Middle Kingdom

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History

The kingdom was founded in 1970 (Anno societatus IV) in and around Chicago, and simultaneously in East Lansing, Michigan. The first king and leading figure of the early kingdom was Cariadoc of the Bow, later also the king of the East. At the first tournament, the branch was known as either the Barony or the Principality Under the Mountain, but was quickly promoted to kingdom status as the Kingdom of the Middle. The Middle was the third kingdom and the last to be named named after a general concept of region (West, East, Middle). The kingdom is also known as the Midrealm, the Middle Realm, simply the Middle or even just the Mid.

The Middle partook in various ways of the traditions of the West Kingdom and its neighbor the East Kingdom. The Middle is also known as one of the more unusual and independent kingdoms in the SCA, with many of its own unique traditions, not imitated by other kingdoms, a distinction it seems to share, perhaps, with Meridies. Generally regarded by SCA philosophers as part of the Oriental tradition and an outgrowth of the East Kingdom, though it is in many respects not very similar to its great rival and partner in the Pennsic Wars.

The earliest branches of the Middle which survived were the Province of Tree-Girt-Sea, the Barony of the North Woods, the Barony of the Flame and the Barony of the Middle Marches.

The Middle began to participate in the Pennsic Wars in 1972 with the East Kingdom, a tradition continued to today. The Border Raids conflicts with the Kingdom of Meridies began in 1976. 1976 also saw the 10th anniversary event of the SCA held in the Barony of Andelcrag.

At one time, the Middle was by a wide margin the largest kingdom in geographic scope, including the midwest states, the plains states, and the vast bulk of Canada. It now consists primarily of the midwestern states of the U.S.

The Middle has had three regions become principalities and then kingdoms in their own right: Calontir (1983), Ealdormere (1998) and Northshield (2004). Close ties and a feeling of kinship are shared with all three kingdoms.

Creation Order: 3
First Coronation: September 1969
Geography: The lower peninsula of Michigan and a small portion of Ontario (Pentamere); Illinois and a small portion of Iowa (Midlands); Indiana (Constellation); Ohio and most of Kentucky (Oaken).
Parent Kingdom: West Kingdom
Principalities: None at present.
Website: http://www.midrealm.org/
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