Heh, I admittedly had never read that article fully, I just realized it said New England was an "adventure zone". So what, heh, New England is some big 'ole wasteland where people can run around and do anything? Well... actually...
I imagine two adventure zones probably don't mean you can do whatever. Probably would still follow a lot of the same rules, etc. as the cities.
As for Aveline and "A Friend" I can't see them being tied to any one Society. They are too universal and been part of the whole community to isolate them as such.