Ave, Sandum Citizens!
The Sôgmô has published the most recent decree on the topic of Sociliva reform discussed over the past week and a half after the Sôgmô met with former citizen James Thompson at a meeting in Washington DC. The decree was authored to give more substance to the citizenship which has never once been used but has seen many several potential uses. The decree reforms the Sociliva citizenship from one of an absolute class to one with dozens of potential, treaty-based rights granted to Socilivae. The reform will impact and aid any future treaties of Sociliva status to friendly and allied states, and the reform now opens up the potential of a friendly or allied individual of the State of Sandus applying for Sociliva citizenship by granting Sociliva citizenship in-line with Sandus’s dual-citizenship restriction.
The decree also focuses on other matters, including the terminating the Courso d’Honourae system — the Sandum example of the Roman Cursus Honorum meant to employ the bureaucracy — and the effects of that termination. The system replacing the Courso’Honourae is rather simple: the Office of the Sôgmô shall now simply commission functionaries to work on Sandus’s projects and policies. The effects of this replacement, however, speaks to the direct wording of the need of provinces — which formerly were established to serve as regions where a certain division of the Courso d’Honourae were from. The decree reads:
The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola hereby proclaims that provinces are distinct territorial bodies and regions which uphold the fraternity between Sandum people of that location.
This new wording for the purpose of provinces speaks both to the concepts of Dharma and the fraternity of work-groups, but also speaks to Sandus’s cultural influence derived from France in the Republican era.
The new decree establishes that Socilivae states may decided a time to conduct their own censuses, as per law, or they may be handled by the Office of the Sôgmô, per agreement. Certain rights formerly restricted to Civilae, such as suffrage and standing for offices in the government, are now able to be granted to Socilivae citizens in exchange for the Sociliva state’s compliance in Sandus’s charity tax. The basis of Socilivae rights is derived from their individual or state-based treaty “opt-in” agreements; at the moment, individually based agreements (where Sociliva citizenship is extended only to one person per the agreement) will most likely have few rights, so as to respect the dual-citizenship restriction.
One topic that the decree touches is one very important in democratic Sandus: the Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus. All Socilivae citizens who possess the right to vote and stand for office shall also be eligible to become members of the Party and may be able to establish an organ of the CCPS in their Sociliva state — a topic which may be important for fmr. Citizen Thompson’s renewal of micronational activity.
The reform speaks to the sovereignty of Socilivae states, acknowledges their sovereignty, and notes that their sovereignty may only be diminished to autonomy or to provincial standing only by treaty, thereby complying with the State’s anti-Federalist focus. The decree then speaks more clearly to one concern of the Central People’s Government: Imperialism. The decree stipulates that the State shall not use aggression or coercion towards a Sociliva state or applicant; if such happens to happen, the Sociliva state or applicant must report it with evidence provided — this enables the Socilivae state some power over any attempts at imperialist grandeur by the State of Sandus or any of its officials in the future, in line with the Sandum beliefs on imperialism.
Finally, on the termination of Sociliva statehood, the decree writes:
The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola hereby proclaims that Socilivo states may terminate a
Socilivo agreement at any time, except no earlier than one Sancta fortnight (16 days) before an election or a
census; termination shall last one Sancta fortnight until the agreement becomes null and void.
One is able to read the entire decree here on the State of Sandus’s DropBox.