The Sôgmô and the Ashukov PM have authored and agreed to a joint communiqué between them both, as representatives of their states, in order to resolve the dispute surrounding the Denton Protocol.
The Denton Protocol was published on XXVIII Quintilo (28 July) by the first two signatories of Sandus and Zealandia. The Denton Protocol set off a firestorm of opposition from the micronational right-wing, particularly for its Article 4 that authorises signatories to refuse diplomatic courtesy to micronationalists who refuse to respect trans* identities. For isolationist Sandus, however, it has meant closer relations with LGBTQ+ activist nations — including the Missionary Order of the Celtic Cross and Zirconic — and an introduction with the Sorrenian Federation. Hostilities came to the forefront after Veritum Sandus published an article about new signatories to the Protocol, prompting many to propose the banning of Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola from MicroWiki; the administration later refused. In the past day, however, the Sôgmô has published two videos on the matter — one on the situation of micronational diplomacy and another on the differences between the Denton Protocol and the Levaria Treaty — and has sought a more reconcilatory tone with its opponents, namely Lostisland and Ashukovo.
The joint communiqué can be found here, while the text is below.
BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE
STATE OF SANDUS
The Council of Ministers of the Ashukov Federation and the Central People’s Government of the State of Sandus, noting their shared desire to repair the tarnished relations between their two states, have agreed to the following:
Statement by the Prime Minister of the Ashukov Federation:
It has become apparent to myself and my colleagues in the Council of State and the Council of Ministers that the present conflict between the democratically elected conservative liberal government of the Ashukov Federation and the progressive socialist government of the State of Sandus, our friends and fellow members of the Saint Josephsburg Economic Pact, is one of mutual harm. This conflict has harmed the ties between our states, two of the greatest political, cultural and economic powers of the North American Atlantic. Therefore, M. Soergel and myself have joined together to issue this joint communiqué detailing the compromise reached by our two governments.
The Ashukov Federation is known throughout the community as a bulwark of traditional values and the free market. Indeed, my government has worked for the past few months to increase the number of private businesses by encouraging the establishment of such businesses and privatizing those businesses which have historically been owned and administrated by the state, such as the Ashukovski Vesti – Ашуковски Вэсти. The State of Sandus, on the other hand, has emerged as a leading force in the micronational left. The Ashukov Federation of course respects the right of the Sandum people and any people to determine their own course, but this has naturally led to some debate between our leaders. However, this should never have led to the conflict which it has; we should be united by our similarities and respect our differences.
In the Book of Ephesians, it says “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice”. Man should not fight with their fellow man on the grounds of opposing ideology, man should cooperate to build a greater life for themselves and their posterity. It is under this principle that I have agreed to bury the proverbial hatchet with the Sandum government.
The next move of the Ashukov government will be to work to further peace among the different ideological camps of the micronational community, something which I personally believe the Denton Protocol has not done. It is the view of the Ashukov government that the Denton Protocol has done nothing but further the boundary between the left and right, preventing the possible cooperation and camaraderie that could be fostered instead. I plan to work to end the conflict between the Sandum government with our friends and allies, the Kingdom of Wyvern and our acquaintances, the Federal Republic of Lostisland.
In the spirit of this desired cooperation, both the Ashukov government and the Sandum government have agreed to a compromise. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Ashukov Federation has agreed to refer to transgender and transsexual micronationalists by their preferred pronouns, and in return, the Office of the Sôgmô of the State of Sandus has agreed to refer to the Duke of Dullahan by his pseudonym and to have Sandum media remove any references to the Duke’s surname. I agreed to this compromise in the hopes that it would create a shared peace and cooperation between the micronational right-wing and the micronational left-wing.
The Right Honorable JOSEPH KENNEDY PM MFA PAMH OR
Prime Minister of the Ashukov Federation
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Ashukov Federation
Member of the Council of State
Member of the Federal Assembly for Montania
Statement by the Sôgmô of the State of Sandus:
In the history of micronations, the development of bilateral relations is destined to be one of a rocky path — one between bouts of friendship and enmity. In Sandus’s history, especially, this is undoubtedly true: some of our closest allies have, at times, been our enemies. In the inspiration of the history of our community and of the history of the development of Sandus’s foreign relations and its recent isolation, it becomes necessary for us to recognise the importance our partners make upon us. Thus, it is with the work of both Mr. Kennedy and I that we should see to it that the work of two partners – united by the Saint Josephsburg Economic Pact – should not remain prolonged enemies.
Our two states approach our world with different philosophies. Ashukovo sees that conservatism and classical liberalism are in the best interests of their state to develop their country and encourage personal growth; we in Sandus see that socialism and progressivism are best to develop our country and liberate our people from suffering. Yet, as in the teachings of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, all people rely on peace, love, kindness, and happiness. Between our two nations are, in the same token as the Buddha and bodhisattvas teach, two paths to reach peace. This dispute has trudged upon holy ground, interrupting celebrations of Chökhor Düchen — celebrating when the Buddha first taught the Dharma. Thus, it is my joy to see two partners, of different faiths and philosophies united by the Pact, join to put an end to their dispute — and even greater my joy to see peace come to fruition thanks to the Buddha’s lessons against the vicious cycle of hatred and aggression. É MA HO!
Sandus has agreed to return to firmly held beliefs in standard diplomatic protocol, agreeing to respect the privacy of the Ashukov Government’s friend Duke Bradley of Dullahan. In time, Sandus hopes to reinstate other agreements interrupted by the Denton Protocol with Lostisland and perhaps even Wyvern. It is our hope that, in the future, a better process can be developed to alleviate similar situations for the benefit of all — and, if not, then ask for mediation from a neutral third party. The development of intermicronational diplomacy, nonetheless, should be our mutual and ultimate call — as, with it, we all prosper.
Sandus does not give this up, however, but exchanges it for what our goal has been all along. In the future, the Government of the Ashukov Federation has promised to respect the trans* identities of micronationalists in a way congruent with the Denton Protocol. At present, similar discussions are being had with the federal government of Lostisland, who have so far agreed to respect the trans* identities of Sandum citizens (peregrae, socilivae, and civilae) if Sandus should reinstate the agreement to respect Mr. Mar’s style of address. This has been our hope all along — to see trans* people accepted by our partners and by the intermicronational community — and to see the acceptance and good nature of statesmen like Mr. Kennedy and Mr. of Dullahan has been welcomed on our part.
It is my hope that this joint communiqué by both Prime Minister Kennedy and I should start many more conversations — some between Sandus and Lostisland & Wyvern, some between Sandus’s new found allies, and even more on the nature of micronational diplomacy.
In the Truth and Teachings of the Three Jewels and the Benedictions of All the Gods,
The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola, né William Soergel
Sôgmô of the Central People’s Government of the State of Sandus