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Re: On the differences between the North and South...

Poster: alesiaglfyn@juno.com (Bonnie A Hindle)

I have no comment one way or the other on the Principality but you have
hit it right on the head with your observation.  Having come from
Seareach which is there just local level and then the Kingdom, to
Windmaster's where I find this whole new and entertaining level of shtick
and pomp, I feel like a country bumpkin in the big city.

Alesia G
new Windie

On Sun, 13 Sep 1998 20:44:55 -0400 Michael Houghton
<herveus@access.digex.net> writes:
>Poster: Michael Houghton <herveus@access.digex.net>
>This weekend, while at Coronation, I stumbled onto an insight that I
>thought I should share. I think it may serve to explain why the idea 
>of a
>Northern Principality is attractive in the North. I also think that 
>might explain why people in Windmaster's Hill and Sacred Stone are 
>having a
>hard time coming to terms with this idea.
>From my perspective, there is a significant difference in the 
>structure and
>operation of the groups north of Caer Mear versus (in particular) the 
>baronies in North Carolina. In Windmaster's Hill and Sacred Stone, 
>exist a number of cantons which are distinct (and perhaps distinctive)
>groups with their own identities. A number of these cantons could
>potentially stand as baronies in their own rights. In addition to this
>local group, there is the baronial presence. This baronial presence
>provides an additional layer of resources and "cool stuff", and a 
>North of Caer Mear, there are six baronies, two shires, and a canton 
>is probably going to become a barony itself at some point in the not 
>distant future. There is much commerce among these groups, and each 
>has a
>distinctive character.
>The difference here is that in the North, there is no regional 
>entity. That role is where a Principality comes in. My sense is that
>Windmaster's Hill and Sacred Stone are each much like principalities 
>their effect. I suspect that each has within itself the resources to 
>such, were they minded to do so.
>I am less familiar with the way Nottinghill Coill and Hidden Mountain 
>as groups, so I am not able to speak to how they compare here.
>I can understand how someone from Windmaster's Hill or Sacred Stone 
>have a hard time seeing the motivations of Northerners. It seems to me 
>the most strident voices decrying the idea have been residents of 
>baronies. If you have a functional local group along with a functional 
>attentive baronial infrastructure overlying the local structure, it is
>harder to understand how yet another layer is helpful unless one were
>looking to make that new layer the ultimate layer (as in kingdom). 
>When one
>is in a circumstance where there is only the local layer and the 
>layer, having that additional, intermediate layer is more attractive, 
>leads to less pressure to make it a kingdom.
>I hope this makes sense, and helps to bridge the gap in understanding 
>appears to have opened up.
>yours in service,
>Michael and MJ Houghton   | Herveus d'Ormonde and Megan O'Donnelly
>herveus@access.digex.net  | White Wolf and the Phoenix
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