Here in Atlantia, Shires are a rare thing...everyone here wants to group together in a Barony. Shires are regarded as some kind of sink of dissent or failed attempt at a Barony or Nest of loony separatists. Worse still the Shire I live in has a few members who are up-and-coming individuals who see the shire as their shot at becoming a territorial Baron /ness if only they can sway the populace enough. In short they act like their ambition is more important than others' experience of the SCA through our shire. I am just about out of patience with the people who make annexation jokes and the people whose naked ambition annoys me...The question becomes do I give them and earful or a heavy rinse wood-shampoo when I finally lose it?