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

Preparing for the Winter Solstice

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

In support of the democratic institutions of our State, this Office has checked and re-checked the ballot made for this Winter Solstice election. In preparation for the Solstice, the election will open one fortnight in advance of the Solstice: VII G Decembro MMXII or tomorrow. The election will be open until XXI Decembro MMXII (21 December 2012), the day of the Solstice. Election results will be entered in and reported quickly.

To follow the outcome of the CCPS Party Congress, which affirmed the Sandum value and the oaths of citizens, one must swear the oath of Sandum citizens to reaffirm their belief in the Sandum Society and State before one casts their vote. The text of the oath will be provided upon deliverance of the ballot and reads:

Oath upon Ascension of Peregrae citizens to Civilae citizenship
I swear that, upon ascension to the civil class of the Civilae, I shall uphold the Sandum value against suffering, according to my own personal liberties decreed by law, for the betterment of myself as a Sandum citizen, the Socialist society, and the State of Sandus; and, that I shall bear true allegiance to the Honourable Sôgmô, his government, and his elected successors, as decreed by law.

Oath of Civilae citizens
I swear that I shall uphold the Sandum value against suffering, according to my own personal liberties decreed by law, for the betterment of myself as a Sandum citizen, the Socialist society, and the State of Sandus; and, that I shall bear true allegiance to the Honourable Sôgmô, his government, and his elected successors, as decreed by law.

The Sôgmô too shall swear this citizens’ oath. On the Winter Solstice, the Sôgmô shall swear the oaths of the office, the cooperative officers will swear the oaths of their offices, and other high government officials, diplomats, and judicial-power officers will swear the oaths of their offices. This ceremony shall be repeated yearly to continuously reaffirm the message of the Sandum State, its purpose, and its guide.

For the Winter Solstice, special emphasis has been placed on the election and, especially, the petition section. The Office of the Sôgmô, in a guide published below, has especially noted the co-equal function of both the petition section and the voting section. Though you ought to vote for the legitimacy or illegitimacy of the Sôgmô’s reign, please be sure to fill out the petition section. The guide below specifies anything can be addressed: major directional changes in State policy and individual specific issues, to minor issues or images of the government, the culture, or the Sôgmô’s functions. Even compliments are welcomed. Please, though, do not place jokes in that section and try not to leave it blank. Give your sincere say on our State: this is your democracy at work.

Also, in preparation for the Winter Solstice, please remember to fulfil your charitable taxes. Remember that charitable donations go beyond, they include time volunteering and money and wares given to charity or to those in need. For instance, the Sôgmô recently donated a child’s trundle bed to the Salvation Army; this helps to fulfil the Sandum tax requirements. Your efforts in helping others re-affirms Sandus’s commitment to ending suffering in its manageable forms: let’s fulfil the Sandum Value!

A Guide to Your Sandum Electoral Ballot:

How your electoral ballot will look:

Introduction: Thank you, Citizen, for showing interest in your nation’s elections! This guide will explain to you the several parts of the Sandum ballot. The first section is essentially the symbols of the State and explaining the ballot. Between the symbols (the motto and the anthem of Sandus) and the explanation of the ballot is a section for you to give your name, age, and your date of voting. Besides your vote, this is perhaps the most important section.

The Voting Sections: The voting sections are divided into two sections, following the well-wishing greeting on the top of the voting section: 1) the Sôgmô’s election and 2) the petition and feedback sections. Because the office of the San8ba/Phanem Representative is now defunct (who served as a representative of the People to the Sôgmô), both sections are equally important.

1. The Sôgmô’s Election: By the Founding Law, all power is to the Sôgmô. However, the Founding Law does not give the basis for when that absolute power is illegitimate and contested by the people. Therefore, for the legitimate and democratic approval of the people, you must specify if you — in your democratic capacity — find the Sôgmô’s rule to be legitimate or illegitimate. If you vote for his reign as being illegitimate, please write and explain why. This is as important as your vote because it enables us to curb the absolute power of the Sôgmô.

2. The petition section is also very important. In the past, we had a San8ba Representative, who was elected by the people to represent them to the Sôgmô. However, due to the previous Representative’s own resignation, no viable replacement, and Realist essays, the position has been discontinued. Therefore, it is vital that you should also enumerate your free and unrestricted petition on the ballot. They can range anywhere from where you’d like the nation to be directed to, to a minor issue; even constructive criticism and kind compliments are endorsed! Just put something! In this section, a feedback questionnaire is included. It’s not vital you fill it out, but it’s helpful to us.

Finally, at the very bottom of the ballot file, you will find an appendix of the mentioned laws in the ballot text.

Good luck voting!

Happy Winter & Decembro!
— Sôgmô Sörgel.

Klopfzeichen – Defoliant out on Ixstrum


New release on Ixstrum Records – Klopfzeichen – Defoliant
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This is Ixstrum’s second experimental release from Klopfzeichen.
1//Kinder Face Marmalade
6//One Two Flash Three Four Flash
7//RRP Price
9//The Complaint.Part One
10//The Complaint.Part Two
11//The Complaint.Part Three

Cover Art for Defoliant

Cover Art

 –André Sammut

Sandum Musical Recording Cooperative Founded

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

Ixstrum Records is the newest cooperative of the State.

The first cooperative by the IN-01 (Industry-01) form, rather than by Royal edict (Royal Cooperatives, such as Collegio Sacerdae), has been created in the State. As a joint venture between Sandus and Erephisia, Sandum and Erephisian citizens have come together and utilised one of the rights of citizens: le Commerça Liuo, or the Commercial right to create cooperatives and create cooperative contracts.

Citizen and Co-Director André Sammut and Co-Director Billy Neil have already begun to create music.  The cooperative focuses on experimental ambient and industrial music — two aspects indicative of Sandus’s aesthetics, especially in terms of the Party, and indicative of the cultural liberty in the State. The Central Directory of the Office of the Sôgmô, the State records of Sandus, has already created a new section for Ixstrum. The State has already seen preparations for the album the cooperative is working on, fulfilling both Technocratic and Socialist livelihood — the meeting point of Sandus and Erephisia.

After the Sôgmô and the former Erephisian President met this Summer at the PoliNations conference, relations have warmed between the two states, indicative by this new cooperative.

— Sôgmô Sörgel.