Spurius Iuventius Catulus wrote:Based on what little I know about the situation that gave rise to her departure, I am reluctant to cast too many stones at Cassia.
One can have concerns with the way it played out, but let us also be realistic: we're a non-profit, a discussion forum, and a social organization that facilitates the exploration of cultural interests. To put it on a higher pedestal -- e.g. treating it as a nation to which one can commit treason, etc. -- promotes neither the cause nor the organization. It just facilitates a higher intensity of drama within the organization and sows dissent among those who might be be members of one or both.
Roma Aeterna's aims seem noble. It's a different model from what we're doing here, which is all to the good given that not everyone wants to participate in a Republic-style group in order to interact with their coreligionists. At worst, I suppose one could set a high bar for the kind of documentation and planning one needs before contributing to the RA project if one feels that Cassia is intemperate or unreliable, but...well. That's an individual's choice.
(Disclosure: I became aware of RA via friends on another social platform, and have since joined them independent of this conversation.)
The objectives are the same, pretty much, not different. You better believe that the Roman Republic plans to build temples and do all the things Cassia's group says they will do. It fits like a glove on our objectives in the Declaration.
To achieve these aims described the Res Publica Romana is dedicated towards the following objectives:
i) To represent the interests of those who partake and live a restored Roman culture and/or religion and all of its associated practices;
ii) To preserve and promote the unity of a worldwide community who self-identify as Romans;
iii) To coordinate and facilitate the scholarly recreation of ancient Roman culture and all associated practices, such as, but not limited to, religion, art, literature, philosophy, architecture, language, and history, as well as general education on these topics;
iv) To fund and support original academic research to further an accurate cultural understanding of ancient Rome;
v) To take measures to promote literacy and the regular use of the Roman language of Latin;
vi) To serve as a facilitator of a restored Roman Religion (Cultus Deorum Romanorum) in regards to public ritual and to assist and aid a restored, independent and active Collegium Pontificum;
vii) Assisting the Collegium Pontificum in promoting the public Cultus Deorum Romanorum within the Res Publica Romana national community. The Collegium Pontificum is to have a primary role in all affairs regarding the practice of the public Cultus Deorum and maintenance of the Pax Deorum. The Collegium Pontificum will also have a role within education on spiritual traditions relevant to the practice of the Cultus Deorum;
viii) To work with the Collegium Pontificum in promoting and teaching the ancient Roman public and personal virtues in all activities facilitated by the Res Publica;
ix) To provide both regional and worldwide community administration of a nation of Romans structured as closely as possible upon the principles of the ancient Roman Republic. National governance and logistical direction is to be provided by a Senate and magistrates. The assemblies of the Roman People are to be the highest governing bodies of the Res Publica Romana;
x) To promote high-quality reenactment events related to ancient Rome as a means of scholarship, outreach, and cultural expression and to provide a forum for reenactors to collaborate collectively;
xi) To act as a medium by which goods and services relating to the restoration and education of Roman culture may be sold and traded;
xii) To retain the ability to levy membership fees from registered members (citizens);
xiii) To work towards eventual establishment of a physical community, within existing international borders, where a member (citizen) has the choice of living, working, raising a family and socializing amongst other Romans if they choose;
This declaration in affirming the restoration of the Res Publica Romana guarantees the following:
i) In forming a nation of Romans the Res Publica Romana rejects violence, coercion or any other activity deemed illegal in pursuit of its aims;
ii) To reject all forms of discrimination, including, but not limited to that motivated by ethnicity, gender, country of residence, sexual orientation or faith practiced;
iii) To provide all Romans who are citizens of the Res Publica Romana a forum to communicate as a united community of Romans;
iv) The recognition of two millennia of advances regarding human and animal rights. In this recognition, we pledge to respect, support and promote human and animal rights at all times within our nation;
v) Regular elections by which those who hold membership (citizenship) may voice opinions freely;
vi) No citizen may be penalized by any member (citizen) operating in an official capacity on behalf of the Res Publica without having the opportunity to undergo a fair and transparent review and appeals process;
vii) To provide regular financial transparency by providing annual detailed reports to all registered citizens and to insist upon competitive bidding procedures for all contracts signed by national and regional administrations;
viii) To insist that all officials, including recognized pontifices/augurs and other such figures demonstrate procedural transparency at all times and to provide accurate and detailed records to all registered citizens upon request and to the general populace on an annual basis;
ix) The primacy of national spiritual leadership is to be held by a Collegium Pontificum. This leading role in affairs pertaining to the Cultus Deorum Romanorum is to be respected and protected;
x) The rejection of political extremism promoting intolerance. This includes but is not limited to any fascist political ideology;
xi) The official religion of the Res Publica is to be publicly that of the ancient Roman religion (Cultus Deorum Romanorum)
xii) The freedom to follow, discuss and practice any personal faith as a private member (citizen) without discrimination or harassment. Mutual respect and tolerance towards all faiths and spiritual practices are to be held in the highest regard; no one is to be regarded as less or more Roman based solely on their private personal religious practices;
Let us compare, shall we? Here are Cassia's objectives:
1. To raise awareness and promote the study of the ancient religions and gods, in a safe and friendly environment.
2. To raise enough money to construct a temple and library, open to all.
3. To promote a modern adaption of ancient Roman culture.
4. To coordinate activity focused on the ancient cultures and to provide useful information.
5. To work towards an international community of likeminded people, conducting rites, promoting relationships with other organizations, hosting discussions, providing information, and organizing meetings.
Come now, did you read the respective objectives? They are almost 1:1. We are a non-profit Corporation, unlike Cassia's group. But more the reason why her resignation as a director in such an unprofessional manner is problematic.