Weekly Meeting: 15 July 2019

All three Grand State Officers were in attendance.

The Party Secretary began with preparations for MicroCon 2019. He specified that he and the Sôgmô should extend outreach to fraternal peoples throughout the micronational world at the convention. This includes solidarity-building, cooperation, and mutual political causes. Then, he and the Sôgmô focused on discussing the proposal for a community associated with the Social System that will encourage solidarity and cooperation on key policy interests. Both then planned an agenda of meetings and common decision-making events.

The Facilitator followed by mentioning preliminary stages of proposal for key “Sandum Economic Principles,” including a basic monetary and economic policy for Sandus. Key issues revolved around how to value the persuma, the status of CivBanca as Sandus’s state bank, and CivBanca‘s role in the Commission for the Command Economy. She also mentioned ideas for revenue, including bonds, voluntary taxes, and the sale of state surplus.

Finally, the Sôgmô briefly mentioned two proposals: one for solidarity citizenship, a new citizenship status sine suffragio, and another for a basic litigation system in Sandus, divided into arbitration and formulary or actio legis systems.

The next meeting will take place on 29 E July 2019.

Weekly Meeting: 9 July 2019

All three Grand State Officers were in attendance.

The Party Secretary began. He mentioned the need to restart the Commission for the Command Economy, and it was decided both to schedule a meeting in the coming month and also to issue a directive regarding the Commission’s membership. The need for a catalogue or registry of workers’ skills was also added to the docket, and a system for citizens to request items. Finally, the State of Sandus needs a monetary and fiscal policy, which will be discussed by the CCE in the future.

Next, the Facilitator mentioned the need to update certain pages on the Sandus.org portal, since some pages are outdated. The Sôgmô will also recreate a citizenship application form.

Finally, the Sôgmô discussed ongoing negotiation between Sandus, Überstadt, and Saint-Castin regarding the Social System and a potential new associated community. The idea for an associate membership in the Social System and an associated non-citizenship-sharing community was floated. Ideas for the community include a rotating presidency, committees on key points of interest and cooperation, and scheduled meetings. The need for a Social System secretary and commission was also mentioned, and also a potential memorandum of understanding on the ability of Sandus to enter into bilateral social agreements outside the Social System. Finally, það mentioned both proposals for solidarity citizenship, a proposed new citizenship status in Sandus, and the need for a Sandum litigation system.

The next meeting will take place on Monday 15 G July 2019.

Three State Officers begin scheduled weekly meetings

The three Grand State Officers—the Sôgmô, the Party Secretary, and the Facilitator of the Council—have begun to hold weekly meetings over the phone to discuss major State business, in addition to the long-established State Officers’ chatroom. At the meetings, major Sandum policies are discussed, counsel is given to the Sôgmô, and questions are posed to all three officials. The new meetings will have their agendas and their minutes posted in order to provide transparency in the Central People’s Government’s policies, but details may be kept to the minimum in favour of state security.

The weekly agendas and minutes will be posted on Veritum Sandus under the “policy projection” category.

New Art & Design journal, movement announced by SMC

The State Media Cooperative has announced the formation of a new art and design magazine, prole•nounce, and an associated art movement in Sandus, called sandhaus realism after the legendary German art movement Bauhaus.

The magazine’s first header

The magazine began its formation in late April after talks between the three officers of the State of Sandus, and the artistic movement quickly followed. The magazine’s name is a portmanteau of proletarian and pronounce, based off of the Latin word pronuntiare which means to both proclaim, recite, and to share knowledge.

In the artistic movement’s manifesto, a few points stand out:

  1. Sandhaus Realism inherits Bauhaus’s effort to maximise utility and to combine art and everyday life.
  2. It rejects the extreme cost of today’s Bauhaus and instead encourages everyday people to redesign serially manufactured things in their daily lives.
  3. It rejects Bauhaus’s mission to rupture the present from the past; instead, Sandhaus Realism recognises that this effort is futile. Recognising that one’s past never abandons us, the movement instead tries to integrate traditional forms of expression into a spirit for a new time.

The magazine will be released in timely issues, and it already has a few articles. Its first issue contains articles based on the conference of the 10th anniversary of the State of Sandus, including the Sôgmô’s, the Party Secretary’s, and a private citizen’s three papers presented at the celebration’s conference. A final article is on the recent LGBTQ+ Pride Week’s poster which was inspired by the artistic movement’s principles.

Anyone who is a worker in the State Media Cooperative may take part in the new magazine. Everything is run by worker’s democracy and consensus. There is no hierarchy in the new media project.

Summer Solstice Report: Cultural Activities Up, New Initiatives

This Spring was a momentous occasion for the State of Sandus. Not only did we celebrate for the first time the Veneralia, but we even marked important events in the history of our micronation like the eighth anniversary of the Foundation of the State of Sandus, the Royal Couple’s first anniversary, and Labour Day. But we even marked the remarkable event of our tenth anniversary in our capital, surrounded by friends and family, with much excitement and joy!

Spring 2019, with all its hard work in our private and public lives, is over. The days are becoming warmer and will now become shorter, and today we turn again to matters of our State.

In the coming season, we have much work left to do in our valiant efforts to uplift our citizens and the world and to alleviate suffering. In Summer 2019, we will have the immense pleasure of sharing our vision with the micronations of the world at MicroCon 2019, where we will be joined once more by other fellow citizens, friends, and family. Our business at this year’s meeting will be nonstop; we will certainly tire but will be refreshed by the vigorous activity of our colleagues and comrades.

Below, we have detailed here some new initiatives. They are, alas, not complete, but are only the beginning of more good things to come. These include new initiatives around language learning, cultural events and holidays, communal events like vacations together and a reading group. Not included are many things: an upcoming furtive royal event, a citizen’s wedding, and a new art and design magazine.

In our small nation, which we have built with our minds and our hands, we are the masters of our own creation—the sovereign masters of our lives! Let us live that way.

Sandum Citizens celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of Sandus this season. The Sôgmô is joined in this photo by Party Secretary Adam Camillus von Friedeck, Sandus’s newest citizen Jan DeWitt, and former Facilitator of the Council Hatsu Ryuho.

Charity Taxes: Coming Soon

Well, the Summer Solstice crept up on us! This section will be updated later.


Sandus celebrates 10 Years

Citizens came from across North America to take part in the tenth anniversary celebrations of our micronation on the weekend of 26 May 2019, Sandus’s Day of Creation. Independence Day festivities began on 23 May when Party Secretary Adam Camillus von Friedeck flew in from the Pacific Northwest, and in earnest on 24 May when a group of citizens and Sandum-affiliated people took part in a celebratory dinner at a local Korean barbecue restaurant. A schedule was shared with participants welcoming them to Ann Arbour, Quer, and times were in Sandum Local Time or UTC-5, not ETD or UTC-4. (Sandus does not observe daylight savings.)

See photos of the event here.

On Saturday 25 May, citizens and friends joined for breakfast and took part in a televised conference, “Sandum Micronationalism in the Age of Moral Cowardism.” The theme of the conference centred on the rise of xenophobia and right-wing populism throughout the world in recent years, and Sandus’s stalwart resistance to that force. The Sôgmô presented a paper, “Love It If We Made It: Sandum Micronationalism as Satire and Resistance,” that discussed our micronation as an artistic and cultural expression of political resistance. The Party Secretary then shared his paper, “Activist Micronationalism and Historical Memory,” on how Sandus curates and responds actively to local historical memory. Finally, Sandus’s newest citizen, Jan DeWitt, who became a citizen in time for the anniversary celebrations, shared his paper, “Caesar & Trump: The Paradigm of Tyrannicide and Moral Cowardism.” Finally, all three fielded questions from the audience and highlighted how Sandus and micronationalism generally has a role to play in civic society as a form of free, artistic speech that overturns the essentialism of nation-states. The entire conference had undertones urging Sandum Realism, seeing that Sandus’s goals are not grandiose but rather communitarian and collective.

The Tenth Anniversary Medal, designed by Dominic Desaintes.

Tenth anniversary medals were shared at the conference, in addition to flag pins and postcards produced exclusively for the tenth anniversary.

After the conference, members toured Ann Arbour and visited Zingerman’s Delicatessen, a local famous eatery. This was followed by a tour of Main Street and a trip to the local TeaHaus where citizens enjoyed tea and fine pastries. In the evening, after some free time, citizens reconvened to watch the 1959 movie the Mouse That Roared to add some levity to their day!

The morning of Sandum Independence Day, Sunday 26 May, was spent at the Sôgmô’s Tibetan Buddhist temple in the area. Citizens journeyed there for a morning sadhana service, followed by a short dharma talk and meditation by the resident lama. They heard the story of Marpa Lotsawa (‘the Translator’) who journeyed from Tibet to India in the 11th century to retranslate the Tibetan Buddhist canon, which became known as the “New Translation.” Marpa became one of the lineage founders of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, a New Translation school. (The Sôgmô is from the Nyingma school, the only Old Translation school.)

Following this, citizens went to Aut Bar, a local LGBTQ+ bar in Ann Arbour, for brunch. Next, they toured the local farmer’s markets and groceries before heading back to the Appartements du Sôgmô to prepare a communal meal shared among themselves and others. During this “Kitchen Agreement” dinner, citizens talked about cultural activities, events, and the importance of sharing food with one another as a sign of friendship, love, and community.

The tenth anniversary activities ended that evening and everyone had a fun time! All citizens who joined in wanted another occasion to meet and to have fellowship with one another again, and even thought of preparing a communal trip sometime in the near future to the Balkans.


Cultural Events, Holidays up Significantly

In the last year, attendance at Sandum cultural events and holidays have been up significantly in the State of Sandus. The Sôgmô has entertained dozens of people at their official residence for a multitude of Sandum holidays, ranging from major State holidays to days of recognition. This emphasis on Sandum cultural events and holidays was called for in the 2017 Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift, a governmental plan that encouraged cultural development and a reduced reliance on administration and bureaucracy.

The holidays that have been celebrated and commemorated in person include the Armilustrium and Remembrance Day, two of the most important Sandum State holidays. But they also include holidays that are newly celebrated with physical events, like the Day of Mourning for the Annexation of Hawai’i that commemorates the illegal American occupation of the Hawai’ian Islands. Recently, the Sôgmô even celebrated the Veneralia, the festival of the goddess Venus held on 1 April. The holiday has been cast as a Sandum response to the increasingly commercialised Saint Valentine’s Day.

The holidays have had the added benefit of communicating Sandum ideals and values to a wider audience of people beyond those who are micronationalists. And the ideas so integrally a part of our micronation have been received and accepted by more people outside of the micronational community, who have come to recognise and reflect on the communitarian and progressive policies we advance in the State of Sandus.


Sandum Reading and Cultural Group announced

A long-anticipated project is finally here. The Sôgmô has announced today the creation of a Sandum reading and cultural group. The group, which will have its own facilitator, will meet on Google Hangouts to discuss books and other cultural media. Its mission is to be ultimately determined by its members, but its drafted mission is to build an integral community of socially-conscious, civic-minded, and justice-oriented citizens through monthly meetings to discuss media from a diverse background.

Each month will have a specific focus and readings should be manageable for all participants, since many citizens are academics who must read and study much already. Some ideas include Sarah Bakewell’s biography of Montaigne, watching documentaries, or reading US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s poetry.

The facilitator position will be advertised in the Council and will be selected by a democratic vote in the Council, or by the Sôgmô’s appointment. The position will be annual and will be salaried at 8¶c.


Sôgmô elected OMF Deputy Secretary of Culture and Francophonie Development

The Sôgmô has been elected unanimously to the position of Deputy General-Secretary in Charge of Culture and of Development of the French-Speaking World in the Organisation of the MicroFrancophonie (OMF). In this stead, the Sôgmô will lead the OMF’s cultural policy and initiatives, and það has hit the ground running by announcing that July will be the OMF’s “Month of Micronational French-Speaking Gastronomy.” More such commemorative months will happen over the course of the year, and það will speak with other members at the upcoming 2019 MicroCon to discuss other possible initiatives.

The Sôgmô is one of a handful of French-speakers in the State of Sandus. Though French is one of three official languages, it is spoken by a minority of citizens, and is of equal proportion to those who know Latin in the country. Sandus is also a founding member of the organisation, which was established in May 2016.


Sandum Language Learning Initiative:
Connecting Tutors, Cutting Costs

Language acquisition is important in the State of Sandus, both for political and also social reasons. It is of increasing importance that Sandum citizens learn multiple languages, especially Sandus’s three official languages (English, French, Latin), in a world that is increasingly polarised and globally-connected. Moreover, an internationalist country like Sandus seeks to upset the linguistic hegemony of English as a new koine and lingua franca by encouraging language acquisition. Language learning is not just about connecting people through language and sharing Sandum values: it is also about uplifting Sandum citizens, educating them in new and profound ways, and cultivating their positive social mobility.

In pursuit of these causes, the Sôgmô has announced a new language learning initiative in the State of Sandus, similar to the financial initiative that helps citizen and non-citizen trans people transition. That initiative gives applicants up to $30 to $40 for transition-related materials like chest-binders, clothes, or cosmetics, and it is financed by the Sôgmô personally. To date, close to half a dozen people have taken advantage of the fund.

This new initiative will do something similar by covering up to half of the cost of language-learning textbooks, or up to $50 USD. The new initiative will also help connect citizens to tutors, with preference given to other citizens, who can either teach them a language or help them study. Finally, it will also seek out free tools to encourage language-learning and will seek alternative means to finance language-acquisition, such as encouraging citizens to apply to the Classics microgrant fund Sportula.

As a part of this initiative, the Sôgmô is considering adopting regional languages of unofficial status on the State-level but that are cultural languages relevant to individual provinces. This follows a similar current that has been developing in Sandus lately, to increase provincial cultural identity with symbols and also to breakdown behemoth provinces like Sandus Ulterior, or Further Sandus, into more region-specific provinces, like Kremlum Sandus and Quercus Candida. Provinces, then, will have regionally-relevant cultural languages and languages that are spoken en masse by the region’s population.

Language is an important part of current Sandum policy, too. The Sôgmô has recently begun a project to translate for free other micronations’ mottoes, titles, et cetera into Latin for them. Dismayed by the fake Latin many micronations use to aspire to a higher level of prestige, það begun the project to increase the prestige of micronations in general. To date, about a dozen translations have been made.


Workers receive annual salaries

Sandum workers have received their annual salaries based on their employment in the Central People’s Government and Sandum cooperatives. Receipts will be sent out to them individually from the Sôgmô acting on behalf of CivBanca.


The Sôgmô’s Summer Honours List

Ahead of MicroCon 2019 in Hamilton, Canada, invitations to new members in Sandus’s newest order have been sent out with more on their way, and new commendationes and ovationes will be made for the occasion. And, finally, new members have been made in the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus, Sandus’s most senior order of honour.

Ovationes and Commendationes

Sandus’s newest style of award and honour is the commendatio, or “commendation.” Based off of the Roman epistolary genre, this honour is comprised of Latin letters patent that are recognitions of specific actions and deeds on behalf of Sandus and larger efforts. They can also be joined with ovationes, or “ovations,” which are short Latin speeches that traditionally end with the phrase “plaudamus igitur…” (“let us applaud therefore…”). These honours are similar to the distinction of “mentioned in dispatches” (MiD) found in other countries.

Today, three people have been recognised with commendationes and one with an ovatio.

King George 2.0 of Slabovia for his work with MicroCon 2019
Chancellor Rankin MacGillivray for his work with MicroCon 2019
Party Secretary Adam Camillus von Friedeck cum ovatione for serving the Party for five years

L’Ordre Annonaire Fraternel du Bol en Bois

Work on the Fraternal Annonary Order of the Wooden Bowl, as the order is known in English, has been slow since a standard translation of the order’s founding ordinance took a while to be formally corrected for good, legalese French. The editing work lasted until late in the Spring. The order’s official business language, after all, is French and the original document used a Medieval French document as its model until this idea was scrapped.

But now work is going ahead before this year’s Chökhor Düchen holiday that marks both the Buddha’s first teaching the Dharma and the order’s official business holiday. The chivalric charitable order is meant to be made up of members who have both a creed related to Sandus’s philosophy and who have been initiated into their religion’s teachings.

The order has three members already, two seigneurs and one chevalière bannerette.

Gaius Soergel Publicola, seigneur et souverain
Adam Camillus von Friedeck, seigneur et trésorier
Sisenna Melville, chevalière bannerette

Three others have been invited, and eight more are set to be invited soon.

Chevaliers bannerets

Hatsu Ryuho, former Facilitator of the Council
Dominic Desaintes, President-Minister of Saint-Castin
Olivier, Emperor of Angyalistan

Chevaliers

Invitations have not yet been sent out to chevaliers, but they will be in the next few days.

Honourable Order of Athena Pronoea

The second most prestigious order in Sandus based on precedence automatically gives ranks based on educational achievement. It is the only order in which the Sôgmô does not hold the highest rank despite being the order’s sovereign, and today some new members of the order outrank the Sôgmô.

Knights

Jacob Barnet Pharmacologus Σαρκαστικός MΑθΠ – Master’s degree of Science in Medicinal Chemistry
Jan DeWitt KΑθΠ – Master’s Degree of Arts in Latin

Associates

Oliver Armstrong AΑθΠ – pursuing B.A.

Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus

Each solstice and equinox, the Sôgmô can award membership and new ranks in the Most Honourable Throne of the State of Sandus. Today, það does that with two foreign micronationalists with whom Sandus has become increasingly friendly since 2017, and again with two others—one who has now become a Sandum citizen and his non-citizen-but-affiliated wife.

These four people will now become members of the Most Honourable Throne of Sandus.

Queen Anastasia of Ruritania for her work on MicroCon 2017
King George 2.0 of Slabovia for his friendship and work on MicroCon 2019

Jan DeWitt for his work on constitutional theory and friendship
Natalie Ritsema for her self-sufficient and cultural work and friendship

Recette : les Pâtes estivales de Dawa

Juillet est le mois de la gastronomie microfrancophone, un mois commémoratif de l’Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie. Comme secrétaire général adjoint chargé de la Culture et du développement de la francophonie, j’ai voulu créer un moyen où les membres de l’OMF peuvent partager leurs cultures et, particulièrement, leurs cultures de la nourriture.

En Sandus, ces cultures sont très importantes pour nous. Le Sandus est connu pour sa culture : nous avons plus de 300 fêtes, et elles sont la raison pour laquelle nous avons créé beaucoup de nos traditions. La nourriture et la gastronomie, elles figurent au centre des fêtes sandes.

La nourriture, c’est une expression d’amour.

Aujourd’hui en Sandus, on célèbre maintenant le mois de Saga Dawa, le quatrième mois du calendrier tibétain. Ce mois, les bouddhistes tibétains comme moi reconnaissent la naissance du Bouddha, son éveil, et sa mort (son parinirvana). Pour cette raison, je et plusieurs autres bouddhistes ont décidé de ne pas consommer de viande et de devenir végétariens.

Les pâtes estivales de Dawa reflètent cette occasion de la piété. Cette recette correspond à l’intention de ne pas tuer les animaux et de ne pas les manger, et la « Dawa », ou la lune en tibétain, donne sa nom pour les œufs de la recette. Cuisinées dans l’été, ces pâtes combinent la ratatouille, la chakchouka, et les pappardelles pour un goût estival.

ingrédients

300-350g pappardelles
œufs

légumes
une aubergine
trois poivrons (vert, rouge, jaune)
un oignon
une ou deux courgette(s)
une courge (moyenne ou petite)
une tomate en dés

au goût
sel
poivre
huile d’olive
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romarin
basilic
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Old Bay™ (sel de céleri pour les fruits de mer avec paprika)
sauce piquante (Sriracha)

la recette

Préchauffez le four à 200°C.

Premièrement, coupez les légumes : l’aubergine et les courgettes en cubes, les poivrons et l’oignon en carrés, la courge et la tomate en dés.

Avec une poêle en fonte et tous les assaisonnements au goût, faites sautés tous les légumes un par un, individuellement. Pour chaque légume, utilisez encore un peu d’huile (30g ou ml), et la doublez (60g ou ml) pour l’aubergine. On voudrait que chaque soit doré.

Combinez-les dans une casserole ou une cocotte et cuisez au four au moins d’une heure. Garnissez avec assez de sel—ça fait ressortir la saveur !

Ensuite préparez les pappardelles selon les instructions quand la ratatouille est prête. Versez un peu de ratatouille dans un ramequin et y cassez les œufs ; pochez-les avec la ratatouille dans le four pour deux ou trois minutes.

Combinez le ragoût et les pâtes, et sauvez le reste pour une autre fois.

Bon appétit !

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

John Bachtell thinks class war politics is not enough to defeat Trump

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)

Veneralia

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.

Veneralia

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 !