Sandus, Überstadt developing academic certificate

Academic institutions from both Sandus and Überstadt are cautiously optimistic about developing an academic certificate program, tentatively called the Certificate of Higher Micronational Learning, or CHML. The certificate is being developed as part of an academic consortium between the two social countries, with plans for more member institutions, and is open to involvement from other micronations outside of the two countries’ Social System.

Inquiries can be made to the State of Sandus at KremlumSandus@gmail.com.

The certificate is intended to fulfil the first year of higher or tertiary education, and is meant to be completed with 10 to 13 courses—10 courses for institutions which follow semesters and 13 for quarters. Students enrolled in the certificate program will be able to take any consortium member institution’s courses, and will also be required to take a certain number of courses in key micronational disciplinary fields—such as from the arts, humanities, and social sciences to law and language or communication.

The certificate is meant to provide a well-rounded factual and theoretical knowledge within various fields of study related to micronationalism. This certificate is especially useful for those interested in micronationalism or who wish to develop their skills as a micronationalist. It teaches micronationalists about the ancillary fields related to micronationalism and is also meant to support the development of interdisciplinary micropatriology.

Sandum and Überstadti academics have tentatively committed to teaching at least one class in 2019 during the springtime. Such classes could include humanities classes on the history of micronationalism, micronational themes in literature, an introduction to law, and a micronational communications class. What is more, both academics have agreed that, despite being the instructors of a course, they will also be students in whatever course they teach while both institutions are working toward developing the certificate program further. In other words, both will be the facilitators of learning—striking the balance between micronational colleagues and successful intellectuals and educators.

Academics and intellectualism are important to both countries, as both their leaders are pursuing graduate-level education. Sandus, in fact, even has a national order of merit tied to educational attainment; it is the only order in which the sovereign of the order is not automatically the most senior rank. The Sôgmô’s family all outrank það.

Sôgmô issues new Decree on Citizenship

The Sôgmô has issued a new decree on citizenship meant to “clarify” issues surrounding the Act on Citizenship of Martio MMXII and new realities in Sandus more than two years after that ground-breaking law was enacted.

Read the decree here.

The new decree focuses on peregrae citizens and clarifies their position and exactly who counts for peregrae citizenship. The changes come after many months of historical research on peregrini in the Roman Empire and on il popolani in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. The Sôgmô’s recent private trip to Italy has left its mark in this new decree, following both the enlargement of the status of who is to be considered a peregro and the establishment of a system of ‘communes’ in Sandus similar to the communes of Italian cities that formed in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The decree also divorces the rights of representation in the Party and of suffrage, meaning that socilivae sine suffragio such as those in the new socivilanço of Überstadt can be represented by the Party during its annual congress while socilivae from Überstadt do not have the right to vote in the annual Winter Solstice referenda. The final articles of the decree reference the Kremlum Sandus State College specifically, calling for the process by which peregrae become civilae by completing the civila certificate to be streamlined. The last article, finally, calls for sociopolitical experiments into the democratic commune system and into worker’s democracy in Sandus in order to prepare Sandus for the growth of republicanism in the State.

Below is the text of the decree.

By the Authority invested in the Sôgmô of the State of Sandus:

Decree clarifying the status of peregrae, development of provinces, and socilivae sine suffragio

The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola hereby proclaims that peregrae shall be considered non-civilo residents of the State of Sandus and its environs who (1) are interested in seeking full-citizenship (civilanço), (2) know of the State of Sandus and wish to take part in its work, and/or (3) is recognised by the Sôgmô as otherwise falling under the concept of a peregrinus or of the popolani.

The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola hereby proclaims that peregrae shall continue to enjoy the present rights of the Founding Law and may be represented by the Party as quasi-citizens.

The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola hereby proclaims that peregrae must have no other micronational allegiances: their allegiance must be to Sandus, in continuation of the ban on dual-citizenship.

The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola hereby proclaims that citizens of a certain provincial designation may join together to form a local administrative government known as a commune, which shall not supersede the authority of the Central People’s Government and shall instead be seen as the local government of an association or city.

The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola hereby proclaims that all citizens (peregrae, socilivae sine suffragio, socilivae cum suffragio, and civilae) may be represented by the Party and shall enjoy equal votes under the principle of one vote per person in the CCPS Party Congresses; suffrage in the national elections for the Sôgmô is still restricted to civilae, but representation in the CCPS Party Congress is divorced from suffrage.

The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola hereby proclaims that the Central People’s Government shall encourage peregrae to become civilae by encouraging a civila certificate from Kremlum Sandus State College and shall encourage socivilae sine suffragio to complete charity taxes.

The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola hereby proclaims that Kremlum Sandus State College shall streamline the process for achieving a civila certificate by the introduction of a central form for new students that will be included in the season CEN01 form hand-out and given when an individual becomes a recognised peregro; the State College shall also explain what is involved in a civila degree and reduce the amount of credits needed to 10 and lower the amount of credits for CIV100 to three.

The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola hereby proclaims that, in order to prepare the State for the growth of republicanism and the introduction of democracy into our State, a commune out to be fostered between peregrae and a worker’s democracy ought to be established in a new crafts cooperative to be promulgated by the Office of the Sôgmô through a regular IN01 form.

CIV000 Completed in 2 Days

The logo of Kremlum Sandus State College, the issuing institution of Civilae and Socilivae certificates.

The logo of Kremlum Sandus State College, the issuing institution of Civilae and Socilivae certificates.

CIV000 – Sandus in Practice has been completed and added to the list of available courses at Kremlum Sandus State College. The Sôgmô, who is both the rector and the instructor of courses at KSSC, began work early III C Quintilo (Thursday 3 July) on the video lectures and course website for CIV000. The course is intended to teach students pursuing a Civilo certificate (which enables peregrae to become civilae) about ways to communicate with fellow citizens. The course focuses on media in Sandus, including: the traditional media of Veritum Sandus and Channum Unum, the “new media” of Voice of Sandus and Sacerdotium, the Sandus.org website, and interpersonal means of communication such as Skype or email. The course concludes with a split lecture based on the sort of certificate being pursued; for socilivae the course concludes with a lecture on the role of diplomacy in Sandus’s interactions with its socilivançae, for civilae the lecture concludes with a lecture on the future of Sandum communication.

The course was completed in record time, a mere two days. The next courses to be completed are all one-credit courses: CIV010 – Sandus in the Micronational World; CIV020 – Language in Sandus; CIV030 – the Arts & Sandus. In the future, peregrae will have a broad selection of courses that may fit into their 12-credit Civilo certificate, which enables them to become full-citizens in Sandus. After the Civilo certificate program is completed, Sandus is looking forward to increasing the academic diversity of KSSC by including lectures of a variety of topics from micronationalists and to include other certificate programs.

CIV100 Course to be ready by Independence Day

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

The Office of the Sôgmô has announced the CIV100 course will be ready for the first students of Kremlum Sandus State College by the Sandum Independence Day, or XXVI Maio (26 May), and possibly by the end of the next Sancta week. All lectures have been completed and a course hub has been prepared for students on a web interface provided by WikiSpaces.com. The CIV100 course – Civic Engagement for Civilae Citizens – is a course that caps the degree necessary for a peregro citizen to become a civilo or full citizen. It concludes with a project known as the Active Citizen project where the student specifies an area of their interest and works on developing it, thus preparing them for being an active citizen in Sandus. The course has been in the making since around Februario or Martio (February or March).

Kremlum Sandus State College recently released its schedule of courses on V Maio (5 May). The next course to be worked on will be CIV000 – Sandus in Practice – which will inform students about Sandus’s infrastructure.

State College announces List of Courses

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

Kremlum Sandus State College has released the list of courses to be created for the Civilo degree. The Civilo degree is a new effort of the Central People’s Government to encourage citizenship activity and an understanding of the basics of the Sandum Nation-State. The degree is awarded upon receiving 12 credits in courses and accomplishing the CIV100 Civic Engagement for Civilae Citizens course and its Active Citizen project. The list of courses can be found here.

  • CIV000 — Sandus in Practice:
    Sandus in Practice focuses on the infrastructure of Sandus, from the newspaper to how to be active in government and civic society as a citizen. One credit.
  • CIV010 — Sandus in the Micronational World:
    Sandus in the Micronational World takes a look at intermicronational communities and where Sandus falls into the micronational world in relation to them. One credit.
  • CIV020 — Languages in Sandus:
    Language in Sandus explains the official languages in Sandus and parlance in civic spheres. One credit.
  • CIV030 — the Arts & Sandus:
    The Arts & Sandus examines Sandum visual, musical, and virtual architecture. One credit.
  • CIV040 — Sandum Culture:
    Sandum Culture is a course explaining Sancta culture and its intersections with Sandum Philosophy, political thought, and multiculturalism and internationalism. Two credits.
  • CIV050 — History of Sandus:
    The History of Sandus informs about the history of the nation you are a citizen of and what it has accomplished throughout its years as a nation-state. Two credits.
  • CIV060 — Sandum Philosophy:
    Sandum Philosophy informs about the guiding philosophy of Sandus and its intersections with Sandum government and your life as a citizen. Three credits.
  • CIV070 — Central People’s Government:
    Central People’s Government explains organs of government, politics, and your power in Sandus. Three credits.
  • CIV080 — Public Leadership in Sandus:
    Public Leadership & Sandus informs about Sandum plans, policies, and projects and activism here. Two credits.
  • CIV090 — CCPS & Sandus:
    CCPS & Citizens is a course explaining Sandum socialist history and the role of the Party in Sandus. Three credits.
  • CIV100 — Civic Engagement for Civilae Citizens:
    Civic Engagement for Civilae Citizens is the capstone for the CIV program, with a project where you will learn first-hand to be active in Sandus. Four credits.

CIV100 will be released as a course first and, then, courses from CIV000 to CIV090 will be released afterwards. Graduate courses and areas of studies will be released in the future. The first courses will be had by the new citizen Akhil Indurti, who recently joined the State of Sandus. A new citizenship law will be drafted in the next few months, redefining the age of adulthood to either 16 or 17, allowing for socilivo citizenship on a personal basis, and making the degree a formal legal requirement – rather than just a policy of the State of Sandus.

State College affirms Transitional Curriculum as Sandus.org adds Citizenship form

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

The Office of the Sôgmô has announced this morning it will accept a standard transitional curriculum for the Kremlum Sandus State College, dependent on the amount of courses available. As the Office of the Sôgmô continues to work on the CIV100 course, the capstone course for a 12-credit civila degree, the immediate requirements that all peregrae or auxiliary citizens take State College courses and receive a State College civila degree become untenable.

The transitional curriculum shall be as such:

  • Transitional degrees that have been completed with only the CIV100 course shall be considered “Degree α” as an alpha degree that should be completed once the State College is fully functional; credits can be granted according to the activity and time spent as a citizen but may not surpass 4 credits.
  • Transitional degrees that have been completed with the CIV100 and only 1 other course completed shall be considered “Degree β” as the next level in academic attainment, when a course other than CIV100 is available.
  • Transitional degrees that have been completed with the CIV100 and only 2-3 other courses available to be completed (all of which must be completed) shall be considered “Degree γ” as the final level of transitional degrees, when 12-credits can be feasibly attained.
  • Degrees after 4 or 5 course have been added to the schedule of courses shall be considered the official and final degrees for Kremlum Sandus State College, when the civila degree becomes final and tenable.

The adding of the transitional curriculum comes after the PC-1E and SC-1E forms have been added to the new Sandus.org website, enabling more people to apply for Sandum citizenship without having to request a form from a State official directly. On XXVII Martio (27 March), the Office of the Sôgmô announced that a tremendous amount of work for working towards the Second Philia Advance, intended to make Sandus more “open to the world,” had been successful in making Sandus more public and being capable of reaching to nearly three dozen new people in one week and receiving more than 350 views to its Facebook page; since the introduction of the Second Philia Advance, as well, Veritum Sandus and the new Sandus.org website have received twice as many average views and the Sandus.org website received nearly 100 views on the day in which it announced it had purchased the Sandus.org website — a testament to Sandus’s new work for making itself public to the world.

In addition to the technological advancements of Sandus making the State more open to the world, the liaison program that was recently adopted in Decembro MMXIII (December 2013) has seen its first recent possible breakthrough. Under the program, the liaisons represent certain important fields of concern to the Office of the Sôgmô. A trans* laision was recently selected and accepted into the liaison program and, thanks to his work, Sandus may possible cooperate with the ΘΠΣ gender-neutral and LGBTQ-oriented chapter, the One Project, and the LGBT Equity Centre at the University of Maryland to commemorate important LGBTQ days of recognition. This cooperation would happen in the Fall Semester of 2014, if approved, and would be a benchmark in Sandus’s Second Philia Advance objectives if accomplished.

— Sôgmô Sörgel

Sôgmô founds Kremlum Sandus State College

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

The logo for Kremlum Sandus State College, expected to be promulgated by the end of the next Sancta week.

The logo for Kremlum Sandus State College.

The Office of the Sôgmô has made public the edict establishing the waited Kremlum Sandus State College. The Kremlum Sandus State College was noted in the most recent policy projection for its inclusion of a CIV100 or Civic Engagement for Civilae Citizens course. The establishment of the State College takes place as Sandus sees a renewed interest from outsiders and as five people have expressed interest in becoming Sandum citizens recently, and would thus increase the population of Sandus by 100%. In the upcoming months, Sandus’s population and the activity of its government — possibly to be linked to the activity of future liaisons — will lead to a need for our citizens’ better understanding of Sandus, our Sovereign People’s Philosophy, and the institutions and elements of our government. It is for this reason and for the need of active and engaged citizens that the Office of the Sôgmô has pioneered the Kremlum Sandus State College.

Micronational institutions of education are, however, nothing new. The phenomenon dates back to 2010 with the establishment of St.Charlie’s Free University of Tor Pendente, which soon invigorated many micronations striving for institutions of higher education in their own states. Sandus was, however, not a micronation that strove for this phenomenon. As of yet, no micronational institution of higher education has been created for the same goals as the Sandum State College, which is intended to teach about Sandus to peregrae citizens who are required to be peregrae for one month before they become full citizens or civilae. The State College also focuses on the importance of active and engaged citizens, not just knowledgeable citizens, as explained below.

Kremlum Sandus State College is an institution of higher education promulgated by the most recent edict of the Sôgmô. It is an elementary body as formed by the Office of the Sôgmô’s edict with only a body of professors and a rector for the State College established; the rector is identified as the Sôgmô. Professors are divided into two distinctions: full or tenured professors and associate or non-tenured professors. The edict does not establish a procedure for granting tenure — the security to hold a position and guaranteeing academic freedom –, beside noting that that distinction comes from the Rector; post-tenure reviews happen no more than once a year and the edict implied they are begun by the Rector. Associate professors are professors who have not received tenure and are on a standard probationary period until the Rector, upon the advice of a tenure committee, grants tenure.

Article 2. The mission of the State College is to:
1. teach peregrae or auxiliary citizens the institutions and elements of Sandus;
2. inform peregrae or auxiliary citizens about the Sandum Philosophy;
3. engage peregrae or auxiliary citizens so that they become active civilae or full citizens;
4. inspire research and new perspectives into the institutions and elements of Sandus.

The seal of the State College, seen above, contains the coat of arms of Kremlum Sandus Province, with the head of Athena in the kremlin, and “Kremlum Sandus State College” beneath the shield. The school song is the March of the Frontier Guards, invoking the State College’s role as serving — essentially — as frontier guards by teaching peregrae about their new homeland. The colours of the school are white and gold and graduating regalia is decreed according to the edict.

For peregrae citizens, there exist two possible tracts for which one can pursue — degree or certificate — though it is advised to pursue the degree. The 12-credit degree is created by one to four credit classes and is completed with the CIV100 keystone course, which culminates in a public service project that interests the particular peregro or auxiliary citizen. The degree tract is typically three weeks long and is likely to contain five to eight courses total. Future elective courses will include the History of Sandus, Sandum Philosophy and Culture, Micronational history and Micropatriology, and an introduction to RealismLibera, and Philia. The certificate tract is awarded to those who desire to take a comprehensive citizenship test of no less than 60 questions and no less than three essay or short answer questions that are related to the Active Citizen project. Students in this tract will be participant to a CIV101c course, “Comprehensive Understanding of the State.” The edict also notes that the Welcome and Farewell marches mark the entering and graduation of a student.

Post-graduate degrees are noted in the edict, but the edict only establishes Maître degrees for micronationalists interested in focusing on micropatriology or on Sandus specifically. This 6-credit degree is completed by one-credit courses, term papers due each week of 3-5 pages in length, a mid-term project due before the end of the third credit, and a Maître thesis paper of no less than 10 pages in length. Future post-graduate degrees may be considered in the future.

Future degrees and areas of specialty may be added as the number of professors may grow in the future.

Some concerns have been raised about how the courses themselves would operate. Though the edict does not establish this and it is left to the purview of the professor, it is likely that each course will be constructed with a syllabus that establishes the course’s schedule, with online lectures found on such places as YouTube, and course readings — all handed out by the professor of the course to the student. Students will, from time to time, be required to write papers, engage in discussions, and communicate with the professor him/herself. In the future, other systems may be utilised for the State College — such as the internet interface Blackboard or Canvas.

— Sôgmô Sörgel

Sôgmô Prepares for Promulgation of State College

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

The logo for Kremlum Sandus State College, expected to be promulgated by the end of the next Sancta week.

The logo for Kremlum Sandus State College, expected to be promulgated by the end of the next Sancta week.

The Office of the Sôgmô is preparing for the establishment and promulgation of Sandus’s first college, the first place for education in Sandus.

Kremlum Sandus State College will have courses that, in the future, will be required for Civilae citizens and optional for Socilivae citizens. For Civilae, certain courses will be required to be passed in order to achieve Sandum citizenship. A degree or certificate will be available for graduates, and graduates may receive a graduation medal in the colours of the future State College: white and gold. The State College will also assume responsibility and custodianship of the Kremlum Sandus State Press, an organ currently of the government intended to publish public service announcements and public educational material.

The college will be free and easy, and is expected to have a reduced hassle for those desiring Sandum citizenship while teaching important aspects of the Sandum Philosophy, the Sandum Government, and our history as a sovereign state. The first course to be available will be CIV100 – “Civic Engagement for Civilae Citizens”. In the future, other subjects – including lectures on topics not involving Sandus – may be included. Certain classes at the moment include a course on the History of Sandus, Sandum Philosophy and Culture, Micronational history and Micropatriology, and an introduction to RealismLibera, and Philia.

Many micronations possess state-run colleges or universities. However, Sandus has long withstood the fervour of those micronations and the State College differs tremendously from other micronational universities on scope and on purpose. Most other micronational universities are intended to be large-scale projects and are intended to teach on a variety of topics; Sandus’s future State College, however, will merely educate peregrae and other citizens on Sandum citizenship. Furthermore, the State College will likely have educational prospects for Sandum citizens and non-citizens alike, but will only be run when there are students available or when an educational project has been established. The State College will likely work with the Collegio Sacerdae and the Party in the future for intersectional educational lessons and courses on Socialism and the self-created or Sancta culture of the Sandum Nation-State.

The State College is expected to be promulgated on XII, XVI, ou XVII Ianuario (12, 16, or 17 January), Sancta holidays to the Lares Compitales, Harmonia, and Felicitas. A warrant from the Office of the Sôgmô shall promulgate the State College and work has already begun on a syllabus for the CIV100 course and other courses will be planned for in the future. So as to fit into the State of Sandus’s requirement for a one-month “residency” or peregra period before applicants become Civilae citizens, the State College will have one-month long programs. The Office of the Sôgmô is still considering how many credits will award a degree and what sort of electives and required courses the College will offer. Courses are expected to last no more than a fortnight, and electives are expected to last only a week.

— Sôgmô Sörgel