Office of the Sôgmô

Coat_of_Arms_of_Soergel According to the Founding Law of the State of Sandus,

All power is to the Sôgmô.

— Article 3 of the Founding Law

The Office of the Sôgmô is the highest office of government in Sandus and governs the entirety of Sandus and the Central People’s Government. The current Sôgmô is Gaius Sörgel Publicola, the founder of our nation-project who created Sandus on 26 May 2009. Sôgmô is a Western Abenaki word from the Algonquin language family of Northeast American Indigenous Peoples and means chief, though it is often translated to “first citizen” in Sandus. Coming from the adjective “sôgela,” meaning hard or strong, the Sôgmô is the strongest component of the entire State system as the legitimate and elected leader of the People. The Sôgmô is the most active citizen in Sandus, being the main participant in all of Sandus’s policies, plans, and projects and is the leading worker of many cooperatives.

Though the Sôgmô is the main benefactor of modern Sandus, having created much of Sandus as it is today, the Sôgmô is working to create an interdependent community of citizens in Sandus, motivated by the vision set forth in the Sandum Philosophy. Under the Sôgmô’s transformational leadership since 2011 with the Foundation of the State of Sandus, Sandus has pioneered an independent culture, discovered its Philosophy, and has worked to create a democratic and socialist country. Since September 2011, the Office of the Sôgmô is an office whose legitimacy to govern is checked annually by a national referendum held on the Winter Solstice and the Sôgmô has enfranchised the Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus — our sole and historic political party — into the Sandum government to operate as both a democratic forum for Sandum Citizens and as an advisory body for Socialism in Sandus. Under the Sôgmô’s reign, the Sandum government has grown to encompass two differing definitions, known as the Dual Definition theory: in one regard, the Sôgmô can be seen as a constitutional monarch; however, in modern Sandus today, the Sôgmô can be seen as a republican office through the creation of a system of checks and balances, the creation of a meritocratic elite with active Sandum citizens, and the formation of Sandum democracy through elections, the Council, and the People’s rights.

The Sôgmô is like any other citizen. He is afforded the same rights as all citizens, and he views his leadership as being a collective mandate with the People. The Sôgmô seeks the People’s opinions on matters of State governance, often through direct and informal questions and queries to active citizens and other times by making motions in the Council; on several dates throughout the year, as well, the Sôgmô meets directly with the People and encourages the People to exercise their right to petition the government on and around the Equinoxes, Solstices, and the CPS Party Congress which takes place around 7 November. In Sandus, the Sôgmô is an active member of the Collegium Sacerdotium, the Party, and the economic cooperatives of Tellus and Erganê. The Sôgmô is the Sacer Flamen of the Collegium Sacerdotium, a position seen as fons culturae, and is the manager of Tellus. The Sôgmô is also the Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus, the sole honour and award of the State of Sandus. Under his tenure since 2011, the Sôgmô has envisioned the tripartite Sandum Philosophy; the three Sandum political theories of LiberaRealism, and Philia; and has established the 2015 Economic Goal, the «All-Citizens United» Plan, the Anticosti Ideal, the leitourgía and liaison programs, the Building Democracy Plan, and various economic year plans for Sandus. As the leader of the State of Sandus, he has incorporated the Party into the Central People’s Government; created the plan and set about the national referendum for the direct democratic Council; and promulgated two economic cooperatives (Tellus and Erganê) and one cultural cooperative (the Collegium Sacerdotium), two authorities (the Sandum Cultural Authority and the Sandum Language & Style Authority), three institutions (Kremlum Sandus State Press, Kremlum Sandus State College, and the Royal Library of Sandus), one bureau (the Bureau of the Treasury), two provinces (Kremlum Sandus and Sandus Ulterior), and the theoretical system of ministries. He has drawn out Sancta culture and has led to a new cultural wave through a trilingual policy incorporating English, French, and a cultural language — which was a Sandum constructed language, Sancta from 2010 to 2015, and is now Latin. In addition to being the Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus (SOTS), he is a knight in the Renasian Order of Bohr (KOB), imperial knight in the Austenasian Order (IKA), knight in the Überstadti Order of the Fir, knight of the Kossian Royal Order of the Jaguar, and is companion of the Yablokan Order of the Falcon; he has also received the Presidential Citation Ribbon from the Federal Republic of St.Charlie (PCR).

Outside of Sandus, the Sôgmô is a student and worker. He studies both history and classical languages (Latin and Ancient Greek) at the University of Maryland, where he is a double-major bachelor degree candidate, and he is a micropatriologist. In 2015, he completed a two-year program that focuses on public policy and leadership; in 2015, he was accepted into an undergraduate honours program in history where he will complete a thesis by Spring 2017. He is a student member of the Lambda Classical Caucus and is a member of several honours societies, including Eta Sigma Phi. He also leads a support group for bisexual, pansexual, and queer youth, known as Bisexuals at Maryland, and he is secretary of the Classics Club UMD (both since 2014). He is both a practicing Tibetan Buddhist and a cultor Religionis Romanae, and as a socialist he is a due-paying and registered member of the Communist Party USA. He has worked at the University of Maryland’s libraries since 2014 in both interlibrary loan and library circulation. The Sôgmô also is an active member in l’Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie, where he is secrétaire-général adjoint chargé de la Diplomatie et de l’Équité (since 2015). He has served in various administrative capacities in the Grand Unified Micronational from 2009 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014, after the restoration of the GUM. He is a native Anglophone, speaks conversational French rather fluently, communicates in Latin, is learning Ancient Greek and Russian, and hopes soon to learn German, Spanish, and Italian.

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