Vardak Viceroy

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Baron: Viceroy Vardak Mirceavitch Basarabov of Iloi
Baronage of: Crown Province of Ostgardr
Preceded by: None
Succeeded by:


For the first eight or nine years of Society activity on the East Coast, the Kings and Queens of the East lived within driving distance of New York City, and the Crown Province of Østgarðr was governed directly by the royalty.

However, in the winter of AS X the Crown Tourney was won by Sir Alaric of the Southern Region (now Atlantia) and this situation became untenable — in the spring, rule would pass to a king who lived too far away to visit the city regularly.

To prepare for this situation, at Twelfth Night in January 1976, King Aonghais named Count Vardak Mirceavitch Basarabov of Iloi to be a royal representative, tasked with overseeing the province on behalf of the Crown.

Like the status of Østgarðr itself, this was an oddity for which there was no provision in the Society’s rulebook, and it took a while to work out the associated formalities — was Vardak a "Vicar", "Vicar-General," “Prefect”, or “Governor”? Eventually the term "Viceroy" was selected.

Vardak stepped down in August when he moved to Bhakail.