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The following is the Bravo Fleet Constitution; it and by-laws passed under its authority serve as a guide to Bravo Fleet's players and administrators in carrying out our game.

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 executive order as a positive change or 90 days have elapsed.
  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 - Command Adjutants

  1. Bravo Fleet Admiralty members outside of the BFCO, BFXO, BFAC, and TFCO's, shall appoint members to the position of Command Adjutant to serve as their department's executive officer.
    1. Command Adjutants shall be considered the equivalent of a TFXO for purposes of promotional eligibility and award recommendation authority. When serving on a sim or in a Commanding Officer position, however, they are still constrained to display their other position's maximum rank on the Sim and/or Task Force rosters.
    2. Officers serving as Command Adjutants need not be current CO's of a Bravo Fleet Sim.
  2. The current Command Adjutant positions are as follows:
    1. Command Adjutant: Academy (CA:AC)
  3. Each Department Head should appoint only one Command Adjutant with the exception of the Bravo Fleet Internet Officer who should appoint three to help break up the mammoth task of managing Bravo Fleet's internet. These are as follows:
    1. Command Adjutant: Wiki (CA:IO-WIKI)
    2. Command Adjutant: Internet (CA:IO-INT)
    3. Command Adjutant: Forum (CA:IO-COM)

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. This means for every one fictional year that passes, two real life calendar years pass. This policy was first enacted at the beginning of fictional year 2386 on January 1st, 2010. Further timeline advancement follows from that point at the 1:2 progression ratio.
    1. The current fictional year as defined above is: Template:Simm year
  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

For a complete list of current members, please see Bravo Fleet Admiralty
  1. The Body known as the Bravo Fleet Senior Staff shall serve as the executive committee of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty. It includes the following members:
    1. The Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer (BFCO) shall be the chair of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty.
    2. The Bravo Fleet Executive Officer (BFXO) shall be the vice-chair of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty, and shall directly oversee the task forces.
    3. The Bravo Fleet Academy Commandant (BFAC) shall administer the Bravo Fleet Academy.
  2. Other members form the general body of the BFA and are as follows:
    1. The Bravo Fleet Internet Officer (BFIO) shall maintain and develop Bravo Fleet's online infrastructure. (Relay Station Bravo, BF Wiki & Fleet Management System).
    2. The Bravo Fleet Recruitment Officer (BFRO) shall maintain and develop Bravo Fleet's online community, recruiting, and advertising presence.
    3. Each Task Force Commanding Officer (TFCO) of a Task Force established by by-law.
  3. 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 sole authority to permanently pass and amend the by-laws and amend the constitution of Bravo Fleet.
  3. The BFA shall determine what constitutes BF canon.
  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. The quorum for a vote to be considered effective is 50% of eligible voters except as required to be otherwise in the Constitution.
  4. All votes shall be conducted over a period of seven (7) days. The voting may take place in any accessible venue determined by the chair but the seven day period shall only begin when the chair or his or her designate informs the BFA mailing list that a vote is open.
    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.
  5. Owing to the large and non-real time nature of the BFA, the chair shall not entertain calls for unanimous consent on any matter.
  6. The BFCO shall have a deciding vote in the case of a tie for matters before the BFA even if he or she has already cast a vote.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. A BFA member does not cast a ballot in any vote directly involving themselves. (Such as position appointments)
  10. The provisions of this section do not apply to any of the voting procedures used within the Judge Advocate General, its juries or the appeals panel.

Section 4 - Appointment

  1. The BFCO shall nominate persons to occupy all BFA-level positions. The nominee shall then be approved with a 66% vote by the members of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty.
  2. The appointment of a member to the position of Bravo Fleet Commanding officer shall be handled as follows:
    1. Upon leaving his position, the Bravo Fleet Commander can nominate a member to succeed him as the BFCO. The BFA will then vote to ratify the nominee with a 66% vote.
      1. For the purposes of this vote only, the retiring BFCO shall be considered a member of the BFA.
    2. If the BFA does not ratify the nominee, the BFA shall look to the chain of succession. Seniority of that chain will be determined by the following in descending order of precedence: Position (The BFXO, then BFAC, and then all other members of the BFA), Rank, Time Served, and Length of Bravo Fleet Membership. The most senior member shall be nominated and voted on, with a 66% majority required to carry the nomination. If the most senior member is not ratified, the votes will continue on down the chain of succession until a nominee is approved.
      1. The procedure for appointing an interim Acting BFCO in the event of the BFCO's unforeseen absence shall use the above chain of succession without a requiring a vote. This Acting BFCO shall not have the power of Executive Order and is required to stand for a vote of appointment within two weeks of assuming the position as outlined above.
    3. In order to facilitate an orderly transition, the BFCO shall keep in a secure area accessible to the public an accurate list of the members eligible to act as or become BFCO.
  3. The BFA shall have the power to remove any of its members from office.
    1. The removal of the BFCO shall be determined by a 75% majority vote of the rest of the BFA.
    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.

Section 5 - Succession

  1. The fleet senior staff is made up the following positions; BFCO, BFXO, and BFAC.
  2. The rest of the BFA is made up of the following positions; BFIO, BFRO, and the TFCOs.
  3. Succession is determined on the BFA in the following order; position, then rank, then by time served on the BFA, and finally by time in Bravo Fleet.
    1. BFCO & BFXO positions are not determined by the above.

Article VI - Judge Advocate General (Repealed June 7, 2014)

Section 1 - The Judge Advocate General Corps

  1. The Staff Judge Advocate General appoints to the Corps members as he sees fit to assist in the work of the court. Two JAG Advisers, one serving as Investigator and the other serving as Defender, will be appointed by the Staff JAG for six-month terms.
  2. The Staff JAG shall choose either the investigator or the defender to serve as Acting Staff Judge Advocate General in the case of a leave of absence by the Staff JAG. The Acting Staff JAG shall have all powers of the Staff JAG except the power to appoint permanent staff; any staff appointed by the Acting Staff JAG may be removed at will by the Staff JAG on his return.
  3. The Judge Advocate General Corps convenes to determine the guilt or innocence and appropriate punishment of a member accused of misconduct by his superiors.
  4. Any member may issue a complaint to the Judge Advocate General requesting an investigation. All investigations will be conducted by the Judge Advocate General Corps unless otherwise decreed by the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer or Staff JAG.
  5. The Judge Advocate General Corps is dependent on the timely administration of all aspects of every case. The Staff JAG must be available on a regular basis. Provisions for his absence must provide for alternative methods of contact and the use of the JAGs to administrate the Corps. The Staff JAG must be aware of his important role in the Fleet and should resign if time constraints keep the court on a constant delay.
  6. The rules within the Constitution exclusively govern all JAG proceedings. No reference made to any outside rule of law will be honored.

Section 2 - Rights of the Accused

  1. Members accused of a violation of these articles shall be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and no right granted by the Constitution may be revoked without due process.
  2. All members shall have the right to remain silent, and not offer incriminating evidence against themselves.
  3. 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 Defense JAG Adviser, though the defendant possesses the right to seek aid from any parties willing to assist in their defense.
  4. All members are guaranteed freedom from punishments ex post facto.
  5. All members are afforded the right to choose between a Trial by JAG or a Trial by Jury in their case as detailed in the following sections. The court shall not choose for them, unless the defendant refuses to select for themselves.
  6. All members are afforded the right to use the appropriate appeals process as described in the following sections.
  7. Members may not be convicted on evidence presented through hearsay testimony. Prosecution may only be based on emails, logs and other documents detailing the infringement as it occurred.
  8. 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.

Section 3 - Process of Adjudication

  1. To begin the process of adjudication, a member must submit a formal complaint to the JAG. The complaint must indicate the parties to the action, must give a brief statement of the facts, and must clearly delineate that the member requires formal action from the Judge Advocate General Corps rather than other action such as mediation. Sufficient for the last requirement are phrases such as "I present a formal complaint," "I officially request action be taken," or an email subject of "Formal Complaint against XXXXX."
  2. Once a complaint is submitted, the member's rights in that complaint shall not expire until a full conclusion of the case through trial, settlement or dismissal. The Staff JAG must give the complaining member notice of the finality of the case.
  3. The JAG has its own investigatory and complaint powers. The JAG may proceed with its own investigation and complaint at its own discretion without the need for a member submission.
  4. After receiving a complaint, the Judge Advocate General Corps investigates the merit of the accusation and informs the Bravo Fleet Admiralty of the commencement of an investigation.
  5. The Staff JAG, the Bravo Fleet CO, or a JAG officer, upon receiving a formal complaint, may attempt to mediate the dispute to arrive at a settlement. Attempted mediation does not bar the member from continuing the adjudication under their complaint if mediation fails. At the end of a successful mediation, the Staff JAG may ask for a withdrawal of the complaint or, if three months have passed since the end of mediation without any further inquiries by the complaining member, the JAG may dismiss the complaint himself.
  6. If the Judge Advocate General Corps finds merit to the claim, the case will be pursued. The Staff JAG or the Investigator will prepare the slate of charges against the accused. Prior to giving his final approval, the Staff JAG will present the charges to the complaining party, if applicable, and the BFCO for comments. Once a final slate of charges is approved by the Staff JAG, it will be sent to the appropriate parties to the case.
  7. The Judge Advocate General Corpse must issue a summary of charges to the accused, and offers the accused the opportunity to enter a plea of innocence or guilt. If they plead innocent, the JAG Corps initiates either Trial by JAG or Trial by Jury, as outlined in the following sections. If they plead guilty, the JAG imposes a sentence. If the member fails or refuses to enter a plea within the stipulated timeframe, the case will automatically move to a trial. A member failing or refusing to enter a plea waives his right to submit evidence on his behalf.
  8. For all trials, the accused shall choose between Trial by JAG or Trial by Jury to weigh evidence and determine guilt or innocence.
  9. For trials where the accused requests a Trial by JAG, the Staff JAG, with the advice of the JAG officers, will determine the guilt or innocence of the accused.
  10. The Staff JAG shall impose sentences with the advice of the JAG officers.
  11. No offense in the past will have any bearing on the guilt or innocence of a member in any subsequent case. However, the Staff JAG, in determining the punishment for a guilty member, may consider the prior record of the accused to include convictions. No acquittal shall be used in the consideration of punishment for current offenses.
  12. The format for the presentation of arguments during a tribunal shall be as follows: The Investigator and Defender will each make opening statements in turn, then each in turn shall be offered an opportunity for a response. Finally, each side will be allowed a closing rebuttal, to be sent to the Staff JAG for simultaneous posting.
  13. Following the presentation of arguments, Jurors will be able to ask questions specifically directed to either the Staff JAG, Investigator, or Defender and the questioned party will be required to respond. Following the answering of all questions, the case will be referred to the jury for deliberations.
  14. Upon conclusion of the trial, the Staff JAG shall post the results in a JAG Corps Communique. This Communique shall contain a summary of the trial, the result, and the Staff JAG's opinion. For cases decided by Staff JAG, this opinion shall contain official explanation for the JAG staff's decision. For cases decided by jury, it will contain the reasons for the specific sentence and any other comments the JAG wishes to include.
  15. If the member is acquitted of all charges, the accused member may not be retried for the offense that was acquitted, even upon the revelation of new evidence, unless the verdict was delivered through a miscarriage or defamation of the judicial process as determined by the Appeals Panel. This does not apply to admissions of guilt. Any member that admits guilt post-trial may be re-tried and sentenced per that admission.
  16. The Judge Advocate General Corps shall keep records on the members for use in cases of repeat offenses. In addition, the Staff JAG is responsible for archiving and protecting all JAG Corps information for future reference.
  17. Statute of Limitations: All complaints must be received within three months of the discovery of the underlying event or else they will be dismissed as time-barred. If the complaint is derived from a series of events, the three month time period will begin tolling from the last known event
  18. The Staff JAG, with approval from the BFCO, may summarily dismiss charges regardless of the stage in the proceedings. Charged that have been so dismissed are not barred from retrial through double-jeopardy.

Section 4 - Juries

  1. The Jury consists of one member of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty and four other random members with at least 9 months of service in the fleet. In addition, two alternates will be selected in case a juror recuses himself or is absent without leave. The BFCO shall independently verify that the jury was selected at random.
  2. No Member may sit on a Jury deciding his own case.
  3. Jury members should recuse themselves from the trial if they feel they cannot judge the action impartially
  4. The burden of the Jury will be to reach an majority decision on the innocence or guilt, supported by a preponderance of the evidence, of the accused on each charge presented.
  5. The accused may waive his right to review by the Jury, choosing deliberation by the JAG instead.
  6. The Jury will vote on the guilt or innocence of the member only. The punishment is determined by the Staff JAG as based on the laws of the Fleet and previous precedent. However, in cases where expulsion is a possibility, the Staff JAG will convene a new Jury (consisting of the same make-up of five members) to vote on whether the charges warrant expulsion. A unanimous vote will result in expulsion.
  7. Jury deliberations will be closed, with only the Jurors and the Staff JAG allowed to contribute. However, the Staff JAG may only contribute specifically on clarifications on matters of procedure or rules of the JAG process. Otherwise, all Staff JAG contributions shall be in response to direct questions from the Jurors to the Staff JAG, such as requesting additional information or clarification from the Staff JAG, Investigator, or Defender.
  8. All Juries must hold their deliberations on the fleet forum to allow for archiving

Section 5 - Appeals Panel

  1. An Appeals Panel will exist to examine all issues brought by appellants. The Panel consists of three active members selected from amongst the Fleet, each with at least 1 year of service in the fleet. The Staff JAG will have a brief application and investigation period to obtain members who wish to participate and will be positive additions to the Panel. After the selections are made, the three Panel members will serve non-consecutive six month terms.
  2. If the defendant or prosecution feels that an error has been made, he can write an appeal and present it to the Staff JAG, who will in turn bring it before the Appeals Panel. Appeals cannot be trivial in nature, and must specifically point to the error(s) made. The appellant must find either an issue arising from Bravo Fleet documents (the Constitution, By-Laws, Executive Orders, or UCMJ) or judicial process error.
  3. If a defendant or the Defender (acting as defense counsel) finds fault with a procedural or documentary issue while the trial is on-going, they may either bring that issue to the immediate attention of the Appeals Panel, who will expedite a ruling on that single issue, or (if that is not possible) they may make note of the issue during the case so it will automatically be brought before the Appeals Panel post-decision.
  4. Once an appeal is accepted, the Panel will examine the case and debate the points brought by the appellant. The Panel will only examine the written appeal to make its decision taking into account the deliberation logs and emails, the original case statements and any other document relating to the case. The Panel must reach a unanimous decision to overturn the original court’s decision, any stalemate or lack of unanimous vote will cause the decision to stand.
  5. If the panel finds in favor of the appellant, a new jury is assembled and the case is re-tried, being sure to instruct the new jury of the appealed issues to ensure they are not repeated. If the defendant is found guilty in the second trial, he/she does not have a right to an appeal; they are immediately put before the JAG for sentencing.

Section 6 - Specific Articles of Conduct and Reprimand

  1. These articles of conduct and reprimand do not limit the authority of the JAG. The term “Fleet proceeding,” as used in this section refers to actions taken under the documents of the fleet (the Constitution, By-Laws, Executive Orders, or UCMJ), including, but not limited to, any executive action by the Bravo Fleet CO, any action by the Bravo Fleet Admiralty, or any judicial action by the Judge Advocate General Corps.
  2. Discrimination: No member shall discriminate against another member in regards to promotions, medal awards, praise and acknowledgment, or positions on the basis of real-life political affiliation, gender, race, color, age, disability, creed, heritage, nationality or sexual orientation.
  3. Crude Behavior: No member shall engage in crude behavior in any mode of communication. Crude behavior includes, but is not limited to: the excessive use of swear words; provocative speech; excessive sexual discussions; and unabated insults toward another’s real-life political affiliation, nationality, gender, race, color, age, disability, creed, heritage, or sexual orientation.
  4. Abuse of Power: No member shall use their position, rank, tenure or any other membership status to unfairly benefit themselves or others with rewards or promotions; or to unfairly influence any Bravo Fleet proceeding.
  5. Verbal Abuse: No member shall engage in the excessive verbal abuse of another, including, but not limited to: insults regarding a member’s real-life political affiliation, gender, race, creed, heritage, nationality or sexual orientation; character assassination; or unjust use of Bravo Fleet resources to attack another through defamatory statements.
  6. Disreputable Behavior: No member shall partake in any action that brings disrepute onto themselves, the Fleet as a whole, or any Task Force, Simm, or individual member. Actions include those done by a member, either within or outside traditional Bravo Fleet activities and communication channels, that reflect on the above parties, such as: treason, acts to sabotage, stealing of property, or any conduct forbidden by these articles.
  7. Plagiarism: No member shall submit any plagiarized work as his own or fail to give appropriate credit to the author of any work.
  8. Tampering with Evidence: No member shall forge, alter or otherwise tamper with evidence to be used in any Bravo Fleet proceeding.
  9. False Statements: No member shall make false statements with the intent to change the outcome of a Bravo Fleet proceeding.
  10. Harassment: No member shall engage in persistent harassment or torment, or outrageous attacks on any other member. This includes statements and actions taken to attack a member’s real-life political affiliation, family or significant other, gender, race, color, age, disability, creed, heritage, nationality or sexual orientation. This article extends to cover harassment through the distribution of personal information, the creation of groups or modes of communication for the purpose of attacking the member, and unwanted contact with the member through non-internet means of communication. Harassment punished under this article must be to the extent and of the form that would injure a reasonable person of normal sensibilities; mere mocking does not suffice.
  11. Hacking: No member shall access, modify or delete content of a Bravo Fleet website without authorization.
  12. Mutiny and Sedition: Willful intent to override, overthrow or disrupt the effective operation of parts of Bravo Fleet, either alone or with other parties.

Section 7 - Penalties

  1. Penalties may only be administered within the processes outlined in the Constitution.
  2. The JAG has the authority to issue public and private Official Letters of Reprimand.
  3. The JAG has the authority to impose upon the members a specific period of probation. During a probationary period, the member can not receive promotions above the rank of Lieutenant Commander, appointment to position, or any citation or honor of merit without the explicit permission of the Staff JAG.
  4. The JAG has the authority to rescind access to any or all official BF communications mediums including the main forums, TF forums, and the BF IRC channel.
  5. The JAG has the authority to revoke medals and citations awarded to the member in whole or in part.
  6. The JAG has the authority to impose any demotion of rank.
  7. The JAG has the authority to recommend removal from any in character or out of character position.
  8. The JAG has the authority to impose suspension or expulsion from the Fleet.

Section 8 - Order of Advanced Incarceration

  1. The Bravo Fleet CO or Staff JAG is entitled to special executive powers in times of crisis, when the security of the Fleet is at risk, or when a member has become an immediate threat to themselves or other members. The BFCO or Staff JAG may enact an Order of Advanced Incarceration pending the trial of the accused which allows him to suspend the accused from all positions within the Fleet, deactivate the accused member’s accounts and remove access to any databases, ban the accused from all Fleet IRC Channels or other related communications media, or enact other forms of control not listed here to ensure the security of the Fleet.
  2. Because an Order of Advanced Incarceration can immediately assign assumed guilt to the member, it should be used with caution and as a last resort.
  3. Upon such an order, the Appeals Panel must immediately convene and determine the order’s necessity. Should the panel deem such an order inappropriate by a unanimous vote, they may override the Bravo Fleet CO or Staff JAG and nullify the order. Otherwise, the order will stand until the end of the trial or until the threat has passed as determined by the Bravo Fleet CO or Staff JAG.
  4. In cases of otherwise unavoidable, immediate grave danger; any other member of the Bravo Fleet Admiralty may impose such measures for a non-extendable period of a maximum of 24 hours. He must immediately inform the BFCO and Staff JAG of this action and will be held accountable by the JAG Corps for any abuse of this power.