Sawdustistan

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Sawdustistan
Flag

Flag
Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Motto
This Used to be a Joke Nation
Anthem
Sadu National Anthem
Map

Capital citySawdustigrad
Largest cityNorgharghan
Official language(s)English
Official religion(s)Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Animism, Themism
DemonymSadus (plural)
Sadu (singular)
Government Constitutional Democratic Republic
- Prime MinisterArmen Nazarian
- Speaker of the CommitteeAdam Koehler
- Prime JusticeCora McVey-Steele
LegislatureCommittee
- Type - Unicameralism
EstablishedOctober 17 2016
Area claimed.498 km^2 (123.09 Acres) (2020 estimate)
Population55 (2020)
CurrencySD and USD
Time zone(EST) UTC-5
National sportHog Kart Racing
National drinkVimto
National animalWhite-tailed Deer
This nation is a full member of the European Micronational Union
This nation is the founder of O.M.A.D.S.

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Sawdustistan, officially The Republic of Sawdustistan is a micronation located in Central Ohio. It was founded within Granville Ohio, later expanding to Newark Ohio. It was founded in 2016 by Armen Nazarian, Adam Koehler, Cora McVey Steele, and Abby Knobeloch. Throughout its life, it has changed its form of government several times. Originally the The Squadom of Sawdustistan and later into The Republic of Sawdustistan. The nation is mainly focused in Central Ohio but has unincorporated protectorates in California and the Baltic.

Etymology

The name of Sawdustistan originates from the combination of the English word "Sawdust" and the Persian suffix "istan". Sawdustistan translates to "The Land of Sawdust", although it's locally known as "The Land of the Black Saw Dust" which originated from the origin story of The Squadom of Sawdustistan and the appearance of the country's landscapes during snowy days.

History

Origins of Sawdustistan

In July 2015, Staskhaikstan was founded within Granville, Ohio, by Armen Nazarian and Logan Courtney. Throughout it's year-long history, Staskhaikstan was mostly stagnant. However, the nation designed a flag, a capital in present day Sawdustigrad, and established diplomatic relations with the nearby micronation of Fianna (led by Ethan Hendrickson). Half a year after its founding, Staskhaikstan was disbanded in Early 2016. The remnants of Staskhaikstan would later be used in the framework of Sawdustistan.

The updated redesign of the 2015 Staskhaikstan flag.

In October 2016, four friends; Armen Nazarian, Adam Koehler, Cora McVey-Steele, and Abby Knobeloch formed a clique named the SQUAD, later shortened to SQUA. Shortly after, the SQUA was reorganized into the Clique of Sawdustistan after a group art project focusing on black dyed sawdust. The Clique of Sawdustistan was established on the land where a square meter pile of black sawdust stood for a month before the land of Sawdustistan was annexed by the Spanish. Sawdustistan was originally established as a joke, however over the next years it culminated into something much more elaborate than initially intended.

The Squadom of Sawdustistan

In January 2017, Sawdustistan was in a state of crisis following the seizure of their homeland. However, the government of Sawdustistan stubbornly refused to capitulate. The Sadu Government-In-Exile decided to spearhead a program known as The New Land Initiative in order to establish a new homeland for the country. The Sadu government formed an oligarchic administration, officially known as the Squadom of Sawdustistan. Afterward The Squadom of Sawdustistan claimed the island of Ogurja Ada off the coast of Turkmenistan with the capital being located on the northern tip named Sawdustibôd. Sawdustistan declared war on Turkmenistan over Ogurja Ada, however ceased its claim after a 3 months.

The updated design of the Squadom of Sawdustistan flag.

In August 2017, the Squadom of Sawdustistan was split into two separate nations. East Sawdustistan led by Cora and Abby, and West Sawdustistan, led by Armen and Adam. The decision to split the state was decided on the basis of poor communication between the two parts of Sawdustistan at the time (Which is an elegant way of saying our lockers weren't next to each other) and the desire to be more efficient by allowing both sides of the country to make decisions independently. In November 2017, the decision was reversed and the East and West were unified once again and formed the Neo-Squadom of Sawdustistan. The reunification brought with it the tradition of weekly meetings of government officials and sparked of the creation of a new cultural identity within the nation based on the blending of West Asian and European ideas along with Animistic beliefs, later culminating in theologies such as Themism.

In June 2018, the Neo-Squadom of Sawdustistan constructed its first permanent capital of Sawdustibad and formed the Sawdustistan Defense Army to defend its land from future invasions. On July 4, 2018, all of the citizens invaded and occupied part of the nearby village of Granville, Ohio, however during the invasion, Abby "betrayed" and left Sawdustistan and joined Granville (She thought we weren't cool anymore :( ). Without supplies, Sawdustistan was forced to stop its occupation. In September 2018, the capital was moved to the city of Paytigrad (north of present day Sawdustigrad) following it's construction by engineers from the Defense Army. Paytigrad was tragically destroyed by the First Great Flood the same day Paytigrad was constructed. The Engineers held out in the sinking city for 3 hours and attempted to repair the damage, however the flood completely decimated the capital and the Defense Army was forced to withdraw until the next day. The following day, Armen and Adam engineered the new capital of Sawdustigrad (south of the city of Paytigrad) at a higher elevation and closer to the coast of Lake Sawvan.

Sawdustigrad the capital of Sawdustistan.

The Republic of Sawdustistan

In January 2019, President Ethan Hendrickson of Fianna, Incorporated Fianna into Sawdustistan. Ethan took charge of Sawdustistan's policy and reorganized the country into more of an actual micronation as opposed to a joke nation. Ethan set about further integration and centralization of all territories closer into Sawdustistan, organizing them into provinces.

After a week in January of considerable progress, the major government officials; Armen, Adam, Ethan, and Logan Courtney "took a break" and led the Sawdustistan Expeditions to map and survey the newly integrated provinces and territories within Sawdustistan. The Expedition Corp explored and mapped the vast woods and steep ridges of Fianna, the desolate hills of Buschland, and the swampish jungle of Kolechia. On February 13, 2019, Ethan began drafting the constitution which was finished in a mere few days. The constitution was ratified and signed on May 5, 2019, officially beginning the First Republic of Sawdustistan.

A picture from the Northern Territory (North of Sawdustigrad).

New Found Exposure

Between February and May of 2019, a chaotic event occurred in which Ethan put Sawdustistan as a location on Google Maps listed as a tourist attraction, however Armen did not like how his house was marked as a tourist attraction. The Committee of Sawdustistan attempted to remove the location from Google Maps, however the request never went through. The event was leaked from Sadu intelligence and became infamous in the local school that Sadu citizens attended. Dozens of people became interested in visiting Sawdustistan. This event for the first time exposed dozens of peers to Sawdustistan and would be the catalyst for the exponential population growth of Sawdustistan in 2019.

The new found exposure of Sawdustistan at the local school had two effects. First, the exposure opened Sawdustistan to a large population pool to recruit dozens of citizens from. Second, it led to the interest of Sawdustistan's number one enemy, Justin Buttermore.Buttermore was an American nationalist and the World History teacher of Ethan and Armen. Buttermore was infamous for the systematic discrimination of Sadu citizens and those interested in Sawdustistan by harassing committee members about Sawdustistan during his class and fabricating insane false statements about the nation. Such remarks include the fabrication that the nation was "a cult that kidnaps people for sacrifices". Buttermore's attempts to sway people away from Sawdustistan failed as it unintentionally gave Sawdustistan more legitimacy, exposure, and support from the insanity of the statements coming from the teacher. These events triggered the Buttermore Proxy War, best described as a game of cat and mouse between Buttermore and Sawdustistan. Sawdustistan attempted to advertise the nation and expand influence, as Buttermore attempted to do the opposite. After a year, the war ended in a decisive Sadu victory as Sawdustistan quintupled its population and extended reach to hundreds of students. Buttermore conceded and left the school in utter defeat.


On October 5, 2019, a new micronation known as Sandastan, founded by Connor Male and Andrew Crum, broke away from Sawdustistan. Sandastan claimed land west of Fianna and declared war on Sawdustistan. Ethan notified the committee which put the entire government into a frenzy. Armen and Ethan first attempted diplomacy to negotiate a peace treaty, however they only got obscene responses back and confirmation of war. After failed diplomacy with Sandastan, another new unknown micronation named Rockistan was formed across the Racoon Creek near Fianna. On October 19, the Sawdustistan Defense Army was mobilized to execute Operation Sandstone to invade and reincorporate Sandastan and Rockistan to eliminate their threat to the nation. The invasion force consisted of 1 infantry division of 4 soldiers led by Ethan. The Defense Army marched through Fianna and invaded Sandastan with no resistance and later traveled to Rockistan and reincorporated their land. Sawdustistan would relinquish the territory of Sandastan as a crazy farmer claimed the land and threatened government officials with a lever action rifle on the winter solstice for supposedly being on his land despite geolocation evidence refuting the claim. In November 2019, the Sadu government plastered propaganda posters all around the local school, gaining sixteen new citizens as a result. The same month, Sawdustistan established diplomatic ties and assisted in the nation building of a new micronation, founded by Elijah Goodman, named The Clockwerk Republic.

The mighty Raccoon Creek in Fianna

The Era of Stagnation

On November 9th, the first Prime Minister election took place following a constitutional amendment creating the position. Ethan Hendrickson and Robert Gangwer were the candidates. The first Prime Minister Debate was held in Nazarivan on a Instagram livestream. After 35 minutes of debating, Robert was preforming better however Ethan was considered more trustworthy and experienced within the nation. As a result Ethan Hendrickson won in a landslide with a result of 5-0. Ethan then appointed Cora as the first Prime Justice immediately after taking office.

During Ethan's term, Sawdustistan went dormant as most officials lost interest in the government. The nation remained marginally active as The Feast of the Hog and The Winter Solstice Festival were celebrated for the first time. The second election was held in Svet, Fianna, at the beginning of February 2020. Ethan, Adam, and Armen ran as candidates for Prime Minister. Ethan preformed the best in the debate and won the election in a second landslide of 5-1. Ethan promised to greatly improve Sawdustistan and make it major power in the Micronation community. In a stroke of terrible luck, the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and halted progress in Sawdustistan beginning The Era of Stagnation.

On July 13, 2020, The Foreign Ministry of Sawdustistan received dozens of bomb threats from Azerbaijani internet trolls traced back to the Azerbaijani government. In response, Sawdustistan created the Intelligence Division and in a secret committee meeting, unanimously voted on a caucus belli against Azerbaijan. After becoming a belligerent in the Second Artsakh War, Sawdustistan waged war for several months culminating in the Battle of Sawdustigrad in which Sawdustistan eradicated hundreds of accounts tied to state sponsored troll-farms in Baku and exposed a sensitive hacking plot to the public, the battle ended in a decisive Sadu Victory.

A portrait picture of Ethan Hendrickson the first Prime Minister

The third and fourth elections were held online. Ethan Hendrickson won both elections unanimously unopposed in May and August. After months of stagnation, the election cycle was reset and the fifth election was scheduled for early October 2020. During the fifth election, Armen utilized their Instagram to promote the election and allow the public to vote in a poll opposed to the committee electing. The fifth election had: Ethan Hendrickson, Kristin Hall, and Logan Courtney as candidates for the Prime Minister. Ethan got two votes, and Logan, and Kristin both getting six votes.

Ethan and Logan challenged the election as unconstitutional. Since the constitution stated that only Committee members are allowed to vote for Prime Minister and Armen gave all citizens the right to vote in this election. Ethan and Logan filed a National Court case to the Prime Justice to settle the election. However, Kristin conceded her campaign making Logan Courtney the second Prime Minister of Sawdustistan. Ethan was appointed as the second Prime Justice. Logan promised to expand cultural programs, the economy, infrastructure within the nation, and the military. However for most of his term, nothing has been done within the nation. The only activity was on the government's Instagram, and the creation of the Microwiki article.

The sixth election was held on January, 1st, and had Ethan and Armen as Prime Minister candidates. The election ended in a tie between them, with a vote of 9-9. Armen conceded his campaign to give Ethan his "redemption arc" as Prime Minister. Ethan did nothing during his term as Prime Minister. The seventh election was held on April 1st, and had Armen and Adam as the candidates. The election ended in Armen's favor, with a vote of 6-2. During Armen's term he achieved a few goals, much more than the previous administrations, yet did not achieve most of his goals as Prime Minister. He was able to create two state run companies, Cobb Industries and Sawdustifoundry. He also designed the one Sadar note and started the renovation of Sawdustigrad. The eighth election had no one run for Prime Minister because Sawdustistan morale was at an all time low as the government officials were going to different colleges. So as a way to put Sawdustistan in hiatus the eighth election had the two Sawdustistan icons, the Buddha and the Hog run for Prime Minister. The Hog won with a vote of 5-3. The Hog's purpose was to be an interim Prime Minister until the government became productive again. The Hog has been Prime Minister for the eighth and ninth term.

Government

The government of Sawdustistan is a Constitutional Democratic Republic. The government is headed by the Prime Minister currently held by The Hog. The government consists of the Committee, the Ministries, and the Courts. The Committee acts as a national discussion forum for the nation and as a group to propose and pass legislation. The Ministries are split into several types of government interest. Where it's their job to regulate and improve their areas of government interest. The Courts' purpose is to settle disputes between citizens and government officials and to review the constitutionality of certain actions in the government.

The Committee

The Committee is comprised of The Committee Members who represent the Sawblasts. Where each administrative division is granted one Committee member to elect. With the seats having an election every three months during the General Election. The main functions of The Committee are to have a general national discussion over the nation, propose and pass legislation, amend the constitution, impeach government officials, and declare war.

A Committee Meeting in Sawdustigrad

At the beginning of a term, The Committee members will appoint and confirm a Speaker of the Committee. Who leads the discussion and voting within. The Speaker during their time also can not be the Prime Minister or the Prime Justice to prevent a dictatorship from rising.

The Ministries

The Ministries are led by the Prime Minister who is voted by Sadu citizens during the General Election every three months. Who can not be the Speaker of the Committee and the Prime Justice during their term. At the beginning of the Prime Minister's term, he/she will appoint a Vice Prime Minister, Prime Justice, and the Ministers of the Ministries. The Ministers regulate and improve their area of government interest. Ministers can accept applications from citizens to help work within the Ministries. Giving the applicants one of two positions. That being the Deputy Minister who is second in command of the Ministry and the Secretaries who do general tasks and work.

  • Ministry of Commerce - In charge of minting of the currency, and growing the economy within Sawdustistan.
  • Ministry of Culture - To preserve and promote customs, traditions and folklore through art and social media.

The National Court

The National Court is the highest court in Sawdustistan and is where national issues or escalated Sawblast issues get resolved. It only has one seat held by the Prime Justice who can not be Prime Minister, Speaker of the Committee, or a Committee Member during their term. The Prime Justice's role is to settle disputes between citizens and government officials while reviewing cases on the constitutionality of government actions.

Sawblast Governments

All Sawblasts with the exception of the Autonomous Republic of Fianna and the Sawdustigrad Capital District have a Direct Democracy form of government. Where the citizens of the Sawblasts have voting power within the Sawblast government. Each Sawblast can elect their own leader named the Sawblast Governor who functions the same as Prime Minister but for that Sawblasts only.

Armen Nazarian taking a diplomatic trip to Užupis.

Foreign Relations

Sawdustistan's foreign relations started in May of 2019. Where they had their first contact with an existing Micronation named Folkistan. A breakaway state from The Republic of Fianna, founded in 2016 and led by Jacob Folk. At first the government was planning to invade the nation to regain the once Fiannan territory, but plans were abandoned to instead be recognized by a fellow Micronation. Although Sawdustistan still claims the lands of Folkistan to this day. Sawdustistan had also been in contact with another local Micronation named The Clockwerk Republic, but communication has been lost with them since early 2020.

Outside of local affairs, Sawdustistan had also done diplomatic missions via Instagram and Discord with 25 Micronations and joined the European Micronational Union. As well as Armen making a diplomatic trip to the micronation of Užupis in Lithuania in June of 2019. Armen Nazarian engaged in diplomacy with their Minister of Foreign Affairs leading to mutual recognition and remarks of support.

In July of 2020, the Republic of Sawdustistan became a belligerent in the Second Artsakh War after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was sent a bomb threat from troll-farms traced back to the government of Azerbaijan, Sawdustistan was then personally blocked on Twitter by the President of Azerbaijan, This means the existence of the Republic of Sawdustistan was technically acknowledged by the Macronation government in Baku.

In December 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was becoming increasingly irritated and displeased with the state of the Micronational community (namely from mediocre low effort micronations and pretentiously professional micronations) and so in December of 2020, The Republic of Sawdustistan founded O.M.A.D.S. (Organization of Micronations that Actually Do Sh*t) in an effort to improve the micronational community in their image.

Military

Sadu National Military Uniform

The Sawdustistan Defense Military is split up into six different divisions each one serving a purpose to defend the nation.

Administrative Divisions

Sawdustistan is divided into ten Sawblasts, with the city of Sawdustigrad having special administrative status as the country's capital. The chief executive in each of the ten provinces is the Sawblast Governor appointed by the population of each province to control all internal affairs of the Sawblast.

Sawblast Flag Governor Capital Area (acre) Population
Sawdustigrad Flag of Sawdustigrad N/A Sawdustigrad Capital District 1.76 31
Fianna Flag of Fianna Ethan Hendrickson Svet 78.425 10
Nazarivan Flag of Nazaravan Armen Nazarian Norgharghan 2.93 1
Kolechia (forthcoming) Logan Courtney Moshch 18.55 1
Olestan The official flag of Olestan Calire Malishenko Novvy Kyiv 12.4 2
Mörön Khanate Flag of Mörön Khanate Samuel Nguyen Karaqorum 5.2 2
No'kma'ki Flag of No'kma'ki Kristin Hall Alasutmaqney 0.970 1
Prussostan Flag of Prussostan Robert Gangwer Sawdustiburg 1.34 1
Buschland Flag of Buschland Adam Koehler Jagdburg 0.849 2
Avia Flag of Avia Cora McVey-Steele Naah 0.656 1

Economy

The economic activities of the Republic of Sawdustistan are run primarily off state-owned enterprises with few private investment. Since the government of Sawdustistan charges no taxes it is reliant on donations and volunteer service for income. The three major corporations in Sawdustistan are: Cob Industries, Sawdustifoundry, and Sawdustistan Entertainment. Cob Industries concerns itself with the extraction and production of earthen materials, masonry, pottery, and textiles. Sawdustifoundry concerns itself with metallurgy, stonework, and carpentry. Sawdustistan Entertainment is responsible for the production of media. There is one trade post located within Sawdustigrad referred to as the Shoppe. Along with the United States Dollar (USD), the Sadar (SD) is used as an official trade note for goods and services within Sawdustistan.

Geography and Climate

Sawdustistan is a landlocked country in the Midwest region of North America located at the border between the Appalachian Plateau, the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau, and the Central Lowlands of the Great Lakes region. Sawdustistan is an enclave within the United States and shares a border with Folkistan. Sawdustistan lies within the latitudes of 40° N and 40° S, and the meridians of -80° E and -80° W.

Topography

Sawdustistan has a territorial area of .498 km^2 (123.09 Acres) as estimated in 2020.

The Gold Tipped Ridge in Fianna

The terrain is mostly flat with a few steep hills, 95% of the land is Deciduous Forest with small pockets of Coniferous Forest. The land rises to 309 meters (1013 feet) above sea level at the Gold-Tipped Ridge.

Climate

Lake Sawvan during winter. (In both Nazaravan and Sawdustigrad)

The climate of Sawdustistan is majority hot-summer humid continental according to the Köppen Climate Model. Summers are hot, humid, and sunny, lasting from June to late-September. The temperature of Sawdustistan in the summer averages at a low of 61.2°F and a high of 83.8°F. The number of days above 90°F in Sawdustistan is only 9.9, however, the Summer humidity amplifies the heat making long times spent outdoors very uncomfortable. The average rainfall in Sawdustistan is 40.8" annually, however, droughts are very common in recent years. Springs are long, cool, and breezy, with an average low temperature of 28.5°F and a high of 72.1°F.

Spring is also Tornado and Flood season with the largest windstorm recorded occurring in May 2012 and the largest 500-year flood occurring in March 2020. Autumns are short, chilly, and windy, with an average low temperature of 23.4°F and a high of 64.4°F. Autumn is incredibly vibrant when the nation's many forests light up around the 10th of October. Winters are very dry and range from extremely cold to cool with an average low temperature of 18.7°F and a high of 39.3°F. The number of days below freezing average at about 127.5 annually and the number of days below zero average at 5.4 annually, despite the cold or because of it, winters are very active for Sadu citizens. Sawdustistan receives an annual snowfall of 21.1".

Demographics

The ethnic makeup of Sawdustistan (2019)

Sawdustistan has a population of 53 (2020 est.) and has an average population density of 124 per square kilometer. The vast majority of citizens are registered as residents of the capital of Sawdustigrad, however, the majority of residents are living in diaspora in the surrounding Greater Sawdustistan region.

Ethnic Groups

Ethnic Anglos and Celts make up 43.2% of the population. Germans make up 16.2% of the population, Vietnamese make up 5.4%, and minorities of Dutch, Italians, Poles, Ukrainians, Armenians, Persians, Tajiks, Euro-Japanese, Cambodians, African Sadus, Peruvians, and Mi'kmaq comprise the remaining population.

In recent years there has been a small effort by Sadu nationals to create a unique ethnic Sadu identity based on a common set of new traditions and beliefs however this effort has been only marginally successful.

Languages

English is the official language used by the vast majority of citizens and government officials, however, German, Russian, Vietnamese, Persian, Spanish, Mi'kmaq, and Armenian are spoken as second languages by a minority of citizens

Culture

Food

Food in Sawdustistan is incredibly varied from region to region though it's generally agreed upon that Norgharaghan, Nazaravan is the culinary capital of Sawdustistan taking heavy inspiration from Mediterranean, West Asian, and South Asian food with elements of Midwestern food mixed in. Sadu food in Nazaravan is characterized by large quantities of herbs such as rosemary, cilantro, parsley, and thyme with a metric ton of spices such as cumin, turmeric, and paprika. Nazaravan is expected to open a bakery in 2021 after the completion of a brick oven called a tonir which can be used to bake many different types of fresh flatbreads popular in the nation. In Nazaravan the most widely drunk beverage is tea, with the province holding the largest stockpile of foreign tea and the highest consumption in the nation.

Nazaravan is also responsible for introducing Sawdustistan to a beverage called Vimto which is imported from West Asia by the crate. The drink became widely popular after being a favored drink by the former minister of defense, Adam Koehler after visiting Nazaravan. Vimto is created using black currant, sugar, herbs, and carbonated water. In recent years Sawdustistan has manufactured it's own Vimto though in a limited capacity. Sawdustistan has such an affinity for Vimto that the beverage even has it's own folktale.

Outside of Nazaravan the food is mostly similar to Midwestern cuisine with slight regional differences. In Svet, Fianna, only Oreo O's are consumed, nothing more nothing less. In Kolechia, the people only eat dogshit, though efforts to replicate the culinary experience in Nazaravan are being attempted by the governor of Kolechia. Food in Olestan draws inspiration of Eastern European food with an acute fondness towards potatoes. Food in No'kma'ki draws inspiration from Native American cuisine with frybread being widely popular throughout the Sawblast. In the Mörön Khanate the food is heavily influenced by East Asian cuisine namely Vietnamese. The food in the capital is similar to Nazaravan with influences from all over the country especially from Buschland and Olestan. Sawdustigrad has it's own bar/ grill named the Screaming Snake which is the oldest restraunt in Sawdustistan and produces the majority of food for residents of Sawdustigrad. In Sawdustigrad food is produced from imports from all over the country mixed with local ingredients harvested from the forest including spring onions, walnuts, and mushrooms.

Festivals and Holidays

In Sawdustistan, conventional holidays popular in the Midwest and holidays practiced by any of the ethnic groups are commonly celebrated, however Sawdustistan also has many holidays and festivals unique to the nation that are celebrated alongside the more mainstream holidays. Most of these holidays came into the existence during the Cultural Renaissance of Sawdustistan, between 2018 and 2019.

Holiday/ Festival Date Description
New Years Jan 1 Celebration of the beginning of the new year.
Expedition Day Feb 10 Commemoration of the Sadu expeditions in 2019. Citizens are encouraged to explore outside to celebrate. Symbolism associated with this holiday include: compass, hiking boots, and pine.
Republic Day Feb 20 Celebrating the foundation of the land of black sawdust. Celebrated in Sawdustigrad with a military parade and speech by the prime minister. Symbolism associated with the holiday include: the log and saw, sawdust, and the national flag.
Spring Festival Apr 20 Celebrating the spring season.
Constitution Day May 5 Commemoration of the signing of the first constitution and establishment of the Republic of Sawdustistan.
Paper Burning (Harqaraqa) Jun 1 Festival celebrating the end of the school year. Citizens burn their work in a pyramid of paper to relieve stress. Symbolism associated with the holiday include: the bonfire.
Summer Solstice Jun 20 Celebration of the beginning of Summer.
Feast of the Hog (Kentronikhoz) Nov 23 Festival to celebrate the end of the harvest season. Citizens gather around a table with the statue of the hog situated at the center and eat a large feast. Sweet potato, meat and potato kotlets, and apple and cherry greens are some of the common dishes associated with the feast. Symbolism associated with the festival include: walnuts, maple, hedgehogs, and hawks. Popular festival events include: harvesting walnuts, Hogkart racing, and Wood carving competitions.
Winter Solstice (Pejipukpooripaev) Dec 21 Celebration of the beginning of Winter. Citizens gather at shrines and hang wishes on a paper up to be burned on a star staff pointed towards Polaris. Symbolism associated with the holiday include: the north star, red cedar, hemlock , ursa major, snowflakes, and the winter sun. Popular celebrations include: hiking, ice skipping, snowball skirmishes, solstice market with handcraft gifts, and vibing on the floor.

Films and Media

The movie poster for "The Hog"

Sawdustistan also has its own government-owned and sponsored entertainment company named Sawdustistan Entertainment. Where a handful of short films were produced and planned under. Right now there are only four released Sawdustistan movies, those being The Hog, The Buddha, and Genghis Khan vs the Aliens, and Joe Mama: The Movie. These films are widely loved within the Sadu community and friends outside of it. There were other attempts to create other films in Sawdustistan such as Samuel Nguyen a John Wick spoof all around Samuel Nguyen a well-known Sadu figure. Sawdustistan The Movie based in an apocalypse setting with Themist creatures and spirits in the film. Pyrogorus a traditional Japanese monster movie like those of the older Godzilla movie and a remake of The Hog.

Other than films Sawdustistan also creates updates and infographics about their nation on their Instagram. With their YouTube channel being the home for longer videos such as the previously discussed films, war propaganda, and other Sadu related videos.

Art

Sawdustistan has a diverse and growing community of artists and artisans. Artists are supported by national efforts spearheaded by the Ministry of Culture which utilizes artistic expression as a means to bolster the image of the country to the international community and expand influence. No'kma'ki produces the largest quantity of canvas paintings in the country. Sadu canvas paintings usually contain nature and landscape motifs. Sadu art isn't limited to canvas. Sadu artists produce intricate banners hung on a string with complex geometric and organic patterns painted with acrylic paint to hang up on buildings. Woodcarving is also a common artistic medium in Sawdustistan because of the many forests that encompass the majority of the land. Baculums are ritualistic clubs/ staffs carved from hardwood (typically black walnut or oak) and painted with symbols and patterns reflecting the user and wound together with twine. In recent years there is a larger amount of digital art being produced as a good chunk of the population has made the investment to purchase drawing tablets.

Folklore

Religion

Sawdustistan has a diverse range of theologies followed throughout the nation. Christianity is the earliest religion in the nation as Sawdustistan was founded by adherents to the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Protestant sects. With the introduction of new citizens, Sawdustistan welcomed adherents to the Buddhist and Islamic faiths.