Sunday, August 29, 2010

State of the Nation - August 2010

Greetings all,

Byzantium Novum has continued to do very well through the month of August. We currently have 92 Citizens, an increase of 16 Citizens in the last month! This is excellent and steady growth, and hopefully it will even increase as we get into the Fall and Winter months and people take more time online! :)

We currently have 1,277 "Facebook Friends," which is another indication that people are "seeing" us and are interested enough to stay in contact. We will try for a new membership push this next month after people have settled into the new school year routine...

I am very pleased to announce that two new Senators have been voted into the Byzantium Novum Senate; Badvila Chalkeus and Exarch Matyas.

Both of these Citizens have remained interested and active on the lists, and have good organizational backgrounds. I am sure that the will be assets to the Senate and that the extra assistance there will be important for building new infrastructure for Byzantium Novum.

Please do join me in welcoming Badvila and Exarch Matyas as Byzantium Novum's latest Senators!

An interesting occurrence in August was that we had our first (and happily minor) disagreement on the main list. We have been over seven months without a single harsh word being spoken among our Citizens, which is a testament to the great people that are finding us! Happily the situation was over quickly and we've been able to prove that we can weather a storm. :) Many thanks to everyone that helped to keep the list friendly and on topic!

September should be an active month. With the new Senators we should be able to easily field a quorum for business, no matter how busy people get. It is "back to school" time in many places, but usually that means more Internet activity and that is hopefully a good thing.

We have even started talking about the possibility of a local gathering, which is a great thing to be able to even discuss in our first year!

Many thanks as always to everyone who has helped advertise Byzantium Novum in the "Groups" section of Facebook. We're doing everything we can to get the word out, and obviously it's working!

I look forward to seeing everyone on the lists in September. Long live Byzantium!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus

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