Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola, King Adam I (von Friedeck), and Daijo Daijin Hatsu Ryuho are preparing for high-level negotiations on behalf of Sandus, Kumano, and Überstadt in order to establish an organisation and association for Sandus’s current socii states. The result will be the commencement of even closer political, economic, and social ties between the three states — as well as the potential for reciprocal citizenship across the states.
Though details are still being considered after several months of back-door diplomacy intended to get a single plan prepared, the Überstadti plan is the sole and predominant plan. Its provisions include structure of a potential multilateral organisation, conditions for membership, reciprocated rights of citizenship, and the rights of member-states.
All three leaders and statesmen will likely hold talks on Saturday evening, and talks may continue into Sunday.
Proposal for a new Socius system
The recommendations of the Kingdom of Überstadt
The new Socius system would take the form of a multilateral association of independent states. No member-state would hold a dominant position in the organization, either in rights and powers or in name and dignity. The result would be a truly multilateral arrangement, in contrast to the current system in which Sandus acts as a central power.
II. Conditions for membership
Membership in the association would initially be open to the State of Sandus and the existing Socia states, the Kingdom of Überstadt and the Kumano Jiritsu Nation. The general requirements for membership would imitate those which presently exist, emphasizing stability and philosophical compatability. The four central philosophical principles of the Socius project as agreed by the King and the Sôgmô would be humanitarianism, socialism, pluralism, and independence.
III. Reciprocated rights of citizens
Under this proposal, the new Socius system would guarantee a set of particular rights to the citizens of each member-state, to be reciprocated by each state to the citizens of the others. These rights would include the freedom to participate in the economies and cultural institutions of the other states with the same liberties afforded their own citizens, as well as the right to a special category of nationality (likely “partial citizenship” or similar) in each state. The exercise of any of these rights would be voluntary; no citizen of any member, for example, could be compelled to accept a foreign nationality or citizenship of any class, nor would citizenship in one state automatically result in allegiance to a foreign state.
The prospective member-states should discuss whether economic and social rights under the new agreement should be contingent on possession of the special class of nationality where the rights are exercised, or whether they should be available to all citizens of all members. Similarly, the level of suffrage inherent in holding a special class of nationality under the Socius system should be negotiated.
Furthermore, the prospective members should determine whether their citizens should have the right to a member’s special nationality upon application, or merely the right to apply.
IV. Rights of member-states
Member-states may also hold various rights in common, such as diplomatic representation to the other members or trade preference. The Überstadti government is open to discussion of what these rights might be.