Decisions of the First Session of the Council in 2016

The First Session of the Council in the Administrative Year 2016 lasted from 25 December 2015 to 23 January 2016.

The Council has decided that authorities for style and language (the Sandum Language & Style Authority) and for culture (the Sandum Cultural Authority) shall be considered dormant and inactive.
The Council has decided that the Council shall begin to have intercalary months in January and December where a legislative session may be split between two administrative years; in practice, a lunar month will be split into two legislative sessions (1) from one full moon to the new moon in one administrative year and (2) from the new moon to another full moon in the next administrative year.

Facilitator Adam von Friedeck

Pignae d’Esti — Sandum symbols of Power

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

Over the past several months, we have discussed the Sandum pignora imperii. The original pignora imperii (“tokens of rule”) were instrumental symbols of Rome’s rise to power and its rising dominion over the known Mediterranean world. Suffice to say, these were Roman symbols of Roman imperium, the Roman term for power from which we derive the words “imperious” and “imperial” from in English. These were instruments both archaic and attributed to Rome’s legendary periods:

From Aeneas and Rome’s legendary Trojan ancestry, the Romans had the Palladium, the sceptre of the Trojan king Priam, the veil of Priam’s daughter Ilione, and the ashes of Agamemnon’s son Orestes. From the Romans themselves, they had the ancilia — shields from the pious reign of Numa Pompilius who is accredited with much of Rome’s religion-building. Later, as Rome began to conquer and expand its dominion, a terracotta chariot commissioned by the last king, Tarquinius Superbus, was taken from Veii in the Roman siege of the city in 396 BCE and installed on the roof of the Temple of Iupiter the Best and Greatest on the Capitoline hill. After Rome expanded its dominion to nearly all of Italy, during the Pyrrhic invasions of the 280s BCE, the baetylus stone of the Great Mother Cybele was brought from Phygria to Rome, where it was installed on the Palatine Hill.

Unlike Rome, however, our emphasis is not on dominion, expansion, or power. In fact, the Sandum ideal is much more like the Roman traditional ideal: small-scale agricultural settlement that is humble, where economic class is not a matter (as it was not to the early Romans, except for the order of patricians though some scholars argue the division was not economic). While Sandus may share some of Rome’s traditional outlooks on its identity and self-perception, Sandus differs vastly. Whereas historians such as Livy record Roman history as Rome consistently and relentlessly dominating Latium (and of course Livy is biased here), Sandum history has shown the opposite. From a historical trajectory of moving away from the desire of power or imperium, Sandus has relented and moved towards a new era of peace — the Pax Sande — and has striven for a general era of state and nation-building since the foundation of the State of Sandus in Aprilo MMXI (April 2011). Instead, our focus has turned from being a powerful and strong micronation to being a surviving nation at all.

Therefore, the importance of Sandus’s version of the Roman pignora imperii is not for power or imperium, but for the development and survival of the Sandum Identity and the Sandum People. Thus, for Sandus, we ought to have pignae d’esti (“tokens of being”), not pignae de forço (“tokens of power”). Another variation in our pignae d’esti is that some of our pignae are not defined to a certain object: whereas the Romans might have had only one Palladium, we may have numerous books that represent our existence — as in the case of the books used at the time of the Armilustrium. The following are our Pignae d’Esti — our Tokens of Being:

  • the Sandum Flag — The Sandum tricolour has often been discussed and used as a symbol of the Sandum Philosophy.
  • the Statue of Athena on the National Altar — Athena is often regarded as the mother of the Sandum nation-project.
  • the Dharmachakra — This universal symbol of the Buddhist Dharma is represented by an eight-spoked wheel.
  • the Pavorio — This is a unique symbol of the goddess Juno, the Roman Queen of Gods who was brought (according to tradition) from the sack of Veii to Rome.
  • the Books of Armilustrium — The books lustrated as the arms of the Sandum People during the Armilustrium. These can be any book on a topic relating to the topics of the Sandum Philosophy.

Future pignae d’esti may be considered in the future, but these are essential elements of the symbolic survival and existence of the Sandum people.

The Dharmachakra "pigno" on the State Altar of the Buddha in le Palaso d'Etato.

The Dharmachakra “pigno” on the State Altar of the Buddha in le Palaso d’Etato.

The Pavorio pigno, a blue and white vase filled with peacock feathers representing the goddess Hera or Juno.

The Pavorio pigno, a blue and white vase filled with peacock feathers representing the goddess Hera or Juno.

Report: Office of Sôgmô Prepares for National Solidification

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

Most recently, our State has seen or will see the departure of three of our most active citizens. From Kremlum Sandus Province, M. James Thompson has left micronationalism in general to pursue fields beyond the community; from Volfa Province, M. André Sammut is preparing to leave the State on I Maio (the 1st of May) with his province in order to pursue national independence. Whilst we bear no grievance to their departure, as both have been active members of the Socialist framework of our State of Sandus and are pursuing just-as constructive projects, clear administrative ramifications arise as a result of these departures.

The first ramification will be the difficulty in maintaining our Socialist democracy. As it stands, the Office of the Sôgmô is an elected office and the Party runs congresses, de facto parliamentary sessions, biannually in April and in November. At the moment, the Office of the Sôgmô will not be pursuing an end to the elections held on the Winter Solstice which elect the Sôgmô. Instead, we must reconsider the biannual Party Congresses. At the moment, two of three of the most active citizens have left; the census does not reflect this change at the moment. However, it is clear that biannual congresses have become untenable and, therefore, must be reduced to annual congresses around the time of the October Revolution in Novembro (November).

The second ramification is concerning Sandum democracy itself. The Office of the Sôgmô has long pursued the advancement of democracy in Sandus, often convening with citizens or — nonetheless — seeking their advice on specific matters. This too has become untenable in the current scenario of Sandum democracy. Whilst the Office of the Sôgmô will respect petitions of redress from any other Sandum citizen, it is now of little sense to attempt to rule with the Sandum people; we must now rule in the name of the Sandum people, as most elected officials do. It is our hope to, one day in the future, renew our progress towards a democratic situation in Sandus but, for the time being, it seems that the departure of our most active citizenship has given new rise to the role of absolutism in Sandus.

The third ramification is in concerns to culture. With the building of Sandum culture, it was this Office’s hope to unity the Sandum People in national fraternity; with the foundation of the Sandum Cultural Authority, an authority which never sat, we had hoped to increase the role of other Sandum citizens in the building of national culture. One view of M. Sammut on his decision of departure was that the Sandum culture is too dominated by the practice of the fount of honour of the Sôgmô. Indeed this view is of the greatest demise to cultural advancement in Sandus towards the building of a unified nation: it is too often the Sôgmô’s sole work.
The departure of our key citizens will indeed warrant a restructuring of cultural advancement and move it from the role of the Sôgmô to all citizens in general. The concept of equality in Sandus must be stressed and, as such, Sandum citizens should consider their rights of expression and culture that is given to all, not just the Sôgmô. We have, in the past, tried to make citizens more involved in cultural advancement; whilst some have  taken part, the vast majority either outright refused to or were not dedicated in doing so and, instead, focused on other matters. We must further consider and study how to involve more citizens, despite the increased education of rights of all citizens, and we must begin a process of making sure all citizens are aware how cultural advancement is the building of the Nation and the building of Socialism.

The fourth ramification is diplomacy. Now that most active citizens have left, there is no check to the Sôgmô’s power in concerns to this. Previously, the citizenship at large were a great check against the Sôgmô in concerns to Sandum diplomatic policy, such as Libera, as their petitions would seek the reduction of their importance. Indeed, at the last CCPS Congress, it was the citizenship who suggested to this Office that a reduction of Libera‘s importance be considered. Today with the majority of our active citizenship gone, this check has been removed. The sole check that remains, instead, is that of the less-powerful influence of our allies, who often provide influence to Sandum policy but who do not have a constitutional voice in Sandus. Though our allies have often been more anti-Libera, their influence in our State is minimal, to which point a certain renewal of Libera‘s and Realism‘s will undoubtedly take place in the vacuum of democratic check against the Sôgmô’s diplomatic power.

These ramifications concerning our State will undoubtedly have important implications in the future, as our State moves on from this event. Sandum history, like all history, is made of trends: this reduction of active citizenship will cause a reduction of Sandum socialist democracy. However, as our cultural and social nature has dictated to us in the past, our State and this Office shall move on from this. This Office shall continue to pursue grand democratic achievements, including the Council parliament and the election of people’s representatives to the Office of the Sôgmô, as well as the continued election of the Sôgmô; we simply consider democracy temporary untenable in a Sandus of reduced activity. We shall continue to pursue national advancement and cultural advancement and, in the future, we shall author a report on the role of cultural advancement under this Office. With the upcoming construction of educational programs, our State shall also seek to educate citizens on all our rights in terms of expression, conscience, and culture. We too must be cautious of the role of the Sôgmô in cultural advancement and should not make Sandum culture to seem as a Sôgmô-only prerogative: it is a citizens-together prerogative for the building of national unity and fraternity. The final solution to this reduction of citizenship should be to seek a future of Sandus in a far-less polarised position. Whilst we will not entertain views of any removal of our key policies, this Office must learn — through its own self-check alone — to pursue a less polarised Sandus and, instead, pursue a national image and media considered open to all peoples, especially our own.

Sandus shall, at this point, be breasting the wave of a new trend across her, one that will halt current objectives and possibly permanently destroy undo them. Regardless, we are open-minded and pensive to our road ahead as a nation smaller, yet still proud.

For the progress of the State and the unity of our People,
— Sôgmô Sörgel

Blooms of Poetry to mark Spring

Ave, Sandum citizens!

The Sandum nation has long been a supporter of artists and poets alike. Our culture is built upon these expressions. A few weeks ago, this Office dared its citizens, its residents, and its friends and allies alike to work with us to build a work more open to topics of humanity and nature. You need not to read the myths of Demeter or the works of Thoreau at Walden Pond; no, you should, instead, look inside your mind and your heart about this expression, as Jalal ud-Din Muhammad Rumi did. Here, in Sandus, we uphold our values of liberty and individuality for each and every person in expression and conscience. Here are some people who, like Apollo’s shining glory, were blest by the Muses, especially that beautifully-voiced Kalliope, to share with us some of their poetry.

There once was a guy called Tallini
Who, though a god, acted much like a bambini
He huffed and he puffed,
And he ranted and coughed,
And in the end choked, while eating panini.

Emperor George Cruickshank of the Empire of Atlantium and his “Ode to Tallini the Bambini”

Blue cat
Red cat
White Cat
Swedish Cat (assembly required)
Technical Cat
Soviet Cat
No Cat
Where is my cat?

Grand Duke Haakon Lindström of the Grand Duchy of Zealandia and his simplistic, yet profound, poem that will pique any cat-lover’s interest

On Theme:

So few, so mighty few, presented poems on theme: nature as a parable of human existence. Like Odysseos, here are those brave few poems:

«Seashells»

Wash against the shore
And sparkle in the summer sun
Thrown up from the watery depths
You bake on the hot sand

As children charge towards you
The pretty ones are snatched up
Smooth and shiny with bright colors
Squeals erupt at the sight of such treasures

Put on display the pretty ones will be
On a dry shelf in a lonely room
Waiting as they crack and break
To return to the sea

A wave sweeps you up
And drags you back to the water
Tumbling over and over in the flying sand
Suddenly bliss and calm

Settling down in a sandy niche
As small fish swim by
The sun breaks through the clouds
Casting rainbows off their scales

They dive into the dancing seaweed
As a magnificent octopus drifts by
Feeling its way with its powerful arms
And you can’t help but marvel

You see the beauty and the life
And pity the pretty ones
They have been taken away from all this
To waste away in solitude

You can spend hundreds of years
Never changing never fading
In the deep cool water
That is your home

«Seashells» by Kremlum Sandus resident Danielle Ortmann.

I’ll take you out to the sea and hide my eyes,
I’ll listen to the crash of the waves and the churning of seafoam,
You’ll see the world with an opened mind, and I’ll stay below deck.
I’ll care only to feel your lips pressed against mine and your breath hot on my neck.
And once you’ve had enough and the sails are worn and tear with fatigue,
I lose myself in the depths and liquid blue of those eyes and I’ll know,
I’ll see all you’ve seen, through your eyes held open wide,
and you’ll look back into mine and see happiness in simplicity, the lack of wonder that’s trouble those so overwhelmed with it years ago.
When the wonder of one can crash like a wave over the wonder of all, and you’ll see me then, and you’ll know.

A poem by Kendall Carson, the Sôgmô’s dear childhood friend, explaining how love can overcome desire.

The Sôgmô’s Poems:

«La Pluie Tombe»

The rain falls to the ground,
Dressing the earth with tears.
Can’t they see? They all belong to me,
These tears are mine and theirs,
Soaking me all the way to my heart.

«Spring Leaves»

Spring leaves blow in the wind,
Wishing to join you.
Feuillae de printempo, ti volete ad Onta.
Search, leaves, for a soft river to settle
And let us hope it is on the far side of Lethe.
Feuillae, souffle-ea la-bas.

(lines in Sancta, respectively: ‘Spring Leaves, you fly to Her.’; ‘Leaves, call me there.’)

«A Single Bird»

A single bird around the heavens
sings,
Sings of the signs of the new dawn
Where his new nest shall grow
A new world of warmth.

Happy Spring!

Poetry for the Equinox

Ave, Sandum Citizens and fellow micronationalists!

The Spring Equinox is less than a week away on XX Martio (20 March). First, we should remind you to fulfil your tax duties. Your taxes are way for Sandus to put its Philosophy to action, so we hope that you will not just donate, but donate a lot to those who are suffering immediately. But for those with a malaise of the soul, we have a different solution.

The State of Sandus is often known for its poetry and its musical cooperative, Ixstrum Records. The Sôgmô often publishes poems to the Sandum Facebook page and gives them to close micronational allies for their review. Poetry has been used as an expression for thousands of years and perhaps this is seen more profoundly in the State of Sandus than other micronations.  Upon seeing the history and cultural use of poetry in Sandus, perhaps then we can conjure forth as many odes to Flora and hymns of the mind as possible to celebrate the Equinox — so those taxes aren’t as devastating!

Just as the spring flowers are peaking up from their wintry slumber, perhaps you may feel compelled to share your poems — and publish them — as the bees share pollen. Veritum Sandus will publish your poetry for others to read, reflect, and feel your malaise or your bonaise. The point here is to reflect on nature and our environments for a description of our human condition.

Consider this a poetry competition, only without winners and losers. We will simply post your poem to a compilation article and publish it as we normally do our other articles. Send your poems to the Office of the Sôgmô through any means necessary, or by kremlumsandus@gmail.com if you haven’t any other means! This article and all poems are due by the First of April (I Aprilo).

So, come on, Spring is coming! Ready those poems.

To Codify the Sancta Language

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

While reading through a grammar book this evening, as a part of one of my English literary courses, I happened upon the idea of bringing greater identity and regularity to our language. As a result, the Sandum Style & Language Authority shall work to codify the Sancta Language’s grammar and continue work made on our old language “textbook”.

These projects shall work to create a greater independent language in Sandus and to increase the Sandum identity. Though not destined to become the spoken language in Sandus, it will be so that most Sandum citizens may be able to understand the Sancta language following these projects and potential reforms of our language.

These projects shall be hopefully completed before XX Februario MMXII (20 February 2013), or le Jouro de le Secessio (the Day of the Secession), by which all instruments of the Sancta identity are completed before the upcoming year on the New Year in March. They shall be ratified by both the Sandum Style & Language Authority (SS&LA) and, if culturally vital, the Sandum Cultural Authority (SCA).

— Sôgmô Sörgel.

Sandum Cultural Authority Promulgated

The Logo of the Sandum Cultural Authority

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

By the events of yesterday’s CCPS Party Congress and with this proclamation, the Office of the Sôgmô promulgates the Sandum Cultural Authority.

Therefore, the Sandum Cultural Authority shall be a wholly and directly democratic body of all Sandum citizens and the Authority shall define what is the Sandum main culture. By effect, the Cultural Authority shall also define what is participatory of “sub-cultures” in the State. Members shall include Sandum citizens, citizens of defined “culturally-linked” states, and members of cooperatives; however, only Sandum citizens shall be voting members. The Sôgmô, following in the spirit of the Founding Law and by his virtue of position as the fount of honour, shall become the Speaker of the Chamber of the Authority.

Topics shall be addressed, discussed, then motioned, and finally voted on; the Sôgmô must assent each measure passed by the Chamber before they become official. The Authority shall also become important in the cultural projects of Sandum citizens and cooperatives.

Members of the Authority must remain polite and avoid arguments during discussion. Members must also address the Speaker or the State of Sandus and thereby speak in either first or third person.

The dates of sessions of the Chamber shall be determined upon each preceding meeting or by the request of the Sôgmô; at least one session each month is recommended. Sessions can commence at any time the Sôgmô decrees it and a notable amount of Sandum citizens are present.

— Sôgmô Sörgel.