You Want To Be An Anarch?
or How to Piss Off the Tower Without Even Trying.
thing's first, welcome to the movement. This is just going to be a basic
run down of the Anarch movement since it seems there's a lot of questions
as to what exactly we're about. Here's the problem with it really; ask
10 Anarchs what it means to be an Anarch and you'll get 20 different answers,
but I'll boil it down as best I can. I'm going to try to keep all political
ideology out of it, you can come to that on your own, but I can safely
say this and get no argument: Anarchs stand for freedom. We have since
sometime way back, we're talking 14th century Europe with the Inquisition.
Now I'm not really an expert on the events and history but from what I
know the Inquisition had a special operation section that was dedicated
to taking down vampires. The Pope knew about us, and wanted us dead. So
there were some mass hunts, lots of vampires died, Elders were using their
childer as bait for the hunters to keep their own asses clean. It was
a rough time to be a neonate. This is what started the Anarch movement.
We refused to be used by the Elders this way so we revolted against them.
This went on for something like 100 years. Sometime toward the end of
the war the Camarilla was formed, sort of a banding together of the Elders
to protect themselves from the Anarchs I guess, I'm really pretty sketchy
on the details at that point. But it ended with the Convention of Thorns
when the Anarchs rejoined the Camarilla and from what I've been told,
the Sabbat was formed, but I'm not really sure of that. This was the end
of the first Anarch revolt. We got the recognition and "freedom"
we wanted, though we were still under the thumb of the Tower.
America. With the colonization of the states Anarchs were more than happy
to move out there after all it was their chance for some serious freedom
since there wasn't a whole lot of Camarilla out here yet. But of course
the Camarilla decided eventually that they wanted America for themselves
and came over to start to claim the major cities. There was a Prince in
Los Angeles, don't know the guy's name, but apparently he was pretty lax
about things so the Anarchs flocked over there. I guess shit started getting
messy because he ordered a few of the major names out there to be roughed
up. This was the start of the second Anarch revolt. In a few months we
managed to clear out all of the Camarilla from the Mexican border up to
San Jose. No Princes, no Primogen, no Camarilla, no oppression. It was
beautiful while it lasted. It really was. Then there was the Cathayans...
But I don't want to get into that. I'm still a little bitter about the
so we got two major battles to prove that there's enough of us to prove
a threat and some nice bits of paperwork to back us. The first is the
Status Perfectus, which was basis of the Anarch Free State and the second
is The Edict of Barbs, which was signed in '99 in Portland by the Justicars.
Copies of both are at the end of this. So that's the history of our game.
As you know we're still fighting for the cause, if we weren't you wouldn't
be reading this. There is still a Cause, there is still a fight because
there is still oppression.
So, I know
I said that I'd try to keep my ideas out of this but I have to kind of
point out here where the oppression is... Two words: The Traditions. I
don't think that you're going to find an Anarch who disagrees with me
there. So I'll go ahead and go through them, sort of go by general consensus
of what's wrong with them.
- The Masquerade:
I can't think of anything to argue this one to be honest. If we're not
quiet we invite hunters. Hunters kills. So being open with what we are
will kill us. No argument there really.
Domain: Anarchs are kind of 50/50 about this one. I personally don't
mind following a Prince that's earned my respect, but I'll be damned
if I'm forced to respect an idiot who's only there because he's an Elder
and has nothing to show for it but a title. So essentially, if you respect
the guy who owns the town then that's cool, but there's no reason to
show respect for some one who hasn't earned it.
Progeny: Bullshit. This is status bullshit personified. It's like telling
a mortal they can't have kids because they aren't important enough.
Accounting: More bullshit. The way I figure it, if we're looking for
freedom that means the you're responsible for your own actions. If your
childer fuck up it's their fault and not yours, unless you're running
around not telling them anything, in which case you shouldn't be siring
anyway. This is about responsibility for your own actions.
This one goes hand in hand with Domain. If I respect you I'll let you
know I'll be around your city. If I think you're a loser you can kiss
This one's difficult. You kill an Anarch that's one less body fighting
for the Banner. But sometimes putting some one down is the only way
to get them to stop if they're putting your shit in danger. I, personally,
am never going to order the death of any of ours, but that's not to
say that it doesn't happen. It's one of those necessary evils... But
with Anarch's it's not "I am offended by your lack of respect,
you will die now!" It's more, "You keep fucking up and we're
tired of having to clean out your shit."
going to say that I'm opposed to the idea of the Camarilla, because I'm
not. I'm not looking for any sort of Anarchy for vampires, because I'm
not. I think the Camarilla, if done right, would be a good idea. If it
were more democratic where the Primogen served as representatives to their
clans and were elected rather than given the position. And the Prince
would serve as a .... Governor or something. Some would disagree with
me and say that they're fighting for total freedom from any one who would
try to lead them. Others say that Kindred should have a pure socialism.
Still more that it should be up to the give Kindred in the area. But they
have their ideas and I have mine. The point is that we're working for
a common goal and that's respect. I want to be respected for what I do,
not because of who my sire is and what clan I'm in and who I talk to.
I want to be able to say that I disagree with some one when I do and not
have to worry about making them look good when they're being an ass. I
want to be able to travel from city to city and not have to worry about
whether or not the local setup is going to try to kill me because I have
different ideas than they do. I want freedom. And that's what I'm offering
you. Freedom. It's your choice to take it, and your fight if you decide
to. I'm not going to say that it's an easy life. It isn't, but for the
time that I lived in the Free States, I'll say this; Freedom is well worth
I want to mention because I've heard some of you say this. This isn't
a one city fight. This is a fight for the oppression of all Kindred everywhere.
Every victory that an Anarch has in a city is a victory that should give
us all strength for our own battles. Any city that you go to where you
find the Camarilla you'll find an Anarch struggling to just live his own
unlife the way he wants to. This Kindred, this nameless, faceless struggling
man is your brother in this fight, as is the Anarch who's managed to make
her way into the Camarilla and gain some status, who's picking them apart
from the inside. She is your sister in this battle. The Anarchs are the
people you can turn to and know that even though your ideas differ, they
want for nothing more than your freedom. Align with us and you have people
with your best interest at heart no matter where you go. It sounds like
a bullshit line, I know it does, but it's the flat out truth. The Anarchs
are a family. We don't necessarily like one another. We don't always get
along. But damned if we won't fight for each other's freedom and happiness.
about freedom. And your right to it. It doesn't matter what you dress
it up as, it's about Freedom. Plain and simple.
Gabe Hart - 2003
of Barbs' was issued on the final night of the Conclave of Portland (October
1999), by the three Justicars of the Americas (van der Voort of the Brujah,
Mathias of the Toreador and Magestratum of the Tremere). It was brought
about in response to several lines of debate argued by several leading
Anarchs when engaged in debate with members of the Camarilla. This is
the Justicars' answer to the Anarchs. The Words of Their Graces
Justicars uphold the Traditions above all things. The Second Tradition
clearly states- 'Thy Domain is Thine own Concern- NONE may question thee
in Thine Own Domain'. The Justicars are Judges of all; they recognise
no 'Sect'- they are of the Camarilla as that is, in their opinion, the
only Sect that does exist. If a Kindred places themselves in
another 'Sect' it matters not to them- they shall enforce the sacred Traditions
It is clear
that several 'Anarchs' hold territory and Domain over many lands- the
Justicars recognise that while these Kindred do not use the language of
the Camarilla and do not refer to themselves as Princes or claim to hold
Praxis, this is what they do. So be it. The Justicars shall enforce the
Second tradition in regard to their lands. With this in mind the following
judgment is made:
no Camarilla Kindred may subvert by word or deed, action or propaganda
any territory that belongs to those calling themselves 'Anarchs'. Any
who do may be punished by the holders of that Domain within the criteria
of the Second Tradition.
said, no 'Anarch' may subvert by word or deed, action or propaganda any
territory that is held in good standing and is claimed by any Kindred
loyal to the Camarilla. Any who do may be punished by those holding Praxis
of said Domain within the criteria of the Second Tradition'."
Declaration of Principles for the Self-Governance of the Kindred of the
Kindred of the Free State, do hereby declare that we and our progeny,
and all Kindred who choose freedom over oppression and liberty over tyranny,
of all clans and generations, have as an inherent part of their being
the spiritual substance called libertas, or Free Will. We further declare
that, as we have freed ourselves from the bonds of mortality, so must
we free ourselves from the forces that would rob us of our libertas. Not
only must we continue to struggle on our own behalf, but on behalf of
our brothers and sisters who continue to be robbed of their libertas by
oppression, ignorance and fear.
Free State is the political expression of that struggle. In choosing to
free ourselves from political tyranny, we have also chose to embrace our
own libertas and that of our brother and sister Kindred everywhere.
reasons we, the Kindred of the Anarch Free State, meeting this night in
solemn convocation, do hereby pledge ourselves to the following principles:
declare ourselves to be free and independent, owing allegiance to no
creature and no organization.
declare our ability to rule ourselves, with no prince, no primogen and
no other ruler other than that we choose for ourselves.
declare our kinship with oppressed Kindred everywhere and offer a home
to all Kindred of all generations and clans who will agree to dwell
in harmony with us.
further accept our responsibility to our oppressed brothers and sisters
everywhere and pledge to assist them at all times and in all places
in their own struggle for the freedom that we declare to be the birthright
of all Kindred, from now until the end of time.
recognize our responsibility to maintain the Masquerade, and we pledge
to protect and defend it.
establish this Status Perfectus and recognize its duty to all Kindred.