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==Stonemarche & "Giggleswick"==
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== Giggleswick, Stonemarche Protectorate ==
What is "Giggleswick"?
 
  
There are two ways to answer this question. First, the official paperwork and bureaucratic way, the other way is the social "in game" shtick way. Officially there is no such place as Giggleswick in the SCA.
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From times ancient beyond all memory or record, the people of [[Giggleswick]] have inhabited the southern region of [[Malagentia]], mundanely corresponding to the southern half of York County, Maine.
  
'''Bureaucratic''':
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For many years, the people of Giggleswick suffered under the yoke of Provincial Malagentia, whose officers would scold them for imaginary crimes and confiscate their mead. But Giggleswickians are a proud race, and cannot by nature submit to tyranny overlong.
  
The border of Stonemarche is the the state line of NH. Officially, if you live in NH you are in Stonemarche. If you live over the line in Maine you are in [[Malagentia]].
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So it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from King Gregor II that the whole kingdom should be registered. During the "Great Zip Code Search" of A.S. 29, Seneschal Andre of Branswatch declared in bold fashion (some say accidental) that Stonemarche included all zip codes beginning with "03".
  
Now on the other side of the coin socially we have defined Giggleswick as some number of towns in southern Maine.
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Fatefully, and unlike the rest of Maine, the zip codes of Giggleswick also began with "03". Unwilling to let a legitimate pretext go to waste, their Excellencies Stonemarche declared war on Malagentia, effective April 1st, A.S. 29. Unfortunately the declaration of war was delivered in Pig Latin, so Malagentia didn't realize they were under attack until the following Thursday, and Stonemarche was forced to declare victory by default.
  
Socially, what group you play with or feel part of is completely up to you as an individual. If you, or someone from MA, want to claim to be a member of Giggleswick no one is going to stop you. The existence of Giggleswick has provided some good shtick between Stonemarche and Malagentia over the years. For those who live in Giggleswick but play in Stonemarche most of the time it makes no difference. The same goes for those who live over the border in other directions. The only time it makes a difference is when someone would like to be an officer, or Baron or Baroness, in Stonemarche. Then the official borders rule and you must live within the borders to be an officer, head of state or vote for the head of state. Could Stonemarche have a war with Malagentia over the territory? Sure! It's great shtick. Would it change the border? no. For that Stonemarche would need to go through a zip code exchange with Malagentia. If Malagentia agreed and the Kingdom seneschal agrees we could move the official border.
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File:giggleswick-claim-english.jpg| The claim in English
  
The one wrinkle with that is for boundaries that cross state lines one needs to get approval all the way from the SCA, Inc. board of directors. Not impossible but a bit more of a pain. There will always be border areas and people going one way or the other to play with the group on the other side. Officially Giggleswick-by-the-sea consists of the area of Maine that has zipcodes starting with 03 (just like Stonemarche). Basically everything south of Wells, ME, including York; North, South and just plain Berwick; Kittery; Elliot; etc.
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File:giggleswick-claim-pig-latin.jpg| and the original Pig Latin
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'''Shtick''':
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Malagentia then reclaimed Giggleswick by force of arms at the [[Great Northeastern War]], only to be confounded by Lady [[Elen Alswyth of Eriskay]], a prominent Giggleswickian, who subsequently declared fealty to Stonemarche on behalf of her people.
  
The Borough of Giggleswick consists of the seven towns in southern Maine with an 03 Zip code prefix; this includes the Berwicks, Elliot, Kittery, the Yorks and Ogunquit. It came about when the Kingdom was doing the "Great Zip Code Search" to establish the borders of groups and Andre of Branswatch responded that Stonemarche was any town with an 03 prefix. We capitalized on this by declaring an April first war on Malagentia (which they found out about the following Thursday). Since no one from Malagentia showed up to defend their claim, we figured we won by default. Malagentia, however, cleaned our clocks at the [[Great Northeastern War]] that year and claimed the land back. Elen Alswith of Eriskay threw the monkey wrench in the works by swearing fealty to Stonemarche in the name of the people of Giggleswick (thus the title 'protector of the people of Giggleswick'). King Gregor settled the affair by proclaiming that Malagentia owned the land and Stonemarche owned the people. Officially, that was only true for the duration of his reign, but we've had fun with it ever since.
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Only His Majesty, Gregor II, King of the East could settle the dispute, and in his infinite wisdom gave a Royal Edict, that '''Malagentia shall own the land, and Stonemarche shall own its people'''.
  
Since that time people who live outside the bounds of Stonemarche proper but have their hearts here have come to refer to where they live as Giggleswick. Sort of like the Carolingians who claim residence though in Caid because "Carolingia is a state of mind". If you look at the latest New Hampshire Atlas & Gazetteer, published in Maine, it includes all of Giggleswick plus a little of Northern Mass.
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To this day, the Baronage of Stonemarche claim the title, "Protectors of the People of Giggleswick", although successors to King Gregor II have yet to expressly renew the edict...
 
 
Hrmm... Northen Mass eh?
 
  
 
==Occupants of Stonemarche==
 
==Occupants of Stonemarche==

Revision as of 16:45, 2 March 2019

Barony of Stonemarche
Stonemarche arms.gif
Per chevron vert and argent three castles within a laurel wreath all with in a boudure invected counterchanged.
Information
Founded: October 4th AS 18 (1987)
Location: New Hampshire.

Overview

A Barony in the Northern Region of the East Kingdom, Stonemarche was formally established on October 4th AS 18 (1987). Morgan Arianblaidd and Megan Laine were invested as the founding Baron and Baroness by Randal and Marieke.

Meaning: Stonemarche's heraldry is full of allusions. The boudure invected represents the 'Granite State' (A marche is a border area like between England and Scotland. Therefore the device has a stone marche). New Hampshire's White Mountains and Northern Forests represented by the green and white field division. the three castles representing the Shire of Belle Rive, Shire of Vatnaskvadstadir and the Riding of Caer Penbledd uniting to form the Barony.

Established: October 4th AS 18 (1987)

Blazon: Per chevron vert and argent three castles within a laurel wreath all with in a boudure invected counterchanged.

Heraldic officer's title: Granite Pursuivant.

Awards: (See also The Awards section below)

  • The Order of the Millstone - granted for long service to the barony.
  • Golden Sword - Awarded to the "fighter (authorized less than a year and not yet fought at Pennsic) showing the most potential as chosen by the veteran fighters in attendance at the Golden Sword Tournament.
  • Golden Foil and Golden Arrow - As per Golden Sword, but in fencing and archery respectively.

Newsletter: Carved In Granite.

Fighting Unit(s): the Yeomen.

Barons and Baronesses of Stonemarche

Stonemarche Baronage


10/03/1987-02/01/1997 Morgan Arianblaidd & Megan ni Laine

02/01/1997-06/14/2003 Megan ni Laine & Harold von Auerbach

06/14/2003-01/26/2014 Juan Lazaro Ramirez Xavier & Maria Pagani

01/26/2014-01/26/2019 Dorio of the Oaks & Jocelyn del Espada

01/26/2019-Present Keziah Planchet & Deirdre Planchet

Territories of Stonemarche

The Barony of Stonemarche overlays the entire state of NH and claims stewardship of Giggleswick (a misnomer for the regions of Maine that the zipcodes start 03*** and any individuals who play with the Barony from outside the established borders.) For more details see below.

Former Territories of Stonemarche

Branswatch was replaced by four other groups:


History

In the Beginning

Originally the Southern part of the area known in the quotidian world as New Hampshire was settled as the Shire of Branswatch in AS 12 (1981). Eventually Branswatch was replaced by four other groups; the Canton of Anrhyfeddôd in AS 13 (1982); the Shire of Belle Rive, in AS 14 (1983); the Shire of Vatnaskvadstadir AS 14 (1983); and the Riding of Caer Penbledd AS 15 (1984).

Map of Stonemarche

When the Canton of Anrhyfeddôd was disolved in AS 17 the Kingdom Senechal ceded the lands to the Shire of Vatnaskvadstadir as he stepped down from office. At the time, Vatnaskvadstadir, and Bell Rive were negotiating between themselves to determine how to divide the lands of Anrhyfeddôd. After much negotiation, and conferences with the people of Caer Penbledd the three groups decided to join together and form a Barony.

Further meetings took place to decide the name of the new Barony, its arms and choose the founding Baron and Baroness. On October 4th AS 18 (1987 C.E.) the Barony of Stonemarche was officially created.


Giggleswick, Stonemarche Protectorate

From times ancient beyond all memory or record, the people of Giggleswick have inhabited the southern region of Malagentia, mundanely corresponding to the southern half of York County, Maine.

For many years, the people of Giggleswick suffered under the yoke of Provincial Malagentia, whose officers would scold them for imaginary crimes and confiscate their mead. But Giggleswickians are a proud race, and cannot by nature submit to tyranny overlong.

So it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from King Gregor II that the whole kingdom should be registered. During the "Great Zip Code Search" of A.S. 29, Seneschal Andre of Branswatch declared in bold fashion (some say accidental) that Stonemarche included all zip codes beginning with "03".

Fatefully, and unlike the rest of Maine, the zip codes of Giggleswick also began with "03". Unwilling to let a legitimate pretext go to waste, their Excellencies Stonemarche declared war on Malagentia, effective April 1st, A.S. 29. Unfortunately the declaration of war was delivered in Pig Latin, so Malagentia didn't realize they were under attack until the following Thursday, and Stonemarche was forced to declare victory by default.

Malagentia then reclaimed Giggleswick by force of arms at the Great Northeastern War, only to be confounded by Lady Elen Alswyth of Eriskay, a prominent Giggleswickian, who subsequently declared fealty to Stonemarche on behalf of her people.

Only His Majesty, Gregor II, King of the East could settle the dispute, and in his infinite wisdom gave a Royal Edict, that Malagentia shall own the land, and Stonemarche shall own its people.

To this day, the Baronage of Stonemarche claim the title, "Protectors of the People of Giggleswick", although successors to King Gregor II have yet to expressly renew the edict...

Occupants of Stonemarche

Citizens of Stonemarche refer to themselves as "Stonemarchians". The Major Households in Stonemarche are:

Other groups have presences within the Stonemarche Borders:

Guilds within Stonemarche Borders:

Awards

Emblazon Name Given for
SM Millstone.jpg Order of the Millstone Long service to Stonemarche in one of the fields: white cord for service, red cord for martial, green cord for arts.
SM WhiteGate.jpg Order of the White Gate Notable martial service
SM Lamp.jpg Order of the Lamp of Apollo Promoting an aspect of A&S
SM Furison.jpg Order of the Furison Service that Sparks and inspires others
SM Keystone.jpg Order of the Keystone Vert Outstanding service at Pennsic, either on the field or in camp.
TR.jpg Tabula Rasa Excellence among the youth of the Barony.

Other awards: The Baron’s Pearl and the Hammer of Stonemarche are more baronial whims.

More Information


Eastern Territories
Crown Principalities/Regions: Tir Mara, Northern Region, Central Region, Southern Region
Baronies/Provinces: Østgarðr, An Dubhaigeainn, Bergental, Beyond the Mountain, Bhakail, Bridge, Buckland Cross, Carillion, Carolingia, Concordia of the Snows, Dragonship Haven, Endewearde, Havre des Glaces, Iron Bog, L'ile du Dragon Dormant, Malagentia, Ruantallan, Settmour Swamp, Smoking Rocks, Stonemarche
Shires: Anglespur, Ar n-Eilean-ne, Avonmore, Barren Sands, Blak Rose, Bois Ardent, Caer Adamant, Coill Tuar, Coldwood, Eisental, Frosted Hills, Glenn Linn, Hadchester, Hartshorn-dale, La Selve d'Aure, Lyndhaven, Midland Vale, Montevale, Mountain Freehold, Nordenhalle, Northern Outpost, Old Stonebridges, Owlsherst, Panther Vale, Quintavia, Rusted Woodlands, Smithwick, Wyndhame
Cantons/Ridings: Aschehyrst, Black Icorndall, Bowman's Rest, Brokenbridge, Distant Shore, Dragon Forge, Dragon's Aerie, Fennbrycg, Forestgate, Gryphonwald, Hawkes Reache, Ivyeinrust, Keep by the Endless Sea, Lions End, Marwick, Northpass, Ravenhill, Sea Tyger's Rhyn, Seashire, Towers, Whyt Whey, Wyndriche, Ynys Y Gwaun
Other Information: Former Territories, Kingdoms