The Kingdom of Atlantia is one of 19 within the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international non-profit organization with tens of thousands of members residing in countries around the world. The SCA is dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Participants, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which may feature armored combat tournaments, arts exhibits, classes, workshops, dancing, feasts, and more. Our royalty hold courts at which they recognize and honor members for their contributions to the group.
The Society for Creative Anachronism began as a backyard party in Berkeley, California, on May 1, 1966. A medieval history major had read the story of “the Last Tournament” put on by an English lord in 1839 and got together with some fencers and science fiction fans. Interesting accounts of the first get-togethers are at the West Kingdom History web site. More events were held and things got more formal with organizational structure, titles, bylaws, etc. The concept was popular and groups started forming around the country. The East kingdom was formed in 1968 to cover all the people on the east coast. Myrkwood was founded in 1971 as the first SCA branch in this region and originally included all the current kingdom territory. Atlantia was originally a principality within the East in 1977 and became an independent kingdom in 1981. It includes Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and a little of Georgia.
See the Branches section for an article detailing the formation of the constituent groups within the kingdom.