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

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.


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.

Tellus harvests First Crop

The logo of Tellus Agrarian Cooperative

The logo of Tellus Agrarian Cooperative.

The second season of Tellus Agrarian Cooperative began in early Iunio (June) after the Sôgmô’s return home from university and after the failure of its first season in MMXIII (2013). The second crop of radishes to have been planted and cared for, it has now been harvested. Though the crop did not fail like the earlier crop from MMXIII (2013), all plants of the crop failed to produce its large root characteristic of most radishes. Instead, radish sprouts have been harvested and will be used in the future to flavour broths and salads for the next week.

Why the radishes failed to make their large characteristic root after one month in the ground is a matter of state importance in Sandus, and Tellus Agrarian Cooperative is investigating why this relative failure happened.

It should be stressed, however, that the crop has still relatively succeeded in providing sprouts for the first work group of Tellus Agrarian Cooperative to enjoy, though food of more substance has not been made.

Tellus Agrarian Cooperative has broadened its crop selection in the past few months, adding a mint plant that is currently awaiting transplant into a larger pot. Tellus Agrarian Cooperative is also awaiting work to be done on regrowing romaine lettuce and celery from the hearts of both plants.

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Tellus begins Seasonal Work

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

Tellus Agrarian Cooperative has begun its seasonal work before the Summer solstice. The Sôgmô, who has been on personal leave from the bulk of his responsibilities in Sandus, has returned to work with the planting of radish seed left over from the previous season. The Sôgmô will spend the next week to see if the seeds germinate, considering the outdated seeds. Should the seeds not sprout, the Sôgmô will purchase new seeds and replant radishes.

The mint plant purchased by the Sôgmô earlier this Spring season continues to grow and prosper since it was a small plant when the Sôgmô originally purchased it. The mint plant will be transplanted into a larger pot in the coming days. Future additions to Tellus’s crops will include a special type of lettuce plant that is able to be regrown after its leaves have been taken off. The addition of this lettuce plant will be important for the creation of salad gastronomy in Sandus and the introduction of an important sacrificial and religious plant to the religion and people of Kemet, or ancient Egypt. The future lettuce plant, once discovered and introduced to Tellus, will likely become an important vegetable for the State of Sandus and for the ancient Egyptian rites of the Collegio Sacerdae.

— Sôgmô Sörgel

Tellus: this Spring will bring Mint

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

The Office of the Sôgmô has announced preliminary work for the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative this upcoming Spring season, which will see the introduction of herbs to the repertoire of Tellus. The first herb to be selected is mint, an herb which is easy to grow and maintain. The Sôgmô shall keep one plant in his current residence on the University of Maryland campus and shall keep another at le Palaso d’Etato. Future plants shall include lavender — a herb that is also a symbol of le Jouro de Secessio  (“the Day of Secession”) and Libera in Sandus, aloe vera, and possibly a lemon or orange dwarf tree — which produces fruit. All of these have been designated by the Daily Green as acceptable for dormitory, apartment, and indoor growth gardening.

Lavender will likely be purchased and planted before XX Februario (20 February) — the date of the Secession from St.Charlie — and mint will be purchased later today, this week, or within the next few weeks.

Future work and consideration of the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative will likely conclude more work to be done. Sometime in Februario (February), the Sôgmô shall prepare for the planting of cabbage plants, which require a near month-long germination period. Tellus will begin with radish production sometime in Aprilo (April) of next Sancta year, MMXIV. A future arrangement may be made with the sister of the Sôgmô, who resides in a house near the University of Maryland campus, in order to secure land for gardening.

The last crop of the Agrarian Cooperative was begun in Quintilo (July) of this past year for radishes — a crop which ultimately failed. One aim of the Sôgmô’s current liaison program is to attract a gardener in order to teach and mentor the Cooperative and the Sôgmô on gardening. So far, however, no candidates stand out to the Office of the Sôgmô.

May Sandus be benefited by the effort to build up Sandus’s economic power and infrastructure!
May we benefit one another by striving for the All-Citizens United plan!

— Sôgmô Sörgel

Opening Sandus to the World – The Second Philia Advance

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

Sandus FB

Opening Sandus to the World:

«Sandum Citizens ought to be activists in their own right, as well as strengthen the State of Sandus as good citizens once they recognise the value and self-identity of being Sandum.»

— Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola

The Office of the Sôgmô, in preparation of the Second Philia season beginning after the celebration of the Armilustrium, has published this following plan for the Winter season. This Philia Season is determined to build off the achievements of the First Philia Winter, in addition to making Sandus more transparent — a goal established in this Season’s motto: “Opening Sandus to the World“. The Sôgmô has authored this program to reflect the constant cultural and social growth of the State of Sandus, and to reflect the most recent goal of the State’s to make the Sandum Nation-State more public and transparent in the hopes of increase citizenship and increased citizenship involvement. By increasing the involvement of Sandum citizens and by encouraging those who have an interest in the Sandum State or Sandum Nation and its Philosophy to apply for citizenship, the Office of the Sôgmô hopes to increase the weal of the entire Sandum Nation and its cooperatives and projects. As a cultural program, this Second Philia Advance shall strengthen the Sandum Culture and Philosophy by encouraging outside analysis for a better and improved Sandum culture, as Sandus moves into an age of reasoned cultural development along the lines of “E Pluribus Unum” or, in our case, “From Many [cultures], One”.

The Plan is divided into three parts, representing the State-at-Large, the Party, and the Collegio Sacerdae.

The State of Sandus:
In terms of the State as a whole, the Office of the Sôgmô shall focus on four objectives this season: 1) General Sandum Cultural Achievements, 2) a Sandum Pignora Imperii, 3) Addendum to Foreign Affairs Policy: interdiction of proxy disputes, 4) Sandum Literature.

General Sandum Cultural Achievements:
Over the course of the Winter, Sandus shall return to the ground-breaking Realist treatise “The Soaring Glaucus of the Sovereign People” to consider broad cultural achievements. The Office of the Sôgmô shall work to enumerate the customs, traditions, and attitudes of the Sandum People as a whole, before continuing to work on the aesthetics of Sandus — such as art, music, clothing, etc. Due to the complex nature of culture, these aspects of Sandum culture can not be created in a universal way. Instead, the State of Sandus shall follow the same cultural policy it has followed for years and improve the Sandum Culture by individual projects and work. The Sôgmô shall work to derive several universal attitudes of the Sandum People and analyse our current traditions and customs in order to expand and analyse the Sandum Culture. By studying the Sandum Culture as it is now, we shall work to improve the Sandum Culture in the future.

Sandum Pignora Imperii (“Pledges of Power”):
The Pignora Imperii in ancient Rome were objects intended to guarantee the continued power of the city of Rome. For Sandus, we are not so much interested in power as in the constant advancement and defence of Sandus. As a result the Office of the Sôgmô shall work to consider, gather, and enumerate various Pignora Auctoritatis (“Pledges of Authority”) which shall represent the continued authority of the Sandum State in our collective welfare. This concept is pending an official report by the Sôgmô; however, it is known that it will include a specific collection of books indicative of the Sandum Philosophy, busts of important revolutionaries and figures in Sandus, and items representing the Sandum Culture.

Addendum to Sandum Foreign Policy — the Interdiction of Proxy Disputes:
Just as Lycurgus disallowed the Spartans to engage in wars too often with the same enemy, in a similar way we shall refuse to engage in proxy disputes. By outright refusing to do so, the State of Sandus also refuses to become involved in foreign states which appear to need aid; instead, the Office of the Sôgmô shall refuse most requests for aid except for dire situations, situations where a sovereign government formally requests the State for specific aid, and states which require arbitration in a dispute Sandus is not a party in. This addendum is a codification of a de facto policy which the State has engaged in since Ianuario MMXII (January 2013).

Sandum Literature:
This is a broad category, representing literature for those interested in the Sandum Nation and for those who have not heard of the State of Sandus (corresponding to fliers compared to literature for citizens). Fliers shall be made for non-micronational organisations which share close relations to the Sandum Philosophy, Culture, or Society. Fliers shall be made especially for important Sancta and State Holidays and Days of Recognition in the State of Sandus. Literature shall be made comprising of important topics for new or potential citizens, such as the purpose of micronationalism and of Sandus, the Sandum Philosophy & Value, Sandum Culture, and Sandum Socialism, Sandum Democracy now and in the future, Transition from the S8gm8’s primacy to a collaborative democracy, and Establishing the Sandum Identity. Sandum cultural literature shall correspond to the recent leitourgía program of the Office of the Sôgmô for preparing Sandum poetry, narratives, and plays. As has been discussed in the article “Liturgies for the People” (linked to above), the Sôgmô is preparing for plays on the myths surrounding the Cadmus dynasty of Thebes.

Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus:
The Party plan for this Season shall depend largely on the upcoming Party Conference for IX Novembro (9 November). Following the presentation of papers, the Acting Secretary of the Party, the Sôgmô, shall establish a more comprehensive plan for Sandus for the Season and the next Year.

This Year Plan shall be built off the concept for the Conference: “Intellectual Socialism”. By using the experiences of other micronations, especially of micronations with successful economic programs, the Acting Secretary shall lay out a plan for future Socialist advancement in Sandus. As the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative has been created in Sandus, the Sôgmô shall consider other, non-agrarian cooperatives to form which are not reliant on the seasons. Such includes an interest in proto-industrial activity, such as small-scale crafts work and luxury goods. Concerning the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative, the plan shall consider the topics of how to organise an agricultural cooperative at a university, and independent from it; where Tellus will conduct production for the next growing season; how to organise workers and production for the Cooperative; and, arranging for mutual agreements between Tellus and other entities which possess the resources required. By doing so, the Party shall plan out an organic, primitive production system for the Cooperative.

Collegio Sacerdae:
The Collegio Sacerdae is considering a plan around the State of Sandus’s new media objective as a part of the Second Philia Advance and around the Sôgmô’s newest Leitourgía program.

The Collegio’s plan reflects the motto of the Second Philia Advance to “Open Sandus to the World”. The Collegio shall take a key part in publishing the holiday brochures for important Sancta holidays, such as Athena’s Day, Saturnalia, et cetera. The Collegio shall also work to celebrate holidays in an open, communal manner, with many free items, and possessing much literature to share — especially literature to explain what Sandus and the Collegio are. Finally, as a part of the new Leitourgía program, the Sôgmô shall work on a Sandum rendition of the Cadmus myths — as described above, a comedy, and poetry; all citizens and all those interested in becoming citizens should consider liturgies for them to perform, especially the simpler poetry liturgy option. For example, an interested party in the Sandum society is planning to publish an article for Transgender Day of Remembrance on gender identity. Finally, working off the tradition of last Decembro (December), the Collegio Sacerdae shall hold another Saturnalia Cultural Symposium to be conducted through Sacerdotium. This Symposium shall focus on culture, especially the role or impact of macronational culture on micronational culture, and the relationship between the two. A Symposium shall also be held in person during or around the time of the Saturnalia to coincide with the articles to be released on Sacerdotium.

May the State of Sandus Advance on the Armilustrium!

— Sôgmô Sörgel