Sandus applies for GUM observership

The Council of the State of Sandus has approved a motion to apply to become an observer of the Grand Unified Micronational, one of the leading intermicronational organisations in the MicroWiki community. The decision comes after three votes in support and two in abstention. The motion was supported by the Sôgmô and the Diplomatic Affairs minister Jacob Barnet and, after the motion’s passing, the Sôgmô submitted an application to the Grand Unified Micronational this evening.

The motion comes as Sandum chargée d’affaires Artemis Baca is slated to serve as the primary representative of Sandus in the organisation, if the application is accepted. The Sôgmô reiterated þess unwillingness to take the top position in a possible future Sandum delegation, citing graduate school work and attention to Sandum domestic affairs. As Sandus’s chief representative abroad and as head of state, however, the Sôgmô will be attentive to the work of any Sandum delegation to the GUM.

This comes after the Sôgmô published an opinion piece last week detailing þess support of Duke Bradley of Dullahan’s and Emperor Jonathan of Austenasia’s opinions on the issues plaguing the Grand Unified Micronational. Both Wyvernian and Austenasian leaders had agreed that the organisation fared best under times of ideological difference, but the Duke of Dullahan concluded that the time had come to see the organisation be let go and to be born again. Það pointed out the obvious solution would to be encourage ideological heterogeneity in the organisation and revealed that there was a movement in Sandum government to apply again for GUM observer membership.

Sandus applied to be an observer previously in January 2017 and to be a full member in June 2017. Both applications were rejected at the time, but the active members of Sandus are rather confident that this time the application may be successful.

As an observer, the State of Sandus would have no voting powers in the organisation but may address the Quorum of Delegates, the main assembly of the organisation, with the chairperson’s consent. While only one delegate may observe the Quorum, as would be the case of Artemis Baca, the Sandum Diplomatic Affairs minister Jacob Barnet or the Sôgmô may serve as staff in the organisation’s lounge where diplomatic discussions are often held. Sandus will have to continue to demonstrate its willingness to observe the GUM every three months, a function which will likely be carried out by the Minister of Diplomatic Affairs.

Decisions of the Ninth Session of the Council in 2017

The Ninth Session of the Council in the Administrative Year 2017 lasted from 6 September to 5 October 2017.

The Sôgmô established the new Sandum capital, Quercus Candida.
The Sôgmô gave þess first economic command for the Armilustrium.

There were no decisions made by the Council.

This was the third month of Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho’s three-month term. A new election will now be called.

Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho

Decisions of the Eighth Session of the Council in 2017

The Eighth Session of the Council in the Administrative Year 2017 lasted from 7 August to 6 September 2017.

The Council has decided on a name for the proposed new Sandum capital province, “Quercus Candida.”

The Sôgmô has formed a committee to draft a law on the Sôgmô’s succession.

This was the second month of Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho’s three-month term.

Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho

 

Decisions of the Seventh Session of the Council in 2017

The Seventh Session of the Council in the Administrative Year 2017 lasted from 9 July to 7 August 2017.

The Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho was elected as incumbent by acclamation for another term of three months due to no opposition.

This was the first month of Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho’s three-month term.

Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho

Artemis Baca (Berry) comes out

Artemis Baca (her Sandum name in Latin which means “berry”) has come out publicly as a transgender woman. The Sandum peregrine citizen has long been out in the State of Sandus and her name and gender identity have been reflected in the State of Sandus’s census logs, the Tabulae Sande, since she was first a Sandum citizen in July 2016. Her out identity in Sandus was considered a state secret to protect Baca’s privacy, until she came out on Monday afternoon.

The Sôgmô congratulated Baca in the Council of the State of Sandus, applauding her sincerity and courage in coming out.

I would like to extend congratulations to our peregrine citizen, Artemis Berry, for coming out recently to the micronational community as trans.

Her identity has long been been accepted and recognised in Sandus, including on our official census (the “Tabulae Sande”), according to her personal will. Yet, after such a long period of self-reflection and meditation, she has decided to come out to the micronational community in general. While eschewing others’ prejudices to say that it is merely a “phase” and so on, she has shown that her decision to come out was carefully and thoroughly planned and conceived.

I am glad she has chosen this month to come out, for she can have even more pride in standing in solidarity with millions of queer people around the world—including with a large portion of LGBTQ+ people in the State of Sandus. Though she was concerned with the especially transphobic portions of our community, her decision to come out on this day—the first anniversary of the Pulse massacre—is especially poignant and telling of her courage, her openness, and her thoughtfulness.

These are, rightfully, Sandum virtues and ought to be recognised as such.

Congratulations!

Sandus has a long history of supporting LGBTQ+ rights and causes. This year, Sandus marks its fifth annual LGBTQ+ Pride Parade, one of the longest histories of LGBTQ+ Pride in extant micronations. Sandus also commemorates a variety of LGBTQ+ holidays as days of recognition, including “Transgender Day of Remembrance,” “International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia,” and “Celebrate Bisexuality Day.” In addition, since 2012, Sandus has had a policy on the books to help trans* people transition by helping to cover transition-related expenses. Approximately half of the population of Sandus is lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, or queer.

In April, Baca became the scribe of the Office of the Sôgmô.