VII Party Congress concludes, von Friedeck elected for fourth term

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The Citizens’ Party of Sandus has concluded its Seventh Party Congress, despite a record low turnout. The Party met under the slogan “Uniting the Proletarian Nation” and focused on policies to reinvigorate the Sandum nation and to encourage activity in the part of Sandum citizens and Party members. The five-point agenda focused on national activity, the composition of the Central Committee, the Party Platform, a Party award, and the election of a new Party Secretary.

The discussion focused predominantly on the matter of the first point of the agenda, “Strengthening national unity and citizen involvement through the Party.” Participants of the congress focused on three areas of possibly development: top-down or statist solutions, bottom-up or grassroots solutions, and Party-specific solutions.

The statist solutions included the improvement of Sandum infrastructure, focusing especially on the creation of a Sandum mailing list and other infrastructure. The Sôgmô discussed in particular the creation of a Privy Council and establishing a rotating schedule of informal “tea” chats, where Sandum citizens would be encouraged to take part and to talk with other citizens. In addition, the congress also focused on the question of determining if every citizen’s interests were met by the current mission of the State of Sandus; this solution, meant to raise national consciousness and to open up a discussion on the purpose of the micronation, was considered alongside the Party-specific solution of surveys. Further statist solutions included a new initiative to expand citizenry and to even invite new Sandum citizens in accordance with Sandum laws, and to reward citizens’ and Party members’ activity through the work of the CCE.

There was only one bottom-up or grassroot solution, namely to have the Central People’s government to arrange a projection which an individual citizen could do. Such a project can take any form, including cultural, personal, and political, and the Sôgmô offered þess previous ideas of a photo journalism project on national cuisine and religious life in Sandus.

The Party-specific solutions focused on two broad areas of interest for the Party: the Commission for the Command Economy (CCE) and a disciplinary apparatus for members. The idea of having the CCE survey Sandum citizens was related to discussion concerning the purpose and interests of the Sandum State, while an idea for economic activity rubrics was related to discussion of rewards for citizens’ and Party members’ activity. A disciplinary system of the Party, like those found in other political parties, was floated to encourage activity in Sandus. Related to discipline, the Party resolved that Party members must perform 1-2 projects per year and that, by doing so, members would receive certain tangible benefits. Punishments for inactivity were not discussed.

The Party Secretary discussed his appointment of two provisional members to the Party’s Central Committee, in accordance with the constitution, but declined to discuss the subject further because of the Congress’s low turnout. It was not clear whether or not the Central Committee would continue as a sitting body as the Party Secretary sought the approval of the Party Congress. Nevertheless, he stated that both he and the Sôgmô agreed that það would not be a member of the Central Committee, “lest the constitutional balance be disrupted.”

Following several years of promises, the Party Secretary reiterated that the Party will draft a Party Platform and expects it to be prepared for ratification within six months.

The last agenda point for discussion was the two leaders’ plans for an award given by the Party, known as the “Gracchus Prize.” The Congress resolved to create the award, which will be bestowed by the Party Congress each year, and to authorise the Central Committee to consider criteria for the prize. Future nominees will be proposed on the level of the Central Committee while the Party Congress will have final authority to ratify the honour.

At last, the Party held its necessary annual election for the position of Party Secretary, the highest office in the Party and the second-highest office in the State of Sandus and the Central People’s Government. With no other candidates for the office and with none in opposition, Adam Camillus von Friedeck was elected to a fourth term as Secretary of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus by unanimous acclamation.

Party Secretary appoints Central Committee ahead of Party Congress

The Party Secretary of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, Adam Camillus von Friedeck, has appointed two provisional members of the Central Committee of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus ahead of the Party’s plenary congress on 4 November 2017. Hatsu Ryuho and Jacob Barnet Pharmacologus Σαρκαστικός were appointed members of the Party’s Central Committee ahead of the Congress in order to vote on the membership of a new candidate.

It is the first time the Party’s Central Committee will sit as a fully constituted body, although the Party’s Constitution was ratified in December 2016 by a Party-wide referendum. According to the Party’s Constitution, the Party Secretary has entire authority over the appointment of the Central Committee. All new members of the Party must have their candidacy for membership approved by the Central Committee, according to the constitution.

It is expected that the CPS Secretary will address the congress on the appointment and composition of the Central Committee, as well as on members’ engagement in the State of Sandus and the Party and on the Party Platform.

View the agenda of the Party Congress 2017 here.

the Honourable Order of Athena Pronoea established

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The emblem of the order is the distinctive three-column ruin of the tholos from the sanctuary of Athena Pronaea at Delphi.

The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola has decreed the foundation of a new order of honour in the State of Sandus, the Honourable Order of Athena Pronoea. The order becomes the second such order of honour in Sandus, after the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus.

Read the edict establishing the order here.

The order is to dignify Sandum citizens’ “graduation of education,” meaning that the order celebrates educational achievements in the State of Sandus. Its motto similarly reflects the wisdom attained through education and through the sort of intellectual inquiry encouraged by Sandum culture. The motto is from Plato’s Apology, when Socrates says “ὅτι ἃ μὴ οἶδα οὐδὲ οἴομαι εἰδέναι” (“since I do not think that I know that which I do not know”).

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It has five ranks and one unranked medal and mirrors the accomplishment of secondary and tertiary levels of education. The lowest rank, “Associate,” is designated for Associate’s degrees and similar degrees, followed by “Member” for Bachelor’s degrees. Associates receive the postnominal letters AΑθΠ while Members receive MΑθΠ. Next, Master’s degrees receive the rank of “Knights” with letters KΑθΠ, while Doctor’s degrees receive the “Commander” rank with CΑθΠ and Ph.D. degrees receive “Commander First Class” with 1e CΑθΠ.

The letters ΑθΠ stand for the name of the order’s matron, Athena Pronoea (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόνοια). The order also has the patron Thoth (Θώθ), also known by his Kemetic name Djehuty.

The ribbons, which delineate the different ranks of membership in the order, are composed of the order’s unofficial colours: white, gold, and pink. The white and gold are esteemed colours used in Sandus to signify the Collegium Sacerdotum and have been historically used to refer to Sandus’s matron goddess and national symbol, Athena. The cherry blossom pink refers to the perfection of wisdom and to the lotus flower, a Buddhist symbol of knowledge and wisdom.

Certificates, ribbons, and mentions in dispatches may be made to commemorate particular individual educational achievements, including membership in educational honour societies and fraternities, awards, scholarships, and fellowships.

The order also has a feast day dedicated to the patron of the order, Thoth, which is on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Tibetan calendar.

Currently, all Sandum citizens but one are eligible for membership of some sort in the Order of Athena Pronoea. Five are eligible for Associate membership, while two are eligible for the rank of Member. Three are eligible to become Knights, while one is eligible to become a Commander First Class.

Decisions of the Ninth Session of the Council in 2017

The Ninth Session of the Council in the Administrative Year 2017 lasted from 6 September to 5 October 2017.

The Sôgmô established the new Sandum capital, Quercus Candida.
The Sôgmô gave þess first economic command for the Armilustrium.

There were no decisions made by the Council.

This was the third month of Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho’s three-month term. A new election will now be called.

Facilitator Hatsu Ryuho

Sôgmô issues First Economic Command for the Armilustrium

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The Armilustrium is Sandus’s oldest and most important cultural holiday.

The Sôgmô has issued Sandus’s first economic command, thereby inaugurating the Sandum command economy, since the Commission for the Command Economy’s meeting this past summer on the economy. The command calls upon workers of the Collegium Sacerdotum, Tellus Agrarian, and Erganê Artisanal Cooperatives and interested Sandum citizens to celebrate the Sandum fall holiday, the Armilustrium, on 19 October and from then to 22 October 2017. If the State and the worker agree to terms, the worker will receive $10 USD plus be reimbursed for up to $20 USD in costs.

The command asks that they provide a description of their activities related to the holiday and of how the activities can be used in the future as a Sandum tradition.

The Armilustrium has long been considered Sandus’s most important cultural holiday. A Roman festival, of the same name, was held outside the walls of the city of Rome, where returning legions would wash (lustrate) their weapons in a ceremonial way—as if removing blood guilt from their arms. As Sandus does not have a military and is a pacifist nation, Sandum citizens instead customarily wash their books—symbols of Sandus’s own sort of intellectual combat—and clean their homes. In the evening, they then enjoy a feast. For the first time, the holiday is being extended by the government to encompass the Gregorian weekend.

The results of the Sôgmô’s first economic command will be shared by Veritum Sandus after the Armilustrium.

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TO: members of the Collegium Sacerdotum, Tellus Agrarian, and Erganê Artisanal Cooperatives; interested citizens

1. PURPOSE: to celebrate the Armilustrium, the Autumnal festival

2. DIRECTION:
Be commanded that the Armilustrium should be celebrated in anyway you please on 19 October 2017, or from then until 22 October 2017, whether by arts & crafts, food, or otherwise
Be commanded that you draw up a brief description of your proposed festivities
Be commanded that your festivities point to possible future traditions to be shared in common by the Sandum People

3. REIMBURSEMENT: In accordance with the decision of the 18 June 2017 meeting of the Commission for the Command Economy, this command is a contract between individual workers and the State of Sandus.
If you will do as commanded, you will receive $10 USD plus the operational costs (not exceeding $20), or other reimbursement of equal value.

4. ARBITRATION: We are obliged to inform you that the Citizens’ Party of Sandus and its secretary oversee questions related to equity of work and reimbursement.

C. SOERGEL PUBLICOLA, SÔGMÔ

Sôgmô confirme sa participation au Sommet de l’OMF

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L’Honorable Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola confirme sa participation au sommet de l’Organisation de la MicroFrancophone en juillet 2018, où se trouveront plusieurs micronations francophones du monde entier. Le sommet aura lieu à Vincennes, près de Paris, le 21 et 22 juillet 2018.

Það a confirmé sa voyage vers la France par Islande, pays plus et plus important à la culture sande. Il va rester à Reykjavík pour trois jours, avant qu’il partira pour Paris.

Comme micronation trilingue, það va répresenter la culture sande entière et ses trois langues officielles, mais chaque fois en français pour respecter le but de l’OMF.

Soergel Publicola espère de faire les liens entre l’expérience expatriée et l’expérience sande, car le Sandus est pays ni américain, ni francophone, ni canadien, ni européen … il est totalement sande, pays anglophone mais francophone par choix. Það va explorer l’anthropologie sociolinguistique pour expliquer le sens et l’identité sande, contrairement aux explications de notre philosophie, ce qui est une mode normale pour expliquer le Sandus.


The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola has confirmed his attendance at the OMF Summit in July 2018, when several Francophone micronations from around the world will be represented. The summit will take place in Vincennes, near Paris, on 21 and 22 July 2018.

Það has confirmed his voyage to France through Iceland, a country which has become increasingly significant to Sandum culture. They will stay in Reykjavík for three days before continuing on to Paris.

As a trilingual micronation, það will represent the entirety of Sandum culture and its three official languages, but always in French in order to respect the purpose of the OMF.

Soergel Publicola hopes to make connections between the expat experience and the Sandum experience, since Sandus is a country which is neither American, nor French-speaking per se, nor Canadian, nor European… It is, instead, completely Sandum, an Anglophone country by French-speaking by choice. Það will explore socio-linguistic anthropology to explain the sense and the Sandum identity, in contract to previous explanations of our philosophy, which is the normal method for explaining Sandus.

Equinox Report: A Season of Changes, A Lifetime of Sandum Traditions

The vernal equinox marks, in Sandus, the beginning of the cultural season—the winter, when our “doors are kept shut.” It is a moment of time when Sandus prepares for its most important cultural holidays: the Armilustrium, the Party’s Congress, Athena’s Day, the Winter holidays. But it is also a time of self-reflection and an inward turning toward Sandus.

The summer is always a very much diplomatic period for us. But this past season saw tremendously significant diplomatic and international events. The Sôgmô attended and presented at MicroCon 2017 and was awarded not an insignificant number of medals. One of our Sandum citizens publicly came out as a trans woman, and the entire country celebrated her; on the other hand, Sandus—along with several allies—condemned the US president’s decision to ban transgender servicepeople from the American military. We significantly reshaped our conceptions of the Sandum constitution, and formed the State Media Cooperative. The Sôgmô published a Sagamorial Consideration of the United States’ controversy over Confederate statues, especially after the attack in Charlottesville. On the more decorous end of our public work, we also created four instances of gentry among Sandum citizens.

The time now is to turn toward Sandum traditions and our culture, however. Yesteryear’s Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift encouraged the move toward a cultural state. The constitution of Sandus will remain unchanged, but the conception guiding Sandus shall now be more focused on culture and less on our own state-building. Now, more than ever, this is needed for Sandus.

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BREAKING: Sandus breaks another Charity Tax Record
Sandus has broken yet another tax record, a year after its extraordinary record. The cornerstone of Sandus’s philanthropic mission, charity taxes, have significantly grown in the past season. This season’s charity taxes are rather more than those of the seasons in the past year, that is, those seasons since last Summer’s extraordinary donations of $1,118 USD. This season, $1,462.41 USD have been donated to charity, while 92 hours of work has been done in volunteering.

These numbers significantly surpass, and even double, the last year’s donations, with $604 and 99 hours in Spring, $395 and 62 hours in Winter, and $677 and 74 hours from last Autumn. Volunteering trends have continued, encompassing tutoring, organisational volunteer work, and other small acts of philanthropy.

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The Coat of Arms of the new Sandum province, Quercus Candida.

New Province, New Capital:
Kremlum Sandus, the traditional heartland of Sandus since 2009, is no longer the official seat of power in the State of Sandus. Quercus Candida, Sandus’s new capital, was established this morning, on the Equinox, one month after the Sôgmô moved to þess new university to pursue a PhD. in ancient history.

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La Microfrancophonie ensemble: le Sôgmô est avec le ministre-président de Saint-Castin, Dominic Desaintes-Bellemare, et le prince d’Aigues-Mortes, Jean Pierre IV.

MicroCon 2017:
In this past season, the Sôgmô travelled to Atlanta from MicroCon 2017 with the President-Minister of St.Castin, a close Sandum friend and ally who is also a member of l’Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie. While there, það met with Sandus’s close Francophone allies and partners, including the Prince and Princess of Aigues-Mortes, met new micronationalists, and formed new friendships on behalf of Sandus.

Trans Rights, a Summer of Despair and Liberation:
The Summer has been tumultuous in terms of LGBTQ+ rights in the United States, our close partner in the condominium, but Sandus has cause to celebrate. Sandus and a throng of its allies condemned the decision of the US president to restrict transgender servicepeople from the US military. One of our citizens came out as transgender, reminding us of the immense bravery it takes to take such a leap—especially in such a political and social climate. An editorial was published, as well, listing Sandus’s own trans history.

Yet, this upcoming season is a time to remember our politics and the humanitarian mission of the Sandum State. In November, we have celebrate Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) since 2011, when the State of Sandus was founded. In Sandus today, trans history is Sandum history, and we are ever cognisant of that fact.

CCE & SMC—Developing Sandus’s Economic Framework:
The economic framework of the State of Sandus was updated in the past season to now reflect a new model of employment and work in the State of Sandus. The Commission for the Command Economy (CCE) met for the first time to approve the new appointment-based employment in the State of Sandus, whereby a citizen may be a worker of multiple organs at once and receive a basic salary of 8¶c from each appointment—a salary which can be used to purchase products based on conversion to other currencies from the Sandum circulatory persuma. The CCE also established a basic system of commands, whereby the Sôgmô may issue an economic command to be completed by Sandum workers of a particular cooperative. The CCE also approved the Sôgmô’s budget, which encourages Sandum cooperative to help to contribute to Sandum culture through specific initiatives.

In addition to the CCE, the Sôgmô established a pan-media cooperative, the State Media Cooperative. The SMC will undertake management of media organs in the State of Sandus, whereas those media organs derived from other cooperatives (Sacerdotiumthe Voice of Sandus, etc.) will have their editorial management overseen by the affiliated cooperative.

Future Plans: Affirming Our Culture through Holidays & Traditions
Following in the developments of the CCE this past Summer, the Sôgmô has signalled that the first economic command will be send to members of the economic cooperatives and the cultural cooperative of the Collegium Sacerdotum to plan for celebrating the Armilustrium (19 October). Following this, and pursuant to the budget approved by the CCE, more projects will be enacted to encourage participation in other significant Sandum holidays—from the Armilustrium to Athena’s Day and the Winter Holidays.

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Awarding the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus—Addressing the Backlist:
Awards of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus (MHOTS) have been on a backlist since 2011, when the order was established. Some recipients have received their awards, while many others have now. Finally, the Sovereign of the order, the Sôgmô, will work to address this backlist and to send out the medal and associated paraphernalia to recipients of the honour. After MicroCon 2017, we have seen just how significant and important these marks of distinction and honours are.

In addition to the order, other honours are being planned for the State of Sandus. There are, in addition to the practical awarding of instances of nobility, the awards to be given by the Party and Council, as well as a new order for Sandum citizens only in recognition of their academic achievements.

Sôgmô establishes new Capital Province

Coat of Arms of Quercus Candida

Exactly a month after moving to the area, the Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola has established a new province as the seat of the Sandum government around the area in which það attends university as a graduate student. The new province’s name, Quercus Candida, was chosen by a popular decision of Sandum citizens in the Council.

The name, which is Latin for “Glistening-White Oak,” is based off of the Algonquin name, Giwitatigweiasibi, for the Huron River which flows near the province. The river was named after a burnt oak tree, presumably in the area, but this name was considered to be too dark for the name of Sandus’s new capital. Instead, to reflect traditional Sandum notions of rebirth and hope, the decision was made to name the province “White Oak” after the national colour.

Following the Sandum Sovereign Gradient Condominium theory, there is a central focus of sovereignty, while the periphery extends to encompass a bounded territory as sovereignty diminishes further away from the focus. The focus is centred on the Sôgmô’s residence and office, and emphasises as well the immediate locality of þess livelihood in the province including þess new Tibetan Buddhist temple.

The new province replaces Kremlum Sandus Province as the capital of the State of Sandus, which ceased to be the capital when the Sôgmô moved in August. It is centred around Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.