The Office of the Sôgmô has long promised broader democratic reforms to the constitution of the State of Sandus. In Septembro MMXI (September 2011), the Sôgmô promulgated the Act on Democracy of September 2012 which provided for the direct election of the Sôgmô for the election of two other elected officials: the Sanôba or Phanem Representative and the Comrade Representative. The Sanôba or Phanem Representative, derived from the Abenaki words for “man” and “woman,” was an elected representative of the Sovereign People who was elected every six months on the Equinoctes; this position was discontinued by the Act on the Solidification of Government of Februario MMXI (February 2012), after less than one term, due to the inactivity of the position and the lack of candidates available for the position. The Comrade Representative was the governmental title for the Secretary of the Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus elected annually each November who acted as a socialist and ideological counterpart to the democratically elected Sanôba or Phanem Representative; this position was technically discontinued with the Act on the Solidification of Government of Februario MMXI (February 2012), but the bulk of its functions continue in the role of the Secretary of the Party in the modern age.
Since the Solidification of Government in Februario MMXI (February 2012), plans have been redrawn to develop a direct democratic system in the State of Sandus in lieu of a representative system that requires more activity on the part of the citizens and regime of the State of Sandus. As a part of these plans, a council has been considered though without much more guidance or clarification. Now, on I Octobro MMXIV (1 October 2014), the Sôgmô has announced those plans.
The «Building Democracy & the Council» plan was published on 30 September 2014 by the Sôgmô. It will be discussed at the upcoming CCPS Party Congress on 8 November 2014 and, should the Party agree with the Plan, the Plan will go to national referendum on the Winter Solstice 2014. The plan includes the following points:
- Restore the Former Civila Requirements: return to the system whereperegrae citizens only require to wait one month before becoming full citizens.
- Form Kremlum Sandus State College into an education institution for citizens who desire to have courses during the Winter and Summer seasons.
- Devolve the Party and Create a Democratic Council: form the Party into an official [bureaucratic] organization of the State, drawn from only active citizens dedicated to the Sandum Philosophy, and dedicated to the ideological and expertise of running Sandus.
- Renew and Rebrand the Party to make the Party and the entire State more attractive to all citizens and non-citizens within the territorial boundaries of the State of Sandus.
- Make requirements of Party Members and coopt new members.
- Establish monthly votes in the Council to be sent to all citizens where they can vote on a variety of topics brought forth by the Sôgmô and the people and ratify major policies and laws proposed in that month, held on the full moon.
- Hold seasonal meetings of the Council on the weekends that fall on weekends closest to the four crossquarter days or seasonal midpoints in the Wheel of the Year.
The «Building Democracy & the Council» Plan can be seen in its original PDF format here.
On 20 October 2014, the Sôgmô announced that the democratic council would be based on the Native American concept of the Talking Circle. To learn more about talking circles, see the attached PDF file here or the description below.
A PLACE FOR PEACE, HARMONY AND REFLECTION
The Talking Circle is a traditional instrument for dealing with the things that interfere with the normal everyday concerns of a person or their community whether the concern is trivial or serious in nature. The Circle may be applied safely and confidentially to resolve conflicts, misconceptions, disagreements or deeper problems. It can be taken as both, an opening or a closing of a door, depending on the individual’s circumstances or the objective in mind. A Talking Circle is a place of comfort, wisdom, security and redress. It is where people come in search for new directions, abandoning the old, making amends, righting the wrongs and establishing new pathways for tomorrow. It is a sacred place that is usually directed by a Circle leader, a mentor or a person of distinct nature and attachment to the spirit realm who intervenes and directs the flow of collective energies in the Circle. The Talking Circle consists of a number of people, ranging from two to twenty for the best results, gathered together in a circular formation to share ideas, hopes, dreams, cares and energies in total unity and a sacred connection to one another. It is also a place where individuals come to seek help, support, healing and understanding for any particular discomfort or instability they may have, or has been with them for some time. The Circle is a protective shield of honesty, trust and comfort.
The material brought to the Circle is usually private, personal and/or confidential. As a general rule therefore, all material heard in the Circle stays in the Circle, unless a waiver or consent has been rendered beforehand.
The description of how and why First Nations People use the Talking Circle, designed and produced by Pat Paul, to restore harmony to their communities was written by the publisher and editor of the Wulustuk Times, a monthly publication, Pat Paul. It was published in the November 2007 issue of the paper. Pat is a member of the Maliseet First Nation Community of Tobique, located in New Brunswick, Canada.
Should the Plan be adopted and approved by the CCPS Party Congress, the Sôgmô will prepare a draft law that will speak to the powers, procedures, meetings, and other such elements of the democratic Council.