What is a Barony?
A barony is an Amtgard chapter larger than a Shire and smaller than a Duchy. Generally average attendance for a Barony would be around fifteen to twenty people on a weekly basis. A barony must hold an average attendance of 15-20 people during a six month period in order to retain its status.
 What can a Barony do?
A Barony is typically allowed to give ladder awards up to the 5th level. A barony is not typically allowed to bestow titles of nobility.
The elected leader of a Barony is a Baron, or the feminine Baroness. Other offices that may or may not be filled due to the needs of the park are Regent, Prime Minister or Chancellor and Champion. Most of these offices are voted on, with the exception of the Champion, who is usually chosen by right of arms.
In most places candidates declare and then a Quals is held. Qualifying candidates are then voted on by either the dues paid populous or all in attendance, depending on the rules of the park.