NAFO / North Atlantic Fella Organization
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NAFO, an acronym for North Atlantic Fella Organization, is a collective of Twitter posters set on fundraising for the Georgian Legion in Ukraine amidst the Russian invasion of the country, as well as combatting Russian propaganda on the site, largely through memes involving photoshops of the Shiba Inu and meme character Cheems.
While it's unclear when exactly NAFO began, the first known appearance of the "North Atlantic Fellas Organization" appeared on May 24th, 2022, in a tweet by Twitter user @Kama_Kamilia that received over 300 likes in roughly one month (shown below).
The organization's stated goals are to combat Russian disinformation and propaganda on Twitter and to raise money for the Georgian Legion of Ukraine, which they do through the Saint Javelin  charity by donating proceeds from merchandise to Ukraine. In a separate drive, they raised over $50,000 for the Georgian Legion.
Nicola @quine_watson , returns for I don’t know which time, fifth maybe sixth? And with her very generous donation, we have crossed the FIDDY K line, and we’re now at $50016/$18959. You gotta watch the clip thousand times, sorry https://t.co/DxqeXmeDn0 pic.twitter.com/Eb6HpT7Sh2
— Kama (@Kama_Kamilia) July 7, 2022
Through June and July 2022, the group became known on social media due to its propensity for memes involving photoshopped Shiba Inus, primarily an alternate image of the Dogelore character Cheems. These are often made in celebration of Ukrainian military achievements or to antagonize Russian sympathizers on Twitter (examples shown below).
Special delivery from the fellas.
Kama_Kamilia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/LivFaustDieJung?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">LivFaustDieJung
mr_gh0stly</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/iAmTheWarax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">iAmTheWarax #WeAreNAFO #M777 #Ukraine #UkraineRussianWar pic.twitter.com/pXxt9FzzF8
— jebby (@jebbbby) June 10, 2022
THE FELLAS WATCH "HIMARS – THE OPERA" pic.twitter.com/mfdepNMSBI
— jabuttee – luxurious memes and takes (@jabuttee) July 4, 2022
In particular, the group has a combative relationship with Russian ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov and will often accuse him of spreading propaganda and lies about the country's invasion of Ukraine. In response to tweets from the group, Ulyanov once said, "You pronounced this nonsense, not me," which has become a slogan for NAFO supporters (seen below).
As of July 7th, 2022, some of the main Twitter accounts associated with NAFO are @Kama_Kamilia, @LivFaustDieJung, @mr_gh0stly, @iAmTheWarax and others.
The group began seeing more widespread attention and praise in early July 2022. On July 3rd, Twitter user @OzKaterji expressed appreciation of how the group was able to effectively combat Russian disinformation through what amounted to shitposting (shown below, left). On July 6th, user @SimonOlofsson89 tweeted they appreciated the work the group was doing (shown below, right).
RT Bot Army Allegations
Russian state media outlet RT published an article on September 10th, 2022, alleging that NAFO was a "bot army" and citing data from an Australian study. The lead author of the study (seen below) and others countered the RT story, claiming the data had been misleadingly interpreted.
NAFO itself replied to news of the RT exposé with self-congratulatory memes, and following the exposé there was an increase in media attention devoted to the organization, ,with articles in publications like the Byline Times and other outlets. Some NAFO memes included these two, posted in the replies to the original tweet by RT containing the article link. The one at bottom left was posted by @SpaghettiKozak on September 11th, 2022 and received over 420 likes (accomplishing a ratio of the original RT tweet, which received 410)  and the one at bottom right was posted by @wonderercat on September 11th, 2022 and received just over 30 likes.
New #NAFO Recruitment Video pic.twitter.com/UYwJWZ8jiz
— Just Steph 🚜🥄 (@juststephj) July 6, 2022
Fellabirds Are Go! #NAFO #Fellas #Fellavision pic.twitter.com/pDVdZs1PVo
— Jen Bones (@gnucontrol) July 7, 2022
Header from @LvivNightingale
 Twitter – @Kama_Kamilia
 Twitter – @LivFaustDieJung
 Twitter – @mr_gh0stly
 Twitter – iAmTheWarax
 Twitter – you pronounced this nonsense
 Twitter – @Kama_Kamilia
 Twitter – @simonolofsson89
 RT – The vast pro-Ukrainian bot army designed to influence Western policy makers
 Twitter – @josh_watt__
 The Byline Times – Russia Rattled by a Cartoon Dog
 Twitter – @SpaghettiKozak
 Twitter – @wonderercat
Jul 07, 2022 at 04:44PM EDT
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