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

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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.

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Sôgmô issues First Economic Command for the Armilustrium

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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

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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.

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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.

Sôgmô, Party Secretary to convene meeting of the CCE

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The Sôgmô and the Party Secretary will convene the first meeting of the Commission for the Command Economy (CCE), a commission in the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, on 17 June 2017 at 12:00 SLT (UTC-5). Established in August 2015 near the conclusion of the 2015 Economic Goal, the CCE is responsible for directing the development and administration of the Sandum economy. It became an organ of the Party in November 2016 as a result of the 2016 CPS Party Congress.

The Commission’s first meeting will focus on three interdependent agenda points meant to drive the development of the Sandum economy:

  1. Employment Reform & Functionary Positions
  2. Annual Budgets & Voluntary Taxation
  3. Formation of a State Bank

The first proposal on the agenda is to discuss the changing employment system in the State of Sandus, from voluntary employment to state-run functionary appointments. These mean that the State of Sandus will do more to employ Sandum citizens by the various cooperatives and that the Commission will invest in the Office of the Sôgmô the ability to send economic directives to cooperatives and to the cooperatives’ functionaries. The Sôgmô will be able to send economic directives to cooperatives, a constitutional power hereto never exercised. These functionary appointments will mirror the constitutional structure of Sandus’s Central People’s Government.

The Effective Structure of the CPG

A 2013 graphic detailing the theoretical constitutional layout of the Central People’s Government effective since 2012.

Integrally linked to this economic power is the Sôgmô’s budget proposal, which will be discussed and voted on by the CCE. The budget proposes several areas of governmental business, including an expanded cultural purpose for Sandum cooperatives such as for the celebration of Sandum holidays. The budget envisions that cooperatives can be used in a Matter Realist manner to develop Sandum culture and infrastructure. The cost of this governmental business, planned to be more than $1,000 of hard money and another $1,000 of soft money in the financial year 2017-2018, will be met by the Bureau of the Treasury. These funds will be financed primarily by the Sôgmô and future voluntary taxes from other Sandum citizens.

Following the precedent established by the hiring of the Central People’s Government first functionary position, functionary appointments and employment in both the Central People’s Government and in cooperatives will now receive annual salaries from the State of Sandus. The Commission will, in a future meeting, fix prices for which Sandum persumae can be used to purchase items and to cover costs from salaries. The 17 June meeting of the CCE will foreshadow these necessary future developments by the Sôgmô’s proposal to establish Sandus’s first bank, tentatively named CivBanca. The state bank will have limited economic power and authority, most of which will remain with the Bureau of the Treasury, and will solely be a savings bank for Sandum citizens and their salaries.

These three agenda points, modest in their reach, will further define Sandus’s socialist economic structure and provide a more coherent vision for Sandus’s socialist development. Various implications arise from these proposals.

The first is that these changes make the economic structure of the State of Sandus reflect the constitutional layout of the Central People’s Government of the State of Sandus. Functionary positions in government and in cooperatives now perform similar functions. Both government and Sandus’s socialist economic system will develop along lines similar to those specified in 2013, based on constitutional theory dating from 2012. These developments have been moulded by the Sôgmô’s Constitutional Project, a project created by the 2016 Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift. Second, these new reforms to Sandus’s employment structure increase specialisation in both Sandum government and economy. The new developments in the chain of command in Sandus lend themselves to increased specialisation and activity in Sandus in a more general manner, and these will further focus on the development of cooperatives, ministries, and provinces.

Sôgmô: We must complete the Party Platform

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At the last Citizens’ Party of Sandus Party Congress in 2015, the Party voted to work on drafting a constitution and a platform for the Citizens’ Party of Sandus. Both were meant to be finished and completed by May 2016. Neither have been done.

Now the Party will meet in a week to consider precisely the same platform. This time, it is imperative that we finish this work. Since I am distracted by my preparations to leave for graduate school for Ph.D. programs in Ancient History, it is now even more important that these constitutional organs exercise more self-sufficient power and autonomy. With the Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift completed and ratified, too, we must complete the Party’s transition from parliament to a legitimate independent decision-making body comprised of the leading politicians of the State of Sandus.

Let us not be confused. The Citizens’ Party of Sandus is our counter-part to a senate. Its members are the most politically active citizens of the State of Sandus. Its goals are to encourage the growth of the State of Sandus. Its politics are undoubtedly Socialist.

This Platform is more than just a simple statement of what the Party believes in — we already know how leftist the Party is. Instead, the Platform is the Party’s founding document (no others of the sort have been made) and represents to Sandus and to the world what the Party’s goals are. It should be clear that the Party’s goals are both cultural and material, that they are social and economic, and that they are undoubtedly and unwaveringly for the working class of the State of Sandus.

The class conception of the State of Sandus is that we are all uniquely workers and intellectuals at the same time. This should undoubtedly play into the Party’s consideration and discussion on 5 November. What does this mean for the Party’s platform? How does this affect the State of Sandus, our policies, and our goals? What does this mean for our broader philosophical and ideological vision of the State of Sandus?

Sandum citizens and party members should speak their minds in this case, to express their frustrations and elucidate their hopes.

[Song] the Internationale

The Internationale, originally by Eugène Pottier, is an international leftist anthem dedicated to the working-classes of the world. In Sandus, it is sung and recited at the beginning of each Party Congress held in November. The Sandum lyrics, however, are unique in their reference to suffering, a key motif in Sandum Philosophy.

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Lyrics:

Arise, all People from ye slumbers,
Arise, Oppressèd of the World.
The Revolution comes like thunder
And the age of suff’ring is done.
Away with all ye desires:
They’ll only break us!
Each must do their duty,
The time to revolt is now!

| : So, Comrades come rally,
For the struggle carries on.
The Internationale,
Unites the People’s State! : |

[Song] Today, Tomorrow, For Our Lives

To prepare for the publication of the Sôgmô’s new Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift, a new revolutionary song has been produced to encourage participation in the State of Sandus and to encourage patriotic work. It is sung to the tune of “Today, Tomorrow, Forever” from the most recent joint concert of Moranbong Band and the State Merited Chorus of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Lyrics:

Even if we are in our old age,
we shall remember the vigour of our youth.
Our efforts are devoted to the People
as we devotedly serve the State.

We shall follow the deeds done by Publicola:
We shall serve the State — today, tomorrow, for our lives.

In our days of tremendous suffering,
we shall work even more diligently.
It is for the State which we are happy,
for it has given us renewed hope.

We shall follow the deeds done by Publicola:
We shall serve the State — today, tomorrow, for our lives.

With the strength of a whole nation,
we shall achieve the hopes of each of us.
We shall unite as one nation, one people
to advance this State of ours.

We shall follow the deeds done by Publicola:
We shall serve the State — today, tomorrow, for our lives.

Sandus must continue to uphold New Israel Policy

In a recent opinion piece, one Kit McCarthy has argued that micronationalists’ opposition to New Israel is borne out of a sort of irrational grudge or personal vendetta. The author excuses the historical basis for what they believe to be an irrational hatred of New Israel held by the community at large, not just by our State of Sandus; but at each excuse of New Israeli micronationalism, the author placably “agrees” with the majority of intermicronational opinion on New Israel.

In other words, McCarthy excuses New Israel while failing to account for the completely valid historical basis for the negative opinion of New Israel.

One ought to recount the historical basis for why many micronations and micronationalists — Sandus and myself included — hold this opinion of New Israel. This is not to say that the moral argument of McCarthy is wrong or invalid (specifically, forgiveness), but rather that states do not and should not perform actions of such importance on matters of personal forgiveness. Rather, moral matters such as these have often and should concern internationally-recognised norms in diplomacy and internal affairs: in other words, micronations should be concerned with matters of peace, equity, and justice.

And, where history is concerned, many micronations which hold “a grudge” against New Israel have perfectly valid reasons for such. On many occasions, Markus Abernathy has verbally attacked the name and persons of other micronationalists without provocation. He has done this in multiple cases with Queen Anna Lindström of Zealandia, myself, or even Casey Hamlin. He has made many undiplomatic attacks on LGBTQ+ and Leftist micronationalists, all of which have lent him a lack of a serious façade in the community in general. His inconsistency as a micronational politician and statesman, furthermore, is reflected in the opinion of him and his micronation, of New Israel. In conclusion, many micronationalists have a long standing history of enduring unwarranted attacks by M. Abernathy on those of us who live lives which do not fit into his narrow theology.

These actions, inconsistencies, and lack of diplomatic respect lend themselves to the community’s rightful disregard for New Israel. A look at Veritum Sandus’s articles on New Israel or on M. Abernathy will yield a brief portrayal of why Sandus does not lend credence to M. Abernathy or his regime. One simply can not will away under the pretext of forgiveness this experience as one might do for those who trespass against us: forgiveness is done of personal volition, but intermicronational diplomacy is of national importance and public policy. As a person, I bear no grudge towards M. Abernathy personally, but this does not mean that I will perform public actions to reconcile either him or his realm to the State of Sandus.

And, upon a closer look of New Israel today, little has changed. New Israel is still a fundamentalist, evangelical Christian micronation which forbids — as even M. McCarthy has admitted — basic human rights to entire populations of peoples who should enjoy freedoms and liberties under precepts of international law. Of course, with voluntary associations like those found in micronations, these do not affect us: but they affect in many ways our diplomacy, our external policy, and our ideological background as a country.

New Israel is an ideological antithesis to the State of Sandus.

Therefore, having read M. McCarthy’s brief and inexplicit opinion piece on the community’s “grudge” towards M. Abernathy, we see no reason to change our views of him or of New Israel. We see no compelling reason — considering our history and our precedent — to welcome M. Abernathy and to reconcile him to us. Should M. Abernathy or his colleagues wish for that to happen, it ought to be on our general terms: for M. Abernathy has for valid reasons been declared persona non grata in Sandus and in the plupart of the community.

I make the fervent and sincere recommendation to the Party and to my fellow Comrade Citizens not to engage with M. Abernathy. He and his realm stands against the sort of toleration which M. McCarthy envisions and which we have built for ourselves here in the State of Sandus. Here, we welcome peoples of all faiths to our micronation; indeed, we have welcomed Christians, Buddhists, Humanists, Atheists… all in peace here. It is my hope that M. McCarthy will see that his call for toleration falls on deaf ears when it comes to M. Abernathy and the regime of New Israel he willfully excuses, except where it concerns toleration for his or their faith; all others are not able to be tolerated. It is, in my opinion, a false hope and expectation that this should happen — and I feel at ease to say this, having known M. Abernathy since before the current New Israeli regime. I have seen no evidence of any sort of profound change that would lead me to believe that he has become tolerant on his part.

In the hope of Libera for our sovereignty,

C. Soergel P.
Party Member

Il faut que nous nous engagions au Réalisme de l’OMF

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The General Secretary of the Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie recently released a message for the New Gregorian Year. In it, she reflected on the realistic achievements of the MicroFrancophonie in the past year — towards developing a common Francophone micronational organisation which defends the initiatives of French-speaking people in common and towards achieving real gains in micronationalism. As both Sôgmô and as Party Member of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, I was invigorated by her words which follow the historical and micropatriological development of our own State and which bear close resemblance to our national description of Realism and national construction under Libera. Here are her words (in English) which stuck out to me:

Since we speak of a message [both to contribute and evolve this  complementary and alternative citizen movement], what is it? What do we express as micronationalists? Each micronation is a community which is for maintaining life and and in action [i.e., for keeping alive and in activity], which needs to establish objectives and reasons for its existence.

I remain convinced that that is what makes and what will make our micronations, which will give us again more credibility and thus recognition.

La MicroFrancophonie must favour action, being in solidarity and aidin each of its members to realise their objectives so that each may play a true useful and constructive role [for this movement]. The micronationalism that we defend must engrave itself in the reality of the world for finding justly its just place and its citizens’ role in society.

For any faithful Sandum citizen to the principles of our State and of our Party, this is a call to arms. We must commit ourselves to the Realism of the OMF for the benefit of ourselves, of our comrade states of the OMF, and of the micronational movement as a whole.

We encourage and endorse the words of the General Secretary.

C. Soergel Publicola

La Secrétaire-Générale de la Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie a partagé récemment un message pour l’année nouvelle grégorienne. Dans ce message, elle réfléchit sur les réussites de l’OMF en l’année passée — en ayant développé une organisation micronationale francophone commune qui défende les projets francophones en commun et en ayant accompli de succès réels micronationales. Comme Sôgmô et membre du Parti des Citoyens de Sandus, je suis revigoré par ses mots qui suivent la développement historique et micropatriologique de notre Etat et qui portent ressemblance proche à notre description national de la Réalisme et de la construction nationale sous Libéra. Voici

As both Sôgmô and as Party Member of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, I was invigorated by her words which follow the historical and micropatriological development of our own State and which bear close resemblance to our national description of Realism and national construction under Libera. Voici ses paroles ce qui m’ont affligées :

Puisque nous parlons de message, quel est-il ? Qu’exprimons-nous en tant que micronationalistes ? Chaque micronation est une communauté qui pour se maintenir en vie et dans l’action, se doit d’établir des objectifs et des raisons à son existence.

Je reste convaincue que c’est ce que font et feront nos micronations, ce qui nous donnera encore plus de crédibilité et donc une reconnaissance.

La MicroFrancophonie doit favoriser l’action, être solidaire et aider chacun de ses membres à réaliser leurs objectifs pour que chacun puisse jouer un vrai rôle utile et constructif. Le Micronationalisme que nous défendons doit  s’inscrire dans la réalité du monde pour justement trouver sa juste place et son rôle citoyen dans la société.

Pour chaque citoyen(ne) sande fidèle aux principes de notre Etat et de notre Parti, ceci est un appel aux armes. Il faut que nous engagions au Réalisme de l’OMF pour l’avantage de nous, de nos états-camarades de l’OMF, et du mouvement micronational ensemble.

Nous encourageons et approuvons de mots de la secrétaire-générale.

 

C. Soergel Publicola

[Song] We ought to be Proud

In the past half-year, Sandus has worked to normalise its situation after major constitutional changes and distractions from advancing national culture. The new song, We ought to be Proud, is constructed to celebrate that normalisation and rejuvenation of work to advance Sandum culture. The song focuses on the development of the Sandum Philosophy — from Socialism to the Buddhist Dharma — and the growing national identity under the State of Sandus in the year 2015.

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Lyrics:

We ought to be proud
of where our nation’s going:
building Socialism in one country
and building up the State.
We’re getting better —
advancing our weal!
Through Democracy —
the Party —
and Socialism!

Chorus:
Our Advance is a point of national pride

it’s not irrational, but based on fact.
Our nation is advancing on
thanks to the work of the People & Party!

Our principled State,
that pride of ours:
affirming Compassion
and Pluralism.
We’re getting better —
showing care for all!
Through Democracy —
the Party —
and Socialism!

Chorus:
Our Advance is a point of national pride:

it’s not irrational, but based on fact.
Our nation is advancing on
thanks to the work of the People & Party!

Striving ever more,
working ever harder:
that is the Sandum way —
giving reason to pride.
We’re getting better —
our strength’s growing!
Through Democracy —
the Party —
and Socialism!

Chorus:
Our Advance is a point of national pride:
it’s not irrational, but based on fact.
Our nation is advancing on
thanks to the work of the People & Party!