Bravo Fleet Constitution

ARTICLE I – MISSION STATEMENT

To provide all of our members with a positive setting in which to write creatively about the Star Trek universe. We agree with the spirit of Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future and strive to provide an environment free of any form of discrimination or harassment, where our members are encouraged to work together to think imaginatively and harness their potential. We strive for excellence in simulation gaming and endeavor to provide a high quality service and resources to our members, so that they may develop their creative writing and character development skills. We strive to be ambassadors to others in the Star Trek community and, above all else, we aim to have fun and to boldly go where no one has gone before.

ARTICLE II – THE CONSTITUTION

This Constitution details the systems and proceedings within Bravo Fleet. It serves to guide the membership in knowledge of our basic structure and show them the way to our policies and procedures. The Constitution is the written authority that establishes the basic organization, the powers and limits of the leaders, and the rights of the membership.

SECTION 1 – AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION

  1. Any part of the constitution, unless otherwise specified below, may be amended by a 2/3s vote of the BFA.
  2. Article I and Article II can only be amended with unanimous support of the BFA.
  3. The quorum for amending the constitution shall be one of the Bravo Fleet Senior Staff as defined by this Constitution, and at least 50% of the Task Force Commanders.
  4. All amendments made to the Constitution must be documented and announced to the membership.

SECTION 2 – BY-LAWS

  1. This Constitution provides a basic outline for all structures within Bravo Fleet. The details of the daily process for running the fleet within those structures are contained within the Bravo Fleet By-laws.
  2. If there is any conflict between a by-law and a section of the constitution, the constitution shall be considered correct and the by-law considered void.
  3. By-laws have the same force as provisions in the constitution.
  4. By-laws may be created or modified by the BFA by a simple majority (a vote of >50% in favor).
  5. The quorum for creating by-laws shall be the same as for amending the Constitution.
  6. By-laws must be announced to the membership and then be documented in the listing of Bravo Fleet By-laws.

SECTION 3 – EXECUTIVE ORDERS

  1. The BFCO may make temporary changes to the constitution and by-laws by means of executive order when urgent action is required.
  2. Any executive order shall be referred immediately to the BFA for consideration as a permanent change.
  3. All Executive Orders shall expire under whichever of the following conditions comes first: the BFCO revokes the executive order, the BFA adopts the order as a positive change, the BFA votes to overrule the order, or 180 days have elapsed. Notwithstanding this provision, the BFCO may ask the BFA for permission to extend any Executive Order for up to two additional periods of 90 days and must achieve an approval of more than half of the BFA each time to sustain the extensions.
  4. Should a matter be dealt with by executive order and later be rejected by the BFA, such a matter cannot be dealt with again by executive order.
  5. Executive Orders must be announced to the membership and then be documented in the listing of Bravo Fleet Executive Orders.

ARTICLE III – MEMBER RIGHTS

All members of Bravo Fleet are granted certain rights and privileges as members, no matter what position they may be holding. Additional rights are granted to Simm CO’s that reflect on their administration of their Simm.

SECTION 1 – THE MEMBERS

  1. Bravo Fleet recognizes and acknowledges that, first and foremost, the organization is an amalgamation of its members. The most important aspect, as well as the most valuable resource is the membership. The first goal of the fleet’s leadership should always be to protect and serve the members, followed closely by a drive to meet their needs and wants as much as possible.
  2. Every member is valuable, and has a right to be treated as such, free of undue bias and disregard. So long as they desire to remain a valuable addition to the organization and do not abuse the right, then every member has the right to be here.
  3. All members regardless of rank or position shall be held accountable under the same standards of conduct. All indictments, trials and subsequent punishments will make no distinction between members based on rank, position or tenure within Bravo Fleet.
  4. All players have the right to own their own characters, the right to have their characters respected by others, and the right to not have those characters used without their approval.
  5. All players have the right to take a leave of absence from their game(s) and/or position(s), without fear of loss of rank, when they have real life commitments to which they must attend.
  6. Every member has the right to a fair and impartial system of justice.
  7. Any member may approach his superiors with issues and complaints he is currently facing without harm. Complaints can always be sent to the direct superior of the member. If the complaint involves that superior, the complaint should follow the chain of command.
  8. Every member has the right to be adequately acknowledged and rewarded for time, activity and efforts, and shall not be denied adequate and timely recognition based on personal bias and prejudice of their superiors. All rewards and recognitions are given according to merit.
  9. All Bravo Fleet players are entitled to a harassment-free environment, where they are not discriminated against in any out of character environment due to religion, skin color, nation, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic.

SECTION 2 – SIMM COMMANDING OFFICERS

  1. Simm COs have the right to administer their games as they see fit so long as they do not violate the terms of this constitution and its by-laws. These rights are detailed as follows:
    1. The right to set the ranks of their crew up to and including the rank of Lieutenant Commander (or its equivalent in marine or alien rank), further promotions shall be approved by the TFCO.
      1. A Simm CO shall not lower the rank of a player’s character when that player is directly transferring from one BF simm to another without the consent of the player or for just cause.
    2. The right to demote or remove players from his or her simm and to set the scope and nature of the plot of their simm.
      1. The demotion or removal of a player shall be reported to the committee known as the Judge Advocate General.
    3. The right to create an award their players with special citations created by the CO.
    4. The sole right to start new missions or significantly alter the plot of the simm unless the CO specifically grants that right to another.
    5. The right to determine the gaming environment on their simm. To that end, any effect on one simm taking place in the gaming environment of another shall only occur with the consent of all effected Simm COs.

ARTICLE IV – STRUCTURE OF THE FLEET

SECTION 1 – SIMMS

  1. At the core of Bravo Fleet is individual role-playing simulation groups known as “simms”.
  2. Each simm is led by a Commanding Officer (“CO”), who is defined as the group manager (“GM”) for the simm, and each simm is comprised of players whom write together to form a cohesive storyline.
  3. Every member of the simm, upon joining, must agree to follow the rules and guidelines outlined by the Constitution and By-laws.
    1. In addition, the simm CO must agree to follow the rules and guidelines outlined by this document for both players and for simm COs.
  4. Bravo Fleet reserves the right to reissue or reuse the name of any simm that has been a part of Bravo Fleet regardless of its status outside our organization. In addition Bravo Fleet reserves the right to continue using story lines and settings used on simms that are created for Task Force or Fleet use.
    1. Any simm that joins Bravo Fleet agrees to let Bravo Fleet use the name of the simm, as the simm then becomes part of Bravo Fleet history.
  5. A simulation’s goal is to have a group of players join with the CO to form a storyline, and as such requires a minimum of six players to become active (including the CO). A simulation which does not meet the minimum required player standard should concentrate on looking for additional players to meet this standard.
    1. Notwithstanding the requirements for a Simm CO to make his or her game active, TFCOs may allow (and should encourage) a new simm to begin gaming in a joint setting with an established simm, such as a starbase, until such time as it meets the requirements to go active.
  6. Simms shall be conducted as either a play-by-forum or a play-by-email platform.
    1. Other platforms may be authorized on a probationary basis by the relevant TFCO and the Bravo Fleet Executive Officer for a period of six months, during which time the TFCO, TFXO and BFXO shall evaluate its progress. The six month probation period can be extended if regulation to approve that platform for fleet wide use is under consideration, but this extension shall not exceed an additional six months.
  7. In order to make the operation of a large fleet feasible and as efficient as possible, each simm will be assigned to a Task Force.
  8. The default rating for all simms in Bravo Fleet is 13+. In addition to 13+, BF may allow higher age cutoffs. If a CO wishes to change the rating to a higher rating, they must seek their TFCOs permission. The CO must provide a number of valid reasons why they wish to change the rating.

SECTION 2 – TASK FORCES

  1. Every simm in the fleet will be assigned to a group of simms known as a Task Force.
  2. No Task Force in Bravo Fleet shall exceed 10 simulations, including simulation types defined by by-law.
    1. A simulation whose GM is a member of the Bravo Fleet Senior Staff is not be counted against that limit.
    2. No Task Force shall have a ship marked open if it has the maximum number of simms, or more than two simms that are below “Active” status concurrently.
    3. Notwithstanding the above, an exception can be granted by the Bravo Fleet Executive Officer.
  3. A Bravo Fleet Task Force must be arranged as follows:
    1. A command group consisting only of staff holding the position of Task Force Executive Officer or above.
    2. An operational group consisting of the remaining members of the Task Force who do not hold a position listed above.
  4. The Task Force staff must consist of:
    1. A deputy known as the Task Force Executive Officer.
    2. Notwithstanding any other role a member of a TF staff may have in Bravo Fleet, he or she will be primarily charged with his or her TF staff role and will be ultimately accountable to his or her TFCO for the purposes of the chain of command.
  5. Each Bravo Fleet Task Force must be chartered via By-law #1.1 which specifies the following:
    1. The Task Force number
    2. The Task Force area of operation
    3. The Task Force symbol
  6. Notwithstanding the above, the Bravo Fleet Admiralty may charter a special Task Force by means of by-law. This special Task Force is to be used for areas of canon outside the “main” Bravo Fleet setting, including other years or timelines.
    1. Unique organizational structures may be given to the special Task Force, defined in its chartering by-law.

SECTION 4 – DEPARTMENTS

  1. Bravo Fleet Admiralty members, excluding the BFCC and TFCOs, are defined each as a Department Head (DH).
  2. Each Department Head shall appoint one member to the position of Command Adjutant (CA) to serve as their Department’s executive officer.
    1. Command Adjutants shall be considered the equivalent of a TFXO for the purposes of promotional eligibility and recommendation authority.
    2. Members serving as Command Adjutants need not be current CO’s of a Bravo Fleet Sim.
  3. Each Department Head shall be responsible for staffing their department as necessary to support the functions assigned to their position. These staff have no additional rights granted to them beyond the staff role itself.

SECTION 5 – SISTER FLEETS

  1. Sister Fleets are defined as fleets wish to ally with and have an official close working relationship with Bravo Fleet yet still remain an independent agency from Bravo Fleet.
  2. Members of Sister Fleets do not fall under the scope of the Bravo Fleet Constitution.
    1. A Sister Fleet is free to set their own rules and regulations pertaining to their members. The BFA shall have no authority over operations of a Sister Fleet.
    2. The commanding officer of a Sister Fleet does not have any standing within the body known as the Bravo Fleet Admiralty.
    3. Not withstanding the above, members of Sister Fleets will be expected to abide by Bravo Fleet guidelines when making use of Bravo Fleet resources. (Such as forums, etc)
  3. Sister Fleets shall be managed by means of one bylaw for all that are officially recognized as Sister Fleets, listing the name of their fleet and the URL of their website. In this listing, the Sister Fleet can define the nature of their relationship with Bravo Fleet, including, but not limited to, exchanging links, joint missions, character exchanges, and use of fleet resources.
  4. The status of Sister Fleet is a non-binding agreement and may be dissolved by either party at any time.
    1. The Sister Fleet’s Commander may do so by informing the Bravo Fleet CO and the BFA would then update the aforementioned by-law.
    2. Bravo Fleet may dissolve a Sister Fleet arrangement through a vote to update said by-law as directed by Article VII, Section 4.

SECTION 6 – BRAVO FLEET TIMELINE

  1. The fictional timeline of Bravo Fleet operates at a 1:2 ratio of fictional time to real time, effective January 1st, 2018 at the beginning of the fictional year 2389. This means for every one fictional year that passes, two real life calendar years pass. Prior to January 1, 2018, Bravo Fleet operates on a 1:4 ratio of fictional time to real time, first enacted at the beginning of the fictional year 2386 on January 1st, 2010.
    1. The current fictional year as defined above is: 2388
    2. The 2:1 ratio does not apply to simulations that do not follow Bravo Fleet’s main canon timeline.
  2. As there are members of Bravo Fleet interested in other eras of Star Trek, Affiliates may be created for gaming in other time periods as outlined in Section 3 above.

ARTICLE V – BRAVO FLEET ADMIRALTY

SECTION 1 – MEMBERSHIP

  1. The Body known as the Bravo Fleet Command Council (“BFCC”) shall serve as the executive committee of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty.
    1. The BFCC shall consist of 3 members.
    2. Each member of the BFCC shall individually hold all powers and privileges granted under the Constitution and the By-laws to the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer (“BFCO”) and also to the Bravo Fleet Executive Officer (“BFXO”), and all references to BFCO in the Constitution and By-laws shall mean “a member of the BFCC”.
    3. Each member of the BFCC shall be a full voting member of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty.
    4. The BFCC shall establish its own internal decision-making processes and protocols.
    5. Each member of the BFCC shall serve a term of one (1) calendar year from January 1 to December 31 (each a “BFCC Term”).
    6. No individual may serve as a member of the BFCC for more than 3 BFCC Terms (the “BFCC Term Limit”).
        1. Where an individual serves as a member of the BFCC for any part of a BFCC Term, it shall be counted towards the BFCC Term Limit.
  2. The Body known as the Bravo Fleet Senior Staff shall serve as an advisory committee of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty. It includes the following members:
    1. The members of the Bravo Fleet Command Council shall be the chair of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty, and shall directly oversee the task forces.
    2. The Bravo Fleet Academy Commandant (BFAC) shall administer the Bravo Fleet Academy.
  3. Other members form the general body of the BFA and are as follows:
    1. The Bravo Fleet Internet Officer (BFIO) shall manage development and deployment and of the Internet applications and systems that support the operations of the Fleet.
    2. The Bravo Fleet Community Relations Officer (BFCRO) shall manage tools and services that support the game experience and Fleet community experience.
    3. The Bravo Fleet Logistics Officer (BFLO) shall maintain and coordinate development of the Fleet canon and auxiliary services.
    4. Each Task Force Commanding Officer (TFCO) of a Task Force established by by-law.
  4. No BFA member shall occupy any other BFA-level position except on an acting or emergency basis until a qualified person for the position can be found.

SECTION 2 – POWERS

  1. The operations of Bravo Fleet shall be overseen by the Bravo Fleet Admiralty (BFA).
  2. The BFA shall have authority to permanently pass and amend the by-laws and amend the constitution of Bravo Fleet.
    1. The BFCC shall acting unanimously, have the authority to amend the by-laws of Bravo Fleet. This clause shall cease to have effect and be removed from the Bravo Fleet Constitution on December 31, 2017.
  3. The BFA shall determine what constitutes BF canon.
    1. The BFCC shall, acting unanimously, have the authority to determine what constitutes BF canon. This clause shall cease to have effect and be removed from the Bravo Fleet Constitution on December 31, 2017.
  4. The BFA shall make decisions in a fashion so as to best meet the needs of Bravo Fleet and its members. In order to facilitate this, it shall proceed as follows:
    1. A list of the topics being discussed by the BFA shall be kept in a publicly accessible area on the internet.
    2. TFCOs shall invite the members of their TFs to forward their views on matters being discussed through the chain of command.
    3. In order to ensure that each BFA member’s right to speak freely is upheld, no member or former member of the BFA shall disclose any information about any discussion held during their tenure as a member of the BFA.
      1. Notwithstanding the above, members of the BFA are permitted to speak to their second-in-command when matters in the BFA will affect the general welfare of their command.
        1. Members brought into confidence in this way may only discuss these matters with their direct superior.
      2. Former members of the BFA may only speak on matters discussed during their tenure when a current sitting member of the BFA requests that information.
    4. Once finalized, all decisions of the BFA will be supported in full by all members of the BFA.

SECTION 3 – VOTING

  1. All matters before the BFA will be decided by a simple majority (50%+1) vote, except as defined elsewhere in this constitution or by by-law.
  2. Any vote of the BFA must be preceded by a 48-hour discussion period. During the discussion period, the voting members are free to ask any questions they may have and state any concerns or opinions.
  3. Following the discussion period, any member of the BFA shall have the right to call for a vote in any accessible venue determined by the the chair, as long as a matter of substantively similar nature has not been voted on within the preceding three months.
  4. The quorum for a vote to be considered effective is 50% of eligible voters except as required to be otherwise in the Constitution.
  5. All votes shall be conducted over a period of seven (7) days.
    1. Notwithstanding the above, at any time that all eligible voters have cast a vote in favor, against or explicitly indicated their desire to abstain from the vote, or when a percentage of all eligible voters sufficient to ensure passage or defeat of a measure regardless of votes of others, the chair may declare the vote closed and announce a result.
  6. Owing to the large and non-real time nature of the BFA, the chair shall not entertain calls for unanimous consent on any matter.
  7. In the event of a tie in a BFA vote, the BFCC shall, acting by majority, have a single deciding vote even if each member of the BFCC has already cast a vote.
  8. Unfilled positions are not tallied in the voting totals in any fashion. If a position is empty, the total number of votes needed to pass a measure is reduced by one.
  9. Members are free to abstain from voting. Should a member abstain from voting, the required number of votes needed to pass a measure is reduced by one.
  10. A BFA member does not cast a ballot in any vote directly involving themselves. (Such as position appointments)

SECTION 4 – APPOINTMENT

  1. All members of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty shall have the right to propose an individual for consideration to any unfilled BFA position.
    1. If more than one individual is proposed for an unfilled BFA position, a vote shall be conducted of the BFA. The individual with the most votes is then considered the nominee.
    2. The nominee shall then be approved with a 66% vote by the members of the BFA.
    3. If the BFA does not ratify the nominee, then the individual with the next higher number of votes shall be considered the nominee and a new vote of affirmation conducted. If no candidates remain, a new round of proposed individuals, not including any individuals previously proposed for the position, shall commence.
  2. The appointment of a member to a position on the BFCC shall be handled as follows:
    1. On December 1 of each year, each member of the BFCC that has not served for the BFCC Term Limit shall specify whether he/she wishes to serve for a further BFCC Term as a member of the BFCC.
    2. Where an incumbent member of the BFCC indicates that he/she wishes to serve a further BFCC Term and has not exceeded the BFCC Term Limit, he/she is subject to an affirmative vote of the BFA (“Re-election of a BFCC Member”).
      1. Re-election of a BFCC Member must be affirmed by a 66% majority of the BFA for that member to serve an additional BFCC Term.
    3. Where an incumbent member of the BFCC declines to serve an additional BFCC Term, is ineligible to serve an additional BFCC Term, or is not affirmed by a 66% majority vote of the BFA, any member of the BFA may propose an individual to serve as a member of the BFCC (“Election of a New BFCC Member”).
      1. The BFA shall then vote on all names proposed for nomination in a successive series of rounds. In each round, the individual with the fewest votes will be eliminated, until only one name commands a majority of 66% support of the BFA.
    4. Where a vacancy in the BFCC arises during a BFCC Term, a replacement individual shall be selected through the procedures defined for Election of a New BFCC Member, and that individual shall serve the remainder of the BFCC Term and be subject to the terms for Re-election of a BFCC Member at the conclusion of the BFCC Term.
  3. The BFA shall have the power to remove any of its members from office.
    1. The removal of a member of the BFCC shall be determined by a 75% majority vote of the members of the BFA, excluding all members of the BFCC.
    2. The removal of any other member of the BFA shall be determined by a 66% majority vote of the rest of the BFA.
    3. Any vote to remove a member of the BFA shall be deemed to be null and void if the BFA member affected is on an authorized LOA.