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Many discussion topics are cyclical, and if you are around long enough you'll see the same topics showing up again and again. Some of these topics are extremely sensitive, and are frequently the SCA equivilent of pro-choice/anti-abortion arguments where there's no way to 'win'.
1. The Time Period Covered by the SCA
- Pre 17th C only, or is the cut-off 1650?
- Is there an early period cut-off like the Fall of Rome, or does anything go pre-17th C (or 1650, see above)?
2. The Geography Covered by the SCA
- Western Europe only, or should/is Eastern Europe/Middle East/Asia [be] considered fair game?
There are good arguments on both sides because the Society *itself* is not consistent about which side of the argument they fall on. The governing docs say Western Europe, and yet TI
publishes articles on Roman, Persian, Turkish, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, and Mongol topics, the SCA.org website links to resources for them, and peerages have been given in every kingdom for excellence in these fields of study. The charter says pre-17th C, but you will find other docs that say 600-1600 or 1650. Who's right and who is wrong? You won't be able to come to a firm convincing conclusion because there is too much evidence on both sides, and it's become a judgement call and area of personal philosophy.
Live and let live, and remember: "What is hateful to you, do not do to others." That includes flaming them, insulting them, etc. If the topic gets out of hand, I will shut it down. The SCA is built on tolerance, and on these topics, everyone's going to need to brush up on that.