The Central People’s Government of the State of Sandus is headed by the Office of the Sôgmô, located in the Palace of State in Kremlum Sandus Province. The Central People’s Government is divided amongst the elected leadership of the Sôgmô, the incorporated Citizens’ Party of Sandus, and the direct democratic Council. An annual plebiscite is held on each Winter Solstice concerning whether or not the Sôgmô maintains the legitimacy of the Sandum People to continue governing in the new administrative year; each November around the time of the National Day of Socialism (7 November), the Citizens’ Party of Sandus holds a Party Congress — or Conference, if a quorum is not met — to represent the democratic wishes and will of the People to the Office of the Sôgmô; during each lunar month (i.e., between the full moons), the Council decides on public policy and law in Sandus. The Central People’s Government also includes all the socialist economic coöperatives and sociopolitical institutions of the State of Sandus, such as economic coöperatives and the state institutions of Kremlum Sandus (see below). The Founding Law and all necessary by-laws govern the Office of the Sôgmô’s interaction with the organs of the Central People’s Government.
The Office of the Sôgmô handles the daily running of government, all petitions filed by Sandum citizens, and all necessary functions of government. However, at traditional times set throughout the year, the Citizens’ Party of Sandus represents the Sandum People as an advisory body to the Office of the Sôgmô and the Council performs major deciding and ratifying functions for laws and decisions made by the State apparatus. Since the accomplishment of the Building Democracy Plan, the Party continues as a meritocratic body and the new Council represents the democratic will of all the Sandum People — from Sandus’s two provinces and from sociae states. The Central People’s Government also enumerates a list of policies important for the advancement of Sandus and for the development of the welfare and sovereignty of the State of Sandus, which can be found here.
In addition to the major state organs of the Central People’s Government, there are also other organs of government. Coöperatives, discussed above, are the historical predecessors of ministries and bureaux, state organs directly involved in government, and authorities and institutions, semi-independent non-economic organs which fulfill a specific sociocultural function. No ministries currently exist, though the Sôgmô has the authority to create them, and only one bureau—beneath the level of a ministry—exists: the bureau of the Treasury. Sandus has several authorities and institutions. Two authorities, the Sandum Language & Style Authority and the Sandum Cultural Authority, function as semi-democratic bodies to formulate and change Sandum writing style and cultural practices, respectively. Three institutions focus on educational programs for the State of Sandus: Kremlum Sandus State College, a free and public college in Sandus; Kremlum Sandus State Press, an educational press tied to the State College; and the Royal Library of Sandus, the public library of Sandus formed by the Sôgmô’s private collection.
Below are brief descriptions of important organs of the Central People’s Government of the State of Sandus. Click the titles to visit pages dedicated to the subject.
- Office of the Sôgmô:
The Sôgmô is the premier citizen and leader of the State of Sandus. The word sôgmô comes from the Abenaki word for “chief” or “first-citizen,” and it was first used in Sandum government in April 2011 with the ratification of the Founding Law of the State of Sandus — the law which defines his office, its role in government, and its powers.
- Citizens’ Party of Sandus:
The Citizens’ Party of Sandus (CPS) is a political party that has been in existence since the founding of Sandus in May 2009, when Sandus was still the Grand Lamate of Sandefreistikhan. The « Act on the Enfranchisement of the Party of Decembro MMXI » decreed that the Citizens’ Communist Party would become incorporated into the Central People’s Government as a democratic forum for the Sandum People; then-Secretary James Thompson filed the appropriate IN01 application to register the new coöperative early in 2012.
- the Council:
The Council of the State of Sandus is a direct democratic legislative organ where citizens come together to vote on legislative and policy proposals. Established on 21 December 2014, the Council is the newest organ of the Sandum Constitution and completes the transition from monarchy to elective monarchy and finally to the Sandum Republic.
The Founding Law of the State of Sandus established the role of coöperatives in the society and economy of the State of Sandus. In November 2014, Communism was removed from the Party’s name and official ideology as the Party began to embrace Socialism and general Leftism.
- Authorities & Institutions:
These are organs in the Central People’s Government which fall under the legal definition of coöperatives yet that do not serve economic or social purposes, in contrast to the definition of a cooperative in the Founding Law.
- Policies, Programs, and Projects