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|fullname = High Realm of Stormark
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|conventional_long_name=High Realm of Stormark
|commonname = Stormark
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|common_name=Stormark
|flag = File:flagstormark.jpg
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|government_type=Constitutional monarchy
|coa= File:ImperialArmsofStormark.png
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|year_start = 1474
|motto =  
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|year_end = 1685
|anthem =  
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|image_flag = Flagstormark.jpg
|map = File:Highrealm.png
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|flag = Flag of Stormark
|mapversions = 6.8.3 – 16.8.3
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|image_coat = ImperialArmsofStormark.png
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|symbol = Coat of arms of Stormark
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|symbol_type = Coat of arms
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|image_map = Highrealm.png
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|image_map_size = 220px
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|image_map_caption = Historical map of Stormark
 
|capital = [[Haraldsborg]]
 
|capital = [[Haraldsborg]]
|largecity = Thorfinnsborg, Haithabu, Köpingsvik, Tara
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|latd=55|latm=45|latNS=N|longd=37|longm=37|longEW=E
|lang = Common Tongue
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|largest_city =
|religion=  
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|national_motto = ''Fra havet, hæder''<br>English: ''From the sea, glory''
|demnoun = Storish
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|national_anthem =  
|demadj = Storish
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|common_languages = Storish, English
|govtype = Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
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|demonym = Storish
|headofstatetitle = High King
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|religion = [[Storish Ancient Ways]]
|headofstate = [[Harald Thorstein]]
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|currency = Storish króna
|headofgovernmenttitle =  
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|currency_code = STK
|headofgovernment =  
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|leader1                = [[Harald of Stormark|Harald Thorstein]]
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|year_leader1          = 1474-1685
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|title_leader          = [[High King of Stormark|High King]]
 
|legislature = [[Althing]]
 
|legislature = [[Althing]]
|estdate = {{tooltip|1474 AN|15/11/2002}} as Viking Empire of Kruoningha <br> {{tooltip|1475 AN|04/12/2002}} as Viking Empire of Stormark <br> {{tooltip|1565 AN|18/06/2010}} as High Realm of Stormark
 
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|pop = 339,364,420
 
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|currency = Króna
 
|abbrev = STO
 
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|site =
 
|forum =
 
|animal = Raven, Falcon, Boar, Cat
 
|food = Apple
 
|drink = Mead
 
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The '''High Realm of Stormark''' was a siblinghood of sapient beings under the motherhood of its Fulltrui and Sacred Queens and the fatherhood of the High King. The Nation-State aforesaid was the spiritual successor to a great but long-lost globe-spanning empire which was known as the Valtian Free State. As a country the High Realm was both modern and ancient. It was inspired by both Valtian and Viking culture and lore as well as the Ways of the Vanir, and powered by its Fulltrui and Sacred Queens since time immemorial, the Ladies Divine Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, who blessed the lives of the Stormarkers in so many ways.
 
  
Stormark was a humongous country of great beauty, filled with gorgeous people of many species and races who loved to relish and cherish their traditions and customs. With its society based around abundance, Stormark was a happy place filled with love and passion, which was made for calm and good living. The aforesaid globe-spanning empire thrived in its faith, its creative arts, its food, and its love-making. Its inhabitants lived fulfilling lives doing as they please within in the exuberantly spacious confines of society. Stormarkers did still work in various forms, obviously, but it looked nothing like it does beyond-the-walls in the outland.
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The '''High Realm of Stormark''' was a constitutional monarchy on Micras between {{AN year|1474}} and {{AN year|1685}}, which claimed to be the spiritual successor to a great but long-lost globe-spanning empire known as the Valtian Free State. Stormark was inspired by both Valtian and Viking culture and lore as well as the Ways of the Vanir, and followed the [[Storish Ancient Ways]] as the state religion.
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Stormark was a massive, multicultural empire with holdings on all of Micras' continents, which thrived in its faith, its creative arts, its food, and its love-making. Its inhabitants lived fulfilling lives doing as they pleased within in the spacious confines of society. Stormarkers did still work in various forms, obviously, but said work was claimed to look nothing like it did in the ''Outland'', that is, the rest of Micras.
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
  
''Stormark'' means "great land" or "great country" in the Storish language. It was the nickname of Valtia for the better part of its existence. This name was picked by the Goddesses Frigga, Freyja and Idunn during one of their numerous visits to the Isle of Grand Arcadia to attend the negotiations which would lead to the Pact of the Heartland.  
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''Stormark'' meant "great land" or "great country" in the [[Storish language]]. It was the nickname of the Valtian Free State for the better part of its existence. This name was said to have been picked by the goddesses Frigga, Freyja, and Idunn during a visit to the island of Grand Arcadia to attend the negotiations which would lead to the Pact of the Heartland.  
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
  
Stormark was founded as a Dutch speaking nation based on Saxon culture as the Empire of Kruoningha (''Keizerrijk Kruoningha''), without apparent contact with the only other Dutch speaking micronation known to exist, [[Flanders]]. Kruoningha then was a direct democracy with a purely ceremonial monarch.
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Stormark was founded as a Dutch speaking nation based on Saxon culture as the Empire of Kruoningha (''Keizerrijk Kruoningha''), without apparent contact with the only other Dutch speaking micronation known to exist, [[Flanders]]. Kruoningha then was a direct democracy with a purely ceremonial monarch. The Kruoninghans quickly decided that they would prefer to experiment with viking culture instead, and changed the name of the country to Viking Empire of Kruoningha (''Viking Keizerrijk Kruoningha'') on November 15th, 2002. Kruoningha not sounding very Norse, this name was changed to Viking Empire of Stormark on December 4th, 2002 (''Viking Keizerrijk Stormark''). In July 2003, the country got its first online forum, at the same time abandoning Dutch in favour of English. On June 18th, 2010, the country's name was changed once more to High Realm of Stormark.
The Kruoninghans quickly decided that they would prefer to experiment with viking culture instead, and changed the name of the country to Viking Empire of Kruoningha (''Viking Keizerrijk Kruoningha'') on November 15th, 2002. Kruoningha not sounding very Norse, this name was changed to Viking Empire of Stormark on December 4th, 2002 (''Viking Keizerrijk Stormark''). In July 2003, the country got its first online forum, at the same time abandoning Dutch in favour of English.
 
On June 18th, 2010, the country's name was changed once more to High Realm of Stormark.
 
  
As of June 2020, Stormark has been removed from the MCS claimsmap.
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In June 2020, Stormark was removed from the MCS claimsmap.
  
==Names of Stormark==
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==Names==
Aside from the name of ''High Realm of Stormark'', which is mandated by the country's constitution, the [[High Law of the High Realm of Stormark]], Stormark has, in Udal parlance or elsewise, over the years of its long and glorious existance been conferred upon innumerable poetic names and nicknames. Twelve of those were granted official status by means of the Act on the Names of the High Realm of Year 11 and may there be used in legislation and other legal documents, enacted or issued by whatever level of Storish government.
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Aside from the name of ''High Realm of Stormark'', which was mandated by [[High Law of the High Realm of Stormark|the country's constitution]], Stormark had, over the years of its existence, accrued many poetic names and nicknames. Twelve of those were granted official status by means of the Act on the Names of the High Realm of Year 11 and were used in Storish government documents:
  
The aforesaid names with official status are:
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{{Unbulleted list|Lands of the Longships Throne|Den of Ettlingar Freyu|Twenty-Six Jarldoms|Land of the Three Sacred Falcons|Valtia Reborn|Land of Always Summer|Realm on all Continents|Land of the Golden Boar|Realm Where the Sun Never Sets|Realm of Joy|Land of the Three Ladies Divine|Realm of Glorious Liberty}}
 
 
#Lands of the Longships Throne;
 
#Den of Ettlingar Freyu;
 
#Twenty-Six Jarldoms;
 
#Land of the Three Sacred Falcons;
 
#Valtia Reborn;
 
#Land of Always Summer;
 
#Realm on all Continents;
 
#Land of the Golden Boar;
 
#Realm Where the Sun Never Sets;
 
#Realm of Joy;
 
#Land of the Three Ladies Divine;
 
#Realm of Glorious Liberty.
 
 
 
==Mottos of Stormark==
 
The ancient motto ''Fra Havet, Hæder'' which means ''From the Sea, Glory'' in the Storish tongue, is since the coming into effect of the [[Pact of the Heartland]] the motto of the High Realm of Stormark. Prior to becoming the motto of the Lands of the Longships Throne, in the days of the [[First Viking Age]] to be precise, it was, for the better part of its existence, the motto of the [[Valtian Free State]]. This name was picked by the Goddesses [[Frigga]], [[Freyja]] and [[Idunn]] during one of their numerous visits to the Isle of Grand Arcadia to attend the negotiations which would lead to the [[Pact of the Heartland]].
 
 
 
Aside from ''Fra Havet, Hæder'', the High Realm also has, as provided by the National Mottos Act of Year 11, twelve Associated National Mottos. The aforesaid mottos are expressions of the spirit of the Lands of the Longships Throne.
 
 
 
The Associated National Mottos of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms are:
 
 
 
#So you don't approve!? Who asked you to!?
 
#We do it our way.
 
#Our roof, our rule.
 
#You may not like us, we don't care!
 
#Equality and Liberty Guarantees Victory.
 
#Happy and free!
 
#Kicking ass so fast, we only have time to take down initials.
 
#Fulltrui's Love, Stormark's Strength.
 
#Stormark Remembers.
 
#We believe in joy.
 
#Amazing Stormark.
 
#Everybody Can Dance.
 
  
 
==Government of Stormark==
 
==Government of Stormark==
===Level of the Three Ladies Divine===
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At the apex of Storish Government were said to be the [[Fulltrui of Stormark|Fulltrui]] of the Storish Ancient Ways, the Goddesses [[Frigga]], [[Freyja]] and [[Idunn]] from whom all authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne was said to be derived; as such, the Ancient Ways were the state religion.
At the apex of Storish Government are the [[Fulltrui of Stormark|Fulltrui]] and [[Sacred Queen|Sacred Queens]] of Stormark, the Goddesses [[Frigga]], [[Freyja]] and [[Idunn]] from Whom all authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived.
 
 
 
===Imperial Level of Government===
 
Beneath the Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of Stormark of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms is the Imperial Level of Storish Government which is divided into three co-equal branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. Each of those branches has its very own set of powers, duties, responsibilities and functions.
 
  
The executive power of the Imperial Storish Government is vested in the [[High Council of the Realm]]. Likewise is at the Imperial Level of Storish Government the legislative power vested in the [[Althing]]. Last but not least is the judicial power of the Imperial Governement of Stormark vested in the [[Court of the Realm]].  
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===Imperial government===
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The central government of Stormark exhibited separation of powers among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The executive power of the imperial government was vested in the [[High Council of the Realm]], the legislative power was vested in the [[Althing]], and the judicial power was vested in the [[Court of the Realm]].  
  
===Subdivsions, Bilander and Protectorates===
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===Subdivsions===
====Jarldom Level of Government====
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====Jarldoms====
In Stormark's quasi-federal system of government there is to be found below the Imperial Level of Government, the Jarldom Level of Government. The territory of the Lands of the Longships Throne is subdivided into twenty-six [[Jarldom|Jarldoms]]. Every Jarldom is headed by a [[Jarl of the High Realm|Jarl]] appointed by Order of the [[High King in the High Council of the Realm]] and also has a legislature, the composition of which is determined by local law, custom and tradition.  
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In Stormark's quasi-federal system of government, there were, below the imperial level of government, twenty-six [[Jarldoms of Stormark|jarldoms]]. Each jarldom was headed by a [[Jarl of the High Realm|jarl]] appointed by order of the [[High King in the High Council of the Realm|High King in council]] and also had a legislature, the composition of which was determined by local law, custom, and tradition.
  
Jarldoms are fully autonomous on all matters not conferred upon the [[High King]], the [[High Council of the Realm]], the [[Althing]] or other body through the [[High Law of the High Realm of Stormark|High Law]] or the competences thereof coming. The Jarlship of the Jarldom of [[Gularike]] is vested in the [[High King]]. He also serves as Jarl-at-Large for the Jarlless Jarldoms as well as those Jarldoms where the [[Jarl of the High Realm|Jarl]] is absent of indisposed.  
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Jarldoms were fully autonomous on all matters not conferred upon the central government. The jarldom of [[Gularike]] was vested in the High King, who also reigned over those jarldoms whose executive was vacant or indisposed.
  
 
====Traditional Districts====
 
====Traditional Districts====
Each [[Jarldom]], save for the Jarldom of [[Haldarsvik]], is subdivided into [[Traditional District|Traditional Districts]], which are (cultural) sub-regions. The Traditional Districts constitute the third level of Storish administration. All Traditional Districts have deep historical roots and many of them have been petty kingdoms up to the [[Conquest of the Heartland]]. They are defined by geographical features, often valleys, rivers, mountain ranges, fjords, plains, or coastlines, or combinations of the above.
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Each jarldom except [[Haldarsvik]] was further subdivided into [[Traditional District]]s, which were cultural sub-regions that constituted the third level of Storish administration. All Traditional Districts were claimed to have deep historical roots and many of them were petty kingdoms before the [[Conquest of the Heartland]]. They were often defined by geographical features.
 
 
In the vast majority of the Jarldoms, Traditional Districts are referred to by the legal and cultural term of [[Yeorlskapp]] (plural: Yeorlskapper). In those Jarldoms the governor of a Traditional District bears the title of [[Yeorl]], if male, or [[Yeorla]], if female. The governor of a Traditional District is appointed by the [[Jarl of the High Realm|Jarl]] of the Jarldom or by the [[Imperial Chieftain]] associated with such Jarldom by virtue of zir Imperial Chieftaincy corresponding with that Jarldom.
 
 
 
There are a couple of [[Jarldom|Jarldoms]] which use a different term to denote a Traditional District and its governor. Those Jarldoms are: [[Arbor Isles]], [[Normandie]], [[Port Chloe and the Providence Plantations]], [[The Isles]], [[Thingeyri]], and [[Tiundarike]].
 
  
Aside from the governor, every Traditional District has a local assembly, whose members are elected by the inhabitants. In all [[Jarldom|Jarldoms]], except for the [[Arbor Isles]], [[Normandie]], [[Port Chloe and the Providence Plantations]], [[The Isles]], [[Thingeyri]], and [[Tiundarike]], the Traditional District's local assembly is called Yeorlsthing. The duties, powers and functions of the govenor and the local assembly differ from Jarldom to Jarldom.
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In most jarldoms (excepting the [[Arbor Isles]], [[The Isles]], [[Normandie]], [[Port Chloe and the Providence Plantations]], [[Thingeyri]], and [[Tiundarike]]) the Traditional Districts were referred to as ''yeorlskapp'' (plural ''yeorlskapper''), the executive of which, appointed by the jarl, was known as a ''yeorl'' (or ''yeorla'' if female). Each Traditional District also had a legislature, which was known (except in the jarldoms named above) was known as a ''yeorlsthing''. The duties, powers, and functions of the govenor and the local assembly differed from jarldom to jarldom.
  
 
====Tribedoms====
 
====Tribedoms====
There are several Traditional Districts which are, for historical reasons or due to size, subdivided into Tribedoms, which are (cultural) sub-regions of such Traditional Districts. Tribedoms constitute the fourth level of Storish administration.
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Several Traditional Districts were, for historical reasons or due to size, subdivided further still into Tribedoms, which were cultural sub-regions of those Traditional Districts that constituted the fourth level of Storish administration.
  
 
[[Category:Small Commonwealth]]
 
[[Category:Small Commonwealth]]
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[[Category:Stormark]]

Latest revision as of 05:51, 1 July 2020

High Realm of Stormark
1474–1685
Flag Coat of arms
Motto
Fra havet, hæder
English: From the sea, glory
Historical map of Stormark
Capital Haraldsborg
Language(s) Storish, English
Religion Storish Ancient Ways
Government Constitutional monarchy
High King
 - 1474-1685 Harald Thorstein
Legislature Althing
History
 - Established 1474
 - Disestablished 1685
Currency Storish króna

The High Realm of Stormark was a constitutional monarchy on Micras between 1474 AN and 1685 AN, which claimed to be the spiritual successor to a great but long-lost globe-spanning empire known as the Valtian Free State. Stormark was inspired by both Valtian and Viking culture and lore as well as the Ways of the Vanir, and followed the Storish Ancient Ways as the state religion.

Stormark was a massive, multicultural empire with holdings on all of Micras' continents, which thrived in its faith, its creative arts, its food, and its love-making. Its inhabitants lived fulfilling lives doing as they pleased within in the spacious confines of society. Stormarkers did still work in various forms, obviously, but said work was claimed to look nothing like it did in the Outland, that is, the rest of Micras.

Etymology

Stormark meant "great land" or "great country" in the Storish language. It was the nickname of the Valtian Free State for the better part of its existence. This name was said to have been picked by the goddesses Frigga, Freyja, and Idunn during a visit to the island of Grand Arcadia to attend the negotiations which would lead to the Pact of the Heartland.

History

Stormark was founded as a Dutch speaking nation based on Saxon culture as the Empire of Kruoningha (Keizerrijk Kruoningha), without apparent contact with the only other Dutch speaking micronation known to exist, Flanders. Kruoningha then was a direct democracy with a purely ceremonial monarch. The Kruoninghans quickly decided that they would prefer to experiment with viking culture instead, and changed the name of the country to Viking Empire of Kruoningha (Viking Keizerrijk Kruoningha) on November 15th, 2002. Kruoningha not sounding very Norse, this name was changed to Viking Empire of Stormark on December 4th, 2002 (Viking Keizerrijk Stormark). In July 2003, the country got its first online forum, at the same time abandoning Dutch in favour of English. On June 18th, 2010, the country's name was changed once more to High Realm of Stormark.

In June 2020, Stormark was removed from the MCS claimsmap.

Names

Aside from the name of High Realm of Stormark, which was mandated by the country's constitution, Stormark had, over the years of its existence, accrued many poetic names and nicknames. Twelve of those were granted official status by means of the Act on the Names of the High Realm of Year 11 and were used in Storish government documents:

  • Lands of the Longships Throne
  • Den of Ettlingar Freyu
  • Twenty-Six Jarldoms
  • Land of the Three Sacred Falcons
  • Valtia Reborn
  • Land of Always Summer
  • Realm on all Continents
  • Land of the Golden Boar
  • Realm Where the Sun Never Sets
  • Realm of Joy
  • Land of the Three Ladies Divine
  • Realm of Glorious Liberty

Government of Stormark

At the apex of Storish Government were said to be the Fulltrui of the Storish Ancient Ways, the Goddesses Frigga, Freyja and Idunn from whom all authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne was said to be derived; as such, the Ancient Ways were the state religion.

Imperial government

The central government of Stormark exhibited separation of powers among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The executive power of the imperial government was vested in the High Council of the Realm, the legislative power was vested in the Althing, and the judicial power was vested in the Court of the Realm.

Subdivsions

Jarldoms

In Stormark's quasi-federal system of government, there were, below the imperial level of government, twenty-six jarldoms. Each jarldom was headed by a jarl appointed by order of the High King in council and also had a legislature, the composition of which was determined by local law, custom, and tradition.

Jarldoms were fully autonomous on all matters not conferred upon the central government. The jarldom of Gularike was vested in the High King, who also reigned over those jarldoms whose executive was vacant or indisposed.

Traditional Districts

Each jarldom except Haldarsvik was further subdivided into Traditional Districts, which were cultural sub-regions that constituted the third level of Storish administration. All Traditional Districts were claimed to have deep historical roots and many of them were petty kingdoms before the Conquest of the Heartland. They were often defined by geographical features.

In most jarldoms (excepting the Arbor Isles, The Isles, Normandie, Port Chloe and the Providence Plantations, Thingeyri, and Tiundarike) the Traditional Districts were referred to as yeorlskapp (plural yeorlskapper), the executive of which, appointed by the jarl, was known as a yeorl (or yeorla if female). Each Traditional District also had a legislature, which was known (except in the jarldoms named above) was known as a yeorlsthing. The duties, powers, and functions of the govenor and the local assembly differed from jarldom to jarldom.

Tribedoms

Several Traditional Districts were, for historical reasons or due to size, subdivided further still into Tribedoms, which were cultural sub-regions of those Traditional Districts that constituted the fourth level of Storish administration.