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Because I've got 5 free minutes here at the Salt Mines -- and because I am one of the biggest geeks out there -- here are some statistics that I got from the Atlantian Order of Precedence webpage.

(I do hope I counted right. Remember, I am the kind of person that can't even balance my checkbook.)

(Then again, you can go and count yourselves and then beat me up with a wet noodle if I posted the wrong numbers.)

Orders of High Merit and Peerages bestowed since July-2005 until now:

Orders of High Merit:

White Scarf = 0
Sea Stag = 11
Kraken = 10
Yew Bow = 2
Pearls = 21
Golden Dolphin = 40


Chivalry = 4
Laurel = 7
Pelicans = 11

Now, back to work.


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 19th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
Raw data, but no statistical analysis? 8-O
No trend lines?
No sensitivity analysis?
No per capita comparison of the percentage of awards to local baronies against the rest of the kingdom?

Dec. 19th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
I said this was the result of 5 minute break, right out of the Atlantian webpage.

I dare you trying to beat me with a wet noodle.

Dec. 19th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm . . . And the resulting pie chart should be quite amusing ;-)

Still, no wet noodle!!!!!!

Dec. 19th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
I find the lack of white scarves and yew bows disturbing. But that's me.
Dec. 19th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
That's in just 18 months??? Yowza. Y'all give that sort of thing out an awful lot more generously than we do here.
Dec. 19th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
We are a highly populated Kingdom with very active people ;-)
Dec. 19th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Not to be a pain, but is there a particular reason you chose 7/05 instead of 6/05? It would only add one more Pelican, but it would add one White Scarf. Are you trying to give the impression that white scarves are rare or not done at all?

The chiv have had their dry spells as well, only one knight made each in 98 and 99. 2 knights made this year and 2 knights made last year, but there are also almost twice as many armoured combatants as there are rapier fighters on the MOL's stats.

Yes, they are rare, and I think the order itself has some soul searching and same-page finding to do, but does the rarity of the accolade make it sweet or bittersweet when it does come?

Perhaps greater priority needs to be placed by all on the next WS/FS get-together?
Dec. 19th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
No, you are not a pain, and it is a valid question.

I could have chosen 6-05, which would have added one more WS, and a bunch of other people in the other categories. In fact, one can choose to count noses at any point in time. I picked the one since the last one had been made because I was curious to see what had been happening in the other orders in the meantime. That's all there is to it.

On the other hand, the fact is that there has indeed been a dry spell for WS during the past 18 months. It could be due to many reasons: a) People are not working hard enough (though I doubt that); b) People have fallen through the cracks for one reason or another; c) Timing has been bad and people scheduled for recognition have not made it at the right Royal Progress; d) Piscis was high on the House of Capricorn and Aquarius was playing football with Taurus while the Twins were stealing cookies. Who knows? It could be anything.

The point is, I don't think that this is due to anyone's ill will or some evil conspiracy to leave everyone out. On the contrary, I believe that this is a great opportunity for all of us to stop and reflect what is it that's been going on and see what can we do to break this dry spell.

In this case, like in many others, communication will be the key, and not just between WS and FS, but also with the general rapier populace. After all, some of us, who are otherwise very active in rapier, have chosen the path of the Freelance Fighter and do not belong to the Academie nor we wear a scarf ;-)

If we all pull our resources together, we can take this challenge and turn it around. And I believe that Atlantian Rapier will come out stronger than ever.
Dec. 19th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
What you may want to do is take this from the start of a reign on, not the start of a year on.
Dec. 19th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
You have a very good point. It will be interesting to see the results. Hmmmm . . .
Dec. 19th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
just for the hell of it I looked up the WS for each year

1996 - 14
1997 - 2
1998 - 0
1999 - 1
2000 - 3
2001 - 3
2002 - 2
2003 - 2
2004 - 1
2005 - 3
2006 so far 0

The slump between 1997 and 1999 was over 2 years. Hopefully the slump we are in presently will resolve itself into some more WS. It would be nice to go to events and have several WS fighting.

Dec. 26th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
The slump from 97 - 99 could have been due to the growing of the program. In 96 the top rapier fighters were basically just turned in to WS's. They were the base and the rapier program built from there. So that gap could be due to the building up of rapier fighters.
Dec. 19th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, it's CRAAAAZY time!
Dec. 24th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
Oh, my sweet lady... this is not how we piss off people that really need it.... Perhaps I'll show you how we piss off people that need it.

I've been on a slight rampage recently, and lets just say, I'm not done yet.

Ohhh, and to post numbers in such an open forum, you do realize that anyone can read this right? No frame of reference... What ever will people think? Next think you know people will be telling you what you can and can't say in your OWN livejournal... Scary concept huh? Ohhh, the wackiness tha is about to occur, for I am hopped up on sugar, reading emails that I shouldn't and not tired in the slightest at 1:00AM TO be mean or not to be mean? That tis the question... Mean it is.
Dec. 26th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
Rampage away!! I only worry about harming deserving people's chances at getting the scarf.

Besides Free Scholars (and FS level non-Academie fencsers du jour) have more fun anyway.
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