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Re: shires vs. baronies

Poster: Michael and MJ Houghton <herveus@access.digex.net>

Katriona wrote:
> Poster: Sherry Hintze <chhintze@bmd.clis.com>
> I've been reading the recent thread on the advantages of maintainins Shire
> status vs. the advantages of going Baronial with great interest, since I am
> the Seneschal of a Shire which has recently been involved in such discussion.
> First off, could someone help me clear up a question of Interkingdom
> Antrhopology?  When I was in the Midrealm, I understood that Baronies were
> made up of Cantons (and Ridings and Strongholds and Colleges) who felt they
> would be better off acting in conjunction while Shires were (usually strong)
> individual groups who felt they'd be better off solo.  Correct me if I'm
> wrong, but in Atlantia, a Barony is a group OR collection of groups with a
> Baron(ess).  (I was a lot more active in the Mid than I am able to be
> nowadays, so I'm not always sure how things work in this Kingdom.  I'm not
> dead sure that's how it works there, but that's how I understood it.)

Some Atlantian baronies fit the model of a single (more or less) strong group.
This describes most of the Northern baronies as well as Marinus and Tir-y-don.

Others, notably Sacred Stone and Windmasters Hill more appear to be in the
model of a collection of Cantons, etc. Caer Mear and Black Diamond appear to 
be growing by the addition of dispersed Cantons, changing from the single
group to the collection of cantons models.

These are broad generalizations and are not intended to make any sort of
value judgements. Don't go there with my words.

The long and short of it is that in Atlantia, there are Baronies that fit
the your Midrealm model and others that fit your Midrealm Shire model.

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