Ave, Sandum Citizens!
or, Swift Advances in Education & Government Transparency
The Office of the Sôgmô has published the long anticipated miniature textbook entitled «Founding Law & Citizens» as a part of the Office’s project for creating an education course for new and prospective Sandum citizens. The textbook, the first of two planned, explores the defining concepts of Sandum government and countless other subjects. With the publication of the textbook, the Office has also made it indirectly aware that the government will be becoming more transparent with the introduction of DropBox as the government’s memory system.
The first of its known kind, this textbook directly brings Sandum government on par with other governments studied in theory and is a first in the micronational world, or at least in our direct community. The textbook is divided into five main chapters on “The System the Founding Law Creates”, “The Office of the Sôgmô”, “Socialism in Sandus”, “Policies derived from the Founding Law”, and “Rights and Obligations of Citizens”.
“The System the Founding Law Creates” explores the topics of the definitions of Sandum government and the difficulty of defining it, basic Sandum history (the second planned textbook is one on more in-depth Sandum history), influences on government, and the fluidity of Sandum government.
“The Office of the Sôgmô” explains the powers, checks & balances, and elections of the Sôgmô.
“Socialism in Sandus” relates the Founding Law to where the government wishes to see Sandus in the future, focusing especially on: the cooperatives and history, principles, role of the citizen, and the outlook for the future of Socialism in Sandus.
“Policies derived from the Founding Law” explores what the policies do, why they are important, the relationship between internal and external policies, and the role of the citizen in them.
“Rights and Obligations of Citizens” is a much grander section, divided into three sub-sections: “Rights of Life”, “Right to Petition”, and “Obligations of Citizens”. The introduction to this section also explains why these rights are a check on the Sôgmô’s powers.
“Rights of Life” explores the three categories of liberal rights and Socialist economic and cultural rights, as well as the difficulty in pursuing the two latter categories due to a lack of an economy or citizens’ activity.
“Right to Petition” explains how it is the most important right that checks the Sôgmô’s power and how lax the right can be interpreted and used to establish the unique Sandum democracy.
“Obligations of Citizens” shows new and prospective citizens what is expected of them in Socialist Sandus and the sort of commitment we expect of citizens who voluntarily agree to citizenship based upon a philosophy they ascribe to.
“Founding Law & Citizens” shall be followed by “Sandum History: Basic Trends, Influences, and Periods” — another mini textbook exploring Sandum history and its relation to Sandum government, society, and culture — later this Summer. The Office of the Sôgmô, which is preparing for a hiatus whilst the Sôgmô is in France, is expected to recess in the early half of Iunio (June) and shall be working on the Sancta naming convention prior to leaving for France. Once the Sôgmô returns from France, however, work shall begin on the new text.
With the introduction of this first edition of this first textbook, the Office of the Sôgmô shall begin to utilise DropBox as a free service for memory storage and for which the State can open itself and begin to be more transparent in its work.