Being a citizen of the State of Sandus enables you to be an active participant in the proceedings of our government, to shape our nation’s project, and to live a culturally independent life. Citizenship allows you to take part in all Sandum coöperatives, reap the benefits of your labour as a Sandum citizen, and to be part of a revolutionary micronation.
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About Sandum Citizenship
Sandum citizenship is divided into three categories with all three possessing the same basic rights of citizens. The three categories—in English known as full citizenship, social citizenship, and peregrine citizenship—were created by the March 2012 Act on Citizenship and amended by a subsequent law (the January 2018 Law on Citizenship & Immigration) and two sagamorial decrees (the July 2013 Decree on Socilivae and the August 2014 Decree on Peregrae and Socilivae sine suffragio). To become a citizen, applicants have to show that they affirm the principles of Sandum Philosophy, have a citizen attest to their good faith and character or to write a statement of purpose, and be elected a member by a majority vote in the Council. Dual micronational citizenship is strictly forbidden for all Sandum citizens, and Sandum nationals must wait one month as a peregrine citizen before they can become full citizens.
Full Citizens or cives enjoy all rights and are Sandum nationals
Social Citizens or socii enjoy all rights, though their suffrage in national elections is conditional on charity taxes, and are nationals of a member-state of the Social System, but not of Sandus
Peregrine Citizens or peregrini enjoy all rights but one, that is, suffrage in national elections, and are newly elected citizens and Sandum nationals
For a more detailed description of all rights, see below.
Under a newly planned decree, new categories of citizenship will be created, as well as a new category comparable to residency called “adjacency.” Peregrine citizenship will be made the citizenship exclusively for new citizens.
Sandum-adjacent people will be more akin to residents found in other countries. Though their rights in Sandus have not yet been spelled out, they will have most social, cultural, and economic rights in Sandus but no political rights.
Royal citizenship is given to members of the Sandum Royal Family, including heirs’ families, by the Sôgmô’s grant. No rights are granted to royals, though royal citizenship does give royals an easier process for becoming fully-fledged citizens of Sandus.
What Can Citizens Do?
Being a citizen of the State of Sandus means that you are a member of our micronation’s body politic. Since we live in a thriving republican micronation with three distinct branches of government (and then some!), citizenship allows you to take part in a multitude of ways in our government and in Sandum society. Citizens also enjoy access to a unique micronational culture, share a pensive yet caring vision for the world around them, and we seek to change our world from the roots up with radical compassion. Despite being a small micronation, our citizens are dedicated and motivated—do you have the same dedication and motivation?
All citizens make the same affirmations by law that make up the basis of our national philosophy. As citizens,
We believe that all people suffer, that our country seeks to alleviate that suffering.
We believe that workers should own the corpus of production in which they labour.
We believe that the public should own the means of production.
We believe in the rights of citizens and all public freedoms.
We believe that Sandus should be free, liberal, and tolerant.
We believe in our country’s republican constitution.
We believe in the tripartite Sandum Philosophy: Buddhism, Socialism, and Sancta.
We believe in our country’s political theories: Libera, Realism, Philia, and Autarky.
Citizenship allows you to take part in Sandum culture that you both define and are defined by. Take part in our more than 300 holidays, attend discussions and engage with other like-minded intellectuals, and mark important moments with ceremonies in Sandum custom together with other citizens. Citizens allows you access to take part in a wide-range of social and cultural events in the country, and also allows you the right to call Sandus “home” with us.
As a socialist country, we also afford our citizens the ability to work and to organise according to a wide-range of economic interests. Sandum citizens have economic representation from the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, take part in half a dozen coöperatives, and interact with one another to share information and knowledge on matters that affect us, our families, and our homes.
Coöperatives of the State of Sandus
- Collegium Sacerdotum (religion, philosophy, and culture)
- Tellus Agrarian Coöperative (horticultural and nature)
- Erganê Artisanal Coöperative (arts and crafts)
- State Media Coöperative (print and audiovisual media)
- Sports Club Federation – Fédérations des clubs sportifs (sports and gaming)
The Central People’s Government (CPG), the primary governing arm of the State of Sandus under the Sôgmô, also operates like a coöperative. It includes ministries on diplomatic affairs with other micronations and the wider world, on human and environmental health, and on our country’s finances. As a citizen, you have the ability to take part in our country’s government through the CPG and as a member of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, and all citizens automatically can vote and serve in the Council of the State of Sandus, our direct democratic assembly.
Citizens are what make and motivate our country. Without citizens like you, our country would not exist—and certainly not exist as steadfast and rigorous people for the values that drive us. If you agree with the affirmations of citizens or want to know more about the State of Sandus, please either complete a citizenship application and/or send the Honourable Sôgmô an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizens’ Rights in Sandus
All citizens enjoy the “rights of life,” a series of rights traditionally afforded to citizens under the Founding Law of the State of Sandus in Articles 4 and 5. These rights have been expanded and elaborated on over time with the extension of suffrage in the Council to include all citizens, regardless of citizenship, and suffrage in national elections that was given to social citizens in particular by the August 2014 sagamorial decree. These rights come in five overlapping legal categories: political rights, social rights, cultural rights, economic rights, and legal equality.
- Political Rights:
- Right to Petition the Sôgmô
- Right to Vote in the Council (historically derived from the Right to Petition)
- Right to Vote in National Elections (full citizens and social citizens who meet the conditions for suffrage set up by law only)
- Right to Apply for Social Citizenship
- Social Rights:
- Right to Rest
- Right to Care in Old Age and Sickness
- Right to Education
- Right to Culture
- Right to Expression
- Right to Conscience
- Right to Protection from the State (Freedom from persecution, oppression)
- Right to Inviolability of the Home (Privacy)
- Economic Rights:
- Right to Work
- Right to Rest
- Right to Housing
- Legal Equality
Are There Obligations?
In Sandus, there are only a few obligations that citizens must complete.
First, every season citizens must donate or volunteer for an altruistic cause, such as the greater good of their community or an organisation that serves the underprivileged. This “charity tax” is due at every equinox and solstice, though there is no quota that one has to meet. When you become a citizen, you should be notified a few days before each solstice or equinox. Social citizens’ suffrage, however, is conditional on completing some amount of charity tax for at least half of the year.
Second, citizens should complete all necessary census information when a census or demographic survey takes place.
Third, while not strictly an obligation, every citizen should make an effort to be active in Sandus. What this means is being present and participating from time to time in Sandum society, Sandum chats and events, and important political moments in Sandus, such as elections and the Party’s congresses. Inactivity may be grounds to have your citizenship revoked.
Note on Language:
The categories of citizenship are frequently known by their Latin names civis, socius, and peregrinus. Before Latin became Sandus’s third official language, a constructed language called Sancta was used. In April 2015, Sancta was exchanged with Latin as the third official Sandum language and changes were made in May 2015 to the legal corpus that updates the use of language. Prior to May 2015, the classes were as follows:
Full or civis citizenship was known as civilo;
Partial or socius citizenship was known as socilivo;
Auxiliary or peregrinus citizenship was known as peregro.
Some information on the State of Sandus’s Sandus.org website may use the former terminology.