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Middle Kingdom New Groups Policy
March 23, 2004
Master Charles Oakley, O.L., O.P.
Seneschal of the Middle Kingdom
In accordance with Corpora and Kingdom Law that require the
Kingdom Seneschal to set forth policies and procedures regarding the
establishment and advancement of groups, this Middle Kingdom Seneschal’s
Policy is established.
1. New Groups Designations Groups
seeking establishment will be identified for administrative purposes by one of
An applicant group is any group of people who express interest in beginning the
process of becoming a full status group in the Middle Kingdom.
1.1. Applicant Group
1.2. Incipient Group:
An incipient group is an applicant group that has received agreement from its
administering branch and whose officers have been designated as deputies of the
officers of that administering branch. A group may be designated Incipient by
the Kingdom Seneschal or their designated deputy.
2. Reasons for Forming a Group It
is recognized that a broad variety of reasons may exist for the establishment of
a group. Politics, interpersonal issues, or other conflict-based reasons will
not be acceptable as a reason to begin the establishment process, and any group’s
request based on those reasons will be denied.
3. Group Administration In
accordance with Corpora, any group seeking establishment in the Middle Kingdom
is required to have an ‘administering branch’. The determination of which
full status branch will serve in this capacity will be made in the following
3.1. Determining the Administering Branch
the group seeking establishment falls within the boundaries of an established
and full status group, it will be that group’s responsibility to serve as
the administering branch. In the case where the established group is also a
part of a Barony, the Baron, Baroness and Baronial Seneschal must also be
a full status group is not willing to become the administering branch for a
group seeking establishment the establishment process will be terminated.
no circumstances shall full status group be required to give up lands
already owned by them to a group seeking establishment.
the group seeking establishment seeks establishment in an area that is ‘unclaimed
lands’, the group may approach any full status group whose territory abuts the
desired territory to serve as the administering branch.
and unclaimed territories will be determined by consultation with the Kingdom
variance from these policies must be approved in writing by the Kingdom
3.2. Duties of Officers
accordance with Corpora VII.K.2 and Middle Kingdom Law XIV-203, all officers of
an incipient group will be deputies of the officers of the administering branch.
Administering branch officers will be required to teach, assist, and oversee all
activities of incipient group officers. Officers of incipient groups will not be
warranted until such time as the group is advanced to full status.
3.2.1. Administrative Duties
of the administering branch shall ensure that the incipient group files all
reports in a complete and timely manner. Unless specifically required, all
reports are submitted to the administering Seneschal, applicable Regional
Seneschal, and the Kingdom Deputy for New Groups. If the incipient group is a
part of a Barony, the Baron and Baroness should also receive copies of reports.
Administering Seneschals will be required to include a commentary to the Kingdom
Seneschal with each required report regarding the status and development of
groups they are sponsoring and to send a copy the Deputy for New Groups.
Officers in the incipient branch will assume all actions and responsibilities
that might be expected of a fully warranted officer, except that they will not
be under warrant and will not have any authority to represent the SCA in any
of the administering group will be required, from time to time, to advise the
Kingdom Seneschal or their designated deputy/deputies on the progress of the
in the administering branch will ensure that all officers in the incipient group
have current and updated copies of all relevant governing documents as are
required to properly administer a group.
of applicant/incipient branch must be members of the SCA and hold valid waiver
3.3. Right to Self Identity
it is recognized that all groups develop with their own character and nature,
officers in the administering branch are encouraged and required to allow the
applicant group to develop in any manner or direction the incipient group sees
fit provided it does not violate modern, corporate or kingdom law or policy.
Groups must be aware that their desire to form a new group puts certain burdens
on the administering branch and the Kingdom. It is their responsibility to work
cooperatively and understandingly with the officers and people in the
administering branch and Kingdom and to find a reasonable solution to
differences of opinion. Although an incipient group may have great latitude in
its developmental process, that should not impose any undue burden on those
assisting them in their endeavors.
complaints of restraint in this area will be referred to the Special Deputy for
New Groups for resolution. The New Groups Deputy’s decision may be appealed to
the Kingdom Seneschal.
incipient group shall have a name and device accepted by the College of Heralds.
is not minimum time limit for a group to be recommended for advancement and
advanced. However, prior to being recommended for advancement certain things
beyond the requirements set forth in Corpora and Kingdom Law, the Seneschal’s
Offices shall determined and established in practice:
incipient group shall have demonstrated an ability to bring up new officers and
successfully change over officers within the group. Simply ‘shuffling’ a
static core of officers is not acceptable.
incipient group shall have demonstrated an ability to do Demostrations and
incipient group shall have demonstrated an ability to file reports on time and
shall have completed at least one complete reporting cycle including the filing
of a ‘Domesday’ report.
Groups, prior to applying for full status, should also have demonstrated:
ability to ‘play well within the group’. This means that the group should
not have extraordinary internal difficulties, and that what difficulties do
arise from time to time are resolved in a constructive and civil manner.
ability to ‘play well with its neighbors’. This means cooperative action
and interaction with neighboring groups and others within and without its
stable and, preferably, growing membership
ability to self-manage
understanding of what it means to be a ‘full status group’ within the
application packet, which details the requirements for advancement to full
status, is available from the New Groups Deputy.
who have existed in an incipient or lesser status for more than three years will
be reviewed to determine whether their desire to become a full status group is
Groups who are unable to be demonstrate an ability to work cooperatively with
their administering branch or their neighboring full status groups or who fail,
by repeatedly failing to meet one or more of the advancement criteria, to show
progress towards advancement may be disestablished by the Kingdom Seneschal.
5. Publication of Group Contact Information
and Incipient groups will have their Seneschal's contact information published
on a special page of the midrealm.org web site, with a disclaimer stating that
this publication is for information purposes only and does not constitute
warranting of the group's officers. In addition, incipient groups may be listed
Pale with an
Supporting Citations from the Governing Documents of the Society
and the Kingdom of the Middle:
Corpora III.C. Branches
local branches: Below
baronial/provincial level, branch establishment proceeds according to kingdom
law and custom, subject to the Society Seneschal‘s review and the requirements
set forth below. These branches may adopt designations as provided for by the
laws and customs of their kingdoms and as established in this document. Minimum
• At least 5 subscribing members.
• At least 3 officers, including a Seneschal, an Exchequer,
and one of the following: a Herald, a Marshal, or a Minister of Arts and
Sciences. Local branches are encouraged to fill all the latter positions.
• A name registered with the College of Arms.
• Consensus among members in the area favoring establishment
of the proposed branch.
• A special type of local branch is available for use at
schools or military bases, or in other situations where membership is likely to
fluctuate for reasons beyond the members’ control. The "territory"
of such branches is defined in terms of affiliation with the institution where
they are based, not in terms of physical boundaries. Institutional branches may
report directly to a kingdom, but if their institution is located within the
borders of a branch of any other class, they report through that branch. They
differ from other local branches in that they go dormant if membership falls
below five (5), rather than being disbanded.
Corpora III.D. Establishment and Advancement
1. The Society and Kingdom Seneschals will work together as
necessary to process petitions for branch establishment or advancement. Society
members who wish to form a branch, advance an existing branch in status, or
advance a group of branches in status must first determine whether the area they
have in mind is eligible for such treatment. This process shall involve
consultation with the Kingdom (and Principality, if any) Seneschal, and with the
Seneschals of any nearby branches.
2. The Society permits very broad participation by people who
are not members as defined in the By-Laws. However no part of the Society can be
required to solicit or heed their views regarding branch status, or any other
situation where the opinion of the populace is to be consulted. Law, custom, or
actual practice may allow consultation with nonmembers, but it cannot be
3. If necessary, the members shall reach a consensus as to a
proposed name (and device, where required) and register it with the College of
Arms before any petition for recognition can be granted.
4. The members of the proposed branch shall prepare a
petition for the proposed action, stating the proportion of their numbers
favoring the move, and demonstrating that the requirements are met. The petition
shall be submitted as specified by kingdom law and custom. The Kingdom Seneschal
shall review the petition to determine whether the proposed branch elevation
conforms to Corpora and kingdom law and custom, consulting royalty and other
kingdom or principality officers as appropriate for the level of branch under
consideration. If the Kingdom Seneschal decides to recommend that the petition
should be granted, the action to be taken depends on the level of branch, as
8. Institutional branches and local branches other than
baronies and provinces: The Kingdom Seneschal shall advise the Crown if the
petition is acceptable. After the Crown acknowledges the creation of the branch,
the Kingdom Seneschal shall inform the Society Seneschal of the name, location
and date of elevation, and the Society Seneschal shall then notify the Board.
9. Appeals: If a petition to change branch status is denied
at any stage, the petition will be returned to the originator(s) together with
the accumulated recommendations, comments, and reasons for denial. Any denial
may be appealed to the next level.
Corpora VII.K. Warranting / Rosters
2. Local Branch officers may be officers in their own right,
or be deputies of officers of an administering branch. Until a branch is
proclaimed by the Crown, its officers must be deputies of their counterparts in
the administering branch.
Corpora III.C. Branch Designations lists
all designations recognized by Society as legitimate branch designations. It
should be noted that Corpora nowhere recognizes any group that is not a ‘full
status’ group (i.e., ‘proclaimed by the Crown’).
Middle Kingdom Law goes on to reiterate or expand on Corpora in
the following ways:
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.
ARTICLE XIV - Recognition and Advancement of Subsidiary
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 fractionalization 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
XIV-600 Prospective new principalities must reach and
maintain a level of at least 125 sustaining and 50 additional associate or
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
officially recognized by the Kingdom Seneschal.