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Re: Duty(ies) of the Crown
Actually, I believe that the major duty of the Crown is simple. It is
to make sure that other people have a good time doing whatever it was
that they came to the SCA to do. If that means sitting around looking
regal, fine. But mostly it means encouraging and recognizing the
people who are doing things to contribute to the community that we
build when we come together.
What it does NOT mean, as far as I am concerned, is making the
populace miserable -- whether by keeping them waiting an unreasonable
length of time beyond when things are supposed to start, or by
insisting on changing the autocrat's plans for an event (or any part
of it), or by making unreasonable demands on people's time, attention,
Melisande de Belvoir
So far, this is the most reasonable thing I've heard about the
responsibilities of the Crown. I personally don't think that the Crown
should wield much, if any, actual power in running the Kingdom. That's
what the GOofS's are for, and curia. I think that the Crowns should be
ceremonial figureheads and givers of cookies.
The thing about Royalty in the SCA that gives me the most trouble, is
the fact that many gentles seem to automatically respect and defer to
them because they're on the thrones. In my book, respect is something
that's earned, not given. And being able to take and give the most pain
on the field is no grounds for earning my respect. I will follow
protocol towards the Crowns, bows and "Your Magesty" and that sort of
thing, but I certainly am not going to automatically defer to these
people (on any intellectual basis) just because they're on the throne.
I don't have any real problem with the way the Royals are chosen. Might
makes right is fine, it's at least close to the way things were done in
period. Wars could be cool if done right, but the potential for
problems is high. I simply think that the Crowns should not be given
that much "real" power over how the Kingdom is run.
I also think that the folks that have held the throne need to be more
careful about the effect of their reign on the size of their heads.
This goes back to what I said about respect being earned, not given. It
seems to me that most folks think the title of "Duke" gives them the
right to do anything they want! I completely disagree with this mindset
and will invariably react badly when some "Duke" starts throwing his
weight around in such a way that it affects me.
Oh well, probably more than I should have said, but what the hey!
Health to all,
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