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United Federation of Planets Code of Conduct

1. Conduct

1.1 General Conduct

All Officers regardless of rank are to conduct themselves in a mature and professional manner. Such conduct as flaming, harassing, spamming, racism, excessive and casual swearing, rude, abusive or physically threatening behavior will not be tolerated. The only exception is when an officer asks for (and is granted) permission to talk freely; all officers involved in the conversation must grant permission, regardless of rank. This exception does not apply if the officer(s) in question is chatting with another clan/fleet.

Distribution and posting of inappropriate content such as that which is sexually suggestive, pornographic, contains nudity, excessive violence or gore is not acceptable. Repeated posting of inappropriate content when warned not to do so by a superior officer or member of Security can be considered an offense.

1.2 Conduct in Games

All members of the United Federation of Planets must show respect and courtesy to members in the lobby or during a simulation game regardless of any other persons actions. All rude, abusive, or hostile behavior will be severely punished by [UFP] and/or by other clans. Officers of the Untied Federation of Planets are to remain professional, especially if they are in the vicinity of non members.

1.3 Conduct During Wars

Officers are to conduct themselves just as they would in any other situation described in this article. They are to follow the defined rules of engagement and the orders of their superiors.[UFP] Officers are not to directly fire on other [UFP] Officers unless in a private secured channel where warring clans are not present (Non War Games).

1.4 Standard of activity

Officers are to remain active in Starfleet as well as any Departments they are assigned to. If an officer cannot remain active in Starfleet, they should go on leave (less than 1 month of inactivity), on extended leave (less than 3 months of inactivity), or retirement (greater than 3 months of inactivity) until they can provide that activity. Exceptions to this are granted by the Fleet Admiral or Fleet Executive. If an officer cannot remain active in a Department, they should resign from that department so an active replacement can be found. No officers may join another fleet/clan with common games while in UFP; they can be charged with Treason for doing so. Conversely, no incoming recruit may join UFP while still a member of another fleet/clan supporting common games; their request to join will be denied.

1.5 Standard of Councilors

The Council of Admirals are held to higher standards than enlisted officers, this applies to constitutionally appointed Councilors and temporary additions. If a Councilor is unable to meet these requirements, he or she is expected to request an appropriate leave of absence or in extreme cases, removal from the Council. Exceptions to this may be granted by the Fleet Admiral. In addition to the postulates of paragraphs 1.1-1.4; Councilors must adhere to the following precepts: Despite the degree of lenience that is permitted within Council Chambers, Councilors serve as role models and their conduct must reflect that. Violations of section 1.1-1.4 will be treated accordingly: A category 1 or 2 offense is standalone grounds for dismissal from the Council. Repeat instances of category 3 offenses will also lead to dismissal; these are judged on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Fleet Admiral. In order to be readily available, Councilors will actively use an instant messaging platform, Windows Live Messenger or an equivalent web-service / application as well as the VoIP client TeamSpeak. Councilors must be available a minimum of 4 days a week, no less than 30 minutes per day with a cumulative 4 hours per week on instant messenger. Additionally, Councilors should log in to TeamSpeak at least twice a week, and should attend all monthly fleet-wide meetings. Two or more consecutive unexcused absences from a fleet-wide meeting are grounds for admonishment or dismissal. Any planned absence should be reported beforehand. Councilors will respond to proposals in a timely fashion, within 2-3 days of the date of posting via a vote and / or reply depending on the subject and type of topic. Additional time can be requested within the topic. Failure to respond twice within a fortnight is a strong indication that a Councilor is unable to meet the demands required of them. Councilors must champion gaming and show activity and the initiative to help others within Star Trek Online or legacy games during a given month. Councilors that play Star Trek are required to log-in at least twice a week. A Councilor favoring legacy games is required to post at least four after-action reports per month against or including human players as well as attending training sessions. Councilors should make a tangible effort to post outside of the Council Chambers where appropriate. Signs that Councilors are restricting themselves to command only communications channels are reasons to suspect a Councilor cannot perform their duties.

2. Chain of Command

All officers of the United Federation of Planets shall be subject to and shall follow the Chain of Command at all times. This specifically applies to all officers who have assignments, duties or direct orders. No officer is permitted to publicly question the propriety or wisdom of an order/directive issued to him/her nor is any officer permitted to privately question said order/directive with another officer.

Discussion of an order issued to an officer with any person not a member of the United Federation of Planets is strictly forbidden. If an officer is troubled by an order, directive, or assignment issued to him/her, they are to immediately state their concern to the issuing officer, who shall note such concerns and then either withdraw or affirm the order. In the event the order is affirmed, the officer to whom the order, directive or assignment is issued shall diligently perform the duties required of him/her until the said order, directive, or assignment is completed. In no event may the officer delay in performing a affirmed order he/she questioned to seek redress from a higher authority. Such delay shall be considered insubordination, even in the event the order itself is eventually withdrawn.

If, after performing the order, duty, or assignment, the officer in question still feels that the order and/or assignment was unethical or unbecoming, he/she may take his case to his/her commanding officer. In the event that the commanding officer is the officer issuing the said order, then the officer in question is permitted to take his/her complaint to the next highest ranking officer. Any officer receiving a complaint regarding an order or assignment is to report it to his/her commanding officer and it is to be passed along the Chain of Command until it reaches the Council of Admirals.

No officer of UFP is permitted to issue an order, directive, or assignment in the name of the council except the Fleet Admiral or a councillor nor is any officer permitted to post a message in the name of the United Federation of Planets or its Council unless said message has been specifically authorized by the Council of Admirals, Fleet Executive Officer, or Fleet Admiral.

An officer placed in a command position, by a superior officer or the Council, is the highest authority in his/her command. The individuals assigned to him/her play a subordinate role under his/her command, regardless of their rank.

3. Violations of the Code of Conduct

3.1 Definitions

Breakages of the Code of Conduct are considered an offense. All offenses in UFP fall under one of the following definitions:

Sedition and/or Treason - The inciting of hostility against UFP Command and/or an act of deliberate betrayal against the Fleet.

Example: Officers who have knowingly and willfully multifleeted, spied, leaked sensitive information, or actively destroyed our relations with another clan which may lead to war, are guilty of Treason.

Insubordination - Failure to obey, comply with, or carry out a reasonable order from any superior officer.

Example: Officers who have disobeyed direct orders are guilty of Insubordination.

Conduct Unbecoming an Officer - A deliberate violation of conduct.

Example: Officers who were rude, abusive or disrespectful to either a UFP officer or non-UFP officer are guilty of Conduct Unbecomming of an Officer.

Other - Any other breakage of the Code of Conduct

3.2 Categories of Offense

The above definitions are are broken down into two Categories, Category I (serious) offenses, Category II (misdemeanor) offenses.

Category I Offenses:

Sedition and/or Treason Multiple or severe acts of Insubordination Multiple or severe Conduct Unbecoming an Officer Other (serious)

Any officer found guilty of a Category I offense may be dismissed from the United Federation of Planets or demoted multiple ranks or issued any other punishment which is deemed appropriate. The Security department, under orders from the Security CO (or in his/her absense the Security XO), may temporarily suspend an officers access to (or abilities on) the UFP forums for an offense in this category if they believe it to be a threat to UFP for that access to remain, especially in the case of Sedition/Treason. This suspension can only be overridden at the discretion of a position permitted to prosecute a Category I offense.

Positions/bodies permitted to prosecute a Category I offenses: The Council of Admirals (All members of UFP, including the Fleet Admiral), Fleet Admiral (All members of UFP), Fleet Executive (All non-council members of UFP).

Note: Only the Fleet Admiral, or the Council of Admirals may remove a commissioned officer from UFP

Category II Offenses:

Category II offenses can encompass most types of offenses except sedition/treason (the highest offense in UFP). The two most common: Insubordination and Conduct Unbecomming an officer are usually considered category II offenses, but may also be considered a category I offense for multiple or unusually serious violations of. Any officer found guilty of a Category II offense shall be subject to the following discipline:

1st offense - Written warning and/or single demotion 2nd offense (w/in 6 months) - Written warning and/or single demotion 3rd+ offense (w/in 6 months of second offense) - Written warning and/or single demotion or authorise upgrade to Category 1 Offense

Positions/bodies permitted to prosecute Category II offenses: All of those permitted to prosecute for Category I offenses, plus all members of the Council of Admirals (All non-council members), the Security CO (All non-council members, except Starfleet/Operations CO and XO), Policy Specified Starfleet Commanders (All officers under their command, except council members), Policy Specified Operations Commanders (All officers under their command, except council members).

Any person from outside the United Federation of Planets wishing to lodge a complaint may do so via PM ONLY to the Fleet Admiral or Fleet Executive. If the Fleet Admiral or Fleet Executive decides the compliant is valid, he will charge the officer in question himself. No other officer of the United Federation of Planets may lodge a complaint on behalf of another person.

3.3 Your Right To Object:

All officers of the United Federation of Planets accused of a Category I or Category II offense may either accept and agree to the specifications of charges lodged against them or they may request a hearing. To lodge your objection, you must make a submission to the JAG office by sending a Private message to the Judge Advocate General via our forum communication system.

Once a matter has been submitted to JAG, there is no recourse. All matters are then in the jurisdiction of the JAG department which will follow the appropriate course of action until a verdict is delivered.

Your Defense:

You have the right to be defended by a high ranking officer who will act as the UFP Defense Attorney. This officer will defend you in trial, be your counsel and will do the best he/she can to clear you of any charges and have you reinstated to active duty.

3.4 Accusations of misconduct for an officer:

Accusations of misconduct on the part of a United Federation of Planets officer shall be made promptly to the immediate commanding officer of the accused officer. The commanding officer shall immediately forward the accusation to the Fleet Executive Officer who, in-turn, shall immediately inform the Fleet Admiral. In the event the accusation involves the Fleet Executive Officer, the accusation shall be directly forwarded to the Fleet Admiral by the Commanding officer of the accused officer. In the event the accusation involves the Fleet Admiral, the Fleet Executive Officer shall forward the accusation to the Council if deemed serious by his/her ruling.

4. Oath of Allegiance

By submitting your oath you agree to be bound by all current and future articles of this Code of Conduct, the Constitution, and all amendments and fleet policies.

As an Officer of UFP, I swear that I have read and will abide by the Code of Conduct and I will serve UFP to the best of my abilities. Accordingly, I agree to post a message on the United Federation of Planets Communications Forums affirming my acceptance of this charter and its article in these words:

I,____________ , do pledge my allegiance to the United Federation of Planets. To serve and protect my fellow officers against enemies, both foreign and domestic, to carry out all lawful orders, and to abide by all provisions of the Code of Conduct.

By becoming a member of the United Federation of Planets, you have automatically accepted and agreed to the terms and conditions outlined above

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