Imperial Roman Provisional Army- N. America
Articles of Cooperation
Imperial Roman Provisional Army
A. To create a regional
organization for North American Imperial Roman Era Reenactors.
B. Portray the common
infantry soldier of the Imperial Roman Legion.
C. Coordinate events
and activities for the benefit of its members.
D. Promote authenticity
E. Preserve history
while teaching others.
F. Recruit other like-minded
Legions to join.
III. Minimum Standards
1. Health and safety
of all participants and spectators are the first and foremost directive of the organization.
2. Safety is the responsibility
of all members. However, members holding positions of responsibility will shoulder the highest burden of enforcement.
3. Any Legion may
withdraw from the field without prejudice if they reasonably feel that the health and/or safety of their men are in jeopardy.
4. Minimum age for
a soldier on the field shall be 14.
5. Minimum age for
functional musicians on the field shall be 12.
1. All equipment,
gear and other items we use should be as historically accurate as possible in form, materials and function. Sometimes we substitute
modern materials for ancient, for example the use of steel instead of iron or the use of machine woven cloth instead of hand
woven. Whenever you can use an ancient method to reproduce an item you should. Safety is first and foremost, and we discourage
the use of sharpened swords or daggers, or any brass cookware. These standards
have been kept intentionally vague as each Legion in the IRPA has published standards that are generally much higher. Please
contact your Centurio for your Legio Specifics.
a. No modern anachronisms
shall be visible.
b. Grooming standards
shall conform to period of primary portrayal.
c. Women may portray
soldiers or musicians.
a. Appropriate tentage
and cooking gear for the event. Leather tentage preferred, Canvas is acceptable.
b. Members may sleep
outside of the military camp if they desire provided they make all required musters and military duties.
4. Implied Consent
a. Although participation
in reenacting is voluntary, the purpose of portraying Roman soldiers requires that members submit to regulation military courtesies,
responsibilities, control and discipline.
b. During events, all members are expected to show the appropriate behavior
to the officers and non-commissioned officers appointed over them as if they were actually in the military. Play the part!
Officers and NCO's are therefore expected to comport themselves in a manner beffitting command.
c. Attendance and
participation at an event implies consent to military authority.
IV. Membership Requirements
A. Legion Qualification
1. Membership of a
minimum three soldiers to be established by a Legion roster.
2. Member Legions
must vote to ratify these Articles and be financially paid in full prior to being considered a member Legion.
1. Executive Coordinator
a. Rotates to member
Legions each six months in order of rotation.
b. Member Legion selects
individual who will actually fill the position.
c. No Legion may coordinate
more than once until the entire Board has had an
d. Any member Legion
may decline their turn as coordinator.
(1) Maintains all external coordination.
(2) Maintains all records.
(3) Enter pre-registrations into
rank matrix based on size of companies required
for the event.
(4) Collect pre-registration money
and soldiers names and submits to the event organizers in a timely manner.
(5) Supervises all event commanders.
(6) Chairs all board meetings.
(7) After his term he will assist
the new Executive Coordinator as required.
2. Event Commander.
a. Overall in charge
of a given event.
b. Selected by member
Legion or designated by matrix for each event.
c. Responsible for:
(1) Publication of event circular
a minimum of 30 days before the event to include registration fees, scenarios, regulations for the event, directions to the
event, and other pertinent information. May receive assistance from the Executive Coordinator.
(2) Upon approval of the Executive
Coordinator, will notify all Legions of organization at least two weeks prior to the event.
(3) Will ensure that stores, rations,
and armor/camp issues as required are prepared and transported for the pre-registered number of soldiers.
(4) Will command in the field.
(5) Will complete a post event
summary form of the event including :
(a) All costs and expenditures,
stores, rations, and ordinance issued.
(b) Number pre-registered, total
in attendance, any discrepancies in pre-
(c) Any Problems encountered,
special recognition and a journal of the event
3. Board of Trustees
a. Each Legion has
one representative at their discretion.
b. The Board of Trustees
shall be the overall governing body.
c. It shall meet at
least semi-annually to review all directives and standards and to revise as necessary.
d. It shall also act
as the review body for any problem situations which may arise.
e. It has the power
to sanction a member Legion for non-compliance with these Articles after a complete review of the facts and a 2/3 thirds vote
of member Legions.
f. The Board will
give member Legions the opportunity to take disciplinary action on an offense prior to any action.
1. Event Types: events
shall be of two types, Legion sponsored (the individual legion controls rank and command issues) and IRPA Sponsored (National
I. Legion Sponsored
Events: Command and control is excercised by the legion planning the event, usually considered local events. The safety, impression,
and behavioral guidlines of the IRPA should be adhered to, but the rank matrix is optional. Legions are invited to use the
matrix to help fill in the command posoitions from all available groups and attendees.
II. Command of IRPA
a. Command based on
numbers of soldiers brought by individual legions. If the number od Soldiers warrants, more than one Legion may be represented.
The Board of Trustees have the option to set minimum standards for rank holder impressions. Planning and communication for
these events will be done through the executive coordinator or his designated Event Coordinator. IRPA standards and safety
rules will be enforced.
1. Fifty-One(51) percent
of the member Legions are required to conduct any official business.
B. Rules of Order.
1. Robert's Rules
of Order as modified shall be used when conducting meetings.
1. Must be in writing
and published in advance.
1. No meeting will
be called without 2 weeks notification unless ALL member Legions agree.
A. These articles
may be amended by a 2/3 vote of ALL Legion members.
B. A copy of all amendments
shall be filed with the original of these articles with the date of effect included on the page.
A. In the event of
the organizations dissolvement, all assets are to be sold and the proceeds donated to a suitable Imperial Roman Legion preservation
A. These articles
become effective immediately upon a ratifying vote of the third member Legion.
Imperial Roman Provisional Army
- as of 1 January 2005
IRPA calendar year will be from January through
All new Legions requesting membership will be accepted
upon the following criteria: Proof of three members, no outstanding financial obligations to Imperial Roman Provisional Army,
acknowledged acceptance of the Articles of Cooperation and all current Resolutions in effect and after a majority vote in
the affirmative of the Board of Representatives approving the Legion membership.
A vote on any new resolution brought before the
Board of Representatives shall be postponed until the next regular meeting of the Board if so requested by any representative.
All Legion representatives and the Executive Coordinator
must have access to email and the internet for meeting and communication purposes.
IRPA official events will be confined to the following
Reenactments- Public demonstrations (Castra Romana)
Camps of instruction- (Board members organize/execute
event; Legion-member rank-holders instruct attendees) (Drills/encampmenmts)
Mock Combats/Living Archeology Events- Non-public
marches, combats and events solely for the purpose of learning what it was like to be a Roman Soldier. (Lafe)
The term of office of the Executive Coordinator shall
be six calendar months from the time of assuming the duties. If the term of office ends after the 15th, he will continue in
the duties until the first of the following month. The Executive Coordinator will compile pre-registration numbers and determine
the event commander as well as all other rank according to the matrix on the pre-registration cutoff date. The Executive Coordinator
can not represent any Legion and has no vote while serving in the office. He can suggest motions and amendments but they must
be formally presented and seconded by member Legion representatives. The member Legion who is providing the Executive Coordinator
is entitled to a voting representative in addition to the Executive Coordinator.
Online meetings shall be conducted on the 2nd Thursday
of each month at 20:00 EST at the internet chatroom site designated by the Executive Coordinator. when possible, face to face
meetings should be held at events.
Zero tolerance: Any member or guest of the IRPA caught
using illegal substances at an IRPA event will be expelled from the event and not allowed to fall in at any future events.
The following items shall be included in all post event
reports by event commanders. All costs and expenditures, stores, rations, and items issued, number pre-registered, total in
attendance, any discrepancies in pre-registration, problems encountered, special recognition and a journal of the event activities.
Post event reports shall be published* no later than six weeks after the event is over. ( *published = one copy sent to each
Legion representative and the Executive Coordinator)
No persons under the impairment of drugs or alcohol will
hold rank at IRPA events. The Board of Representatives will determine impairment of potential rank holders and rule by majority