Solstice Report: 75% Participation, Sôgmô’s Reign Unanimously Legitimate

Sandum citizens today are busier than ever before. There are more citizens who are active and engaged in the work of the Sandum government, from the Sôgmô to other workers in the Central People’s Government of the State of Sandus. Sandus, however, does not simply affect their micronational lives: it is also integrated with their quotidien and personal lives.

This Solstice has always marked one of the more important seasons for the State of Sandus. During the Autumn season, citizens take part in the nation’s most important cultural holiday, the Armilustrium, and engage in one of the most important democratic assemblies in our country: the Party Congress of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus. Moreover, it sees significant political and state holidays like the National Day of Socialism, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and Athena’s Day. But most significant of all administrative days is today, when the Sovereign People conclude their annual national referendum—the sixth, in today’s case—and vote on the legitimacy of the Sôgmô’s reign.

But, because of the tripartite Sandum Philosophy, Sandus lays claim to the spirit and message behind the peaceful and joyous winter holidays. We celebrate the social equality of the Saturnalia and we go beyond the progenitors of the holiday of yore in social equality—even striving to further and further than them. We remain mindful of the Christian message of the sort found in the venerated Victorian Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas:

Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye, who now will bless the poor,
Shall yourselves find blessings.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Io Saturnalia!

Sôgmô C. Soergel Publicola

Winter Solstice

Annual Charity Taxes Up, 2017 Most Philanthropic Year Yet
One of Sandus’s most notable administrative features, and one which is always reported on the quarter-days between the different seasons, is the report on charity taxes. Since March 2012, Sandum citizens have been required to donate to charitable foundations or volunteer for philanthropic causes. Each one has to report the charity which they do as private citizens, and this report always includes the work which they do in the past three months since the previous solstice or equinox.

The past season’s monetary donations are down from those reported during the Autumn Equinox, but the hours of volunteer work have more than doubled. In the past season, we have donated $929.26 USD to charity, compared to the Summer’s $1,462.41. But, on the other hand, 190 volunteering hours were completed since 22 September, compared to the average 94.5 hours in the history of Sandus accepting charity taxes in the form of volunteer work. Sandum citizens have volunteered at houses of worship, animal shelters, and environmental programs—amongst others.

History of Sandum Charity Taxes by year

Charity taxes in 2017 are up to the highest they have ever been. While part of this increase is due to the rise in the population of Sandum citizens, it is also due to the fact that most Sandum citizens have grown older and have begun accepting higher paying jobs or are more financially secure. More and more Sandum citizens are working toward or have attained a higher education than secondary education.

 

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Election 2017: Participation Up, Sôgmô’s Reign Unanimously Legitimate
Polls were open from 10 to 20 December 2017, with participation low for the first half and picking up significantly in the second half of the voting duration. By 15 December, only one vote had been submitted, representing a participation of 12.5%. By 20 December, six votes had been cast, or 75% of eligible voters.

Of Sandus’s population of 12 citizens, 11 are technically eligible, while three members of the Royal Family refuse to vote though the Sôgmô does submit a ballot. Sandum citizens have three voting options when voting on the Sôgmô’s legitimacy: yes, no, and abstain.

Of the six ballots cast, all voted in favour of þess legitimate reign. Five ballots were written in English, while one was in French; there were no extraordinary Latin ballots cast.

In the last section, the ballot turns to easement of the right to petition and to the election process itself.

What policies or concerns do you wish the Sôgmô to enact and conduct?

  1. I think the government is addressing issues in a healthy, productive manner. Further, the government seems to be handling the chaos caused by America’s current government very well. Sandus is weathering the storm well.
  2. Continued expansion to new members. Good job with that!

— Two petitions submitted in the 2017 Election

Sandum citizens are always given space, as well, to petition the Sôgmô confidentially and privately. Two petitions were given, one which was congratulatory and another which suggested that Sandus should continue expansion of citizenship. When asked how the voting process went, three ballots commended the electoral process for its ease.

The Sôgmô expressed a desire to expand Sandum citizenship to more people at the 2017 CPS Party Congress, so it is expected that Sandus will work to explain the naturalisation process for non-citizens, ease the citizenship process, and to approach others who share the values of the Sandum Philosophy.

 

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Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus: One New Membership Awarded, Four Upgraded
The Sôgmô, in þess capacity as Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus, has awarded membership to one person, updated the citation for several current members, and has upgraded three members to the rank of Commander and one Commander to the rank of Elder.

Order_of_the_Throne_of_Sandus_3rdThe recipient of membership in the Order has run a micronation since 2001 which, in 2014, became an official nonprofit public benefit corporation in California in the United States. His micronation’s primary political mission is ecological and environmental. Their friendship with the State of Sandus was demonstrated in this past year with this new member meeting with the Sôgmô and becoming close friends with other members of the Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie. His reign, moreover, has seen thoughtful developments in the arts and an implicit dedication to LGBTQ+ micronationalists, while his government maintains three ecological campaigns, two of which are focused on Antarctica: Global Ecocide Prevention, Preserving and Monitoring the Ice Sheet, and Advocacy through Occupation. The Honourable Sôgmô, in þess capacity as Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus, has awarded the rank of Member in the order to Grand Duke Travis of Westarctica.

For their roles in developing the Micronational Declaration on Ecological Stewardship, the Honourable Sôgmô, in þess capacity as Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus, has instructed that the citations for four current members to include language “for the Declaration on Ecological Stewardship” in recognition of their service to micronational environmentalism:
Adam von Friedeck EOTS
Jean Pierre d’Aigues-Mortes COTS
Niels von Flandrensis MOTS
Thomas Harris MOTS

Order_of_the_Throne_of_Sandus_2ndIn recognition for their close friendship with the State of Sandus and for their role in the successful and diplomatic governance of the Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie (OMF), the Honourable Sôgmô, in þess capacity as Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus, has promoted the following Members of the Order to the rank of Commander:
Dominic DeSaintes-Bellemare COTS
Jean Pierre d’Aigues-Mortes COTS
Olivier d’Angyalistan COTS

Order_of_the_Throne_of_Sandus_1stIn recognition of his role as Facilitator of the Council and the former leader of another Social State, the Honourable Sôgmô, in þess capacity as Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus, has promoted the following Commander of the Order to the rank of Elder:
Hatsu Ryuho EOTS

 

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Honourable Order of Athena Pronoea: Party Secretary Promoted
The Honourable Order of Athena Pronoea is a recently established order of honour in the State of Sandus, established to laud and to recognise the high academic achievements of Sandum citizens in a country inspired by intellectualism and scholarship.

Order of Athena Pronoea - MΑθΠOne Associate of the Order has recently graduated with a Bachelors of Arts cum laude in History and Political Science. In recognition of his venerable academic achievement and the honour bestowed upon him for this accomplishment, the Honourable Sôgmô, in þess capacity as Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus, has promoted the following member to the rank of Member of the Order:
Adam Camillus von Friedeck MΑθΠ

VII Party Congress concludes, von Friedeck elected for fourth term

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The Citizens’ Party of Sandus has concluded its Seventh Party Congress, despite a record low turnout. The Party met under the slogan “Uniting the Proletarian Nation” and focused on policies to reinvigorate the Sandum nation and to encourage activity in the part of Sandum citizens and Party members. The five-point agenda focused on national activity, the composition of the Central Committee, the Party Platform, a Party award, and the election of a new Party Secretary.

The discussion focused predominantly on the matter of the first point of the agenda, “Strengthening national unity and citizen involvement through the Party.” Participants of the congress focused on three areas of possibly development: top-down or statist solutions, bottom-up or grassroots solutions, and Party-specific solutions.

The statist solutions included the improvement of Sandum infrastructure, focusing especially on the creation of a Sandum mailing list and other infrastructure. The Sôgmô discussed in particular the creation of a Privy Council and establishing a rotating schedule of informal “tea” chats, where Sandum citizens would be encouraged to take part and to talk with other citizens. In addition, the congress also focused on the question of determining if every citizen’s interests were met by the current mission of the State of Sandus; this solution, meant to raise national consciousness and to open up a discussion on the purpose of the micronation, was considered alongside the Party-specific solution of surveys. Further statist solutions included a new initiative to expand citizenry and to even invite new Sandum citizens in accordance with Sandum laws, and to reward citizens’ and Party members’ activity through the work of the CCE.

There was only one bottom-up or grassroot solution, namely to have the Central People’s government to arrange a projection which an individual citizen could do. Such a project can take any form, including cultural, personal, and political, and the Sôgmô offered þess previous ideas of a photo journalism project on national cuisine and religious life in Sandus.

The Party-specific solutions focused on two broad areas of interest for the Party: the Commission for the Command Economy (CCE) and a disciplinary apparatus for members. The idea of having the CCE survey Sandum citizens was related to discussion concerning the purpose and interests of the Sandum State, while an idea for economic activity rubrics was related to discussion of rewards for citizens’ and Party members’ activity. A disciplinary system of the Party, like those found in other political parties, was floated to encourage activity in Sandus. Related to discipline, the Party resolved that Party members must perform 1-2 projects per year and that, by doing so, members would receive certain tangible benefits. Punishments for inactivity were not discussed.

The Party Secretary discussed his appointment of two provisional members to the Party’s Central Committee, in accordance with the constitution, but declined to discuss the subject further because of the Congress’s low turnout. It was not clear whether or not the Central Committee would continue as a sitting body as the Party Secretary sought the approval of the Party Congress. Nevertheless, he stated that both he and the Sôgmô agreed that það would not be a member of the Central Committee, “lest the constitutional balance be disrupted.”

Following several years of promises, the Party Secretary reiterated that the Party will draft a Party Platform and expects it to be prepared for ratification within six months.

The last agenda point for discussion was the two leaders’ plans for an award given by the Party, known as the “Gracchus Prize.” The Congress resolved to create the award, which will be bestowed by the Party Congress each year, and to authorise the Central Committee to consider criteria for the prize. Future nominees will be proposed on the level of the Central Committee while the Party Congress will have final authority to ratify the honour.

At last, the Party held its necessary annual election for the position of Party Secretary, the highest office in the Party and the second-highest office in the State of Sandus and the Central People’s Government. With no other candidates for the office and with none in opposition, Adam Camillus von Friedeck was elected to a fourth term as Secretary of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus by unanimous acclamation.

Party Secretary appoints Central Committee ahead of Party Congress

The Party Secretary of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, Adam Camillus von Friedeck, has appointed two provisional members of the Central Committee of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus ahead of the Party’s plenary congress on 4 November 2017. Hatsu Ryuho and Jacob Barnet Pharmacologus Σαρκαστικός were appointed members of the Party’s Central Committee ahead of the Congress in order to vote on the membership of a new candidate.

It is the first time the Party’s Central Committee will sit as a fully constituted body, although the Party’s Constitution was ratified in December 2016 by a Party-wide referendum. According to the Party’s Constitution, the Party Secretary has entire authority over the appointment of the Central Committee. All new members of the Party must have their candidacy for membership approved by the Central Committee, according to the constitution.

It is expected that the CPS Secretary will address the congress on the appointment and composition of the Central Committee, as well as on members’ engagement in the State of Sandus and the Party and on the Party Platform.

View the agenda of the Party Congress 2017 here.

Sôgmô issues First Economic Command for the Armilustrium

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

State Media Cooperative forms

The Sôgmô has completed and approved an IN-01 form, the form for establishing new cooperatives, for a new state-run media cooperative, known simply by the founding documents as the “State Media Cooperative.” The cooperative will serve as the official media and content creating organ of the State of Sandus and will include all forms of media in the State of Sandus. For the first time, all of Sandus’s media organisms now fall under one state-run cooperative.

Digital Print Media:
Veritum Sandus — the official journal of the State of Sandus
Sacerdotium — the official journal of the Collegium Sacerdotum
Voice of Sandus — the official journal of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus
Tellus Sibyl — the inactive seasonal newsletter of Tellus Agrarian Cooperative

Audiovisual Media:
Channum Unum — the online television network of the State of Sandus
Radio Patria — the online radio station of the State of Sandus

Effectively, little will change in the structure of Sandum media, however. The media organs will continue to operate and produce media in the manner in which they have traditionally done so and the same editorial structure, for the time being, will remain in place.

Discussions will have to take place in the future to discuss how the new cooperative will manage or share management of the autonomous and overlapping media organs which are the official journals of Sandum cooperatives.

In addition, the cooperative will be tasked with managing future development of Sandum media and with providing a future plan for media development of media organs which are critically importantly but have faced inactivity recently. One key goal will be to restart Sandus’s audiovisual media, of which both Channum Unum and Radio Patria have been plagued by inactivity. With the inactivity of Tellus Agrarian Cooperative, however, there is no telling yet when and how Tellus Sibyl will be restarted.

Solstice Report: We shall never let up!

This past season has proven to be further evidence and testament of Sandum perseverance and of the persistance of the Sandum spirit. Sandus, its state, and its nation have continued collectively through the most difficult periods yet in some of our citizens’ lives. Three Sandum citizens, in the highest positions of authority and power in Sandus, either completed a thesis or a degree, and one both, in their respective fields. Others returned to higher education, while some others grappled with significant personal decisions. The contemporary world has proven to be erratic, with much stress and anxiety about its future. But, one thing is clear: Sandus, under our current government, is here to stay.

Despite tremendous personal work, Sandum citizens have remained committed to Sandum culture and the ideals of the Sandum Philosophy. Today, we are even more aware of the suffering of all people—Sandum citizen or not. The risk for failure and for crisis is all the more greater, both personally and nationally, but Sandus has shown it can and will succeed. This quarter is further historical proof of the persistance and endurance of our courage and strong will.

Tremendous work has been completed in this past quarter, and the prospects are all the more promising for the next quarter. Significant changes to the Sandum economy have been completed; new Sandum workers are preparing for their work; the Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift has been accomplished; and, the Council and the Party are courageously forging new paths of development and the Sôgmô is at þess post.

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Charity Taxes: Above Average, but Trends continue
Charity taxes over the past Spring season have increased since the Winter season, and this past season has come close to breaking records and was the fourth most charitable season in terms of donations. $604.16 USD were donated to charity in the Spring season of 2017, up slightly from the $395 given to charity last season in Winter 2017. The amount, however, is less than half of the most money ever donated in Sandus in Summer 2016, when Sandus donated more than $1,000 to charity.

When compared to hours volunteered, Sandum citizens volunteered more than 99 hours for philanthropic causes, the highest in recent years. These causes included working for animal shelters, mentoring and tutoring, working on service projects, and helping others in dire straights and mental crises.

Trends related to charity taxes have continued to show that taxes are slightly up. The average charity taxes for each season so far is $273.14, meaning that the State of Sandus has donated more money ($136.02) in the past season than the average. Charity taxes, we suspect, will continue to rise because of a few factors. First, there are more Sandum citizens than when Sandus started doing charity taxes, and there are more than twice as many citizens from when Sandus suffered its citizenship crisis in 2013. Second, Sandum citizens are more increasingly more prosperous and are working more hours and more jobs, while their wages are increasing with their age. In terms of volunteer work, however, there have been no significant changes.

The First Annual Sandum Budget: an optimistic forecast
The national budget, the second to be proposed by the Sôgmô, has been approved by the Commission for the Command Economy (CCE). The budget proposes that the State of Sandus spend $1,050 USD in “hard” expenses falling into four categories: website upkeep, salaries for Sandum workers, cooperatives’ expenses, and cultural expenses for holidays. Hard expenses include those for which economic activity is planned, while “soft” expenses—a planned budget of $950—are for reserved funds. Soft expenses include a Special Philia fund for cultural development, a Matter Realist fund for material production, a Trans*ition fund for trans* people’s transitions, a Health Reimbursement fund to help cover healthcare costs, and a flexible spending account.

Most planned revenue will be from voluntary taxes, with the Sôgmô’s personal contributions covering the hard expenses with monthly contributions of $90 USD per month. Approximately another $400 in individual voluntary taxes will cover soft expenses, while a final approximate revenue of $100 might come from cooperatives’ profits.

The First Salaries are Deposited 
By now, the first annual salaries have been deposited in CivBanca by the Bureau of the Treasury. 88¶c in total was deposited in five citizens’ accounts based on their work appointments in Sandus’s cooperatives. Of those five, the average Sandum worker has 2-3 appointments, while most Sandum citizens do not work in Sandum cooperatives at all. In the future, these salaries will be able to be redeemed for goods and services in and outside of Sandus through a conversion system to be set up by the Commission for the Command Economy. The Central People’s Government hopes, as well, to push citizens to join at least one cooperative as a worker.

Sôgmô’s Constitutional Project
Work has started in earnest on the Sôgmô’s Constitutional Project, a project envisioned by the 2016 Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift. The project is meant to develop a coherent, comprehensive view of Sandus’s constitution and all its component parts and to educate citizens on the constitution of the State of Sandus. This project will be completed in the future through a complex virtual model describing Sandus’s constitution and a variety of other infographics and visual media. The first part of this project will come on 24 June when the Sôgmô presents þess lecture on the Sandum constitution at MicroCon in Atlanta, GA, USA.

A New Capital for Sandus: 
With the Sôgmô’s move in August, concerns are being raised about how Sandus will respond to þess departure and living permanently away from Kremlum Sandus Province. How will Sandus cope with the Sôgmô’s departure?

The location of the seat of power will have to change, that is certain, and it will follow það to the peninsula of Michigan. We can perhaps find precedent in the monarchical history of Europe, where the seat of power was located wherever the king was. This is compelling, and, since the Gradient Sovereign Condominium Theory proposes that Sandum sovereignty is wherever an individual citizen is, the State of Sandus will already follow the Sôgmô. In some way, the theory makes this a nonissue. But the key, perhaps, to the Sôgmô’s location of power and capital should be the placement of the Sandum pignae d’esti.

The pignae d’esti (the name was never officially translated into Latin) contain the Sôgmô’s Dharmachakra on þess altar, the statue of Holy Athena the Mother, and the so-called “Pavorio pigno”—the vase of our national colours filled to the brim with peacock feathers. To these should be added the national tricolour and the Books of the Armilustrium, the compilation of all the books washed in Armilustrium ceremonies. Finally, future pignae should be developed to meet future circumstances and to encompass future citizens and all citizens’ experiences, as well. In the future, perhaps a specific work-group in the Collegium Sacerdotum should be developed to maintain the pignae and to develop even more ones.

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Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus & the new Nobility
Medals for recipients of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus will hopefully arrive in time to be given at MicroCon. If not, they will be sent by mail at a later date. This will include medals for Olivia-Eugenie and Jean Pierre of Aigues-Mortes and Dominic DeSaintes-Bellemare, as well as a couple extra medals which can be kept or given at the convention.

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In addition, in May, the Sôgmô awarded Sandus’s first knighthood to Charles Edward Wright, of Indian Head, Maryland, who is þess former coworker and supervisor. The knighthood is the first grant in the Sandum Table of Noble Ranks, though more are planned for the future. In addition, in the coming months, the Sôgmô will collectively grant all members of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus the status of “gentleperson” in the Sandum system of nobility.

Finally, the Sôgmô is considering establishing more medals and decorations in the future, but such decision shall be taken with much gravity and with the advice of the þess advisers and counsellors.

CCE approves the Sôgmô’s proposal, new economic powers

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The Commission for the Command Economy concluded its first meeting yesterday and affirmed the Sôgmô’s proposed economic developments with a few alterations thanks to the help of the Party Secretary, Adam von Friedeck. The changes affect cooperatives and workers in Sandus, establish a national budget, and found a state bank in Sandus. The proposals were passed unanimously on consensus by the Commission, comprised of the Sôgmô, the Party Secretary, and the Minister for Diplomatic Affairs.

The first proposal concerned workers in Sandus, also known as “functionaries” in the new economic chain of command in Sandus. The Sôgmô noted that significant changes had been made to Sandum workers and that the way in which Sandus employs workers for the cooperatives must be reformed to give workers salaries of 8¶c per annum. In addition, the Sôgmô lobbied for new economic powers, namely for the power to issue economic commands to workers to…

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Sôgmô, Party Secretary to convene meeting of the CCE

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The Sôgmô and the Party Secretary will convene the first meeting of the Commission for the Command Economy (CCE), a commission in the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, on 17 June 2017 at 12:00 SLT (UTC-5). Established in August 2015 near the conclusion of the 2015 Economic Goal, the CCE is responsible for directing the development and administration of the Sandum economy. It became an organ of the Party in November 2016 as a result of the 2016 CPS Party Congress.

The Commission’s first meeting will focus on three interdependent agenda points meant to drive the development of the Sandum economy:

  1. Employment Reform & Functionary Positions
  2. Annual Budgets & Voluntary Taxation
  3. Formation of a State Bank

The first proposal on the agenda is to discuss the changing employment system in the State of Sandus, from voluntary employment to state-run functionary appointments. These mean that the State of Sandus will do…

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Equinox Report: Changing Diplomacy and State Structure, Making the Sandum Identity Firm

Every major administrative day, the State of Sandus reflects on the developments it has made in the past quarter. Today is no different. Each quarter is unique in its emphasis and in the specific historical conditions at the time. Today, in the legacy of the Philia Plan for the Great Societal Shift, Sandus has cause to celebrate and to prepare itself further as the rationale for the Plan is quickly approaching: the Sôgmô’s departure for graduate school. On this Vernal Equinox, the State of Sandus hopes to report on the events of the previous season and provide a broad trajectory for the next, especially at this time of important national activity.

Spring Equinox 2017

Charity Taxes ― Sandus continues its Compassionate Mission:
Each quarter day is a day for which Sandum citizens gauge how much charity and philanthropy they have done over the past season. Typically, these are compiled in the days and weeks following the Spring Equinox but a cursory amount is always given by the Sôgmô and other for their charity. At the moment, two citizens have declared their charity taxes.

Sandus has donated, at this time, $395.60USD to charity and had committed 62 hours of philanthropic volunteer work. These include volunteering at food banks, womens’ shelters, animal rights and civil rights charities, as well as support and discussion groups for LGBT, racial, and ethnic minorities.

This philanthropic volunteer work, which has long been considered to be equal to Sandus’s monetary donations and to be overtaking financial donations, has focused more and more on dialogue, tutoring, and support and discussion groups. These sort of interpersonal and group philanthropic work has a personally positive effect on others and on giving them advice during times that certain individuals might need experiential support. Through both this volunteer work and charity, Sandum citizens consistently develop people throughout the world through the virtuous activity of the Sandum Philosophy. The State of Sandus and the Sandum Philosophy are committed to the uplift of suffering people around us and around the world.


Moving toward a Realist Diplomatic Sphere:
After the State of Sandus was rejected for a second time for observer membership in the Grand Unified Micronational, Sandum diplomacy is in the process of restructuring. Under the guidance of the Sôgmô and the Diplomatic Affairs minister, the State of Sandus seeks to develop strategic partnerships and bilateral agreements with key micronations. Sandus, moreover, is seeking to extend friendships with key micronations in order to both leave the MicroWiki sphere of the intermicronational community and to exist on its own and with its own right. The period of appeasement toward our enemies and adversaries is at an end; Sandus today must keep its ground while maintaining the peace.

A key part of this restructuring is to shirk Sandus’s historically close ties with the Grand Unified Micronational in favour of the more Realist Francophone organisation, the OMF. The Sôgmô will journey together with the St.Castinian president, Dominic DeSaintes-Bellemare, to the 2017 MicroCon in Atlanta. While there, það will also meet with key OMF leaders, including the current high commissioner and possibly the future general secretary of the organisation. Sandus will also seek to continue developments in its social sphere, especially with the overdue election of a secretary-general of the Systema Socialis.

Sandus’s strategic partnerships will seek to develop specific relationships with micronations which are experienced experts in their respective fields, while moving on from the other, historical inimical relations Sandus has had with other states. These micronational adversaries—which have a perverse, antiquated, and inaccurate vision of the State of Sandus—will no longer be appeased, but Sandus will stand its ground when interacting with other third parties for our mutual benefit.


Sôgmô, Central People’s Government offer first salaried employment:
The Sôgmô and the Central People’s Government have offered their first salaried position in the history of the State of Sandus. The position is for a scriptor, id est a scribe or secretary for the Sôgmô. The position will be responsible for policy projections and equinox and solstice reports, such as this report. The position, which will be closed sometime this Sancta week, will be paid for approximately 8¶c per year.[1]

From this first employed position will come significant changes to the economic system of Sandus. For years, it had been hoped that Sandum citizens would voluntarily join Sandum cooperatives and would do work on behalf of these cooperatives. Today, that seems not to be the case. Instead, in the future, it seems that positions of salaried employment will be offered by cooperatives in the future, in accordance with the State of Sandus’s socialist policies.

[1] Circulatory Persumae (¶c) are not allowed to be exchanged outside of the State of Sandus. A centralised and planned systems of rewards still must be created by the Commission for the Command Economy, which is now an organ of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, for which Circulatory Persuma may be used. Nominally, the exchange rate is kept by the Bureau of the Treasury based on the number of persumae in circulation over the amount of value in the currency vault. 8¶c is currently equal to approximately $8.37USD.


Bureau of the Treasury seeks to establish State Bank CivBanca:
The Bureau of the Treasury of the Office of the Sôgmô of the Central People’s Government of the State of Sandus is seeking to establish a State bank, tentatively called CivBanca. The proposed bank will include basic debit functions, direct deposit functions for State employment, and debit payment functions. Future credit and money-lending functions may be considered sometime in the future, in addition to the basic bank functions.


Toward making the Sandum Identity firmer:
Finally, in the coming months, greater emphasis will be placed on disseminating Sandum identity amongst Sandum citizens. Already, Sandus has made a clear effort consistently to share information about Sandum holidays, but recent developments might affect future social and economic expectations. For example, in the future, Sandum citizens might be encouraged to be employed by any of the Sandum cooperatives (with the exception of the Party, which is reserved for Party members) for a fixed salary in order to fulfil some sort of leitourgía to the State of Sandus. For example, the workers of the Fornux branch of the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative might be asked to prepare traditional Sandum blueberry vatrushki in order to celebrate Remembrance Day in Sandus. Members of the Collegium Sacerdotium may be asked to perform rituals or create objects for important cultural holidays, such as Easter for Christians or Armilustrium for Sandum main culture.

The emphasis for Sandum cooperatives should not be to make a profit, but instead to pursue the substantive development of the State of Sandus. For this end, cooperatives can be used to develop and to disseminate Sandum culture throughout the various provinces.