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Mechanics - Besides the various masonic orders, there is another group active that is closely related to freemasonry: the Mechanics. Mechanism started in 1757 as a schism of a couple masonic lodges in England. In that year the Independent United Order of Mechanics was founded in the county Lancaster. From there it spread to the United States, Central-America and the Caribbean. Especially in those regions the order is still active today. Mechanism has in those areas a bigger attractive power to the local communities than the anglo-saxon Freemasonry. Mechanics-lodges in England and the Netherlands consist almost entirely of people from that region. Nowadays there are, as result of various schisms, several orders. Four of these orders appear to be active in the Netherlands:
Independent United Order of Mechanics, Western Hemisphere, Friendly Society
Independent United Order of Scottish Mechanics of the Universe
Independent Order of Mechanics, Friendly Society, Preston Unity, United States
Independent Order of Mechanics, Friendly Society, Preston Unity, Trinidad
Mechanism has a lot of similarities with freemasonry. The first six degrees are almost identical to the masonic blue degrees. After these six degrees, there are some more, almost identical to the York rite of freemasonry (Mark degrees, Royal Arch and Knight Templars.
The largest order of Mechanics (Independent United Order of Mechanics) consist of nine districts: