Citizens' Party of Sandus

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Citizens' Party of Sandus
LeaderAdam Camillus von Friedeck (since 9 November 2014)
Founded21 June 2009
HeadquartersQuercus Candida
NewspaperVoice of Sandus
Membership9
IdeologyBuddhist socialism
Democratic socialism
Communitarianism
Political positionLeft-wing
ColoursRed, gold
AnthemWorker's Marseillaise
Party flag
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The Citizens' Party of Sandus (CPS, formerly the Citizens' Communist Party of Sandus) is the ruling party of the State of Sandus. It has absolute de facto rule over the State of Sandus. It has been in existence since June 21, 2009, when the Constitution of the Grand Lamate of Sandefreistikhan was ratified and made the CPS the legal party of the Grand Lamate. Today, after being the sole legal party of the nation since June 21, 2009, it has become an active part of the Sandum republican system of government. Adam Camillus von Friedeck has served as Party Secretary since 9 November 2014. The CPS has taken a large role in the international community, and it was a major participant in the Great Ideological Conflict. In November 2014, the Party Congress of the Citizens' Communist Party voted to remove all official references to Marxism-Leninism from the party and to change the name of the party to the Citizens' Party of Sandus.

Since 2014, the Citizens' Party of Sandus has not been a communist party. Today the CPS is a big-tent leftist party in the State of Sandus that promotes Socialism, civic liberties, Buddhist Socialism, Democratic Socialism, and supports ethical and democratic self-determination efforts. The CPS continues to promote cooperative economics, communitarianism, and Sandum culture's emphasis on Socialist culture. The party also promotes religious and cultural expression.

Today in the State of Sandus, the Party continues to perform a large role as a check on the Sôgmô's power and as an advocacy organ for Sandum working-class people. The role of the Party has largely changed over the years, being one of the more flexible organs of the State of Sandus, but the Party reminds the most important political organ in the constitution of the State of Sandus.

History

The Citizens' Party of Sandus was founded as the Citizens' Communist Party of Sandus on 21 June 2009 during the Grand Lamate of Sandefreistikhan. The party existed as a Marxist-Leninist party in name only for the first few years of its existence. From June 2009 to November 2011, the party contained no internal organisation and existed only as a label for Sandum citizens to subscribe to broadly leftist politics. In November 2011, after the creation of the State of Sandus in April, the Sôgmô called the party's first congress. At the congress, it was decided by Sandum citizens that the party should be incorporated as a state organ in the State of Sandus. This was accomplished on 20 December 2011 by Sandus's first Winter Solstice election, and the date became known as the Day of the Enfranchisement of the Party.

From 2011 until 2014, the Citizens' Communist Party of Sandus held congresses that served the same role as a parliament, meaning that all Sandum citizens could take part in the congress, vote, deliberate, and stand for election. At this point, the Party was structured around a twice annual congress cycle, one in November and another in April. The Party held its second congress in April 2012 when the Sôgmô granted the Party the status of a cooperative at the request of Party Secretary James Thompson. Thompson was elected once more in 2012 before his departure from Sandus in April 2013, a period known as the "National Consolidation" since Sandus lost its two most active citizens other than the Sôgmô, Thompson and André Sammut. The Party entered into a period of hiatus before it could be possible to return to normal with the advent of two social nations, Kumano and Überstadt. In November 2013, the Party held a conference as opposed to a congress, since the Acting-Secretary Gaius Soergel Publicola was unsure if there would be enough active citizens to merit a congress. Regardless, the conference created the opportunity for the Party to hear from intermicronational left-wing parties and to plan for its own future when activity would be restored.

The next Party Congress was not held until 9 November 2014, when Party Secretary Adam Camillus von Friedeck was first elected. At the 2014 Congress, the Party committed itself to major structural reform, removed all references to communism, advocated for the creation of the direct democratic assembly the Council, and chose to specialise its role as an advocacy and policy-planning organ with responsibility over both the entirety of the State of Sandus and over the Sandum economy specifically. The loss of the Party's role as the country's parliament meant that the Party has to reimagine itself. At this time, Sandus was oriented toward building a basic economic infrastructure under the 2015 Economic Goal, causing the Party to be focused more specifically on the Sandum economy and Sandum workers' relationship to the Central People's Government. After the November 2014 Party Congress, the Sandum People as a whole approved unanimously of the creation of the Council at the Winter Solstice election of 2014; the Council was created on 4 January 2015.

In the years after the Party yielded its role as national parliament, it reinvisioned itself as the long-term planning organ of the government and as one of two competent checks on the Sôgmô's power, the other being the Council—a less effective and slower check at the time because of its administrative irregularities and inconsistencies. As the State of Sandus came into fruition as a republic, the country came to see the Party as a necessary, if vague, state organ that most efficaciously and directly checks or moderates the Sôgmô's power. In time, the Party came to formulate its power not just in relation to workers' relationships with the state but indeed all Sandum citizens' relationships with the state.

In November 2016, the Party Congress first authorised the creation of the Party's constitution and platform. The Party's constitution was ratified on 16 December 2016 and created, for the first time, Party membership, the Party's Central Committee, and the notion of the platform. The new constitution also enumerated the responsibilities of the Party Secretary. The first Central Committee was not constituted until 2017 before the Party Congress. The Party's first platform, however, was not created until 21 December 2018.

Increasingly since 2019, the Party has solidified its importance in the Sandum constitution with the creation of the notion of the "Three Grand Officers of State," in which the Party Secretary is included. Today, the Citizens' Party of Sandus is not only considered the most important state organ for long-term planning and decision-making, but also has come to represent the most politically-engaged and active citizens of the State of Sandus. Party membership includes a wide number of Sandum citizens from a variety of backgrounds and political orientations, and members include participants of Sandum government across all three branches (the Sôgmô, the Party, and the Council) as well as from the bureaucracy of the Central People's Government.

Party Secretary

The Party Secretary (formally: the Secretary of the Citizens' Party of Sandus) is the highest office of the party and the second most important officer in the Sandum constitution.

# Portrait Name Term
1 Secretary
James Thompson
9 November 2011 2 April 2013
2 Acting-Secretary
Gaius Soergel Publicola
2 April 2013 9 November 2014
3 Secretary
Adam Camillus von Friedeck
9 November 2014 Present