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

Ludi Pacis Liberae: Tierney Victorious

Ludi Pacis Liberae

The Ludi Pacis Liberae, or the ‘Games of Libera Peace,’ took place today online with several Sandum allies and friends. The Ludi were the first organised ‘games’ to take place under the Party’s new plan to organise games, discussions, and other projects for activity in Sandum social and cultural affairs. The Ludi Pacis Liberae were held on the occasion of the Concordia, the Sancta cultural day to Concord who represents of peace, and the games took place on the game WarLight, an online game similar to the board game Risk.

The Sôgmô, citizen Adam von Friedeck, Jacob Tierney, and Luke Hackel took part in the games.

The first round was on a world map. Tierney came in first, Hackel second, the Sôgmô third, and von Friedeck fourth.
The second round was on a map of the Classical Mediterranean. The Sôgmô came in first, Tierney second, Hackel third, and von Friedeck fourth.
The third round was on a map of 1600s Europe. Tierney came in first, Hackel second, and the Sôgmô third; von Friedeck did not take part in this round.

Jacob Tierney won with 11 points. Both the Sôgmô and Hackel were tied at 8 points and von Friedeck, who forfeited the last round, received 2 points. The winner, Jacob Tierney, won a $15USD credit to Etsy.com and purchased a pendant with the prize money.

Work continues on this new program established by the Party. Thought is already being given to what the next ludi will be, though we do know that a discussion and possibly another project is likely to happen on or around 20 February when Sandus celebrates its fifth anniversary of independence from the St.Charlian Commonwealth. The next ludi may be for the Sancta New Year, International Women’s Day, the Equinox, or the Liberalia.

Solstice Report: Sôgmô Affirmed, Participation Down

Each Solstice, the State of Sandus heads to a national poll to determine if the Sôgmô has the adequate legitimacy from the Sandum People to reign for another year. This poll, though not about electing a new Sôgmô, provides a means to make sure that the State of Sandus follows both a popular mandate and a democratic fashion of monarchy: this is the origin of what has made Sandus a republic today. All Sandum citizens are acquainted with what is determined to happen if the Sôgmô is found illegitimate at one of these national polls: constitutional amendments to prevent the arbitrary exercise of power, the possible addition of new State organs, and even the possible abdication of the Sôgmô and the establishment of a presidential republic. This is the great importance of the Winter Solstice in the State of Sandus, to preserve the popular sovereignty of our Nation-State, and which day marks the final important administrative day until the New Gregorian or Sancta Years.

Best of Days

The poster of the 2015 Winter Solstice with the slogan, “Now is the best of days!” — a reference to Catullus 14. Original photo “White Dream” by jojoasakura on DeviantArt.

2015WinterElection Results

Election Results: Legitimacy – 100%, Participation – 42.85% of Eligible Voters
Three ballots were cast in the Sandum national election, all determining a unanimous decision of finding that the reign of the Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola is legitimate for the next administrative year 2016. Out of an eligible voting population of seven, 42.85% voted in the national election, which is down from 57.14% of the previous year. The total citizen population of Sandus is nine but two are from the socia civitas of Überstadt, which does not have the right of suffrage according to its socium foedus.

There were no petitions made to the Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola. The only comment made concerning voting explained that the voting process was “easy, as usual.” No other comments were made. All three cast voting ballots were in English.

One can view the ballots here.

Charity Taxes: the New Face of Sandum Philanthropy
In the past administrative year, the face of philanthropy has changed in the State of Sandus. Previously, small amounts of financial philanthropy were given to various foreign organisations and charities. In the past year, the face of Sandum philanthropy has changed with the changing demographics of the State of Sandus. Now, volunteering, tutoring, and other examples of gratuitous use of labour-time lead the new way in how philanthropy is done in Sandus — mixed and interspersed with small fiscal philanthropic acts.

This season, the amount of financial charity has skyrocketed. In the past season, at least $378.93 has been donated to charity, but an innumerable amount of time and work has been given to the help of others by Sandum citizens. From helping co-workers and fellow students to the free or discounted sharing of information and tutoring, Sandum citizens’ philanthropy is multifaceted and all-encompassing. Sandum citizens spend long hours helping others with little to no benefit, fulfilling the altruistic mission of the State of Sandus and our national philosophy.

From attending work off the clock in order to help fellow co-workers to tutoring and helping comrades in many areas, the Sandum people continuously advance the compassionate State Flag!

Suffrage possibly coming to Überstadt:
Right before the polls closed in Sandus last night, King Adam of Überstadt appeared to hint that his nation, a socia civitas – which meaning that Überstadti citizens have the right to apply for a partial Sandum citizenship, may begin proceedings to extend suffrage to Überstadt. In the negotiations leading up to Überstadt’s accession as a socilivanço, the term for sociae civitates used in July 2014 when King Adam visited Kremlum Sandus to sign the socius treaty, King Adam had specified that Überstadt was not seeking the right to vote. After a year and a half, however, there are minute messages that this may change. The only socia civitas to have the right to vote is Kumano and only one Kumanoese national is a Sandum socius citizen.

CPS Congress 2015

Poster for the 2015 CPS Party Congress held in November.

The Work of the Party Continues:
As a result of the 2015 CPS Party Congress, the Party is currently working on a variety of projects in the new administrative year. Before a scheduled meeting in April 2016, the Party hopes to complete both a Party Constitution and a Party Platform — work that has taken longer than expected due to a decision of the Party Congress to separate Party Members and Sandum citizens so that Party Members become a more organised collective of ideological citizens. More work is still to be done by the Party, as well, including a series of semi-monthly ludi (games), projects, and activities in the Party and State in general: a project which also has yet to begin.

The Sôgmô is hoping to organise ludi for the Collegium Sacerdotium’s holidays for Peace in January.

Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus: an Update
No one has been awarded the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus for several equinoctes and solstices now. However, in the new administrative year, the Sôgmô, who is sovereign of the Order, will work to fix the backlog of awards for the MHOTS and work to establish a new background system for the Order. This will put the Most Honourable Order back on track, and may lead to some future awards and ribbons to be awarded by the Sôgmô — a break from the tradition of the sole award of the MHOTS.

2015 Party Congress adjourns past Midnight SLT

Immediately at 22:00 EST (GMT-5), Comrade Gaius Soergel Publicola openned the 2015 CPS Party Congress, citing that the Party Secretary had passed to him the authority to chair the State of Sandus’s single most important political event. Those citizens in attendance sung the Internationale and were greeted by the incumbent Party Secretary Adam von Friedeck. Privately and publicly, nearly all citizens spoke of their commitment to the Party and to the Sandum Nation, having been filled with national and civic pride.

Next, for half an hour, the assembled citizens listened and read the S8gm8’s Report on the 2015 Economic Goal, which concludes at the end of the Sancta Year MMXV (29 February 2016). Some asked questions pertaining to the Report, such as the definition of a cultural economy – a key feature of the Report’s proposals, and the Party Secretary’s Report followed that of the S8gm8.

Comrades, whether Sandum citizens or foreign observers, I once again extend to you on behalf of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus solidarity and warm greetings. I am grateful for your attendance and participation in the 2015 Party Congress, the first over which I preside.

In my first year as Secretary, the Party has continued to be the vanguard and beacon of an ever-revolutionary Sandus. The Sôgmô serves diligently, and the Council guides well the People’s State, but the Citizens’ Party, too, has done its utmost to strengthen the Sandum nation in ways that only a revolutionary party of workers and intellectuals of diverse backgrounds can do. After all, we are the ones who have built this state; it is ours to master and own, and the Citizens’ Party of Sandus is the body responsible for exemplifying the philosophical foundations of our socialist state.

When I was elected Party Secretary, I declared that the Party would be guided in that term by my Four Points for Progress. These influenced the Party’s actions not by providing a strict plan for the year, but by forming the basis of dynamic goals aiming to positively change the nature of Sandum society, as is the duty of any revolutionary vanguard. The goals of holding the Sôgmô accountable to the people and improving Sandum pluralism were particularly evident in the work of the Party.

The Party has worked closely with the Sôgmô throughout the year to make the voice of the citizens heard in all governmental activities. I have met often with him in my capacity as Secretary to review his office’s actions and give advice on matters of interest to the Sovereign People. Most notably, the Office of the Sôgmô and the Citizens’ Party have collaborated on the clarification and enactment of the 2015 Economic Goal. The Party was able to guarantee that the programs initiated by the Sôgmô were truly socialist: benefiting the collective interest of our people and ultimately controlled by them, as well. The Party provided guidance on the organization of cooperatives, monetary systems, potential products, and the involvement of citizens in the economy, all with the goal of making the system work for the Sandum people.

The Party has also been productive in protecting and expanding Sandum pluralism. Early in the year, I called for a greater representation of Christian culture in Sandus, so as to be consistent with the Sancta politic, which emphasizes the diversity of influences on our state. Two-thirds of Sandum citizens affiliate with Christendom, so it only made sense that the majority religion of our nation be represented in our official culture. Because of this effort, the Collegium Sacerdotum observed Easter for the very first time, and Christian philosophy became further manifest in Sandum culture. This is just one victory for Sancta in our society, however, and I vow to initiate similar efforts to ensure the full representation of the religions, philosophies, cultures, and ideas of all our citizens in national life, for Sandus is made of what each of us brings to it.

The Citizens’ Party of Sandus is firmly committed to the socialist ideals that hold the nation together, expressed through democracy, art, religion, economic growth, and acknowledgment of our diversity. The last year has seen success in these areas, and the next will certainly bring more.

Moving forward, let us keep in our minds the threefold Sandum philosophy: socialism, that we may be equal; Buddhism, that we may seek to relieve all suffering; and Sancta, that we may employ our differences in a way that unifies the nation.

I thank you all.

Next was the election of the Party Secretary, the highest established office of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus. There was only one candidate, the incumbent Adam von Friedeck, who was elected unanimously.

Finally, the Party Congress turned to the specific proposals presented by those present at the Congress. All proposals came from the S8gm8 Gaius Soergel Publicola. Half of them pertained to the Party itself, while two others pertained to activity and civil cohesion and the last pertained to the cultural economy.

  1. Differentiation between Citizens and Party Members; Establishment of Party Membership
  2. Transformation of the Party into a Specialised Bureaucracy
  3. Development of a Party Constitution and a Party Platform
  4. Formation of a schedule of semi-monthly Initiatives for projects and activities
  5. Formation of periodic Symposia for citizens to discuss politics, society, and culture and to encourage activity
  6. Authorisation of the Party and the Central People’s Government to transform the economy into a cultural economic mode of production

The results of these sections were, in some cases, combined and dealt with as one. 

For 1 and 2, the Party decided to establish a class of Party Members who shall perform duties outside of the Congress. They shall have to meet the criteria of: being a citizen for at least six months, agreeing with the Party Platform, and having been voted into membership. In this proposal, the Party will formulate public policy, the Council will ratify (or not ratify) the proposal, and the S8gm8 – and, in some specific cases, the Party too – will enact the public policy. However, the schema of public policy does not undermine the right of individual citizens or of the S8gm8 to propose public policy in the Council.

For 3, the Party decided to establish a comittee for the drafting of a Party Platform, which shall be completed in the next few weeks and made general to encompass a large amount of diverse political opinions, and of a Party Constitution, which shall be drafted as a complement to the State of Sandus’s Founding Law. A 2016 CPS Party Congress held in April exclusively for the ratification of the Constitution.

For 4 and 5, the Party decided to establish a system of three events – ludi or games, projects, and symposia – to be held semi-monthly and organised jointly between the Party and the S8gm8, and possibly even the Collegium Sacerdotum.

For 6, the Party decided to authorise the Party and the Central People’s Government to work on transforming the Sandum economy into a cultural economic mode of production.

The 2015 Citizens’ Party of Sandus Party Congress concluded at 00:20 on 8 November 2015, 20 minutes passed midnight in Kremlum Sandus Province, lasting 2 hours and 20 minutes. Party Secretary Adam von Friedeck completed his first term as Secretary of the Party by adjourning the Party Congress, and immediately assumed his new term for the Party’s administrative year 2016.

Immediately following, Comrade Charlotte Lindstrom of the Zealandian Greens presented a speech

The Party Conference will follow the Congress today, 8 November, at 17:00 Sandum Local Time (GMT-5), and will be chaired by Party Secretary Adam von Friedeck.

This Party Congress marks the Fifth Party Congress of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus. It was during the Fourth Party Congress in 2014 which changed the Party’s name from the Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus to the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, removing references to Communism and Marxism-Leninism in favour of Socialism. The Party Congress planned for November 2013 was cancelled amid a national citizenship crisis, and was replaced with the First Party Conference. The Third Party Congress was held in November 2012 and the Second Party Congress was held in April 2012. The First Party Congress was held in November 2011 and resulted in the integration of the Party into the State structure of the State of Sandus, ratified at national elections in December of that year.

Sandus has had two Party Conferences, in 2013 and 2014, and a third is planned for this evening. Party Conferences differ from Party Congresses in their audience: Conferences are open to international participation, while the Congresses are reserved only for Sandum citizens. Party Congresses serve a public policy purpose, as well, drawing up public policy initiatives for the State of Sandus to be approved either in the Council or in National Elections held on the Winter Solstice, while the Conference is intended to encourage intermicronational discussion on matters involving public policy.

Sandus prepares for Lammas

The Collegium Sacerdotum's Lammas poster, produced by Erganê Artisanal Cooperative.

The Collegium Sacerdotum’s Lammas poster, produced by Erganê Artisanal Cooperative.

 

Yesteryear’s celebration of Lammas was the first time the Celtic and Wiccan holiday was celebrated in Sandus. In subsequent reports and explanations of a Sandum view of the holiday, it was decided that it ought to commemorate the traditional beginning of the harvest — and the toil and labour of workers and farmers who bring the harvest about. Lammas is now an intermicronational holiday, first celebrated in the former Burnham and now modern Mercia, by Richard of Burnham. Today, the holiday is celebrated by Sandus, Rudno, Nolland, Mercia, Leylandiistan, and Saxmark.

Sandus stands out amongst the fray for its secular and humanist-pagan celebration of the Celtic and Wiccan holiday, a half-quarter day in the Wheel of the Year also known as Lughnasadh. A majority of the countries that celebrate Lammas do so for the Christian feast of St. Peter in Chains. The Empire of New Israel — a diplomatic and intermicronationally recognised adversary of Sandus due to its theocratic and Christian fundamentalist political culture — was slated to join the organising countries, but was not invited.

This year, the Sôgmô is preparing a dinner party with his coworkers from the library he works at. Food will include fresh bread, a peach pastry for dessert, and fried chicken and corn for the entrée: all foods representative of the late-Summer holiday. Modern Wiccan and Neo-Pagan music will be played to commemorate the holiday and the Sôgmô will give a tour of his new residence.

Sancta Names & Terms to be Changed into Latin

The Council in the third legislative session of the administrative year 2015 adopted Latin as Sandus’s third official language, taking the place of the constructed language Sancta. Previously, Sancta had served primarily as a cultural language used in the proceedings of the Collegio Sacerdae, Sandus’s cultural and religious cooperative. Now, after more than a month since that decision was reached, the Sôgmô is renovating the names of cooperatives and the legal terms used in Sandus derived from the former official language. This change requires rebranding of the logos and symbols used by cooperatives such as the Collegio Sacerdae and requires the changing of legal terminology in the laws.

A motion is currently before the Council about updating the legal terminology to make a full citizen, known in Sancta as “civilo,” into the masculine, feminine, and neuter «civis»; a foreign citizen, known in Sancta as a “socilivo,” into masculine «socius,» feminine «socia,» and neuter «socium»; and, a partial citizen or alien resident, known in Sancta as “peregro,” into masculine «peregrinus,» feminine «peregrina,» and neuter «peregrinum.»

The name of the Collegio Sacerdae will become «Collegium Sacerdotum,» a Latin translation of the name “College of Priests.”  The Sôgmô has already announced that the term Sôgmô will not be translated directly into Latin, whose equivalent is «dux» or «rex,» but will remain intact, though Latin endings will be added. The Sôgmô, or «Sōgmō» as it will be known in modern Sandum Latin, will be a masculine, feminine, and neuter third declension noun, declined as:

Nominative: Sōgmō, Sōgmōnēs
Genitive: Sōgmōnis, Sōgmōnum
Dative: Sōgmōnī, Sōgmōnibus
Accusative: Sōgmōnem, Sōgmōnēs
Ablative: Sōgmōne, Sōgmōnibus
Vocative: Sōgmō, Sōgmōnes

The formal and customary title of the Sôgmô, “the Honourable Sôgmô,” will be «ille Honorabilis Sôgmô,» using the Vulgar Latin use of «ille» as a definite article.

More Latin translations will be found and given in the future for other cooperatives, offices, and institutions in the State structure of Sandus. Such translations include the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, whose Latin translations may include «Civilis Factio Sande» or «Factio Civium Sande.» Or another noun may be yet decided upon to avoid the negative connotations with the English word “faction,” which is derived from the Latin word «factio,» such as the participle «Partitus,» from which Italian receives its version of “party,” partito. According to the Sôgmô, who is actively translating the names of Sandum organs, institutions, and offices into Latin, this is what makes modern translations difficult. “In order to avoid unnecessary negative connotations and to better represent Sandus’s defining qualities entrenched in Sancta and Philia, it is important to meditate on the translations and think, ‘given these associations and other alternatives, which do I prefer and why?'” It is for this reason that translating something like “the Secretary of the Party” or “Party Secretary” so difficult, as “secretary” in Latin (secretarius) translates as the agent or keeper of secrets — which is not the modern meaning of “secretary” when compared to the Party’s Communist history — and other translations, like dux or imperator, have connections to Fascism and Imperialism; currently, the Sôgmô is leaning towards «Partitus Civium Sandarum» and «Caput Partiti.»

The move towards Latin as a cultural language in Sandus has inspired a renewed thought in Sandus’s early history in 2009 to 2010, in which “Sandum Latin” was a distinct constructed language. Today, “Sandum Latin” refers to the variant of modern Latin used in Sandus in official and cultural capacities.

Decisions of the Second Session of the Council in 2015

The Second Session of the Council in the Administrative Year 2015 lasted from 3 February to 5 March.

The Council has directed the Collegio Sacerdae for greater diversity in holidays celebrated by minorities in Sandus, reflecting Sandus’s religious and cultural pluralism in both the micronation and the broader macronational world.
The Council has directed Tellus Agrarian Cooperative to publish a list of crops it will produce in the new growing season and resources the Cooperative currently has, and publish it.
The Council has directed Tellus Agrarian Cooperative to consider radishes and wasabi as plants to grow in the new growing season.
The Council has directed Sandum citizens to learn or use a basic trade for basic economic exchanges for Erganê Artisanal Cooperative; the Sôgmô will learn knitting.

Facilitator C. Sörgel P.

Sancta Cultural Week: the Development of the State

II Martio (2 March) is dedicated to the historical development of the State of Sandus as a polity and regime since 2011. On 20 February 2011, the Territory of Sandus seceded from the St.Charlian Commonwealth; on 13 April 2011, the State of Sandus was established with the ratification of the Founding Law of the State of Sandus by a national referendum and after the Founding Law had passed the provisional State Caucus. This day has become the Day of Foundation (le Foundatio) in Sandus’s calendar of State holidays. The following

In Summer 2011, the fons honorum of the Sôgmô was established with the development of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus and with the foundation of the first Sandum cooperative, the Collegio Sacerdae, in May 2011; likewise in Summer 2011, the State of Sandus renewed the Libera politic in regards to Sandum self-reliance, self-determination, and self-defence — particularly in diplomatic spheres. In September 2011, the Sôgmô passed an act which established annual national referenda to see if the Sôgmô maintained the proper popular legitimacy to rule the State of Sandus, forming the basis for Sandus’s Winter Solstice elections. The act also established a proto-premier position by elected a Sanôba/Phanem Representative of the People and made a position known as the Comrade Representative for the Party Secretary. In November 2011, the Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus (now known as the Citizens’ Party of Sandus) held its first Party Congress, held its first election, and voted to be enfranchised into the Central People’s Government of the State of Sandus — which was completed in December 2011.

In February 2012, the Realism politic — concerning pragmatism and professionalism in government — was incorporated into Sandum politics and, beginning in Spring 2012, the State of Sandus began to develop its tripartite national philosophy. In Spring, the system of provinces and the orders of citizenship were established; concerning the provinces, the Sandum land-claiming theory of Sandus as a “gradient sovereign condominium” was established in the Sandum corpus. In Summer 2012, focus turned towards developing Sandum culture as the Sandum State established the Philia politic for applying Realism to achieve cultural independence (Libera). 2012 was a time of relative political stability and, as most advances during this time do not have to do with political institutions and political culture (as this article is interested in), not many political developments happened in it save for the development of the tripartite Sandum Philosophy and the tripartite Sandum Political Theories — which, suffice to say, are perhaps the most important developments in terms of culturae or

In 2013, the State of Sandus developed the Volfa province, which later seceded on 1 May, and the State of Sandus entered a perilous time with a citizenship crisis, after losing two of three active citizens. James Thompson, elected Secretary of the Party only a few months before, resigned from the CCPS Party and renounced his citizenship to pursue non-micronational affairs. The CCPS Party Congresses were canceled twice in 2013, as the Party still had a biannual schedule for congresses at that time and the Party was recognised as being the de facto Sandum parliament. During this time in Summer 2013, however, Tellus Agrarian Cooperative was established and a larger focus on socio-economic function of the State of Sandus rose to importance in policy. Affairs started to slowly turn around, however, when in late-Summer 2013, the socilivanço of Kumano expressed an interest in joining in the citizenship union and later did so in October 2013. In November 2013, the Party held an international Party Conference in lieu of a Party Congress, inviting many intermicronational leftists to one venue to discuss how their states handled economic matters.

In 2014, the State of Sandus rebounded from the citizenship crisis. New citizens in 2014 came in the form of those recruited from the Sôgmô’s first year at university and with the new sociliva statehood of Überstadt in July. The State of Sandus achieved new Realist heights with more people outside of micronationalism being engaged in Sandum work. In the Summer, the second crop of Tellus Agrarian Cooperative was planted, and achieved some success; as well, Erganê Artisanal Cooperative also was founded. The Party held its first Congress in November 2014, after more than a year and a half of crisis. At this Congress, the new citizenship took an active and proactive part in the Sandum government and the name of the Party was changed, the «Building Democracy & the Council» Plan was approved, and the Council went ahead to a national referendum at the 2014 Winter Solstice Elections. The Council referendum passed and the establishment of the State of Sandus as a republic — with the typical three branches — was complete.

National Cultural Contest for the Day of Secession

The Sôgmô is to organise a national cultural contest for the Day of Secession, asking that Sandum citizens — and only Sandum citizens — construct some sort of creative cultural object using the iconography of the national holiday. The object can be a construction of any matter: it can be virtual and digital, or it can be real and a piece of art. Citizens are given flexibility in deciding exactly what to make and how to make it, though it must be representative of the citizen’s perception of the meaning and symbolism of the holiday. A $20 USD award will be granted to the winning citizen who makes the winning object and the award-winning piece will likewise also be used in future Sandum Day of Secession holidays. The piece of artwork can also contain elements of the Regifugia and the Matronalia, the two Sancta holidays which make up the Sancta new year celebrated on 1 March.

About the Holidays:
The Day of Secession is the Sandum holiday celebrating the declaration of independence from the St.Charlian Commonwealth on 20 February 2011. In October 2010, Sandus decided to join the St.Charlian Commonwealth as a dependent, non-sovereign territory known as the Territory of Sandus; the reasons for independence included a lack of representation in the St.Charlian Parliament and a cultural renaissance that led to the rise of Sandus’s Sancta culture, a pluralistic yet independent culture that takes inspiration from many sources. The holiday is celebrated as a renewal of Sandum independence and as the first step in the establishment of the State of Sandus, the current and most successful government to have ever governed Sandus. On the first anniversary of the Day of Secession, as well, on 13 February 2012, the Sôgmô released the first Realist treatise, an essay which forms the basis of Sandus’s political policy focus on pragmatism, professionalism, and seriousness in governance. The Day of Secession likewise celebrates the continual renaissance of Sandum independence by the innovation of Realism as a political ideology prevalent in the governance of the State of Sandus.

The Regifugia and the Matronalia are, in reality, two very different holidays yet transformed into New Year holidays in Sandus’s Sancta calendar. The Sancta calendar is a hybrid mix of the early Roman (Romulan) and modern (Gregorian) calendars; as a result, the months remain the same in number and time as the Gregorian calendar, but the system of weeks and the beginning of the new year dates to the Romulan calendar. As a result, the archaic Roman new year of I Martio (1 March) is used as the Sancta New Year. The Sancta New Years eve, the Regifugia, is celebrated on XXVIII ou XXIX Februario (28 or 29 February), though the Roman holiday is originally celebrated on XXIII Februario (23 February). In Sandus, this holiday is marked with the termination of the old year and the welcoming in of the new year by invoking all of the Olympians, both major and minor. The Matronalia is the Sancta New Years and celebrates divine and mortal mothers alike, as a sort of Sancta Mother’s Day.

Iconography of the Holidays:

Iconography (the symbols and motifs used in visual and musical art to represent something else) is strongest and most clear for the Day of Secession, rather than the Sancta New Year.

Iconography of the Day of Secession focuses primarily on a wintery dawn, representing both the holiday’s placement in the calendar but also its role as the awaking of a new Sandus in both season (winter, early spring) and in time (sunrise, dawn). The colours used in this holiday’s iconography include the colours lavender, amethyst, and purple: all colours found at a late-winter/early-spring sunrise. A focus is often placed on land- and seascapes with the sun’s rays and corona being a profound element of the visual artwork; in music, melodies used to symbolise the dawn and spring are often used, in addition to chords which express both pride and activity. Music often begins on low notes and slow tempo, before rising in both pitch and speed — songs used in previous Sandum musical concerts for this holiday often finish abruptly, representing a short span of the Spring season. Lavender plants, violets, and other purple-coloured plants are often a focus of this holiday and, so, are encouraged in use. National colours (Prussian blue and white) and national emblems are also encouraged to be used. Literature and poetry representing the visual and political themes of pride, freedom, love of country, yearning, Spring, and so on may be used, as congruent with the iconography found above.

Iconography of the Sancta New Year may focus on the traditional holidays of the Regifugia and the Matronalia specifically, though Sandum iconography tends to focus on the dawn and Spring (instead of Roman iconography). The difference expressed between the Sancta New Year and the Day of Secession in relation to the dawn and Spring is primarily through colour and type of images. Whereas the Day of Secession shows an early sunrise often in the mid- to late-Winter, the Sancta New Year depicts a more mature Spring and sunrise. In terms of colour, the Day of Secession focuses on shades of purple whereas the Sancta New Year focuses on Spring-like greens and yellows. Other visual elements include tall grasses, which have been used in previous posters. Music often includes the same elements of the Day of Secession, however, though with less of an association with freedom and independence than with renewal and invigoration for work done in the New Year.

Taking these iconographic elements into mind is helpful but not altogether necessary. You are encouraged to think outside the box and for yourself to create an interesting cultural product for the Day of Secession and/or the Sancta New Year. It can be anything — visual, musical, digital, etc. Your use of symbols and motifs should focus on the basic themes surrounding the holidays, however, but you are encouraged to think critically and freely as to what you choose.

Council holds first in camera Meeting

The First Session of the Council of the State of Sandus, lasting from 4 January 2015 to 3 February 2015, has begun. The sessions of the Council will begin with an hour-long in camera meeting held on Skype to approve and lay down an agenda for the session, which will guide the discussions of the Council for that lunar month. Discussions will continue ex camera on forums dedicated to the Council.

The Council will be chaired by a facilitator, a position the Sôgmô has stood for, either for a month or a year: the length is to be decided in ex camera discussions. A facilitator can also be appointed for specific topics by the Council’s facilitator, reflecting a person’s expertise and dedication to a topic.

The Council will operate on a decision making process based on consensus, unless if a matter is so divisive that the facilitator decides a simple majority vote should take place.

In discussing with Party Secretary Adam von Friedeck, the Sôgmô proposed that a system of vetoing and overriding vetoes may be adopted into the Sandum constitution, whereby the Sôgmô may veto a Council decision and the Council and Party may decide to override that veto. The Council has asked Citizen von Friedeck to explain his proposal during this month’s Council session in ex camera discussions.

Citizen Akhil Indurti will begin work on two new projects following this in camera meeting. Indurti will work on establishing a Discourse forum that will be the basis for the Council’s decision making ex camera. He will also begin work on a media project involving monthly articles published by Sandum citizens, particularly articles about work they have done which reflect Sandum values. As a part of Indurti’s project, Gaius Sörgel Publicola will look into making the Collegio Sacerdae’s call for papers a more regular occurrence.

The topics discussed at the in camera meeting will now go to the Council’s ex camera discussion area, currently a Facebook group dedicated to the State of Sandus, to see if consensus is still maintained among the two socilivae citizens absent from the in camera meeting.

The transcript of the meeting can be found here.