Horizon Fleet Constitution/17 April 2010

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The following is a record of the Constitution of the Eighth "Horizon" Fleet as affirmed by a vote of the Commanding Officers and Fleet Council of the Horizon Fleet Community on 17 April 2010 following the Horizon Fleet Re-Launch. It is, for the most part, a continuation of the original constitution which was ratified by the Commanding Officers and Fleet Council on 12 July 2008 as a guideline for fleet membership. In an effort to further develop community law and policy, a Constitutional review was held in late 2012 which resulted in the adoption of the current Horizon Fleet Constitution by a vote of the Commanding Officers and Fleet Council in January 2013.

Contents

Article I - Purpose

Horizon Fleet seeks to provide a safe and enjoyable environment in which members can express their creativity, engage in social activity, and explore the reaches of the Star Trek dream. Through an ever increasing system of development, support, and respect, this fleet seeks quality, excellence, and the promise of striving towards the horizon of mankind's imagination.

Article II - Fleet Law

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

Section 1 - The Constitution

  1. The Fleet Constitution is to be deemed the highest governing law of Horizon 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 supercede.
  2. The Constitution shall be ratified through a Constitutional Vote.
  3. The Constitution may be amended as proposed by the Fleet Council and approved by the Legislative Governance through a Constitutional Vote.

Section 2 - The Fleet Directives

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Fleet Directives are proposed by the Fleet Council.
  4. Adopting, repealing, or modifying Fleet Directives require a Basic Vote of the Fleet.

Section 3 - The Code of Justice

  1. 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.
  2. The Code of Justice is adopted and modified at the request of the Judge Advocate-General, in cooperation with the Fleet Council, through a Basic Vote of the Fleet.

Section 4 - Standing Orders

  1. Standing orders are official policies mandated by order of the Fleet Council for the operation of the Fleet and its business. Standing orders are for internal, procedural issues of the Fleet.
  2. Standing Orders are issued, amended, and repealed through a Council Vote.

Article III - Governance

In order to ensure equitable and fair representation, Fleet governance shall be handled through three primary areas: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.

Section 1 - Executive Governance

Executive governance of the Fleet shall be handled by the Fleet Council. The Council shall oversee the day to day running of the Fleet.

  1. Membership
    • Membership on the Fleet Council shall consist of the following:
      • Task Force Commanding Officers
      • The Director of the Academy
      • The Director of Fleet Advertising
      • The Director of Personnel and Awards
      • The Director for Research and Development
      • The Judge Advocate General
  2. Authority
    • The Fleet Council shall have the following explicit and implied responsibilities and authority:
      • The Council 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 to the Legislative Governance for approval.
      • The Council shall issue Standing Orders as needed to ensure proper and efficient operation of the Fleet.
      • The Council shall have the authority, after careful consideration, to accept or expel simms from the Fleet.
      • The Council shall find and appoint qualified individuals to Council positions.
      • The Council may revise duties of Fleet Council members, Fleet Departments, and Fleet Staff as necessary.
      • The Council shall have the ability to create and appoint non-voting Staff positions to assist with Fleet operations.
      • The Council shall make regular reports to the Legislative Governance on issues concerning Fleet operation.
      • The Council shall determine the ranks, and commands of Fleet Members.
      • The Council may veto rulings of the Office of Judge Advocate-General, as outlined in this Constitution, when such rulings endanger the safe, fair, and equitable operation and governance of the Fleet.

Section 2 - Legislative Governance

  1. Legislative governance of the Fleet shall be granted to the Commanding Officers of the Fleet, ranked Commander and above.
  2. They shall have the authority, in conjunction with the Fleet Council, to approve measures creating, amending, or revoking, either in whole or in part, the Constitution, Code of Justice, or Fleet Directives.

Section 3 - Judicial Governance

  1. Judicial governance shall be exercised by the Office of the Judge Advocate-General in accordance with the Code of Justice.
  2. The Office of the Judge Advocate-General
    • JAG has the authority to grant or revoke judicial authority to members of the Fleet in order to ensure effective operation.
    • JAG carries the full authority of the Fleet Council 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.
    • JAG shall maintain official copies of all documents, policies, rules, regulations, rulings, communication, and records pertaining to Fleet Law and judicial proceedings.
    • 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 and the Courts.
    • JAG shall submit monthly reports to the Legislative Governance regarding the status and progress of the department.

Section 4 - Votes

Voting on Official measures brought before the Fleet for consideration shall be established as follows:

  1. Constitutional Vote
    • A Constitutional Vote shall be a vote among the Fleet Council Members and the Commanding Officers of the Fleet, ranked Commander or higher.
    • Each eligible member shall have one (1) vote.
    • If a Commanding Officer also sits on the Fleet Council, he/she shall vote as part of the Fleet Council.
    • Fleet Council members are required to vote.
    • Once a measure requiring a Constitutional Vote has been introduced by the Fleet Council, it shall be distributed to all voting members for review period lasting seven (7) days.
    • A poll of record shall then be opened, and voting members will have five (5) days which to approve, reject, or abstain from the vote.
    • In order to pass a measure requiring a Constitutional Vote, the measure must have at least two thirds (2/3) affirmation by the voting Commanding Officers, and a unanimous affirmation by the Fleet Council.
    • The voting process shall be conducted and overseen by the Judge Advocate-General.
  2. Council Vote
    • A Council Vote shall be a vote among the Fleet Council Members.
    • Each Council Member shall have one (1) vote.
    • Fleet Council members are required to vote
    • Once a measure requiring a Council Vote has been introduced by a Fleet Council member, it shall be distributed to all voting members for review period lasting seven (7) days.
    • A poll of record shall then be opened, and voting members will have five (5) days which to approve, reject, or abstain from the vote.
    • A measure must receive at least 51% affirmative from the overall vote calculation in order to pass.
    • Standing Orders are required to use the Council Vote system. All other Council matters, except Judicial Vetoes, may use either the Council Vote or the General Consent, as per the Council’s discretion.
    • The voting process shall be conducted and overseen by the Council Member who introduced the measure.
  3. Basic Vote
    • A Basic Vote shall be a vote among the Fleet Council Members and the Commanding Officers of the Fleet, ranked Commander or higher.
    • Each eligible member shall have one (1) vote.
    • If a Commanding Officer also sits on the Fleet Council, he/she shall vote as part of the Fleet Council.
    • Fleet Council members are required to vote.
    • Once a measure requiring a Basic Vote has been introduced by the Fleet Council, it shall be distributed to all voting members for review period lasting seven (7) days.
    • A poll of record shall then be opened, and voting members will have five (5) days which to approve, reject, or abstain from the vote.
    • Votes from the Fleet Council Members shall comprise 50% of the final calculation, with the other 50% comprised from the votes from Commanding Officers.
    • A measure must receive at least 51% affirmative from the overall vote calculation in order to pass.
    • The voting shall be conducted and overseen by the Judge Advocate-General.
  4. Judicial Veto
    • A Judicial Veto shall be a vote among the Fleet Council Members regarding rulings which might endanger the safe, fair, and equitable operation and governance of the Fleet.
    • A Judicial Veto may only be introduced by a Fleet Council member not directly involved in the ruling.
    • Each Council Member shall have one (1) vote.
    • Fleet Council members are required to vote, except the Judge Advocate-General, who shall declare a conflict of interest and not participate.
    • Once a Judicial Veto and supporting evidence has been presented, it shall be distributed to all voting members for review period lasting seven (7) days.
    • A poll of record shall then be opened, and voting members will have five (5) days which to approve, reject, or abstain from the vote.
    • A veto shall require unanimous affirmation among all voting members for approval.
    • The voting process shall be conducted and overseen by the ranking member of the Fleet Council.
    • Further procedure and detail concerning a Judicial Veto by the Fleet Council shall be outlined in the Code of Justice.
  5. General Consent
    • A General Consent shall be a vote among the Fleet Council Members.
    • Each Council Member shall have one (1) vote.
    • Fleet Council members are required to vote
    • A General Consent vote shall be considered complete when all Fleet Council members have indicated a consent or dissent of the issue in question.
    • A measure must receive at least 51% affirmative from the overall vote calculation in order to pass.

Article IV - Organization

Section 1 - Fleet Members

  1. “Fleet member” shall define any person actively involved with Horizon Fleet.
  2. Fleet members are required to have at least one (1), but no more than five (5) posting characters on active Horizon Fleet ships.
  3. In addition to the five posting characters, Fleet members are allowed an optional two (2) additional characters that may fill ancillary staff positions within the Fleet.
  4. Fleet members shall not be eligible for ancillary staff positions unless they have at least one (1) active posting character on an active Horizon Fleet ship. Should a member holding a staff position no longer have an active posting character, they must either immediately apply and successfully join an active ship or resign their position.
  5. Fleet members affirm that all characters and work are original and unique, and shall not be used by other members without proper permission granted by the owner.
  6. No Fleet member may utilize, associate, resemble, duplicate, or otherwise directly connect to canon characters of Star Trek. The Fleet Council shall have final authority to determine the extent of this statute.

Section 2 - Ships/Commanding Officers

  1. Commanding Officers (“COs”) shall, upon appointment to such position, develop, promote, and maintain an active, enjoyable simm as part of Horizon Fleet.
  2. COs shall undergo the Command Academy before being granted full command of their simm. This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Fleet Council. Until Command Academy is completed, COs shall have the rank of Lieutenant Commander, with a promotion to Commander upon graduation.
  3. CO’s who display sufficient previous experience may not be required to sit the Horizon Fleet Command Academy 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.
  4. Commanding Officers returning to active service within six (6) months shall retain the most recent rank held within Horizon Fleet.
  5. COs shall create and maintain an updated website consisting of requirements as set forth by the Fleet Council.
  6. COs shall create, manage, and actively participate in missions for their simms which engage and challenge their crews.
  7. COs shall ensure consistency between their website manifest and the official manifest on the IFS. In matters of conflict, the IFS manifest shall be considered correct.
  8. COs shall submit monthly reports to the Fleet IFS regarding the status and progress of their simm.

Section 3 - Task Forces

  1. The Fleet Council shall create Task Forces, among which the ships of the Fleet shall be evenly divided.
  2. Each Task Force shall be overseen by a Task Force commanding officer, as appointed by the Fleet Council, who shall:
    • Review Commanding Officer applications for simms within the Task Force, accepting or rejecting applications within seven (7) days of submission
    • Counsel Commanding Officers in the Task Force, offering guidance, advice, assistance, and answering any questions or concerns.
    • Monitor the progress of Commanding Officers and their ships, ensuring activity and adherence to Fleet policies and regulations.
    • Oversee Task Force discipline as authorized and mandated by the Code of Justice and Fleet Directives.
    • Determine ranks and promotions for Commanding Officers.
    • Maintain the Task Force ship list, ensuring a fair and efficient balance of ship classes, making changes and transfers as necessary.
    • Receive and review monthly reports from Task Group Commanding Officers.
    • Submit monthly reports to the Legislative Governance regarding the status and progress of the Task Force.

Section 4 - Task Groups

  1. Each Task Force shall be divided into Task Groups, as mandated by the Fleet Council, for more efficient operation.
  2. Each Task Group shall be overseen by a Task Group Commanding Officer, as appointed by the Task Force Commanding Officer, who shall:
    • Assist and advise the Task Force Commanding Officer in performing his/her duties
    • Counsel Commanding Officers in the Task Group, offering guidance, advice, assistance, and answering any questions or concerns.
    • 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.
    • Inform the Task Force Commanding Officer if a ship has been inactive and make recommendation for removal as necessary.
    • Advise the Task Force Commanding Officer on disciplinary infractions, and recommend appropriate actions of recourse.
    • Recommend Commanding Officers for promotion as warranted.
    • Perform monthly checks to ensure website manifests and official IFS manifests are matching.
    • Submit monthly reports to the Task Force Commanding Officer regarding the status and progress of the Task Group.

Section 5 - Departments

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

  1. The Department of Personnel and Awards
    • The Department of Personnel and Awards (“DPA”) shall oversee the management of Fleet members and member information database.
    • DPA shall review all general crew and commanding officer applications which have not specified interest in any particular simm, assigning them as deemed appropriate.
    • DPA shall ensure all applications are processed in a timely manner, reassigning them if needed.
    • DPA shall develop and maintain updated policies for the assigning and transferring of crew members within Horizon Fleet, as approved by the Fleet Council.
    • DPA shall develop and coordinate the Fleet Awards incentive system, including guidelines and rules for such system.
    • DPA shall submit monthly reports to the Legislative Governance regarding the status and progress of the department.
  2. The Department of Fleet Advertising
    • The Department of Fleet Advertising (“DFA”) shall oversee the public relations and advertising of Horizon Fleet.
    • DFA shall create and distribute advertisements in various forms and mediums on a frequent basis (twice or more per week), to ensure proper promotion of the Fleet.
    • DFA shall monitor and ensure any Fleet information on external websites and services is accurate and current.
    • DFA shall assist Commanding Officers in creating advertisements for their simm, and recommending effective advertising strategies.
    • DFA shall submit monthly reports to the Legislative Governance regarding the status and progress of the department.
  3. The Horizon Fleet Academy
    • The Horizon Fleet Academy (“HFA”) shall oversee the training of Fleet members.
    • HFA shall develop and maintain a Command Academy and Cadet Academy, including appropriate curriculum, guidelines, and regulations for each, as approved by the Fleet Council. HFA may, at its discretion, create additional academies, courses, or programs for the furthering education and development of Fleet members, as approved by the Fleet Council.
    • HFA shall recruit and train qualified instructors to assist in the operation of academic programs.
    • HFA shall submit monthly reports to the Legislative Governance regarding the status and progress of the department.
  4. The Department of Research and Development
    • The Department of Research and Development (“R&D”) 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 simms.
    • R&D shall monitor and ensure compliance in ship, auxiliary craft, and technology specs as used by Fleet simms, requesting corrections as needed and alerting Task Force and Task Group commanding officers of non-compliance issues.
    • R&D 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 R&D shall supersede.
    • R&D shall review all proposals for new ships, auxiliary craft, and/or technology, and provide a report to the Fleet Council prior to their vote for approval.
    • R&D shall review all specialty simm proposals, and provide a report to the Fleet Council prior to their vote for approval.
    • R&D shall submit monthly reports to the Legislative Governance regarding the status and progress of the department.
  5. Standing Committees
    • The Fleet Council may, from time to time, establish standing committees as needed to assist with operations of the Fleet.
    • Such committees shall have at least one Fleet Council member.
    • Rulings, decisions, findings, or other actions of the Committee shall not carry effect or authority until approved by the Fleet Council. 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 Legislative Governance.
    • While established, a member of the committee shall submit monthly reports to the Fleet Council regarding the status and progress of the committee.