10 Revolutionaries for Revolutionaries’ Day 2019

Revolutionaries' Day(alpha)Monday 22 April marks the Sandum holiday of Revolutionaries’ Day. This holiday celebrates the revolutionary work of peoples around the world that alleviates the suffering and oppression of others. Celebrated on the birthday of the most famous Russian revolutionary, Sandum people today commemorate important and significant revolutionaries in their lives today, in the world around them, and in history. These more than ten revolutionaries represent important political movements in the world today and which are especially important and pertinent to Sandus.

Happy Revolutionaries’ Day, comrade!


1. Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi

These three black women are the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement that advocates for the racial uplift of black peoples, the end of police brutality, racist incarceration, and resistance against gun violence.


2. Tarana Burke

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Though the actress Alyssa Milano popularised the “Me Too” slogan in response to women coming out about sexual violence perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein, the slogan first came about in 2006 from Tarana Burke.


3. Emma González

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This queer Latinx activist became famous overnight after her tenacity and daring response to the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.


4. Alaa Salah

This Sudanese woman and university student recently helped to liberate her country from the thirty-year rule of Omar al-Bashir over the Sudan. Her rousing image recalls the plight of working Sudanese women and she inspired protesters to demand the resignation of the president.


5. Hatari

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This Icelandic anti-capitalist, BDSM, and metal musical group will represent Iceland next month at the Eurovision Song Contest. Their song “Hatrið mun sigra” (“Hatred will prevail”) satirises the rise of populism and fascism in Europe and America.


6. Andrey Nasonov

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In 2013, Russian LGBT activist and artist Andrey Nasonov from Voronezh, Russia, was beaten so badly by ultra-right wing Russian nationalists that he started to seize and convulse. Fearing for his life and facing death threats, he left Russia in 2014 and became an asylum seeker in Washington D.C. where he now lives with his husband.


7. Greta Thunberg

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15 year old Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist who have found herself on the world’s centre-stage. She has encouraged students and young people to protest and to strike for climate justice with her “School Strike for Climate” movement.


8. Kent Monkman (Miss Chief Eagle Testickle)

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Canadian Two-Spirit Cree activist and artist Kent Monkman reinterprets a variety of different romantic scenes from Greek mythology to the history of “manifest destiny” in North America. Their work focuses on post-colonial modernities that reinterpret and inverse oppressive cultural and historical power structures.


9. Georgie Stone

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Australian trans activist Georgie Stone has at her young age changed Australian law. Thanks to her legal case that allowed her to get puberty blockers, now trans children no longer have to go to Australian family courts to receive court approval for life-saving hormone therapy.


10. John Bachtell

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John Bachtell, Chairman of the Communist Party USA, is gearing up for the party’s 100th birthday. Elected chairman in 2014, he has been a life-long working-class activist and revolutionary, and advocates for the party’s platform in developing socialism from below and changing American politics and culture through the party.

Founding Law signed on this day 8 years ago

On 13 April 2011, the State Caucus of Sandus, the provisional body that oversaw the transition from Sandus as a colony of the Federal Republic of St.Charlie to a fully-fledged sovereign state with a constitution, enacted the Founding Law of the State of Sandus.

This basic and supreme law of the land established in its ten articles and preamble Sandus’s current socialist constitution and laid the basis for the evolutionary transition from monarchy to a republic. The law lays forth Sandum citizens’ common rights, freedoms, and obligations, as well establishes the basis of Sandus’s economic and social policies. In terms of politics, the Founding Law established the principle that the Sôgmô maintains the legal and political supremacy of the State of Sandus. The law even foresaw the development of our tripartite national philosophy comprised of Buddhism, Socialism, and Sancta (a term that has been defined as pluralism and multiculturalism).

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Medal for 10th Anniversary Unveiled

A medal for the tenth anniversary of the creation of Sandus has been announced and unveiled today by the Office of the Sôgmô. The medal is designed by the Minister-President of Sandus’s friend and ally Saint-Castin, Dominic Desaintes. It draws on Sandum patriotic symbols like the mural crown, the sovereign eagle, and the wooden alms bowl.

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The medal bears the dates 2009 and 2019.

Sandum citizens, Sandum-affiliated people, friends, and allies who are present and take part in the anniversary events happening in Ann Arbour, Quercus Candida, will receive the medal. Not all participants, however, but a select number of 15 medals will be given at the Sôgmô’s discretion.

The medals, which were designed in Saint-Castin and will be produced in Québec, Canada, will be given to recipients during events marking the momentous milestone in the Sandum capital later in May. The medal bears two inscriptions on it: “10 annis Sande,” Latin meaning “for 10 years of Sandus,” and “2009 – 2019.” The medals will be painted and will be given a ribbon in order to be worn along with honourees’ other micronational medals. The medal takes no place of precedence in the Sandum system of honours.

Still haven’t planned your trip to celebrate 10 Years since the Creation of Sandus? Répondez-vous s’il vous plaît here or contact the Sôgmô directly.

Recipe: Soupe rose épicée (Spiced Pink Soup)

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What is better when the snow is melting than a hit of summer? What else is more appropriate than a summer soup just in time for the Veneralia, Sandus’s holiday of love? This summery hint of borsch will not just liven up your home, it will also remind your loved ones and friends of your love for them. Food is, after all, a sign of love: and in Sandus we love breaking bread and sharing food with those we love.

This spiced rose soup (soupe rose épicée) will brighten your home just in time for 1 April—and the scare of the beets’ bright red juice might make things lively in time for the day of tomfoolery. We recommend serving this soup with a nice baguette, mozzarella, and some coarse grained salt for added flavour.

Watch Nigella Lawson prepare this soup here.

Happy Veneralia to you, reader! And may you, comrade citizen, have plenty of love this year! We hope Venus is obsequent to you.

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Ingredients:
2-3 medium beets
Juice of 1 lime
5ml ground cumin
5ml ground coriander
5ml Old Bay seasoning
1.5 litres chicken or vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
at least 2 scallions to taste
~500g sour creme

Instruction:
First, preheat your oven to 200°C. Peel beets and keep skin for composting. Wrap in foil and roast in the oven for one-and-a-half to two hours. Remove, let cool. Slice and quarter.

Warm stock to a boil. In a blender or with an immersion blender, combine beets, lime juice, cumin, and coriander. Cover dry ingredients with stock, and blitz until the consistency is velvety. (For extra smoothness, press through a sieve repeatedly until desired smoothness.) Add salt and pepper to taste, blend again. Add halved scallions so that they steep in the chilling soup. When cool, refrigerate.

Before serving, remove from fridge, take out the scallions, and add sour creme. Blend one final time to achieve the distinctive pinkness, pour into a pitcher, and serve as necessary.

Bon appétit !

Equinox Report: Sandus stands against White Supremacy

This Spring marks the tenth anniversary of Sandus’s creation. On 26 May 2009, the Grand Lamate of Sandefreistikhan (as Sandus was known at that time) was born. In the quick succession of several months, Sandefreistikhan became Sandus and a monarchy deeply rooted in Buddhism became a Socialist democracy, a monarchical barony, and a socialist republic. In 2011, after months of uncertainty and foreign rule, Sandus became a sovereign state again and the State of Sandus was founded on 13 April 2011.

Over the next several years, Sandus developed its lofty ideals. Established as a socialist monarchy in April, by September it became an elective monarchy and the Party was enfranchised in December as a national parliament and advocacy organ for Sandum workers. Three years later, in December 2014, the Sandum people unanimously voted to create the direct democratic Council at a national referendum, and the Sandum Republic was born.

Over the years, we have developed our own national philosophy—bringing together our grave concern for human suffering and our socialist ways and means to overcome that suffering and to lift up oppressed peoples. We stand today as a society and culture for freedom and toleration. We believe in pluralism and multiculturalism, and in the belief that we make the world with our minds. We are a peace-loving society and always have been, but we have always stood our ground and have defended what we think is right—even if this has put us at odds with other prominent and influential micronations, even our friends.

We have formulated our own national political theory with key words like LiberaRealism, and Philia—and today we add one more, Autarky. These words to us do not signify an unalterable and unchangeable state: they represent a country constantly changing, constantly becoming better, constantly striving to accomplish something new.

As a micronation, we are widely diverse despite being so small. A country with a majority population who are LGBTQ+ and with religious plurality, the Sandum people comprise a multitude of different political orientations and genders. Our diversity is the like not often seen in micronations at large, and certainly not in such a small one.

A land with a socialist economy, we encourage Sandum citizens to become active with other hobbies that are productive in more ways than just material. We provide for the common welfare by giving charity and volunteering in our communities—far outstripping groups of our size, class, and narrow age-group. We have a basic, rudimentary economic system in place that rewards workers and provides for the needy. In short: our economic system works, and is getting better and more proactive.

Sandum culture is the most widely-known aspect of our micronation, and it is what makes us unique. We have hundreds of holidays, from ancient feriae and cultural ones to commemorative days for political activism and national holidays. We have formulated various ceremonies and crafted a multitude of traditions by the simple virtue that we live the way want. We put on events on a regular basis, and we live our culture in our every day lives. We are free-going and love life—and that life is very much Sandum.

As Sandum citizens, we are not just insular and devoted to our small country. We are constantly looking to the world around us. We encourage all our citizens to get an education, to work hard, and to keep in touch with current events around the world. We are staunchly internationalist in our outlook, and our public policy reflects that.

As a country of native English-speakers from the US and the UK, we have self-consciously become Francophones—et le Sandus est devenu membre fondateur de l’Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie. En 2018, nous sommes allés à Vincennes et nous avons partagé notre culture sande francophone avec nos amis et nos alliés de l’OMF, dont tout le monde là sont engagés pour les droits de l’homme, l’environnementalisme, la culture, la société, l’éducation, la paix. Mais nous sommes francophones depuis longtemps, quand en 2009 la deuxième monarchie a décidé sur notre bilinguisme—et sexto anno occeperunt loqui tertiam linguam quae antiquissima sit et qua utuntur usique sunt plurimi homines. Fiebamus quoque loquentes latine ad culturam Sande augendam, et mittimus hodie nuntios latinos in orbem terrarum compositam loquentibus diversarum linguarum. Sandūs nos incolimus saeculum nostrum et vitae rationem, quae sunt tota nostra.

This season, we will celebrate what it means to be members of our own quirky little micronation. We will celebrate eight years of the State of Sandus, a time which has become a golden age; the royal couple, the Sôgmô and the Sanôba, will celebrate their first year together as a couple, though they first met during momentous days of the State’s foundation; það will celebrate their tenth anniversary since they converted to Buddhism; and we will come together in Ann Arbour, Quercus Candida (Quer), to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Creation of Sandus.

We have every right to be happy and to rejoice in the history of our lives.

— the Sôgmô

 

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Charity Taxes: A Higher Start to the Year
Sandus is, in many ways, based on the philanthropy of our citizens and inspired by the suffering of ourselves and others.

Though down from last season, Winter 2019’s charity taxes were up from the same season last year by nearly $200 USD. In the last season, Sandum citizens donated $1,277.83 to charity including environmental foundations, religious organisations, and cultural societies. In addition, Sandum citizens volunteered 571 hours for the benefit of other people, the highest hours volunteered ever in the State of Sandus.

 

Sôgmô announces Policy Directive, Sandus to Blacklist White Supremacy
The Sôgmô has published a policy directive for the Ministry of Diplomatic Affairs and the Central People’s Government at large, directed at public officials, bureaucrats, and Sandum workers at large. The policy directive includes a nine-point plan to address rising white supremacy and fascism in the world at large, as well as with micronations in general.

The directive’s nine points read:

  1. The State of Sandus will not conduct any business with, engage in diplomatic relations with, nor recognise any micronation (broadly defined) known to be engaging in policies, politics, or ideologies linked to fascism, Nazism, the so-called “alt-right,” identitarianism, contemporary traditionalist conservatism, white supremacy, white nationalism, ethnic or religious nationalism, white separatism, “meninism,” “incels,” “MHRMs” and “MRAs/MHRAs,” or right-wing populism and extremism.
  2. The Central People’s Government, together with a coalition of our friends and allies, will repudiate excuses and apologies for these ideologies and/or attacks committed by those of these politics; all apologies of policies or acts of violence done according to these politics and ideologies will warrant public repudiation and condemnation.
  3. We will encourage education and activism against both political and systemic white supremacy, as well as into the social and political workings of them.
  4. We will encourage Sandum citizens to block, to not subscribe to, and to not share media from relevant organisations; we will, rather, encourage them to consume media from other reporting outlets which follow journalistic ethics.
  5. We will keep a public blacklist of micronations that support the aforementioned.
  6. We may cease contact with micronations that cooperate with parties on said list.
  7. Any and all announcements related to the functions of this directive will be published in all three official languages, either entirely or with a summary in the other language(s).
  8. The Central People’s Government shall execute these functions summarily and without room for redress by other micronations except through indirect routes of communication.
  9. Chargé·e·s d’affaires, public officials, and workers of the State of Sandus will make every effort to conform to the spirit of this directive.

The policy directive is the first major change to Sandum foreign policy since 2012, and strikes a chord between concerns about the role of white supremacy in micronationalism and micronational politics and Sandum citizens’ concerns about falling back into historical enmities. The directive simply states that Sandus will respond unilaterally and summarily when confronted with fascist and racist micronations.

 

 

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Each Sandum politic has its own symbolic blason. Depicted (left to right): Libera, Realism, and Autarky.

New Sandum Politic: Autarky
With the new season, during which we will celebrate the momentous occasion of the tenth anniversary of Sandus and its creation, the Sôgmô has announced the foundation of a new Sandum politic. In the long and venerable tradition of both Libera (independence and self-determination) and Realism (realist politics and decision making), Autarky represents both a new political ideal like Libera and Realism and also a practical and political policy like Philia but with an emphasis on economic production.

Derived from the Ancient Greek word meaning “self-sufficiency,” Autarky in Sandus refers to the political theory that advocates for Sandum citizens to become self-sufficient and self-reliant in economic matters. But, unlike Sandus’s tried path of encouraging production done by Sandum economic cooperatives, it instead advocates for the sharing of knowledge and educating Sandum citizens on practical knowledge. In this way, the new politic encourages a revitalisation of the Sandum economy.

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The symbols on the blason represent industry, pastoralism, agriculture, and knowledge.

Now, instead of focusing exclusively on physical economic production, cooperatives will also focus on the production of knowledge—knowledge that will be useful for the development of home economics and other basic fields of microeconomic production. This will require some restructuring and revitalisation of cooperatives, but cooperatives will now focus both on the production of materials themselves and also on the sharing of techniques, skills, and methods or recipes.

Through economic and knowledge production, Sandus will become a more independent and self-determined country. Independence through Production and Knowledge Work!

 

Provinces Receive New Coats of Arms, Flags
Every province will now receive new coats of arms and flags in an effort to encourage regional but unified identity. Only Quercus Candida, Sandus’s current capital, will keep its same coat of arms.

Kremlum Sandus, our oldest province, has received an updated coat of arms (left). The new coat of arms has removed the Sandum Sovereign Eagle from the top of the “kremlin” on the shield, changed the stone texture to a verdant one, and made the field one of ermine. The new coat of arms represents Sandus’s royal past, since it is still the seat of the Sandum royal family, while also celebrating the natural beauty of the province. The bottom of the shield represents the Patuxent river, on which Kremlum Sandus is located.

The new coat of arms of Sandus Ulterior (right) continues with the symbolism of being Sandum while outside of Sandus’s traditional heartland. It plays on the natural symbolism of that of Kremlum Sandus: the azur representing the Patuxent river has been flipped to represent the province formally for all citizens outside of the former capital. It is topped with the State Flag.

Finally, the new coat armorial of Sandus Europāi (left) has been simplified to depict just the snatching of Europa by Zeus and the twelve gold star emblem of Europe. This province is for Sandum citizens who reside in Europe.

All provinces have also received, for the first time, their own flags. These flags are based off of the heraldry of the individual coats armorial. For example, the flag of Kremlum Sandus (first row, left) features the ermine found in the field of the blason, while the flag of Quercus Candida (second row, left) is bears the gleaming white oak found on the shield. The flags of Further Sandus or Sandus Ulterior (second row, right) and of Sandus Europāi (first row, right) do not feature prominently the Sandum national colour Prussian Blue, though Sandus Ulterior’s flag features the national bicolour in its canton. The flag of Sandus in Europe (the translation of the province’s Latin name) refers to the European twelve gold star emblem and also bears a corona civica with the words “sacred love of the fatherland” in white in Latin. The phrase is a Latin translation of the opening line of the Marseillaise: « amour sacré de la patrie. »

 

Caucus of the Quinque Interreges Goes to Second Phase
The first phase of the Caucus of the Quinque Interreges, or the five interrexes, will finish at the end of the month. During this phase, the caucus came up with a final list of candidates that will be published by April. These candidates come from citizens to Sandum-affiliated people all the way to praise-worthy and famous people like Bernie Sanders.

During the second phase, the caucus will come up with interview questions revolving a wide range of opinions and problems, and interview candidates. After this, the caucus will report on the interviews and hold any necessary public meetings or discussions about them.

Finally, the remainder of the process will be out of the caucus’s hands. In November, the Party will select a handful of candidates to put on the Winter Solstice ballot. During that election, citizens will elect the new heir.

The list of candidates so far includes Sandum citizens or friends of citizens, in addition to famous politicians like Bernie Sanders. Friends include people who come from the Sôgmô’s university who are interested in constitutionalism, political theory, and philosophy. They also include friends of citizens who were nominated by members of the five interrexes.

The next step is for the caucus to come up with questions for interviews to be scheduled in the later part of the season and the beginning of next season. Citizens with suggestions can send them to the Sôgmô, in the Council, or via KremlumSandus@gmail.com.

 

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Fraternal Annonary Order Established, Invitations to be Sent
At the Winter Solstice, the Sôgmô announced the future creation of the Fraternal Annonary Order of the Wooden Bowl, a chivalric and charitable order, but efforts have been slow to establish the order because of issues writing the founding ordinance in French. (It was based off of a similar mid-14th century French chivalric ordinance.)

The Fraternal Annonary Order of the Wooden Bowl is meant to be a chivalric order that will, on one day a year, donate money to charity. It will be comprised of members from a variety of different religious faiths who have been initiated into the creeds of their religions.

Read the founding ordinance here. Lisez le Règlement de l’ordre en français ici.

The order will have two seigneurs, four chevaliers bannerets, and eights chevaliers. Each member can also appoint an écuyer, or squire. As a part of the order’s mission, members must give money to charity in proportion to their rank. Seigneurs will give the historical equivalent of 25₣ in 1945 (about $16.79 USD) to a charity of the order’s choosing on Chökhor Düchen, a Tibetan Buddhist holiday, while chevaliers will give 15₣ ($10.07), chevaliers 10₣ ($6.71), and écuyers 5₣ ($3.36). All together, if the order’s ranks are full, members will donate close to $175 per year to a charity of the order’s choosing.

The Chökhor Düchen is a Tibetan Buddhist holiday that commemorates when the Buddha Shakyamuni, Siddhartha Guatama, began teaching the Buddhist dharma.

So far, the order only has two members, the Sôgmô and King Adam of Überstadt, as seigneurs. Work over the season will focus on inviting members into the order, but only people who qualify according to the founding ordinance will receive invitations. The list of invited members so far includes five Sandum citizens, one Sandum-affiliated person, three members of the OMF, two interested non-micronationalists, and three historical and cultural friends of Sandus.

Fraternal Annonary Order set back, will go ahead

The establishment of the Fraternal Annonary Order of the Wooden Bowl has been set back since the Sôgmô announced its future formation on the Winter Solstice. Now, almost an entire season since the order’s first announcement and after a season of waiting for the charter of the order, with French based off of the 1350 Reglement de la Compagnie du Cigne Noir, to be approved by referees to certify the French, the Sôgmô will prepare to go ahead with the final edits to the founding document of the order.

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The blason of the order, depicting the wooden bowl superimposed on the dharmachakra.

Other preparations have been made, however. The number two position in the order has already been filled by HM King Adam of Überstadt. According to the draft of the founding document, the order will meet on the Tibetan Buddhist holiday Chökhor Düchen to finalise the charity that will be the object of the order’s donations. If all 14 ranks with their potential 14 squires are filled, the order can donate $141 USD per year to charity.

The Sôgmô intends to finalise the founding document of the order in time for the Spring Equinox on 20 March.

Decisions of the Intercalary Session of the Council in 2018

The Intercalary Session of the Council in the Administrative Year 2018 lasted from 22 December 2018 to 5 January 2019.

The Council decided to extend a facilitator’s term to six months.
The Council elected Artemis Baca to be next term’s facilitator.

This was the last session of Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho’s tenure. Facilitator Artemis Baca will now assume the position.

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Transition in the Council: New Facilitator will assume power in the New Year

Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho will step down from the position of the Council’s facilitator in the new administrative year that begins 5 January. First elected during the eleventh session of 2016, which ended on 14 November 2016, Hatsu has served as Sandus’s third most powerful politician for more than two years.

He entered the position after the sudden resignation and departure of Bee Rodgers Albina from Sandus in September 2016, and the Sôgmô’s subsequent acting-facilitatorship. He successfully oversaw the passage of the Council’s first two laws which were on both the immigration process and the Sôgmô’s succession. He also acted for his many three-month terms as one of Sandus’s Three Grand State Officers and as one of two constitutional advisers to the Sôgmô. During his two year and one month tenure, he was an advocate for gender equality and representation, as well as LGBTQ+ rights in Sandus. (Hatsu came out in 2018.) Originally the leader from Kumano, Hatsu became a full Sandum citizen, or civis, after his country dissolved on 3 July 2017. (Kumano was Sandus’s first socilivanço country, having become a social country in October 2013.) Originally slated to be an interrex in the upcoming year in the 21 December Solstice Report, that position will now be filled by the incoming facilitator according to law.

The Sôgmô commended Hatsu’s legacy as Sandus’s longest serving facilitator and decision to step down, saying it demonstrated “incredible humility, decency, and apleonexy.” Það added that they hoped that he will continue to be “an active and dedicated presence in Sandus as a private citizen” just as he has been during his term.

Artemis Baca will assume the number three position after recently becoming a full Sandum citizen on 28 December 2018. Her term will be the first to last six months, instead of three. The peaceful transfer of power happened after it was announced that same day that Hatsu Ryuho’s term had lapsed. The incumbent facilitator offered to stand for another term, before Baca offered to run and was endorsed by the out-going facilitator.

Baca’s plans for the new administrative year (the year of Sandus’s 10th anniversary) include bringing new, young energy and enthusiasm to the Council. She wishes to pursue the Party’s current goals and to set up a small committee to field ideas to make them into legislation.

I appreciate Robert’s help and his work for all he has done. I will rely on Robert and other’s wisdom and guidance to give me strength and knowledge.

Artemis Baca on outgoing veteran Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho

Long-Awaited Constitution Project issues first edition

The Sôgmô’s Constitution Project has issued the first edition of its literature and graphics on Sandus’s unwritten and republican constitution. The project was planned by the 2016 Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift, a plan that anticipated the Sôgmô’s departure from Kremlum Sandus for graduate school. Now, a year and four months after þess departure, the project has begun.

Read or download the project’s first instalment here.

The plan explained that the Sôgmô will work “to make an interactive infographic of the structure of the Central People’s Government and of the interconnect web of relations between the constitutional organs of the State of Sandus.” That graphic, the plan continues, should “reconstruct the relationships between the many organs of the State of Sandus, their relative hierarchy, and their powers, duties, and jurisdictions.” The graphic will be made available for all Sandum citizens, applicants for citizenship, and individuals interested in Sandus.

SCP1-1 Our Republic's Three Branches

The first graphic in the project is about the general structure of Sandus’s three branches of government, divided into the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, the Central People’s Government, and the Council. It even includes the hypothetical Senate, an emergency body comprised of necessary leaders from each house of Sandum citizens that was planned for in the 2016 Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift. The body does not exist.

(Note: the Central People’s Government sometimes refers to only the Sôgmô’s branch and also to all three branches, but never to provincial governments.)

SCP1-2 the CPG & its Division of Powers

Next is the Central People’s Government and its division of powers. All three have some form of legislation in Sandus: the Party (and the Sôgmô) has state planning, the Sôgmô has decrees, and the Council has its decisions (i.e., resolutions) and laws. In turn, these four types of legislation affect the Sôgmô’s branch, as is made clearer with the next slide.

(Economic commands are treated here and in the next slide as specific economic plans.)

SCP1-4 the CPG & the Command Economy

The Sandum command economy, with its coöperatives and workers, falls under the direction of the Sôgmô. Both the Sôgmô and the Party can draft and issue plans and economic commands (both derived from plans and from citizens’ individual or collective needs), which then are sent to coöperatives. Commands flow down the chain of command in coöperatives to individual workers or whole work groups who produce a product that goes to the recipient (an individual, collective, or another coöperative if in an economic chain). That recipient directs CivBanca, Sandus’s bank, to send circulatory persumae to the coöperative to redistribute.

SCP1-3 the CPG & the Heir Election Process

The May 2018 law on succession institutes Sandus’s first law on the succession of the Sôgmô. In it, a process begins with the creation of a caucus of five interreges who are the three top-most Sandum politicians and leaders of the three branches of government (the Party Secretary, the Sôgmô, and the Council’s Facilitator) plus two appointed interreges: one from the Sôgmô and another from both the Party Secretary and the Facilitator.

This caucus creates a long list of candidates in the spring of ever fifth year since Sandus’s creation (2019, 2024, and so on). In the summer, the caucus interviews candidates and creates a final short list of three to five candidates, which is sent to the Party Congress in November to review and to select its top two candidates. Both candidates, then, wage campaigns for the Winter Solstice Election, where Sandum citizens with suffrage (i.e., cives and peregrini who meet the requirement) elect the Heir elected.

SCP1-5 the 'real' Office of the Sôgmô

The Office of the Sôgmô, which is the top most office of the Central People’s Government, is divided into three major categories: functionary (or ministerial) government, provincial governments, and cooperatives. This slide shows what bodies do exist alongside the three hypothetical divisions.

In the functionary side of the CPG exist one ministry (Diplomatic Affairs), one independent bureau (the Treasury) with its one division (CivBanca), and a separate body of individual chargé(e)s d’affaires (i.e., bureaucrats with specific charges and duties).

There are four provinces in provincial government. They are technically not part of the Central People’s Government but are under the Office of the Sôgmô since Sandus is a unitary state. There are, however, no praetors—either elected or appointed by the Sôgmô.

At the bottom is the “economic branch” of Sandus’s government, since Sandus has a Socialist command economy. Sandus has three economic coöperatives (Tellus Agrarian, Erganê Artisanal, and State Media Coöperatives) as well as one cultural/religious coöperative (the Collegium Sacerdotum, or the “College of Priests”). Only the Collegium Sacerdotum has internal subdivisons with two work groups (known in the college as “sodalities”) and a chain of command of workers (the Sacer Flamen, the major Flamines like the Bishop of the church, and individual members or sacerdotes).

SCP1-6 Sandum Table of Noble Ranks

The final slide of the project’s first edition is a rehashing of two appendices of the Sandum system of nobility. In the future, when more entitled and enholden barons and baronets exist, the project will include those titles and all the different decorations in the State of Sandus

Sôgmô releases Holiday Message early

The Sôgmô has released þess holiday message early on Christmas eve and in text, rather than the custom of sending a video in the early morning of 25 December. The message cites Royal Family events on the eve of Christmas and the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti as the cause for the break from tradition.

Read the Sôgmô’s annual Holiday Message here.

In the message, það talks about Jesus’s message and how Christians’ views are like those associated with all Sandum citizens, and mentions a story from þess recent nyungné, a Tibetan Buddhist fasting ritual, about how Jesus’s story is accessible to people across a variety of different boundaries. Það talks about how this season is one meant for family, both born and chosen families, and marks how important the New Gregorian Year will be as we mark the 10th anniversary of the Creation of Sandus.