Another citizen raised this good question:
One hallmark of a state is a defined territory... But what would the RR do?
I fundamentally disagree with territory = nation.
I think there are many cases of this notion not holding up to scrutiny. A nation CAN equal territory. But often it does not, or if it does, it exists within a nation-state or some other construct. The territory wise the Roman nation exists within many regions, and in many homes, at the lararium, the shrine, the altar, and places in between. Regarding the RR's role in assisting in the development of a Roman cultural/spiritual-nation I can outline some possible steps towards this goal.
I. Form a legally recognized organization acknowledged by nation-states that has the goal of assisting local people, communities and groups already established and living as Romans to some degree. That may be a combination of cultural and spiritual practices. (This process is already in progress)
II. The organization raises resources both in material and knowledge and simultaneously through these efforts gathers like-minded people across a spectrum of ideas that identify with general cultural and spiritual goals. These goals for the RR are defined in the Declaration: http://www.romanrepublic.org/wip/declaration.html
. (This process is already in progress)
III. Using the national resources the RR assists already existing local groups. This can be with funds, with educational resources, technology, promotion, and other benefits conveyed through international collaboration. This process helps grow the local communities and the worldwide national Roman community.
IV. The processes above inspires new local groups to form and assists new cultores into the CDR. In particular, it actively supports geographically isolated cultores in this respect, using the internet as a bridge towards other existing grassroots communities and towards founding new local communities. It links these new groups into the wider existing collaborative national community.
V. With the other steps in place larger projects at the local level are more easily facilitated through networking opportunities provided through the national infrastructure. Temples, shrines, education programs, books and other things can be co-produced by regional groups and the national community working together. Quality improves, education improves, a stronger national identity develops.
KEYPOINT: None of this is centrally directed by the RR! This is not NR! Local private groups which are part of a spiritual-nation should take the initiative. International infrastructure should exist to aid regions when requested. In other words, the RR is not here to tell people in France, Italy, or California how to do things. Instead, it acts as a consensus platform and a collaborative link between many groups that collectively form a nation made up of the regions and groups which subscribe to the said nation. The nation is not one of control; there is no territory to govern or regulate. Instead, it is about unifying people with various ideas but shared ideals towards a common ideal that strengthens our culture, religion, and identity as something distinct, existent, and recognizable as such by the rest of the world.