Sandbox:Alliance Navy Field Manual Mark 12
- 1 Membership
- 2 Code of Conduct
- 3 Ranks and Postings
- 4 Command Structure
- 5 Command Duties
- 6 Dispute Resolution & Discipline
- 7 Merits and Medals
- 8 Appendices
Membership in the Alliance Navy is open to the public and any person above the age of 16 years old (18+ preferred) may join upon the approval of a Scout.
Membership is universal throughout the Alliance Navy. Except where conflicts of interests exist, such as when a member participates in a rival group in a game in which the Alliance Navy operates, a member of the Alliance Navy is entitled to the privileges of membership in every game the Alliance Navy plays.
Code of Conduct
The Alliance Navy’s Code of Conduct defines the standards of behavior expected of all members. Members who fail to meet these standards are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including ejection from the Alliance Navy. Members shall adhere to the following standards:
Don't Be A Dick
Every other rule of the Alliance Navy is merely a special case of this rule. For our continuance as a group, we rely on members who show respect to each other and to our group as a whole.
Note these points:
- Treating a dick the same way they treat you is still being a dick.
- Being right about an issue does not mean that you are not being a dick.
- Being polite does not mean that you are not being a dick.
- If people keep saying that you are being a dick, you may, in fact, be being a dick.
You Represent The Alliance Navy
Members should avoid those actions that are unflattering or unbecoming of our group, especially in public settings. Cheating at games, using racial epithets, and demeaning others are all examples of actions to be avoided.
Assume Good Faith
Members are volunteers who take part in the group for personal enjoyment and fulfillment. They are always deserving of respect for their contributions to the group. Members should assume good faith of one another until they have an explicit reason to believe otherwise.
The Alliance Navy is a community of adults, and members should expect mature conversations to occur. However, if someone requests that you stop discussing something that is making them uncomfortable, you should listen. Detailed discussion of sensitive topics such as like politics and sexuality should be kept to private channels and conversations.
As a supplement to the Code of Conduct, the Alliance Navy has established a set of Community Guidelines to help illustrate conduct we collectively agree to be acceptable and unacceptable, as well a history of specific interpretations and rules made regarding the Code of Conduct, Community Guidelines, and other standards of behavior for members of the Alliance Navy.
Ranks and Postings
Ranks indicate the authority and responsibility a member holds at a particular moment in time. Rank is awarded based on an individual's posting within a Command of the Alliance Navy, and is maintained based on continued contributions and good judgement in that role and post, at the discretion of that Command's Senior Officer and High Command. A member is considered to hold the rank respective to their highest posting in the group. While members may hold postings in multiple Commands concurrently, their rank does not permit them to bypass the chain of command in areas of responsibility in matters that do not fall under the stated authority of their postings.
Members of the Alliance Navy who do not hold a position of responsibility in the group which justifies a greater rank are considered to hold the rank of "Member", sometimes known as "Enlisted". Member-level postings allow for contributions to the Command on an individual and occasional basis.
Non-Commissioned Officers, NCOs, execute limited administrative power to help steward the Alliance Navy’s day-to-day operations. NCO-level postings are for members who actively contribute their efforts the group on an ongoing and reliable basis, and who have demonstrated investment in the success of the group as a whole.
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer
Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, SNCOs, have moderate administrative authority within the group and are appointed to supervise an area of responsibility within their Command. Senior NCO postings are for members who are regular and active contributors themselves, and provide leadership in their area of responsibility.
Officer-level postings are reserved for members who are engaged with the overall management of their Command and who regularly assist the Senior Officers with decisions that affect the entire group.
A Senior Officer’s primary duties are the overall management of their Command, and leadership of the group as a whole. Senior Officers hold voting positions within the Alliance Navy Officer Corps.
The Vice Admiral is the Fleet Admiral’s assistant and fulfills his duties in his absence. The Vice Admiral is responsible for coordinating the affairs of the Officer Corps as a group, including their meetings and policy initiatives.
The Fleet Admiral has the ultimate responsibility for the group’s welfare and success. He directs the activities of the other members of the Officer Corps and holds final authority over decision-making, excepting under certain limited circumstances.
The Alliance Navy High Command consists of the Fleet Admiral and Vice Admiral, who are responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Alliance Navy.
The Alliance Navy High Command consists of the Fleet Admiral and Vice Admiral, collectively referred to as the Admiralty, who are responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Alliance Navy, and provide direction to the Officers and Senior Officers of the group on group policy and operations.
Generally, the Fleet Admiral may pass the final and binding decision on most policy and personnel matters concerning the Alliance Navy. In the absence of the Fleet Admiral, this ability does not devolve to the Vice Admiral. Certain actions may not be enacted by the Fleet Admiral unilaterally, and shall require an affirmative vote of the Officer Corps as described below:
- Enact or rescind:
- Any indefinite ejection; or,
- Any temporary ejection of a member with at least one year of tenure.
- Amend this Field Manual or its appendices, such as the Community Guidelines.
- Promotion to a rank of Officer or higher, including subsequent promotions of existing officers to higher grades.
- Any actions that would effect the posting and/or rank of a Senior Officer.
- Receive or expend funds on behalf of the Alliance Navy.
- Any matter already decided by, or the current subject of, a vote of the Officer Corps.
The Officer Corps is comprised of all Officers and Senior Officers of the group. The Senior Officer of each command has the authority to vote on matters placed before the Officer Corps.
Standard Voting Procedures
The Senior Officers the group may enact a decision by a motion and a majority vote. This may be used where the Fleet Admiral is unwilling or unable to render a decision on a policy question, but not to countermand the Fleet Admiral.
Any Senior Officer may ask for a vote to decide any matter upon a motion duly seconded. The vote shall be conducted over a period of three days and shall not conclude prematurely. The motion shall pass if more than half of the voting members have voted in favor. If a tie among voting members is unresolved, the motion shall not pass.
All votes conducted, pass or fail, are to be recorded in the #centcom-log channel on Discord for the information of all members.
= Voting and Non-Voting Members
Members of the Officer Corps who do not hold the rank of Senior Officer may observe and contribute to discussions amongst the Officer Corps, but do not hold voting power. For the purposes of conducting votes, except in matters otherwise specified, the Fleet Admiral and Vice Admiral are to be considered Senior Officers.
Special Voting Procedures
Under some circumstances, special voting procedures may be adopted. Except in circumstances otherwise provided for in the ANFM, a motion to adopt special voting procedures must be raised by a voting member of the Officer Corps and seconded by the Fleet Admiral. If the motion is passed by an affirmative vote of the Senior Officers, it is considered carried and may be enacted.
Some common examples of special voting procedures:
- A motion to keep the following vote private, including the motion itself, such as in sensitive personnel matters.
- A motion to hold a vote on a binding or non-binding resolution, to include members such as junior Officers, NCO's, or all members of the group.
- A motion to temporarily or permanently change the way votes are conducted or published.
These are only some of the circumstances where special voting procedures might be adopted. Any such changes should only be implemented if they can be justified within the best interests of the group, and passed through the appropriate procedure.
Vote of Succession
The Senior Officers and Admiralty are entrusted with the highest level of authority and responsibility within the group. Any member who fails to competently discharge their duties, who is inactive regardless of good cause, or who otherwise does not retain the confidence of the Alliance Navy is subject to recall by a Vote of Succession among the general membership of the Alliance Navy. Such a vote may be called in one of two ways:
- Upon the request of any Senior Officer.
- Upon the petition of no fewer than ten members.
Where a Vote of Succession is held upon the request of a Senior Officer and fails, the Fleet Admiral may relieve the calling member of their duties without a vote. Where two or more Senior Officers jointly call for a Vote of Succession, the Fleet Admiral may not exercise this privilege.
In the event that the post of Fleet Admiral becomes vacant, the Vice Admiral will assume the post of interim Fleet Admiral, until such time that a vote of the remaining Senior Officers can be conducted to affirm this position or appoint another member in their place.
In the event that a member of the Alliance Navy is suspected of acting in bad faith to circumvent or otherwise render null the results or effects of a Vote of Succession, all officers of the group are empowered to take whatever lawful means necessary to safeguard the integrity and custody of Alliance Navy assets and the continuity of the community.
Administration of the Vote
The Vote shall:
- be conducted over seven days
- record the name of each member as their vote is cast, by confidential ballot.
- require the support of not less than two-thirds of the voting members of the Alliance Navy to pass.
- be calculated on the basis of voting members (i.e. those casting votes), and not of the whole body.
- in cases where the subject is a Senior Officer, be administered by the Fleet Admiral or his appointee
- in cases where the subject is the Fleet Admiral, and the vote 'was not' called by the Vice Admiral, be administered by the Vice Admiral or his appointee.
- in cases where the subject is the Fleet Admiral, and the vote 'was called' by the Vice Admiral, be administered by the Administrative Officer or his appointee.
If passed, the subject shall:
- be compelled to resign all postings, effective immediately
- be compelled to turn over custody of Alliance Navy accounts and assets to the Fleet Admiral or another Senior Officer, where necessary.
- be considered a Member of the Alliance Navy in good standing, any further action (i.e. resignation, ejection, reinstatement)
All members of the Alliance Navy with the rank of NCO and above are considered part of the NCO Corps. All NCOs, regardless of post, are entrusted with the following responsibilities:
NCOs are expected to assist with scouting for potential recruits, greeting new guests, accepting and processing new member applications, and helping to orient new members into the group, in accordance with the direction and procedures set out by the Administrative Officer.
In their duty as moderators, NCOs are expected to:
- Demonstrate personal good judgment and conduct in their actions.
- Represent the Alliance Navy in a positive and respectful way.
- Enforce the Code of Conduct fairly, consistently, and without bias.
- Resolve conflict involving members, both internally and with outsiders.
- Document disciplinary issues and actions in a timely fashion. Recommend action by higher levels of authority where necessary.
Dispute Resolution & Discipline
Members are expected and encouraged to resolve interpersonal disputes, whether with peers or superiors, informally. This should typically be the first step members use in resolving a dispute. All members have the right to request assistance from, or communicate grievances to, a superior authority within the Alliance Navy to resolve a dispute.
Grievances or disputes that are unable to be resolved through informal means should first be brought to a Community Moderator, followed by the Judge Advocate General, and may finally be escalated to Central Command if necessary. The party presently responsible for investigating and resolving a dispute is the “appropriate authority” for developments regarding that dispute, until the dispute is escalated or resolved. The appropriate authority may direct other members of the Alliance Navy to take appropriate actions.
Punitive discipline is an unfortunate, but necessary element of the Alliance Navy's culture. It maintains order and prevents behavior detrimental to the group. Personnel who violate the Code of Conduct set forth in this Manual, the Community Guidelines, or who otherwise bring discredit upon the Alliance Navy may be disciplined.
For minor offenses, members may have privileges restricted or be assigned to complete punitive tasks. For serious offenses, members may be demoted, suspended, or ejected by the appropriate authority. When necessary during the investigation of a serious offense, an appropriate authority may take certain emergency actions to protect the Alliance Navy from a member’s continued misconduct, including by suspending or revoking their powers over Alliance Navy assets during the pendency of an investigation.
For serious misconduct, a member may be ejected for a first offense. However, the progressive discipline model laid out in the Disciplinary Guidlines outlines the group’s general policy for the escalating discipline of a member. An example use of the model is to correct multiple, unrelated acts of negligence by a single member. Deviations from this model should be approved by the Judge Advocate General.
Merits and Medals
For a full breakdown of the AN’s ratings, merits, and medals, refer to Insignias & Decorations.
Ratings indicate a member’s demonstrated competencies, and recognize a member’s achievement in technical skills and facilitate effective organization of teams and events. While ratings are generally permanent, ratings may be revoked for demonstrated incompetence or reworked as underlying skill demands change.
Merits & Medals
Merits & Medals indicate examples of a member’s notable participation. As examples, merits and/or medals may recognize: involvement in major campaigns, outstanding individual or team achievements, or tenure. Merits typically reside with a member for the duration of their career with the Alliance Navy.
The following articles serve as an extension of the ANFM by reference: