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Source of Legitmacy
Liefr Johansson talks about several forms of Royal Legitimacy and contrasts
>The Legitimacy of the BoD. That is, the authority of the Crown is
>legitimate because the Corporation lays down the rules for chosing the
>Crown, and the Corporation OWNS the game.
>The last possiblity is the legitimacy of Acknowledgement: The authority
>of the Crown is dependent on the Acknowledgement of the Populace that the
>couple is, no matter how they are selected, the best people to fulfill
>the duties of the Crown.
And therefore concludes this:
>This premise means, however, that changes in selecting the Crown are
>something which can, and should, be made at the Kingdom level by the
>populace, and should focus on a selection system which will obtain us
>candidates most able to fulfill the most important duties of the Crown.
I don't think the contrasts drawn here are pure. One would be a fool to say
that "legitimacy of Acknowledgement" is not a very important part of Royal
Legitimacy. However, I think that "legitimacy of a given set of monarchs in
the SCA" also exists.
When Acre broke off from the East Kingdom (which then included Atlantia if I
recall correctly), the King of Acre-to-be had legitimacy of acknowledgement
for those who left with him, but not for those whom he left behind. However,
he most certainly lacked legitimacy in the eyes of every other kingdom of the
SCA. This may have had something to do with actions or rulings of the Board,
but more important was the fact that no other monarchs in the SCA recognized
Acre as being either "the real East Kingdom" or as "part of the SCA." And if
reports I heard are accurate, Acre quickly began to diverge from the SCA in
the way they played.
So though I agree that legitimacy is most immediately decided within a
kingdom, people outside the kingdom have a role, too. In the past the Board,
the Steward or the Society Seneschal have made rulings on the legitimacy of
various potential monarchs; but they don't have the only voice.
I disagree with Liefr that this "generalized Society interest" in the
legitimacy of monarchs or the selection method for monarchs is rightfully
called "Legitimacy of the BoD or of the SCA, Inc." I think the tradition of
selecting our monarchs in a given way is a foundation of the SCA, and this
tradition could exist in a Society quite differently organized than the one
we have now; in other words in a Society where the SCA, Inc. did not "own the
game" or try to act like it did.
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