First ‘Tellus Sibyl’ Published

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

The first edition of the bilingual journal of the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative, the Tellus Sibyl, has been published. Written in both of the major official languages of the State of Sandus, English and French, the first edition focuses on announcing the creation of the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative over the Summer and reports on events since then. Made by and for workers of the Cooperative, the irregularly released journal is geared towards citizens who follow news from the Cooperative. The journal derives its name from the Latin word sibylla, which refers to the ancient oracles of gods and goddesses, and evokes a spirit of meditatively guiding Tellus’s success — especially towards the 2015 Economic Goal and the “All-Citizens United” Plan. The journal is available in only the bilingual edition and is one of the major objectives of the Office of the Sôgmô’s recent pro-bilingualism policy.

The following is the text of this recent edition:

Tellus is Founded 29 June – Tellus est créée le 29 juin :

Established as a cooperative to pursue the 2015 Economic Goal and the All-Citizens United plan, the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative commenced by a 29 June 2013 royal order, a form of letters patent in Sandus which establish “royal” cooperatives. In the letters patent, the Sôgmô recalled the cultural ideal of Anticosti as an agrarian homeland and retold the story of the Neolithic to guide the Sandum cooperative towards economic independence. The Cooperative is tasked with guiding Sandum production towards the 2015 Economic Goal, which is to form the basis of an economy by then, and alleviate Sandum dependence on foreign states by food production and by the All-Citizens United plan, meant to establish a Sandum welfare system. Those older than 16 may join Tellus and all citizens are recommended to do so, in order to benefit the people and to bring the alliance of the Sandum People on a more personal level. The Cooperative strives for worker’s democracy and shall be organised by work-groups; however, until a time when the cooperative is prepared for self-government, the Office of the Sôgmô shall manage the Cooperative and shall continue to guide it after its separation from the Office.

Établie comme une coopérative poursuivant l’objectif économique 2015 et le projet Tout-Citoyens Unis, la coopérative agrarienne de Tellus a commencé le 29 juin 2013 par ordonnance royale, une sorte de lettres patentes dans Sandus qui établir coopératives « royales ». Dans les lettres patentes, le Sôgmô a rappelé l’idéale culturelle d’Anticosti comme patrie agrarien, et il a rappelé l’histoire du Néolithique pour guider la coopérative sande à l’indépendance économique. La Coopérative est chargée de guider la production sande vers l’objectif économique 2015 – qui formera la base d’une économie – et à atténuer la dépendance sande sur états étrangers par la production de nourriture et par le projet Tout-Citoyens Unis – destiné d’établir un système aide sociale sande. Ceux qui a 16 ans peuvent se joindre à Tellus, et ils sont invités de se rejoindre par le gouvernement pour l’avantage du peuple et pour obtenir l’alliance personnelle du peuple sande. La Coopérative espère pour la démocratie ouvrière et elle sera organisé par groupes de travail ; néanmoins, jusqu’au moment où la coopérative est préparée pour l’autonomie, l’Office du Sôgmô gérera la Coopérative et l’Office continuera de la guider après sa séparation.

Tellus’s first season – Première saison de Tellus :

Tellus began its first season on 13 July 2013 with radishes. Expected to be harvested by 10 August, the first crop for the Cooperative eventually failed for unknown reasons.
The next season for Tellus would have begun next spring but will be postponed pending new accords.

Tellus a commencé sa première saison le 13 juillet 2013 avec les radis. Nous les récolterions par le 10 août, mais la première récolte de la Coopérative a échoué pour des raisons inconnues.
La prochaine saison de Tellus aurait commencé le printemps prochain, mais elle sera retardée pour nouvelles accords.

Wyvernian King derides Tellus – Roi wyvernien raille Tellus :

After the failure of Tellus’s first season, the Central People’s Government was honest with the Sandum People and announced the failure publicly. Some foreign advice was given. However, in a bit of immaturity, the Wyvernian King risked another diplomatic fight by jocularly calling the failure “the Tellus Famine of 2013” in the historical heritage of famines. The King’s misplaced comments were an area of discontent for a nation which entered a mourning period in late August. Forced by law to defend the King’s undiplomatic comments, the Wyvernian premier wrongly considered the King’s comments to be private comments, despite making those comments under his title of office.
Tellus workers remain faithful to their work and mandate, commanding the progress of the State!

Après l’échec de la première récolte de Tellus, le gouvernement central du peuple a été honnête avec le People Sande et le gouvernement a annoncé publiquement l’échec. Quelques conseils étrangers a été envoyé. Cependant, avec un peu d’immaturité, le roi wyvernien a risqué une autre bataille diplomatique par appelant l’échec avec blague « la famine Tellus de 2013 » dans l’héritage historique de famines. Les pauvres paroles de roi ont été égarées pour une nation en deuil à la fin d’août. Chargé par loi pour défendre les commentaires peu diplomatiques du roi, le premier wyvernien a considéré à tort les commentaires du roi comme des commentaires privés, malgré avoir les rendu sous son titre officiel.
Les ouvriers restent fidèles à leur travail et à leur mandat, commandant le progrès de l’État !

Production for Spring halted – Production de printemps arrêté :

Production for spring has been halted as a result of the Sôgmô leaving le Palaso d’Etato. Production will not begin until a replacement of land available for planting is available. The Office of the Sôgmô is currently looking into other possibilities of production for the Cooperative until a time comes when production can be resumed; some ideas include gardening foodstuffs which do not need light and contacting the Sôgmô’s university or his contacts in the area to make necessary arrangements.

La production pour le printemps a été arrêté à la suite du Sôgmô avoir quitté le Palaso d’Etato. La production ne commencera pas jusqu’à un remplacement de terres disponibles pour la plantation est prêt. L’Office du Sôgmô cherche pour autres possibilités de production pour la Coopérative jusqu’au moment où la production peut repris ; quelques idées sont le jardinage d’alimentaires qui n’ont pas besoin de lumière et un accord entre l’université de Sôgmô ou ses contacts dans la zone et le gouvernement pour l’utilisation de terre pour le jardinage de la Coopérative.

Office considers Tellus logo – L’Office considère le logo Tellus :

The Office of the Sôgmô is considering a new logo for the Cooperative which reflects the principles of Tellus and its benefit for the People and State. Possible images include the goddess Tellus or Anticosti.

L’Office du Sôgmô considère un nouveau logo pour la Coopérative qui réfléchit les principes de Tellus et sa bénéfice pour le Peuple et l’État. Images possibles inclurent la déesse Tellus ou l’île Anticosti.

Tellus sends greetings to all workers on the occasion of the Armilustrium and future holidays!
Tellus envoie salutations à tous ouvriers à l’occasion de l’Armilustrium et fêtes à venir !

– Sôgmô Sörgel
Managing Officer of the Cooperative
Chef de la Coopérative

Summer spent Observing Shomu

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The ancient Egyptians divided their calendar into three seasons, which roughly correspond to the cycles of the farming year on the Nile: Akhet – when the fields flood and are fallow, Peret – when the crops are sown and grow, and Akhet – when the crops mature and are harvested. Shomu, the season which – according to the Egyptian calendar – just ended on V Septembro (5 September), corresponds to our Summer period. The importance of the Egyptian calendar is dated and distant from us, but in a post-Neolithic world in which survival was still a constant threat and farming was the most efficient means by which communities could survive, the timing of the Egyptian calendar to the flooding of the Nile, the growing, and the harvesting of crops is an intriguing invention which is synonymous with Sandum progress.

As a nation-state committed to ‘restart’ the Neolithic, when inequality began to appear, the State of Sandus looks to the past especially, in order to learn more and to exact educated decisions in our policies. As a nation-state which is ‘beginning again’, culture has become one of the most important monuments of the State of Sandus and it has also been the most available. As farming took thousands of years to become the Neolithic Revolution, so too will it take Sandus much time to adopt the skills and knowledge necessary to make successful and meaningful harvests for the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative. In fact, this summer has been eclipsed by Tellus’s news — which is fitting, as this Summer has been as slow as crops growing. Apart from watching and tending to the growing crops, which eventually failed, the State of Sandus has also worked to improve the Sandum culture.

In this past Summer, we have both advanced Sandum culture and advanced the Sandum ethic of agrarian livelihood. We deem it that a part of such an agrarian livelihood is a life lived upon the Middle Path — a path between extremes — and lived humbly. How befitting, then, that some of our monumental cultural achievements in the past Summer have been rather humble. The festivals of Lucaria, Neptunalia, and Furrinalia have been celebrated as a trinity of holidays linked to the sacred gift-giving earth from where the riches come, thereby linking them to the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative. As these Summer holidays have been incorporated into the Sandum culture and due to their link with Tellus, it goes without saying that Sandus has certainly stressed and flexed her agrarian ‘muscle’.

Sandus has also worked to consider the cultural impacts on the relation between Sandus and her Socilivo states. As Kumano has, over the Summer, expressed its intentions to join into an association with Sandus, the Office of the Sôgmô has been observing what this has meant in similar sorts of relationships in antiquity, from Mesopotamia to Athens and Rome. The effects on this can be especially observed in Athens, though the state of Sandus’s relationship with her Socilivançae (Socilivo states) will be radically different. Should Sandus go through with the Socilivo statehood of Kumano, which is expected to be ratified by the end of the month, Sandus will also adopt a holiday dedicated to the building up of relationship with her Socilivo states.
In addition, the Sandum culture has included important mourning definitions of the treisimero, which is the nine (3³) days dedicated to mourning.

As Sandus begins to re-enter the Winter period, a time of cultural construction, it is vital for us to observe what we have accomplished in the Summer, as a period of much activity. We look forward, as we always do, to the turning of the seasons and for the coming Armilustrium.

As a note, we would also like to remind Sandum citizens to fulfil their charity taxes by XXII F Septembro MMXIII.

— Sôgmô Sörgel

First Tellus Crop Fails

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On XIII Quintilo (13 July), 33 days ago, the State of Sandus began the production of Tellus Agrarian Cooperative’s first set crop, intended more for study and research than actual production. In a public announcement today, the Office of the Sôgmô has announced that this crop has failed to produce any mature, harvest-ready crop. The crop was planted in three separate pots, reflecting three separate methods of planting the radishes. The least successful crop was planted using a small hand-held shovel with the seeds buried too deeply. The next successful represented those planted too close together. The most successful, however, was the crop planted 5 to 6 cm apart and was planted using only fingers. Each crop was watered daily with the same amount, save for the days in which it rained in Kremlum Sandus province. The most successful crop was healthy and was on the way to expanding to a harvestable state before it was ravaged and its leaves eaten by caterpillars, a pest to the plant.

It is not known when the next attempt at another Tellus crop will be made, due to the Sôgmô’s departure for university in two Gregorian weeks from now. Efforts will be made, however, to create a new trial crop before the end of the season for growing radishes, which ends in Octobro. Tellus is preparing for a future crop of cabbage, however, which requires a germination period that begins in Februario; the Sôgmô may likely prepare this crop on the occasion of the third celebration of the Secession from St.Charlie.

Despite the set-back dealt Tellus, the State is resolved in its Anticosti Ideal to continue ahead towards the 2015 Economic Goal with the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative.

Report: Cultural Innovations for Summer MMXIII

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Summer

Summer has historically been a time of great diplomatic activity, but it has also left us traces of great cultural attainment. The function of Isolationism and the Armilustrium grew out of it; it was in the Summer of MMXI (2011) when Sandus first welcomed Native American cultural influence; last Summer saw renewed attention given to festivals of the Collegio Sacerdae as the State celebrated Neptunalia and the Festival of the Dioscuri during PoliNations 2012. Cultural attainment for the State of Sandus post-Foundatio MMXI has been one of great importance, especially this Summer with the poster released above for the “Three Major Fronts” — Political, Social & Cultural, and Economic.

Since the Solstice, Sandus has consistently advanced the Three Major Fronts. We have created our own unique form of currency, we have begun Tellus which has led to cultural change, and we have made the social affirmation of equality in Sandus most recently in the intermicronational community concerning an album about a Transgender and Gender-Questioning camp for boys entitled «You are You». Since the Solstice, too, we’ve released a recipe for Tsampa de Riz, a wholly Sandum dish, and have released initial information on research concerning Lycurgan Sparta. And, since the beginning of Iunio MMXIII, we had experienced great information since the Sôgmô’s visit to Iceland and France.

The Sôgmô has recently joined a group named «Cultus Deorum Romanorum» which is focused on the ancient Roman religion. Pursuant of studying the Religio Romana, this group shall become an important resource for the Sôgmô in his capacity as Sacra Flameno.

In the following week, three certain festivals are being celebrated concerning nature and the growing period on the Collegio’s calendar. The festivals of Lucaria, Neptunalia, and Furrinalia are considered by scholars to be a triune collection of festivals concerning agriculture and, especially, droughts for the ancient Roman religio. Lucaria is a festival dedicated to a purposefully anonymous deity — invoked as «si deus, si dea» (whether god or goddess) — of sacred groves («lucus»); groves which were consecrated, Cato wrote, would be cleared on this festival. Neptunalia is a major festival to Neptune (Greek: Poseidon); this festival was celebrated in the Summer for the necessity of water, of which the Romans differed with the Greeks by celebrating Neptune as god of both fresh and salt water. Furrinalia is dedicated to the archaic Roman goddess Furrina, whose festival and function were obscure even in the Late Republic; what has been understood, however, is that Furrina is a water goddess who had a grove with a sacred spring located on the Janiculum dedicated to Her. The grouping of these three festivals in rapid succession implies an intention for the security of shelters, gardens, and running waters.
As this festival takes place in the middle of Summer and as the Tellus cooperative has recently been founded and has begun production during this grouping, the Sôgmô shall explore consecrating the gardens of the Palace of State as a grove and conducting rites for these three festivals. The Furrinalia, it may be considered, may be a day of remarking on the works of Gaius and Tiberius Gracchus, the former who died in the grove to Furrina; the importance of the two are for the populares faction of Rome, who wished to expand the democratic power of the People and who wished to suppress aristocratic power.

Further innovations shall be considered following the three festivals being celebrated. The Sôgmô shall seek the advice of the members of the Cultus Deorum Romanorum group.

Tellus commences Farming

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The pots containing the Tellus's first crop outside the entrance to the Palace of State.

The pots containing the Tellus’s first crop outside the entrance to the Palace of State.

The Tellus Agrarian Cooperative has commenced operations late in the growing season this year with radishes. The first crop of Crimson Giant radishes, which is expected to be harvested by X Sextilo (10 August) next month, has been selected due to its quick growing period of 30 days and yet provides time for another crop of French Dressing radishes, with a growing period of 21 days (3 Gregorian weeks). Growing in several large pots ranging down to medium sized, each pot contains approximately 12-18 radishes.

In the future, given proper preparation, the plan for Tellus is to grow cabbages, several kinds of lettuce and radishes (whose growing periods are shorter), and, in the large pots shown, grow a hybridised variety of corn made for pots along with the two other sisters: squash and beans. Efforts shall be focused on the front of the Palace of State, the area with the most sun, and efforts shall be made to make it a sustainable space with spaces for composting in the back of the Palace and a space for rainwater collection near the front (where watering cans can be filled).

As the Sôgmô relocates to a dorm on his university campus in late August, Tellus may then be put on hold until February, when cabbage seeds are to let germinate. It is possible, however, that the Sôgmô may have a way in which he can continue to grow crops on behalf of Tellus whilst still living away from Kremlum Sandus Province. Depending on the location of his dorm, and how much sunlight his dorm room receives, production of vegetables and other crops may continue into the Fall and even Winter.

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Sôgmô Sörgel

Tellus: Gearing Up for Work

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The Office of the Sôgmô, which currently manages and administrates the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative, has announced the first research conducted for the Cooperative has been fruitful and fortunate, especially in determining an easy and fast-growing crop as the Cooperative’s first. The Sôgmô has announced tonight that, after much deliberation, work will be laid out to prepare for the cultivation of radishes.

Radishes — a hearty and resilient crop requiring at least light-shade, regular watering, and which has a quick harvest time (21 to 28 days) — are to be the first crop of the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative. Work shall begin first, however, on containers to house these first initial crops, as more research and planning must be done. Planning must be done to discern where these containers would go, how they will be structured, and what types of radishes and if other plans should be planted with the radishes, et cetera.

Unlike many other cooperatives, Tellus commenced without emblems, imagery, and regalia. However, the Office of the Sôgmô is changing that as it prepares to establish an emblem of Tellus and, much like the Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus, give it an anthem. The lyrics of the anthem are currently being written, though it is based around the Soviet «March of Spring».

As no communal land has been made ready for the Cooperative yet, the Office of the Sôgmô shall explore this opportunity. Current ideas are primarily based on the property of le Palaso d’Etato (the Palace of State), such as inside the central foyer/stairwell or on top of the carport; the carport option receives nearly constant light, making it preferable for crops which require full-sunlight. In the future, the Office of the Sôgmô hopes to be able to rent a communal garden or rent fallow land in order to plant crops for the Cooperative.

The Office of the Sôgmô shall prepare for work as soon as possible.

Tellus Agrarian Cooperative: Royal Order for the Advance

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Howard County Conservancy to Host Community Supported Agriculture (1)

It has long been planned that, for the 2015 Economic goal and the more recent All-Citizens United plan, an agrarian cooperative would be created. As of today at 10:00 Sandum Local Time (SLT), the Office of the Sôgmô has announced the granting of a Royal Order establishing the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative, the State’s first economic and productive cooperative. Named after an epithet of the Roman equivalent of Gaia, Terra (“Earth”), Tellus shall begin to conduct research in order to sow seeds at a time established as prime by said research and by experts. Tellus becomes the State of Sandus’s first cooperative that shall work towards building a Socialist economy and it shall work towards progress and the advancement of the Three Major Fronts: Social, Political, and Economic.

Click here to read the Royal Order establishing the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative.

The Royal Order first establishes the major works, theories, and concepts in the issuing of the Order, such as: the 2015 Economic Goal, Realist treatises urging the State to follow the course of history via the Neolithic Revolution, the “All-Citizens United” plan, the Sandum Philosophy, the cultural symbol of Anticosti, rising population and food insecurity, healthcare, the Sôgmô’s work towards work-groups, and the historical research on such subjects conducted by the Collegio Sacerdae.

Article 2. The mission of the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative is to:
1. strengthen the State of Sandus by pursuing its first productive cooperative;
2. alleviate economic and food dependency on foreign states and powers;
3. act as an association of farmers and gardeners in Sandus;
4. act as a proponent of agriculture, horticulture, and permaculture in Sandus;
5. make the foundation of the Sandum economy one of agrarianism.

The Royal Order continues to establish in Section 1 that all citizens shall “be compelled to join” and that those over the age of 16 shall be allowed to be employed. In addition to the mission established above, Tellus shall also work in establishing Sandus as an agrarian nation-state and that Tellus shall work for realistic means to lessen economic dependency and improve welfare of citizens. The mission can be amended by a majority of work-groups under the worker’s democracy established in Section 2.

Article 6. The Tellus Agrarian Cooperative is a collective of semi-autonomous work-groups.

In the beginning, Tellus shall be managed by the Office of the Sôgmô, with importance still played on the worker’s democracy and work-groups. Once a majority of work-groups decide it, the Cooperative shall be run through a worker’s democracy, though meetings of this democracy shall also include the Sôgmô or a representative of the Sôgmô, so as to symbolise that Tellus operates both for the welfare of the Sovereign People and for the workers. Representatives shall be elected by each work-group who shall, in turn, elect a representative-general for the whole cooperative when meeting with the Sôgmô. These representatives shall be the members of a council of the work-groups and the cooperative will follow the theory of democratic centralism. When the representatives meet, each work-group shall have only one vote and the Sôgmô shall be equal in standing to the representatives, symbolising “the dual governance of the Cooperative between the State and between the workers”. The cooperative and the semi-autonomous work-groups may establish laws which shall be subject to State and cooperative law.

Work schedules, job descriptions, and worker’s assemblies are the affairs of each work-group. The representative-leader of the work-group shall recognise certain workers for their Socialist work ethic and for their expertise at work and each work-group shall sponsor a charity, foundation, or association. At some times, a plenum — called by the Sôgmô, the representative-general, or one-third of all workers — may be called for all workers, whereby information may be passed down (harvest data, future projections, etc.). Products may be distributed throughout the State and all foreign sales shall have their income go towards the Cooperative and to the State in a formula established by the Office of the Sôgmô. Finally, the last law-giving article establishes that Tellus “shall exercise prudence in […] agrarianism and farming” and that the Cooperative shall establish work-group farming areas and encourage all citizens to begin personal, small-scale gardens.

Article 19. This charter has been given under my hand on XXIX E Iunio MMXIII in the capital of the State of Sandus, Kremlum Sandus, in the best hopes of establishing a more prosperous Socialist Nation-State. Upon our collective hopes for the State of Sandus to advance in manners befitting the Sovereign People’s weal, I grant this this charter and bestow it upon the people of the State for their benefit and shall be alterable only under my hand, or that of my successor.

Gaius Sörgel Publicola

— Sôgmô Sörgel