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Starfleet Legacy Alliance Charter

Ratified and enacted on May 6th, 2006.

Table of Contents

Article I: Mission Statement

The Starfleet Legacy Alliance's first duty is to its simmers and hosts. Its mission is to provide them with a simming experience unrivaled by any other organization in the simming community. To do this it aims to maintain the highest standards of activity and quality among its sims, to provide extensive support to all of its members, to offer training resources and opportunities, and finally to maintain a state of the art technical infrastructure to support all of these pursuits. It is committed to giving hosts the flexibility to run their sims as they see fit; the SLA was founded on the conviction that such flexibility is the key to a rich, fulfilling experience for all of its members. Most importantly, the Starfleet Legacy Alliance cherishes the underlying reason for its existence: the pursuit of fun.

Article II: Rights of Members and Hosts

Section A: Member Rights

  1. All SLA members have the right to participate in a friendly and enjoyable environment.
  2. All SLA members have the right to participate in an environment free of prejudice, harassment, and other forms of out of character hostility.
  3. All SLA members, except hosts and members of the SLA Council, have the right to maintain the privacy of their contact information from public disclosure by the SLA or any of its members.
  4. All SLA members have the right to free expression, so long as it infringes on no other rights and does not violate the provisions of Article IV.
  5. All SLA members have the right to transfer to or join any SLA simulation, subject to acceptance by the hosts of the receiving simulation.
  6. All SLA members have the right to essential contact information for the hosts of any simulation they have been accepted to, for all members belonging to those simulations, and for all officials in the SLA government. The method of contact must permit private communications and message storage and may not be limited to two-way chat.
  7. All SLA members have the right to withdraw from the organization or any simulation at any time, for any reason.
  8. All SLA members have the right to rejoin any simulation, or the SLA, after leaving, contingent on re-acceptance by the simulation's hosts and a lack of bans prohibiting them from doing so.
  9. All SLA members have the right to defend themselves in any investigation or proceeding conducted by the SLA Council regarding a ban or a grievance filed against them.
  10. All SLA members have the right to petition the Council to suggest improvements or recommend changes to the organization.
  11. All SLA members have the right to bring grievances before the SLA Council against any member or entity within the SLA.
  12. All SLA members have the right to review any publication of the organization.

Section B: Host Rights

  1. All SLA hosts have the right to run their games as they see fit, so long as their activities are in compliance with the provisions of Article IV.
  2. All SLA hosts have the right to be informed of all requirements placed upon them by the SLA.
  3. All SLA hosts have the right to reject any applicant to their game for any reason.
  4. All SLA hosts have the right to ban any person from their simulation for any reason.
  5. All SLA hosts have the right to the intellectual property of their simulation unless it was launched by the SLA, relaunched using SLA assets, or the intellectual property is retained by the simulation's original hosts or their designee.
  6. All SLA hosts have the right to establish a ranking system for their simulation and to assign ranks to its members. Standards for assigning, increasing, and decreasing member ranks are at the discretion of the hosts.
  7. All SLA hosts have the right to withdraw their simulation from the organization, provided the hosts hold the intellectual property for the simulation being withdrawn.
  8. All SLA hosts have the right to directly elect all of the SLA Council chairs and the entire Host Panel.
  9. All SLA hosts have the right to retain their hosting positions after returning from a leave of absence, provided their Fleet Captain and co-host were informed before the leave began and the SLA Council has or hears no objections.
  10. All SLA hosts have the right to view documentation of the SLA's financial status, including the balance sheet and transaction records.

Article III: Structure of the Starfleet Legacy Alliance

Section A: Simulations

  1. A simulation within the Starfleet Legacy Alliance (SLA) is a game that has membership in the organization.
  2. Simulations are run by two hosts: a commanding officer and an executive officer.
  3. Simulations have members serving as their crews. SLA simulations must have at least four active crewmembers in addition to the hosts to be guaranteed recognition as an active simulation.
  4. The host(s) of a simulation may be removed by a majority vote of the SLA Council if that simulation was created by the SLA. The SLA Council may not remove the hosts of a simulation that was not created by the SLA unless that authority was delegated to it by the simulation's founding hosts or their designees.
  5. Simulations may be accepted into the SLA and removed from the SLA by a majority vote of the SLA Council. This requires a bill.
  6. Hosts have complete authority over internal matters in their simulation. Except in cases explicitly defined by this document, the SLA has no jurisdiction over the running of a simulation.

Section B: Fleet System

  1. The SLA is organized into named subdivisions known as fleets.
  2. Fleets are created, and may be disbanded, by acts of the SLA Council.
  3. Simulations are assigned to fleets by an act of the SLA Council. All simulations must be assigned to a fleet.
  4. The hosts of a simulation may petition the SLA Council to move their sim to another fleet.
  5. Each fleet is overseen by a Fleet Captain. (See Section C)

Section C: Government Structure

  1. SLA Council
    1. Authority and Mandate
      1. The primary governing body of the SLA is the SLA Council. It consists of a group of directly-elected councillors, each fleet captain, a panel of hosts elected from within each fleet, and a directly-elected moderator.
      2. The SLA Council holds all authority and responsibility to uphold the provisions and requirements of this document. It has a mandate to execute all provisions of this document and those of any amendments subsequently passed.
      3. The SLA Council has the authority to act on the behalf of the SLA in any capacity it perceives to be in the organization's best interests, pursuant to the provisions of this document.
        1. Actions performed by the SLA Council in this or any other capacity may not infringe upon any rights established for any party by this document.
    2. Acts and Procedures
      1. The SLA Council makes its decisions by way of bills. All official acts of the SLA Council must be defined in the form of a bill.
      2. No official act of the SLA Council may be targeted at a single simulation, with the exception of the acts of creating a simulation, accepting a simulation into the organization, removing a simulation from the SLA, appointing a host to a simulation, removing a host from a simulation, and placing a simulation into a fleet.
      3. The full text of all bills voted on by the SLA Council, including failed votes, is to be committed to a permanent record for future reference. The results of each vote are to be included with this record.
    3. Membership
      1. Councillors receive no automatic change in rank or honorary titles for their service on the SLA Council.
      2. Any current member of the SLA who has been a member and maintained activity for at least six months may run for any SLA Council position during an election.
      3. The term of office is one year; any councillor elected during a special election serves only the remaining portion of his or her predecessor's term.
      4. Councillors may be removed from office or censured for any violation of the any provision of this document or its amendments.
      5. Fleet Captains and Host Panel delegates may not serve as councillors without resigning their existing position.
    4. Positions and Responsibilities
      1. Council Moderator
        1. The Council Moderator is charged with managing and recording all SLA Council votes in accordance with this document's voting procedures, ensuring that the SLA Council operates smoothly, and serving as the SLA Council's representative to the host body.
        2. The Council Moderator is also given charge of SLA diplomacy, including formal and informal relations with other simming organizations and independent simulations.
        3. The Council Moderator may not vote on bills or participate in motions.
          1. In the event of a tied vote on a bill, unless prohibited from doing so by the official voting procedures, the Council Moderator may cast a vote to break the tie. This provision does not extend to elections.
        4. The Council Moderator is a Class II position elected during the November general election.
      2. Engineering Chair
        1. The Engineering Chair is charged with the day-to-day operation and upkeep of the SLA's online resources including, but not limited to, its website and e-mail systems.
        2. The Engineering Chair is responsible for managing projects to develop new online resources for the SLA.
        3. The execution of the Engineering Chair's responsibilities may be delegated to others.
        4. The Engineering Chair must issue monthly status reports to the SLA Council regarding the condition of the SLA's online presence and any ongoing projects.
        5. The Engineering Chair may vote on all bills or participate in motions unless prohibited from doing so by the official voting procedures.
        6. The Engineering Chair is a Class I position elected during the May general election.
      3. Finance Chair
        1. The Finance Chair is responsible for overseeing all official fundraising activities.
        2. The Finance Chair may vote on all bills or participate in motions unless prohibited from doing so by the official voting procedures.
        3. The Finance Chair is a Class I position elected during the May general election.
      4. Personnel Chair
        1. The Personnel Chair is charged with the responsibility to ensure the quality of hosting on all SLA simulations.
        2. The Personnel Chair must maintain information on members suitable for hosting in the SLA and present such information to the Council if requested by one or more councillors.
        3. The Personnel Chair is responsible for the training of new hosts within the SLA. The execution of this responsibility may be delegated to others.
        4. The Personnel Chair is expected to provide assistance and advice to hosts on matters relating to their simulations when needed. The Personnel Chair may also work with Fleet Captains to provide such assistance and advice.
        5. The Personnel Chair may vote on all bills or participate in motions unless prohibited from doing so by the official voting procedures.
        6. The Personnel Chair is a Class II position elected during the November general election.
      5. Publications Chair
        1. The Publications Chair is charged with preparing and distributing official SLA publications including, but not necessarily limited to, a monthly newsletter and quarterly reports on the status of all simulations in the fleet. The execution of these responsibilities may be delegated to others.
          1. In the event one of the above listed publications is not released, the Publications Chair must provide an explanation deemed satisfactory by the other members of the SLA Council.
        2. The Publications Chair may vote on all bills or participate in motions unless prohibited from doing so by the official voting procedures.
        3. The Publications Chair is a Class I position elected during the May general election.
      6. Recruiting Chair
        1. The Recruiting Chair is charged with the responsibility of providing new members to simulations in the SLA.
        2. The Recruiting Chair may use official SLA resources to attract new members to the group or its simulations.
        3. The Recruiting Chair must distribute new applications to simulations within 72 hours of receiving them. The Recruiting Chair is expected to make an effort to ensure that the applications are matched to sims based on the sims' staffing requirements, genre, format, and other applicable criteria.
        4. The Recruiting Chair is responsible for overseeing the SLA's advertising efforts, and is expected to work closely with the Fleet Captains in order to do so.
        5. The Recruiting Chair is responsible for overseeing the creation of new sims or the addition of independent sims to the SLA.
        6. The Recruiting Chair may vote on all bills or participate in motions unless prohibited from doing so by the official voting procedures.
        7. The Recruiting Chair is a Class II position elected during the November general election.
  2. Fleet Captains
    1. Fleet Captains oversee one fleet within the SLA.
    2. Fleet Captains are appointed, and may be removed, by a majority vote of the SLA Council.
    3. Fleet Captains must serve as a host within the SLA. They are expected to be a host within their fleet, but exceptions may be made at the SLA Council's discretion.
    4. Fleet Captains may name a host within their fleet Fleet XO and delegate some of their responsibilities to this host.
    5. Fleet Captains have no authority over internal matters within a simulation outside of their authority as a host. They are charged with assisting the hosts within their fleet and may only make demands on specific matters over which authority is given to them by the SLA Council or this document.
    6. Fleet Captains must contact the hosts in their fleet twice each month to stay apprised of the condition of all simulations within the fleet.
    7. Fleet Captains must present status reports on all of the simulations in their fleet to the SLA Council once per month. If a report is not presented, they must give an explanation deemed adequate by the SLA Council.
      1. This report must include host contact information, simulation staffing information, simulation recruiting needs, and a short discussion in the Fleet Captain's words on the simulation's overall status.
    8. Fleet Captains are responsible for providing assistance and advice to the hosts in their fleet on matters relating to their simulations when needed. They may work with the Personnel Chair to ensure the highest quality of assistance is available.
    9. Fleet Captains are privy to SLA Council business, and they caucus on all bills brought before the SLA Council. The caucus of Fleet Captains must select one of its members to speak on the caucus' behalf. It shall be his or her responsibility to tally the caucus' votes, then cast the decision of the caucus as one of the SLA Council's seven votes.
      1. In the event of a tie, the caucus may use any number of succeeding ballots to break the tie before the voting period ends. If a majority is not established by the end of the bill's voting period, then the caucus submits no vote.
  3. Host Panel
    1. The Host Panel is made up of one host from each fleet within the SLA.
    2. Current Fleet Captains and councillors may not serve as Host Panel delegates.
    3. Host Panel delegates are elected by all of the hosts in their fleet and serve a term of one year. Host Panel elections take place on the same ballot used to elect members of the SLA Council.
    4. The Host Panel is not privy to SLA Council business, and they occupy a specific mailing list, or use other The Host Panel is privy to discussions on all SLA Council bills not declared confidential, using the dedicated bill mailing list or equivalent means of communications. Delegates shall use a Host Panel-specific mailing list, or another subsequently-adopted means of communication, for other Host Panel business.
    5. Host Panel delegates caucus on all bills brought before them by the Council Moderator. The caucus must select one of its members to speak on the caucus' behalf. It shall be his or her responsibility to tally the caucus' votes, then cast the decision of the caucus as one of the SLA Council's seven votes.
      1. In the event of a tie, the caucus may use any number of succeeding ballots to break the tie before the voting period ends. If a majority is not established by the end of the bill's voting period, then the caucus submits no vote.
    6. The members of the Host Panel are Class I positions elected during the May general election.
  4. SLA Treasurer
    1. The SLA Treasurer is responsible for the management of all SLA accounts and is solely authorized to make disbursements from said accounts.
    2. The SLA Treasurer is required to make monthly reports to the SLA Council on the status of the SLA's finances, including the balances of all SLA accounts, all disbursements and collections made within the previous month, and all outstanding expenses.
    3. The SLA Treasurer is a non-voting member of the SLA Council, and is privy to council business.
    4. The SLA Treasurer is appointed by the SLA Council by way of a normal bill.
    5. Holding the position of SLA Treasurer does not disqualify the member holding the position from holding other positions within the SLA.

Section D: Voting Procedures

  1. General Procedures
    1. All votes are decided by a simple majority.
    2. In the event of a tie, if no provision exists for breaking the tie, the vote fails.
    3. If a particular eventuality or procedure is not defined by this document, the most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall be employed to determine the appropriate course of action.
  2. Elections
    1. Procedures and Announcements
      1. Elections take place semi-annually, during the first full weeks of May and November, unless officially postponed by an act of the SLA Council. All postponements must be announced using the same methods used to announce an election, and a postponement does not affect the date of the next year's elections.
        1. Elections may be postponed for a period no longer than 30 days. After 30 days of postponement, the elections must be held and may not be postponed again.
      2. special elections may be held to fill any positions vacated between general elections. SLA councillors and Host Panel delegates elected during special elections serve the remainder of their predecessor's term.
      3. Special elections are held during the first full week of any month during which positions remain vacant.
        1. If the general elections in which the vacated position would normally be elected are to take place during the following month, special elections may be omitted.
      4. Elections must be announced by the SLA Council at least one week before the date of commencement. Announcements are to be made to the hosts of the SLA using the official mailstring, or any subsequently-adopted means of contact, and to the officially-designated location for SLA announcements.
      5. In order to run for an SLA Council or Host Panel delegate position, a member must submit an announcement of candidacy to the hosts of the SLA using the official host mailstring, or any subsequently-adopted means of contact, before the announced starting date of the election.
      6. Elections are conducted by an Election Commissioner selected by the SLA Council.
      7. All elections last one week, and results are tallied and announced by the Election Commissioner.
      8. In the event of a tie, the Election Commissioner submits a vote to decide the outcome of the election.
      9. All hosts may submit a ballot in any election, including one in which they are a candidate. Only one ballot may be submitted per person; a person hosting on multiple sims may only cast one ballot for SLA Council positions and one ballot in each of the fleets in which they host for Host Panel delegates.
        1. Only current SLA hosts may submit a ballot during an election.
      10. There are no quorum rules for elections. Results are tabulated based on the submitted votes only.
      11. An SLA member can only stand as a candidate for only one position per election.
      12. The elected positions of the SLA Council are to be divided into two classes. Class I will consist of the Publications Chair, Finance Chair, Engineering Chair, and Host Panel, and will stand for election in the May general election. Class II will consist of the Personnel Chair, Recruiting Chair, and Council Moderator, and will stand for election in the November general election.
      13. Upon voting, each host shall receive a receipt which they may use to identify their vote in any subsequent inquiries. This process shall not compromise the integrity of the secret ballot or identify specifically which hosts voted for which candidates.
    2. Election Commissioner
      1. An Election Commissioner is appointed by an act of the SLA Council before the announcement of an election.
      2. The Election Commissioner's term is one election only.
        1. An Election Commissioner may not be appointed to serve during two consecutive elections.
      3. The Election Commissioner presides over the election, tallies votes, and reports the results to the SLA's membership using the host mailstring, or any subsequently-adopted method of contact for the hosts, and by posting a notice in the SLA's official location for announcements.
      4. The Election Commissioner may submit a vote to break a tie in the election they preside over.
      5. The Election Commissioner may not be a candidate in the election they preside over.
      6. The Election Commissioner may not be a councillor, a Fleet Captain, or a Host Panel delegate.
    3. Appointed Positions
      1. All appointed positions, excepting only the Election Commissioner, shall serve a term beginning on the second Monday after the second Sunday of August and ending on the last day of July.
      2. The SLA Council shall appoint a member to each appointed position during the first week of August by way of a normal bill.
      3. The SLA Council shall appoint a member to fill any vacancy in appointed positions by the first week of the month after the position is open. A mid-term appointee serves only the remainder of his or her predecessor's term.
  3. Council Bills and Motions
    1. Bills
      1. Bills may be submitted to the SLA Council by any councillor or the Council Moderator.
        1. Any SLA member may submit a bill to the Council Moderator, who must present it to the SLA Council within 72 hours.
      2. Upon the submission of a bill by a councillor, the bill is opened for debate a vote.
      3. Any changes to the bill must occur in the form of a written amendment. Any councillor or the Council Moderator may submit an amendment. The submitting party may alter or withdraw the bill at any time. Others may not alter a bill once it has been proposed.
        1. An amendment must be accepted by a majority vote of the SLA Council before it is applied to a bill.
        2. A vote on an amendment may be initiated by a successful motion to amend. The voting period is three days.
      4. At any time during the debate, a motion may be made for cloture. When a motion for cloture succeeds, the Council Moderator must open the bill for voting within 24 hours. The voting period for any bill is three days. No results may be announced before the voting period has ended.
      5. Any vote submitted may be altered by the submitting party until the voting period has ended.
      6. All voting members not on leave of absence are required to vote on every bill brought to a vote unless they are prohibited to do so by the official voting procedures. A vote of 'abstain' will be accepted as a vote.
      7. Discussions on any bill not declared confidential shall utilize a mailing list set aside for this purpose, or use other subsequently-adopted means of communication to the same effect.
    2. Motions
      1. A motion may be presented to the SLA Council by any councillor.
      2. To pass, a motion must be seconded by a councillor other than the person who presented the motion.
      3. Motions may only be used in ways expressly prescribed by this document. All other actions require a bill.
  4. Eligibility
    1. No councillor, Fleet Captain, or Host Panel delegate may submit a vote in a matter that concerns their membership or hosting status within the organization or their membership status within the SLA government.
    2. The Council Moderator may not preside over any vote concerning his or her membership or hosting status within the organization or his or her membership status within the SLA government.
      1. In this event, the remaining members of the SLA Council shall name a councillor to discharge the Council Moderator's duties by majority consensus.

Article IV: Requirements and Responsibilities

Section A: Limitations and Scope

  1. The Starfleet Legacy Alliance (SLA) imposes these requirements and responsibilities on its members to ensure an enjoyable environment conducive to maintaining quality sims for all members.
  2. The SLA Council is empowered to impose additional requirements and responsibilities so long as they do not violate any provisions set forth in this document.
    1. All additional requirements and responsibilities must be made publicly available to all members affected.
    2. No requirement or responsibility imposed by the SLA Council may override or supersede the provisions of this document unless they are made in the form of an amendment.

Section B: Requirements and Responsibilities of Members

  1. All SLA members are required to be aware of and respect the out-of-character chain of command of both their simulation and the SLA, and further recognize that the hosts of a simulation are the prime authority for all internal matters dealing with that simulation.
  2. All SLA members are required to follow the internal rules of their simulations and heed the authority of the hosts in matters regarding the simulation's governance.
  3. All SLA members are required to conduct themselves in a non-disruptive matter within any SLA or non-affiliated sim.
  4. All SLA members are required to act in a non-discriminatory manner out of character, and further to show no discrimination in their words or actions on basis of race, color, creed, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, or disability.
    1. This provision does not automatically extend to the in-character actions of players within a simulation, so long as said action is in accordance with the rules of the simulation and takes place with the approval of the hosts.
  5. No member may use SLA resources to recruit for or advertise an outside simulation or organization.
    1. The sole exception to the above provision is any media designated by the SLA for such recruiting or advertising.
  6. All SLA members shall refrain from using unsolicited mailing or other similar methods of contact to advertise for the SLA or its simulations.
  7. All SLA members are required to respect the rights of other players with respect to their characters and non-player characters. Further, no member may kill, seriously harm, or seriously alter another player's character or non-player character without that player's approval.
    1. Hosts may selectively override the prohibition on altering another player's character or non-player character in situations where it is necessary for storyline purposes.
  8. All SLA members are required to respect other simming organizations and are forbidden from initiating or participating in any activity intended to harass or impede another simulation or group.
  9. All SLA members, in order to qualify for membership in the organization, must demonstrate activity in at least one member simulation.
    1. The definition of activity within a simulation is at the discretion of its hosts.
    2. The SLA Council, by way of a regular bill, may declare anyone a lifetime member of the SLA. Lifetime members of the SLA shall enjoy membership within the organization regardless of activity in any simulation.

Section C: Requirements and Responsibilities of Hosts

  1. All SLA hosts are required to actively run their simulations, attend their simulation's sessions (if applicable), and participate on and monitor their simulation's media.
  2. All SLA hosts are required to work to the best of their abilities to maintain the highest level of quality possible for their simulations.
  3. All SLA hosts are required to respect the privacy of their simulations' members and are forbidden from posting their members' personal contact information in any public forum.
    1. This provision does not apply to the hosts themselves, or to any member who expressly agrees to the posting of his or her contact information.
  4. All SLA hosts are responsible for staffing their simulations and are required to work to the best of their ability to maintain a staffing level conducive to a quality simming experience.
  5. All SLA hosts are responsible for maintaining a functioning website for their simulations. They may, at their discretion, delegate the task of creating and maintaining the website to a volunteering party. They may also use the resources the SLA provides for the hosting and development of these websites.
  6. Each SLA host team is required to send a monthly status report to its Fleet Captain, barring the hosts being on a leave of absence.
  7. All SLA hosts are required to inform their simulation's other host and their Fleet Captain in advance of going on a leave of absence. Such notifications should be made at least 24 hours in advance, although exceptions may be made if the other host and Fleet Captain agree.
  8. All SLA hosts are required to provide their Fleet Captain, or other observers designated by their Fleet Captain, access to their simulation's primary and secondary media for the purposes of observing and evaluating the quality of the simulation.
  9. All SLA hosts are required to maintain a current roster (including contact information) of their simulations and, upon request, to provide said roster to their Fleet Captain or the SLA Council.
  10. All SLA hosts are required to make public a method to be contacted for matters concerning the simulation.
  11. All SLA hosts are responsible for conducting themselves as a representatives of the SLA while online under any identity they use for the purposes of SLA hosting.

Section D: Requirements and Responsibilites of SLA Officials

  1. Fleet Captains and Fleet Executive Officers
    1. All Fleet Captains are required to perform the duties outlined in Article III to the best of their abilities.
    2. All Fleet Captains are required to notify the SLA Council prior to taking a leave of absence and are further required to make arrangements for their responsibilities to be met in their absence.
    3. All Fleet Captains are expected to vote within the Fleet Captain caucus on every bill presented to the Council for a vote, provided that the Fleet Captain is eligible to vote on the bill and is not on a leave of absence. No Fleet Captain may abstain on a vote.
    4. All Fleet Captains are required to respect the autonomy of the hosts of the simulations in their fleets, and are further required not to intefere in the running of said simulations beyond the minimal extent necessary for the discharge of their duties.
    5. All Fleet Captains are required not to attempt to exercise any kind of in character authority over hosts or members in simulations in their fleets.
    6. All Fleet Captains are required to conduct themselves as representatives of the SLA while online under the identity they use for SLA business.
  2. Host Panel Delegates
    1. All Host Panel delegates are required to peform the duties outlined in Article III to the best of their abilities.
    2. All Host Panel delegates are required to notify the SLA Council prior to taking a Leave of Absence.
    3. All Host Panel delegates are expected to vote within the Host Panel caucus on every bill presented to it by the Council Moderator for a vote, provided that the Host Panel delegate is eligible to vote on the bill and is not on a leave of absence. No Host Panel delegate may abstain on a vote.
    4. All Host Panel delegates are required not to attempt to exercise any kind of in character authority over hosts or members in simulations in the SLA.
    5. All host Panel delegates are rquired to conduct themselves as representatives of the SLA while online under the identity they use for SLA business.
  3. SLA Councillors
    1. All SLA councillors are required to perform the duties outlined in Article III to the best of their abilities.
    2. All SLA councillors are required to notify the SLA Council prior to taking a leave of absence.
    3. All SLA councillors members are required to refrain from serving in a government position in another sim group.
      1. Serving in any capacity in the Simming League is the sole exception to the above provision.
    4. All SLA councillors are expected to vote on every bill presented to the SLA Council for a vote, provided that the councillor is eligible to vote on the bill and is not on a leave of absence. No councillor may abstain on a vote.
    5. All SLA councillors are required not to attempt to exercise any kind of in character authority over hosts or members in simulations in the SLA.
    6. All SLA councillors are required to conduct themselves as representatives of the SLA while online under the identity they use for SLA business.

Section E: Enforcement and Procedures

  1. Grievance Procedure
    1. A grievance may be filed by any member of the SLA against any other member of the SLA for any matters not internal to a simulation.
      1. This does not grant the SLA authority over matters internal to simulations. Grievances between players within a simulation must be filed with that simulation's hosts.
    2. When a grievance is filed, the SLA Council shall hear the grievance and allow all involved parties to present their positions on the matter. The SLA Council is charged with determining, to the best of its ability, the validity of the grievance in question.
    3. If the SLA Council finds the grievance to be valid, it has the authority to take punitive action under Article V of this document.
  2. Censure Procedure
    1. A petition for censure may be filed by any member of the SLA against any government official (Host Panel delegate, Fleet Captain, or SLA councillor).
    2. A petition for censure must deal with matters of behavior displayed or actions conducted while representing the SLA in an official capacity.
    3. When a petition is filed, the SLA Council shall hear the petition and allow all involved parties to present their positions on the matter. The SLA Council is charged with determining, to the best of its ability, the validity of the petition in question.
    4. If the SLA Council finds the petition's claims to warrant censure, it has the authority to take punitive action.
      1. For a first offense, the censured official shall be barred from discharging his or her duties for a period of one month and shall be excluded from all official discourse he or she was a party to during that period.
      2. For a second offense, all provisions for a first offense shall be executed for a period of three months instead of one.
      3. Any subsequent offenses are automatically considered to be petitions for removal from office. Other punitive action may be taken at the Council's discretion under the authority granted it by Article V.
  3. Procedure for Removal from Office
    1. A petition for removal from office may be filed by any member of the SLA against any government official (Host Panel delegate, Fleet Captain, or SLA councillor).
    2. When a petition is filed, the SLA Council shall hear the petition and allow all involved parties to present their positions on the matter. The SLA Council is charged with determining, to the best of its ability, the validity of the petition in question.
    3. If the SLA Council finds the petition's claims to warrant removal from office, it has the authority to remove the official.
      1. Elections or other procedures to replace an official removed under this procedure must commence within thirty days of the removal from office. Mid-year election postponement procedures may also be applied in appropriate cases.

Article V: Powers Delegated to the Starfleet Legacy Alliance

Section A: Vestment of Authority

  1. Authority to exercise all powers granted to the Starfleet Legacy Alliance (SLA) is vested in the SLA Council nless expressly granted to another entity by this document.

Section B: Powers Over Simulations

  1. The SLA has the right to grant and revoke membership to simulations.
  2. The outcome of any SLA Council decision on simulation membership must be made publicly available to all members of the organization.
  3. The SLA has the right to appoint and remove hosts of any simulation created by the organization.
  4. The SLA has no authority over host appointments on simulations which entered the organization after forming unless that authority has been delegated to the group by the simulation's founding hosts or their designees.
  5. The SLA has the right to continue a simulation, including retaining its original name and premise, if that simulation was created by the organization and later leaves the group or ceases to exist.
  6. The SLA has no authority to continue simulations not created by the organization in this manner unless that authority is delegated to the group by the simulation's founding hosts or their designees.

Section C: Powers Over Members

  1. The SLA has the right to communicate with all of its members.
  2. The SLA has the right to ban members at any time, and to reverse organization-wide bans.
    1. A ban imposed by the Starfleet Legacy Alliance affects all member simulations.
    2. The SLA does not have the right to ban or unban a member from any particular simulation.

Article VI: Amendments

Section A: Amendment Rules and Procedures

  1. Amendments may alter any portion of this document.
  2. Amendments may be proposed by any member of the organization.
  3. Amendment proposals must follow the procedures for bill proposals expressed in Article III.
  4. Amendments must first be approved by the Starfleet Legacy Alliance (SLA) Council under the procedures created for the passage of bills.
  5. Any amendment to succeed in the SLA Council must presented to the hosts for voting during the first full week of the following month. All hosts may submit a vote on any amendment; only one vote per person is allowed.
  6. The voting for an amendment may be postponed for no longer than thirty days. At the end of the thirty day period, the vote must be held and may not be postponed again.
  7. Amendment votes are presided over by the Council Moderator.
  8. The amendment voting period is one full week. After the voting period ends, the Council Moderator must tally the votes and announce the results within one week.
  9. For passage, an amendment must receive votes in the affirmative from at least two thirds of the hosts participating in the vote.
  10. There are no quorum rules for amendment votes. Results are tabulated based on the number of votes submitted.

Section B: Amendments

Amendment 2007.1 – Voting Procedures (passed December 19th, 2007)

Written By: Captain Warp

The purpose of this amendment is to streamline voting procedures. Since the passage of the Second Starfleet Legacy Alliance Charter, several voting procedures have proven cumbersome. This amendment, if passed, will:

  1. Remove the cloture requirement on bills, moving them immediately to a vote upon submission by a councillor.
  2. Move bill discussions onto a dedicated mailing list.
  3. Grant the Host Panel access to bill discussions.
I. Removal of the cloture procedure

Article III, Section D, 3, i, b. states:

b. Upon the submission of a bill by a councillor, the bill is opened for debate.

It is to be altered to read:

b. Upon the submission of a bill by a councillor, the bill is opened for a vote.

Article III, Section D, 3, i, c. states:

c. Any changes to the bill must occur in the form of a written amendment. Any councillor or the Council Moderator may submit an amendment.
1. An amendment must be accepted by a majority vote of the SLA Council before it is applied to a bill.
2. A vote on an amendment may be initiated by a successful motion to amend. The voting period is three days.

It is to be altered to read:

c. The submitting party may alter or withdraw the bill at any time. Others may not alter a bill once it has been proposed.

Article III, Section D, 3, i, d. states:

d. At any time during the debate, a motion may be made for cloture. When a motion for cloture succeeds, the Council Moderator must open the bill for voting within 24 hours.

It is to be struck. Subsequent paragraphs are to be renumbered in accordance with this change.

II. Creation of a bill discussion mailing list

A new paragraph is to be added to Article III, Section D, 3, i, numbered g. in accordance with the renumbering above:

g. Discussions on any bill not declared confidential shall utilize a mailing list set aside for this purpose, or use other subsequently-adopted means of communication to the same effect.
III. Host Panel access to the bill discussion mailing list

Article III, Section C, 3, iv. states:

iv. The Host Panel is not privy to SLA Council business, and they occupy a specific mailing list, or use other subsequently-adopted means of communication, for Host Panel business.

It is to be altered to read:

iv. The Host Panel is privy to discussions on all SLA Council bills not declared confidential, using the dedicated bill mailing list or equivalent means of communications. Delegates shall use a Host Panel-specific mailing list, or another subsequently-adopted means of communication, for other Host Panel business.

This amendment will be considered according to the procedures laid out in the SLA Charter. Passage by the Council and a host body vote with 2/3rds supermajority (decided out of the set of voting hosts) is required to enter this amendment into force.

Council vote:

  • Yes ( 3/3/3 ):
    • Council: Prax, Rich, Rheyan
    • Fleet Captains: Rexan, LrShadow, Sullivan
    • Host Panel: Clenner, Jacobson, Foxy
  • No ( 0/0/0 ):
  • Did Not Vote ( 2/1/1 ):
    • Council: Abernathy, Taneth
    • Fleet Captains: Chris Reed
    • Host Panel: Zania (LOA)

Host vote:

  • Yes ( 10 )
  • No ( 0 )

Article VII: Ratification

Section A: Ratification of the Second Charter

  1. This document shall be ratified using the amendment rules defined by the document governing the Starfleet Legacy Alliance (SLA) at the time of its passage.
  2. All bills passed by the SLA Council before the ratification of this document shall retain legitimacy and effectiveness except in cases where they deal explicitly with elements of the structure of the organization obsoleted by this document.
  3. When ratified, this document supersedes and renders void any previous organizing document or legislation not explicitly excepted by this article.