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Leadership, Council, and Laws

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Barbarian Freehold Alliance Administration

 

Leadership

The High Chieftain(s) is the Head of the Barbarian Freehold Alliance. The High Chieftain is answerable to the Freehold members. They are entitled to wear 3 feathers.

     The Tanist(s) is the designated heir(s) of the High Chieftain(s). They are answerable to the High Chieftain. They are entitled to wear 2 silver feathers.

     The Chiefs are Deputy High Chieftains, Teachers, and Advisers. They are answerable to the High Chieftain. They are entitled to wear 2 silver feathers.

      Honorable Chiefs are Chiefs that have served as High Chieftains. They are entitled to wear 2 silver feathers.

          The Chieftains are heads of a member Hold. They are answerable to the Chiefs and High Chieftains They are entitled to wear 1 silver feather.

 

Council

     The Alliance Council consists of the High Chieftain, the Chiefs, the Chieftains, and the offiers of the Freehold. The Council meetings often take place before Althings. The Council is in contact all year. It is a major advisory body to the High Chieftain.

 

Conclave of Chiefs

     The Chiefs currently active in the Freehold are a voting body titled the Conclave of Chiefs. They have several responsibilities:

  • The conclave creates Chiefs with permission of High Chieftain(s).
  • A candidate for High Chieftain must be acceptable to Conclave of Chiefs.
  • The Conclave makes sure Freehold material has not been corrupted.
  • The Conclave also deals with discipline of Chiefs.

              Lineage of High Chieftains and Chiefs

 

Powers of the Althing

     Make Laws for the Alliance, any regular business, Give out awards, and take any disciplinary action.

 

 

Laws Created by the High Chieftains

 

  • Law #1 Multiple Holds within the Freehold are Permitted.

When the Freehold was created, there was only one Hold.  The original High Chieftain and Chiefs were part of this Hold. As the Freehold grew not only in people, but also in geographical diversity, it became apparent that there needed to be an expanding of Holds in the Freehold. Thus this law was created.

         Created by: Bragison the Skald and Dielle Duinnsleibhe the Stormsinger (Created: 1998?)

 

  • Law #2 No Illegal Drugs

 Both the SCA and the Freehold uphold all Federal, State and Local laws including those laws pertaining to the use and/or sale of illegal drugs.  There are Freehold members; military, teaching, and law enforcement professionals, who are required to report all illegal drug activities; their livelihood could be at risk if they do not.  The Freehold and the SCA do not condone the use or sale of any illegal substances at Freehold and/or SCA events.  Violators will be escorted off site.  Additionally, the person or persons will lose their Freehold membership.                            

         Created by: Bragison the Skald and Dielle Duinnsleibhe the Stormsinger (Created: 1998?)

 

  • Law #3 Inappropriate Sexual Conduct that Violates Federal, State or Local Laws is Prohibited

 Both the SCA and the Freehold uphold all Federal, State and Local laws including those laws pertaining to any inappropriate and/or abusive sexual conduct between adults and/or minors. There are Freehold members, military, teaching, and law enforcement professionals, who are required to report any such conduct; their livelihood could be at risk if they do not.  The Freehold and the SCA do not condone any abusive or inappropriate behavior at Freehold and/or SCA events.  Violators will be escorted off site.  Additionally, the person or persons will lose their Freehold membership.

         Created by: Bragison the Skald and Dielle Duinnsleibhe the Stormsinger (Created: 1998?)

 

  • Law #4 Pull Your Own Weight

 The Freehold and the SCA endure through the commitment of its members to positive interaction and cooperation.  Sharing knowledge and ability are important, but just as important is the effort in maintaining camp, being financially responsible and helping others.  This means picking up your own mess in camp and at meetings, pay your own way to events, giving a hand to help others set up or take down and help at camp, when needed, be checking the camp work-need sheet.  Let our motto join with the SCA, “Leave a site cleaner and better than it was!”

         Created by: Bragison the Skald and Dielle Duinnsleibhe the Stormsinger (Created: 1998?)

 

  • Law #5 Act with Honor and Courtesy

 As a member of the Freehold and the SCA, we strive to be the best that we can. Please be mindful of others sensitivities before exposing them to possible harm, i.e., offering alcohol to a minor, a recovering alcoholic or someone with medical issues. Remember that any dishonorable act or lack of courtesy that occurs reflects on the entire membership of the Freehold.

         Created by: Bragison the Skald and Dielle Duinnsleibhe the Stormsinger (Created: 1998?)

 

  • Law #6  Honorable Chief title created

 High Chiefs who step down, become Chiefs if they were not already, and receive the title Honorable Chief.

         Created by: Bragison the Skald and Dielle Duinnsleibhe the Stormsinge (Created: 2003)

 

  • Law #7  Observe Event Camping and Feast Hall safety rules.

 Kingdom feast hall rules are made for all our benefit.  This is an extension of courtesy and honorable behavior. If you do not know the rules- find out!  They not only insure our safety, but that we’ll be able to return to this site another time.

         Created by: Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling (Created: 2005)

 

  • Law #8  Procedure for Succession of the High Chieftain(s)

 I recently came across some notes from the 1990 Althing. One of the topics discussed was how to go about creating a new High Chieftain. There was also discussion about having a procedure for succession in case the High Chieftain is no longer able to serve and no successor has been approved. I’ve used those notes, and other commentary to create the following procedures. (See Procedure – High Chieftain Succession)

         Created by: Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling (Created: 2010)

 

  • Law #9  Gold Ziggy

Gold Ziggy (gold on a black background)  created and reserved as a symbol of offices of the Tanists and High Chieftains.  The High Chieftain(s) may wear 3 gold feathers instead of 3 silver feathers. Honorable Chiefs may wear 2 gold feathers instead of silver feathers.

         Created by: Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling (Created: 2011)

 

 

Laws Enacted by the Althing

     These Laws were mostly things that were not covered by the leadership structure and a rule needed to be put in place.

1) At a scheduled Althing, quorum is equal to Ten (10) members with 3 separate holds represented.. But for an Amendment to the Laws or to delete a Law there must be 25% of total membership at an Althing or a mailing. (Creation:  Summer 1979) (Amended: Winter 2006) There must be a polling of 25% of the membership to delete or amend any Laws, quorum for regular business.

 

2) Chieftains shall rule a Hold. They are answerable to the Chiefs and High Chieftains. (Creation:  Summer 1981) Power of Authority is High Chieftain, Chiefs and Chieftains rule their own holds

 

3) The High Chieftain(s) is/are the Ruler(s) of the Freehold. The Chiefs are Deputies, Teachers, and Advisors. (Creation:  Summer 1981) The High Chieftains are the rulers of the organization and final authority. The Chiefs are the –Deputy- High Chieftains and have authority over Chieftains but, are primarily Teachers and Advisors.

 

4) To promote better government a Winter Althing shall be instituted. (Creation:  Summer 1981) A second Althing was started when it made it easier to institute Freehold policy. Current policy is to have it in the Two main areas of the Freehold. Atenvelt and Caid and the two wars are the best places.

 

5) One must always be courteous to all Ranks. Ideally at Freehold events only Freehold titles shall be used. (Creation:  Summer 1982) At a Freehold sponsored event only Freehold titles are used, Whereas since most events we are at are SCA, as an honorable people we must be courteous to everyone and use their proper ranking.

 

6) All Holds shall schedule and run workshops during the year. (Creation:  Summer 1984) This makes sure that if a project needs to happen it will. It also makes sure there is no stagnation.

 

7) We are to grow and co-exist with the SCA. We are to unify and not disrupt. (S-1984) We exist because of the SCA and work within the SCA. We are to work and co-exist and help, unify, hold offices, get awards and not to disrupt the SCA.

 

8) Thane is only to be used if you are a Baron and rule or have ruled the Freehold. You must otherwise use Baron. (Creation:  Winter 1984) At one point we had over 8 Thanes due to Court Baron Titles. It was supposed to be a rare title but Freehold people did well in this. So it was decided that Baron is Baron unless you have or are ruling the Freehold.

 

9) Freehold members must take care of one another just like family. (Creation:  Summer 1988) Put in because some holds were acting as if they were better than others and didn’t take care of each other.

 

10) The Jolly Ziegfried is the Symbol of the Freehold. If there are times that some other symbol must be used the Sword of Ziggy may be used. (Creation:  Winter 2001) Due to Social problems with societies assumption about the meaning of Ziggy, to provide a safety buffer a second device was voted on and made a legal part of the Freehold.

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