Execute arbitrary KeyboardMaestro XML from terminal/applescript

I've seen various threads like this one -- how to trigger an existing macro via ID.

But I was wondering if it is possible to execute arbitrary XML on the KM engine via terminal/applescript.

IE There is an example here: that almost makes it seem like it's possible. IE:

tell application "Keyboard Maestro Engine"
  do script "<dict><key>MacroActionType</key><string>SwitchToLastApplication</string></dict>"
end tell

But that doesn't seem to work for scripts I've written because error "Keyboard Maestro Engine got an error: do script found no macros with a matching name (macros must be enabled, and in macro groups that are enabled and currently active)." number -1

Actually, this may not be a problem because I discovered that you can omit certain parts of the XML strategically and it seems to work.

For example

tell application "Keyboard Maestro Engine"
	do script "<array>
			<string>Hello WRLD</string>
end tell

This works, but it's only a small portion of the original XML export I used.

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Yes, it seems do script expects only the array with the actions XML. So, probably the quickest way to get the XML without all the macro metadata from an existing macro is to select the action(s) before selecting Copy as XML.

You still have to strip the XML/plist header though.