[SCA-AE] lawsuit and changes
tigranes at nep.net
Sun Feb 5 18:27:59 EST 2012
Greetings from Tigranes,
----- Original Message ----- > This is just a question...only a question...
> Why didn't the SCA take the opportunity to do bankruptcy and reorganize?
> There are other groups out there when faced with this kind of financial
> crisis due to a law suit who have done just that.
A very good question, in my opinion. Even if the SCA is not bankrupt (which
it isn't, because all the money in local branch accounts really belongs to
the SCA, not just 18%), IMO, this crisis brings into sharp focus the need
for structural decentralization. I know I'll get a lot of flak for
expressing this opinion, but I believe that the benefits of a decentralized
Society go far beyond protection from financial ruin due to litigation.
I have not been very active in the SCA for a number of years, but I try to
keep up with news and status. My activities have taken me into other time
periods of living history, and that has given me the oporunity to see how
things are done without a central organization directing local activity or
I attend buckskinner Rendezvous, and Civil War events. The Rendezvous are
put on by local groups who purchase their own insurance, as do the
individual Civil War units. These policies are not cost prohibitive, and
cover enough liability to protect activities involving firearms, so I do not
think that insurance coverage is a valid argument against decentralization.
Local groups are on their own to survive or not on their ingenuity and
energy. I believe there is a surplus of those qualities in the Society,
and that freed from the monetary and paperwork burden of a national
bureaucracy, a decentralized SCA could truly succeed beyond anyone's wildest
For example, if each Kingdom was its own group with its subordinates as
branches, the membership fees would stay within each kingdom. Insurance
coverage could be obtained at that level, and event coordinated through the
already existing kingdom network.
Or, each group could be independent with its own insurance, and the Kingdom
structure remain as an umbrella event scheduling coordinator, provide the
Royal pageantry, and info network.
I'm sure there will be much discussion over this in the next few days. I'm
equally sure that absolutely nothing will ultimately change, and that the
SCA will have missed an historic opportunity to make things better.
Baron Tigranes of Bezabde
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