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.

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.

Sôgmô establishes Further Sandus Province

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

Coat of Arms of Further Sandus

The coat of arms of the new Further Sandus Province, or Sandus Ulterior.

After renewed interest in Sandum citizenship from foreigners and from the article published earlier this month on important policies to advance Sandus’s Pax Sanda, the Office of the Sôgmô has formally announced its new decision to accept the provincial distinction of Further Sandus Province, or Sandus Ulterior, for Sandum civilae (full citizens) in citizenship applications and census information. The addition of Further Sandus Province to the provincial system of Sandus represents a pragmatic approach to the State of Sandus’s involvement with Sandum citizens throughout the world, as it opens up citizenship rosters to potential citizens outside the territorial borders of the State of Sandus.

Sandus Ulterior has no distinct territory except as defined by future citizens. The provincial system is guided from the provinces of the Roman Republic and the Roman Principate, which represent a Roman magistrates area of operation. Each locality and municipality within a province may have a different legal status and different political rights and many of these areas were able to be self-governed. While no region in Sandus possesses the right of self-governance yet, even as there exist no other sub-regional distinctions beneath the provinces at this time, this distinction in Roman law between socii and amici will be an important pragmatic ideal in developing the rights of certain localities within the Further Sandus Province, which may be spread out throughout the world. Although the socilivae states correspond to socii in the Roman Republic, the distinction between the two is what matters for intra-provincial governance when the time is appropriate. Furthermore, Sandus will operate differently from the Roman provinces, as Sandum provinces are distinctly under Sandus’s condominium or micronational sovereignty and are not semi-autonomous geographical regions.

Although Further Sandus Province currently has no population, it is expected that those who live outside Kremlum Sandus Province and who are interested in Sandum citizenship will help to shape Sandus’s growing urge for shared government and socialist democracy. As is the case in Sandus’s age today, we are establishing our foundations: in time, Sandus will aspire to higher causes and higher actions.

— Sôgmô Sörgel