Voice of Sandus

The Journal of the Citizens' Party of Sandus

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.

Sôgmô, Party Secretary to convene meeting of the CCE

by veritumsandus

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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

by veritumsandus

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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.