Their Majesties convened Their Curia at the Market Day at Birka event on Sunday January 27. The official agenda can be viewed here on the East Kingdom Seneschal’s web site.
Results of the Curia will not be final until the text of the changes are published in Pikestaff. This report is a summary of discussions which took place at the Curia and not in any way an official statement of changes in Kingdom Law.
Greetings unto the Kingdom.
There have been many, many “interesting” things happening in the last few weeks in the East Kingdom, to quote a very wise woman. Many tempers have become heated, while others have tried to maintain calm.
The Autocrat and staff of Birka realize that the Event this weekend provides a good place for the East Kingdom populace to come together to talk, hash things out, find out more information, or just have a good laugh.
Therefore, we have added an Open Forum for discussion of the many things going on in the East Kingdom. This will be held on Saturday, from 8:00pm (or when Court ends) to 10:00pm, in the Armory. It will be hosted and moderated by:
- Mistress Katherine Barr, East Kingdom Seneschal
- Baroness Audrye Beneyt, East Kingdom Social Media Officer
- Master Joel Messerer, Member of EK Exchequer Council
This Forum is open to all, whether you are an SCA member or not, or a member of the East Kingdom or not. It will be moderated in the sense of keeping it on track with pertinent discussion, and to make sure that many can have a say. Any discussion or question is welcome, and if they can’t answer your question, we will find someone who can.
Lastly, please be aware that this Open Forum replaces the discussion that Mistress Katherine and Master Joel were going to host. It was decided that doing it later in the day provided better opportunities for people to attend and speak. (There also wasn’t a big enough room earlier in the day.)
If you have any questions or comments about this Open Forum, please direct them to me and I will answer as I can. 😊
Mistress Fia Kareman
Deputy Autocrat, Birka XXX
Greetings unto the Kingdom.
Their Majesties and I have received many emails and seen many opinions on Facebook concerning the upcoming proposed EK Law changes. One of the advantages to posting an agenda a few weeks prior to a Curia is that we are able to see the opinions of the populace, as well as receive ideas to proposals that may not have been presented before.
We had all hoped to be able to provide financial information to explain why the Kingdom needs alternative revenue sources. Unfortunately, due to circumstances, we have not been able to provide that in time. When making decisions that affect the financial stability of the Kingdom, we all believe that transparency is necessary.
At this point, Their Majesties still intend to present a modified law change concerning the profit-share provision of Royal Progress events. The fact is that the Kingdom has been run on a deficit for too many years. There have been discussions occurring for years now on how to rectify the annual monetary loss.
However, this law will not affect events taking place prior to January 1, 2020. This will allow time for the Kingdom Exchequer and the Kingdom Financial Committee to make the necessary financial information available to the Kingdom. This will also allow for Their Highnesses, as well as Their Heirs, to make adjustments in their upcoming curias. Further, this lines up with the SCA fiscal year. Their Majesties are considering placing a monetary cap on the amount that the Kingdom would receive from any share of profits from Royal Progress Events.
Master Joel Messerer and I will be available at Birka this Saturday at 1:00 in the afternoon to discuss some of the factors behind the Kingdom’s financial status. This discussion is open to all who wish to attend. The location is to be determined due to the renovations of the hotel. As I get further information on where this can be held, I will post it here.
Katherine Barr, East Kingdom Seneschal
The agenda for Their Majesties’ upcoming Curia at Birka is now available on the Seneschal’s web site, with a supplemental statement from the East Kingdom Council of the Exchequer, at seneschal.eastkingdom.org/curia.php
Please note the time change. Curia will begin at 9:00 am.
Lady Eadgyth of Steyning
Clerk of the Laws, East Kingdom Seneschal’s Office
East Kingdom Curia (the official review of the laws and policies of the East Kingdom) will be held on Sunday, January 27th at A Market Day at Birka in the Barony of Stonemarche, in Manchester, NH. More information about what Curia is and how it works can be found on the web page for curia, linked above.