oceanic Garbage Patch Treaty
Anti-Antarctic Treaty System
There are two kinds of space debris (also known as
orbital debris, space junk, and space waste): natural and
Since then, 6000 satellites have been launched, on 4600
rockets, and 70% of the debris in orbit remains in low
earth orbit, up to 2000 kilometres above the planet's
The skies above Earth are now teeming with manmade
objects both large and small.
The US Space Surveillance Network uses a radar to track
more than 13000 such items that are larger than four
inches (ten centimetres). The celestial stuff includes
everything from the International Space Station (ISS) and
the Hubble Space Telescope, to defunct satellites, rocket
stages, or nuts and bolts left behind by
astronauts/cosmonauts/taikonauts. And there are millions
of smaller, harder to track objects such as flecks of
paint, and bits of plastic.
According to the Convention on International Liability
for Damage Caused by Space Objects, also known as the
Space Liability Convention, states (countries) bear
international responsibility for all space objects that
are launched within their territory, or by their
authority. If two states work together to launch a space
object, on the other hand, then both of those states are
jointly and severally liable for the damage that object
causes. This means that an injured party can sue either of
the two states for the full amount of damage.
While there are several agencies that are monitoring the
space debris in some way, and it is clear in international
law, under the Space Liability Convention, who is
responsible, there is currently no agency involved in the
active removal of existing non-functional space debris
from orbit. So basically all the non-functional manmade
objects are treated like jetsam,
while they are, in reality, flotsam,
and the responsibility for every object of orbital debris
clearly rests on the states.
This situation is totally unacceptible. Not only is the
space debris a threat to both unmanned
spacecraft, it is also a potential hazard to people
and living creatures on Earth, and besides that, an
additional form of pollution.
We, the (largely) unrecognised nations and micronations
of the world, claim the unclaimed body of all the
non-functional and manmade space debris. None of the
arrogant states of the UN, or the UN itself, is taking
full responsibility for what is, in fact, their garbage,
so we shall claim all this garbage.
I the Underwritten, and Governor of the United
Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA), invite all
landless, sealess, and airspaceless leaders of nations to
claim their piece of the Earth's orbital debris, and to
add their signature to the Space Debris Treaty (SDT),
whose two sole treaty articles shall state that
All nations without land, or sea, or airspace, or without full control of any land, sea, or airspace, are invited to be signatories to this treaty, so long they are serious nations, have a decent website, and lawfully represent seven or more real, unrelated human beings, who feel unrepresented or underrepresented by UN member states. By the way, leaders of UN member states may also sign this treaty, seriously claim part of the total orbital space debris, and publish/publicise this endeavour as they see it fit. We welcome all men and women of good will.
As soon as we have enough signatories, we shall send the signatures and claims to the United Nations.