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Government Structure

The Starfleet Legacy Alliance's government was reorganized on May 6th, 2006, during the first major restructuring since its founding in 2000. It consists of a ruling body, the SLA Council, and a system of fleets to organize the sims and support the community that has arisen around them.

SLA Council

The SLA Council consists of a non-voting moderator, five elected chairs, and two panels: one consisting of hosts, and one of Fleet Captains. When making decisions, the panels submit one vote apiece, and the chairs each cast a vote, for a total of seven votes contributing to the final outcome.

The Council Moderator is responsible for managing Council business, overseeing and tallying votes on bills, and handling diplomacy between the SLA and other organizations. This position has no regular vote on any bill to avoid conflicts of interest; in the event of a tie, however, the Council Moderator can submit a vote to break the tie.

Each chair has a specific responsibility within the SLA, and together, the members of the SLA Council keep the organization running smoothly and tend to its needs. The chairs are:

  1. Engineering Chair — the person holding this position is charged with the upkeep of the SLA's online resources, including its website, forums, and e-mail system.
  2. Finance Chair — the SLA's online presence requires funding, and the holder of this chair is responsible for fundraising efforts to keep the group's websites and other resources alive.
  3. Personnel Chair — this chair is charged with providing support to the hosts of the SLA (a responsibility shared with the Fleet Captains) and helping to train new hosts to build and take over sims within the group.
  4. Publications Chair — the SLA's publications bring its community together. The person holding this position is responsible for "keeping the presses going" and bringing those publications to the group's members.
  5. Recruiting Chair — the occupant of this chair has the important job of bringing new members into the SLA. He or she is responsible for overseeing advertising and for matching new applicants with simulations that fit their needs.

Fleet System

By 2002, the SLA's fleet had grown from three simulations to nearly two dozen. The fleet system was created to help better support the group's sims. Each fleet is overseen by a Fleet Captain, who serves as mentor and administrator. Fleet Captains have no in-character authority over the sims in their fleets; they are strictly present to provide assistance and help the group respond to the needs of its sims.

After the 2006 reorganization of the SLA's government, the Fleet Captains were organized into a voting panel to help decide on the outcome of bills. Together with the Host Panel, they help represent the needs of each fleet in Council decisions.

The fleets have been reorganized several times over the years. The current fleet structure is:

  1. Cochrane Fleet
  2. Manheim Fleet
  3. Asimov Fleet
  4. Stargate Command

Host Panel

Each fleet elects a representative, known as a Host Panel Delegate, to vote on each bill brought before the Council. Members of the Host Panel take a less active role in debating bills, but they serve as a vital link between the hosts of each fleet and the Council.