Salvete, Magistrati et Quirites!
More administrative offices and bureaucracy is exactly what we do not
need. This was what led to an escalation of the conflict to the point that two valuable citizens have left the Republic.Res Publica
means the public affairs. It does not mean a certain apparatus of government. Every citizen can help in a project even without a formal title, because these are public affairs, our affairs, the citizens' affairs. I am sure no citizen would refuse to help when he is asked for it and it is within his capabilities, with official title or without.
Consul L. Curtius Philo recently made a very inspiring speech (Actually it was a post in this forum.), which I would like to quote:
Lucius Curtius Philo wrote:The RR is not a micronation. The RR is a nation.
We do not claim sovereignty.
We claim an already existing spiritual-cultural nationhood.
The RR is a nation and this objective already exists. This nation existed before the RR was founded.
These are some impressive words that we should meditate one moment about.
Consul Philo stated that we are all people of the Roman Nation
. And we were of the Roman nation even before this community was founded.
So, when Maecenas and Cassia resigned their citizenship, did they cease to be of the Roman nation? - I do not think so.
So what else does it mean? - It means they are still Romans, but they do not recognize our organization and are not willing to support our projects.
We do not have the power to take Romanitas
away from anybody. Losing a citizen means losing his support, it does not make him a Non-Roman. It is not a loss for him/her, it is a loss for us.
It is my firm belief that the spiritual nation of Rome that Consul Philo was talking about is more important than a certain organizational structure.
We cannot afford to lose important members, because they are unhappy with some detail of our community. Then our community has to become more open, more inclusive and less regulated, so it can become a home for every Roman, even when he disagrees with others.
If the forum needs to become more liberal and less strict in its code of conduct, then so be it! Let us loosen up about what is allowed to say and what is not!
Let us ask Cassia and Maecenas what they want and let us come to a compromise.
The controversy was among these two. The task of the Republic was to mediate between them, but instead we made it worse and lost both.
I have contacted Cassia to ask what ultimately caused her unfortunate decision. We must make an effort to bring these two highly regarded citizens back into our community.Valete!
C. Florius Lupus