BRISTOW, Virginia – Today, His Majesty the King paid a state visit to Sandus as part of his tour of the mid-Atlantic. The most politically significant part of the day was the signature of a treaty cementing the Über-Sandum alliance.
The King arrived with the Sôgmô at the Palace of State shortly before 1100 EDT. They then proceeded to the Office of the Sôgmô, where light talk was made over beverages.
Diplomatic gifts were then exchanged. The King presented a box of smoked salmon from his native Pacific Northwest, a small display box containing soil from the grave of Emperor Norton of the United States, and a refreshing-scented sachet made of cotton dyed with Überstadti wildflowers and stuffed with needles from two trees of differing species growing in Rosewood. The Sôgmô presented a Hankook china mug bearing floral designs representative of Sandus and its Royal Family.
At noon, the Sôgmô donned his ceremonial robes and the King removed his state ornamentation to participate in a joint worship service. The King’s Christian portion of the ceremony began with the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, followed by readings from the epistle of James and the gospel of Luke on poverty and charity. The King closed by praying for assistance and humility in combating injustice.
The Sôgmô’s portion of the service combined elements of Ancient Roman religion and Buddhism. At the Shrine to Athena, he hailed the goddess and praised her for her power and goodness. He then sang the famous Seven Line Prayer to Padmasambhava, an ancient Indian guru. The service ended with the recitation of the Dedication of Merit, expressing a desire for all beings to be free from suffering.
Following the close of the religious service, the monarchs signed the Treaty of Socilivo Statehood with the Kingdom of Überstadt in view of the Sandum media. The treaty, previously approved of by the Überstadti government and Saint Josephsburg Economic Council, granted Überstadt Socilivo status with Sandus, a type of alliance wherein Überstadtis may become partial citizens of Sandus.
The treaty is considered the culmination of diplomacy and cooperation between the two states. It was agreed upon not only to provide a formal basis for the states’ relationship, but also to support their economic development, as Überstadtis who apply for the Sandum nationality will have the right to do business with Sandus. This achievement, along with the recent establishment of the Austenasian Crown Dependency of Oregonia adjacent to Überstadti colony Creekbed, is one of the many recent developments that will enable the Kingdom’s economy to benefit from the formation of the Saint Josephsburg Economic Pact (SJEP) without joining it. Popular opinion, as well as that of the King, is at present firmly against joining SJEP due to concerns over economic sovereignty.
After the treaty was signed, the leaders proceeded to nearby Ellicott City, a historic landmark of Sandus. They toured its streets, taking in the architecture and atmosphere, and spent a short time in an antiques shop, where the King purchased a gift for the Dictator of Doria. The King and Sôgmô then lunched at a local Afghan kebab restaurant.
Upon returning to the Palace of State, dialogue on economic development, and especially the possible nature of future trade between the two states, as well as on the development of academic micropatriology, was undertaken. This dialogue continued as the Sôgmô drove the King back to the nearest Washington Metropolitan Transit station, where they bade each other farewell.