Governance Changes Announcement

From time to time, Fleet responsibilities have a way of pulling us all from the core reason we’re here in the first place: writing. It is thus with bittersweet emotions I announce Adren Bahrat Noth (Community Relations Officer), Leah (Task Force 72 Commanding Officer) and Kai1701E (Task Force 38 Commanding Officer) have each independently decided to step down from the Admiralty to refocus on their sims, the USS Equinox, USS Cairo and USS Nogura respectively. Collectively, these three have served over half a decade on the Bravo Fleet Admiralty, and, while we’ll miss them on the BFA, we look forward to seeing where they take the stories of their sims going forth.

In Leah’s place, the Bravo Fleet Admiralty has appointed Solaris (aka. S’iraa and Teh Kitteh Overlord) as the next Task Force 72 Commanding Officer. Solaris has a long history with the Fleet going back over a decade. Over the years, he has served as Task Force Commanding Officer, Fleet Chief of Staff and Fleet Commanding Officer, among others, and we’re excited to have him rejoin the Admiralty with his former command character, Vice Admiral S’iraa.

As far as Task Force 38 and the Community Relations Office go, the Bravo Fleet Admiralty is still in the process of evaluating next steps. We should have an announcement regarding both positions in the near future.

In addition, I am pleased to announce that the Bravo Fleet Admiralty has approved an update to Article II of the Constitution by unanimous vote. Taking into consideration the feedback of the Rules Work Group from earlier this year, last month’s Fleet-wide Survey, etc., this is the first of a number of updates to our Constitution and By-laws planned for the next couple months. We’ve also made a minor procedural update to Article V Section 1.4.

A Change in the Bravo Fleet Command Council

Real life constraints are an ever-present specter that get the better of us all from time to time. I am afraid that, on account of such constraints, Tom (Admiral Anatole Lazarus) has decided to step down from the Bravo Fleet Command Council and the Bravo Fleet Admiralty. I would like to thank Tom for his long service for the Fleet, including his recent return from retirement to help us pilot our new governance model. His influence can be felt across the Fleet from the work groups and other methods of community empowerment to much needed improvements in our rules and procedures.

In Tom’s place, the Admiralty has appointed greenfelt22 (Vice Admiral Zachary O’Connell) to the Command Council. Over the years, greenfelt22 has served many different roles across the Fleet, most recently pioneering the new Logistics Office. During his time in service to the Fleet, he has organized a wide range of initiatives, worked tirelessly and effectively to support the Fleet’s services, and provided a strong yet moderating voice in discussions. We are all excited, in times moving forward, to have greenfelt22 serving the Fleet in this new capacity.

While on the Bravo Fleet Command Council, greenfelt22 will also retain his duties as Logistics Officer.

State of the Fleet 2017Q1 Report

In seeking to provide more transparency and clarity regarding the state of the Fleet, I am pleased to announce the release of the State of the Fleet – 2017Q1 report. This report, covering the period of January 1, 2017, to March 31, 2017, summarizes changes that have occurred in the Fleet, ranging from task force story updates and departmental information to changes in our rules and procedures, as well as statistics on the Fleet’s various Task Forces and committees.

Here is a brief overview of the report:

The first quarter of 2017 was a period of great change for Bravo Fleet.

Following the departure of the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer at the beginning of January, the Fleet implemented a number of community and governance changes aimed at adapting and responding to the needs of its rich and diverse community.

In parallel to these changes, the Fleet also launched the new Bravo Fleet Management System, new chat services on Discord, and made a large push towards improving the consistency and clarity of the Fleet canon and story.

From a quantitative perspective, the first quarter of 2017 has shown a turnaround in several trends, including an increase of 29% in the total simms, 700 comments from 25 participants in the Community Work Groups, an increase to 107 participants in Fleet chat, and use of the new Bravo Fleet Management System to track over 340 characters. Several negative trends have continued though, such as limited general activity on the Bravo Fleet forums and community dissatisfaction with the Academy and Hall of Honours.

On the whole, the Bravo Fleet Admiralty is pleased with the progress made in many areas, and it has included a forward outlook section at the end of the document detailing plans for the upcoming quarter to address several areas of continued concern.

The report can be downloaded in full here.

Star Trek Turns 50!

“Space, the final frontier…”

These words, transmitted for the first time on September 8, 1966, launched a global phenomenon. Fifty years later, after 13 movies and over 700 hours of television, Star Trek continues to boldly go where no one has gone before.

We at Bravo Fleet wish to toast the science fiction franchise that has brought us all together. Without the infinite backdrop that has inspired our stories, we would never be able to partake in creating our own stories. Here’s to 50 more wonderful years!

Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek!