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Re: Atlantian problems.....

<If a person is busting their 
proverbial butt to make this a better place for all of us, and doesn't 
get awarded for it or doesn't feel as if they are valuable to the society, 
they're probably not going to stick around for very long.

I understand EXACTLY what you mean when you talk about people with hats 
thinking that they are Really above the others. I'm a long time member (10 
yrs) and my Lord has been playing in kingdom for 12. I have had to coax and 
cajole him on several occasions to continue to play, as he is tired of the 
politics and pettyness. 
	We travel in many kingdoms as merchants. In the last year we have 
done events in the East, Calintir, Trimaris, and Meridies, and the Middle 
as well as Atlantia. In each kingdom people have made a point of coming 
over and making us feel welcome, but only at home in Atlantia have we been 
treated like parasites, and had our efforts belittled to our faces. It has 
come to the point at times that I have actively looked for a Mundane job 
out of kingdom to move to a place where our hobby would be fun again. While 
we have many close friends locally, there are many who are less than 
	People need to realize that a societal rank does not make them 
better people, and that one of the responsibilities of those in 'power' is 
to encourage, not to squelch. It doesn't lower ones 'dignity' to smile and 
say hello.
	Just one more note, while at Southern Region 12night there was a 
visiting Laural from Trimaris, I believe here name was Mistress Elsbeth. 
She made a point of going through the A&S displays and putting a personal 
note on EVERY SINGLE ITEM. They ranged from "good first try, keep it up" 
types to "I love it and want to talk to you about making me one" types. The 
point is that she encouraged every participant, regardless of rank or 
level. If more people would take the time to encourage the efforts of 
others, the Dream would be more of a Dream.