The Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift is a long-term plan of the Central People’s Government of the State of Sandus which hopes to curtail the functionary constitutional powers and responsibilities of the Office of the Sôgmô in preparation for his departure for graduate school. First considered on 21 May 2016 by a public address from the Sôgmô, it was submitted to the Council of the State of Sandus on 23 July for the Council’s consideration and ratification. Following its ratification on 18 August 2016, its provision began to have the force of law while the plan was prepared for
The Philia Plan can be viewed here. Below is a summary of the plan, its provisions, and the next steps and projected dates of completion which will be taken by the Central People’s Government for the full execution of the plan.
- Vision for Sandum Society: “This plan envisions a future for the State of Sandus which encourages diversity on an intranational level that will facilitate the broader social and political aims of this plan. For this reason, this vision of Sandum society comes first.” The plan reaffirms Sandus’s own national interests, as opposed to Sandum statal interests as a result of Sandus’s social system, yet seeks to continue to incorporate Sandum identity and make it broader. The plan hopes to inspire a cultural renaissance on par with the cultural renaissance of 2011/2012.
- the Gens System: Gentes shall be created so that in the future, if political circumstances should warrant it, an extraordinary parliament of the Senate might be called to by-pass the constitutional system of Sandus. New administrative records must be created in the Tabulae Sande to reflect these changes; elections must take place for gentes to elect a parens and gentes with only one citizen must be conglomerated with others. (by mid-September)
- Simplification of the Anthropological Polity: Reduce Sandum activation energy and to move to more cultural methods.
- Relaxing Activation Energy — or, the Decentralisation of Sagamorial Functions:
- Scribe: a new official in the scribe must be chosen and appointed. (by November)
- Devolving Provincial Government — the role of Curiae and Praetors: Curiae for the provinces must be established, hopefully at the prerogative of the facilitator and secretary; these curiae must elect praetors. (by December)
- Establishing new ministries — the Gendarmerie and Diplomatic Affairs: the Gendarmerie was not ratified, while the Ministry of Diplomatic Affairs has been created and the minister, Jacob Barnet, has been appointed; protocols must be written and approved (by October)
- Affirming the Independence of the Facilitator and the Party Secretary
- Imperium — the Realist principle on the exercise of power: devolution of political power does not mean a break from the Sôgmô’s power, but a voluntary extension of þess political power to them which can be used as a means of popular sovereignty by the People to exercise political control over the State of Sandus in the Sôgmô’s possible future period of inactivity; the only proposed office of this plan expected to be active is the office of the Scribe
- the Ultimate Question: The People of the State of Sandus continue to have the option to vote against the Sôgmô’s legitimacy, force him to abdicate, and institute a new constitutional regime or republic.
- For a New, Coherent Citizenship Law: The Sôgmô and the Secretary will work to draft and to ratify a new law for citizenship in the State of Sandus to replace the current law and various decrees and to make a few changes, such as establishing the punitive status of exile (by October)
- Constitution Project: The Sôgmô will begin to develop a new interactive graphic for Sandum citizens to learn about the nature of Sandus’s unwritten constitution. (by January)