LAWS OF THE MIDDLE KINGDOM Updated May, AS XXXVIIII (2003)

†† Effective April 1st, 2000

 

ARTICLE I - Defined Arms of the Middle Kingdom

I-100†††††††††††††††††††††† The Royal Arms of the Middle Kingdom shall be incorporated herein.

SOVEREIGN: Argent, a pale gules, overall a dragon passant vert, below an ancient crown or, surrounded by a laurel wreath proper.

CONSORT: Argent, a pale gules, overall a dragon passant vert, below an ancient crown or, surrounded by a wreath of roses argent, barbed and seeded proper.

 

ARTICLE II - Powers, Duties and Limitations of Royalty

II-100††††††††††††††††††††† The Sovereign and Consort of the Middle Kingdom, hereinafter referred to as the Crown, shall reign supreme over these lands in accordance with the By-Laws and the Corpora of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., and the laws of the Middle Kingdom.

II-101††††††††††††††††††††† The Crown shall have power to change these laws only after obtaining sage counsel from the Curia Regis as herein defined, provided that said changes do not in any way conflict with any part of the laws of the modern governmental institutions having authority over those areas within which the Middle Kingdom is said to hold sway.These changes must be publicly proclaimed at Court and published in the Pale before becoming law.

††††††† The Coronets of a Principality shall have the power to change the laws of the Principality provided that the changes have been reviewed by the Curia, and approved by the Crown of the Middle Kingdom, and that said changes do not in any way conflict with any part of the laws of the modern governmental institutions having authority over those areas within which the Principality is said to hold sway or the laws of the Middle Kingdom. These changes must be publicly proclaimed at a Principality Court and published in the Kingdom and Principality newsletters before becoming law.

II-102††††††††††††††††††††† Prior to passing a substantive law change, the Crown or the proper Curia Regis member shall publish that proposed law change in the Pale and allow such time as it is deemed necessary for comment on the proposed law change by the membership and populace at large.

II-103††††††††††††††††††††† The Crown shall have the power to declare proclamations as they so choose.Such proclamations shall have the force of law and shall be in effect only for the duration of their reign.These proclamations must be publicly proclaimed at Court and published in the Pale before taking effect.

II-104††††††††††††††††††††† The powers of the Crown shall extend only to the affairs of the Kingdom, not extending to the modern world.

II-105††††††††††††††††††††† No Sovereign, Consort, Tanist or Tanistís Consort may apply for or hold Corporate Office should the tenure of that office coincide with their reign.

II-106††††††††††††††††††††† When a scroll of arms is presented by the Crown, both the Sovereign and Consort shall sign it.

II-107††††††††††††††††††††† The Crown shall report all awards given at Their Courts to the Pale.The Crown may delegate this responsibility as they see fit, but the ultimate responsibility shall rest with the Crown.

II-200††††††††††††††††††††† The Tanist and Consort shall act as Regents of the Crown whenever both the Sovereign and Consort shall be unable to act due to absence.

II-201††††††††††††††††††††† When acting as Regents, providing they have prior approval of the Crown, the Tanist and Consort shall enjoy the same rights to gifts and duties as the Crown, save that when signing documents of any nature, they shall sign as Regents of the Crown, the same to be countersigned at a later date by the Crown.

II-202††††††††††††††††††††† If the Sovereign, Consort, Tanist and Tanistís Consort are absent, a Regent may be appointed by the Crown, said Regent to be any person of proven worth whom the Crown shall chose.

II-300††††††††††††††††††††† The area encompassed by a ten-foot circle around the throne shall be considered the Sanctum Mediterraneum and as such may not be entered save by the Great Lords and Ladies of State and those having received leave from the Crown to do so.The Sanctum Mediterraneum shall be extended to the edge of the Lists at all Tournaments.

II-400††††††††††††††††††††† A member of the College of Seneschals and of the College of Heralds shall be at the side of the Throne at all times when Court and other public Kingdom business is being conducted.

II-500††††††††††††††††††††† The Royal Family shall be defined as Sovereign, Sovereignís Consort, Tanist, Tanistís Consort, Territorial Prince and Princess, and Territorial Principality Heir and Heiress.

II-600††††††††††††††††††††† The Coronet of a Territorial Principality within the Middle Kingdom shall have the right to make simple Awards of Arms as They see fit to subjects of Their Principality.

 

ARTICLE III - Great Lords and Ladies of State

III-100†††††††††††††††††††† All Great Lords and Ladies of State shall be considered to be of equal rank save for instance of specialty.

III-101†††††††††††††††††††† At the Crownís discretion, a Great Lord or Lady of State may be given a Grant of Arms, after passing a six-month probationary period.

III-102†††††††††††††††††††† Holders of Grants of Arms by virtue of past service to the Middle Kingdom as Great Officers of State may use a Dragon Crest in displaying their arms.Same crest is reserved to these holders of Grants of Arms.Holders of Grants of Arms by virtue of service prior to becoming a great officer of the Middle Kingdom may be granted the right to use a Dragon Crest in displaying their arms.

III-103†††††††††††††††††††† All Great Lords and Ladies of State shall be appointed by the Crown in consultation with the officeís predecessor and the Curia Regis, subject to approval from the appropriate Society officer.

III-104†††††††††††††††††††† All Great Lords and Ladies of State shall be held, with their subordinates, responsible to uphold all Laws of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., and in particular, those of the Middle Kingdom.

III-105†††††††††††††††††††† All Great Lords and Ladies of State shall be empowered to appoint such assistants in office as are needful to the effective performance of the duties of that office.All these appointments shall be made under Warrant.

III-106†††††††††††††††††††† There shall be maintained a permanent record of all correspondence and activities carried on in the performance of the duties of each office, the same to be subject to examination by any member, with cause, of the Curia Regis of the Middle Kingdom and further subject to be turned over to any successors in the office.

III-107†††††††††††††††††††† All Great Lords and Ladies of State shall maintain a record of all the names and addresses of their subordinates in office, regardless of the level of the subordinates.An up-to-date copy of this record shall be provided to each member of the Royal Family at each Crown Tournament.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† III-108 The Great Lords and Ladies of State are:Kingdom Seneschal, Dragon Herald, Earl Marshal, Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences, Kingdom Chronicler, Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer and Kingdom Chirurgeon.

III-109†††††††††††††††††††† All Kingdom Great Officers shall be warranted for an additional period of one and one half (1 1/2) years following satisfactory completion of a six (6) month probationary period; and possibly be extended for a third year.No Kingdom Great Officer shall serve for a continuous period of more than three years.

III-200†††††††††††††††††††† The Seneschal of the Middle Kingdom shall be the principal legal representative of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., within the Middle Kingdom.

III-201†††††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Seneschal shall be responsible for all procedures involved with authorizing new groups and changing the status of existing groups and shall keep a list of the dates on which all groups have been authorized or have had their status changed.

III-300†††††††††††††††††††† The principal Herald of the Middle Kingdom shall be called the Dragon Herald and shall perform all those duties in office as are considered proper by ancient tradition.

III-301†††††††††††††††††††† The Dragon Herald shall act as the voice of the people in all petitions to the Crown.

III-302†††††††††††††††††††† The Dragon Herald shall act as the voice of the Crown in making all proclamations of the Crown.

III-303†††††††††††††††††††† The Dragon Herald and his subordinates shall enjoy the traditional immunities of that office, so long as the duties of that office are being carried out.

III-400†††††††††††††††††††† The Earl Marshal of the Middle Kingdom shall make every effort to promote the safe and orderly conduct of combat on the Lists of the Middle Kingdom in accordance with the Rules of the Lists and the conventions of the Middle Kingdom.

III-401†††††††††††††††††††† The Earl Marshal shall be responsible for the proper handling of all waivers after they are fully and properly executed.The Earl Marshal shall allow no person in any combat activity, either single or as part of a team, unless they have properly and fully executed a waiver.

III-402†††††††††††††††††††† The Earl Marshal shall be responsible for the proper training and conduct of all combatants and prospective combatants of the Middle Kingdom and shall develop a positive program for the attainment of this end.

III-403†††††††††††††††††††† The Earl Marshal shall be responsible for the training and appointment of all marshals of the Middle Kingdom

III-404†††††††††††††††††††† No person shall represent himself as a member of the Middle Kingdom Marshalate without the specific approval or warrant of appointment of the Earl Marshal.

III-500†††††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences shall have the responsibility for the encouragement and organization of the study and practice of the peaceful Arts and Sciences within the Middle Kingdom, and for the maintenance of records of research in these arts and sciences.

III-600 The Kingdom Chronicler shall have the responsibility for publishing and mail≠ing the Pale, the official newsletter of the Middle Kingdom, on a regular schedule. The Chronicler shall print all public announcements and report news therein.

III-601 The Kingdom Chronicler shall maintain a checking account which shall be used for all monetary transactions in the operation of his or her office and the publication of the Pale.

III-602†††††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Chronicler shall make quarterly financial reports concerning his or her office to the Curia Regis

III-700†††††††††††††††††††† The Chancellor of the Exchequer shall maintain a record of the acquisition and disbursement of the funds of the Middle Kingdom.

III-701†††††††††††††††††††† The Chancellor of the Exchequer shall submit a financial report to the Curia Regis at least once every three months.

III-702†††††††††††††††††††† Monies exceeding the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00) shall not be disbursed from Middle Kingdom funds without the assent of a quorum of the Curia Regis.

III-800†††††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Chirurgeon shall have the responsibility for the encouragement, development, and organization of the study, practice, and research of the practical applications of first aid.

III-801†††††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Chirurgeon shall have the responsibility for upholding the policy set forth by the Chirurgeonís Handbooks of the Society and of the Kingdom.

III-802†††††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Chirurgeon shall have the responsibility for coordinating InterKingdom participation of Kingdomís chirurgeonsí guilds as needed when the Middle Kingdom hosts InterKingdom events.

III-803†††††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Chirurgeon shall have the responsibility for coordinating with the Earl Marshal the participation of the Kingdom Chirurgeonsí guilds as needed at events.

 

ARTICLE IV - Lesser Lords and Ladies of State

IV-100†††††††††††††††††††† All Lesser Lords and Ladies of State shall be appointed or removed from office under signed warrant of the Crown by their respective superiors.

IV-101†††††††††††††††††††† There shall be maintained a permanent record of all correspondence and activities carried on in the performance of the duties of each office, to be subject to examination by any member of the Curia Regis with cause, and further subject to be turned over to any successors in office.

IV-102†††††††††††††††††††† A record shall be kept of all subordinates in each of the offices, to include addresses.

IV-200†††††††††††††††††††† The Keeper of the Archives shall be appointed by the Kingdom Seneschal and shall keep safe copies of all documents of the Middle Kingdom and such property of the Crown as is entrusted to his care.

IV-300†††††††††††††††††††† The Curia Secretary shall be appointed by the Kingdom Seneschal.

IV-301†††††††††††††††††††† The Curia Secretary shall record and maintain a file of the minutes of the meetings of the Curia Regis.Copies of the minutes shall be disseminated to all members of the Curia Regis within three weeks of any meeting.

IV-400†††††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Historian shall be a deputy of the Kingdom Chronicler and shall be responsible for the accumulation and compilation of records of all historical affairs.

IV-500†††††††††††††††††††† The Information Officer shall be a deputy of the Kingdom Seneschal and shall be responsible for disseminating information concerning the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and its activities within the Middle Kingdom.

IV-600 ††††††††††††††††††† The Chatelain(e) shall be a deputy of the Kingdom Seneschal and shall be responsible for the introduction and education of new and prospective members in the culture, customs and courtesies of the Society. The Chatelain(e) shall also be responsible for the coordination and training of local, baronial or provincial officers as needed for assistants

IV-700†††††††††††††††††††† The Minister of Protocol shall be a deputy of the Dragon Herald and shall be responsible for education relating to protocol, order of precedence issues and ceremonial function of the Middle Kingdom at the discretion of the Dragon Herald and the Crown.

IV-701†††††††††††††††††††† The Clerk of Precedence shall be a deputy of the Dragon Herald and shall be responsible for maintaining the Kingdom Order of Precedence. The Clerk of Precedence shall provide the Crown with an updated Order of Precedence at each Crown Tournament

IV-800†††††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Signet shall be a deputy of the Dragon Herald and shall be responsible for the coordination of scribeís efforts to provide scrolls for the Crown.

IV-900 The Archer General shall be a deputy of the Earl Marshal and shall make every effort to promote the safe and orderly conduct of archery within the Middle Kingdom.In addition, the Archer General shall be responsible for the training and Warranting of Archery Mar≠shals as assistants.

IV-1000†††††††††††††††††† The Dean of the Equestrian College shall be a deputy of the Earl Marshal and shall make every effort to promote the safe and orderly conduct of equestrian activities within the Middle Kingdom. The Dean shall be responsible for overseeing the administration of the College, the training and warranting of Equestrian Marshals and shall coordinate all period equestrian activities within the Middle Kingdom.

IV-1001†††††††††††††††††† The Dean shall ensure that the rules and conventions of the Equestrian College are followed for all equestrian activities. In cases where the rules are not being followed, the dean of the Equestrian College is responsible to taking proper steps to bring about compliance, to prohibit violators from participating, or both. The Dean shall be responsible for suggesting changes or additions to the rules of the Equestrian College to the Earl Marshal.

IV-1100†††††††††††††††††† The Marshal of Fence shall be a deputy of the Earl Marshal and shall coordinate all period fencing activities within the Middle Kingdom. The Marshal of Fence shall be responsible for all required paperwork pertaining to period fencing. The authority of the Marshal of Fence shall not extend to other forms of combat activity.

IV-1101†††††††††††††††††† The Marshal of Fence shall ensure that the rules and conventions for period fencing are followed. In case the rules are not being followed, the Marshal of Fence is responsible for taking proper steps to bring about compliance, or to prohibit violators from participating, or both. The Marshal of Fence shall be responsible for suggesting rule changes or additions to the Earl Marshal.

IV-1102†††††††††††††††††† The Marshal of Fence shall be responsible for the training and Warranting of Fencing Marshals in the Middle Kingdom to assist him in his duties. The Marshal of Fence may choose regional deputies at his discretion, subject to approval by the Earl Marshal and Crown.

IV-1200†††††††††††††††††† The Minister of Regalia shall be a deputy of the Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer and shall be responsible for obtaining and maintaining any regalia and possessions of the Kingdom in a manner that befits a Kingdom.

IV-1201†††††††††††††††††† The Minister of Regalia shall be responsible for providing the Crown with any regalia or possession requested from inventory for the reign at Coronation, and receiving said regalia or possessions back at the end of their reign. The Minister of Regalia shall also be responsible for providing the Royal Heirs with any regalia requested from inventory for their tenure as heirs at Crown Tournament upon victory, also receiving said regalia back upon their Coronation. The Minister of Regalia shall deliver to the Crown at Coronation any tokens of favor (such as championís tabards) which are to be passed out at the Crownís discretion, and returned at the end of the reign.

IV-1202†††††††††††††††††† The Minister of Regalia shall be responsible for maintaining an inventory of items possessed by the Kingdom. This inventory shall be updated as needed, and presented to the Crown, its Royal Heirs, the Kingdom Seneschal, and the Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer within 30 days following Crown Tournament.

IV-1203†††††††††††††††††† The Minister of Regalia shall be responsible for notifying the Curia Regis of any repairs or additions needed to the inventory, and shall be responsible for obtaining approved items or repairs in a timely manner.

IV-1204††††††††††††††††††† The Crown, the Tanist and the Tanistís Consort shall obtain the use of the regalia owned by the†††††† kingdom for Their station only by checking out such regalia as is in a serviceable state as†††††† determined by the Minister of Regalia, from the Minister of Regalia.

The Crown is responsible and accountable for whatever regalia is checked out from the Minister of Regalia for Their use and must check in or account for the same regalia as well as turning in any additional regalia received before the Crown can step down.

The Tanist and the Tanistís Consort are responsible and accountable for whatever regalia is checked out from the Minister of Regalia for Their use and must check in or account for the same regalia as well as turning in any additional regalia received before they can be coronated.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Any regalia leaving the possession of the Minister of Regalia for maintenance or repair must be signed out by the persons responsible for the maintenance or repair. The person signing out the regalia will be held accountable for the regalia and shall report to the Minister of Regalia on a monthly basis as to the progress of their work on the regalia.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Any regalia leaving the possession of the Minister of Regalia permanently for whatever reason can only do so with the permission of the Crown and approval of the Curia.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Minister of Regalia shall create keep the necessary records to account for all the regalia of the Middle Kingdom.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Failure to check in or account for regalia used during a reign or while serving as Royal Heirs will constitute an incomplete reign.

IV-1300†††††††††††††††††† The Chancellor of Regalis Universitas Mediterraneae shall be a deputy of the Crown, and shall be responsible for the day-to-day administration of Regalis Universitas Mediterraneae.

 

ARTICLE V - The Curia Regis

V-100 †††††††††††††††††††† The Curia Regis of the Middle Kingdom shall consist of the Royal Family (to include the Coronet and heirs of territorial principalities), The Great Lords and Ladies of State of the Middle Kingdom, the seneschal(s) of territorial principalities within the Middle Kingdom, the Chancellor of RUM and such other persons as are appointed by the Crown for the duration of the reign

V-101††††††††††††††††††††† Any member of the Curia Regis may petition the Crown for a meeting.

V-102††††††††††††††††††††† A quorum of the Curia Regis shall consist of the Crown, the Kingdom Seneschal, and three other Great Officers of State.

V-103††††††††††††††††††††† Members of the Curia Regis, except for the Kingdom Seneschal and the Crown, who are unable to attend an official meeting of the Curia Regis may petition the Crown to be represented by a deputy of their choice at such official meetings.

V-200††††††††††††††††††††† Corporate Officers may, when present, be invited to attend all meetings of the Curia Regis and their opinions invited on any matter being discussed.

V-300††††††††††††††††††††† Other persons may be asked to attend if they have expertise in the matter to be discussed.They shall attend only for the duration of the discussion of said matter.They are there at the invitation of the Crown.

V-400††††††††††††††††††††† A quorum of the Curia Regis must meet at least three times during every reign.

V-401††††††††††††††††††††† Minutes of the Curia Regis shall be made available to the populace by subscription, in electronic format on-line, and in any other formats deemed necessary, effective, and efficient by the Crown and the Curia.

V-500††††††††††††††††††††† The Coronet (and/or) Heirs of Territorial Principalities will present to the Curia a report on the state of Their Principality, as a part of Curia Meetings.

 

ARTICLE VI - Crown Tournaments and Coronations

VI -100††††††††††††††††††† Crown Tournaments of the Middle Kingdom shall be held on Memorial Day weekend in May and the 3rd full weekend of October, except for unusual circumstances.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Coronations of the Middle Kingdom shall be held between the second full weekend in April to the second full weekend in May and between the second full weekend in September to the second full weekend in October, except for unusual circumstances.

VI-101†††††††††††††††††††† Coronations and Crown Tournaments of the Middle Kingdom shall be rotated amongst the different regions of the realm so that such events can be distributed fairly throughout the Middle Kingdom. The following schedule shall start the rotation and set the pattern for the future:

Coronations Crown Tournaments

Primary Secondary Primary Secondary

Spring 2002 Northshield Midlands Constellation Northshield

Fall 2002 Pentamere Oaken Midlands Constellation

Spring 2003 Constellation Northshield Oaken Pentemere

Fall 2003 Midlands Pentemere Northshield Oaken

Spring 2004 Oaken Constellation Pentemere Midlands

Fall 2004 Northshield Midlands Constellation Northshield

Spring 2005 Pentamere Oaken Midlands Constellation

Fall 2005 Constellation Northshield Oaken Pentemere

Spring 2006 Midlands Pentemere Northshield Oaken

Fall 2006 Oaken Constellation Pentemere Midlands

 

Bids will be sought from both primary and secondary regions in the rotation.Bids will be accepted from any branch in the Kingdom.In the case of two equal event bids, preference will fall to the bid originating from the region in the rotation cycle.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† At the end of this schedule the same pattern of regional assignments is repeated. The regions used shall be those as defined by the office of the Kingdom Seneschal.Within each region, we look first to the Baronies and Province of the Middle Kingdom to host the assigned events.A Special deputy of the Kingdom Seneschalís office will assist the groups in the planning of their events as needed. This deputy will also ensure that each group who has a desire to host such an event in the region has an opportunity to apply to do so.The Special Deputy will ensure groups preparing prospective event bids are aware of the requirements and policies for hosting Kingdom events, and that the bid is compliant with the same.

The Kingdom Seneschal will coordinate with groups hosting kingdom events to ensure that the needs and spirit of the event are maintained.

The goal is for each event to be on the Kingdom Calendar at least nine months before the date of the event. This will help with the event planning process and free up the kingdom calendar for other groups planning events.

If no group within the region due to host the event has submitted a bid within 10 months of the event, the Special Deputy will forward the best available bid packages to the Kingdom Seneschal, regardless of region of origin.All branches of the Middle Kingdom are encouraged to seek out suitable sites for Kingdom events, and to submit bids on Kingdom events, with preference going to the region listed in the rotation.

The group hosting the event for the region needs to submit an event plan to the Kingdom Seneschal, for review and approval by the Curia Regis. The Special deputy of the Kingdom Seneschalís office will coordinate the event plan and offer whatever assistance and advice as needed.

To ensure the best possible Kingdom Events, the Special Deputy will procure back-up event bids for use in the case of failure of the original plan through loss of site or inability to meet the needs of the event.

VI-200†††††††††††††††††††† All belted and baldricked fighters may compete in any Crown Tournament by right, provided that they inform the Tanist in writing by his Coronation.Unbelted and unbaldricked fighters may be given the privilege of competing by the Crown.The entrance of any fighter into the Crown Tournament List shall be governed fully by the Laws set forth in the Corpora and the Rules of the Lists of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., and the Laws of the Middle Kingdom.

VI-201†††††††††††††††††††† All belted and baldricked fighters may compete in any Coronet Tournament for which they meet the residency requirements, by right, provided that they inform the Territorial Coronet and Crown in writing.

VI-202†††††††††††††††††††† It is the duty of the Coronet, with the approval of the Crown, to exclude anyone from participation in Coronet Tourney for just and stated cause and to inform them of the same in a confidential manner.

VI-203†††††††††††††††††††† All Combatants and Consorts for Crown Tournament must submit to both Their Royal Highnesses and the Kingdom Seneschal: letters of intent, proof of membership valid through the month following Crown Tournament, and photo identification with birth date. Their Royal Highnesses may make additional requirements at Their discretion. These materials must be received by the date of Their Royal Highnessesí Coronation with exceptions at Their discretion.

VI-300†††††††††††††††††††† The exact manner of conducting the Crown List shall be decided solely by the Crown, save that once the combatants are chosen, the pairing shall set places in a double elimination list and shall be by the luck of the draw and by no other means.

VI-400†††††††††††††††††††† All combatants for the Crown and those for whom they fight shall have resided within the Middle Kingdom for at least six months immediately prior to the Crown Tournament.They shall reside within the Middle Kingdom at the time of the tournament and shall expect to remain so for at least one year.

VI-500†††††††††††††††††††† All combatants for the Crown and those for whom they fight shall have participated in Middle Kingdom activities for at least six months immediately prior to the Crown Tournament.Combatants shall have fought in at least four official tournaments within the Middle Kingdom.This will ensure their familiarity with the fighting standards of the Middle Kingdom, Kingdom customs and the duties of the office to which they aspire.

VI-501†††††††††††††††††††† No person under 21 years of age may be fought for in any Crown Tournament in the Middle Kingdom. Emancipated minors may be exempted at the discretion of the Crown on a case-by-case basis, but proof of emancipation is required.

VI-600†††††††††††††††††††† No Sovereign, Consort, Tanist, Tanistís Consort nor Territorial Prince nor Princess nor their heirs may either fight or be fought for in any Crown or Coronet Tournament.

VI-601†††††††††††††††††††† No Great Lord nor Lady of State nor an appointed successor to a Great Office may either fight or be fought for in a Crown Tournament where the reign would coincide with their tenure in office.

VI-700†††††††††††††††††††† In such instance where a Principality within the Middle Kingdom shall become a Kingdom in its own right, a crown tournament shall be held consisting of fighters from within the Principality, and the victor shall immediately be crowned Heir of the New Kingdom and crown an Heirís Consort also from within the Principality. The Heir shall be crowned Sovereign of the new kingdom and crown a Sovereign's Consort, at a time and place mutually agreed upon by the Crown of the Sovereign Kingdom and the Heirs to the new kingdom, in consultation with the Prince and Princess of the Principality. The conduct of the Crown Tournament shall be at the discretion of the Crown of the Middle Kingdom in accordance with the laws and customs of the Middle Kingdom.

 

ARTICLE VII - Authorizations for Combat Activity

VII-100†††††††††††††††††† All persons shall be formally accepted, tested, and approved for combat activities as defined in Governing and Policy Decision 12 before entering any lists held within the Middle Kingdom.Authorizations for the lists of the Middle Kingdom shall be conducted by the Crown or heir designate.

VII-101†††††††††††††††††† A person who has not participated in a Society combat activity at an officially sanctioned event for more than one year may be asked to re-authorize in that activity at the discretion of the Marshal in charge.

VII-102 ††††††††††††††††† No person under 18 years of age is authorized to participate in combat activities within the Middle Kingdom except as provided for by marshallate policies. Persons under 18 years of age who may be authorized to participate in other kingdoms are permitted to compete under Middle Kingdom guidelines.

 

VII-103 ††††††††††††††††† No member of the Middle Kingdom marshallate, including chivalry, is allowed to train any person under the age of 18 for SCA combat using any method which could result in bruises or more severe injuries being inflicted upon that person except as provided for by special warrant from the Earl Marshal or designated representative

VII-104†††††††††††††††††† Only persons who are current members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. are authorized or are allowed to be authorized to participate in combat activities within the Middle Kingdom.Persons who are not current members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. who may be authorized in other kingdoms are not authorized within the Middle Kingdom.

VII-105†††††††††††††††††† While an individual whose membership lapses may not participate in any lists held within the Middle Kingdom during the lapse, the individual need not reauthorize following resumption of membership except as provided in VII-101.

VII-200†††††††††††††††††† The Earl Marshal shall keep a current list of all authorized persons in the Kingdom.The list shall be made available at all tournaments within the Middle Kingdom.

VII-300†††††††††††††††††† An individualís authorization may be revoked by the Crown or a Warranted Marshal for a serious cause.Said individual must satisfactorily pass the authorization requirements before being allowed in the lists again.

 

ARTICLE VIII - Contracts with the Modern World

VIII-100††††††††††††††††† All contracts requiring the Middle Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., to appear or "perform" must have the approval of the Middle Kingdom Curia Regis.

VIII-101††††††††††††††††† The actual contract document must be submitted to the Curia Regis for review prior to approval and signing.

VIII-102††††††††††††††††† Any contract signed by the Kingdom Seneschal for the Middle Kingdom requiring an expenditure of or exposing the Middle Kingdom to liability of more than $1,000.00 shall be reviewed by qualified legal counsel.

VIII-200††††††††††††††††† Contracts covered by Section VIII-100 shall be signed by the Kingdom Seneschal.

VIII-201††††††††††††††††† Authority to negotiate and sign a contract covered by Section VIII-100 may be delegated to a person or persons only by the Kingdom Seneschal with the approval of the Curia Regis.

VIII-202††††††††††††††††† Monthly progress reports shall be required of all persons engaged in negotiating a contract covered by Section VIII-100 even if such a report consists only of "no contact, no progress, nothing done" on a postcard to the Kingdom Seneschal.

VIII-300††††††††††††††††† All negotiations of a contract covered by Section VIII-100 shall be concluded in such a time frame that they may conveniently be presented to a meeting of the Curia Regis, rejected, re-negotiated if necessary, resubmitted to a Curia Regis and submitted to the Chronicler, if approved, before the deadline for the Pale is passed.This means that negotiations must be concluded at least a month before the applicable Pale deadline.

VIII-301††††††††††††††††† Negotiations not being concluded in time is not grounds for running a special issue of the Pale.

 

ARTICLE IX - Orders, Precedence, and Symbols of Rank

IX-100††††††††††††††††††† The Order of Precedence within the Middle Kingdom shall be as follows:

††††††††††††††† Sovereign/Sovereignís Consort
††††††††††††††† Tanist/Tanistís Consort
††††††††††††††† Territorial Princes/Princesses
††††††††††††††† Heirs/Heiresses of Territorial Principalities
††††††††††††††† Dukes/Duchesses
††††††††††††††† Counts/Countesses
††††††††††††††† Viscounts/Viscountesses
††††††††††††††† Peers of the Realm
††††††††††††††† Territorial Barons/Baronesses
††††††††††††††† Court Barons/Baronesses

††††††††††††††† Awards and Orders conferring Grants of Arms
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 1.††††††††††††††† Dragonís Heart
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 2.††††††††††††††† Gold Mace/Greenwood Company/Bronze Ring/White Lance/Evergreen
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 3.††††††††††††††† Grant of Arms
††††††††††††††† Awards and Orders conferring Awards of Arms
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 1.††††††††††††††† Willow/Silver Oak
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 2.††††††††††††††† Purple Fret/Queenís Favour/Doeís Grace/Kingís Chalice
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 3.††††††††††††††† Dragonís Tooth/Dragonís Barb/Cavendish Knot/White Chamfron/RedCompany
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 4.††††††††††††††† Gaping Wound
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 5.††††††††††††††† All other Awards of Arms

IX-101††††††††††††††††††† There shall also exist within the Middle Kingdom certain awards and orders which shall not convey precedence:

††††††††††††††† Award of the Dragonís Treasure

††††††††††††††† Award of the Purple Fretty

††††††††††††††† Award of the Dragonís Teeth

††††††††††††††† Award of the Dragonís Flight

††††††††††††††† Award of the Grove

††††††††††††††† Award of the Saphire

††††††††††††††† Order of the Royal Vanguard

IX-102††††††††††††††††††† Awards granted to a branch, guild or other organized group of the society shall not convey individual precedence to the members of that group.

IX-103††††††††††††††††††† Except for Royalty, all placement within the different classifications of the Order of Precedence shall be done according to seniority in that title.

IX-104††††††††††††††††††† Honors given by organizations below Kingdom level shall not appear in the Kingdom Order of Precedence although they may be used in their appropriate Orders of Precedence, i.e. Baronial awards may be employed in order to define a Baronial Order of Precedence.

IX-105††††††††††††††††††† In planning and executing a Grand Procession, the Crown, or the presiding heraldic officer, with the permission of the Crown, may determine the Order of March as they desire.Individuals created of more than one title may have their choice as to which title they march under in the Grand Procession.

IX-106††††††††††††††††††† The Order of the Rose shall exist in the Middle Kingdom for the purpose of encouraging chivalrous and courteous behavior among all members of the Society.Candidates shall have held the office of Consort for at least one full reign.Membership shall be automatic upon descension from the throne.Membership in the Order of the Rose shall not convey precedence.

IX-200††††††††††††††††††† The King and Queen may wear crowns of gold ornamented as They see fit.

IX-201††††††††††††††††††† The Tanist and Tanistís Consort may wear crowns of silver ornamented as They see fit.

IX-202††††††††††††††††††† The Prince/Princess of a Principality may wear coronets silver, ornamented as They see fit.

IX-203††††††††††††††††††† The Principality Heir and Heiress may wear coronets of silver with a single dance, ornamented as They see fit.

IX-204††††††††††††††††††† Dukes and Duchesses may wear coronets with strawberry leaves, ornamented as they see fit.

IX-205††††††††††††††††††† Counts and Countesses may wear coronets embattled, all gold, ornamented as they see fit.

IX-206††††††††††††††††††† Viscounts and Viscountesses may wear coronets embattled, all silver, ornamented as they see fit.

IX-207††††††††††††††††††† Great Lords and Ladies of State may wear the badges of their respective offices.

IX-208††††††††††††††††††† Peers of the Realm may wear the badges of their respective Orders as defined by Society Law.

IX-209††††††††††††††††††† Landed Barons and Baronesses may wear gold coronets with six pearls (spheroids), ornamented as they see fit.

IX-210††††††††††††††††††† Court Barons and Baronesses may wear silver coronets with six pearls (spheroids), ornamented as they see fit.

IX-211††††††††††††††††††† Members of the various Kingdom Orders may wear the badges of their respective Orders.

IX-212††††††††††††††††††† Members of the Populace with Awards of Arms may wear a simple metal circlet, ornamented as they see fit, with no more than one protrusion. The overall height of the band shall not exceed one inch. The circlet shall not resemble any of the coronets listed above.

 

ARTICLE X - Financial Accounting

X-100††††††††††††††††††††† All monies for SCA purposes must be handled through the local SCA account.No incoming monies shall be handled through private accounts.

X-200††††††††††††††††††††† All groups hosting a Middle Kingdom level event as defined in X-800, shall file a financial accounting with the Middle Kingdom Exchequer within one month following said event.

X-300††††††††††††††††††††† All groups must have an Exchequer.

X-400††††††††††††††††††††† All accounts held in the name of the SCA, Inc., in the United States shall be registered under the Federal tax number 94-169-8556.All accounts in Canada shall be registered as "(John Doe), in trust for the barony/shire (N)."

X-500††††††††††††††††††††† Any group which disbands or is dissolved by the Board of Directors shall have two options regarding any funds held by said group:

1. Any funds remaining shall be turned over to the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the Middle Kingdom for use by the Kingdom;

2. The group may, at the discretion of the Curia Regis, donate the funds to an IRS approved charitable institution.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Failure to do one of the two above will result in the last known funds being reported to the IRS as personal income for the last reported exchequer or seneschal.

X-600††††††††††††††††††††† All appeals for funds within the Middle Kingdom done in the name of the Middle Kingdom, the Royal Family, or any Greater or Lesser Lady or Lord of State, shall be approved in advance by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

X-700††††††††††††††††††††† All groups hosting a Middle Kingdom level event, as defined in Article X-800 are required to split the profits from the event with the Middle Kingdom. These Moneys are to go to the General Fund.

X-800††††††††††††††††††††† A Middle Kingdom level event is defined to be a Crown Tournament, Coronation, Kingdom Arts and Sciences Competition, War, Border Raid or any other event so proclaimed in the Pale by the Crown.

 

ARTICLE XI - Oaths of Fealty

XI-100††††††††††††††††††† The Oath of Fealty of the Knights of the Middle Kingdom shall be as follows: "I here swear fealty and do homage to the Crown of the Middle Kingdom: to ever be a good Knight and true, reverent and generous, shield of the weak, obedient to my liege-lord, foremost in battle, courteous at all time, champion of the right and the good.Thus swear I, (Name)."And the Crown shall answer: ďThis do We hear and will never forget: to be your Liege-Lord, rewarding fealty with love, valor with honor, and oath-breaking with vengeance."

XI-200††††††††††††††††††† The Oath of Fealty of the Great Officers of State of the Middle Kingdom shall be as follows: "I here swear fealty and service to the Crown and the Middle Kingdom: to well and loyally administer my Office and give wise counsel to the Crown according to my knowledge and ability.Thus swear I (Name)." And the Crown shall answer:"This do We hear and will never forget, nor fail to reward that which is given: fealty with love, service with honor, and oath-breaking with vengeance."

XI-300††††††††††††††††††† The Oath of Fealty of the Prince and Princess of a Middle Kingdom Principality shall be as follows: ďI here swear fealty and do homage to the Crown of the Middle Kingdom: to hold the Principality of (Name) in fief from the Crown, to loyally uphold and enforce your laws in those lands and give wise counsel to the Crown according to my knowledge and ability.Thus swear I (Name)."And the Crown shall answer: ďThis do We hear and will never forget, nor fail to reward that which is given: fealty with love, service with honor, and oath-breaking with vengeance."

XI-400†††††††††††††††††† At the Crownís discretion, the word "justice" may be substituted for the word "vengeance" in each Oath of Fealty.

XI-500†††††††††††††††††† As it is the Crownís duty to be true and faithful rulers for Their subjects, upholding Their subjectsí rights and working for their benefit, so shall the Crown not permit oaths of fealty to restrict Their subjects from full participation within the Society.If for reasons of conscience a subject be unable to swear an oath as specified within these laws, the Crown shall create an alternate ceremony that both respects the integrity of the individual and enhances the pageantry and flavor of the Society.

XI-600††††††††††††††††††† All territorial barons and baronesses shall swear fealty to the crown.

 

ARTICLE XII - Courts of Chivalry and Courts of Inquiry and Arbitration

XII-100†††††††††††††††††† Courts of Chivalry

XII-101†††††††††††††††††† Courts of Chivalry of the Middle Kingdom are for the express purpose of investigating matters within the medieval framework of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., and pertain only to conduct and subjects within the structure and definitions of the Society.

XII-102†††††††††††††††††† All persons involved in the convening and proceedings of a Court of Chivalry should bear in mind the seriousness of the affair.Courts of Chivalry should not be convened for trivial reasons and should be regarded as a last resort.All other avenues available for settling the matter should be exhausted before a Court of Chivalry is convened.

XII-200†††††††††††††††††† The Earl Marshal shall have the responsibility for the convening of all Courts of Chivalry of the Middle Kingdom.

XII-201†††††††††††††††††† In such case as the Court of Chivalry shall be desired wherein the Earl Marshal is the subject, the Crown shall appoint a Peer of the Realm to assume all duties assigned to the Earl Marshal by these articles.

XII-202†††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Seneschal shall act as advisor to the Earl Marshal and the Crown on matters of Society and Kingdom Law.

XII-203†††††††††††††††††† Any person or group desiring the convening of a Court of Chivalry for any reason shall petition the Earl Marshal and the Crown in writing, presenting a summary of the reasons for the Court and any evidence to be presented.

XII-204†††††††††††††††††† The Earl Marshal shall determine if the evidence warrants a formal Court and shall inform the Crown of his decision.

XII-205†††††††††††††††††† If the evidence does not warrant a formal Court, the Earl Marshal may, with the approval of the Crown, settle the matter in a lesser manner; for example, by means of a reprimand, or may recommend remedial action to the Crown.

XII-206†††††††††††††††††† If the evidence warrants a formal Court, the Earl Marshal shall convene the Court as provided for by these articles.

XII-300†††††††††††††††††† The populace shall be notified of the date and place of the Court by means of an announcement in the Pale, as provided for in these articles.All Courts of Chivalry shall be open to the populace.

XII-400†††††††††††††††††† The Crown shall preside over a Court of Chivalry, or may, at Their discretion, appoint a Royal Peer to preside in the name of the Crown.It is suggested, in a case where the proceedings of a Court shall extend beyond the end of a reign, that the new Crown appoint the former Presiding Peer to continue in that office, to preserve the continuity of the proceedings.

XII-401†††††††††††††††††† The judgment of a case before a Court of Chivalry is reserved to the Crown; judgments rendered by a Royal Peer presiding in the name of the Crown are subject to review by the Crown before becoming official.

XII-402†††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Seneschal and the Dragon Herald or their representatives shall be present at a Court of Chivalry to advise the Crown or Presiding Peer.

XII-403†††††††††††††††††† The composition of a Court of Chivalry and the procedure followed in presenting evidence is at the discretion of the Earl Marshal, subject to the restrictions of these articles.

XII-500†††††††††††††††††† In any case where a person or group of persons may be the subject of a Court of Chivalry, the following procedure shall be followed.

XII-501†††††††††††††††††† The evidence in the Court shall be heard by the Crown or the Presiding Peer, who shall be advised by a Council of Peers of the Realm.The number of this Council is at the discretion of the Earl Marshal, but at no time shall a case be heard with a Council of fewer than six.The members of the Council shall be selected by the Earl Marshal with the approval of the Crown and the subject of the Court from a pre-existing pool of potential Councilors.

XII-502†††††††††††††††††† The Earl Marshal shall maintain a pool of potential Councilors that shall consist of at least two members of each of the Peerages; Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, and Royal, two landed Barons or Baronesses, and two members of the populace who do not fit either of the previous categories, from each region of the kingdom.The Earl Marshal may, at his discretion, appoint more of any one group to the pool.The Earl Marshal with the approval of the Curia, shall appoint said potential councilors for a term of two years on a rotating schedule to be set by the Earl Marshal.

XII-503†††††††††††††††††† Councilors will be chosen from the pool and seated for any session of the Court by the subject of the court subject to the approval of the Earl Marshal and the Crown or the Presiding Peer.Any Councilor who has a conflict will recuse herself or himself from potential selection.

XII-504†††††††††††††††††† The Earl Marshal shall notify the subject of the Court in writing that the Court is to be convened, and shall include:

1. Copies of this Law and any other Laws pertaining to the case.

2. The names of those who petitioned for the Court to be convened.

3. The formal list of Charges to be brought before the Court.

4. An outline of the procedure for the hearing of the case.

5. The time and place of the jury drawing, said time to be not less than two weeks following the notification of the subject.

6. A list of four proposed dates and places for the Court to be held, said dates to permit publication of the chosen time and place in the Pale, and covering a span of not less than four weeks.

XII-505†††††††††††††††††† The subject of the Court shall choose one of the proposed dates and places for the Court and shall notify the Earl Marshal in writing of this choice within two weeks of being notified of the Court.In the unusual circumstance where none of the proposed dates and places is acceptable, the subject shall petition the Earl Marshal and the Crown in writing within two weeks of being notified of the Court, to request another date and place. The granting of said petition shall be at the discretion of the Crown.If the subject of the Court fails to respond within the period specified by these articles, the Earl Marshal shall select one of the proposed dates and places and shall notify the subject in writing that the Court will be held then and there, with or without the subjectís attendance.

XII-506 The subject of a Court shall be allowed to be represented and advised by such counsel as he or she chooses.The Crown shall appoint a Peer of the Realm acceptable to the subject to aid in his or her defense, if the subject so requests.

XII-507 The subject of a Court shall have the right to present evidence and call witnesses in his or her defense, and shall be allowed to cross-examine all witnesses called.

XII-508 The Earl Marshal shall cause a complete record of the proceedings to be made by whatever means is determined to be most efficient and reliable.A copy of this record shall be made available to the subject of the Court if he or she should wish to appeal the judgment.

XII-509†††††††††††††††††† Upon the conclusion of the case, the jury shall present to the Presiding Peer their recommendation upon the disposition of the case.The judgment in the case shall be rendered by the Presiding Peer, subject to the review of the Crown if They are not presiding.

XII-510†††††††††††††††††† The judgments of Banishment from the Society or Degradation from the Peerage shall be stated in the form of a formal request from the Crown to the Board of Directors, since enactment of these judgments is reserved to the Board.

XII-511†††††††††††††††††† The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., is the ultimate appeal for any member of the Society.Any judgment of a Court of Chivalry may be appealed to the Board as provided for in the Corpora.

XII-600†††††††††††††††††† The judgment of any Court of Chivalry shall be published in the Pale as soon as possible following the adjourning of the Court.

XII-700†††††††††††††††††† Court of Inquiry & Arbitration

XII-701 ††††††††††††††††† The Court of Inquiry & Arbitration is intended to provide an opportunity for fair arbitration between antagonistic parties and the establishment of the facts of a complaint.

XII-702†††††††††††††††††† A request for a Court of Inquiry & Arbitration must be made in writing to the Kingdom Seneschal, specifying the reasons for the request, after the lesser mechanisms for reconciliation have been used and proven unsatisfactory to one or more of the antagonistic parties. After receiving such a request, the Kingdom Seneschal shall inform the Crown of the need to convene a Court of Inquiry & Arbitration.

XII-800†††††††††††††††††† The Seneschal shall establish a date for the convening of the Court after consultation with the Crown.The Court may only be convened within the Middle Kingdom, at an official event published in the Kingdom Newsletter.The Kingdom Seneschal shall notify the antagonistic parties of the convening of the Court in writing, by return receipt requested mail, a minimum of ten days prior to the date of convening of the Court.Any of the antagonistic parties may appeal the scheduled date directly to the Kingdom Seneschal or Crown.

XII-801†††††††††††††††††† Failure of an antagonist to appear after such proper notification has been made may be considered by the Judge or Panel of Judges to be a plea of 'no contest' to the complaints specified.If this occurs, the Judge or Panel of Judges may proceed with reaching a decision in the matter.

XII-900†††††††††††††††††† The Crown may function as the Judge of the Court of Inquiry and Arbitration, or may appoint a triumvirate Panel of Judges, as the Crown sees fit. The Judge or Panel of Judges shall consider the merits of a complaint and offer resolution to the antagonistic parties.In the case where a Panel of Judges sits, a simple majority vote shall constitute a decision of the Court in all matters.

XII-901†††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Seneschal shall sit as an adviser to the Court.The Judge or Panel of Judges may select such other advisors or assistants as seem appropriate. The Earl Marshal shall act as the Sgt. of Arms to the court.

XII-902†††††††††††††††††† The Curia Secretary shall keep an official record of the Court's proceedings and decisions.Copies of this official record shall be provided in a timely fashion to the antagonistic parties, the Judge or Panel of Judges, and the Crown if the Crown does not sit as Judge of the Court.†† The Kingdom Seneschal as archival material shall keep this official record.Each antagonist has the right to file a formal written response to the decision by the Court with the Kingdom Seneschal during this time, such a response then becoming a part of the archival material.

XII-903†††††††††††††††††† It is expected that the Court shall be convened for only a short period of time.To this end, the antagonistic parties shall be asked at the outset of the Court if they can agree, in part or in whole, to a list of stipulated facts in the matter as prepared by the Advocate.

 

ARTICLE XIII - Succession of the Crown in the Absence of the Sovereign

XIII-100††††††††††††††††† In such case as the Sovereign or Consort shall be unable to fulfill the duties of the Crown, the other shall fulfill all the duties of the Crown until the successor is crowned at the customary time of Coronation.

XIII-200††††††††††††††††† In such case as both the Sovereign and the Consort shall be unable to fulfill the duties of the Crown, the Tanist and Tanistís Consort shall be proclaimed Sovereign and Consort, respectively, and shall fulfill all the duties of sovereign and consort until the customary time of Coronation.At this time, the Tanist shall be crowned Sovereign by the Premier Peer of the Realm who has beforehand been Sovereign, according to the customs of the Middle Kingdom. The Tanistís Consort shall then be crowned Consort according to the customs of the Middle Kingdom.

XIII-300††††††††††††††††† In such case as there shall be no Tanist or Tanistís Consort, a Crown Tournament shall be held under the supervision of the Sovereign, according to the laws and customs of the Middle Kingdom.

XIII-301††††††††††††††††† In such case as the Tanist or Tanistís Consort shall be unable to fulfill his or her duties, the one who is able shall fulfill all the duties of the Tanist and Tanistís Consort until the customary time of Coronation at which time he or she shall be crowned Sovereign according to the customs of the Middle Kingdom.

XIII-400††††††††††††††††† In such case as both the Sovereign and the Consort shall be unable to fulfill the duties of the Crown, and there is neither Tanist or Tanistís Consort, the Dragon Herald, as voice of the Crown, shall proclaim a Regent. Said Regent shall be the Coronet of the Senior territorial principality in the Middle Kingdom.†† A Crown Tournament shall be held under the supervision of the Earl Marshal, according to the laws and customs of the Middle Kingdom, as soon as is possible.The victor in the Crown Lists shall be immediately crowned Sovereign by the Regent, according to the customs of the Middle Kingdom. The victorís consort shall then be immediately crowned Consort according to the customs of the Middle Kingdom. The new Crown shall hold a Crown Tournament as soon as it can be announced in the Pale to choose a Tanist and Tanistís Consort to be crowned at the customary time of Coronation.

 

ARTICLE XIV - Recognition and Advancement of Subsidiary Groups

XIV-100††††††††††††††††† All groups desiring recognition or advancement within the Middle Kingdom shall petition both the Kingdom Seneschal and the Crown.

XIV-101††††††††††††††††† The Kingdom Seneschal shall keep the Crown appraised of the progress of all such petitions.

XIV-200††††††††††††††††† Groups other than Cantons (and their equivalents) are required to have a Seneschal, an Exchequer, a Pursuivant, and at least one of the following: Minister of Arts and Sciences, or Marshal. Cantons are required to have a Seneschal, an Exchequer and at least one of the following: Pursuivant, Minister of Arts and Sciences or a Marshal.

XIV-201††††††††††††††††† If any training of fighters is to be undertaken, the group must have an appropriate Marshal.

XIV-202††††††††††††††††† If monies are held by the group, an Exchequer is required.A group may not hold monies in the name of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. until it has been officially recognized by the Middle Kingdom Seneschal as an incipient or full-status group.

XIV-203††††††††††††††††† Upon obtaining full status, a group shall recommend and request warrants for their officers.

XIV-300††††††††††††††††† Prospective groups shall submit a name to the Kingdom Seneschal and the College of Arms.

XIV-400††††††††††††††††† Existing groups shall not be permitted a division or advancement which will foster a schism or factionalization of a political nature in the resident population.

XIV-500††††††††††††††††† Prospective new baronies must reach and maintain a level of at least 30 sustaining and 10 additional associate or higher memberships.

XIV-600††††††††††††††††† Prospective new principalities must reach and maintain a level of at least 125 sustaining and 50 additional associate or higher memberships.

XIV-700††††††††††††††††† No geographic area, other than a group officially recognized by the Kingdom Seneschal, may have officers, a champion, or defined borders.Groups listed on the Middle Kingdom Collegium Seneschallorum are officially recognized by the Kingdom Seneschal.

 

ARTICLE XV - Territorial Barons and Baronesses

XV-100†††††††††††††††††† A letter of request from the populace and polling information from the Kingdom Seneschal's office shall be forwarded to the Crown for consideration of any appointment of a Territorial Baron and Baroness. The letter and polling must reflect the consensus of the members of the Society within the proposed Barony.The populace of a Barony and the resigning Baron/Baroness (if a Baron and Baroness are currently in place) shall in this way advise the Crown regarding the appointment of a new Baron/Baroness. Consideration of the letter and polling requires that the selection of the Baron and Baroness must not be substantively opposed by the members resident in the Barony.

XV-200†††††††††††††††††† Pursuant to these considerations, the Crown shall appoint as Baron and/or Baroness those individual(s) deemed most fit to represent the Royal presence in the Barony.

XV-210 ††††††††††††††††† The term baron refers to the male gender.The term baroness refers to the female gender.No two members of the same gender shall be appointed as baron and baroness.

XV-300†††††††††††††††††† Territorial (Landed) Barons and/or Baronesses may not also hold the offices of Baronial Seneschal or Baronial Exchequer. In addition, a Territorial Baron and/or Baroness may not be a signatory on any Baronial bank account.

XV-301†††††††††††††††††† Territorial (Landed) Barons and Baronessess must reaffirm their fealty in person to the Crown of the Middle Kingdom (or the Crown's appointed representative) at least once per reign.

XV-302†††††††††††††††††† Territorial (Landed) Barons and Baronessess must report, in writing, to the Crown of the Middle Kingdom (or the Crown's appointed representative) at least once per reign. This report shall be due at each Coronation.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This report shall include: contact information for both the Baron and Baroness (including address of residence, telephone and e-mail contact information, if applicable) copy of current, valid Society membership, information regarding the state of the Barony, summary of events and meetings attended by the Baron and Baroness, and changes to any existing Baronial Charter. The first report shall include a copy of the Baronial Charter, if one exists.

XV-303†††††††††††††††††† All Baronies will have established a term of office of five (5) years for the Baron and Baroness. At the end of the term shall have conducted within their barony, a polling of the populace for a new Baron and/or Baroness. The current Baron/ess may be nominated for the polling. This polling shall be conducted through the office of the Kingdom Seneschal, following the Kingdom Seneschalate policies. The polling shall be conducted in all regions of the kingdom following the Coronation schedule, as established in Kingdom Law VI-101.

XV-304†††††††††††††††††† Territorial Barons and Baronesses, once titled, shall retain said title until such time as they leave their Barony to become a resident of another place so as to preclude their continued active participation in the affairs of the Barony.Upon leaving their Barony, they shall resign their territorial title and, at the discretion of the Crown, may be styled Baron/Baroness of the Court.

XV-305†††††††††††††††††† The populace of the Barony and the resigning Baron/Baroness shall advise the Crown regarding the appointment of a new Baron/Baroness by a written petition reflecting the consensus of the members within the Barony. Consideration of this petition requires that it must not be substantively opposed by the members resident in the Barony.

XV-400†††††††††††††††††† In the case of an extended, but temporary, absence of the Baron/Baroness, he/she may request that the Crown appoint a Vicar to fulfill the duties of Baron/Baroness until their return.

XV-410†††††††††††††††††† The vicar may fulfill the duties of the baron/baroness for up to one year. The Crown may choose to extend the period of time that the vicar serves up to a maximum of eighteen months.

XV-420†††††††††††††††††† If a baron/baroness is not active for one year without the appointment of a vicar, the crown shall appoint a new baron/baroness.Not active is defined as no participation in the resident barony at events and/or meetings.

XV-500†††††††††††††††††† Baronial Court may only be held within the territory of the Baron/Baroness holding Court.

 

ARTICLE XVI - Miscellaneous Laws

XVI-100††††††††††††††††† Anyone may attend Middle Kingdom events provided they wear an attempt at pre 17th century dress and adhere to the requirements for participation as specified in Society law.

XVI-200††††††††††††††††† The research and display of medieval gunnery is to be permitted, but no weapon is to be discharged under any circumstances under SCA auspices, except for signaling purposes at the Pennsic War.

XVI-300††††††††††††††††† Within the constrictions of federal, state, local and SCA ordinances, any person may choose any persona, regardless of race, national origin, or sex.

XVI-400††††††††††††††††† No household, guild, association, etc., organized for the purpose of assassination or of slavery shall be allowed in the Middle Kingdom as this does not meet with the basic principles of chivalric behavior.Assassination games may still be played with the advance knowledge and consent of the players.No activity, contest or publication which appears to condone or frivolously treat slavery shall be allowed in the Middle Kingdom.

XVI-500††††††††††††††††† No Great Officer of the Middle Kingdom or their warranted Deputies shall produce any official publications without approval of the Curia Regis.

XVI-501††††††††††††††††† Content of any official handbook is subject to editing by the appropriate Great Officer and the Crown before publication.

XVI-502††††††††††††††††† All profits resulting from such publications must be returned to the Kingdom Treasury as required by the Exchequer, for disbursement through the normal budgeting procedure.

XVI-503††††††††††††††††† Full financial reporting must be made to the Kingdom on a regular schedule as required by the Exchequer.

XVI-600††††††††††††††††† There shall be established within the Middle Kingdom an avenue for the dissemination of knowledge and information regarding the historical Middle Ages and Renaissance together with the history, traditions and customs of the Middle Kingdom.This organization shall be called the Regalis Universitas Mediterraneae, hereafter called RUM.RUM shall be governed and administered pursuant to its by-laws which shall be approved and signed by the Crown, after consultation with the Curia Regis.

XVI-601††††††††††††††††† RUM shall be overseen by a Chancellor, who shall be empowered to appoint such assistants in office as are needful to the effective performance of the duties of that office.

XVI-700††††††††††††††††† All Great Officers of State and principality officers shall be Sustaining, Contributing, or Patron members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated, and shall maintain such membership while they are officers. All Lesser Officers, deputies, and local branch officers shall be Sustaining, Contributing, or Patron members or shall be Associate or Family members with immediate access to the Pale provided by a subscribing membership at their residence, and shall maintain such membership while they are officers.

XVI-800 †††††††††††††††† Local, baronial or provincial officers shall be appointed by their kingdom superiors and their appointments confirmed by the Crown or Coronet, as appropriate. These officers must not be substantively opposed by the people of their branch, but the final decision regarding their tenure remains with the superior officers and royalty.

XVI-810††††††††††††††††† Officers once removed from office for just and stated cause may not hold said office again.

XVI-900††††††††††††††††† The deliberations of each of the Patent Orders are conducted in the Crownís confidence. No person shall violate that confidence without the express permission of the Crown. Deliberations of the Patent Orders specifically includes polls and any other correspondence between the Crown and the Order as a whole as well as any discussions within the Peerage meetings.

XVI-1000††††††††††††††† An officer may resign by sending written notice to their baronial (if applicable), principality/regional and kingdom superior. The failure to send in required reports can be held to serve as a resignation from office by the Great Officer of State that the office reports to. Resignation from office is without prejudice.

XVI-1010††††††††††††††† An officer serves for the duration of their warrant or the length of their tenure in office (a maximum tenure may be imposed on the offices under their jurisdiction by a Great Officer of State). Warrants run from one Crown Tourney to the next unless specifically superimposed by a new warrant issued by the Crown and the Great Officer of State for that office. Warrants may be renewed or not, by the Crown and the Great Officer of State. Such a lapse of warrant or tenure is without prejudice towards the outgoing officer.

XVI-1020††††††††††††††† The Crown may suspend an officer while an investigation is conducted regarding that officer.The suspension may last no longer than the duration of the reign.The investigation will be conducted in a timely fashion by the affected Great Officer and a recommendation for disposition via removal for cause or reinstatement will be rendered.†† If the investigation is not complete by the end of the reign in which it was begun, the Great Officer will make a recommendation to the Heirs--in conjunction with the outgoing Crown--as to the disposition of the matter.

XVI-1030†††††††††††††† A Great Officer of State may suspend an officer under their jurisdiction while an investigation is conducted regarding that officer (pursuant to XVI-1020).The suspension may last no longer than thirty days, at which time the Great Officer will either request that the Crown invoke Its suspension privileges under XVI-1020, re-instate the officer, or recommend that the officer be removed for cause

XVI-1040††††††††††††††† The Crown and a Great Officer may remove one of their officers or an officer under the jurisdiction of their office permanently for just and stated cause. Removal for just and stated cause requires that the Crown and Great Officers act in concert. The just and stated cause for removal from office must be given in writing to the officer removed, but may not be published.A copy of the removal for just and stated cause must remain in the permanent files of the Crown and Great Office.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Officers once removed from an office for just and stated cause may not hold any type of office under the same Great Office again.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A removal for just and stated cause can be suspended at any future date, should new information warrant such. The suspension of a removal for just and stated cause requires that the Crown and the Great Officer act in concert. A record of the suspension of a removal for just and stated cause must remain in the permanent files of the Crown and Great Office.

XVI - 1050††††††††††††† Once an officer has resigned or a warrant has lapsed and is not renewed, or the length of tenure has expired, or an officerís warrant has been revoked, or the officer was removed for just and stated cause; a new officer acceptable to the Crown and the Great Officer of State must be chosen by the group. Either the Crown or Great Officer of State may specify a method for the groupís selection. The Crown and the Great Officer of State may appoint an individual other than any selected by the group to the office, subject to the restrictions under these laws.

XVI-1100 †††††††††††††† Events cannot be placed on the Kingdom Calendar or in the Pale if scheduled for a date already reserved by a group within a 100-mile radius, unless the group hosting the event previously scheduled gives permission.

If the first group denies permission, exceptions permitting the scheduling of the second event within the 100-mile radius include specific-focus events that will clearly and unmistakably appeal to generally very different audiences, i.e. a dance event and a war practice, an equestrian challenge and a bardic arts symposium, etc. This determination will be made by the Kingdom Calendar. If permission is refused and the difference in audience appeal is not clear cut, the Kingdom Seneschal will make the final ruling in the conflict.

 

ARTICLE XVII - Constitutions of the Orders and Awards of the Middle Kingdom

XVII-100††††††††††††††† The Order of the Gaping Wound

XVII-101††††††††††††††† There exists in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which The Crown has elected such persons as are qualified as described herein below.The award shall be called the Order of the Gaping Wound, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-102††††††††††††††† The Order was given to individuals who, on the field of Society combat, had suffered a hurt requiring surgery or other hospital care.

XVII-103††††††††††††††† Holders of the Order are entitled to place after their names the initials C.G.W., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Gaping Wound.

XVII-104††††††††††††††† The Order did confer upon the holder an Award of Arms if that individual was not already armigerous.

XVII-105††††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence before holders of Awards of Arms, but after Companions of the Dragonís Tooth.

XVII-106††††††††††††††† There shall be no new members admitted to this Order.

 

XVII-200††††††††††††††† The Order of the Dragonís Tooth/Teeth

XVII-201††††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit.The award shall be called the Order of the Dragonís Tooth, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-202††††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Crown, have performed dramatic deeds in the Arts Martial on behalf of the Middle Kingdom, above and beyond service normally expected of the subjects of the Crown.

XVII-203††††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.D.T., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Dragonís Tooth.

XVII-204††††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder an Award of Arms if that individual is not already armigerous.

XVII-205††††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence equal with the Order of the Dragonís Barb, the Order of the White Chamfron, the Order of the Cavendish Knot and the Order of the Red Company, before Companions of the Order of the Gaping Wound but after Recipients of the Purple Fret and Recipients of the Queenís Favour/Doeís Grace.

XVII-206††††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-207††††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-208††††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may wear a fang suspended from about their neck upon a chain or display the badge emblazoned: Argent, on a pale vert three fangs Or.

XVII-209††††††††††††† At the discretion of the Crown, a related award may be granted to a branch, guild or other organized group of the Society for excellence in group fighting.This award shall be called the Dragonís Teeth, hereafter referred to as the Award.

XVII-210††††††††††††††† Any group in receipt of such an award may wear a badge emblazoned: on a dance between two broken dragonís teeth vert another argent.

 

XVII-300††††††††††††††† The Award of the Purple Fret/Purple Fretty

XVII-301††††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Award which the Crown may grant to such persons as it sees fit.The Award shall be referred to as the Purple Fret, hereafter referred to as the Award.

XVII-302††††††††††††††† The Award shall be given to individuals for long and devoted service to their group, office, or Kingdom.

XVII-303 †††††††††††††† Holders of the Award shall be entitled to place after their names the initials A.P.F., and recipients of the Award may be styled and announced in precedence as Recipients of the Purple Fret.

XVII-304††††††††††††††† The Award shall confer upon the holder an Award of Arms if that individual is not already armigerous.

XVII-305††††††††††††††† Receipt of the Award shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority among those who have been granted the Award, in the Order of Precedence, equal with Recipients of the Queenís Favour/Doeís Grace, and Kingís Chalice.

XVII-306††††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-307††††††††††††††† Recipients of the Award may display the badge emblazoned: Or, a fret purpure.

XVII-308††††††††††††††† At the discretion of the Crown, a related Award may be granted to a branch, guild or other organized group of the Society for excellent service.This award shall be called the Purple Fretty, hereafter referred to as the Award.

XVII-309††††††††††††††† Any group in receipt of such an award may wear a badge emblazoned: Or, a fretty purpure, alongside their ensign.

 

XVII-400††††††††††††††† The Award of the Queenís Favour/Doeís Grace

XVII-401††††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Award which the Crown may bestow upon such persons as it sees fit.The award shall be called the Queenís Favour, hereafter referred to as the Award.

XVII-402††††††††††††††† The Award shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Consort, have demonstrated courtesy and chivalry on or off the field, as well as kindness to those around them.

XVII-403††††††††††††††† The Award may be bestowed upon an individual more than once.

XVII-404 †††††††††††††† Holders of the Award shall be entitled to place after their names the initials A.Q.F., and recipients of the Award may be styled and announced in precedence as Recipients of the Queen's Favor.

XVII-405††††††††††††††† The Award shall confer upon the holder an Award of Arms if that individual is not already armigerous.

XVII-406††††††††††††††† Receipt of the Award shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority among recipients of the Award, in the Order of Precedence, equal with Recipients of the Purple Fret and the Kingís Chalice, before the Companions of the Order of the Dragonís Tooth, but after the Companions of the Willow or Silver Oak.

XVII-407††††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-408††††††††††††††† Recipients of the Queenís Favour may display the badge emblazoned:Azure, a sword proper enfiled of a wreath of flowers argent slipped and leaved or.

XVII-409††††††††††††††† Henceforth, following May 6, A.S. XXIII, this award shall be known as the Award of the Doeís Grace.

XVII-410††††††††††††††† Holders of the Award shall be entitled to place after their names the initials A.D.G., and recipients of the Award shall be known as Recipients of the Doe's Grace.

 

XVII-450††††††††††††††† The Award of the King's Chalice

XVII-451††††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an award which the Crown may bestow upon such persons as it sees fit.The award shall be called the King's Chalice, hereafter referred to as the Award.

XVII-452††††††††††††††† The Award shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Sovereign, have displayed excellence and authenticity in their chosen field.

XVII-453††††††††††††††† The Award may be bestowed upon an individual more than once.

XVII-454 †††††††††††††† Holders of the Award shall be entitled to place after their names the initials R.K.C., and recipients of the Award may be styled and announced in precedence as Recipients of the King's Chalice.

XVII-455††††††††††††††† The Award shall confer upon the holder an Award of Arms if the individual is not already armigerous.

XVII-456††††††††††††††† Receipt of the Award shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority among recipients of the Award, in the Order of Precedence, equal with Recipients of the Purple Fret and Doe's Grace, before Companions of the Order of the Dragon's Tooth, but after Companions of the Willow or Silver Oak.

XVII-457††††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-458††††††††††††††† Recipients of the Award may display the badge emblazoned: (Fieldless) A chalice sable.

 

XVII-500††††††††††††††† The Order of the Willow

XVII-501††††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit.The order shall be referred to as the Order of the Willow, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-502††††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Consort, have shown proficiency, but not yet mastery, in one or more of the peaceful arts.

XVII-503††††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.W., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Willow.

XVII-504††††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder an Award of Arms if that individual is not already armigerous.

XVII-505††††††††††††††† Membership in the Order, in the Order of Precedence, equal with Companions of the Order of the Silver Oak, before Recipients of the Purple Fret, Recipients of the Queen's Favor/Doe's Grace, and Kingís Chalice, but after Grants of Arms.

XVII-506††††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-507††††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Consort in writing.

XVII-508††††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge emblazoned:Purpure, a willow tree eradicated or.

 

XVII-600††††††††††††††† The Order of the Silver Oak

XVII-601††††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit.The order shall be referred to as the Order of the Silver Oak, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-602††††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Consort, have shown proficiency, but not yet mastery, in one or more of the Sciences or in research.

XVII-603††††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.S.O., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Silver Oak.

XVII-604††††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder an Award of Arms if that individual is not already armigerous.

XVII-605††††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence equal with Companions of the Order of the Willow, before Recipients of the Purple Fret, Recipients of the Queen's Favor/Doe's Grace and the Kingís Chalice, but after Grants of Arms.

XVII-606††††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-607††††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Consort in writing.

XVII-608††††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge emblazoned:Purpure, an oak tree blasted and eradicated argent fructed or.

 

XVII-700††††††††††††††† The Order of the Dragonís Heart

XVII-701††††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit.The order shall be referred to as the Order of the Dragonís Heart, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-702††††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Crown, have performed services on behalf of the Middle Kingdom above and beyond service normally expected of subjects of the Crown.

XVII-703††††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.D.H., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Dragonís Heart.

XVII-704††††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder a Grant of Arms if that individual is not already a holder of a Grant of Arms.

XVII-705††††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence before Companions of the Orders of the Gold Mace, Greenwood Company, Bronze Ring, White Lance and Evergreen but after Court Barons and Baronesses.

XVII-706††††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-707††††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-708††††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge emblazoned:Argent, a heart vert scaled argent.

 

XVII-800††††††††††††††† The Order of the Dragonís Barb

XVII-801††††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit.The order shall be referred to as the Order of the Dragonís Barb, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-802††††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Crown, have shown proficiency on the field of archery or exemplary service in furthering such field.

XVII-803††††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.D.B., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Dragonís Barb.

XVII-804††††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder an Award of Arms if that individual is not already armigerous.

XVII-805††††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence, equal with the Order of the Dragonís Tooth, the Order of the White Chamfron, Order of the Cavendish Knot, and the Order of the Red Company, but before recipients of the Order of the Gaping Wound and after recipients of the Purple Fret, Award of the Doeís Grace, Award of the Queenís Favour, and Award of the Kingís Chalice.

XVII-806††††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-807††††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-808††††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge emblazoned:A dragonís tail palewise, barb to chief, within and issuant from an annulet vert, scaly argent.

XVII-809††††††††††††† At the discretion of the Crown, a related award may be granted to a branch, guild or other organized group of the Society for excellence in group archery.This award shall be called the Dragonís Flight, hereafter referred to as the Award.

XVII-810††††††††††††††† Any group in receipt of such an award may bear a banner emblazoned: Argent, a pale vert scaly argent between four pheons vert.

 

XVII-1000††††††††††††† The Order of the Cavendish Knot

XVII-1001††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order into which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit.The order shall be called the Order of the Cavendish Knot, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-1002††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Crown, have shown proficiency on the field of rapier combat or exemplary service in furthering such field.

XVII-1003††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.C.K., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Cavendish Knot.

XVII-1004††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder an Award of Arms if that individual is not already armigerous.

XVII-1005††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence, equal with the Order of the Dragonís Tooth, Order of the Dragonís Barb, the Order of the White Chamfron, and the Order of the Red Company but before recipients of the Order of the Gaping Wound but after recipients of Award of the Purple Fret, Award of the Doe's Grace, Award of the Queen's Favor and Award of the King's Chalice.

XVII-1006††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-1007††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-1008††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge emblazoned four cavendish knots conjoined in cross vert.

 

XVII-1100††††††††††††† The Order of the Royal Vanguard

XVII-1101††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order into which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit.The order shall be called the Order of the Royal Vanguard, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-1102††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who have served the Crown as the Kingís Champions or the Queenís Champions.

XVII-1103††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.R.V., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Royal Vanguard.

XVII-1104††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-1105††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-1106††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge emblazoned (Fieldless) A demi-dragon rampant argent.

 

XVII-1200††††††††††††† The Award of the Grove

XVII-1201††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Award which the Crown may grant to a branch, guild or other organized group of the Society for excellence in the arts and/or sciences.This award shall be called the Grove, hereafter referred to as the Award.

XVII-1202††††††††††††† The Award shall be given to groups who, in the sight of the Crown, have shown proficiency in the arts and/or sciences or exemplary service in furthering such field.

XVII-1203††††††††††††† Any group in receipt of such an award may bear a banner emblazoned per pale or and argent a hurst purpure.

XVII-1204††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

 

XVII-1300††††††††††††† The Order of the Red Company

XVII-1301††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit.The award shall be called the Order of the Red Company, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-1302††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Crown, have shown proficiency and leadership in melee and/or tournament combat.

XVII-1303††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.R.C., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Red Company. Those holders of the Order who have not been elevated to the Chivalry may also be styled and announced as Sergeants of the Red Company.

XVII-1304††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder an Award of Arms if that individual is not already armigerous.

XVII-1305††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence, equal with the Order of the Dragonís Tooth, the Order of the Dragonís Barb, the Order of the White Chamfron, and the order of the Cavendish Knot, but before recipients of the Order of the Gaping Wound but after recipients of Award of the Purple Fret, Award of the Doe's Grace, Award of the Queen's Favor and Award of the King's Chalice.

XVII-1306††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-1307††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-1308††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge emblazoned gules, two flanged maces in saltire argent.

 

XVII-1400††††††††††††† The Order of the Greenwood Company

XVII-1401†††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit. The award shall be called the Order of the Greenwood Company, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-1402††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Crown, have shown excellence in two of three areas of archery: skill, service and the arts and sciences.

XVII-1403††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials, C.G.C. and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companion of the order of the Greenwood Company. Those holders of the Order may be styled and announced as Foresters of the Greenwood.

XVII-1404††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder a Grant of Arms if that individual is not already a holder of a Grant of Arms.

XVII-1405††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence, equal with Companions of the Orders of the Gold Mace, Bronze Ring, White Lance and Evergreen, but after Companions of the Order of the Dragon's Heart

XVII-1406††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-1407††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-1408††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge (Fieldless) Upon a hurst of pine trees vert, a pheon inverted or.

 

XVII-1500††††††††††††† The Order of the White Chamfron

XVII-1501††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit. The order shall be referred to as the Order of the White Chamfron, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-1502††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Crown, have shown proficiency on the field of equestrian activities or exemplary service in furthering such field.

XVII-1503††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.W.C., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the White Chamfron.

XVII-1504††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder an Award of Arms if that individual is not already armigerous.

 

XVII-1505††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence, equal with the Order of the Dragonís Tooth, Order of the Dragonís Barb, Order of the Cavendish Knot, and the Order of the Red Company, but before recipients of the Order of the Gaping Wound but after recipients of Award of the Purple Fret, Award of the Doe's Grace, Award of the Queen's Favor and Award of the King's Chalice.

XVII-1506††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-1507††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-1508††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge emblazoned: (Fieldless) A chamfron argent.

 

XVII-1600††††††††††††† The Company of the Bronze Ring

XVII-1601††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit. The award shall be called the Company of the Bronze Ring, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-1602††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Crown, have shown excellence and leadership in rapier combat, and who have trained others in these skills.

XVII-1603††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials, C.B.R. and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companion of the Bronze Ring. Those holders of the Order may be styled and announced as Warders of the Bronze Ring.

XVII-1604††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder a Grant of Arms if that individual is not already a holder of a Grant of Arms

XVII-1605††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence, equal with Companions of the Orders of the Greenwood Company, Gold Mace, White Lance and Evergreen, but after Companions of the Order of the Dragon's Heart.

XVII-1606††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-1607††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-1608††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge emblazoned as registered with the Laurel Sovereign of Arms.

 

XVII-1700††††††††††††† The Company of the White Lance

XVII-1701††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit. The award shall be called the Company of the White Lance, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-1702††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Crown, have shown excellence in two of three areas of equestrian activities: skill, service and the arts and sciences.

XVII-1703††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials, C.W.L. and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companion of the White Lance.

XVII-1704††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder a Grant of Arms if that individual is not already a holder of a Grant of Arms.

XVII-1705††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence, equal with Companions of the Orders of the Greenwood Company, Bronze Ring, Gold Mace and Evergreen, but after Companions of the Order of the Dragon's Heart.

XVII-1706††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-1707††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-1708††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge emblazoned: (Fieldless) A lance argent.

 

XVII-1800††††††††††††† Award of the Sapphire

XVII-1801††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom and Award which the Crown may bestow upon such persons as it sees fit. The award shall be called Award of the Sapphire. Hereafter referred to as the Award.

XVII-1802††††††††††††† The Award shall be given to individuals who exhibit courtesy, grace, and honor to people of all ranks and exemplifies what it means to be the embodiment of the dream.

XVII-1803††††††††††††† The Award may be bestowed upon an individual more than once.

XVII-1804††††††††††††† The Award is non-armigerous and conveys no precedence. The Clerk of Precedence shall maintain a historical record of recipients.

XVII-1805††††††††††††† The recipients of the Award may place the initials RSL (Recipient of the Sapphire Light) after their name.

XVII-1806††††††††††††† Recipients of the Award may display the badge emblazoned: (Fieldless) A step-cut gemstone azure.

XVII-1807††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

 

XVII-1900††††††††††††† The Award of Arms

XVII-1901††††††††††††† Holders of the Award shall be entitled to place after their names the initials A.O.A., and recipients of the Award may be styled and announced in precedence as Recipients of the Award of Arms.

 

XVII-2000††††††††††††† The Grant of Arms

XVII-2001††††††††††††† Holders of the Award shall be entitled to place after their names the initials G.O.A., and recipients of the Award may be styled and announced in precedence as Recipients of the Grant of Arms.

XVII-2002††††††††††††† Grants of Arms may be bestowed at the Crown's discretion on current or former Great Officers of State. A Grant of Arms as bestowed upon a Great Officer shall allow the recipient to maintain a dragon crest. Only Great Officers of State who have received the Grant of Arms for that service, may use the dragon as a crest.

 

XVII-2100††††††††††††† The Order of the Pelican

XVII-2101 †††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials O.P., and recipients of the Order may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Pelican.

 

XVII-2200††††††††††††† The Order of the Laurel

XVII-2201††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials O.L., and recipients of the Order may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Laurel.

 

XVII-2300††††††††††††† The Order of the Chivalry

XVII-2301††††††††††††† Members of the Order who have elected to join the Chivalry as a member of the Order of Knighthood, shall be known as Knights of the Society, and shall be entitled to place after their names the initials K.S.C.A., members of the Order may be styled as Companions of the Order of the Chivalry. Members of the Chivalry who joined as members of the Order of Mastery of Arms, shall be known as Masters and Mistresses of Arms of the Society, and shall be entitled to place after their names the initials M.S.C.A., the recipients of the Order may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Chivalry.

 

XVII-2400††††††††††††† The Order of the Rose

XVII-2401††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials O.R., and recipients of the Order may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Rose.

 

XVII-2500††††††††††††††† The Order of the Evergreen

XVII-2501††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit. The order shall be referred to as the Order of the Evergreen, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-2502††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Crown, have both taught and shown excellence in one or more of the Arts, Sciences or in research.

XVII-2503††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.E., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Evergreen.

XVII-2504††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder a Grant of Arms if that individual does not already have one.

XVII-2505††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence equal with Companions of the Gold Mace, Greenwood Company, Bronze Ring and White Lance, before holders of a Grant of Arms, but after Companions of the Order of the Dragon's Heart.

XVII-2506††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-2507††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-2508††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge as registered with the College of Arms.

 

XVII-2600††††††††††††† The Order of the Gold Mace

XVII-2601††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Order unto which the Crown may elect such persons as it sees fit. The award shall be called the Order of the Gold Mace, hereafter referred to as the Order.

XVII-2602††††††††††††† The Order shall be given to individuals who, in the sight of the Crown, have shown both excellence and leadership in melee and/or tournament combat, and who have trained others in these skills.

XVII-2603††††††††††††† Holders of the Order shall be entitled to place after their names the initials C.G.M., and may be styled and announced in precedence as Companions of the Order of the Gold Mace. Those holders of the Order who have not been elevated to the Chivalry may also be styled and announced as Captains of the Red Company.

XVII-2604††††††††††††† The Order shall confer upon the holder a Grant of Arms if that individual does not already possess one.

XVII-2605††††††††††††† Membership in the Order shall assure an individual a position, according to seniority in the Order, in the Order of Precedence, co-equal with Companions of the Evergreen, Greenwood Company, Bronze Ring and White Lance, before holders of a Grant of Arms, but after Companions of the Order of the Dragon's Heart

XVII-2606††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-2607††††††††††††† Membership in the Order may be terminated only by the resignation of a Companion from the Order, submitted to the Crown in writing.

XVII-2608††††††††††††† Companions of the Order may display the badge emblazoned as registered with the College of Arms.

 

XVIII-2700†††††††††††† The Award of the Dragonís Treasure

XVIII-2701†††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an Award into which the Crown may elevate such persons as it sees fit.The order shall be referred to as the Dragonís Treasure, hereafter referred to as the Award.

XVIII-2702†††††††††††† The Award shall be given to youth of the Kingdom who, in the sight of the Crown, have rendered exemplary service to their Kingdom.This Award may be given more than once.

XVII-2703††††††††††††† The Award is non-armigerous and conveys no precedence.The Clerk of Precedence shall maintain an historic record of recipients.

XVII-2704††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in court or in some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-2705††††††††††††† Recipients of the Award may display the badge emblazoned:A dragonís gamb couped erect maintaining a plate argent charged with a pale gules.

 

XVII-2800††††††††††††† The Award of the Banton

XVII-2801††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an award into which the Crown may elevate such persons as it sees fit. The order shall be referred to as the Award of the Banton, hereafter referred to as the Award.

XVII-2802††††††††††††† The Award shall be given to youth of the kingdom who, in the sight of the Crown, have displayed chivalry and enthusiasm in the martial arts. The Award may be given more than once.

XVII-2803††††††††††††† The Award is non-armigerous and conveys no precedence. The Clerk of Precedence shall maintain an historic record of recipients.

XVII-2804††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in Court or some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-2805††††††††††††† Recipients of the Award may bear the badge emblazoned as registered with the College of Arms.

 

XVII-2900††††††††††††† The Award of the Silver Acorn

XVII-2901††††††††††††† There shall exist in the Middle Kingdom an award into which the Crown may elevate such persons as it sees fit. The order shall be referred to as the Award of the Silver Acorn, hereafter referred to as the Award.

XVII-2902††††††††††††† The Award shall be given to the youth of the kingdom who, in the sight of the Crown, have displayed enthusiasm and effort in the arts and sciences. The Award may be given more than once.

XVII-2903††††††††††††† The Award is non-armigerous and conveys no precedence. The Clerk of Precedence shall maintain an historic record of recipients.

XVII-2904††††††††††††† Elevation shall be proclaimed in Court or some other public place to the Middle Kingdom at large.

XVII-2905 Recipients of the Award may bear the badge emblazoned as registered with the College of Arms.


LAWS OF THE MIDDLE KINGDOM †††††††††††††††††† INDEX

ARTICLE I - Defined Arms of the Middle Kingdom Page 1

ARTICLE II - Powers, Duties and Limitations of Royalty Page 1

ARTICLE III - Great Lords and Ladies of State Page 2

ARTICLE IV - Lesser Lords and Ladies of State Page 4

ARTICLE V - The Curia Regis Page 6

ARTICLE VI - Crown Tournaments and Coronations Page 6

ARTICLE VII - Authorizations for Combat Activity Page 8

ARTICLE VIII - Contracts with the Modern World Page 9

ARTICLE IX - Orders, Precedence, and Symbols of Rank Page 10

ARTICLE X - Financial Accounting Page 11

ARTICLE XI - Oaths of Fealty Page 12

ARTICLE XII - Courts of Chivalry and Courts of Inquiry and Arbitration Page 12

ARTICLE XIII - Succession of the Crown in the Absence of the Sovereign Page 14

ARTICLE XIV--Recognition and Advancement of Subsidiary Groups Page 15

ARTICLE XV - Territorial Barons and Baronesses Page 16

ARTICLE XVI - Miscellaneous Laws Page 17

ARTICLE XVII - Constitutions of the Orders and Awards of the Middle Kingdom Page 18