Category:Branches

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The SCA is divided into many administrative regions which it calls kingdoms. Groups within Kingdoms, are given different names and powers based on their size, location, and the sorts of people who participate there. Branches can be called; Principalities, Regions, Baronies, and Provinces, Cantons, Ridings, Shires, Colleges, Strongholds, and Ports.

Kingdoms, Principalities, and Baronies have ceremonial rulers who preside over activities and issue awards to individuals and groups. Colleges, Shires, Strongholds, and Ports are local chapters, that owe featly to a larger group.

Branch definitions

  • Kingdom: area ruled by a King and Queen (typically covering several U.S. states or Canadian provinces, and can be as large as countries or collections of countries). Minimum members required 400.
  • Principality: area within a kingdom ruled by Prince and Princess (large area sometimes comprising entire states). Minimum members required 100
  • Barony: area administered by a Baron and/or Baroness, the ceremonial representative(s) of the Crown (small chapter typically occurring in an urban area). Minimum members required 25.
  • Canton: local branch reporting through a barony, local chapter, which may be on the way to becoming a shire.
  • Province: equivalent of barony without ceremonial representative
  • Riding: local branch reporting through a province
  • Shire: local branch reporting directly to a kingdom or principality (local chapter typically occurring in rural areas). Minimum members required 5.
  • College: institutional branch based at a school, research facility, may be a part of a larger local group or report directly to a principality or kingdom.
  • Stronghold: institutional branch based at a military installation may be a part of a larger local group or report directly to a principality or kingdom
  • Port: institutional branch based at a military installation in situations where groups of members will be detached for long periods, as with ships at sea may be a part of a larger local group or report directly to a principality or kingdom.




This category contains all the local groups, defunct that have been placed in the Defunct branches Category.