- Greetings to all the new subscribers to the EK South Mailing List, from
Well it didn't take long to get 21 subscribers to the List - I guess
there is some interest in this topic after all. I've never moderated a
list before, so some of you more exprienced types might want to help out
where necessary. We have a lot to talk about, and I'm anxious to have
everyone feel free to contribute.
For those of you who haven't heard this yet, one of the reasons Timothy
and I wanted to serve the Kingdom as King and Queen this past year was
so that we could give some attention to the Southern Region. You can
count on one hand the number of Royal Progresses that have happened in
the Southern Region in the three years between our two reigns. Anyone
who attended one of our Courts in the Southern Region in the past six
months saw an average of 25-30 awards being given out, most of them
Awards of Arms - we were playing catch up for three years that the
region did not have much opportunity for the populace to receive awards
and recognition. We had RP's in Blak Rose, Silver Rylle, Owl's Reste,
Caer Adamant, Barren Sands, Iron Bog, Eisental, Ostgardr, An
Dubhaigeainn, Bhakail, and Settmour Swamp. That's a lot of overdue
One thing we want to emphasize is that there are several Principalities
in the Known World which are "permanent", in that they have not gone
Kingdom for upwards of 20 years, and it doesn't look like they ever
will. The only experience the East has had with Principalities is that
they eventually go Kingdom (Atlantia, Drachenwald and Aethelmearc), but
it is possible to form a Principality that will continue to be a part of
the East Kingdom indefinitely. We are not looking towards necessarily
ever leaving the East Kingdom, just giving the Southern Region more
When you have a Prince and Princess of a Principality, they can give
Awards of Arms to the Populace. This would be a *huge* help in the
Southern Region - like I said, the largest percentage of awards we gave
out were Awards of Arms. Second, the Principality can decide to create
other awards - for example, another level of recognition for excellence
in fighting, arts and sciences, and service. Right now gentles from the
South must be recognized for their accomplishments on a Kingdom level,
which can take many years. In a Principality, they could get the pat on
the back a lot sooner with a Principality award.
Briefly, those are some of the main reasons we would like to see a
Southern Principality formed. It would also be nice to see some more
gentles have an opportunity to do a reign. For those of you who don't
know, in a Principality there are Coronet Tournaments instead of Crown
Tournaments, usually twice a year the same way we do with Kingdom. The
Prince and Princess of the Principality are distinguished from the
winners of the Kingdom Crown Tourney by identifying the Kingdom Crown
Tourney winners as Crown Prince and Crown Princess, since they will
ultimately be crowned King and Queen.
Some of you may have heard that the Northern Region of Atlantia is in
the process of forming a Principality, which they started last January.
Their web page is at:
Also I have copied some of the information from their web page here that
I thought would be of interest:
1. What is a Principality?
A Principality is a part of a Kingdom that has the right to choose
its ceremonial heads by combat. The
Prince and Princess (the Coronet) rule their lands in the name of
the Crown and are subject to its guidance.
The Coronet has such powers as Kingdom law and custom give it.
The Coronet may establish
non-armigerous awards and orders and may award armigerous awards
with the permission of the Crown.
Principalities have their own Great Officers and have the right to
make laws, so long as they do not conflict
with the laws of their Kingdom.
2. What are the requirements for a Principality?
The requirements for a Principality are defined in Corpora V.B.2:
A branch or contiguous group of branches may petition through their
kingdom for this status if the resulting
entity would fulfill the following requirements:
a. At least 100 subscribing members.
b. A full staff of prospective Great Officers, each of whom is
acceptable to the kingdom officer
responsible for the direction of that specific Society
activity and such other officers as kingdom law
and custom may require.
c. A name and device registered with the College of Arms.
d. Consensus favoring advancement in branch status, amongst
the members in the proposed
e. A record of well-attended events together with regular
study or guild meetings, demonstrations, and
other educational activities for the benefit of the members
and the community at large.
f. Sufficient members of the orders conferring Patents of Arms
to foster the development of those
orders and the skills they represent within the principality.
g. Sufficient fighters of such caliber as to provide
appropriate competition for the Coronet.
h. A body of principality law which provides for the
maintenance and succession of the Coronet, and
for any other matters delegated or permitted by the parent
kingdom. Draft laws, in the form they will
be presented to the victors of the first Coronet Lists, must
accompany a petition for principality status.
Finally, we would like to hold an open meeting sometime in
January/February to discuss this idea further, and to see how many
people show their interest by showing up. If anyone has suggestions
about where there might be a free site that would handle 200 or so
people, and is somewhat centrally located, please let us know.
Sorry this was such a long winded posting, hopefully lots of other
people will jump in to continue the discussion now, I'm looking forward
In Service to the East, the Society, and the Southern Region,
Gabrielle van Nijenrode