The Crown Principality of Tir Mara comprises all of the Canadian lands within the borders of the Kingdom of the East. This area is vast, making up around four fifths of the land of the kingdom. As of this writing in AS 48, this territory is still a Crown Principality, with the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of the East being also the Prince and Princess of Tir Mara, until They have found Their heirs.
Before the Crown Principality, we had a Northern Region that was made up both American and Canadian land, however it was later recognized, by many, that the Canadian groups (made up of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador) had their own separate needs that were better dealt with by having separate Canadian deputies. Because of this, in 1999, the formation of a new District was discussed and before the end of the year of 2000, the Northern Shores was now a District of the Northern Region.
By April of 2001, it was announced that the Northern Shores would now be recognized as a region within the East Kingdom. The big news with this is that the new region will get to share in the rotation of Spring Crown Tournaments. Before this point, they were considered part of the Northern Region rotation.
Spring Crown Tournament, which is held on the first Saturday in May and, if necessary, the last Saturday in April rotated through the Northern Shores Region every two years with the first one being held in this new rotation was in the then, Shire of L'ile du Dragon Dormant in May of 2002. From here, just as the event is rotated through the East Kingdom, it was also rotated through the Region as it is today through the Crown Principality allowing groups to put in bids is they are capable of holding it, or if not, passing it on to another group giving preference to one that has not held it (or held it recently).
Since the time of being a District, the group had already begun having Northern Shores tournaments of Arms which then expanded into Regional competitions for A&S, Archery and Rapier which also were organized in a rotation between the groups.
Other earlier milestones (some official, some not so much) included the creation of the Boreal Army and a badge which much of Tir Mara rallied behind, the Northern Shores Warcamp in Lyndhaven and eventually the Aurora Borealis Newsletter, Nothern Shores website with a full list of deputy officers, the Northern Shores Royal Travel Fund and a push further for a Principality! Most of this time being under Aetheric Lindenerende who was the Deputy Kingdom seneschal for the Northern Shores District and then late the Northern Shores Region Seneschal through the first months of the new Crown Principality of Tir Mara, who announced on February 2nd of 2009, that on the previous Saturday, at the "Market Day at Birka" event, "Their Royal Majesties Darius and Alethea accepted the majority will as expressed in the recent status polling and created the new Crown Principality of the Northern Shores. It was noted that it is created with the intent of working towards full principality status." Saturday, January 31st, will mark the 10th anniversary of this occasion.
Spring Crown Events in the Northern Shores Region/Tir Mara, (historical and upcoming)
|Start Date||End Date||Territory|
|05/04/2002||Barony of L'ile du Dragon Dormant|
|05/01/2004||Barony of Ruantallan|
|05/06/2006||Barony of L'ile du Dragon Dormant|
|04/25/2008||Shire of Lyndhaven|
|5/8/2010||Barony of L'ile du Dragon Dormant|
|5/5/2012||Barony of Ruantallan|
|5/17/2014||Barony of L’ile du Dragon Dormant|
|4/30/2016||5/1/2016||Barony of Havre des Glaces (east-TM passed)|
|5/5/2018||Barony of Ruantallan|
|2020||(passed by both east and west due to border closure)|
|2022||(looking to be possibly held in the west)|
- Havre des Glaces
- Canton d’Artigus
- L'ile du Dragon Dormant
- Bois Ardent (Quebec)
- Castelnor (Quebec)
- La Selve d'Aure (Quebec)
- Le Dragonet (Quebec)
- Shire of Les Sylves Constellees (incipient) (north western Quebec)
- le proto-Canton des Rives d'Estnordia (Rimouski, Quebec)
- Canton of Wolfsgate (former canton of Ruantallan, NS)
- Canton of Mycghalh (former canton of Ruantallan, NS)
- Port of Lympha Profunda (former port of Ruantallan, NS)
- Belcastershire (southeastern New Brunswick)
- College of Ice Valley (Corner Brook, Nfld)
Crown Principality Events
Every year, groups in Tir Mara host events in which one, or more, of our 4 championships are held. At present, this includes the Champion of Arms, Champion of Rapier, Champion of Archery and the Champion of Arts and Sciences.
With champions of Arms and Rapier, the Prince’s champion are those who placed first and the Princess’s places second while with the champions of Archery and A&S, the Princess’s champion place first while the Prince’s place second.
Schedule for The Championship of Arms and Championships for Arts and Sciences (April/May)
Schedule for The Rapier Championships and Championships of Thrown Weapons and of Archery (August/September)
The Crown Principality also holds Tir Mara Universities (TMU) with our first one being held on October 6th, 2012, in the Shire of Boise Ardent.
Schedule for The Tir Mara University events
- Newsletter : Aurora Borealis (presently not in print)