Changes to Kingdom Law have been Approved

Greetings unto the populace of Ansteorra,

After much consideration of the commentary received and review by the kingdom seneschal, the following kingdom law changes have been approved.

King Sven IV and Queen Antigone III

Article II Officers, Section 8 : Minister of Arts and Sciences

A. The Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences (MoAS) is responsible for the education of the
populace in the arts and sciences and for furthering historical interaction and research.
B. The MoAS oversees arts and sciences (A&S) activities throughout the kingdom, including
the following:
1. Coordinates the scheduling, organization, and running of the Kingdom A&S
Competition.
2. Coordinates the scheduling, organization, and running of King’s College.

3. Coordinates other arts and sciences events as required by the Crown, including
kingdom participation in inter-kingdom activities.
4. Oversees the activities of A&S colleges or guilds created at the discretion of the
Crown.

To be replaced with:

Article II Officiers, Section 8 : Minister of Arts and Sciences

A. The Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences (MoAS) is responsible for the education of the
populace in the arts and sciences and for furthering historical interaction and research.
B. The MoAS oversees arts and sciences (A&S) activities throughout the kingdom, including
the following:
1. Coordinates the scheduling, organization, and running of the Kingdom A&S Competition, Kingdom Collegium, Laurel’s Prize Tournament, Middle Eastern Dance Competition and Eisteddfod.
2. Coordinates other arts and sciences events as required by the Crown, including
kingdom participation in inter-kingdom activities.
3. Oversees the activities of A&S colleges or guilds created at the discretion of the
Crown.

Article IV Events, Section 2 Reoccurring Kingdom Events;

B. The second weekend of each month is reserved for the placement of these reoccurring Kingdom events (including Crown and Coronation)

To be replaced with:

Article IV Events, Section 2 Reoccurring Kingdom Events;

B. The second weekend of each month is reserved for the placement of these reoccurring Kingdom events unless otherwise specified in kingdom law.

Article IV Events, Section 2 Reoccurring Kingdom Events, Subsection 1: Crown Tournaments, Coronations, and Principality Coronet Tournaments

A. Crown Tournaments occur on dates acceptable to the Crown, as follows:

1. Summer Crown Tournament occurs in June, preferably on the second weekend.

2. Winter Crown Tournament occurs in January, preferably on the second weekend.

To be replaced with:

Article IV Events, Section 2 Reoccurring Kingdom Events, Subsection 1: Crown Tournaments, Coronations, and Principality Coronet Tournaments

A. Crown Tournaments occur on dates acceptable to the Crown, as follows:

1. Summer Crown Tournament occurs in June, preferably on the first weekend.

2. Winter Crown Tournament occurs in December, preferably on the first weekend.

Read the Survey Results on Methods for Crown Tournament

Greetings to the stellar populace of Ansteorra from Their Majesties,

Last month we opened a populace survey – Methods for Crown Tournament Format.  This survey provided the crown and heirs with data so that the heirs and potentially future crowns may have feedback from the populace on the subject.  As promised, here is the collected data except any personal identifying responses such as name, membership number, contact information and the commentary feedback field.  We appreciate the responses from the populace.

The link below will take you to a Google Sheet:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bk-T2lUTkJFgZ2auaKBSX9T6wyu1SYUcpb4qmwAc4O0/edit?usp=sharing

Updated: Principality Feedback Wanted – Proposed Changes to Vindheim Law

Their Majesties seek feedback from the populace of the Principality of Vindheim regarding Vindheim Principality law changes proposed by their Serene Highnesses.  The full text of changes presented by the Vindheim Seneschal is below.

Commentary should be sent to
trm@crown.ansteorra.org , coronet@ansteorra.org and coronet@vindheim.ansteorra.org
by June 25th 2024.

Change 1:

Law Currently Reads:

2.2. These officers shall have the same duties within the Principality as do their superior officers in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. They shall report to their respective Kingdom Officer. Principality officers are considered deputies of their appropriate Kingdom Officer.  

Proposed Change:

2.2 These officers shall have the same duties within the Principality as do their superior officers in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Just as the Kingdom Greater Officers report to their respective Society Officers but serve the Crown, the Principality Greater Officers report to their Respective Kingdom Officers but serve the Coronet,  

Change 2:

Law Currently Reads:

4.2.4.8 Entrants shall have reached the age of legal majority in their state of residence prior to the beginning of the coronet list.

Proposed Change:

4.2.4.8 Entrants shall have reached the age of 18 prior to the beginning of the coronet list.  

Change 3:

Adding to law:

4.2.4.10 Affirm to have served as an officer of the SCA for at least one year, or as a deputy officer for a year, or other types of service that will be accepted on a case by case basis.

Change 4:

Adding to law:

4.2.4.11 Any fighter and consort entering Coronet Tournament must swear the following oath in the presence of the Coronet of Vindheim:

I do declare my intent to compete in the Coronet Tournament of the Principality of Vindheim. I do swear that a gentle person has granted me favor and agreed to rule with me should we win. We do meet all the requirements for assuming the Coronet, as set forth in the Laws of Vindheim and the Kingdom of Ansteorra. I swear for myself and my consort that should we win the Coronet Tournament of Vindheim, we will rule justly and to the utmost of our abilities. Sparing no effort to fulfill the duties as Coronet of Vindheim. All things I do swear by my honor. <State your name>

Change 5:

Note: in the initial publication of these proposed changes, Change 5 was listed as a duplicate of Change 4. The changes below have been updated to reflect the actual proposed Change 5 to Principality Law.

Adding to law:

5.3. In the event that a group is going dormant or downgraded in status, the Principality Seneschal shall notify the Coronet prior to taking any action. After discussing the status of the group with the Coronet, the Principality Seneschal shall email the Kingdom Seneschal, Crown, and Coronet of the situation so that the Crown and Kingdom Seneschal can take appropriate action.

Change 6:

Remove Section 8:

8.1. Smoking/Vaping is prohibited in all areas, inside and out, in which members of the populace must be present in order to participate in any aspect of an event. This shall include any area they must pass through, or in close proximity to, in order to reach these areas. This is not intended to restrict smoking in private encampments or areas designated by the event staff for the express purpose of Smoking/Vaping. Whenever possible, the Event Steward shall be responsible for defining a designated smoking area, as convenient as is reasonably possible.

Southern Region Survey

Unto the populace of Ansteorra,

Many members of the populace of the Southern Region have expressed that they feel their area would be better served to split the region into two geographic regions.  As the Southern Region was at one time two regions, Southern Region and Coastal Region, this is not a new concept. 

In order to gain a wider perspective on the topic, the landed nobility of all Baronial groups in the area as well as the seneschals of all shires in the Southern region would like to request feedback from the populace of the Southern Region. If you do not reside within the Southern region of Ansteorra, please do not complete this survey.

The data collected in this survey will be shared at a minimum with the current Ansteorran crown, future heirs, current Baronial landed nobles in Southern Region, Shire Seneschals in Southern Region, and kingdom greater officers.  Any specific identifying information such as email address, names etc. in the data will be removed before the data is shared.

Average time to complete this survey is 10 minutes.

Click Here to Fill out the Southern Region Survey


Southern Region Survey Link: https://forms.gle/epjCZkuMByBRTw6D8

Link to Ansteorra Groups Page with current Regions: https://ansteorra.org/groups

This post was made by our Kingdom Webminister on behalf of the Crown of Ansteorra.

Populace Survey – Methods for Crown Tournament Format

Greetings to the stellar populace of Ansteorra,

In review of the martial statistics provided on the survey (note that statistics data below is pulled from authorizations where available in the marshal database for Ansteorra only) and after our open forum discussion at Gulf Wars, we are requesting feedback on methods for crown tournament format.  Though the current crown is unable to enact any changes to the combat style format, this survey is to collect data so that Ansteorran future royals may have data points on the topic.  While the survey is limited to marshal formats and some non-marshal formats, feedback on other formats in commentary are most welcome.

The intended target demographic is the Kingdom of Ansteorra.  However, while we wish to primarily understand the Ansteorran populace’s stance on this topic, those from other kingdoms are welcome to complete the survey as well. The survey data will be made available to all except any personal identifying responses such as name, membership number, contact information and the commentary feedback field.  The commentary section will not be shared outside of any who are current Ansteorran sitting royals, sitting heirs, incoming royals or incoming heirs.

We urge each populace member to respond to this survey so that we can get an accurate picture of the data and the opinions of our populace.  Even if you do not have an opinion it is important to complete the survey.

King Sven IV and Queen Antigone III

Survey form link:    https://forms.gle/UPHXoXmXsYABWpSq5

Proposal for Changes to the Duties of the Minister of Arts and Sciences

Their Majesties seek feedback from the populace of Ansteorra regarding a proposed change to the duties of the Minister of Arts and Sciences.  This proposal adds clarity on the duties of the officer to include overseeing the events Laurel’s Prize Tournament, Middle Eastern Dance Competition, and Eisteddfod and simplifies the subsections 8.B.1-2  Additionally this is correcting the event name from King’s College which is now known as Kingdom Collegium.

All commentary must be sent to trm@crown.ansteorra.org by May 7th 2024.

Remove Section 8.B.2 that reads: 

Reword Section 8.B.1 to read:

All commentary must be sent to trm@crown.ansteorra.org by May 7th 2024.

Proposal for Changes to the Recurring Events

Their Majesties seek feedback from the populace of Ansteorra regarding a proposed change to the recurring events table and other recurring events section of kingdom law.  This proposal is aimed to give the artisan community a more static time frame for events which require significant thought and planning to demonstrate their art to the fullest.  Additionally, giving artisans a specific date each calendar year will promote growth in each of these areas.

All commentary must be sent to trm@crown.ansteorra.org by May 7th 2024.


Removal of Royal Middle Eastern Dance Competition and Eisteddfod from Section 2, Subsection 2, C,

Table J adjustment to read:

All commentary must be sent to trm@crown.ansteorra.org by May 7th 2024.

Crown Tournament – Format and Requirements

Greetings to our Stellar populace!

With much thought we have determined the following format for our Crown Tournament to be held on June 8th 2024.

We will begin with Pools of round robin, single fight, and the number of pools will be determined by the number of entrants.  The top 8 individuals with the best win/loss records will advance to a single elimination best 2 of 3 bracketed quarter finals.  The final fight shall be a best 3 out of 5. Weapon style for all fights is bring your best.  Weapon style legality should be verified with the Kingdom Earl Marshal.

In order to enter our crown tournament we will require only the following be met as of the day of crown tournament:

King Sven and Queen Antigone of Ansteorra

Proposal for Changes to the Kingdom Event Calendar

Their Majesties seek feedback from the populace of Ansteorra regarding a proposed change to the Kingdom Event Calendar.  Currently, Ansteorra holds its crown tournament on the second weekend of January and, as of two reigns ago, the second weekend in June.  In the past a length of 3 months was sufficient to prepare to ascend the throne.  However, the role of the crown was not as impactful on an individual’s time as it is today and 3 months no longer provides most new individuals with the time needed to prepare.  Additionally, we find as the weather has adjusted over the decades that the month of January harbors significantly drastic weather across the kingdom.  This has at times prevented entire regions of the kingdom from being able to travel.

After several open forum discussions with past royals of Ansteorra, it is the consensus that the kingdom would benefit by adjusting the month in which the crown tournament falls upon.

There are two potential adjustments which their majesties request feedback upon:

Option 1: Move January Crown Tournament from the second weekend in January to the second weekend in December.

Option 2: Move January Crown Tournament from the second weekend in January to the second weekend in November.  Move June Crown Tournament from the second weekend in June to the second weekend in May.

At this time, no decisions have been made between these two options and Their Majesties earnestly seek the input of the populace.  As changes to the calendar affect all of the Ansteorran populace, their Majesties most certainly wish to hear from you.  

All commentary must be sent to trm@crown.ansteorra.org by April 29th 2024.

Proposal for Changes to the Award Constitutions of All Grant Orders

Their Majesties seek feedback from the populace of Ansteorra regarding a proposed change to the Award Constitutions for Grant Orders. Currently, Ansteorra has essentially two types of Grant Orders: Polling and Non-Polling. This is a function of unique circumstances in Our history, which may or may not be as pertinent or relevant today as they once were. This change seeks to create more consistency among the Orders, or at least allow the Crown the opportunity to create consistency among the Orders.

In short, the proposal is to allow all Grant Orders permissive polling at the discretion of the Crown. This means it will be the decision of the current Crown to decide whether they wish to poll each Order before They elevate new members. The Crown will not be required to poll the Orders, but may do so if They so choose.

Each Order will have the Award Constitution amended to add a section which states: “The Crown may consult with the Order before inducting new members.” The use of “may” in this context allows the Crown to consult with the Orders before creating new members of that Order, but does not require them to do so. This would apply to the Orders of the Arc d’Or, Blade of Merit, Centurions of the Sable Star, Golden Lance, Iris of Merit, Star of Merit. At this time, no decisions have been made and Their Majesties earnestly seek the input of the populace. Your words matter and They wish to hear from you.

The full text of changes is below.

Commentary should be sent to trm@crown.ansteorra.org by April 29th 2024.

Order of the Star of Merit of Ansteorra:
C. Investiture in the Order
a. Companions shall be inducted into the Order at the discretion of the Crown.
(new b.) The Crown may consult with the Order before inducting new members.
(new c., previously b) c. The selection of a companion of the Order shall be publicly proclaimed by the Crown in open court.
(new d., previously c) d. Persons being selected must be present to be inducted into the Order.

Order of the Iris of Merit of Ansteorra:
C. Investiture in the Order
a. Companions shall be inducted into the Order at the discretion of the Crown.
(new b.) The Crown may consult with the Order before inducting new members.
(new c., previously b) c. The selection of a companion of the Order shall be publicly proclaimed by the Crown in open court.
(new d.) d. Persons being selected must be present to be inducted into the Order.

Order of the Centurions of the Sable Star of Ansteorra:
C. Investiture in the Order
(new a.) a. Companions shall be inducted into the Order at the discretion of the Crown.
(new b.) b. The Crown may consult with the Order before inducting new members.
(new c., previously b.) c. The selection of a companion of the Order shall be publicly proclaimed by the Crown in open court.
(new d., previously c) d. Persons being selected must be present to be inducted into the Order.

Order of the Arc d’Or of Ansteorra:
C. Investiture in the Order
(new a.) a. Companions shall be inducted into the Order at the discretion of the Crown.
(new b.) The Crown may consult with the Order before inducting new members.
(new c., previously b.) c. The selection of a companion of the Order shall be publicly proclaimed by the Crown in open court.
(new d.) d. Persons being selected must be present to be inducted into the Order.

Order of the Golden Lance of Ansteorra:
C. Investiture in the Order
(new a.) a. Companions shall be inducted into the Order at the discretion of the Crown.
(new b.) The Crown may consult with the Order before inducting new members.
(new c., previously b.) c. The selection of a companion of the Order shall be publicly proclaimed by the Crown in open court.
(new d., previously c) d. Persons being selected must be present to be inducted into the Order.

Order of the Blade of Merit of Ansteorra:
C. Investiture in the Order
a. Companions shall be inducted into the Order at the discretion of the Crown.
(new b.) The Crown may consult with the Order before inducting new members.
(new c., previously b) c. The selection of a companion of the Order shall be publicly proclaimed by the Crown in open court.
(new d.) d. Persons being selected must be present to be inducted into the Order.

Commentary should be sent to trm@crown.ansteorra.org by April 29th 2024.

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