Kingdom of Dragonspine

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ARTICLE VIII:    SPONSORED CHAPTERS

Section 1.    GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. The kingdom may sponsor other Amtgard chapters, making them a subsidiary part of the Kingdom of Dragonspine.
  2. All subsidiary chapters are bound by the Amtgard Rules of Play, rules updates issued by the kingdom, the Corpora where it applies to running groups smaller than a kingdom, and the contract signed with the kingdom.
  3. Sponsored chapters should use these bylaws as a guideline for how to run their local government and should therefore have local equivalents of kingdom officers.
    1. This Corpora is written as a document for governing the kingdom proper and careful attention should be paid to these bylaws to determine the limitations placed upon sponsored chapters.
  4. Members of subsidiary chapters are considered to be non-voting members of the kingdom and cannot be dues-paid members of Dragonspine proper.
  5. Attendance in a sponsored chapter is determined by counting the number of that chapter's participants in Amtgard at that chapter each weekend and averaging the results over a six month period.
  6. The kingdom may audit any sponsored chapter at any time to ensure the smooth operation of the sponsored chapter and to help in the determination of any change in the sponsored chapter’s status.
  7. Meeting the criteria for a certain status does not automatically convey that status.
    1. A sponsored chapter must petition the kingdom to request a change of status.
    2. The kingdom may demote a sponsored group in status if the sponsored group fails to maintain the criteria for their current status for a period of six months or more.
  8. A sponsored chapter of Barony status or greater may supervise nearby shires also sponsored by the kingdom with the permission of the kingdom Board of Directors.
    1. Shires supervised by a sponsored chapter are eligible to receive orders, titles and masterhoods directly from that sponsored chapter.
  9. If the sponsored chapter chooses to write a Corpora, that Corpora must be approved by the Dragonspine Board of Directors.
Section 2.    SHIRE

  1. A Shire must (i) have at least five members, (ii) have signed a contract with Dragonspine, (iii) have a contract with Amtgard, Inc and (iv) meet at least once every other week
  2. The Monarch of a Shire is called a Sheriff.
    1. A Sheriff may award first and second levels of any order.
    2. A Sheriff may not award any titles, knighthoods, or masterhoods.
  3. A Regent of a Shire may award first and second levels of Orders of the Rose, Lion, Owl, Dragon, Garber and Façade.
Section 3.    BARONY

(See Note 1.)

  1. A Barony must (i) have at least twenty members, (ii) have signed a contract with Dragonspine, (iii) have a contract with Amtgard, Inc, (iv) meet at least once a week, (v) have a bank account with a local bank under the chapter’s name, (vi) have held elections every six months as per this Corpora, and (vii) organize chapter government using this Corpora as a guideline.
  2. The Monarch of a Barony is called a Baron or its equivalent.
    1. A Baron may award first through fifth levels of any order.
    2. A Baron may not award any titles, knighthoods or masterhoods. (See Note 2.)
  3. The Regent of a Barony may award first through fifth levels of Orders of the Rose, Lion, Owl, Dragon, Garber and Façade.
Section 4.    DUCHY

(See Note 1.)

  1. A Duchy must (i) have at least forty members, (ii) have signed a contract with Dragonspine, (iii) have been a Barony for at least one year and held at least two sets of Crown Qualification events organized as per this Corpora, (iv) have held elections every six months as per this Corpora, (v) have a contract with Amtgard, Inc, (vi) meet every week, (vii) have a bank account with a local bank under the chapter’s name, stably containing at least $100, (viii) operate as a non-profit group and have a non-profit tax identification number, if possible, (ix) have an active Board of Directors as per this Corpora, (x) organize chapter government as per this Corpora, (xii) maintain a Post Office box.
  2. The Monarch of a Duchy is called a Duke or its equivalent.
    1. A Duke may award first through eighth levels of any order.
    2. A Duke may award the title of Lord once per reign. (See Note 2.)
    3. A Duke may award masterhood in the fighting guilds.
    4. A Duke may not award any other titles or masterhoods. (See Note 2.)
    5. A Duke may not award knighthood.
  3. The Regent of a Duchy may award first through eighth levels of Orders of the Rose, Lion, Owl, Dragon, Garber and Façade.
Section 5.    PRINCIPALITY

(See Note 1.)

(See Note 3.)

  1. A Principality must (i) have at least fifty members (ii) have signed a contract with Dragonspine, (iii) have been a Duchy for at least one year with stable membership, (iv) have held elections every six months as per this Corpora, (v) have a contract with Amtgard, Inc, (vi) meet every week, (vii) have a bank account with a local bank under the chapter’s name, stably containing at least $200, (viii) operate as a non-profit group and have a non-profit tax identification number, if possible, (ix) have an active Board of Directors as per this Corpora, (ix) organize chapter government as per this Corpora, and (x) maintain a Post Office box.
  2. The Monarch of a Principality is called a Prince or its equivalent.
    1. A Prince may award any first through tenth levels of any order.
    2. A Prince may award the titles of Lord, Baronet, and Baron. (See Note 2.)
    3. A Prince may award masterhood in the fighting guilds.
    4. A Prince may not award any other titles or masterhoods. (See Note 2.)
    5. A Prince may not award knighthood.
  3. The Regent of a Principality may award first through tenth levels of Orders of the Rose, Lion, Owl, Dragon, Garber and Façade.
Notes

Note 1: This section has been affected by amendment VI.
Note 2: This section has been affected by amendment X.
Note 3: This section has been affected by amendment XI.