Sôgmô issues First Economic Command for the Armilustrium

Armilustrium 2015

The Armilustrium is Sandus’s oldest and most important cultural holiday.

The Sôgmô has issued Sandus’s first economic command, thereby inaugurating the Sandum command economy, since the Commission for the Command Economy’s meeting this past summer on the economy. The command calls upon workers of the Collegium Sacerdotum, Tellus Agrarian, and Erganê Artisanal Cooperatives and interested Sandum citizens to celebrate the Sandum fall holiday, the Armilustrium, on 19 October and from then to 22 October 2017. If the State and the worker agree to terms, the worker will receive $10 USD plus be reimbursed for up to $20 USD in costs.

The command asks that they provide a description of their activities related to the holiday and of how the activities can be used in the future as a Sandum tradition.

The Armilustrium has long been considered Sandus’s most important cultural holiday. A Roman festival, of the same name, was held outside the walls of the city of Rome, where returning legions would wash (lustrate) their weapons in a ceremonial way—as if removing blood guilt from their arms. As Sandus does not have a military and is a pacifist nation, Sandum citizens instead customarily wash their books—symbols of Sandus’s own sort of intellectual combat—and clean their homes. In the evening, they then enjoy a feast. For the first time, the holiday is being extended by the government to encompass the Gregorian weekend.

The results of the Sôgmô’s first economic command will be shared by Veritum Sandus after the Armilustrium.

ECONOMIC COMMAND 2000260920171

TO: members of the Collegium Sacerdotum, Tellus Agrarian, and Erganê Artisanal Cooperatives; interested citizens

1. PURPOSE: to celebrate the Armilustrium, the Autumnal festival

2. DIRECTION:
Be commanded that the Armilustrium should be celebrated in anyway you please on 19 October 2017, or from then until 22 October 2017, whether by arts & crafts, food, or otherwise
Be commanded that you draw up a brief description of your proposed festivities
Be commanded that your festivities point to possible future traditions to be shared in common by the Sandum People

3. REIMBURSEMENT: In accordance with the decision of the 18 June 2017 meeting of the Commission for the Command Economy, this command is a contract between individual workers and the State of Sandus.
If you will do as commanded, you will receive $10 USD plus the operational costs (not exceeding $20), or other reimbursement of equal value.

4. ARBITRATION: We are obliged to inform you that the Citizens’ Party of Sandus and its secretary oversee questions related to equity of work and reimbursement.

C. SOERGEL PUBLICOLA, SÔGMÔ

Equinox Report: A Season of Changes, A Lifetime of Sandum Traditions

The vernal equinox marks, in Sandus, the beginning of the cultural season—the winter, when our “doors are kept shut.” It is a moment of time when Sandus prepares for its most important cultural holidays: the Armilustrium, the Party’s Congress, Athena’s Day, the Winter holidays. But it is also a time of self-reflection and an inward turning toward Sandus.

The summer is always a very much diplomatic period for us. But this past season saw tremendously significant diplomatic and international events. The Sôgmô attended and presented at MicroCon 2017 and was awarded not an insignificant number of medals. One of our Sandum citizens publicly came out as a trans woman, and the entire country celebrated her; on the other hand, Sandus—along with several allies—condemned the US president’s decision to ban transgender servicepeople from the American military. We significantly reshaped our conceptions of the Sandum constitution, and formed the State Media Cooperative. The Sôgmô published a Sagamorial Consideration of the United States’ controversy over Confederate statues, especially after the attack in Charlottesville. On the more decorous end of our public work, we also created four instances of gentry among Sandum citizens.

The time now is to turn toward Sandum traditions and our culture, however. Yesteryear’s Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift encouraged the move toward a cultural state. The constitution of Sandus will remain unchanged, but the conception guiding Sandus shall now be more focused on culture and less on our own state-building. Now, more than ever, this is needed for Sandus.

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BREAKING: Sandus breaks another Charity Tax Record
Sandus has broken yet another tax record, a year after its extraordinary record. The cornerstone of Sandus’s philanthropic mission, charity taxes, have significantly grown in the past season. This season’s charity taxes are rather more than those of the seasons in the past year, that is, those seasons since last Summer’s extraordinary donations of $1,118 USD. This season, $1,462.41 USD have been donated to charity, while 92 hours of work has been done in volunteering.

These numbers significantly surpass, and even double, the last year’s donations, with $604 and 99 hours in Spring, $395 and 62 hours in Winter, and $677 and 74 hours from last Autumn. Volunteering trends have continued, encompassing tutoring, organisational volunteer work, and other small acts of philanthropy.

Coat of Arms of Quercus Candida

The Coat of Arms of the new Sandum province, Quercus Candida.

New Province, New Capital:
Kremlum Sandus, the traditional heartland of Sandus since 2009, is no longer the official seat of power in the State of Sandus. Quercus Candida, Sandus’s new capital, was established this morning, on the Equinox, one month after the Sôgmô moved to þess new university to pursue a PhD. in ancient history.

MicroCon7

La Microfrancophonie ensemble: le Sôgmô est avec le ministre-président de Saint-Castin, Dominic Desaintes-Bellemare, et le prince d’Aigues-Mortes, Jean Pierre IV.

MicroCon 2017:
In this past season, the Sôgmô travelled to Atlanta from MicroCon 2017 with the President-Minister of St.Castin, a close Sandum friend and ally who is also a member of l’Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie. While there, það met with Sandus’s close Francophone allies and partners, including the Prince and Princess of Aigues-Mortes, met new micronationalists, and formed new friendships on behalf of Sandus.

Trans Rights, a Summer of Despair and Liberation:
The Summer has been tumultuous in terms of LGBTQ+ rights in the United States, our close partner in the condominium, but Sandus has cause to celebrate. Sandus and a throng of its allies condemned the decision of the US president to restrict transgender servicepeople from the US military. One of our citizens came out as transgender, reminding us of the immense bravery it takes to take such a leap—especially in such a political and social climate. An editorial was published, as well, listing Sandus’s own trans history.

Yet, this upcoming season is a time to remember our politics and the humanitarian mission of the Sandum State. In November, we have celebrate Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) since 2011, when the State of Sandus was founded. In Sandus today, trans history is Sandum history, and we are ever cognisant of that fact.

CCE & SMC—Developing Sandus’s Economic Framework:
The economic framework of the State of Sandus was updated in the past season to now reflect a new model of employment and work in the State of Sandus. The Commission for the Command Economy (CCE) met for the first time to approve the new appointment-based employment in the State of Sandus, whereby a citizen may be a worker of multiple organs at once and receive a basic salary of 8¶c from each appointment—a salary which can be used to purchase products based on conversion to other currencies from the Sandum circulatory persuma. The CCE also established a basic system of commands, whereby the Sôgmô may issue an economic command to be completed by Sandum workers of a particular cooperative. The CCE also approved the Sôgmô’s budget, which encourages Sandum cooperative to help to contribute to Sandum culture through specific initiatives.

In addition to the CCE, the Sôgmô established a pan-media cooperative, the State Media Cooperative. The SMC will undertake management of media organs in the State of Sandus, whereas those media organs derived from other cooperatives (Sacerdotiumthe Voice of Sandus, etc.) will have their editorial management overseen by the affiliated cooperative.

Future Plans: Affirming Our Culture through Holidays & Traditions
Following in the developments of the CCE this past Summer, the Sôgmô has signalled that the first economic command will be send to members of the economic cooperatives and the cultural cooperative of the Collegium Sacerdotum to plan for celebrating the Armilustrium (19 October). Following this, and pursuant to the budget approved by the CCE, more projects will be enacted to encourage participation in other significant Sandum holidays—from the Armilustrium to Athena’s Day and the Winter Holidays.

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Awarding the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus—Addressing the Backlist:
Awards of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus (MHOTS) have been on a backlist since 2011, when the order was established. Some recipients have received their awards, while many others have now. Finally, the Sovereign of the order, the Sôgmô, will work to address this backlist and to send out the medal and associated paraphernalia to recipients of the honour. After MicroCon 2017, we have seen just how significant and important these marks of distinction and honours are.

In addition to the order, other honours are being planned for the State of Sandus. There are, in addition to the practical awarding of instances of nobility, the awards to be given by the Party and Council, as well as a new order for Sandum citizens only in recognition of their academic achievements.

LGBTQ+ Pride Week dates announced

LGBT Pride Week 2015 (English)

The Office of the Sôgmô has just announced this year’s dates for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Pride Week: 22 to 28 June 2015. The traditional annual Sandum holiday will conclude on the anniversary of the Stonewall Revolution, an event that took place on 28 June 1969. The Office of the Sôgmô has also released three posters produced by Erganê for the Sandum holiday in the three official languages of Sandus: English, French, and Latin.

LGBTQ+ Pride Week is a traditional holiday in Sandus and has been observed since 2011 when Sandus instituted it as a cultural holiday and marked 28 June as a day of recognition for the Stonewall Revolution. The day is used to commemorate the LGBTQ+ community of Sandum, friends and allies of Sandus, and residents of Sandus’s Kremlum Sandus Province. During the month of June, the Sôgmô visits multiple LGBTQ+ Pride events, from the Capitol Pride Parade in Washington D.C. to hosting events on behalf of Sandus to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride.

This year’s celebrations are especially poignant, as Sandus’s partner in its condominium — the United States — will observe a Supreme Court decision ruling on marriage equality throughout the American union, which matters to Sandum citizens due to the overlapping sovereignty of the United States. The holiday has long been a political as well as sociocultural statement. It has marked such decisions as the 2013 DOMA and Prop 8 American Supreme Court decisions and the decision by Sandus to sign a ground-breaking agreement of cooperation with Zealandia on LGBTQ+ civil and human rights. Sandus has often used the holiday as a political statement against micronations who oppose LGBTQ+ rights and dignity, while celebrating the identities, cultures, and dignity of LGBTQ+ peoples.

The LGBTQ+ Pride Week posters mark the first time Erganê Artisanal Cooperative has exercised its new function as the creator of Sandum propaganda posters, since the ratification of sections of the 2015 Economic Development Plan.

Sôgmô submits 2015 Economic Development Plan to the Council

The Sôgmô has motioned in the Council that sections 1, 2b, and 2c of the proposed 2015 Plan for Economic Development are approved by this month’s legislative session, before the closing of the session on 4 April. The motion comes after weeks of working with Party Secretary Adam von Friedeck to secure a comprehensive plan for economic development before the active period of Spring-Summer 2015, when the borders of Sandus ‘open’ on the Festival of Fortuna on 5 April according to tradition. The proposal will lay much of the systematic foundation for a Sandum command economy, including: a Commission for the Command Economic headed by Sandum and Sociliva heads of state, will establish work-groups in Sandum economic cooperatives, and will establish employment and production lists.

Discussions concerning some points from section 2 — those not included in the motion — are still being negotiated by both the Sôgmô and the Party Secretary before being sent to the Council for approval. Those are proposals for some sort of Sandum-Sociliva solution to developing a command economy in Sandus and for developing an Intershop-like store for Sandum citizens for products produced in the Saint Josephsburg Economic Pact. The work towards the plan goes together with a current effort by the Sôgmô to produce the product list specified in the plan, the manifest of products, for all Sandum economic cooperatives.

The entire 2015 Plan for Economic Development can be viewed here.

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.

Policy Projection: 1 – 8 March 2015

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

We have begun the Second Session of the Council.
We have published posters for the Day of Secession.
We have published the minutes for the First Session of the Council.
We have published the agenda for the Second Session of the Council.
We have published a treatise in Sacerdotium on Sancta as a multicultural and pluralistic entity of the Sandum Philosophy, thereby clarifying the third and final part of our national philosophy.
We have published a survey for Sandum citizens of diverse faiths to publish to include for future cultural celebrations.
We have celebrated the Day of Secession.
We have taken part in the 2015 Lavender Leadership Retreat.
We have established the 2015 Sandum-Socilivae Cultural Exchange Week.
We have announced the pending publication of the Breviarium Rerum Sande.
We have celebrated Losar, the Tibetan New Year.
We have marked the occasion of the Parentalia, the Feralia, and the Caristia — as well as the Terminalia, the Fornicalia, and the Lupercalia.
We have shared Marxist philosophy.
We have celebrated the Regifugia and the Matronalia.
We have announced the schedule for the 2015 Sandum-Socilivae Cultural Exchange Week.
We have published information for the 2015 Sandum-Socilivae Cultural Exchange Week.

In the upcoming week,
We will continue to observe the 2015 Sandum-Socilivae Cultural Exchange Week.
We will continue work on the Breviarium Rerum Sande.
We will begin the Third Session of the Council.
We will publish a diagnostic for Tellus Agrarian Cooperative in the Year 2015.
We will publish a plan of action for Erganê Artisanal Cooperative in the Year 2015.

We shall lay forth work on these objectives from today, 1 March 2015, to 8 March 2015 and draft another projection for the following administrative week of 8 days on 9 March 2015.

Sôgmô publishes First Sandum Budget

The Sôgmô has published the first Sandum budget in the history of the State of Sandus and since Sandus’s creation 2009. The Bureau of the Treasury projects an operating cost of approximately $708.00 USD in the Sandum budget, covering such policies as Sande Amici and a 2012 policy which donates transition essentials to transgender people. Essential costs cover the registration of the Sandus.org website, the 2012 Trans*ition policy, and other cultural expenses projected by the Collegio Sacerdae. Necessary but non-essential spending covers such items as Sande Amici, the operating costs of Tellus and Erganê cooperatives, and extemporaneous spending by the State of Sandus. Essential and necessary spending comes to $188.00USD and necessary but non-essential spending comes to $420.00 USD.

In the new Gregorian year, after the Council has met, the Sôgmô will work to develop seek foreign donations, crowdfunding, and donation taxes for the operating budget of the Central People’s Government. As per tradition, if there will be a pitfall in funding, the Sôgmô will cover the remainder of the necessary money pro bono — as he has done since the creation of the State of Sandus on 13 April 2011.

The details of the 2015 Budget can be found here in the books of the Bureau of the Treasury.

Erganê Artisan Cooperative founded in Sandus

Erganê Artisan Cooperative has been founded by the Sôgmô on this Vulcanalia MMXIV (2014) by completing the new IN01 form digitalised today and published by the Office of the Sôgmô. The cooperative’s mission is to «provide basic clothing and accessory needs for Sandum citizens [and] represent the arts and crafts as an economic mode of production in Sandus.» The cooperative has been constructed in order to provide for basic needs for Sandum citizens, such as winter clothing, and will feature greatly in future segments of the «All-Citizens United» Plan.

The cooperative is named after Athena Erganê (Εργανη, “Worker”), who was seen by the ancient Greeks as patron of arts and crafts. Athena is recognised as a cultural symbol and patroness of Sandus, often embodying much of what Sandus aspires to be as the goddess represents the ideal polity. Athena Erganê is specifically worshipped with Hephaestos during the Khalkeia, the classical predecessor to Sandus’s Sancta holiday of «Athena’s Day» on XXIX Novembro (29 November).

Erganê Artisan Cooperative will begin production and classes early in the fall season, as Sandus prepares for the coming Winter. The Sôgmô will likely call upon friends from around Sandus’s territorial area to become peregrae citizens and join the cooperative. The first work-group of Erganê is expected to be work-group «Arachne», named after the mythological weaver who is changed into a spider for challenging Athena; work-group «Arachne» will primarily knit. Erganê is not intended to be a profitable venture for Sandus, but one of pragmatic importance in order to improve the material welfare of Sandum citizens with hand-knit products — and other hand-made products as more work-groups are added to Erganê.

With Erganê Artisan Cooperative’s establishment in Sandus, the Office of the Sôgmô is likely to form a «Bureau of Central Economic Affairs» which will oversee the dispensation of money to provide for the basic running costs of State economic cooperatives. Tellus Agrarian Cooperative will also likely be expanded soon to include a work-group entitled «Fornux», named after the Roman god of the oven; work-group «Fornux» will be dedicated to the production of food for Sandum citizens and quasi-commercial sale outside of Sandus.

Erganê Artisan Cooperative’s current officer is Gaius Sörgel Publicola.