[07/01/2002] [Lady Aramis of Oceana]
A recent article by Chekers got me to thinking. Should baronies and duchies be allowed to have sublands? According to Corpora, only Kingdoms can have sublands. Why not baronies and duchies?
It seems to me that allowing baronies and duchies to have sublands creates a win-win situation for both sides.
In most cases, new shires are going to be a lot closer to a large barony or duchy than they will be to a kingdom. As a result, they are going to get to know the people of that nearby barony or duchy a lot better than they would anybody at their kingdom. In a case like this, who better to either give higher awards or ask the kingdom for even higher ones? It stands to reason that the barony or duchy that see and know the members of the new shire would be best for this job. It also helps that new shire by giving them someone to work with that's a little closer to their level.
For the barony or duchy, it gives them practice at working with the monarchs of the sublands for that day when they become a kingdom in their own right. There is also the fact that the numbers from a subland's populace would help them achieve that goal.
Shires can be the life and blood of Amtgard, almost as much, if not more so, than kingdoms. As Sheriff of a small shire, I can say from experience that it is sometimes frustrating and intimidating to work with people at kingdom level when they have so many lands (including their own) to worry about. It is much easier to get things done with people who are closer and know me and my people, and were in my position not all that long ago.
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