An Tir Kingdom Laws, Darius and Morgaine, AS XXXII (July 16, 1997)

Laws of the Principality of the Summits

Presented to Their Majesties Darius and Morgaine, Rex et Regina An Tir. Originally published in Echoes, August A.S. XXVII, drawing inspiration from the existing Laws of An Tir, the West, the East, Aethelmarc, Lochac, Cynagua, and the Mists, as well as the peoples of the Summits; begun October A.S. XXVI, revised April A.S. XXVI, June, September, November A.S. XXVII, and September, A.S. XXX by Sveyn with Asleif, Gwion, Ambrose, Korwyn, Verena, Margaret, Peregrine, and Arval, with the changes suggested by the Kingdom Seneschals and Crowns of An Tir.

Updated to include changes of Oct XXXIII/1998 by Dublin and Kate, and Brendin and Aryana.


Definitions:

The Coronet:
the Prince and Princess of the Summits acting together
The Crown:
the King and Queen of An Tir acting together
Coronet Sovereign:
the victor in the Coronet lists of the Summits who has been invested with the title of Prince or Princess as appropriate.
Coronet Consort:
The companion who inspired the victor in the Coronet lists of the Summits who has been invested with the title of Prince or Princess as appropriate.
Heirs:
the victorious couple prior to Investiture, titled Tanist or Tanista of Summits, as appropriate.
Proclamation:
a directive of the Coronet effective only during the reign of the Prince and/or Princess making it.
Subject:
a person or group of persons residing in the Principality of the Summits
Defender:
the victor of the Defender's List who shall administer the affairs of the Principality in the event there should be a failure of the Coronet to reign.

Article I: The Law

Section 1 -- The Source of Law

The word of the Coronet is Law within the Principality, limited only by the Crown and Laws of An Tir, and the laws of the modern political entities having jurisdiction within the Principality.

Section 2 -- Amendments

The Laws of the Principality may be amended by the Coronet with the Crown's Approval, by proclaiming and publishing specific changes, additions, or deletions to specific articles and sections. Other proclamations shall be understood to be in effect only during the reign of the Coronet and shall lapse upon the Investiture of their Successors.

Section 3 -- When Effective

Any proclamation or amendment to the Law shall be understood to be in effect from the moment it is spoken, but no subject of the Principality shall be held accountable until that proclamation or Law is signed and published.

Section 4 -- Publication

Publication of the proclamations and amendments to the Law shall be accomplished by printing changes in the Kingdom and Principality newsletters. Publication of these Laws results in the obsolescence of all prior versions of the Laws.

Section 5 -- Availability

A complete and current correct copy of the Laws will be made available by the Office of the Seneschal to the populace at the Spring Coronet Tournament.

Article II -- The Coronet

Section 1 -- Rights and Duties

Rights and Duties are specifically enumerated in the Corpora of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (VI.A.3.a. - f.).

Section 2 -- Completion of Reign

Should either the Sovereign or Consort be unable to complete the reign for whatever reason, the other shall assume the duties of both for the remainder of the reign. Should both Sovereign and Consort be unable to complete the reign, administrative duties of the Coronet shall fall on the Defender, and the Coronet shall revert to the Crown of An Tir until such time as a Coronet List may be held.

Section 3 -- Delegation of Coronet Power

The Coronet may delegate unto any subject the execution of Coronet power for a stated specific purpose, such as transmission of an award to a person properly named and selected.

Article III -- Tournaments, Investiture, and Succession

Section 1 -- Scheduling

There will be two Coronet Tournaments and Investitures each year. They will take place on the weekend closest to the following calendar dates:
Fall Tournament - Autumnal Equinox
Winter Investiture - Winter Solstice
Spring Tournament - Vernal Equinox
Summer Investiture - Summer Solstice

There shall be a Defender's List held in conjunction with Summer Investiture.

Section 2 -- Entry to Lists

All authorized fighters resident within the Principality are privileged to compete in the Coronet and Defender's Lists and all residents of the Principality may be prospective Consorts, provided they meet the eligibility standards in III.3 below, unless the Coronet of the Summits deny them entry, or a fighter or consort be otherwise in violation of the Rules of the Lists, the Laws of the Principality, An Tir, The Society, or the modern entity having jurisdiction.

Section 3 -- Eligibility

Each competitor in the Coronet Lists must agree to the following conditions to be eligible to compete in the Lists:
  1. The victor and consort will reign.
  2. The victor and consort will attend the next two investitures and the next Coronet Tournament.
  3. The Competitor has a Companion of the opposite gender who will serve as Consort.
  4. That both are eligible based upon Membership requirements put forth in Corpora.
  5. That both are willing to swear an oath that they are loyal to the Crown and the Laws of An Tir and the Coronet, Laws and Populace of the Summits.
  6. That both are aware that these positions may require expenditures in excess of membership fees.
  7. That both must have resided within the Principality for at least 60 days prior to the Tournament and must live within the Principality for the duration of their reign, or be acceptable to the Coronets.
  8. Exceptions may be granted by the Coronet, limited by Corpora and Crown.

Section 4 -- Combat Conventions

The Coronet Lists combat conventions shall be determined by the Coronet.

Section 5 -- Investiture

  1. Oaths to Kingdom and Crown: At their investiture, the Tanist and Tanista of the Summits shall swear fealty to the Crown and obedience to the laws of An Tir. Should the Crown not be present to accept their oaths, written oaths shall be sent to the Crown immediately and spoken oaths given as soon as possible.
  2. Oaths to the land and Populace: The Heirs shall swear fealty to the people of the Summits and swear to uphold the Laws. These oaths shall be witnessed by the Summits Seneschal, the Summits Herald, the Earl Marshall, and such members of the Peerage attendant at the tournament who may bear witness to the claims of the Heirs of the Summits. Upon completion of these Oaths, the Heirs shall receive the Coronets from the outgoing Prince and Princess.
  3. Failure to Invest: Should for any reason a Coronet Tournament be declared invalid or the victor and/or consort elect to abdicate directly, or by failure to appear or respond, a Coronet List shall be called for the beginning of the Investiture. This tournament shall be open to all who meet eligibility requirements put forth above and who were eligible at the time of the original Coronet Tournament. Any person or persons whose actions or inaction were the grounds for an invalidation, as well as a victor and consort who abdicate, are explicitly excluded as both combatants and consorts from the new Lists.
  4. Failure to Reign: Failure of the Prince and Princess to attend Coronet events constitutes failure to reign and shall be taken as abdication, unless such failure to attend is beyond the control of the Coronet and no failure to reign is demonstrated.

Article IV - Champions

Section 1 - Designation of Champions

The Coronet shall determine and create such Titled Champions as they deem necessary. The current Champions are the Defender, the Champion of the Arts and Sciences, the Archery Champion, and the Rapier Champion.

Section 2 -- Defender of the Summits

  1. The fighter who is victorious in the Summits Defender's list shall bear the title Defender of the Summits for the duration of one year. Should the Defender be unable to fulfill the obligations of the position,or is victorious in a Crown or Coronet list, s/he shall resign the title to the Coronet. The Coronet shall choose a suitable person to serve as Defender until the next Defender's List.
    1. The Defender's List shall be of a kind which promotes a tactical victory, rather than of sole prowess at arms.
    2. The conventions of the list shall be determined by the Coronet.
  2. Duties and Privileges of the Defender:
    1. The Defender shall accompany and defend the Coronet.
    2. The Defender shall bear the Banner of the Summits in times of war and peace.
    3. The Defender shall attend the Coronet at Court.
    4. The Defender shall have a seat at the Principality High Table.
    5. If, for any reason, the Summits is without a Coronet, the Defender shall assume the administrative duties of the Coronet as the Crown's representative and shall take the appropriate steps to either invest the Tanist and Tanista of the Summits as scheduled, or hold a Coronet list as scheduled and immediately invest the victor and companion as the Coronet of the Summits.
    6. Should the Defender be unable to carry out his or her duties in the absence of the Coronet, the Crown shall select the most suitable person to serve as Defender.

Section 3 - Summits Champion of Arts and Sciences

  1. The individual who is judged victorious in the Winter Investiture Arts and Sciences Competition shall bear the title Summits Champion of Arts and Sciences for the duration of one year. Should the Champion of Arts and Sciences be unable to fulfill the obligations of the position, or or is victorious in a Crown or Coronet list, s/he shall resign the title to the Coronet. The Coronet shall choose a suitable person to serve as Champion until the next Arts and Sciences Competition.
  2. Duties and Privileges of the Champion of the Arts and Sciences
    1. The Champion shall have a position beside the throne at Principality Court.
    2. The Champion shall have a seat at the Principality High Table.
    3. The Champion shall promote and encourage Arts and Sciences throughout the Principality.
    4. The Champion shall be responsible for preparing and conducting a contest to select an appropriate successor.

Section 4 - Summits Archery Champion

  1. The individual who is judged victorious in the Summits Archery Competition shall bear the title Summits Archery Champion for the duration of one year. Should the Archery Champion be unable to fulfill the obligations of the position, or is victorious in a Crown or Coronet list, s/he shall resign the title to the Coronet. The Coronet shall choose a suitable person to serve as Archery Champion until the next Archery Competition. The competition shall be held at a local event during the summer months.
  2. Duties and Privileges of the Archery Champion
    1. The Champion shall have a position beside the throne at Principality Court.
    2. The Champion shall have a seat at the Principality High Table.
    3. The Champion shall promote and encourage archery and light infantry throughout the Principality.
    4. The Champion shall be responsible for preparing and conducting a contest to select an appropriate successor with the help of the Captain of the Bow.

Section 5 - Summits Rapier Champion

  1. The individual who is judged victorious in the Summits Rapier Competition shall bear the title Summits Rapier Champion for the duration of one year. Should the Rapier Champion be unable to fulfill the obligations of the position, or is victorious in a Crown or Coronet list, s/he shall resign the title to the Coronet. The Coronet shall choose a suitable person to serve as Rapier Champion until the next Rapier Competition. The competition shall be held at a local event during the summer months.
  2. Duties and Privileges of the Rapier Champion
    1. The Champion shall have a position beside the throne at Principality Court.
    2. The Champion shall have a seat at the Principality High Table.
    3. The Champion shall promote and encourage period fence throughout the Principality.
    4. The Champion shall be responsible for preparing and conducting a contest to select an appropriate successor with the help of the Captain of Fence.

Article V -- Officers

Section 1 -- Officers

The Great Officers of the principality of the Summits shall be: The Seneschal, The Summits Herald, The Earl Marshal, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Minister of Arts and Sciences, the Constable, the Chatelaine, and the Chronicler. The Great Officers of the Summits shall be responsible to the Coronet of the Summits and the Great Officers of An Tir, and shall safeguard the interests and honor of the Society. All officers shall carry out such duties as appropriate to the post or as directed by the Coronet.

Section 2 -- Reports

  1. Principality officers shall give a written report on the state of their office by the 1st of the reporting period (February, May, August, November). All Principality officers will report to the Coronet, Principality Seneschal, Kingdom Superior, the Tanist and Tanista when applicable, and to any others required by Law and policy.
  2. Failure to report
    1. Failure to report on two consecutive reporting periods will result in the suspension of that officer. Suspension will be in force until reinstatement by the Coronet and Principality Seneschal.
    2. If an officer remains in suspension for a full reporting period, that office shall, at the end of that reporting period, be considered vacant.
  3. Vacant Offices:
    The Principality Seneschal shall assume the duties of vacant offices until a suitable officer can be installed.

Section 3 -- Appointment and Deputies

  1. Great Officers are warranted by the Coronet after countersigned approval of the corresponding Kingdom officer. Each may warrant deputies, assistants, and subordinates as are necessary to the functioning of the office.
  2. All Great Officers must have a deputy to effect an orderly transfer of the office should the office become unexpectedly vacant.
  3. If the office becomes vacant or if an officer announces intention to resign, the Coronet, in consultation with the Kingdom superior and the Crown, shall warrant a new officer.
  4. In the event that a lesser office is deemed unnecessary, the office shall be left vacant and the duties assumed by the corresponding greater office.
  5. Officers shall serve for one term of up to two years. At the end of that time they may seek reappointment to the same post for one more term. No individual may serve in the same capacity for more than four consecutive years.

Section 4 -- Specific Duties and Jurisdictions

  1. The Seneschal is the chief administrative officer of the Principality, and the principal legal representative within the Principality.
  2. The Summits Herald is responsible for the submission of Heraldic devices, orders of precedence, ceremony, and the promotion of the Art of Heraldry within the Principality. The Summits Herald shall coordinate efforts with the Gryphon Scribe as appropriate.
  3. The Summits Marshal has jurisdiction over all martial combat and the Field of Honor. The Keeper of the Lists is directly subordinate to the Summits Marshal. The Captain of the Bow and Captain of Fence are overseen in administration and logistics by the Summits Marshal, in matters of policy by the appropriate Kingdom Deputy Earl Marshals, and report directly to both. The duties of these offices are as follows:
    1. The Captain of the Bow shall encourage and coordinate activities pertaining to archery and Light Infantry.
    2. The Keeper of the Lists shall be responsible for the scheduling of fights in the Coronet Lists and shall maintain records of the names of the authorized fighters and marshals within the Principality.
    3. The Rapier Marshal shall encourage and coordinate activities pertaining to rapier combat within the Principality.
  4. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is responsible for accounting for the moneys, property, and regalia of the Principality and the vassal branches of the Principality, and shall have custody of the moneys of the Principality. The Exchequer shall oversee the appointed Chamberlain.
    1. The Chamberlain shall be delegated all responsibility for maintenance and inventory of regalia.
      1. Unlike other officers, the Chamberlain shall have a term which matches each Coronet's reign.
      2. The Chamberlain post shall be appointed by each incoming Coronet with the advice of the Exchequer, to whom the Chamberlain will report.
  5. The Minister of Arts and Sciences is responsible for encouraging the study and display of the medieval arts and sciences of the Principality. The Minister of Arts and Sciences shall coordinate efforts with the Gryphon Scribe as appropriate.
  6. The Chronicler is responsible for publishing the Principality newsletter; and such other publications as shall be required by the Coronet.
  7. The Constable is responsible for coordinating on-site security and safety at Principality events.
  8. The Chatelaine shall encourage and coordinate recruiting activities within the Principality. The Chatelaine shall be directly responsible for the Lesser Office of Ministry of the Gold Key. The duties of this office are as follows:
    1. The Minister of the Gold Key is responsible for the storage and offering of appropriate clothing for loan.
  9. The Gryphon Scribe shall encourage the arts of calligraphy and illumination and coordinate the production of scrolls as required by the Coronet. The lesser office reports directly to the Coronet and the Kingdom Scribe, with courtesy reports and coordination of effort extended to the Summits Herald and the Minister of Arts and Sciences.

Article VI -- Awards

Section 1 - Creation of Awards

The Coronet shall determine and create such awards as they wish to bestow. The precedential weight of these awards shall be determined by the Crown of An Tir.

Section 2 - Summits Awards

  1. The Award of the Grail: this award may be given by the Coronets for notable contributions in the Arts and Sciences, Service, or Martial endeavor. Due to the varied nature of the award, it may be given more than once to the same recipient.
  2. The Order of the Summits: this award is given no more than once per Coronet reign and need not be given every reign. It recognizes extraordinary contribution to the Principality and Populace of Summits. Companions in this Order must be consulted by the Coronet for advice before invitation is offered to a new Companion.
  3. The Shield of Chivalry is given by the Princess to that fighter whom she judges to have been most chivalrous during the Coronet Lists. It is passed on at each Coronet Lists.
  4. The Order of the Aerie is a closed order consisting of all those who held the position of Defender or Lady of the Summits prior to the recognition of Summits as a Principality. Members may wear a black garter with a grail tippet.
  5. The Order of the Griffin's Sword consists of those fighters who have placed second in the Coronet lists.

Article VII -- Councils and Courts

Section 1 - Designation of Councils and Courts

The Coronet shall determine and create such subordinate administrative bodies they deem necessary. As appropriate, these matters shall be determined by the Crown of An Tir.

Section 2 - the Exchequer's Council

The Exchequer's Council shall consist of the Coronet, the Heirs when applicable, the Principality Seneschal, and the Principality Exchequer. All requests and proposals for the use of Principality moneys for extraordinary expenses must be submitted in writing to the Exchequer. The consent of a majority of the Council is needed to disburse moneys for anything but regular approved expenses.

Section 3 - the Moot

The Moot shall be the forum for the populace of Summits to express their concerns and for the officers to account for their offices. Anyone may attend Moots. There shall be a Moot at each Coronet event, and additional Moots may be scheduled by the Coronet as needed.

Signed this Sixteenth day of July A.S. XXXII, being 1997 A.D.

Ambrose Mavrorothakis Cavalarios - - - - - - - - - - Marion Staarveld
Prince of the Summits - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Princess of the Summits

Darius Rex An Tir - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Morgaine Regina An Tir

Reviewed by:
Master Angus McClure - - - - - - - - - - - - Lonergan Fionn O’Flaherty
Seneschal of An Tir - - - - - - - - - - - - - Seneschal of the Summits