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"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."
-- Neil Armstrong

Constitution of Theta Fleet

As Ratified By the Theta Fleet Command Staff on 21 April 2012


Theta Fleet is focused on ensuring that all who apply and are accepted into our community are, to the best of our ability, treated with fairness and respect. We are a diverse group who welcomes people from all walks of life. We encourage our players to tap into their creativity and work with those around them to create a friendly environment in which to write stories based primarily in the canon Star Trek universe.

SECTION 1: FLEET LAW

Fleet law shall be established through this constitution, through by-laws established in the Fleet Directives, Constitutional Directives and through the Code of Justice of Theta Fleet.

1. Fleet Constitution
The Fleet Constitution is the highest governing law of Theta Fleet. It shall establish the organization and overall operation of the Fleet. If at any time it is in conflict with another document or decision of Fleet Law, the Constitution's authority will supersede other laws.
A. The constitution shall be ratified through a Constitutional Directive by the Theta Fleet Commander.
B. The Constitution may be amended as proposed by the Council of Commanders and approved by the Fleet Commander through a Constitutional Directive.
C. A veto of a proposal by the Commander can only be overridden if 3/4 of the Council of Commanders voted in favor of it and if both the Deputy Commander and JAG feel the veto goes against the best interests of the Fleet.

2. Fleet Directives
The Fleet Directives shall be the governing by-laws of the Fleet. They are the policies by which more specific regulations, procedures, and rules are defined.
A. Fleet Directives may not change the structure of Fleet Law or any governing bodies thereof; that ability is reserved solely for the Constitution and Code of Justice.
B. Fleet Directives may be proposed by any members in good standing with Theta Fleet. Fleet Directives are to be voted upon by the Fleet Council of Commanders and must be approved by the Fleet Commander before becoming Fleet Law.
C. Adopting, repealing, or modifying Fleet Directives is an action limited to only the Fleet Commander and Fleet Deputy Commander.

3. Code of Justice
The Code of Justice shall be the outlining law of judicial procedure for the Fleet. It shall establish and govern policies, powers, and procedures for arbitrating disputes, administering justice, and reviewing the disciplinary, executive, and legislative acts of the Fleet.
A. The Code of Justice is adopted and modified at the request of the Judge Advocate-General, in cooperation with the Fleet Commander, through a Fleet Directive..
B. The Council of Commanders may request changes to the Code of Justice, but it is up to JAG and the Fleet Commander whether or not they are adopted.

SECTION 2: GOVERNANCE

In order to ensure equitable and fair representation, Fleet governance shall be handled through three primary areas: The Fleet Commander, The Fleet Deputy Commander and the Fleet Council of Commanders.

4. Command Staff
Fleet governance of Theta Fleet shall be handled by the Fleet Commander and Fleet Deputy Commander, also known as the Command Staff. The Command Staff shall oversee the day to day running of the Fleet. A third position, that of Fleet Chief Operations, may be added to the Command Staff as needed.
A. Membership of the Command Staff shall consist of the following personnel:
1. Commander, Theta Fleet
2. Deputy Commander, Theta Fleet
3. A Third Member appointed by the CTF and DCTF (if it should become necessary.)
B. The Command Staff shall have the following explicit and implied responsibilities and authority:
1. The Command Staff, shall be responsible for developing and proposing official measures creating, amending, or revoking, either in whole or in part, the Constitution, Code of Justice, or Fleet Directives; such measures shall be presented regularly to the Council of Commanders for review and if need be, approval.
2. The Command Staff shall have the authority, after careful consideration, to accept or expel simulations from the Fleet.
3. The Command Staff shall find and appoint qualified individuals to Fleet Leadership and Ancillary positions.
4. The Command Staff may revise duties of Fleet Leadership members, Department Chiefs, and Ancillary Staff as necessary.
5. The Command Staff shall have the ability to create and appoint Staff positions to assist with Fleet operations.
6. It is preferred that the Command Staff make a quarterly "State of the Fleet" report to the membership of Theta Fleet concerning fleet operations and the fleet as a whole.
7. The Command Staff shall determine the ranks, and commands of Fleet Members.
8. The Command Staff may veto rulings of the Office of Judge Advocate-General, as outlined in this Constitution, when and only when such rulings endanger the safe, fair, and equitable operation and governance of the Fleet.
9. A Commander veto can only be overturned if it goes against the best interests of the Fleet and is approved by 3/4 of the Council of Commanders and both the Deputy Commander and JAG.

5. Council of Commanders
The proposal and introduction of Fleet Directives along with amendments thereto, as well as Constitutional Directives of Theta Fleet, shall be granted to the Commanding Officers of the Fleet, Task Group Commanders, Task Force Commanders, Department Staff and Fleet Ancillary Staff known collectively as the Council of Commanders.
A. They shall have the authority, in conjunction with the Fleet Command Staff, to introduce measures creating, amending, or revoking, either in whole or in part, the Constitution, Code of Justice, or Fleet Directives.
B. They shall act as advisors to the Command Staff, where needed, in the governance of the Fleet.
C. They shall attend sanctioned meetings and give reports as necessary (see below).

6. Judge Advocate General Judicial governance shall be exercised by the Office of the Judge Advocate-General in accordance with the Code of Justice.
A. JAG has the authority to grant or revoke judicial authority to members of the Fleet in order to ensure effective operation (Fleet Advocates).
B. JAG carries the full authority of the Fleet Command Staff and Fleet Law in its matters and dealings. It has the power to arbitrate disputes, administer justice, and review disciplinary, executive, and legislative acts of the Fleet.
C. JAG shall maintain official copies of all documents, policies, rules, regulations, rulings, communication, and records pertaining to Fleet Law and judicial proceedings.
D. JAG shall be organized, operated, and governed by the Code of Justice. Its authority may be further defined through the rulings, opinions, and standing judicial orders of the Office.
E. JAG will brief the Council of Commanders as to the status and progress of the department at sanctioned meetings.

SECTION 3: ORGANIZATION

7. Fleet Members
“Fleet members” shall define any person actively involved with Theta Fleet.
A. Members of Theta Fleet must be age 13 or older to comply with the US COPPA law.
B. Fleet members are to have at least one (1) character on an active Theta Fleet ship.
C. In addition to any posting character(s), Fleet members are allowed an optional three (3) additional characters that may fill fleet leadership and ancillary staff positions within the Fleet.
D. Fleet members affirm that all characters and work are original and unique, and shall not be used by other members without proper explicit permission granted by the owner.
E. No Fleet member may utilize, resemble, or duplicate canon characters of Star Trek without explicit prior authorization by the Command Staff.
F. Fleet members may choose to be released from any simulation at any time and for any reason, e.g., to join another sim, real life situations, does not wish to sim anymore, etc.
G. Upon leaving a simulation, the player must submit a formal resignation to the CO. Failure to do so will result in the fleet member not being allowed to hold a fleet position until a time specified by the JAG office.
H. Simulation CO’s cannot keep a player character (PC), linked NPC (including the image or bio) of a departed player except for the purpose of moving them to Inactive Crew to keep the posting archive intact. The CO MAY, with permission of the player, keep the character long enough to finish out the mission if said character is critical to that mission. This should not take more than six (6) weeks to resolve. Except for archival purposes (posting archive and departed crew) the character belongs to the player and cannot be used by the CO or any member of the crew without explicit written permission by the player and only for a strictly limited period of time. (NOTE: there can be exceptions to this rule. See the rule for children of two player characters in the TF Rules.)

8. Sims / Commanding Officers
Commanding Officers (“COs”) shall, upon appointment to such position, develop, promote, and maintain an active, enjoyable sim as part of Theta Fleet.
A. COs shall undergo the Command College before being granted full command of their sim. This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Command Staff. Until Command College is completed, COs shall have the rank of Lieutenant Commander, with a promotion to Commander upon graduation.
B. CO’s who display sufficient previous experience may not be required to sit the Theta Fleet Command College Course. Those commanding officers will start at the rank of Lieutenant Commander until their website has been approved and they have reached a crew compliment of six or more individuals (including themselves).
C. CO’s who voluntarily resign have seven (7) days to reconsider and rescind their resignation before the resignation becomes permanent.
D. Commanding Officers returning to active service within six (6) months will be allowed back at the rank of Captain if they held that rank or a higher rank at the time of their departure.
E. The amount of time a CO must wait before applying for a new command will be handled on a case-by-case basis (determined by JAG and the Command Staff).
F. COs shall ensure consistency between their website manifest and the official manifest on the IFS. This includes keeping the information under Edit Positions up-to-date. Failure to do so will get one warning and then receive a Letter of Concern from their TGCO (see below).
G. COs shall create and maintain an updated website consisting of requirements as set forth by the Fleet Council.
H. COs shall create, manage, and actively participate in missions for their sims which engage their crews.

9. Commanding Officer Reporting
COs shall submit monthly reports to the Theta Fleet forums regarding the status and progress of their sim.
A. CO Reports are due by the 5th of each month unless communicated otherwise to your Task Group Commanding Officer. In which case, your TGCO will submit a report on your sims behalf.
B. Failure for a CO to submit a report either on time or at all will result in a Letter of Concern from the Task Group Commanding Officer.
C. COs receiving three LoCs at any time will be required to conference with both their respective Task Group and Task Force Commanders and the Judge-Advocate General for corrective actions. Such proceedings will be forwarded to the Command Staff and filed via the Office of the JAG after their conclusion.

10. Task Groups
Each Task Force shall be divided into Task Groups, as mandated by the Command Staff, for more efficient operation.
A. Each Task Group shall be overseen by a Task Group Commanding Officer (TGCO), as appointed by the Command Staff, who shall:
1. Assist and advise the Task Force Commanding Officer in performing his/her duties.
2. Counsel Commanding Officers in the Task Group, offering guidance, advice, assistance, and answering any questions or concerns.
3. Monitor ships within the Task Group, alerting the Task Force Commanding Officer to any ships or commanding officers having difficulties, requesting additional help as needed.
4. Inform the Task Force Commanding Officer if a ship has been inactive and make recommendation for removal as necessary.
5. Advise the Task Force Commanding Officer on disciplinary infractions, and recommend appropriate actions of recourse.
6. Recommend Commanding Officers for promotion as warranted.
7. Perform monthly checks to ensure website manifests and official IFS manifests are matching.
B. When dealing with COs in their Task Group, a TGCO shall not consider any other Fleet positions held by said CO while performing their duties. They are to treat all COs on an equal basis.

11. Task Group CO Reporting
TGCOs shall submit monthly reports to the Task Force Commander utilizing the fleet e-mail system regarding the status and progress of their Task Groups.
A. TGCO Reports are due by the 10th of each month unless communicated otherwise to Task Force Commander. In which case, the most senior CO will submit a report on your Task Groups behalf.
B. Failure for a TGCO to submit a report either on time or at all will result in a Letter of Concern from the Task Force Commander.
C. TGCOs receiving three LoCs at any time will be required to conference with both the Task Force Commander and Theta Fleet Deputy Commander and the Judge-Advocate General for corrective actions. Such proceedings will be sealed, forwarded to the Theta Fleet Commander and filed via the Office of the JAG after their conclusion.

12. Task Forces
The Theta Fleet Command Staff shall have the power to create Task Forces.
A. Sims will be assigned to Task Forces at the discretion of the Command Staff.
B. Each Task Force shall be overseen by a Task Force commanding officer, as appointed by the Command Staff, who shall:
1. Counsel Commanding Officers in the Task Force, offering guidance, advice, assistance, and answering any questions or concerns.
2. Monitor the progress of TGCOs and their Task Groups, ensuring activity and adherence to Fleet policies and regulations.
3. Oversee Task Force discipline as authorized and mandated by the Code of Justice and Fleet Directives.
4. Recommend ranks and promotions for Commanding Officers in conjunction with the Fleet Command Staff.
5. Receive and review monthly reports from Task Group Commanding Officers.

13. Task Force CO Reporting
TFCOs shall submit monthly reports to the Theta Fleet Command Staff utilizing the fleet e-mail system regarding the status and progress of their Task Forces.
A. TFCO Reports are due by the 15th of each month unless communicated otherwise to Deputy Commander of Theta Fleet. In which case, the most senior TGCO will submit a report on your Task Forces behalf.
B. Failure for a TFCO to submit a report either on time or at all will result in a Letter of Concern from the Deputy Commander of Theta Fleet.
C. TFCOs receiving three LoCs at any time will be required to conference with the Theta Fleet Commander and Theta Fleet Deputy Commander and the Judge-Advocate General for corrective actions. Such proceedings will be sealed and filed via the Office of the JAG after their conclusion.

SECTION 4: DEPARTMENTS

The following Departments are established and delegated the described responsibilities for proper and efficient fleet operation:

14. The Director of Awards & Commendations
The Director of Awards & Commendations (“DAC”) shall oversee the management, selection, tracking and awarding of all awards and commendations within Theta Fleet.
A. DAC shall maintain a current list of all award recipients in Theta Fleet.
B. DAC will also brief the Council of Commanders as to the status and progress of the department at sanctioned meetings.
C. Any new awards or award images must be approved by the Command Staff.
D. Monthly Fleet Awards are decided by the Command Staff. DAC may make suggestions as to whom the awards should go, but the awards are given by the Commander.
E. Failure to attend meetings will require a written report on your respective department to be completed within a week from the missed meeting day and sent to both the Fleet Command Staff and the Council of Commanders.

15. The Fleet Academy Commandant
The Theta Fleet Academy Commandant (“TFAC”) shall oversee the training of Fleet members.
A. TFAC shall develop and maintain a Command College and Cadet Academy, including appropriate curriculum, guidelines, and regulations for each, as approved by the Command Staff.
B. TFAC may, at their discretion, create additional academies, courses, or programs for the furthering education and development of Fleet members, as approved by the Command Staff.
C. TFAC shall recruit and train qualified instructors to assist in the operation of academic programs.
D. TFAC will also brief the Council of Commanders as to the status and progress of the department at sanctioned meetings.
E. Failure to attend meetings will require a written report on the progress of Theta Fleet Academy to be completed within a week from the missed meeting day and sent to both the Fleet Command Staff and the Council of Commanders.

16. The Director of Information Management
The Director of Information Management (“DOIM”) shall oversee the management of the fleets’ information database.
A. DOIM shall update the fleet’s website, forums and wiki as needed and assist the webmaster with updates to such programs and databases as required.
B. DOIM shall grant access and permissions to fleet members helping update the forums or wiki on a case-by-case basis.
C. DOIM will also brief the Council of Commanders as to the status and progress of the department at sanctioned meetings.
D. Failure to attend meetings will require a written report on the progress of Information Management to be completed within a week from the missed meeting day and sent to both the Fleet Command Staff and the Council of Commanders.

17. Director of Fleet Advance Technology
The Director of Fleet Advance Technology (“DFAT”) shall ensure consistency of information within the Fleet, updating and maintaining the official database of ships, auxiliary craft, and technology used within the Fleet and on Fleet sims.
A. DFAT shall monitor and ensure compliance in ship, auxiliary craft, and technology specs as used by Fleet sims, requesting corrections as needed and alerting Task Force and Task Group commanding officers of non-compliance issues.
B. DFAT shall serve as the official authority on ships, auxiliary craft, and technology used within the Fleet, answering questions and providing information as needed. If there is a conflict in information, any information provided by DFAT shall be considered Fleet Canon.
C. DFAT shall review all proposals for new ships, auxiliary craft, and/or technology, and provide a report to the Command Staff prior to their approval or disapproval. The Command Staff has final approval of all new technology/craft.
D. DFAT will also brief the Council of Commanders as to the status and progress of the department at sanctioned meetings.
E. Failure to attend meetings will require a written report on the progress of Fleet Advance Technology to be completed within a week from the missed meeting day and sent to both the Fleet Command Staff and the Council of Commanders.

18. Director of Public Relations
The Director of Public Relations (“DPR”) shall manage recruiting efforts and maintain a database of approved sites and resources for CO’s to utilize for the purpose of recruitment.
A. DPR shall work with the DOIM in regards to banner exchanges and the Command Staff when contacting other fleets in regards to public relations events or inquiries.
B. DPR shall cultivate relationships with other fleets in an effort to establish firm dialogue when the need arises.
C. DPR will also brief the Council of Commanders as to the status and progress of the department at sanctioned meetings.
D. Failure to attend meetings will require a written report on the progress of Public Relations to be completed within a week from the missed meeting day and sent to both the Fleet Command Staff and the Council of Commanders.

19. Department Chiefs
The Department Chiefs (“DCs”) shall oversee the cannon and non-cannon development of their specific area of Star Trek in Theta Fleet.
A. DCs shall create and update on an as needed basis the Theta Fleet Wiki and all other publications posted on behalf of Theta Fleet for the purpose of knowledgeable insight into their area of Star Trek information.
B. Any information that is not canon must be approved by the Command Staff and, if applicable, DFAT.
C. Any and all questions/disputes related to a particular aspect of Star Trek or Theta Fleet simulation in regards to these individual departments should be directed to the current membership holding such position if they cannot be dealt with on a CO level.
D. The Department Chiefs will also brief the Council of Commanders as to the status and progress of the department at sanctioned meetings.
E. Failure to attend meetings will require a written report on progress of said department to be completed within a week from the missed meeting day and sent to both the Fleet Command Staff and the Council of Commanders.

20. Standing Committees
The Command Staff may, from time to time, establish standing committees as needed to assist with operations of the Fleet.
A. Such committees shall have at least one fleet leadership or ancillary staff member.
B. Rulings, decisions, findings, or other actions of the Committee shall not carry effect or authority until approved by the Command Staff. If such rulings, decisions, findings, or other actions will have a significant impact on Fleet operations, procedures, regulations, or other such operational protocol, then such actions will not carry effect or authority until approved by the Theta Fleet Commander.
C. While established, a member of the committee shall brief the Council of Commanders as to the status and progress of the committee at sanctioned meetings.
D. If the representative does not attend the meeting, he or she shall submit a written report to the Council of Commanders within one (1) week of the meeting.

21. Reporting Procedures
A. All Reporting Formats can be found on both the forums and the link to the JAG web portal.
B. B. Failure for any staff position, other than those with penalties already listed, to submit a report within the allotted time after their missed meeting day will result in a Letter of Concern from the Theta Fleet Commander.

22. Fleet Rules
A. The Fleet Command Staff shall create and implement rules governing the running of sims and player responsibilities for simming in Theta Fleet.
B. Fleet rules shall be reviewed and updated periodically to reflect the changing needs of the sims.
C. Additions and amendments to the rules shall be sent to the Council of Commanders for comment/approval before implementation. The Command Staff has final say on all rules.

23. Voting Positions
Voting positions are:
A. Command Staff
B. Fleet Operational Command
C. Commanding Officers
D. One person cannot vote more than once, even if they hold more than one voting position.


November 19, 2017



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