Voice of Sandus

The Journal of the Citizens' Party of Sandus

Report on the 2020 Party Congress

by Überstadt

On 7 November 2020, the Citizens’ Party of Sandus held its tenth Party Congress, followed by a conference featuring Sandum and foreign speakers.

The Party reelected Adam Camillus von Friedeck as Secretary, discussed a wide range of political issues, and referred to committee questions about the Common Economy and the agenda of the Borean Community. An emphasis throughout the Congress was the connection between the Party’s domestic work and Sandus’s foreign relations.

The Congress occurred over voice and video call, with 66% of Party members attending.

Election of the Party Secretary
Action: Secretary von Friedeck reelected by acclamation

Party Secretary Adam Camillus von Friedeck stood unopposed for reelection. The Party confirmed him by acclamation, launching his seventh term as Secretary.

The Common Economy: Economic organizations
Action: Questions of economic organization referred to committee

The Congress considered steps for further developing the Common Economy between Sandus and Überstadt. The two states are to conclude agreements on economic organizations (e.g. cooperatives and state enterprises) and on a monetary system.

The Congress agreed that the parties must decide which economic entities are to be owned and managed by the state (as enterprises or state cooperatives) versus the workers (as workers’ cooperatives). Possible factors for assigning existing entities to each category include whom production serves and whether the product is tangible or intangible.

Other concerns included whether to immediately change how Sandum cooperatives function upon reaching the next Common Economy agreement or to have a transitional period; the level of formalized management desirable in a cooperative, including both processes and leadership; making certain cooperatives binational between Sandus and Überstadt; and designating certain cooperatives as culturally significant.

The Congress referred these matters to a committee to be appointed by the Secretary.

Invigorating the Sandum cooperatives and other matters of Sandum labor
No formal action taken; these and related issues to be addressed during Common Economy negotiations and through Party recruiting

The Congress considered ways to promote citizens’ activity in Sandum cooperatives. Ideas discussed included each cooperative publishing lists of work ideas for interested workers, creating inventories of resources available to workers, and creating a national labor newsletter to inform citizens of the cooperatives’ activities and opportunities.

This conversation led to deep discussion of what constitutes “Sandum labor,” or what makes a citizens’ labor Sandum. One possible factor agreed upon by many present was that performing labor with the intention that it will be Sandum makes it so; that is, what the Sandum people consciously do is Sandum labor. One participant suggested that the Party should promote citizens to undertake intentional Sandum labor.

Attendees agreed that the Common Economy negotiations will need to reach a common understanding of what constitutes labor within the economy.

Party administration: The Central Committee and recruiting
No formal action taken; Secretary to hold Comrades’ Klatsches on the Party and its platform

The Congress considered matters of Party administration, including the composition of the Central Committee and ways to grow Party membership.

Participants discussed whether membership of the Central Committee should be periodically changed, as well as whether the Honourable Sôgmô should become a non-voting member ex officio. Those present largely agreed that the Central Committee, as the Party’s bureaucracy, should include only the most active members who take on Party projects and do regular work for Sandus.

Another discussion considered ways to promote Party membership to Sandum workers. Multiple people noted that most citizens may not understand what the Party does or how it would benefit to join. The Party Secretary agreed that the Party and its platform would be suitable topics for upcoming Comrades’ Klatsches.

Party discipline and activity
No formal action taken; matters to be considered as part of work on new Party constitution

The Congress considered Party discipline and activity by members. Those present agreed that Party members should be obligated to maintain some level of intentional Sandum activity and should not hold ideologies detrimental to the Party and State, ensuring the protection of both civil rights and Sandus. Members also discussed creating a probationary status for inactive Party members to encourage them to continue contributing to Sandus and having members keep records of their work.

International relations
Action: Referred development of Borean Community agenda to committee

The Congress considered international relations in a level of detail not seen since before 2014, signaling its intention to take a more proactive role in Sandum foreign policy. The Secretary acknowledged his long-time de facto role in advising the Honourable Sôgmô on foreign affairs, but indicated that the Party would become more involved. Foreign Minister Artemis Baca, present as a Party member, said that the Party should have some say in foreign relations, especially with regard to political affairs.

Proposals to increase the Party’s activity in this policy area included advising the Foreign Ministry on political priorities and conducting bilateral relations with foreign leftist parties. Attendees saw a role for the Party in discussing leftist concerns in the new Borean Community of progressive micronations. The Congress decided to form a committee to help the President of the Borean Community (presently Health Minister Jacob Barnet Pharmacologus Σαρκαστικός) draft an agenda for Sandus’s year with the rotating presidency.

Party constitution and platform
Action: Secretary to form committee to propose new constitution

The Congress considered the need for a new constitution and platform for the Party. Both are several years old, neglect topics now considered important, and do not account for the Party’s evolving role.

It was agreed that the Party Secretary will organize committees to put a new constitution to a Party vote by the March equinox and prepare a new platform for approval at next year’s Congress.

Party Announces Plans for 2020 CPS Party Congress

by veritumsandus

Comrade Party Secretary Adam Camillus von Friedeck and Comrade Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola have unveiled the logo for this year’s Party Congress for the Citizens’ Party of Sandus. The Party will meet under the slogan « reïmagining socialist labour & a new internationalism » that also presents a synthesised look at the congress’s agenda. This year’s Party Congress will occur on the National Day of Socialism (7 November), an auspicious date.

Party Congresses normally occur on a Saturday close to the National Day of Socialism, and only the very first Party Congress occurred on the National Day of Socialism back in 2012.

The agenda, which has yet to be formally published, will cover three topics:

  • Economic Reforms to Coöperatives & Working on the Common Economy
  • Party Organisation and the Introduction of Party Discipline
  • The Borean Community and other Anti-Fascist International Efforts

There will also be a change of venue as the Party Congress moves from online chat rooms to a voice-chat hybrid either on Zoom or Discord.

It is unclear at this time whether international participants will be welcome to observe or take part in the proceedings, but at the very least a “conference” component (much like the 2013 Party Conference) will take place. Invitations will be extended to close Sandum friends and allies, as well as to left-wing micronations and micronational leftist parties generally.

The Party’s annual congresses are some of the most productive and, like the Armilustrium, most festive occasions in our country. In 2019, the Sôgmô held a dinner with fellow workers where það works that featured “socialist carolling”—singing traditional and contemporary labour hymns, chants, marches, and anthems. While present circumstances forbid such a dinner, það has expressed a desire to have a virtual “movie night” before and/or after the Party Congress.

We will announce more updates as they occur.

Report on the 2019 Party Congress

by Überstadt

On 10 and 11 November, the Citizens’ Party of Sandus held its annual Congress with the theme of “Approaching the Common Economy.” The assembled members of the Party approved multiple motions and held open discussion on topics of importance to Sandum workers. Attendees noted this year’s high level of participating, with most Party members making an appearance.

After the customary playing of the Internationale, Party Secretary Adam Camillus von Friedeck delivered brief opening remarks. He praised the progress being made on forming an economic union (the Common Economy) within the Social System shared with his home country of Überstadt. He also celebrated political achievements being made by leftists around North America and the world, including the surprise victory of socialist Seattle councilmember in her reelection bid.

The Congress then deliberated over Secretary von Friedeck’s outline for the treaty establishing the Common Economy. Following minor edits and reaching a consensus on the composition of the economic governing body, the outline was adopted by a unanimous vote. A full draft will go to a direct vote of the Sandum and Überstadti peoples in December.

The annual election of the Party Secretary then occurred. Secretary von Friedeck stood unopposed and was elected to his sixth term by acclamation.

For the remainder of the Saturday session, Party members considered ways to confront the burgeoning far-right movement in the places they live and in the micronational community. Discussion also began on a mutual-aid system to benefit Sandum workers.

The Secretary reconvened the Congress on Sunday for a special vote approving the list of candidates for sagamorial succession. This passed unanimously.

CCE Meeting: 17 September 2019

by veritumsandus

Members present at the 17 September meeting of the Commission for the Command Economy were: Party Secretary Adam Camillus von Friedeck, Gaius Soergel Publicola, and Hatsu Ryuho.

Members had a two-point agenda: to discuss the backing and value of the laf (based off of the Old English word for loaf), which is the future economic union’s currency, and the governance of the proposed economic union.

1. the Laf
Members continued to discuss the backing of the laf as a continued discussion from their last meeting. At the last meeting, two arguments were made for a fiat currency and for a backed currency with some sort of standard. At this meeting, members recalled those arguments and discussed the problems of acquiring and maintaining that standard versus valuing the currency by fiat.

There was general consensus that the laf will not be backed by a standard for practical reasons, such as the logistics and expense of acquiring and maintaining a standard, as well as for reasons of principle, that is, that citizens in a socialist micronation should trust the people’s currency. It was decided that the laf should be pegged to the United States Dollar (USD) exchange value of one bushel of wheat, currently priced at $5.14 USD, in recognition that the laf is conceptually concerned with the means of the people’s sustenance as a matter of human right.

2. the Governance of the Economic Union
Members discussed the future government of the economic union between Sandus and Überstadt. As it concerns CivBanca, the current Sandum State Bank that will be made independent of the State of Sandus upon the ratification of the economic union’s articles, members agreed that CivBanca (possibly with the same name) will be the union’s central and commercial bank. The CCE in the future will appoint a governor to oversee the bank and the bank’s transactions will be carried out by that official. Moreover, while each individual member of the economic will remain responsible for its budget, the CCE alone will decide to print money. A new system will be devised by the future governor of the bank to make accessing one’s bank account and transacting business with one’s bank account easier.

As it concerns both agenda points, it was decided that when the economy shifts over to a new system, all persumae in the bank will be replaced with an equivalent value of lafas.

3. Next Meeting
The next meeting of the CCE will take place on 7 October 2019.

[Song] The Sandum Carmagnola

by veritumsandus

The Carmagnola is a song from the French revolutionary era that evokes the deaths of king Louis XIV and queen Marie-Antoinette. This song has been reinterpreted by other French revolutions and it has been reinvented today for the State of Sandus. The American president and members of his administration figure in this new Sandum Carmagnola that reflects Sandum citizens’ hatred of the Amiercan xenophobic conservative government.

The first stanza is about the recent tweets from President Trump that described Baltimore, a city near the Sandum heartland, as “rat infested,” but one can find out that Donald Trump and his cadres are the only rats. The second gives the president’s name as “Monsieur Véto” from the original Carmagnola, and the third discusses Kellyanne Conway asking a journalist’s ethnicity. The final stanza implores Sandum citizens to be faithful to the Sandum state and its ideals.

Music

Lyrics:

Refrain:
Let’s dance the Carmagnola.
Long live the sound, long live the sound,
Let’s dance the Carmagnola,
Long live the sound of the cannon.

A New Yorker had described (twice)
all the rats of his huge country, (twice)
but he forgot
his poorly educated friends.

Refrain

Mister Donald had promised (twice)
to be faithful to his country, (twice)
but he failed to be.
Give him to the gibet!

Refrain

Miss Conway had searched (twice)
for a journalist who had sinned. (twice)
She only found a traitor,
he who serves a master.

Refrain

Don’t be idiots, (twice)
let’s follow all our patriots. (twice)
Let’s never desert them,
we of a created fatherland.

Refrain

Voice of Sandus

La Carmagnole est chanson de l’époque révolutionnaire française évoquant les morts de roi Louis XVI et de reine Marie-Antoinette. Cette chanson a été réinterprétée par les autres révolutions françaises et elle est réinventée pour l’État de Sandus aujourd’hui. Le président américain et les membres de son administration figurent dans la nouvelle Carmagnole sande qui reflètent la haine sande du gouvernement conservateur xénophobe américain.

La première strophe est au sujet des tweets récents qui ont décrit Baltimore, une ville près de la patrie sande, comme « infestée par les rats », mais on découvre que Donald Trump et ses cadres sont les seules rats. La deuxième donne le nom du président comme « Monsieur Véto » de la Carmagnole originaire, et la troisième discute Mme. Conway demandant l’ethnicité d’un journaliste. La strophe finale implore les sandes d’être fidèle à l’État sande.

Musique

Paroles:

Refrain:
Dansons la carmagnole,
Vive le son, Vive…

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[Chanson] La Carmagnole sande

by veritumsandus

La Carmagnole est chanson de l’époque révolutionnaire française évoquant les morts de roi Louis XVI et de reine Marie-Antoinette. Cette chanson a été réinterprétée par les autres révolutions françaises et elle est réinventée pour l’État de Sandus aujourd’hui. Le président américain et les membres de son administration figurent dans la nouvelle Carmagnole sande qui reflètent la haine sande du gouvernement conservateur xénophobe américain.

La première strophe est au sujet des tweets récents qui ont décrit Baltimore, une ville près de la patrie sande, comme « infestée par les rats », mais on découvre que Donald Trump et ses cadres sont les seules rats. La deuxième donne le nom du président comme « Monsieur Véto » de la Carmagnole originaire, et la troisième discute Mme. Conway demandant l’ethnicité d’un journaliste. La strophe finale implore les sandes d’être fidèle à l’État sande.

Musique

Paroles:

Refrain:
Dansons la carmagnole,
Vive le son, Vive le son,
Dansons la carmagnole,
Vive le son du canon.

Un new-yorkais avait décrit (bis)
tous les rats de son grand pays, (bis)
mais il a oublié
ses amis mal formés.

Refrain

Monsieur Donald avait promis (bis)
d’être fidèle à son pays, (bis)
mais il y a manqué.
Rendons-le au gibet !

Refrain

Madame Conway avait cherché (bis)
un journaliste qui a péché. (bis)
Elle n’a que son traître,
lui qui sert un maître.

Refrain

Ne soyez pas les idiots, (bis)
suivons tous nos patriotes. (bis)
Ne les désertons jamais,
nous d’une patrie créée.

Refrain

[Song] Blue and White on the Garland

by veritumsandus

This new song shares today’s patriotic feelings with a peaceful and uplifting melody ahead of our nation’s tenth anniversary. The song, “Blue and White on the Garland,” is based on an East German song, “Hammer und Zirkel im Ährenkranz” (“Hammer and Compass on the Ears-of-wheat Wreath”), that details and rhapsodises about the elements of the former socialist country’s emblem. In planning for the events leading up to the 10th anniversary celebrations in Quercus Candida in May, this song will play centre stage beside the Sandum national anthem.

Lyrics:

Blue
Blue, brilliantly on the flag,
does boldly guide our hands;
Blue, brilliantly on the flag,
does brightly shine through th’ land.

This colour of toils,
of our own humanity,
it casts out last night’s darkness
into the morn’ of our time!

Refrain
The Blue and White on the Garland,
sign of our present fortune,
far over the lands of the motherland
carry tidings of our toils!

White
White, while inspiring all our minds,
does bravely draw our thoughts;
White, while focusing all our minds,
does examine our world.

So we come up with our new ways
for our common welfare,
and we seize our moments
in the morn’ of our time!

Refrain
The Blue and White on the Garland,
sign of our present fortune,
far over the lands of the motherland
carry tidings of our toils!

the Garland
Garland, verdant in our peace,
from the fields of the State;
Garland, verdant in our peace,
does bring bread and luck.

Like the laurel of the victors
and our heroes’ bright oak,
watch as dreams turn into deeds
in the morn’ of our time!

Refrain
The Blue and White on the Garland,
sign of our present fortune,
far over the lands of the motherland
carry tidings of our toils!

Sôgmô à Vincennes: Verre de paix contre la tempête de Washington

by veritumsandus

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L’Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie se rencontrera ce week-end à Vincennes pour partager les idées micronationales et pour discuter ensemble aux sujets politiques du monde, en même moment que la présidence de Donald Trump se réchauffe pour son discours à Helsinki avec le président russe Vladimir Poutine et pour l’avoir invité à la Maison blanche. Entre les deux côtés, celle-là américaine et celle-ci micronationaliste, on voit que le système micronational peut travailler plus amiablement, plus respectueusement, et plus diplomatiquement qu’un président d’une macronation. Pour les “career micronationalists,” c’est probablement pas une surprise. De plus, un pays comme Sandus, ce qui est connu par plusieurs micronations anglophones comme pays “agressif” (on ne sait jamais pourquoi), il rencontrera finalement la plupart des membres d’une organisation ce que nous avons créé comme membre fondateur, malgré que nous ne sommes pas pays francophone par naissance mais par éducation.

Hier, j’ai été bien accueilli par deux chefs d’état micronationaux, SAS le Prince d’Aigues-Mortes et SE M. le Ministre-Président de Saint-Castin. On a traversé Paris et la Seine, on a dîné humblement ensemble à la mode sande, et on a bu une bouteille de rosé venue de Camargue où se trouve Aigues-Mortes. La discussion intime, elle est confidentielle entre les chef d’états mais elle était bien amiable et pas comme celle-là du gros prince américain avec ses alliés de G7 ou d’OTAN. Dans la même semaine qu’il a décrit le Monténégro comme pays agressif qui aille commencer une guerre mondiale, les souverains et les présidents francophones auront eu un week-end plaisant et productif, où chacun peut discuter les idées micronationales de la rôle écologique micronationale à la culture de nos nations. Comme pays pacifistes, nous n’avons pas raison pour le bruit des sabres.

Pour nous sandes, cette visite est peut-être un peu plus important car nous avons envie de nous distinguer des américains et de la diplomatie trumpienne. Pour pays compris d’américains et totalement d’anglophones, c’est très important pour distinguer entre notre micronation et notre macronation. La première est une régime politique où on marche selon son accorde et son intention, la dernière est en dehors de sa contrôle sauf au point du scrutin. Pour la plupart, et c’est la même pour ceux qui deviennent de la Royaume unie, nous sommes mécontents d’être notre macronationalité pour son histoire, pour ses politiques conservatrices, pour sa diplomatie xénophobe, et cetera. Mais c’est ici en Sandus où, comme les paroles du Chant des partisans, “chacun sait ce qu’il veut, ce qu’il fait”—et on sait qu’on est complètement mécontent avec le president americain.

Avec un main léger, maintenant, on voudrait dire qu’on n’est pas américain mais sande, qu’on est francophone avec l’éducation, qu’on est humain comme tout le monde. (Ceci est peut-être difficile à comprendre pour les racistes qui se trouvent aux EU et qui ont voté pour le plus mauvais président américain dans l’histoire récente.) On rejette avec incrédulité les politiques de la 45ème présidence américaine. On est debout pour les idéales sandes: la compassion, le socialisme, et la pluralisme. On fut debout hier, on est debout maintenant pour protester, et alors on sera debout pour faire la grève contre le gouvernement de Trump.

Camarade C. Soergel P.

Sôgmô issues First Economic Command for the Armilustrium

by veritumsandus

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Armilustrium 2015 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…

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CCE approves the Sôgmô’s proposal, new economic powers

by veritumsandus

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The Commission for the Command Economy concluded its first meeting yesterday and affirmed the Sôgmô’s proposed economic developments with a few alterations thanks to the help of the Party Secretary, Adam von Friedeck. The changes affect cooperatives and workers in Sandus, establish a national budget, and found a state bank in Sandus. The proposals were passed unanimously on consensus by the Commission, comprised of the Sôgmô, the Party Secretary, and the Minister for Diplomatic Affairs.

The first proposal concerned workers in Sandus, also known as “functionaries” in the new economic chain of command in Sandus. The Sôgmô noted that significant changes had been made to Sandum workers and that the way in which Sandus employs workers for the cooperatives must be reformed to give workers salaries of 8¶c per annum. In addition, the Sôgmô lobbied for new economic powers, namely for the power to issue economic commands to workers to produce goods and services in Sandus.

The CCE granted the Sôgmô authority to issue economic commands, though the Party Secretary raised concerns related to the system of worker’s democracy in Sandus. All members of the commission understood that worker’s democracies in Sandus must develop in due course, when cooperatives themselves have developed further, but that checks must be placed on this nascent system to prevent arbitrary commands. The CCE came up with the solution, inspired by both the Party Secretary and the Sôgmô, to grant the power to issue commands, but that commands serve rather as contracts between the Central People’s Government and a cooperative’s individual workers. In addition, responsibilities of cooperatives’ workers will be clearly defined in the future, while the Party will continue to have the power for redress and to advocate for Sandum workers.

The Sandum budget was passed for the upcoming financial year in Sandus. The budget proposes 875¶c ($1,050USD) to be used in the upcoming year for workers’ salaries, for economic production, and for specific cultural economic commands from the Sôgmô. Another nearly 800¶c (~$1,000USD) will be placed on credit in several various budgetary funds, including funds for Philia, Matter Realism, and the State of Sandus’s trans*ition policy for transgender peoples’ transitions. The budget also will seek the majority of its revenue from the Sôgmô, who has pledged more than 70¶c (~$85USD) in tax disbursements to the Bureau of the Treasury’s budgetary vault. Other Sandum citizens have also pledged similar monthly and irregular voluntary taxes, though the treasury is projecting some profit from Sandum cooperatives in the upcoming year.

CivBanca

The third and final proposal for a state bank was approved earnestly. A new bank, known as CivBanca, will be established for Sandum workers to deposit their annual salaries into and to withdraw money in order to buy goods and services in Sandus. A future meeting of the CCE will determine the formula and process by which withdrawals and deposits are made, as well as to provide oversight to the new state bank.

Future meetings of the CCE will consider, in addition to the banking and rewards system in Sandus, the theoretical development of the worker’s democracies and their formulation in the various cooperatives and the development of an internal economic of goods and services.

The commission has its work cut out for itself but, under the wise and energetic leadership of the Party and the Sôgmô, Sandus will surely make strides.