Le Mur des Drapeaux has been Removed

An early image of the Mur des Drapeaux, from October 2010.

Le Mur des drapeaux in October 2010

Sandus’s oldest Sandum national monument, le Mur des drapeaux, or “the Wall of the Flags,” has been removed from the Office of the Sôgmô in the Palace of State, Kremlum Sandus Province. The wall has been deconstructed in preparation for the Sôgmô’s move to Michigan, where það will attend graduate school.

The wall dates from June 2009 when the then-Lama of the Grand Lamate of Sandefreistikhan commissioned the wall as a national monument to flags of countries and movements which reflected þess vision for Sandus’s future. Early on, the Hammer and Sickle Flag, used by the USSR and subsequently by American Communists, featured prominently, as did the Tibetan flag as Sandefreistikhan was a Buddhist country. In addition, flags of French-speaking nations—like Québec, France, and Belgium—were also a key fixture.

Over the years, various flags have been added to the wall including the Maryland state flag, since Sandus’s cultural heartland is a condominium with the state of Maryland. Several high-profile and well-publicised flags have also been added, such as the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag and the Icelandic national flag.

The most recent flags to be inducted onto the wall were the flags of the United States and Canada, in commemoration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of the Articles of Confederation, in July 2017.

The flags will be moved to Michigan, where the Sôgmô will commission a new Mur des drapeaux. As a part of this move, the display of the flags will be made more regular and will be accompanied in the future with citations explaining why flags are placed on the wall.

The Flags of le Mur des Drapeaux

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The Sandum Tricolour takes precedence on the wall since it placed independently of all the other groupings of flags and in a more prominent location.

The Sandum Tricolour is followed by:

  1. the flag of Belgium
  2. the Bi* Pride flag
  3. the flag of Canada
  4. the flag of the European Union
  5. the flag of France
  6. the flag of Germany
  7. the flag of Iceland
  8. the LGBTQ+ Pride flag
  9. the flag of Maryland
  10. the flag of Switzerland
  11. the flag of Tibet
  12. the flag of Tunisia
  13. the flag of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  14. the flag of the United Kingdom
  15. the flag of the United States

Sôgmô publishes the Philia Plan

The Sôgmô has published the Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift, detailing the plan of the Office of the Sôgmô to prepare the State of Sandus for þess departure for foreign PhD. programs in ancient history. The plan seeks to reduce the activity which það executes as result of constitutional obligations, while increasing the means by which governmental power can be exercised in the State of Sandus. It is the Sôgmô’s attempt to avert a constitutional breakdown of power, þess abdication, and the dissolution of the Sandum State.

The plan has now been sent to the Council of the State of Sandus for ratification of its seven provisions. Below is a provision-by-provision explanation of the plan.

  1. Vision for Sandum Society: The Sôgmô has made the case that Sandum national interests must be considered, while embracing the national diversity of the State of Sandus. More work must be done in terms of advancing Sandum culture and Sandum philosophy.
  2. the Gens System: In addition to provinces, a new administrative division will be created by gens, or administrative groups of families. Three different membership types — sanguine, familiar, and regional — have been established based on the different relationships with the overall gensGentes will elect a parensfamilias in their þings. The parentes will represent their gens to the Senate, whose parliaments will be convoked by the Sôgmô when needed.
  3. Simplification of the Anthropological Polity: The emphasis on governance will lessen and the role of the State will be more for cultural and philosophical development. Rather than necessarily see Sandus as a state which must meet the obligations of a nation-state, Sandus will instead be viewed as a micronation: a state with the anthropological characteristics of a tribe. Emphasis will be on Sandum culture and on the interdisciplinary view of Realism.
  4. Relaxing Activation Energy — or, the Decentralisation of Sagamorial Functions: This extended provision with its five sub-provisions establishes specific changes to the nature of the Sandum State to reduce the burden of activity on the Office of the Sôgmô.
    1. Scribe: a scribe position will be added to the Central People’s Government in order to fulfil the Sôgmô’s journalist and annalist functions
    2. Devolving Provincial Government — the role of Curiae and Praetors: provinces will now have a curia, a provincial assembly to make consultations for provincial policies, and a praetor, an official like the Sôgmô and the Facilitator on the provincial level
    3. Establishing new ministries — the Gendarmerie and Diplomatic Affairs: the first two Sandum ministries will be established in the Gendarmerie, a paramilitary force responsible for policing and security functions, and the Ministry of Diplomatic Affairs, Sandus’s first foreign ministry
    4. Affirming the Independence of the Facilitator and the Secretary
    5. Imperium — the Realist principle on the exercise of power: despite the many new institutions formed, they will be used in a way to devolve power from the Sôgmô and they will be used as needed without an expectation of constant activity; imperium will be explained in another Realist treatise
  5. the Ultimate Question: The Sôgmô has reaffirmed the principle of popular sovereignty, saying that það would abdicate if það should fail “in the constitutional and legitimate exercise of [þess] duties” as a result of a failed annual election.
  6. for a New, Coherent Citizen Law: The Sôgmô affirmed the effort by Facilitator Bee Rodgers Albina’s caucus to write a comprehensive citizenship law responding to citizenship concerns from citizens and the party membership concern from the November 2015 Party Congress.
  7. the Sôgmô’s Constitution Project: The Sôgmô will work with civis Akhil Indurti to create an interactive infographic of the Sandum constitution to be used as an educational tool for all Sandum citizens.

The Council will now discuss the plan and will ratify the plan provision-by-provision.

The entire plan can be found here.

Revolutionaries’ Day celebrated Here

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Revolutionaries’ Day has been celebrated here in Kremlum Sandus Province this past weekend, starting on 22 April to today 24 April. Revolutionaries’ Day is the Sandum ‘day of recognition’ held on 22 April to commemorate the birth of Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov, whose pseudonym was Lenin. The holiday commemorates a variety of other revolutionaries, as well, and celebrates many social and political movements in both historical and contemporary periods.

The holiday was celebrated by both the Sôgmô and the Sanôba Consort in addition to Classics Day, a celebration of classical studies at the Sôgmô’s university. The Sôgmô held a symposium on the topic of cultural appropriation, its semantics, and the models of exploitation. Also discussed in conjunction with cultural appropriate were capitalism and socialism with reference to moral justice.

The Sôgmô will conclude this evening with a concert of revolutionary music in his apartment. Preparations, moreover, are already underway for Remembrance Day, held on 9 May.

Kremlum Sandus will not change clocks, Sôgmô announces

The Sôgmô has announced that Kremlum Sandus will not take part in daylight savings time, instead remaining perpetually five hours behind the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-5). The move comes the day Sandus’s neighbouring state, the United States’ State of Maryland, has begun its own daylight savings time, moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Due to the Gradient-Sovereign Condominium Theory, the decision effectively makes two operative time zones on the entire territory of the State of Sandus, though it only applies to Kremlum Sandus Province — the only territorial Sandum province. The theory recognises that the territory of Sandus exists as a gradient in terms of loci of sovereignty, which become less effective in extent of space, and as a condominium shared between the State of Sandus and the United States of America. Since the Sôgmô’s decision affects the administration of the State of Sandus, it can be effectively said that Sandus inhabits — during the Summer months — two time zones: UTC-5 or EST and UTC-4 or EDT.

The decision comes ahead of the official transition to the Summer months in Sandus, a significant time conceived as an annual period of independence and of affirmation of Sandum sovereignty. From 2011 to 2012, the Summer months became increasingly defined in Sandum culture as times of diplomacy and of independence while the Winter months became defined as times of isolation and of peaceful national construction. This division of the annual cycle was based off of Roman festivals: in Sandus, the period of openness and diplomacy are between the Festival of Fortuna Publica (5 April) and the Armilustrium (19 October), while the Romans had a half-month longer time period from the Quinquatria (19 March) to the Armilustrium (19 October); the opposite times, the Winter months, are times of peace. This Sandum view of the wheel of the year does not reflect the Roman view towards war and peace but, since there are no armed forces in Sandus, towards diplomacy and isolationism — though similar associations with aggression and peace are still applied in the Sandum context. The decision to keep EST throughout the entire duration of the year reflects, in many ways, the view towards independence and Sandum sovereignty during these critical months.

At the time this article was published on 13 March, for example, it was 22:15 in Kremlum Sandus (EST/UTC-5) and 23:15 in the United States (EDT/UTC-4).

2015 Party Congress adjourns past Midnight SLT

Immediately at 22:00 EST (GMT-5), Comrade Gaius Soergel Publicola openned the 2015 CPS Party Congress, citing that the Party Secretary had passed to him the authority to chair the State of Sandus’s single most important political event. Those citizens in attendance sung the Internationale and were greeted by the incumbent Party Secretary Adam von Friedeck. Privately and publicly, nearly all citizens spoke of their commitment to the Party and to the Sandum Nation, having been filled with national and civic pride.

Next, for half an hour, the assembled citizens listened and read the S8gm8’s Report on the 2015 Economic Goal, which concludes at the end of the Sancta Year MMXV (29 February 2016). Some asked questions pertaining to the Report, such as the definition of a cultural economy – a key feature of the Report’s proposals, and the Party Secretary’s Report followed that of the S8gm8.

Comrades, whether Sandum citizens or foreign observers, I once again extend to you on behalf of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus solidarity and warm greetings. I am grateful for your attendance and participation in the 2015 Party Congress, the first over which I preside.

In my first year as Secretary, the Party has continued to be the vanguard and beacon of an ever-revolutionary Sandus. The Sôgmô serves diligently, and the Council guides well the People’s State, but the Citizens’ Party, too, has done its utmost to strengthen the Sandum nation in ways that only a revolutionary party of workers and intellectuals of diverse backgrounds can do. After all, we are the ones who have built this state; it is ours to master and own, and the Citizens’ Party of Sandus is the body responsible for exemplifying the philosophical foundations of our socialist state.

When I was elected Party Secretary, I declared that the Party would be guided in that term by my Four Points for Progress. These influenced the Party’s actions not by providing a strict plan for the year, but by forming the basis of dynamic goals aiming to positively change the nature of Sandum society, as is the duty of any revolutionary vanguard. The goals of holding the Sôgmô accountable to the people and improving Sandum pluralism were particularly evident in the work of the Party.

The Party has worked closely with the Sôgmô throughout the year to make the voice of the citizens heard in all governmental activities. I have met often with him in my capacity as Secretary to review his office’s actions and give advice on matters of interest to the Sovereign People. Most notably, the Office of the Sôgmô and the Citizens’ Party have collaborated on the clarification and enactment of the 2015 Economic Goal. The Party was able to guarantee that the programs initiated by the Sôgmô were truly socialist: benefiting the collective interest of our people and ultimately controlled by them, as well. The Party provided guidance on the organization of cooperatives, monetary systems, potential products, and the involvement of citizens in the economy, all with the goal of making the system work for the Sandum people.

The Party has also been productive in protecting and expanding Sandum pluralism. Early in the year, I called for a greater representation of Christian culture in Sandus, so as to be consistent with the Sancta politic, which emphasizes the diversity of influences on our state. Two-thirds of Sandum citizens affiliate with Christendom, so it only made sense that the majority religion of our nation be represented in our official culture. Because of this effort, the Collegium Sacerdotum observed Easter for the very first time, and Christian philosophy became further manifest in Sandum culture. This is just one victory for Sancta in our society, however, and I vow to initiate similar efforts to ensure the full representation of the religions, philosophies, cultures, and ideas of all our citizens in national life, for Sandus is made of what each of us brings to it.

The Citizens’ Party of Sandus is firmly committed to the socialist ideals that hold the nation together, expressed through democracy, art, religion, economic growth, and acknowledgment of our diversity. The last year has seen success in these areas, and the next will certainly bring more.

Moving forward, let us keep in our minds the threefold Sandum philosophy: socialism, that we may be equal; Buddhism, that we may seek to relieve all suffering; and Sancta, that we may employ our differences in a way that unifies the nation.

I thank you all.

Next was the election of the Party Secretary, the highest established office of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus. There was only one candidate, the incumbent Adam von Friedeck, who was elected unanimously.

Finally, the Party Congress turned to the specific proposals presented by those present at the Congress. All proposals came from the S8gm8 Gaius Soergel Publicola. Half of them pertained to the Party itself, while two others pertained to activity and civil cohesion and the last pertained to the cultural economy.

  1. Differentiation between Citizens and Party Members; Establishment of Party Membership
  2. Transformation of the Party into a Specialised Bureaucracy
  3. Development of a Party Constitution and a Party Platform
  4. Formation of a schedule of semi-monthly Initiatives for projects and activities
  5. Formation of periodic Symposia for citizens to discuss politics, society, and culture and to encourage activity
  6. Authorisation of the Party and the Central People’s Government to transform the economy into a cultural economic mode of production

The results of these sections were, in some cases, combined and dealt with as one. 

For 1 and 2, the Party decided to establish a class of Party Members who shall perform duties outside of the Congress. They shall have to meet the criteria of: being a citizen for at least six months, agreeing with the Party Platform, and having been voted into membership. In this proposal, the Party will formulate public policy, the Council will ratify (or not ratify) the proposal, and the S8gm8 – and, in some specific cases, the Party too – will enact the public policy. However, the schema of public policy does not undermine the right of individual citizens or of the S8gm8 to propose public policy in the Council.

For 3, the Party decided to establish a comittee for the drafting of a Party Platform, which shall be completed in the next few weeks and made general to encompass a large amount of diverse political opinions, and of a Party Constitution, which shall be drafted as a complement to the State of Sandus’s Founding Law. A 2016 CPS Party Congress held in April exclusively for the ratification of the Constitution.

For 4 and 5, the Party decided to establish a system of three events – ludi or games, projects, and symposia – to be held semi-monthly and organised jointly between the Party and the S8gm8, and possibly even the Collegium Sacerdotum.

For 6, the Party decided to authorise the Party and the Central People’s Government to work on transforming the Sandum economy into a cultural economic mode of production.

The 2015 Citizens’ Party of Sandus Party Congress concluded at 00:20 on 8 November 2015, 20 minutes passed midnight in Kremlum Sandus Province, lasting 2 hours and 20 minutes. Party Secretary Adam von Friedeck completed his first term as Secretary of the Party by adjourning the Party Congress, and immediately assumed his new term for the Party’s administrative year 2016.

Immediately following, Comrade Charlotte Lindstrom of the Zealandian Greens presented a speech

The Party Conference will follow the Congress today, 8 November, at 17:00 Sandum Local Time (GMT-5), and will be chaired by Party Secretary Adam von Friedeck.

This Party Congress marks the Fifth Party Congress of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus. It was during the Fourth Party Congress in 2014 which changed the Party’s name from the Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus to the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, removing references to Communism and Marxism-Leninism in favour of Socialism. The Party Congress planned for November 2013 was cancelled amid a national citizenship crisis, and was replaced with the First Party Conference. The Third Party Congress was held in November 2012 and the Second Party Congress was held in April 2012. The First Party Congress was held in November 2011 and resulted in the integration of the Party into the State structure of the State of Sandus, ratified at national elections in December of that year.

Sandus has had two Party Conferences, in 2013 and 2014, and a third is planned for this evening. Party Conferences differ from Party Congresses in their audience: Conferences are open to international participation, while the Congresses are reserved only for Sandum citizens. Party Congresses serve a public policy purpose, as well, drawing up public policy initiatives for the State of Sandus to be approved either in the Council or in National Elections held on the Winter Solstice, while the Conference is intended to encourage intermicronational discussion on matters involving public policy.

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.

Preparations made for HM Adam I’s State Visit

The poster for the official state visit of HM Adam I to Kremlum Sandus Province, State of Sandus.

The poster for the official state visit of HM Adam I to Kremlum Sandus Province, State of Sandus.

HM Adam I of Uberstadt will visit Kremlum Sandus Province on X Quintilo MMXIV (10 July 2014) during his tour of the Mid-Atlantic coast of North America. HM Adam will join the Sôgmô that morning and will leave with the Sôgmô for le Palaso d’Etato (the Palace of State) in Kremlum Sandus Province, where he will be formally received by the Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola. The relations between Sandus and Uberstadt have been very close between the two fraternal nations. The King of Uberstadt took part in the CCPS Party Conference in Novembro MMXIII (November 2013) in addition to being a close friend and ally of the State of Sandus.

The Sôgmô and the King will discuss the recent creation of the Saint Josephsburg Economic Pact and Sandus’s membership there, Uberstadt’s potential future status as a socilivanço, and the future of Sandum-Uberstadti cooperation in Economic and Socialist affairs. Both heads of state will also tour Kremlum Sandus, the traditional homeland of Sandus, and may tour the Middle Patuxent River or the historic district the Province in Ellicott City. The official state visit is a part of the Sôgmô’s new administrative change in the past few months to make Sandus more open to the broader world, as a part of Sandus’s CCPS Year Plan 2014 for social and political changes.

This official state visit will mark Sandus’s first visit by a head of state to its sovereign territory and both leaders’ first state visit as micronationalists. The state visit comes several days before the Sôgmô departs for Italy, where the Sôgmô will visit Latium and Tuscany for a personal holiday and personal research — despite being initially intended for PoliNations 2014. The Sôgmô returns later in Quintilo (July) via Moscow, Russia.

Sôgmô’s Statement: Shooting at the Mall in Columbia

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

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This morning, at approximately 11:15 Sandum Local Time, a gunman walked into a local store named Zumiez at the Mall in Columbia within Kremlum Sandus Province’s territory. The gunman fatally shot and killed the manager of the store as well as another employee there, before he committed suicide. Federal agents of the United States have considered the possibility of it being a domestic-linked act of violence, whereas a spokesman for Howard County Police – the local police department – has stressed what it is too soon to jump to that conclusion. What we do know, however, is that three young people (both victims were 21 and 25, respectively) have been shot and killed and another five have been injured.

No Sandum citizens were at the Mall in Columbia at the time, yet many friends of citizens were in the Mall at the time and have described the chaotic scenes as teens and adults fled the scene in terror.

In Sandus, we are motivated by our Philosophy to view the suffering this creates for those who continue to live in the wake of this incident. The terror this event created for those in the Mall extends to loved ones, friends, and acquaintances who were in, around, or travelling to the Mall at the time of the shooting can only be matched by our determination that violent events like these may not happen in our world. It is the hope of the Sandum People, who find both hope and trust in the beauty and happiness of mankind, that all acts of violence can be extinguished: if not in our world, in our State and its territorial claims.

If you or a love one have experienced grief, stress, or trauma due to today’s events, we encourage you contact a counsellor or a bereavement therapist. Otherwise, discuss today’s events with friends and loved ones in order to alleviate the stress and anxiety this event has undoubtedly created for many of us in the Kremlum Sandus community. You may contact KremlumSandus@gmail.com for more information or for discussing today’s events.

Under my hand as Sôgmô, I, Gaius Sörgel Publicola, authorise a mourning, bereavement, and good-will period of nine days for the entirety of the State of Sandus. Government work shall continue as scheduled and as appropriate, but policy projections shall be suspended.

Legal notice: the advice of the State of Sandus does not represent professional counselling or psychiatric advice.