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Stonemarche & "Giggleswick"
What is "Giggleswick"?
There are two ways to answer your question. First,
the official paperwork and bureaucratic way, the
other way is the social "in game" shtick
way. Officially there
is no such place as Giggleswick in the SCA.
The border of Stonemarche
is the the state line of NH. Officially, if you
live in NH you are in Stonemarche. If you live
over the line in Maine you are in Malagentia.
Now on the other side of the coin socially we
have defined Giggleswick as some number of towns
in southern Maine.
Socially, what group you play with or feel part
of is completely up to you as an individual. If
you, or someone from MA, want to claim to be a
member of Giggleswick no one is going to stop
you. The existence of Giggleswick has provided
some good shtick between us and Malagentia over
the years. For those who live in Giggleswick but
play in Stonemarche most of the time it makes
no difference. The same goes for those who live
over the border in other directions. The only
time it makes a difference is when someone would
like to be an officer, or Baron or Baroness, in
the Barony. Then the official borders rule and
you must live within the borders to be an officer,
head of state or vote for the head of state. Could
we have a war with Malagentia over the territory?
Sure! It's great shtick. Would it change the border?
no. For that we would need to go through a zip
code exchange with Malagentia. If Malagentia agreed
and the Kingdom seneschal agrees we could move
the official border.
The one wrinkle with that is for boundaries that
cross state lines we need to get approval all
the way from the SCA, Inc. board of directors.
Not impossible but a bit more of a pain. There
will always be border areas and people going one
way or the other to play with the group on the
other side. Officially Giggleswick-by-the-sea
consists of the area of Maine that has zipcodes
starting with 03 (just like Stonemarche). Basically
everything south of Wells, ME, including York;
North, South and just plain Berwick; Kittery;
The Borough of Giggleswick consists of the seven
towns in southern Maine with an 03 Zip code prefix;
this includes the Berwicks, Elliot, Kittery, the
Yorks and Ogunquit. It came about when the Kingdom
was doing the "Great Zip Code Search" to establish
the borders of groups and Andre of Branswatch
responded that Stonemarche was any town with an
03 prefix. We capitalized on this by declaring
an April first war on Malagentia (which they found
out about the following Thursday). Since no one
from Malagentia showed up to defend their claim,
we figured we won by default. Malagentia, however,
cleaned our clocks at the Great Northeastern War
that year and claimed the land back. Elen Alswith
of Eriskay threw the monkey wrench in the works
by swearing fealty to Stonemarche in the name
of the people of Giggleswick
(thus the title 'protector of the people of Giggleswick').
King Gregor settled the affair by proclaiming
that Malagentia owned the land and Stonemarche
owned the people. Officially, that was only true
for the duration of his reign, but we've had fun
with it ever since.
Since that time people
who live outside the bounds of Stonemarche proper
but have their hearts here have come to refer
to where they live as Giggleswick. Sort of like
the Carolingians who claim residence though in
Caid because "Carolingia is a state of mind".
If you look at the latest New Hampshire Atlas
& Gazetteer, published in Maine, it includes all
of Giggleswick plus a little of Northern Mass.
Hrmm... Northen Mass eh?