Society for Creative Anachronism

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Society for Creative Anachromism, Inc.

Location
Milpitas, CA
Genre
historical recreation
Established
1966
Chapters
19 kingdoms
Credits
Berkeley-ites
Website
SCA homepage


Mission statement

From the official website: "The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.”

History

The group originated at a part for the graduation of Diana Paxson from UC Berkeley's medieval studies program. An impromptu proto-boffer melee involving motorcycle helmets and plywood and padded weapons occurred. The organization's name was later invented by fantasy author Marian Zimmer Bradley. The organization rapidly spread, and now 19 kingdoms are recognized, most of them based in the US.

Although the focus of the organization is on historical recreation ("with indoor plumbing"), the SCA website notes that "Some SCA members try to create an entire "persona" for themselves, as someone who could have lived in a specific time and place within the scope of the SCA, fitting their costume and activities to that persona. Some dedicated people try to behave at events as if they actually were their persona." To that extent, the SCA is arguably a LARP organization, or at the very least, borders the LARP world very closely.

Chapters

According to the website, the Kingdoms (and their associated real world geography) are:

  1. Lochac: Australia and New Zealand; parts of Antarctica
  2. An Tir: USA: Oregon, Washington, the northern tip of Idaho - CANADA: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.
  3. The West Kingdom: USA: Northern California, Nevada and Alaska - ASIA: Japan, Korea and Pacific Rim
  4. Caid: Southern California, Greater Las Vegas Area, and Hawaii
  5. Artemisia: Montana, southern Idaho, most of Utah, and western Colorado and Wyoming
  6. Atenveldt: Arizona
  7. Outlands: New Mexico, most of Colorado, parts of Nebraska; Cheyenne, Wyoming, and El Paso & Hudspeth counties in Texas.
  8. Northshield: USA: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. - CANADA: Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.
  9. Calontir: Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Northern Arkansas.
  10. Ansteorra: Oklahoma, most of Texas.
  11. Ealdormere: CANADA: Ontario (except for Essex County, and Northwestern Ontario around Thunder Bay.)
  12. Middle: USA: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Scott County in Iowa, Kentucky (except the southwest counties). - CANADA: Essex County and Windsor in Ontario.
  13. Gleann Abhann: Mississippi, Louisiana, most of Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee
  14. Meridies: Alabama, almost all of Georgia, a bit of the panhandle of Florida, most of Tennessee, and parts of southern Kentucky (Allen, Barren, Calloway, Logan, Simpson, and Warren counties).
  15. Trimaris: Majority of Florida; lays claim to Panama.
  16. Æthelmearc: central/western Pennsylvania, western New York, and West Virginia.
  17. Atlantia: Maryland, District of Columbia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Augusta, Georgia.
  18. East: USA: eastern Pennsylvania, eastern New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine. - CANADA: Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
  19. Drachenwald: Europe, Africa, Middle East

External links

Official website

Wikipedia Entry on the SCA