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

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

Sôgmô establishes new Capital Province

Coat of Arms of Quercus Candida

Exactly a month after moving to the area, the Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola has established a new province as the seat of the Sandum government around the area in which það attends university as a graduate student. The new province’s name, Quercus Candida, was chosen by a popular decision of Sandum citizens in the Council.

The name, which is Latin for “Glistening-White Oak,” is based off of the Algonquin name, Giwitatigweiasibi, for the Huron River which flows near the province. The river was named after a burnt oak tree, presumably in the area, but this name was considered to be too dark for the name of Sandus’s new capital. Instead, to reflect traditional Sandum notions of rebirth and hope, the decision was made to name the province “White Oak” after the national colour.

Following the Sandum Sovereign Gradient Condominium theory, there is a central focus of sovereignty, while the periphery extends to encompass a bounded territory as sovereignty diminishes further away from the focus. The focus is centred on the Sôgmô’s residence and office, and emphasises as well the immediate locality of þess livelihood in the province including þess new Tibetan Buddhist temple.

The new province replaces Kremlum Sandus Province as the capital of the State of Sandus, which ceased to be the capital when the Sôgmô moved in August. It is centred around Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

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

 

Sandus, MOCC, and Uskor condemn US transgender ban

Representatives of the Missionary Order of the Celtic Cross, Sandus, and Uskor have penned a statement condemning the United States’ ban on transgender people in the US Armed Forces, following the American President’s controversial tweets on 26 July 2017. The statement was also signed by the Minister-President of Saint-Castin, the Prince of Aigues-Mortes, and the President of Zirconic.

Joint statement on the recent order banning transgender individuals from the
United States Armed Forces

We the undersigned hereby condemn the recent orders via Twitter from the President of the United States of America, Mr Donald Trump that seek to exclude transgender individuals from serving in the United States Armed Forces in any capacity.

We believe this order is reckless, bigoted and that it makes zero sense from a military capability point of view.  

History has proven time and time again that transgender individuals can serve and when given the ability to serve as their authentic selves they are more combat ready, unit cohesion is better and overall morale is improved.

In ordering that transgender persons not be able to serve in the United States Armed Forces Mr Trump is not only excluding people who may be good soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen but he is ordering that the United States Armed Forces lose valuable skills and knowledge that has taken decades to be acquired and will take decades to reacquire and thus have a negative impact on the abilities and combat readiness of the United States Armed Forces.

Transgender people should have every right to serve their nation should they wish, and transgender personnel should be permitted to transition whilst serving.

Those who may complain about the cost of funding and allowing transgender individuals to serve should note that costs of one F35 costs $US 94.6 Million yet the total costs of all transgender related surgeries cost $US 2.4 Million -$US 8.4 Million a year.

We can also point to the examples of various defence forces around the globe where transgender people are permitted to serve openly and see that it does nothing but good for those defence forces, pertinent examples can include those of Captain Hannah Winterbourne, Group Captain Cate McGregor and Guardsman Chloe Allen all of whom have shown that transgender people can serve with distinction and in combat roles.

 

Signed,

Admiral Charlotte Lindstrom – President of Uskor, Director of the Uskorian Naval Service

The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola of the State of Sandus

Thomas Lee Harris, Jr. – Archdruid, MOCC Seminole County Comvocationry and 1st Archon, Council of Eight, Kingdom of Dubast.

Her Draconic Majesty Violet-Marie of Dubast

Commodore Claire Nymoria – Prime Ministe of Uskor, Chief of Naval Staff

The Right Honorable Dominic Desaintes – Minister-President of the Republic of Saint-Castin

S.A.S Jean-Pierre IV. Prince of the Principality of Aigues-Mortes

Andrew Janiszewski – President of the Republic of Zirconic

Sôgmô awarded an astounding 5 Decorations at MicroCon 2017

The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola was awarded five decorations and medals at the MicroCon 2017 Gala on the evening of Saturday 24 June 2017. The medals come from a variety of micronations friendly with the State of Sandus, especially from micronations with which Sandus has had a strong rapport.

The Sôgmô expressed þess profound gratitude and appreciation at each awarding of the decorations.

Principality of Aigues-Mortes
Prince Jean Pierre IV and Princess Olivia-Eugénie of the Principality of Aigues-Mortes bestowed upon því the rank of Knight in the Grand Princely Order of the Pink Flamingo. The award was given by the Prince and Princess Aigues-Mortais in recognition of “the relation of eternal friendship which [það] has established between our two communities.” The medal was handmade by the Princely artist Countess Hélène de Bret in Aigues-Mortes.

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The Distinguished Micronational Service Award

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For meritorious activity toward the development of micronationalism and micropatriology, the Sôgmô received the beautiful Distinguished Micronational Service Award from Prince Arthur of the Andorran House of Homestead.

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The Desert Palm

Republic of Molossia
President Kevin Baugh of the Republic of Molossia granted a medal, known as the Desert Palm, to the Sôgmô. The citation for the medal reads, “The desert can be a barren place, but as the desert palm brings life to the wasteland, this medal signifies the bearer as having brought life to their own nation – and further demonstrates amity between our nations, as one would find among comrades at an oasis.”

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The Order of the Double Samara

Republic of Saint-Castin
The Sôgmô received membership in the Order of the Double Samara from the Castinien President-Minister. Membership in the order was given to the two other French-speaking micronationalists at the conference, Prince Jean Pierre and Princess Olivia-Eugénie of Aigues-Mortes. Queen Anastasia of the Kingdom of Ruritania also received a unique medal from Saint-Castin.

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The Order of the Snowflake

Grand Duchy of Westarctica
The Sôgmô was awarded the rank of Knight Commander in the Westarctican Order of the Snowflake, the second rank in the highest order of the Grand Duchy. During the awarding ceremony, the Grand Duke spoke about the Sôgmô’s leadership in the creation of Sandus’s culture and philosophy which, in the Grand Duke’s words, had led to the creation of a unique micronational project such as Sandus.

Sôgmô presents on the Sandum Constitution at MicroCon 2017

The Sôgmô attended MicroCon 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, from 23 to 25 June 2017, representing the State of Sandus and meeting with a multitude of Sandus’s friends and partners. The experience was the first diplomatic meeting for Sandus with several close allies, such as Saint-Castin and Aigues-Mortes. It was also a meeting again with some nations Sandus has already encountered, such as the Aerican Empire and Molossia.

The Sôgmô was received at the Ruritanian Empire’s embassy in Atlanta, Georgia, for a reception with Queen Anastasia of Ruritania before the conference. There, the Sôgmô met with and encountered a variety of micronationalists.

At the conference, the Sôgmô listened to a variety of presentations on micronationalism in general and specific micronational projects, before það presented þess own paper on the Sandum constitution. The presentation, which focused on Sandum history and the State’s constitutional development, was well-received and was applauded by many heads of state and of government. A multitude of conference attendees approached the Sôgmô to congratulate það and to ask for þess intellectual opinion on a broad range of topics.

Read the paper here.

The Sôgmô then met with a variety of micronationalists at a gala held that evening.

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All attendees considered the meeting a huge success for intermicronational diplomacy and, in particular, that it was a wonderful diplomatic success for environmentalist and French-speaking micronations. A large section of the micronations which attended, perhaps even a majority, could speak French—and it was rather frequent that individual groups would join together from a variety of different nations to discuss certain matters in French. In addition, attendees were asked to sign th 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, which was also signed at the previous conference in 2015. In addition the Micronational Declaration on Ecological Stewardship, which the Sôgmô signed for the State of Sandus and for the Kingdom of Überstadt as a social citizen.

The Sôgmô finally met the Prince and Princess of the Principality of Aigues-Mortes and the President-Minister of the Republic of Saint-Castin, close allies of the State of Sandus in the MicroFrancophonie.

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.

Escutcheon&Helm - Charles Edward Wright

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

Voice of Sandus

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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 announces new regalia

The Sôgmô has announced the formal installation of new regalia for þess office, in addition to the traditional blue robes used since the creation of Sandus. The news comes after the conclusion of the Sôgmô’s graduation celebrations, though has been floated as a directive for several months now. The new regalia includes the academic decorations worn at the Sôgmô’s graduation.

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The regalia includes the robes and decorations worn by the Sôgmô. The standard robes come with a mortarboard cap, a stole with the crest of the University of Maryland, an academic hood signifying the a bachelor’s degree of arts, and a tassel for the cap. The Sôgmô’s extra honours include four honours cords from honours societies in Classics and History, the distinguished honours society Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ), and a program in public leadership. In addition, the Sôgmô is entitled to wear a red tassel signifying the Latin honour of magna cum laude and a rainbow tassel for LGBTQ+ leadership. Finally, the regalia is complete with a medal for the Sôgmô’s completion of an honours thesis in history.

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The Sôgmô in the traditional blue robes of the office at the 2012 PoliNations Conference.

The move comes in the spirit of Sandus’s cultural emphasis on intellectualism and academia. Intellectualism has long been a cultural emphasis of the State of Sandus, implicit in such political philosophies as Realism and Socialism. For example, Sandus idealises the socialist trifecta of the worker, farmer, and intellectual—but in Sandus this trifecta is incorporated into each individual’s livelihood with the intelligentsia at its head. The State of Sandus is led completely by intellectuals, from the Sôgmô to the Party Secretary to the Council’s facilitator and the diplomatic affairs minister. All four individuals represent intellectuals who have a wide range of academic interests yet who are all pursuing degrees of higher education.

The decision makes clear, as well, that these sorts of academic achievements are considered serious honours and marks of distinction and of respect in Sandus. It reaffirms Sandus’s emphasis on intellectualism, especially in a “post-truth” world.