The Amazon Nation is a strictly female society
whose ways and traditions are kept strictly within the Sisterhood.
Our purpose includes – but shall not be restricted to – the
protection of women and children, the promotion of equal rights,
and the creation of a strong Amazon Nation. Good works, charity,
community action, and legal lobbying shall achieve these ends. We,
the Members of the Sisterhood, vow to defend and protect the
ideals of the Amazon Nation against all enemies, be they foreign
or domestic, to uphold the values of the Amazon Nation as set
forth in the Charter, and to bear faithful allegiance to the
Charter and the Nation. Cu ena durus Tae’Nah arcis!
For a Tribe to exist within the Nation,
positions are necessary. Procedures on expanding or curtailing
powers and additional titles follow.
Latra (Queen) – The Latra is
responsible for the life of the Tribe. Her duties include
maintaining harmony among and leadership of the Athelfi
(Members). The Tribe is the Latra and the Latra is the Tribe. In
times of war, the Latra leads the warriors in the field.
Lyna (Regent) – The Regent
is the second-in-command, and therefore aids in leadership and
daily governing of the Tribe. Should the Latra be incapacitated or
deemed by the Council unfit to lead the Tribe, the powers fall to
the Regent. It is not required that the Regent be related to the
Latra. In times of war, the Lyna leads the defense of the village.
– Only Athelfi related to the Latra by blood or
bequeathal or Rite of Caste (explained below in Rites and
Ceremonies) can be Laca. Laca are trained to both be leaders
and Ti’Sa. If a Laca so chooses, she may relinquish her title
and its duties to become a Ti’Sa or Shamaness.
Cild Archila (Weapons Mistress)
– The Cild Archila is responsible for the construction and
maintenance of the chief weapons of defense for the Tribe. She
also takes part in training our Athelfi. In times of war, she is
second in command of the armies in the field, reporting to the
Ti’Ya Archila (Captain of the Guard)
– The Ti’Ya is responsible for the defense of the Tribe. She
is the leader of all of the warriors, although only the Archila
(heads) of the different warrior branches report directly to her.
In times of war, she is second in command of the defense of the
homeland, reporting to the Lyna.
Ti’Sa (Priestess) and Kuk’Tai
(Shamaness) – the Ti’Sa and Kuk’Tai observe the
spiritual ways of the Amazon Nation. They are the leaders of the
ceremonies and rites and are responsible for performing these.
They are the spiritual leaders of the Tribe. There may be more
than one Ti’Sa in a tribe dedicated to the different gods. There
is usually only one practicing Kuk’Tai and her apprentice. An
elder Kuk’Tai may abdicate in favor of her apprentice and remain
in the Tribe, however she will not lead the tribe in ceremonies.
Caliah Istoria (Keeper of the Scroll)
– The Caliah Istoria is responsible for maintaining the verbal
and written history of her Tribe. Her duty is to guard that
history and interpret the scripture for the younger generations.
Delu Abacha (Tribal Council)
– The Council is composed of experienced and wise members of the
Tribe. Their responsibility includes proposals for expansion or
curtailing of the powers thus enumerated, proposals for the
establishment of new positions, and the interpretation of the
guidelines set forth for our various Rites. The Tribe and their
Latra shall seek counsel from the Council, as needed. The leaders
of the Tribe appoint new council members. Procedures on how the
Council makes decisions follow in the Charter.
Enumerated Rights and
The Amazon Charter and its Amendments supercede
any and all rights and powers granted to individual Tribes by
individual Tribal Councils. The Amazon Charter can be amended only
by a 2/3 vote of the member Tribes. Such bills must be drafted and
presented at the quarterly meetings of the Amazon Nation. The
following Rights cannot be amended out of the Amazon Charter.
Interpretation. This document
shall be interpreted with the strictest of scrutiny. Any rights
not enumerated to the Nation are to be given to the Tribes until
an Amendment is added to the Charter.
Votes. In matters of
Amendments, each Tribe must send one delegate to a place to be
designated by mutual agreement. A congress of ¾ of the Nation’s
delegates must be present to vote on any matter. Of that ¾’s
each member has one equal vote including each Latra.
Integration. If a new tribe
wishes to join the Amazon Nation, they must petition the council
of elders for the entire Amazon Nation. The vote to accept must be
unanimous. A Tribe must consist of a Latra, Lyna, Ti’Ya, Cild
Archila, Ti’Sa or Kuk’Tai, Caliah Istoria and several members.
Membership shall be based on integrity and intent to maintain and
protect the values of the Charter and the Nation. Each Tribe is
strongly urged to have an original token that symbolizes them, and
each member must swear according to the Mission Statement.
Allegiance and Diplomacy.
Allegiance shall be to the Charter first, then the Nation. In all
matters of disagreement within and without the Sisterhood, all
forms of diplomacy must be exhausted before the use of force is an
Equality. There shall be no
discrimination based on color, ethnicity, creed, race, religion,
economic status, marital status, or sexual preference.
Freedom of Speech. All Amazons
have the freedom to speak their mind and to be heard. The
exception is when words used are used in such circumstances and
are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that
they will bring about the substantive evils that the Tribal
Council has a right to prevent.
Freedom of Religion. Tribal
Council may not deny membership to individual Tribes based solely
on religion except and unless in the event that the religion
oppresses, suppresses, or forfeits any rights guaranteed by the
Amazons. In an effort to integrate Athelfi with conflicting
beliefs, the Amazon Nation and its member Tribes will display
tolerance. The Amazon Nation will tolerate no religious acts,
which oppress women and children or bring them to harm. Member
Tribes reserve the right to conduct a background investigation to
determine the integrity of applicants to the Amazon Nation.
Right to Challenge. This rite
entails one Amazon challenging another, usually prompted by a
conflict or issue the parties cannot resolve. The Royal Challenge
must be honored when someone of royal Amazon blood or caste issues
the challenge. Further details of this rite are protected in the
sacred documents of the Amazon Nation.
Declaration of War. An attack
against one Tribe is an attack on the Nation and the Amazons shall
respond accordingly to any and every clear act of war. An
emergency convention of Athelfi must be convened before any action
can be taken. In matters of great immediacy, the Tribal Councils
reserve the right to act accordingly and forcefully until the
Nation reaches a unified decision. The Amazon Nation may only go
to war under an Amazon Latra.
Handfasting. Amazon Law
protects the rites of any Amazon to wed any unmarried Amazon or
unmarried man that does not break Amazon law, and this extends to
the significant other’s race, religion, appearance, or sexual
preference, providing that no Amazon law is broken and no Amazon
endangered from such union. Further details of this rite are
protected in the sacred documents of the Amazon Nation.
Right to Abortion. Athelfi are
prohibited from doing harm to any Athelfi who performs, receives,
or wishes to obtain an abortion. Every Athelfi – regardless of
religious preference – retains the right to an abortion. Athelfi
will not be forced into having an abortion. Whenever possible, the
Athelfi may receive counsel from the Latra, the Shamaness or the
Ti’Sa before making her decision. The counselor is bound to be
objective in her counseling and may not discuss the conversation
with anyone after.
Male children of Athelfi.
Should an Amazon give birth to a male babe, she may raise him in
the ways of the Amazons until age eighteen, but he shall be
prohibited from attending the rites and viewing the sacred
documents of the Amazon Nation. At the age of eighteen, he must
leave the tribe. If the son has daughters, they are considered
Amazons of the grandmother's tribe although they must observe all
rites they may have missed while not in the tribe village.