Sandus has a unique culture derived from a variety of multicultural sources yet all made uniquely “Sandum” thanks to Realism‘s Active Micronational Cultural Development Theory and the Sandum Philosophy’s Sancta category. Cultural development has often been a key priority of the State of Sandus and its efforts date back to times when cultural development in Sandus was a trend-like behaviour: the many pre-State of Sandus governments were often different cultural trends in Sandus, such as French culture under the first Barony of Sandus (December 2009 to April 2010).
In Sandus today, Sandum culture is becoming increasingly independent and unique, though Sandus still relies on multicultural backgrounds. The Armilustrium on XIX Octobro (19 October) is an example of this where an ancient Roman festival, originally intended to expiate the negativity of post-war troops, has been turned into a festival welcoming Autumn and Winter for a seasonal expiation of negativity in general — especially during the dark months. Multiple other festivals can be found here on the About Sandum Holidays page, and the Office of the Sôgmô publishes semi-monthly fliers for Sandum holidays — including State (governmental) holidays, Sancta (Sandum cultural) holidays, and “days of recognition” (holidays for specific causes). To include an entire list of Sandus’s cultural institutions would be difficult to accomplish, as there are still trends in the modern State of Sandus; however, a general cultural background can be given.
Sandus is, at its root, a Buddhist culture influenced in large part by ancient Western civilisations and by the struggles for social progress and national liberation from the 20th and 21st centuries. Sandum culture and Sandum arts are largely influenced by the Sandum Philosophy (see About the Sandum Philosophy), though with cultural motifs found in classical and modern liberal societies. Certain political theories are also important in Sandus, such as Realism, Libera, and Philia. These political concepts are often combined with Sandum Philosophy to tell a unique story of Sandum culture…
This is my nation, Sandus — a nation built on the idea that we all suffer in our lives and that, through common bonds and common love, we can all overcome that which causes our suffering. By building a strong collective of individuals, built upon common respect and love for our fellow citizens and for Sandus, we hope to build a better life for ourselves, our loved ones, and for those who come after us. In Sandus, we are all family, suffering together in this world; though we may suffer together, this does not mean that we can overcome it together — that we must do alone, but with the help of our Sandum family. Sandus is as much about the victory over suffering as it is about working to overcome it: the fact we exist is a testament to Sandus’s never-ending victory. With Realism, we know that a collective and united Socialist Sandus must seek our pragmatic solutions to its situation as a self-created nation-state and nation-project; with Libera, we vow to keep Sandus free and along the strong and powerful path of overcoming our suffering — both in our minds and in our societies — by Socialism; with Philia, we vow to seek pragmatic activities to keep developing Sandum culture as interdependent of other cultures. This is my nation, Sandus — a nation built on ending suffering by Socialism.
In terms of the arts, Sandum artwork is a cultural phenomenon being expanded and defined. While abstract visual artwork, often of landscapes or seascapes, and artwork without a point of focus has been the latest trend in Sandus, Sandum culture is still tremendously fluid as a self-created culture. Media is often important to Sandum culture, as well, as it includes the common parlance and phrases used here (“Ave, Sandum Citizens!“, “Sovereign People of Sandus“, or “Comrade Citizen“). In addition to parlance, media expresses Sandum culture in theory in defiance of the principle that micronational culture in practice is more difficult for micronations — though, Sandus has practised Sandum culture in the past, and plans on doing so in the future despite all odds. Under projects for leitourgía and for liaisons, Sandus working to continuously develop the Sandum culture, our nation-project, and the micropatriological background of our State. In the past, many cultural projects have produced a unique Sandum culture and have made Sandus into a culturally fulfilling micronation as it is today.