A posse is a group called together to enforce a community's laws, apprehend wrong-doers or defend the community. A posse is usually an ad hoc creation called by the local marshall when he needs backup, but in some places the organization has solidified into something different. In the planter community of Bellwether, the "Standing Posse" acts as the local council, marshallate and judiciary rolled into a single body maintaining an armed presence at all times. In most places, however, it's just a call-up of armed, able-bodied locals to protect their neighbors.

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