Last Update: May 7, 2020
Section 1 - Chain of Command
The Bravo Fleet Chain of Command (CoC) guides players through the proper procedure for resolving issues and answering questions. If you have an issue with a member in your CoC, proceed to the next person in the chain. The Chain of Command, in order of first to last contact, is as follows:
- Task Group Commanding Officer
- Task Force Executive Officer
- Task Force Commanding Officer
- Bravo Fleet Executive Officer
- Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer
Section 2 - Task Forces
Task Forces are the primary organizational units of Bravo Fleet. The Fleet currently has four (4) Task Forces operating within the Fleet’s primary canon (known as “Bravo Fleet Main”):
- Task Force 25 operates The Reliquary plot in the Milky Way galaxy;
- Task Force 38 operates in the Delta Quadrant;
- Task Force 72 operates in the Alpha Quadrant;
- Task Force 93 operates in the Beta Quadrant.
Bravo Fleet also operates two (2) alternate Task Forces:
- Task Force 64 operates within the Bravo Fleet canon universe before the Fleet’s current year (2399);
- Task Force 99 operates in alternate universes, including non-Trek genres.
Section 3 - Departments
Departments are the primary support system for Bravo Fleet’s community. A department oversees a service, or range of services, offered to/for the fleet community.
- Each department derives their power from Charter-defined Bravo Fleet Admiralty positions (excluding Task Force Commanding Officers);
- Department Heads may, upon conferring with the Bravo Fleet Senior Staff, appoint a Command Adjutant to assist in operating a department;
- Department Heads may, at their discretion, create teams, committees, and non-Command Adjutant level positions to help departmental operations.
Bravo Fleet’s chartered departments are organized as follows:
- The Bravo Fleet Office of the Chief of Staff maintains the fleet’s roster, awards, and competitions;
- The Bravo Fleet Communications Office provides recruitment, social media, and news services to the fleet;
- The Bravo Fleet Lore Office maintains and develops the fleet’s canon, in conjunction with Task Force Staff and members;
- The Bravo Fleet Internet Office maintains and develops the fleet’s software, including BFMS, RSB, and the Infobase;
- The Bravo Fleet Gaming Office supports online video gaming activities for the membership;
- The Bravo Fleet Magistrate Office investigates player complaints and mediates conflicts.
Section 4 - Writing Groups ("Sims")
Section 4.1 - Game Manager Requirements
- Members must reach the rank of Lieutenant Commander before applying for command of a writing group ("sim").
- Applicants must select a ship from the Bravo Fleet Registry of a class within or below their current rank. Ships available at each rank is listed in Section 4.2 of this policy.
- The use of a ship registry is at the discretion of the relevant Task Force Commanding Officer and the Bravo Fleet Chief of Staff.
- For a proposal to be considered, the applicant must submit a detailed plan for their game, including a premise, possible missions, and a realistic class. The proposal should reflect the applicant’s ability to manage a game;
- By submitting a game proposal, all Game Managers agree to the following:
- You acknowledge that you are applying for a command in Bravo Fleet for the ship that you have listed. If for whatever reason you resign your command, your Task Force Commanding Officer and/or Bravo Fleet may, at their discretion, without restriction and without notice to you, reuse the name and registry number of the ship you commanded in Bravo Fleet. By submitting this application, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to this;
- You acknowledge that if you resign/are removed from your command for whatever reason, the Task Force Commanding Officer and/or the Bravo Fleet Admiralty may contact your crew about the situation to make sure that they have been given the option of staying in Bravo Fleet;
- You acknowledge that if you resign/are removed from your command for whatever reason, and if the incoming Game Manager is a current member of your game, Bravo Fleet reserves the right to use your game’s plot and story;
- You also acknowledge that if your website is hosted with Bravo Fleet, the fleet reserves the right to use your website if the incoming Game Manager is a current member of your game.
- Notwithstanding any of the above, a Task Force Commanding Officer may award command of a game to the AGM or another crew member when a GM resigns or is removed. Such a GM will be required to complete any requirements laid out in this section, if they are not already completed, immediately after his/her assuming the role of GM.
Section 4.2 – Available Classes
- Members at the rank of Lieutenant Commander shall have access to write the following starship classes:
- New Orleans-class
- Members at the rank of Commander shall have access to write the following starship classes, including the classes available at Lieutenant Commander:
- Rhode Island-class
- Members at the rank of Captain shall have access to write the following starship classes, including the classes available at Commander and Lieutenant Commander:
- Members above the rank of Captain shall have access to write any class that exists within Bravo Fleet canon. Members may not select a ship assignment that does not exist in the Bravo Fleet Registry. Class and ship assignments are subject to approval by the relevant Task Force Commanding Officer and the Bravo Fleet Chief of Staff.
Section 4.3 - Game Ratings
- Bravo Fleet uses the RPG Rating System to define appropriate content based on three metrics: Language, Sex, and Violence.
- Each game must list a rating of each metric on a scale of 0-3.
- Game Managers are allowed to designate their own rating up to Language: 2, Sex: 2, and Violence: 2 (16+ age rating).
- Any rating above “2-2-2” (18+ age rating) must be approved by the Task Force Commanding Officer.
- Any game rating above “2-2-2” must have a content filter to restrict access to explicit content.
- Any game rating above “2-2-2” must have a member of the Task Force’s Senior Staff present on the writing platform.
- No game may inappropriately depict acts of sex, assault, or violence. Appropriate content is determined by the Bravo Fleet Admiralty.
- Games using a three in any category must not allow the explicit content to be the primary theme of their game. For example, explicit sexual content and explicit violent content should only be present when it would be a logical component of the story, rather than as the extent of the story.
- If a game breaks any of the restrictions outlined in this section, the Bravo Fleet Admiralty reserves the right to remove the Game Manager and suspend Fleet hosting.
Section 4.4 - Activity Requirements
- An active game is defined as:
- A game manager that regularly communicates with their Task Force Senior Staff (at least once a month, other than monthly reports).
- A game manager that submits a monthly or end of mission report to TFSS on the 5th of each month.
- A game maintaining two (2) posts-per-player each month;
- This metric counts joint posts as individual posts for each contributing writer.
- A provisional game is defined as:
- A game that has been in the fleet fewer than two (2) months;
- A game with fewer than two (2) posts-per-player.
- An inactive game is defined as:
- A game that fails to maintain two (2) posts-per-player, without approval as a long-form game;
- A game whose manager (GM) fails to respond to communications from the Task Force Senior Staff;
- A game that fails to submit a monthly or end of mission report.
- Task Force Commanding Officers may, upon conferring with the Bravo Fleet Senior Staff, remove the Commanding Officer of a game if two (2) of the following circumstances are true:
- The Game Manager fails to respond to communications from the relevant Task Force Senior Staff;
- The Game Manager fails to adequately complete two (2) consecutive monthly reports;
- The Game Manager maintains an inactive game for two (2) consecutive months;
- The Game Manager of an inactive game fails to communicate a satisfactory plan for improvement.
- Within 24 hours of removing a Game Manager, the Task Force Senior Staff must inform the crew of the game. The Task Force Commanding Officer may select a new Game Manager from the crew at their discretion. If no replacement is selected within seven (7) days after notifying the crew, the Task Force Commanding Officer must close the game.
- Upon a Game Manager’s resignation or removal, that player shall not be able to take another command in the fleet for 90 days.
- If a Game Manager is removed for extended inactivity or demonstrated misconduct, that player shall not be able to take another command in the fleet for 180 days. Upon applying to return, a full review must be conducted by the Bravo Fleet Executive Officer and relevant Task Force Commanding Officer.
Section 5 - Personal Fictions ("Ships")
- When a member reaches the rank of Lieutenant Commander, they may request a ship through the Bravo Fleet Management System.
- Members must select an existing ship from the Bravo Fleet Registry. The use of a ship registry is at the discretion of the Bravo Fleet Chief of Staff and the relevant Task Force Commanding Officer.
- The ship classes and registries available to each member follows Section 4.2 of this policy.