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Gaius Soergel Publicola

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Gaius Soergel Publicola, William Soergel, is the current Sôgmô of the State of Sandus. Soergel has occupied various positions in Sandus since 26 May 2009 across six different constitutions, and has reigned as absolute monarch since 14 April 2011. They are known for being a Polytheist Buddhist, a Communist, and a major community proponent of seriousness and professionalism.

The Honourable
Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola
Sôgmô Soergel speaking at the 2017 MicroCon with reporting coverage by Vice News.
Sôgmô of the State of Sandus
Assumed office
14 April 2011 - present
Predecessor Office established
Governor of the Territory of Sandus
Assumed office
19 October 2010 - 20 February 2011
President Lisa Cassidy
Predecessor as Baron of Kremlum Sandus
Successor as Sôgmô of the State of Sandus
Baron of Kremlum Sandus
Predecessor as Chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of Sandus
Successor as Governor of the Territory of Sandus
Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of the Democratic People's Republic of Sandus
Assumed office
April 2010 - 28 July 2010
Predecessor as Baron of the Barony of Sandus
Successor as Baron of the Barony of Kremlum Sandus
Baron of the Barony of Sandus
Assumed office
21 December 2009 - April 2010
Predecessor as Speaker of the People's State of Sandus
Successor as Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of the Democratic People's Republic of Sandus
Speaker of the People's State of Sandus
Assumed office
July 2009 - 21 December 2009
Predecessor as Lama of the Grand Lamate of Sandefreistikhan
Successor as Baron of the Barony of Sandus
Lama of the Grand Lamate of Sandefreistikhan
Assumed office
26 May 2009 - July 2009
Predecessor None, Sandefreistikhan founded
Successor as Speaker of the People's State of Sandus
Personal information
Born 15 April 1995 (1995-04-15) (age 25)
Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Birth name William Soergel
Citizenship Sandum, American
Nationality Sandum
Political party Citizens' Party of Sandus
Other political
Communist Party USA
Residence Appartement du Sôgmô, Quercus Candida, Sandus
Occupation Sôgmô of Sandus, Academic
Profession Ancient History
Religion Tibetan Buddhist, Religio Romana
Website Facebook Website
Military service
Allegiance Sandus, Sandefreistkhan
Service/branch Sandum Defense Forces, People's Defense Forces
In service 2009 - 2011
Rank General, General Marshal
Battles/wars Neda War, Murrayfield Civil War, War over Micronational Communism, New Euro-Erusian War, New European Civil War, Great Ideological Conflict
Awards FlagofSandus.png Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus
FlagofSandus.png Member of the Honourable Order of Athena Pronoea

Uberflag.jpg Knight of the Order of the Fir
Uberflag.jpg Knight of the Order of the Hawk
Renasia.png Knight of the Order of Bohr
OBS ribb.png Cavaliere of the Order of the Blue Star
Official Flag Westarctica.jpg Knight Commander of the Order of the Snowflake
Zealandian Flag (2016).png Knight Commander of the Order of the Uskorian Lion
Zealandian Flag (2016).png Companion of the Order of Uskor
OrderOfTheFalconI.png Companion of the Order of the Falcon
Pres cit ribbon.png Presidential Citation Ribbon

They were born in the State of New Jersey of the United States before he moved westward to live in Phoenix, Arizona, at the age of 6 months. They would remain in Arizona for the next 10 years until he would move to a small community near Baltimore, Maryland, where the cultural homeland of their micronation is located. In August 2017, they moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for graduate school and to where Sandus's current capital, Quercus Candida, is located.


Early life

Soergel was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in April 1995 before they and their family moved to Arizona later in the year. Their father is an academic historian and professor, and their mother a social worker. Both met at the University of Michigan, where later Gaius Soergel Publicola began pursuing a history PhD program in the latter half of 2017. They have one sister, as well, who was born in Arizona in 1991. They were baptised into the Episcopal Church but were never confirmed. They and their family stopped attending church in 2000.

Soergel's early life is marked by a series of self-discoveries which ended up shaping their young adulthood and adulthood. First, in July 2005, when moving from Arizona to Maryland, they learned about the Soviet Union and Communism and, after that time, began to learn more about Russian history and the history of Marxism. They started to identify as communist soon after. Second, in November 2006, the future Sandum royal family visited a Tibetan Buddhist temple in western Central Maryland known as Kunzang Palyul Chöling (KPC). At KPC, the eleven year old Gaius Soergel Publicola began to meditate in the Padmasana posture in the prayer room of the temple, despite a lack of prior instruction, setting off a spiritual awakening. Over the next three years, they learned about the basics of Buddhist philosophy and explored their spirituality through learning of different Christian churches, Judaism, Islam, and other faiths. They decided to convert to Tibetan Buddhism on 12 April 2009 and took refuge in their guru, Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo, in May 2009. In late July 2017, they formally took refuge and received their Tibetan refuge name, Tseten Dorjé. Over time, as well, Soergel began to take a humanist approach to the study of polytheist religions and, beginning in mid-2009, began identifying as a Polytheist or Neo-Pagan, while also remaining Buddhist.

Third, from 2007 to 2012, when Soergel Publicola began dating, they were attracted to both men and women, and later to non-binary transgender people. In time, they began to realise that they were bisexual and, in 2013, came out to friends and family as bisexual. They went on to facilitate a bisexual discussion and support group at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 2014 to 2017, and later came out as androgynous and began using gender neutral pronouns in 2016.

As early as their childhood, Soergel displayed an interest in micronationalism with various micronational-like projects, including one potentate on their primary school's playground, a fictional city inspired by a story in a 2003 Arizona state reading exam, and another potentate-like project when in early secondary education. In 2008, in their last year before transferring to high school, Soergel brought together their middle school friends to form the micronation Trénois (also Trénoî), the predecessor micronation to Sandefreistkhan and later Sandus.

Micronational activity from 2009 to 2011

Reign as Sôgmô (2011 to present)

Styles of
Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola
Reference style the Honourable Sôgmô
Spoken style the Honourable Sôgmô
Alternative style Comrade Sôgmô or Comrade

Other Micronational Activities

Intermicronational Activity


Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie

Second Life


Personal life


Awards and decorations