From the Seneschale
mbaker at rapp.com
Tue Oct 8 10:38:00 PDT 1996
>> been "dumped." We had our nay-sayers, too. And for its "folly,"
>> has grown, it has grown richer, it has grown stronger, and has grown into
>> more and more enjoyable place to play.
> I belive that is the biggest problem with this current situation.
> This whole proposal came from up on High. This was not the populace's
> This is not what the populace wants!
It has the *appearance* of having come from on high. Unless and until the
original proponents choose to publically reveal themselves, we must keep
firmly in mind that the Crown has only served to relay a request made by
some unknown number of faceless individuals who are, and were, also members
of the populace. From the nature of the discussions with which I am
familiar, the Requestors may have good reason to wish to remain anonymous.
> I truly belive that in ten years or so we *will* have a
> in this kingdom, but not until the PEOPLE get together and decide that it
> right for them. THe good gentles of Ravensmarchland or BjornsGwladia or
> Weisnstepps (or wherever the PEOPLE decide to draw the line) will know
> the time is right!
timo, you left out the Elfstepfeldkeepers. For shame, m'lord. <gryn>
A great deal of the smoke&mirrors portion of the current proposal seems to
revolve around "who will get to keep the identity of 'Ansteorra'?"
Godshelpme, I've gotta throw out ANOTHER proposal: *everybody* keeps
Ansteorra. Bear with me a minute, Amra's headed out to the back orchards
with this one. (Ya know, the place where a ":good:" Arabic-type hides the
winepress for his non-Islamic hirelings to produce the vintages that lead to
such outre` thoughts ....)
Proposed: if&when Ansteorra is divided into principalities, those
principalities will indeed be permitted to advance to kingdom status at such
time as they qualify. Upon their individual qualification as kingdoms,
Ansteorra is advanced to the rank, titles, and estate of "Empire". The
"Empire" newsletter remains the _Black Star_, the tournament-chosen leader
becomes "Imperator/Imperatrix", and so forth. Individual kingdoms &
remaining principalities have dedicated sections within the newsletter, in
addition to Imperial-level communications and event announcements covering
the whole of the current (AS XXXI *plus* negotiated additions) lands
Too wierd, no doubt. But does anyone else have a better solution that still
allows all of Ansteorra to remain Ansteorran in perpetuity?
Thoughts Upon The Strength of One Star
Amr ibn Majid al-Bakri al-Amra
(copyright Mike C. Baker 1996; standard SCA permission to
publish granted: I get a copy of the publication, by-line
should credit SCA & mundane names, retain copyright notice.)
A single Star, unique in the heavens of this world
A single Star, forged of the sparks from a rattan sword
A single Star, brightly dark in the minds of one people
ANSTEORRA, dark-star banners fly from every steeple
Unique, standing proud in the plains of the coast
Strong-forged, resting upon hills where men boast
Dark-visaged, yet bright in the hills and the forested lands
ANSTEORRA, nation where the bold hero stands
Far-reaching, the report of her children's worth
Sharp-edged, the night-tales of her ancient birth
Thought-ringed, we still wonder at what we might do
ANSTEORRA, mother to all who by her stand true.
Golden banner with the dark star, flowing:
Here's to your legend forever growing!
Kihe Blackeagle (the Dreamsinger Bard) s.k.a. Amr ibn Majid al-Bakri
currently residing in Barony of the Steppes, Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mike C. Baker mbaker at rapp.com
Any opinions expressed are obviously my own unless explicitly stated
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