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.