[SC] Context Matters, that is why I am not signing the Montediszamble Convention

Like 40% of other Sandum citizens, I am a trained historian. When historians get busy and they start doing that thing they call analysis, context matters. Context can determine the difference between something that is simply a contingent fact versus an underlying cause. I also think context matters because it shows intent. Why do people…

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[SC] What right do I have?

Yesterday I published an op-ed about historical simulationism in micronationalism where I criticised another micronation’s propaganda, rhetoric, and justification for a political reform. This “pseudo-intellectual” “foreign interference” responded to a domestic trend in Sandum literature on Realism, which since February 2012 has argued fervently against micronational hobbyism and simulationism. I did not define simulationism in…

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[SC] Historical Simulationism and its Incoherence

In February 2019 I announced that I would offer free Latin translations to micronationalists who wanted them. That offer still stands, as does the reason why I gave it in the first place: a lot of micronational Latin is bad and incoherent, and micronations should not settle for second rate. Rather, some knowledge is needed…

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[SC] This Remembrance Day, Stay Home & Remember

Remembrance Day is 9 May, and this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory over Fascism. But how will you celebrate the momentous anniversary of the victory without friends and family around, without the annual Red Square parade that has been postponed? You can still make the day special at home with those…

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the Blue Lecture—a Sagamorial Speech for the New Year and Decade

The Office of the Sôgmô has released and shared a written speech on the occasion of the New Gregorian Year and the beginning of the new decade. The speech, called the “Blue Lecture,” comments both on Sandus’s history in the last decade but also on the country’s focus in the coming decade and beyond. Read…

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[SC] Sôgmô: a complicated title

I knew this would happen. More specifically, I knew that I would have to have this conversation. More than a month ago, around the time Sandus was preparing to celebrate its tenth anniversary, a work colleague (that is, at the university where I work) said to me that some of my other colleagues had been…

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Long-Awaited Constitution Project issues first edition

The Sôgmô’s Constitution Project has issued the first edition of its literature and graphics on Sandus’s unwritten and republican constitution. The project was planned by the 2016 Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift, a plan that anticipated the Sôgmô’s departure from Kremlum Sandus for graduate school. Now, a year and four months after þess departure,…

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[SC] Greeting & Addressing the Sôgmô and the Sanôba Consort

Like most heads of state and of government, the Sôgmô has a specific style of address when one greets það, and for the first time the Appartements du Sôgmô (the current seat of sagamorial power) in Sandus’s capital province, Quercus Candida, have clarified the ways to address the Sanôba Consort. There are no obligatory manners of addressing and greeting…

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[SC] It’s a Sandum Life: Ceremonial Alternatives to Life Events

Sandus’s prime focus has long been on culture, and a culture reflecting its philosophical rationale at that. It has long had celebrations for its Socialist leanings, like celebrating the National Day of Socialism on 7 November or Labour Day on 1 May, and for its social liberalism and progressivism, such as this week’s celebration of…

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[SC] Yes, Confederate Statues are Racist

Unless you have been living under a rock, Confederate Statues in the United States have become increasingly politicised over the past several years in the wake of fresh racial wounds and divisions. Opponents to these statues claim that they are racist and deserve no place in public squares and national, state, and communal veneration. Defenders…

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