The State of Sandus has filled its first salaried job for a scriptor (scribe, secretary) position in the Office of the Sôgmô, less than a month after advertising the position. Sandum peregrina citizen Artemis Baca was chosen based on her background, résumé, and knowledge of the State of Sandus to staff the position. The position will be responsible for administrative reports and articles published through Veritum Sandus, the national journal of the State of Sandus, in the form of policy projections and the decisions of the Council. It is entitled to a salary of 8¶c p.a., which will guarantee certain rewards, rebates, and benefits pending a future decision by the Commission for the Command Economy (CCE).
The CCE, an organ under the jurisdiction of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, will have the ability to set certain conversion rates between the Sandum Persuma, the national currency of Sandus, and certain rewards. Some proposals include the cost of purchasing a personal item within or without the State of Sandus as well as using the salary as a rebate for necessary expenses, such as food, gas, or healthcare costs. The CCE will determine what the salary money can be used for and for what rates, since the Sandum Circulatory Persuma (¶c) is tied to fixed conversion rate of USD in the Bureau of the Treasury’s Monetary Vault and cannot be removed from the circulation of State of Sandus.
The salaries will also necessitate the creation of a state bank in the State of Sandus, tentatively named CivBanca. The Office of the Sôgmô is currently seeking outside technical help in order to set up the bank. CivBanca will hold the saving and checking accounts of Sandum citizens based on their salaries in Sandum persumae. Citizens will be able to withdraw persumae to be used for specific categories of transactions approved by the CCE, or withdraw and request physical circulatory persumae bills to be sent via post.
The first salaried position in the State of Sandus means even further economic reforms than just the creation of a state bank. While previous employment in Sandum cooperatives and governmental organs was voluntary and without financial reimbursement, this change will necessitate the creation of formal, salaried positions of employment in the entire State structure of the State of Sandus. To accomplish this, fixed budgets will have to be drafted for future planning of State business more frequently, since the last Sandum budget was drafted in 2013. To find another source of revenue would also be ideal for the creation of this budget, since currently the budget is underwritten by the Sôgmô þvísér—including State salaries.
A standard table of Sandum salaries will be drawn up in accordance with the hierarchy of positions in the constitution of the State of Sandus.