Campaigning for a Sovereign & Pagan Mercia in the Midlands
Sovereign Mercia is part of the Frisian Alliance

SOVEREIGN MERCIA

YOUTH

DEFENCE

All young people aged 11 to 18 shall attend weekend outdoor activity camps, where the emphasis shall be on team sports and living as part of the natural environment. All those aged 18 to 25 – an estimated 1½ million – shall undertake national community service, with the young men taking over the role of the defence forces, and the young women that of the civil police. At 25, on reaching the age of majority, they shall be discharged, and some in each shire shall be commissioned as officers in their respective services, under the command of the High Sheriff. High Sheriffs shall be appointed by the Lord Chamberlain, head of the Mercian government.
An independent Mercia shall adopt a policy of strict neutrality in international affairs, while reserving the right to enter into alliances with its neighbouring states in the British Isles, as well as those in Europe and elsewhere, should the necessity arise. The Mercian armed forces shall be known as the Mercian Defence Force (MDF), comprising all the young men of Mercia aged 18 to 25, as part of their national community service. The force shall exist for defensive and deterrent purposes only, and to support the work of the Mercian Women’s Police. Like the latter, it shall be maintained at a permanent capacity of around 750,000.
Instilled with a code of honour, loyalty and service, through physical exercise, team sports and distinctive uniforms, the determined young people of Mercia shall become an unassailable force for good in the land, supporting and defending its citizens while upholding truth, justice and the law. In addition to defence and police duties, they shall also staff the health service and other utilities. Shown here are the blue and white uniforms for the Mercian Women’s Police (MWP).

Unlike the current Mercian Regiment, an amalgamated unit of the British Army formed in 2007 (seen here marching in Stockport, Cheshire, January 2015), the greatly expanded Mercian Defence Force shall take on the functions of the army, navy and air forces. It shall also, like the Mercian Women’s Police, assume a great variety of other duties within Mercian society, with its members learning essential life skills and a wide range of professional and essential service trades.

Mercian Women’s Police ▲

MWP Uniforms
▲ Mercian Defence Force
◄ MDF Uniforms
The activity camps shall be part of the education system. Comprehensive schools, having destroyed social mobility, shall be divided up into four types of specialist institution – vocational schools, grammar schools, technology schools and art schools – with free movement of pupils among them. University courses, to be taken part-time during national community service, shall be free.

The Mercian Defence Force shall be organised by shires, with its officers drawn from its own ranks. Its uniforms shall feature the double-headed Eagle of Leofric, Earl of Mercia (reigned 1023–1057) – as currently used by the Mercian Regiment, pictured above – as a cap badge. Rather than fighting expensive and futile foreign wars, it shall instead guard the borders and people of Mercia.

 

HIGH SHERIFFS’ OFFICES

REGIMENTAL LINEAGE

(1) Bedfordshire: Bedford ~ (2) Buckinghamshire: Aylesbury ~ (3) Cambridgeshire: Cambridge ~ (4) Cheshire: Chester ~ (5) Derbyshire: Matlock ~ (6) Gloucestershire: Gloucester ~ (7) Herefordshire: Hereford ~ (8) Hertfordshire: Hertford ~ (9) Holland: Boston ~ (10) Huntingdonshire: Huntingdon ~ (11) Isle of Ely: March ~ (12) Kesteven: Sleaford ~ (13) Leicestershire: Glenfield ~ (14) Lindsey: Lincoln ~ (15) Northamptonshire: Northampton ~ (16) Nottinghamshire: West Bridgford ~ (17) Oxfordshire: Oxford ~ (18) Rutland: Oakham ~ (19) Shropshire: Shrewsbury ~ (20) Staffordshire: Stafford ~ (21) Warwickshire: Warwick ~ (22) Worcestershire: Worcester ~ (23) Birmingham: Victoria Square
• 29th (Worcs.) Regiment 1694–1881 ~ 36th (Herefs.) Regiment 1701–1881 ~ 45th (Notts.) Regiment 1741–1881 ~ 95th (Derbs.) Regiment 1823–1881 ~ 38th (1st Staffs. Regiment 1705–1881 ~ 80th (Staffs. Volunteers) Regiment 1793–1881 ~ 64th (2nd Staffs.) Regiment 1756–1881 ~ 98th (Prince of Wales) Regiment 1824–1881
• Worcs. Regiment 1881–1970 ~ Sherwood Foresters 1881–1970 ~ S. Staffs. Regiment 1881–1959 ~ N. Staffs. Regiment 1881–1959
• 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment 1689–2007 ~ Worcs. & Sherwood Foresters 1970–2007 ~ Staffs. Regiment 1959–2007
• Mercian Regiment 1 September 2007–