The North American Araucanian Royalist Society (NAARS) was organized in 1995 by the late Richard B. Shull and Daniel Paul Morrison to be a clearinghouse of reliable, objective, English-language information about the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia. Shull and Morrison founded the society because they were interested in the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia and were able to find very little information about the kingdom in English. In the beginning, Shull and Morrison pooled what information they had and launched a website and began to publish The Steel Crown to share that information with the world. In response, afficionados of the long-forgotten kingdom came out of the woodwork to began contribute their share to the ever-growing body of information known to the NAARS.
Today, the NAARS is a lively organization with members in Asia, Europe, South America and North America. The society organizes annual dinners to commemorate the founding of the kingdom.
The archives and library of the NAARS are fully cataloged and available to serious scholars without charge.
The Steel Crown continues to be published and contains the most extensive and exhaustive body of research about the kingdom available in English. All 14 issues of the journal remain in print and available.
After a brief hiatus following the collapse of geocities.com, the NAARS has relaunched its web portal at www.steelcrown.org.
While the NAARS is supportive of the Royal House of Araucania and the Mapuche people, the NAARS remains staunchly independent. We do not speak in any official capacity for the Royal House, the Mapuche people, or the Republics of Chile and Argentina.
Our mission is to foster increased understanding and appreciation of 1) the centuries-old struggle for dignity, sovereignty, and self-determination by the Mapuche people, 2) the legitimacy of the liberal constitutional monarchy founded by the Mapuche people in 1860, and 3) the ongoing work of Prince Philippe and the Royal House of Araucania to preserve the legacy inaugurated with King Orelie-Antoine I.