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This article is official Bravo Fleet Official Policy.









Article I – The Charter

Section 1 – Purpose

This Charter 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 Charter is the written authority that establishes the basic organization, the powers and limits of the leaders, and the rights of the membership.

Section 2 – Official Policies

The Bravo Fleet Charter provides the basic foundational structure for Bravo Fleet. The rules and regulations governing the day-to-day operations of Bravo Fleet within that foundation is outlined through official policies set forth by the leadership. These policies may be freely updated by the leadership, and are clearly outlined and posted for the members reference. In any and all circumstances, this Charter supersedes any other policies, rules, or regulations within Bravo Fleet.

Section 3 – Voting

  • All votes called for under the Charter will be votes among the Bravo Fleet Admiralty.
  • Any vote required by this Charter 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, state any concerns or opinions, or ask to see the other applications for comparison.
  • 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.
  • Members are free to abstain from voting. Should a member abstain from voting, the required number of votes to pass the measure is reduced by one.
    • When a vote involves a member of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty, that member is forced to abstain from voting and the number of votes to pass the measure is reduced by one.
  • All members of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty are encouraged to submit nominees for vacant Bravo Fleet Admiralty positions, along with supporting evidence. When all members have spoken, a single vote containing all of the nominees will be held. The nominee with the most amount of votes will become the first candidate for confirmation by a simple majority.
    • If the first nominee is not confirmed, a simple runoff of the top two nominees will be held.
    • Likewise, Bravo Fleet Admiralty members, other than the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer and Magistrate, can be removed by a simple majority.
  • Unless otherwise stated in this Charter, votes by the Bravo Fleet Admiralty require a simple majority (51%) to pass.
    • Votes to change the Articles I, IV, V, and VI of the Charter require a two-thirds majority of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty to pass.
    • Voting period for the Bravo Fleet Admiralty is 48 hours
  • At the end of each vote, all related discussion and vote tallies shall be made publicly viewable.
  • All affirmative votes by the Bravo Fleet Admiralty must be confirmed by a simple majority of respondent, sitting sim Game Managers before being enacted.
    • Game Managers are free to abstain from voting. Should a member abstain from voting, the required number of votes to pass the measure is reduced by one.
    • For the purposes of these votes, members with more than one sim will still only count as one vote.
    • Voting periods for COs is 48 hours.

Article II – Membership

Section 1 – Rights of the Membership

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All members regardless of 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 position or tenure within Bravo Fleet.
  • Every member has the right to a fair and impartial system of justice.
  • Any member may approach their superiors with issues and complaints they are 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.
  • 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.
  • All Bravo Fleet members are entitled to be treated with respect regardless of position or tenure.
  • All Bravo Fleet members 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.
  • All members of Bravo Fleet have the right to bring forth a proposal to the Bravo Fleet Admiralty.

Article III – Structure of the Fleet

Section 1 – Bravo Fleet Admiralty

  • The Bravo Fleet Admiralty exists to assist in the administration and ruling of the fleet. It derives its powers from the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer.
  • The Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer and Bravo Fleet Admiralty have the authority to make official policies within the limits of their positions.
  • With powers derived from the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer, Bravo Fleet Admiralty actions are executive in nature and do not affect or usurp the performance or jurisdiction of the Bravo Fleet Magistrate’s office.

Section 2 – Members of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty

Section 3 – Conservatorship

  • The Conservatorship is an oversight body of Bravo Fleet charged with safeguarding its long term security.
  • The Conservatorship is exclusively made up of persons who have formerly held the position of Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer (or its historical equivalent) and left in good standing.
  • Members of the Conservatorship are specifically tasked with holding the real-world assets of Bravo Fleet including, but not limited to: the domain(s), fleet and/or sim hosting, forum license, Discord ownership, etc.
  • No member of the Conservatorship will hold more than one real-world asset at once, except in extreme circumstances or unanimous agreement
  • Members of the Conservatorship who are appointed to the Bravo Fleet Admiralty must temporarily vacate the Conservatorship during their Bravo Fleet Admiralty terms

Section 4 – Fleet Units

  • Members of Bravo Fleet are either members of a sim, Game Managers of a sim, or holding staff positions.
  • Sims are the basic organizational division of Bravo Fleet. Each sim has a game manager and assistant game manager. Each sim will be assigned to one of Bravo Fleet’s task forces.
    • Sim commanding officers are approved by Task Force Commanding Officers.
    • Sims are free to operate as they see fit within this Charter, Star Trek canon, and Bravo Fleet canon
  • Task Forces are the primary units of Bravo Fleet. Each task force has a task force commanding officer and executive officer.
    • Task Force Commanding Officers are in charge of the oversight of each independent task force.
    • Task Force Executive Officers are charged with assisting Task Force Commanding Officers with the day to day operations of their independent task force.

Article IV – Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer

Section 1 – Authority of Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer

  • The Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer is the chief executive in the fleet, as granted to them by the membership through this Charter, and primarily serves as Chairman of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty
  • Authority not clearly delineated or reserved by this Charter is reserved for the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer.
  • Actions taken by the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer are executive in nature and do not affect or usurp the performance or jurisdiction of the Bravo Fleet Magistrate’s office.

Section 2 – Appointment of the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer

  • Upon leaving their position, the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer can nominate a member to succeed them as the BFCO. The Bravo Fleet Admiralty will then vote to ratify the nominee with a two-thirds vote.
    • For the purposes of this vote only, the retiring Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer shall be considered a member of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty.
  • If the Bravo Fleet Admiralty does not ratify the nominee, the Bravo Fleet Admiralty shall nominate and, with a simple majority required to carry the nomination. If that member is not ratified, the nominations will then go to the collective game Game Managers, with a simple majority required to carry the nomination.
  • The Conservatorship must approve of the new Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer. This approval will be assumed unless the Conservatorship unanimously vetoes within 48 hours of the election. The Bravo Fleet Admiralty may, with a unanimous vote, overturn a veto by the Conservatorship.
  • The procedure for appointing an interim acting Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer in the event of the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer’s unforeseen absence shall use the chain of succession based on position of order in Article III, Section 2, then time served, without requiring a vote. This acting Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer shall not have the power to amend the Charter and is required to stand for a vote of appointment within two weeks of assuming the position as outlined above.

Section 3 – Removal of Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer

  • The Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer has no voting rights in the Bravo Fleet Admiralty with regards to their own indictment.
  • A complaint may be brought by any member of the fleet to the Bravo Fleet Magistrate. The Bravo Fleet Magistrate will determine if the claim is actionable under the fleet’s rules. A member may appeal to the Bravo Fleet Admiralty on the Bravo Fleet Magistrate’s ruling on whether the charge is actionable. The Bravo Fleet Admiralty may overturn the Bravo Fleet Magistrate’s ruling on the charge’s actionability by a majority vote. Members that bring charges which are unactionable may be prosecuted via court-martial per the Bravo Fleet Magistrate’s discretion.
  • The Bravo Fleet Magistrate will investigate all actionable claims that are brought before them. The Bravo Fleet Magistrate must give the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer notice of the investigation. Failure to do so will result in a mistrial. The Bravo Fleet Magistrate must send all actionable charges to the Bravo Fleet Admiralty and the Conservatorship for a vote.
  • During the vote, the Bravo Fleet Admiralty or the Conservatorship must decide on whether the charge warrants a trial. If a majority of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty votes yes, or the Conservatorship unanimously declares, the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer, a court-martial will be convened by the Bravo Fleet Magistrate’s office. If the claim is determined to be unworthy of a trial due to the charge being frivolous or with uncertain motives, the Bravo Fleet Admiralty may, by a majority vote, refer the matter back to the Bravo Fleet Magistrate for investigation.
  • If the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer is found guilty after all appeals have been exhausted an immediate vote must be initiated by the Bravo Fleet Admiralty and the Conservatorship. The vote is used to distinguish between charges that should result in the removal of the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer and those that simply deserve standard punishments. The Bravo Fleet Magistrate will present the results of the court-martial to the Bravo Fleet Admiralty. A two-thirds majority vote of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty is needed to remove the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer. Alternatively, a unanimous vote by the Conservatorship may remove the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer.
  • Upon removal, the Bravo Fleet Magistrate will initiate the process of succession as described in this article.
  • To remove the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer, all of these steps must be followed in order.
  • A Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer who has been so removed shall not have the ability to nominate a successor for ratification or vote in any further elections.

Section 4 – Terms of the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer

  • The Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer is limited to terms.
    • Each term is a period of 36 months from the day of the appointment.
    • A Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer may serve more than one term, but the terms must be non-consecutive.
  • The Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer may resign at any time during their term.

Article V – Bravo Fleet Magistrate

Section 1 – Authority of the Bravo Fleet Magistrate

  • The Bravo Fleet Magistrate is the Chief Judge of the Bravo Fleet Magistrates Office, and convenes the court as necessary. The Bravo Fleet Magistrate is second to none with authority in the execution of justice.
  • Actions taken by the Bravo Fleet Magistrate are judicial in nature and do not affect or usurp the performance or jurisdiction of the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer. Limitations and rules placed on the judiciary in this Charter do not apply to the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer unless the application is clearly stated.
    • The Bravo Fleet Magistrate sits on the Bravo Fleet Admiralty as a non-voting member, there to advise in any rules interpretation or dispute mediation

Section 2 – Appointment

  • The Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer shall nominate a member to the vacant position of Bravo Fleet Magistrate.
  • The Bravo Fleet Admiralty must confirm the nomination with a two-thirds vote.

Section 3 – Removal of the Bravo Fleet Magistrate

  • The Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer may move for the Bravo Fleet Magistrate’s removal. The Bravo Fleet Magistrate will then be removed if the motion is approved by two-thirds of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty.
  • The Bravo Fleet Magistrate may otherwise be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty.
  • If, for any reason, charges are being brought against the Bravo Fleet Magistrate, the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer will appoint an acting Bravo Fleet Magistrate from the Conservatorship for handling that one case only.

Section 4 – Terms of the Bravo Fleet Magistrate

  • The Bravo Fleet Magistrate is limited to terms.
    • Each term is a period of 12 months from the day of the appointment.
    • A Bravo Fleet Magistrate may serve more than one term, and given the specific nature of the Bravo Fleet Magistrate, may serve unlimited consecutive terms following the guidelines in Article IV, Section 2 at the end of each 12-month term.
  • The Bravo Fleet Magistrate may resign at any time during their term.

Article VI – Justice System

Section 1 – The Bravo Fleet Magistrate Corps

  • The Bravo Fleet Magistrate appoints to the Bravo Fleet Magistrate’s office members as he sees fit to assist in the work of the court. Two Magistrate advisers: one serving as Investigator and the other serving as Defender, will be appointed by the Bravo Fleet Magistrate for one-year terms.
  • The Bravo Fleet Magistrate will choose either the investigator or the defender to serve as acting Bravo Fleet Magistrate in the case of their leave of absence. The acting Bravo Fleet Magistrate shall have all powers of the Bravo Fleet Magistrate except the powers to amend the Magistrate Code and to appoint permanent staff; any staff appointed by the acting Bravo Fleet Magistrate may be removed at will by the Bravo Fleet Magistrate on their return.
  • The Bravo Fleet Magistrate’s office convenes to determine the guilt or innocence and appropriate punishment of a member accused of misconduct by their superiors.
  • Any member may issue a complaint to the Bravo Fleet Magistrate requesting an investigation. All investigations will be conducted by the Bravo Fleet Magistrate’s office unless otherwise decreed by the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer or Bravo Fleet Magistrate.
  • The Bravo Fleet Magistrate’s office is dependent on the timely administration of all aspects of every case. The Bravo Fleet Magistrate must be available on a regular basis.
  • The rules within the Charter and Magistrate Code exclusively govern all Magistrate proceedings. No reference made to any outside rule of law will be honored.

Section 2 – Rights of the Accused

  • Members accused of a violation of these articles shall be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and no right granted by the Charter may be revoked without due process.
  • All members shall have the right to remain silent, and not offer incriminating evidence against themselves.
  • All members shall be offered the right to assistance from members of the fleet in assisting to defend them. The choice by default is the Magistrate Defender, though the defendant possesses the right to seek aid from any parties willing to assist in their defense.
  • All members are guaranteed freedom from punishments ex post facto.
  • All members are afforded the right to choose between a Trial by Magistrate or a Trial by Jury in their case as detailed in the Magistrate Code. The court shall not choose for them, unless the defendant refuses to select for themselves.
  • All members are afforded the right to use the appropriate appeals process as described in the Magistrate Code.
  • Members may not be convicted on the evidence presented through hearsay testimony. Prosecution may only be based on emails, logs and other documents detailing the infringement as it occurred.
  • All members shall have the right to know what charges are being laid against them, in addition to what penalties the prosecution is seeking to have placed against the defendant in the case of a conviction.