The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola was awarded five decorations and medals at the MicroCon 2017 Gala on the evening of Saturday 24 June 2017. The medals come from a variety of micronations friendly with the State of Sandus, especially from micronations with which Sandus has had a strong rapport.
The Sôgmô expressed þess profound gratitude and appreciation at each awarding of the decorations.
Principality of Aigues-Mortes
Prince Jean Pierre IV and Princess Olivia-Eugénie of the Principality of Aigues-Mortes bestowed upon því the rank of Knight in the Grand Princely Order of the Pink Flamingo. The award was given by the Prince and Princess Aigues-Mortais in recognition of “the relation of eternal friendship which [það] has established between our two communities.” The medal was handmade by the Princely artist Countess Hélène de Bret in Aigues-Mortes.
House of Homestead
For meritorious activity toward the development of micronationalism and micropatriology, the Sôgmô received the beautiful Distinguished Micronational Service Award from Prince Arthur of the Andorran House of Homestead.
Republic of Molossia
President Kevin Baugh of the Republic of Molossia granted a medal, known as the Desert Palm, to the Sôgmô. The citation for the medal reads, “The desert can be a barren place, but as the desert palm brings life to the wasteland, this medal signifies the bearer as having brought life to their own nation – and further demonstrates amity between our nations, as one would find among comrades at an oasis.”
Republic of Saint-Castin
The Sôgmô received membership in the Order of the Double Samara from the Castinien President-Minister. Membership in the order was given to the two other French-speaking micronationalists at the conference, Prince Jean Pierre and Princess Olivia-Eugénie of Aigues-Mortes. Queen Anastasia of the Kingdom of Ruritania also received a unique medal from Saint-Castin.
Grand Duchy of Westarctica
The Sôgmô was awarded the rank of Knight Commander in the Westarctican Order of the Snowflake, the second rank in the highest order of the Grand Duchy. During the awarding ceremony, the Grand Duke spoke about the Sôgmô’s leadership in the creation of Sandus’s culture and philosophy which, in the Grand Duke’s words, had led to the creation of a unique micronational project such as Sandus.