With the Fervour of October

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

The III Novembro MMXII Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus Party Congress has concluded with a grand fervour of all participants. Party Comrades Sammut and Sörgel were in attendance. Though Comrade Thompson was not in attendance, due to prior notification of his absence, the proposals he submitted for the Party Congress for expansion of Socialism and for Proletarian Internationalism were approved. Many proposals and reforms which were on the CCPS Party Congress schedule were approved and exceedingly grew. Party Comrade Thompson has been elected as Secretary of the Party.

The Congress opened with the schedule being submitted to the Congress and the Internationale being recited to the Congress participants. The Secretary, Gaius Sörgel, then congratulated the Comrade Citizens and Party Comrades on the 95th Anniversary of the October Revolution, an event that would herald in the numerous profound changes adopted by this Congress.

The Party as Parliament then began with the Party and State policy Libera. Libera’s “Self-Defence” requirement has been reduced from responding to all political attacks against the State and its policies to only requiring a single statement for direct political attacks and major malicious political attacks or provocations taken against Sandus, her policies, or her citizens.

The Party as Parliament has approved the Sandum Value submitted by the Sôgmô, noting the Value as Buddhist in nature but secular and not a hindrance to the liberties of Sandum citizens. The Oaths the Sôgmô submitted were passed by the Party as well. It has also become a crime for Sandum citizens to violate their oath of citizenship, which is based on the Sandum Value, by stating their break from it and by engaging in egoism or parasitism and is punishable by one month of citizenship reduction to Peregro (temporary citizenship) status or until one vows the oath again.

The Party as Parliament has endorsed Philia and supports the engagement of Sandum citizens in their culture and the State through a bureaucracy and a new governmental authority: the Sandum Cultural Authority. The Sandum Cultural Authority shall become a direct democratic body, under the purview of the Sôgmô as Speaker, which shall regulate the Sandum main culture and the sub-cultures of Sandus. The Sandum sub-cultures shall be marked by the liberty of citizens in social and cultural fields whereas the Sandum main culture shall be based upon Sandum tradition and history. Members of the Authority shall include Sandum citizens, citizens of Sandum culturally-linked states that are designated by the Authority, and members of Sandum cooperatives; only Sandum citizens, however, may vote. An exhibition conducted by the Authority shall be held in the future and the Authority shall also endorse writers and artists, as well as inviting some writers and artists to become Sandum citizens. The Sandum bureaucracy was also discussed in this section of the schedule, noting the importance of Sandum bureaucrats to act as the Chinese scholar-gentry in creating cultural arts outside of their regular duties.

The Party as Parliament then discussed its function as a democratic institution. Party Committees shall be formed by Secretary Thompson and shall gather ideas and issues in the State on each census for the schedule of the next Party Congress. These Committees shall be formed on specific topics — such as, economy, foreign affairs, or science — and shall be the democratic counter-part to the bureaucracy’s ministries. The Committees can meet to discuss ideas and issues that are prudent to the running of the State. The Party as Parliament then finally denied any further democratic devolution of power to it, stating that the Party has enough power devolved to it.

The Party as Parliament began to finish the Party Congress with the issue of the Sandum bureaucracy. The Sandum bureaucracy, which is in experimental stages, shall be comprised of Party members and shall have dual roles in both the Central People’s Government and in the CCPS; however, the Sôgmô remains the ultimate authority of the bureaucracy and the Party Staff, including the Secretary, become bureaucrats. Bureaucrats shall implement government policy and work for the democracy of the State via the Party. This bureaucracy will introduce meritocracy into the Government and shall help to encourage activity and engagement of Sandum citizens in their government. Cooperatives of the State shall be considered economic bureaucratic entities and shall continue with their current autonomy. Peregrae (temporary) citizens will be on a trial period of one month and Civilae (full) citizens will be on a trial period of two-weeks before trainee bureaucrats may become full bureaucrats. Finally, a system of projects for bureaucrats to work on will be introduced. Low-level bureaucrats are encouraged to work on one project with due dates for reports being scheduled for the last Tuesday of each month and reminders being sent out on the Thursday in the middle of the month. The Sôgmô will speak with Party Secretary Thompson for the creation of paired Party Committees and bureaucratic Ministries, representing democracy (the Party) and meritocracy (the Bureaucracy) in the government.

The Party as Parliament then considered Party Reform. Voting reform in the Party Congresses from consensus to motion-voting decision making processes were shot down. However, Party Reform making Party Staff bureaucrats of the Government was passed.

Party Comrade Thompson was finally elected and his additions to the Party platform for expansion of Socialism and Proletarian Internationalism were added. The Sôgmô will speak with Party Secretary Thompson when he returns to work with him to implement these latest reforms for democracy and the bureaucracy within the State.

At the end of the Party Congress, the Party congratulated the Sandum People and the International Community on the 95th Anniversary of the Glorious Socialist October Revolution.

— Sôgmô Sörgel.

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