Philia Fortnight – 29/10/12

Ave, Sandum Citizens!


The Armilustrium witnessed both the Armilustrium Rite, which was broadcasted to many micronationalists live from the Palaso d’Etato in Kremlum Sandus, and the creation of the first Armilustrium croquembouche. The Armilustrium rite was conducted in both English and Latin and saw the set up of an altar in the family lounge of the Palaso. In the ancient Armilustrium, weapons of legionaries who had returned from their summer war campaigns were lustrated (ritually washed and purified) and stored until the coming of spring. As Sandus has neither a military or weapons, books have been traditionally been used to represent these weapons to create the symbol of knowledge and the Sandum philosophy as the weapons and legions of the Sandum State.
In addition, a croquembouche – a French cake made of creme-filled puff pastries and caramel – was attempted. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out as well as hoped. Better luck next year, certainly!

The Armilustrium’s symbol of the Sandum philosophy as the weapons and legions of our State, ritual and ceremonial observances, and the creation of the tradition of the Armilustrium croquembouche are important aspects of our State’s culture.

National Day of Socialism & the Party Congress

One of the Sôgmô’s personal possessions on the game “Second Life” preparing to celebrate the National Day of Socialism and the Day of the Ways and Means of Revolution.

The National Day of Socialism, which marks the anniversary of the October Revolution, is the setting date of the Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus’s Party Congresses which take place each half-year near the anniversary and half-anniversary of the October Revolution (Novembro and Aprilo, respectively). These two images relate especially what the day is all about: the holiday is considered the most important Socialist and Party holidays of the State calendar, with Revolutionaries’ Day, Labour or May Day, and Remembrance Day following (though Remembrance Day is a State holiday [i.e., of a broader nature than the Party], it is also considered a Socialist holiday to mark the many Communists who died in the Great Patriotic War). The National Day of Socialism is both a State and Party holiday – exemplified by both the State Flag and the Party Flag flown at equal heights – which is observed with Socialist music, with watching historic marches down Red Square during the Soviet Union on the day, and with cleaning the busts and statues of Lenin throughout the State. This Socialism of our politics has therefore led to a cultural influence, as exemplified by this holiday.

The Socialism of the State and the Socialist values of the Sovereign People are important aspects of our State’s culture.

Collegio Report on Visit to Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St.John the Baptist, Essex

Photos taken by the visit of Jonathan Nobilissimus Caesar, a member of the Collegio Sacerdae, to the Monastery.

With the issues provoked by the State policy for the removal of M. Dullahan from Official Diplomatic Staff of the GUM, in which M. Dullahan has argued that Sandus is discriminatory towards religions such as Christianity (in which M. Dullahan is a well-known Islamophobe), this is a good time to bring to light M. Caesar’s, of Austenasia, visit to a Orthodox Christian monastery in Essex, Great Britain. M. Caesar is in the process of writing a report to be submitted to the Collegio Sacerdae’s Sacerdotium newspaper, but these photos truly show aspects of Sandum culture and philosophy. Perhaps it is best to expand on them with a list, as they are independent of eachother:
1) The first photograph can relate to Sandus’s veneration for the ancient: ancient religion, ancient history, and ancient art and architecture. The Byzantine-style mosaics fit perfectly with Sandus’s planned architecture, which combines classical Roman and post-classical Roman (i.e., Byzantine) architecture with other influences: such as, Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, and so on.
2) The second relates to Sandus’s importance on the guidance that others can bring to our lives, especially in terms of religion and philosophy. Each individual has their own philosophy and faith which ought to be shaped and learned. In this photograph, a member of the monastery is guiding the Austenasian royal family – just as the State endorses all Sandum citizens should do.
3) The third relates both to the second point and with the concept of individualism, instead of organised and inherited religion. Much as former Emperor Terry stands out as an individual before the mosaics, so too should an individual in a world of organised religion. This is not to say that formal institutions of religion should not exist – certainly common believers must organise and will factionalise – but that individualism should be the premier cause, not the socialised religion passed down from the preceding generations.

These concepts of architecture and art, education and guidance on religious matters, and individualism – rather than socialisation – in religion are three major aspects of our State’s culture and have been important social policies of the Office of the Sôgmô to suggest citizens to find their own, individual faiths.

This Ruggèd Rug of Leaves

This poem by the Sôgmô stresses Sandus’s Native American influences and veneration for the genii of the seasons. With using concepts such as Kchi Awasos (Big Bear – the bowl of the Big Dipper constellation), Nokemis Agaskw (Grandmother Woodchuck – the grandmother and guardian of the Abenaki hero Gluskap), and the season’s “ruggèd rug of leaves”, this poem relates the State’s politicial and cultural support for aboriginal peoples’ renaissance. As seasons, their genii – or divine representation of a natural place or thing – are often addressed in similar poems as well as this one.

These concepts of Abenaki heros and mythological figures, veneration for the artistic and – often – religious value of the seasons, and the State’s aspirations for an aboriginal peoples’ renaissance are important aspects of our State’s culture.

Ixstrum Records – Defoliant

The Ixstrum Records has released this album Defoliant. This album relates Sandus’s importance on cultural and social liberties – because of its sharp turn from the classic Sandum culture (which, as an example of its broad musical tastes, has Baroque music as widely listened to) – as well as Sandus’s cultural homage to industrial ambience/noise and similar electronic music genres. These cultural and social liberties are enshrined within the State’s Founding Law as rights to life.

These concepts of Social and Cultural Liberty and electronic and industrial musics are important aspects of our State’s culture.

— Sôgmô Sörgel.