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Assembly of the Unnamed Nation

 The story the Libertine Assemblies will tell you is that they bravely defied the hierarchies of the Diamond Orders, cast off millenia old traditions hearkening back to an Atlantean past, and focused instead on the vibrancy and creativity of the denizens of the Fallen World. That when their struggle spread across the globe, it gave hope and purpose to the Unnamed orders, acting as some sort of call to action which brought them all together in glorious purpose, a united front.

 The Assembly of the Unnamed Nation knows better. Before the industrial revolution swept across Europe and the Americas, before the bourgeois revolutions of the 18th century, before the Free Council dared to tell the Exarchs to go take a walk, the Nameless Nations gathered at the roots of the Martyr's Tree. Here, at least, the Nameless did not find protection and respect under the wing of the Free Council, rather the Free Council found protection and respect among the Nameless Nation.

 What came to be known as the Children of the Tree formed from the remnants of the Lenape will workers, and indeed any Awakened of whatever origin or creed, should they deny membership in the Pentacle orders. Given the Lex Magica had already affirmed by silver law concordance and Harmony that the Unnamed had a seat at the table and granted the Children of the Tree right of Recognition, the truth of the matter is that the first Libertines to set foot in Philadelphia did so with the blessing of the Unnamed Nation. As peers, not as colonizers.

 This is a debt the Libertine caucus can never fully repay. To this day they work in partnership with the Children of the Tree, attempting to meld ancient wisdom with modern pragmatism and a unity of purpose with a free spirit.

Children of the Tree

 For tens of thousands of years before the Martyr's tree took root in Philadelphia, magic was alive in the world. Even today, Unnamed Orders exist in the far reaches of the world, forming together in small cadres of like minded will workers, or upholding ancient traditions of remote cultures that have yet to contain anything of interest to the Diamond orders. Their traditions, their power, their wisdom are no less than that of a similar magus of the Diamond. The only difference is the clout behind the word they claim adherence to. A thearch of the Silver Ladder has the weight of a world spanning organization of warrior priests and philosopher kings behind it, while an Arrow has the martial backing of a ten thousand strong legion of warrior wizards backing his play. The Unnamed have only themselves.

 When the eponymous Martyr brought sense to Gaveston's creation, it created the breathing room and deference of Emeritus necessary to allow the Children of the Tree to coalesce. One by one, pilgrims from the Unnamed Nations paid homage at the tree, honoring the sacrifice of the Martyr and seeking to uphold her memory and her traditions. Through careful analysis of the tree and its fruits over the centuries, the Children of the Tree have created a cogent and cohesive metaphysic relating to their structure and governance.

 They seek the counsel of the Elder, usually the oldest among the Children in real years, regardless of their power. The Elder advises, and rarely leads. The Elder is an administrator, a delegator, and consults frequently with the Emissaries before rendering opinions. Those opinions are chronicled by the Tale Keeper, and stored in the Lorehouse of the Tree. Each emissary, representing each of the paths of the Supernal, holds primacy of opinion in its field. On matters concerning the Shadow realm, the Nation defers to the Emissary of the Spirit Nation. When it comes to matters of the Supernal, the Emissary of the Sky Nation is the one receiving the call. Their input and advice is weighed heavily by the Elder and the council of Emissaries before decisions are made.

 This ease of delegation and absence of ego appealed, at least in an ideological sense, to the early Free Councilors. It's a tradition that persists to this day within both sides of the assembly.

 The Unnamed Nations generally and the Children of the Tree specifically seek to undo the pain and strife colonization has caused in the area. Through study of the tree's mysteries and close association with the Diamond Orders, they attempt to counter what the Children call The Great Hubris of Gaveston: The threat of sentence for a wise elder speaking in defense of her people and appealing to the compassion and reason of the so-called wise.

 They think nothing of speaking truth to power, and recognize that wisdom can exist in the smallest of voice or the least of people. A truth manifestly proved by the awakenings of otherwise ordinary persons.

Organization

 The organization of the Assembly dates back to its inception. Back to when it wasn't even called an assembly, and simply the Unnamed Nation. The term Unnamed Nation is a big tent. It originally encompassed any and all participating traditions of magical practice within the whole of the Unnamed Orders who originally made pilgrimage to the Martyr's Tree in the years immediately following Gaveston's Great Hubris. In those days, the Cortical Precepts had yet to be formalized, and the beliefs and traditions of what would become the Children of the Tree were in their infancy.

 It was thought Wise at the time to simply welcome all comers, treat them as individuals, and seek to understand them as they were. As the community began to grow and develop, the Children of the Tree were the eventual result. This open acceptance of Diamond Order apostasy and novel tradition left the door open for the Free Council over two centuries later to find shelter under the recognized laws of the Nation and the Consilium both. That partnership eventually gave rise to the Assembly of the Unnamed Nation, the present political body of the united Unnamed Orders of the Martyr's Tree.

 As a result, the Libertines of the Free Council, the Scions of the Children of the Tree, and the emerging prodigies of the Unnamed may all call themselves members of the Unnamed Nation. (Though Libertines rarely do so, the right is there enshrined in law.) But only those who cleave to the traditions of the Free Council may call themselves Libertines, and only those who hold with the Cortical Precepts may call themselves Children of the Tree.

Recognized Membership

Assembly Positions

  • Emissaries to the Consilium of the Martyr's Tree
  • Strategos Ethos
    • Minuteman
    • Minuteman
    • Citizen Agent
    • Citizen Agent
  • Syndics
  • Recognized Members

Children of the Tree Positions

  • Elder Balm
  • War Maker Peacekeeper
    • Warrior
    • Warrior
  • Tale Keeper Weaver
    • Apprentice Tale Keeper
  • Emissary to the Spirit Nations (Thyrsus)
  • Emissary to the Ancestors (Moros)
  • Emissary to the Sky Nations (Obrimos)
    • Emissary
    • Emissary
  • Emissary to the Great Creator (Acanthus)
  • Emissary to the River Nations (Mastigos)
    • Emissary
    • Emissary
  • Recognized Members

Recognized Cadres

  • Recognized Cadres of the Assembly

Holdings

  • Assembly Hall of the Libertine Caucus
    • Hallow of the Glitching Sprites
    • Lorehouse of the Transmodern
    • Office of the Emissaries
    • Office of the Strategos
    • Office of the Minutemen
    • Office of the Citizen Agents
  • Lodge of the Children of the Tree
    • Hallow of the Two Sisters
    • Lorehouse of the Tree
    • Office of the Elder
    • Office of the War Maker
    • Office of the Tale Keeper
    • Office of the Emissariate