Sandus in ambitious book plan

The micronation of Sandus, well recognized for its strong cultural development, has announced an ambitious plan to publish half-a-dozen new works, to be offered as eBooks.

According to today’s announcement by the Kremlum Sandus State Press, which is responsible for overseeing the project officially known as the Sovereign Eagle & Glaux Series, the works will be published via the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Service. That service allows anyone to design and publish their own eBook and offer it for sale on Amazon within 24 to 48 hours. In Sandus’ case, the State Press committed that the price for each eBook will be set such that it will be as accessible as possible.

Included in the series will be the long-awaited Breviarium Rerum Sanderum, a publication that will cover key aspects of Sandus, such as its philosophy, history, culture and constitution. Another work, the Great Philia Almanac, will discuss the background of the more than 100 Sandum holidays. Other works will discuss other cultural matters in-depth, such as popular recipes, the role of the French language in Sandum, and its mysticism.

The Series will also republish one current Sandum text as an eBook, specifically the Founding Law & Citizens textbook, which is an orientation guide for new citizens originally published by the State College.

No anticipated timeline for publication of each work accompanied the announcement.

Sandus in ambitious book plan

Diplomatic overhaul occurs in Sandus

KREMLUM SANDUS – In announcing a number of changes to its diplomatic relationships over the past number of days, Sandus has signalled the undertaking of a major foreign policy overhaul.

The significant change in direction for the micronation’s foreign policy began on July 13th when the Sôgmô, Will Sörgel, announced that Sandus would cut diplomatic ties with a number of bilateral partners while also ending its participation in the Saint Josephburg Economic Pact due to concerns over further integration.

In suspending relations with the Empire of Pavlov and the Sorrenian Federation, Sörgel cited what he described as these micronations committing infringements of Sandum diplomatic virtues. Specifically, these infringements referred to an inability to resolve ethical differences on the matter of homosexuality in the case of Pavlov, and a massive sharing of citizenship within the Sorrenian Federation which Sandus viewed as an unprofessional practice.

“With the suspension of relations with the Sorrenian Federation, Sandus has reasserted its commitment to serious and professional diplomacy …,” said Sörgel, noting that Sandus was following in the footsteps of other micronations in calling for greater professionalism in micronationalism.

Perhaps the most significant policy change came when Sandus announced a key re-engagement with Sirocco, which it had viewed as an ideological adversary since 2010. Sörgel announced that full diplomatic relations between the two micronations commenced today, marking a key step in normalizing diplomacy between the two for the first time in either’s history.

Sandus will also seek further economic and political integration with Kumano and Überstadt through a future tripartite association currently under discussion, while renewing bilateral initiatives with Landashir. Those initiatives include the relaxation of border controls, cooperation on the protection of minority rights, and the further development of local languages.

Diplomatic overhaul occurs in Sandus

Sandus reflects on active first quarter

KREMLUM SANDUS – As the first quarter of 2015 comes to a close, the State of Sandus has released an extensive report on the micronation’s social, economic and political accomplishments to date.

The report noted that Sandus has enacted several legislative policies in the first quarter of the year, ranging from authorizing agricultural initiatives to granting greater recognition to minorities. On the former, the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative will be required to account publicly for its current resources and its existing crop inventory, while undertaking consideration for planting new radish and wasabi crops this year. The latter will see the Collegio Sacerdae work toward recognizing holidays for various religious and cultural minorities in the micronation.

The ongoing consideration of the wide-ranging 2015 Economic Development Plan remains a central plank in Sandum government policy. Several initiatives within the Plan have received the approval of government leaders so far, including a commitment to pay citizens for their contributions as part of a future ‘Work Merit Rewards Program’. That program will allow citizens to use their work contributions within the micronation to offset the cost of purchasing certain products sold by the government.

While a decline was reported in charitable donations – only $47 USD has been donated by citizens this year-to-date – Sandus nonetheless remains a micronation whose population is actively involved in volunteering. The report noted that a total of eighty-four hours of volunteer work had been completed by its citizens since December 21, 2014. The government is optimistic that both the value of donations and the total volunteer time invested by the citizenry will increase as further Charity Tax declarations are filed.

The report reflected lastly on a current motion before the legislative council to strip the micronation of its unique Sancta constructed language, its third official language, in favour of adopting Latin. Proponents of the measure, which include the microantion’s founder and leader, Sôgmô Will Sörgel, believe that the use of Latin will allow Sandum to gain attention from Roman Reconstructionist communities, opening the micronation to a new source of potential participants. The report dismissed opposition to the motion as caused by “predominantly foreigners,” indicating tacitly that the adoption of Latin is inevitable.

Sandus reflects on active first quarter

The Week That Was – Around the Blogosphere

The Coprieta Standard highlights some of the news stories from our fellow micronational news media services around the Blogosphere in the past week.

Vol. 1 Ed. 9

March 8 to 15, 2015

  • The Shirekeep Gazette returned from a more than a year-long absence this week with an open letter regarding the recent controversy surrounding the Imperial State of Neridia. The letter called on the Shirerithian government to fulfill its “obligation” to Neridia; however, the Imperial State was nonetheless dissolved by the Shirerithian legislature. Neridia has now been set up by its former ruler, Janus Eadric, as a refugee state under the protection of St. Andre.
  • An economic development plan for Sandus has been adopted by the leaders of the micronation for the remainder of the calendar year, Sandum state media reported. The plan includes the creation of a Work Merit Rewards program, inspired by that used in the Free State of Renasia, as well as the founding of a hard-currency exchange shop.
  • Marred by controversy since gaining the post of SCUE Administrator, Pallisico Sinclair attempted to barter his resignation in return for member states of the organization allowing his home micronation of Hamland to exploit the accounts of the Republic of Stars, the Daily Squidger reported. Sinclair, who uses the moniker Opeyeme Time in Hamland, desired the access to “oversee the sale of Stars’ investments in the Hammish economy.” Sinclair ultimately resigned mere hours later. Two individuals are now vying to replace him in the role of SCUE Administrator – Giles Melang and Liam Sinclair (no relation).
The Week That Was – Around the Blogosphere

The Week That Was – Around the Blogosphere

The Coprieta Standard highlights some of the news stories from our fellow micronational news media services around the Blogosphere in the past week.

Vol. 1 Ed. 7

February 1 to 7, 2015

  • Despite two-thirds of its population considering themselves Christian, Sandus is failing to identify with this religious majority, according to a report published in Sacerdotium. The report, authored by Adam von Friedeck, the micronation’s Liaison for Religious Minorities and Religious Diversity Interests, noted that Sandus revolves largely around Buddhist philosophy and as a result, “Christianity has had no influence on our holidays or philosophy as officially described by the State.”
  • The Namayan News Agency reported that Namayan had successfully absorbed the Republic of Daikoku as an autonomous republic on February 1, marking a notable consolidation of the Philippine Sector. “I think it is one step towards unity in Philippine micronationalism. Let us be united in fostering a better micronational community ….,” said Namayan Prime Minister Timothy Laranang.
  • After transforming Lostisland into a dictatorship on New Year’s Eve, President Yaroslav Mar fulfilled his commitment to allow the Prime Minister to be democratically elected this month. The Lostislandic Checkpoint published the results of the election on February 4, in which former Prime Minister Deniz Tezcan, who resigned from the office in May 2013 amid civic unrest, regained the post with a healthy 54.5% of the popular vote.
The Week That Was – Around the Blogosphere

Voting underway in Sandus solstice election

KREMLUM SANDUS (CS) | Ballots, which include a vote to confirm the continued rule of the absolute monarch, have now been distributed to citizens as part of the Winter Solstice Election in Sandus.

2014 Election Poster (source: Sandus.org)
2014 Election Poster (source: Sandus.org)

The ballot will seek the decision of Sandus’ nine citizens on two definitive issues: the introduction of direct democracy via a constitutional amendment; and confirmation of whether the micronation’s founder and absolute monarch (“Sôgmô”), Will Sörgel, will continue in that role. The ballot will also allow a citizen to propose petitions that he or she wishes to see considered by the government, as well as to suggest agenda items should the ‘direct democratic council’ come into existence.

Voting, which opened approximately thirty-minutes ago, will continue for ten days, until December 20, with results being published the following day.

Voting underway in Sandus solstice election

Zealandian Minister speech addresses socialism, equality

KREMLUM SANDUS (CS) | Zealandia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressing the Sandum Citizen’s Communist Party Congress, praised her micronation’s continued shift towards socialism away from its constitutional absolute monarchy.

In her speech, Anna Lindström, who is a member of the socialist-leaning Alternative! Party of Independence and Labour, gleamed about the “massive shift towards more socialistic policies.” She described Zealandia as “a nation [that has] become a collective with collectives,” referring to two successful offline meetings in which a number of citizens came together to debate various laws and policies within the micronation.

Lindström credited the micronation’s military with engaging in anti-fascist operations within neighbouring Australia as a part of its wider agenda stemming from the Syndicalism and Anti-Fascism Act. That Act, which moves Zealandia further towards socialism, has also contributed to it forming a stronger bond with Sandus, who she described warmly as “our socialist friends”.

A final key theme of the speech involved Lindström reflecting on her micronation’s push for equity. She noted that Zealandia has worked to discourage racism in neighbouring communities, made it easier for its transgender population to obtain official paperwork and identification cards, and fought to protect LGBT micronationalists from discrimination throughout the community.

“We have been with other states at the forefront of ensuring queer micronationalists aren’t discriminated against and fighting discrimination where we see it,” said Lindström.

Zealandian Minister speech addresses socialism, equality