Sectors in micronationalism are defined as groups of micronations.
There is no single parameter used to define what makes a group, or a Sector. The origin of the term is lost in time but began to gain currency with the advent of the Apollo Sector and the efforts of the Apollo Foundation to preserve the history of those nations. In expanding the use of the term, at various times different micronations (and the people involved) have used it for political purposes, or in an attempt to accrue influence or status to their own micronation(s).
From late 2005, use of the term Sector began to mature and more regular and quanitifiable definitions became evident (but see also below). Consequently, the following general criteria were recognised:
- Common history, culture and geographic region (eg Baltian Sector, Ultamian Sector, Carshalton Sector)
- Common founder or leader (eg SanderNations)
- Developed multilateral diplomacy (eg the Novasolum Treaty nations)
- Use of a common fantasy element for interaction (eg Micras Sector)
This is unlikely to be an exhaustive list, as future developments in micronational relations will show new types of sectors arising.
The Debate and Set Theory
The definition of what a sector is, was not an exactly clear point. Is it micronations with ties to each other? Is it micronations that belong to a common organization? Or is it micronations which descend from a common ancestral micronation? This particular battle of definition has embroiled the terms for such sectors as the Apollo Sector and/or Micras Sector. The problem often comes down to, the definition of what in fact a Sector is. Everyone tries to define it based on their corner of micronations, their sector. But how can you build the definition of a individual sector, when the definition of what "sector" means is in debate.
Concluding that a Sector is a subset group based on a defined criteria, we can now define a sector to be anything we need it to be. And we can clearly distinguish between what nations are inside a sector and which are outside. If a nation fits completely the definition of a particular sector, it is an element of that sub-set. If it does not match, it is not an element. see Set Theory. Thus all a sector is dependent on is the definition of that particular sector, thus giving the definition of any particular sector autonomy from the definition of any other sector.