These are the most recent changes to the Laws of the Kingdom of the West.
Herein are the changes signed into law by Thorfinn and Violante, King and Queen of the West on April 13, AS 48, CE 2014 to clarify the requirements and schedule for arts and sciences competitions at Kingdom events and to bring the number of performing arts competitions in line with the other arts and sciences.
Article IV - Arms and Orders
The Kingdom Arts and Sciences Champion shall be selected based upon the cumulative results of the “Poppy Run”. there will be twenty competitions scheduled throughout the year. Sixteen competitions will be set by law and four competitions determined by the Arts and Sciences Officer.
The selection process for the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Champion shall begin with four competitions at 12th Night and then continue with four competitions at Beltane, eight competitions at Arts and Sciences Tournament and the last four competitions will be held at Purgatorio. The Crown will recognize the new Kingdom Arts and Sciences Champion at the following 12th Night. A competitor need only achieve qualifying scores in eight of the twenty competition categories.
The Poppy competitor must achieve qualifying scores in at least one competition in each of the four fields - Technical Science, Practical Science, Fine Arts and Performing Arts - in order for their run to qualify. The other four scores may be in any category, but not in the same competition; nor may the same item be entered in multiple competitions.
A qualifying score shall be 50% plus one of the available points for that specific competition.
The sixteen competitions set by law are herein defined. In order that the competitions shall have predictability and breadth, these sixteen competitions may not be limited or changed in any way.
The sixteen defined competitions shall be divided into four Technical Science Competitions (Woodwoork, Metalwork, Leatherwork and Glassworks), four Practical Science Competitions (Household Goods, Brewing, Cooking and Textile), four Fine Arts Competitions (Illumination, Calligraphy, Needlework and Clothing) and four Performing Arts Competitions (Period Instrumental/Vocal Performance, Original Instrumental or Vocal Performance, Original Recitation and Physical Performance). The four competitions, set by the Arts and Sciences Officer at October Crown, shall be held at the following Arts and Sciences Tournament and shall consist of one Technical Science, one Practical Science, one Fine Arts and one Performing Arts.
The schedule of the sixteen competitions shall be set, to include at least one from each category at a specified event as follows:
12th Night: woodwork, Textiles, illumination, Period Instrumental/Vocal Performance.
Beltane: Metalwork, Household Goods, Clothing, Original Instrumental or Vocal Performance.
A&S: Leatherwork, Cooking, Needlework, Original Recitation.
Purgatorio: Glassworks, Brewing, Calligraphy, Physical Performance.
The four competitions set by the Arts and sciences Officer may be limited by only one of the following: era or century (not be less than 100 years), geography or culture. The A&S Officer may, at their discretion, suggest examples of the sixteen defined compeitions, but not define them.
A competition need not be entered by more than one person in order for the score to be considered for the entrant’s Poppy Run.
A competitions will be deemed to have been held if either of the following occurs:
Three or more individual entries are signed in, and may be by one or multiple entrants, OR
Two or more entries are signed in, and may be one or multiple entrants, AND both have qualifying scores.
On May 11, 2013, in the 48th Year of the Kingdom of the West, Their Occidental Majesties, King Thorfinn and Queen Etaine amended the Laws of the West Kingdom by striking the following portions of West Kingdom Law, to wit, Article IV, section 1.1a (e.g. the authority of Crown Prince and Corwn Princess to grant awards) as well as Article IV, section 7.4 (i.e. the Writ of Endorsement).
Law changes as enacted by Their Occidental Majesties, King Thorfinn and Queen Etaine
ARTICLE I, Section 3 - Publication
Proclamations of previous reigns not incorporated herein are rescinded. The Laws of the West Kingdom shall be made available on the Kingdom web site and every law change must appear on the web site within 30 days of being announced in court. All law changes must be published in The Page within 60 days of being announced in court.
ARTICLE III, Section 3.3
In addition to the required yearly report, each officer shall submit, in writing to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, a supplemental report detailing any major changes in the amounts of monies and/or properties for which that officer is held accountable.
ARTICLE III, Section 6.1
The Earl Marshal is the chief martial officer of the Kingdom and shall be responsible for overseeing the conduct of all martial arts activities in the Kingdom. These activities include but are not limited to: Tournament lists, rapier combat, target archery, melee and war combat and related activities such as combat archery and scouting. The Earl Marshal shall encourage the development of safety, chivalry, and authenticity upon the field, maintain a file of authorized fighters, and maintain, publish, and enforce standards for construction and use of all weapons and armor.
ARTICLE IV, Section 1.2
It is the responsibility of the Crown or Coronet giving Arms or other awards to ensure that the type of Arms or award, the date given, and the full name of the recipient is published in the Order of Precedence within nine months of the date the Arms or award was given. Awards not published within this time limit must be reaffirmed by the Royalty in an official court and published within nine months of that reaffirmation.
ARTICLE IV, Section 5.2
Membership in this Order will carry with it an Award of Arms, and members shall stand in precedence with holders of Leaves of Achievement.
ARTICLE IV, Section 7.8
Augmentations of Arms are given at the discretion of the Crown for whatever reason the Crown may so desire. They are an addition to the Arms of the recipient, the form of which is determined after consultation with the College of Arms. The Augmentation of Arms carries an Award of Arms if the recipient does not already hold such.
Section 8.25 - Order of Missile Champions
An annual Kingdom Archery Championship will be held prior to 12th Night (see Article V.1.4). Membership in the Order of Missile Champions shall be offered by the Crown to the winner of the annual Kingdom Archery Championship, who shall be invested as Kingdom Archery Champion at 12th Night Coronation.
Duties of the Kingdom Archery Champion during their year of their service shall include: running the next annual competition to find a successor with the assistance of the Kingdom Missile Marshal/Royal Archer; answering any missile-related challenge to the Crown from any other Kingdom; offering counsel and support at Kingdom level wars; and attending the Crown as needed.
The tokens of the Kingdom Archery Champion shall be a medallion and a cloak to be passed to successive champions at 12th Night Coronation.
Section 8.26 - Order of the Western Prima Spada
An annual Kingdom Rapier Championship will be held prior to 12th Night (see Article V.1.4). Membership in the Order of the Western Prima Spada shall be offered by the Crown to the winner of the annual Kingdom Rapier Championship, who shall be invested as Kingdom Rapier Champion at 12th Night Coronation.
Duties of the Kingdom Rapier Champion during their year of their service shall include: running the next annual competition to find a successor with the assistance of the Kingdom Rapier Marshal, answering any rapier related challenge to the Crown from any other Kingdom, offering counsel and support at Kingdom level wars, and attending the Crown as needed.
The token of the Kingdom Rapier Champion shall be the Kingdom Rapier Champion’s cloak bearing the badge of the Order, to be passed to successive Champions at 12th Night. Former Champions, as members of the Order, will be given a Green and Gold Sword Knot to display attached to the hilt of their sword on formal occasions.
Section 8.27 Kingdom Equestrian Champion
An annual Kingdom Equestrian Championship will be held prior to 12th Night (see Article V.1.4). The winner of the annual Kingdom Equestrian Championship shall be invested as Kingdom Equestrian Champion at 12th Night Coronation.
Duties of the Kingdom Equestrian Champion during the year of their service shall include: running the next annual competition to find a successor with the assistance of the Kingdom Equestrian Officer, answering any Equestrian-related challenge to the Crown from any other Kingdom, offering counsel and support to the Equestrian Community, and attending the Crown as needed.
The tokens of the Kingdom Equestrian Champion shall be a banner and a heraldic caparison, to be passed to successive Champions at 12th Night.
ARTICLE IV, Section 9.3 King's Huscarls
The King’s Huscarls are fighters (usually of the Chivalry, but not limited to the Chivalry) selected solely at the discretion of the King who serve as the King’s house guard, specifically during time of war. The King's Huscarls may wear the badge ‘Or, a crown dancetty of three voided vert surmounted by a sword gules,’ to signify that they will stand between the Crown of the West and any danger that threatens it.
ARTICLE V, Section 1.4 - Scheduling of Kingdom Champions Event(s)
The Kingdom Seneschal will coordinate with the Crown, the Order of the Western White Scarf for rapier fighters, the Order of the Western Gold Scarf for equestrians, and the Royal Missile Company for archery to ensure that there will be an annual event (or events), held prior to 12th Night, featuring competitions to select the Kingdom Rapier, Equestrian and Archery Champions. In consultation with the Crown, this event (or events) will be held at a suitable location or locations that will permit each of these activities.
ARTICLE V, Section 8.1 - Locations on the List Field
Only pavilions of reasonably period appearance shall be erected on the List Field at Kingdom events. No pavilion or other structure erected on the List Field perimeter shall be taken down prior to closing court at any Kingdom event without the express permission of the Crown or, in Their absence, the event steward or Kingdom Seneschal. Principalities and other local groups may enforce this provision at their option.
ARTICLE V, Section 8.2 - Spacing
No pavilion shall be erected closer than ten feet to the List Field perimeter (this includes guy ropes) unless a specific exemption is granted by the Crown.
ARTICLE V, Section 10 - Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in main public areas of the event including, but not limited to, the List Field, Court, merchants row (except within a pavilion, with permission), feast halls, etc. Nothing in this article should be construed to limit smoking within private encampments that are set up on the edges of the List Field. The area between the encampment and List Field perimeter is specifically designated as off limits for smoking.