For all they rail against it, the current system of Kindred society isn't really the problem. The anarchs would be more than happy with it, princes, primogen, the whole nine yards, if only the Kindred themselves could be trusted to do it right. If the Kindred in power were willing to share their privilege and prestige; if that power went to those most suited to wield it, rather that those strong and well connected enough to simply take it; if not every damn elder was a greedy, grasping old sociopath -- well, the system could work just fine.

The failure of the Camarilla isn't the failure of order, but of Kindred. Hell, some more progressive anarchs are even willing to concede that isn't not really the elders' own faults. They're products of the ages in which they were raised. Still, regardless of who's ultimately responsible, this is who the elders are now, and since the anarchs can't change the older generations of Kindred, they'll have to settle for the next best thing.

What this means is that the anarchs are more than willing to grant their respect to a Camarilla prince, but he's got to earn it, not demand it. A prince who handles his domain well, who's concerned about the welfare of the Kindred who dwell within, who refuses to put his own advancement and the game of prestation over the good of his city, earns the accolades of an entire anarch community. Or at lease he would, if he existed, but so far the anarchs haven't found him

Most princes, of course, fall into the "selfish, power-hungry monster" category, and the anarchs have long since grown disillusioned. Most of them have fallen into the trap of judging all princes by that standard, assuming that any given prince (or for that matter, primogen or any other elder) will fit the standard mold. It's unfortunate, since it means it'll be that much harder for that one good prince, the single diamond in the rough, to prove himself to the anarchs.

Then again, so far no one's tried.

The anarchs tend to lump most Camarilla officials into the same category as they lump princes. All well and good if they can prove themselves, but generally worthless. For the archons, however, the anarchs hold a very specific loathing.

Imagine a radical from the '60s. Now combine his hatred of the cops, his hatred of the military, and his hatred of coporate culture, and you have the first inklings of the degree to which anarchs despise archons. Princes enforce the Traditions, sheriffs may crack a few heads in service to those Traditions and scourges can turn entire neighborrhoods into slaughterhouses, but it's the agents of the justicars and the Camarilla itself who cause the anarchs the most severe problems. It's the archons who harry anarchs deep into their own territories and domains, the archons who seem to feel no compunctions about beating, burning and killing anarchs for the most minor infractions, archons who represent the ultimate effort of the sect to keep the younger generations down while accruing yet more wealth and influence for the upper echelons.

Since the recent East Coast war, during which archons and anarchs often found themselves fighting side-by-side, a few members of the movement have begun singing a different tune. They speak of some archons - not many, but a few - who actually seem to be a decent, even honorable sort. Cops who are actually interested in protecting the Camarilla and its Kindred rather than maintaining the power of the elders. IF these archons could just be shown the virtue of the anarch cause, the Anarch Movement might well have allies and support the likes of which they've never enjoyed.

Anarch leaders have so far proved reluctant to approach any of these so-called "good cops," fearful that any apparent interest of sympathy might prove nothing more than a ploy to lure them in. Discussion continues, however, and the anarchs have extended a few tentative feelers, hoping to find even on truly interested party.

High Treason

As much as the anarchs hate archons, there's someone they hate even more: archons who used to be anarchs.

In recent years, a growing number of anarchs have renounced their allegiance to the movement and slipped back into the Camarilla proper. Some have grown weary of constantly being on the losing end. OThers have simply decided that the system has to be changed from within, and the anarchs, while still part of the sect, aren't really "within" enough to qualify.

Most anarchs have at least some experience with violence, though - usually far more than otehr Camarilla Kindred of comparable age. Some of the justicars have discovered the benefit of that experience, and have begun selecting former anarchs as archons (after rdeterminating to their satisfaction that the fomerr agitators are trustworthy, of course).

This, to the anarchs, is the worst form of treason. It's one thing to go crawling back to the elders; that's understandable, even if not particularly admirable. But to join their police force, to turn your talents against those who were your brothers and sisters, that's wrong.

To date, the fear of possible repercussions has prevented the anarchs from making a concentrated effort to make an example of any of these "anarch archons," but alert Kindred have witnessed a growing call within the movement for the leaders to take some sort of action. It may only be a matter of time before some reckless neonates decide to stop waiting and attend to the matter themselves. Not even the most experienced anarchs can guess what might happen when those floodgates are opened, but it sure as hell can't be good for anyone

~Guide to the Anarchs, White Wolf Publications 2002