Fleet Constitution

1.      THE FLEET COUNCIL

1.1           The Fleet Council is the legislative authority of the Ninth Fleet.  It alone has the power to make laws, rules, regulations or measures that bind the whole or part of the Fleet, in such a way that they would constitute an administrative burden on Fleet Members or their time
1.2           The Fleet Council shall comprised:

1.2.1.          The Joint Fleet Command;
1.2.2.          The Task Force Commanding Officers;
1.2.3.          The Director of the Office of Fleet Services;
1.2.4.          The Director of the Obsidian Fleet Academy;
1.2.5.          The Director of the Office of Development and Innovation;
1.2.6.          The Director of the Office of Mediation and Arbitration.

1.3           The Fleet Council shall have the following specific powers:

1.3.1.            Power to establish and amend the Manual for Player Disputes and Conflict Resolution to govern the Office of Mediation and Arbitration;
1.3.2.            Power to approve Fleet policies, regulations or measures;
1.3.3.            Power to approve or reject departmental reports;
1.3.4.            Power to create, amend or delete awards, and approve special awards;
1.3.5.            Power to alter the membership of the Council;
1.3.6.            Power to grant or revoke specific executive authority;
1.3.7.            Power to ratify the appointment to the Joint Fleet Command;
1.3.8.            Power to override or amend a decision of the Office of Mediation and Arbitration with the consent of Joint Fleet Command;
1.3.9.            Power to approve Fleet Academy courses and their materials;
1.3.10.        Power to approve binding and non-binding Fleet canon material.

1.4           Upon a resolution in which 75% of the Council concurs, the Council may delegate its powers to a Committee which shall consist of a majority of Fleet Council Members  Such Committees are subject to the oversight of the full Council.
1.5           Proposals shall be laid before the Fleet Council only by its Members.
1.6          Once a major proposal has been submitted to the Fleet Council, it shall be submitted for comment to the Commanding Officers of the Fleet unless it is deemed not to concern them.  Any comments made by the Commanding Officers of the Fleet must be taken into account by the Council.
1.7           The Joint Fleet Command has the power to require a potential proposal to be referred to a committee of the Fleet Council to determine whether or not the consent of the Fleet Council is required.  A referral to committee does not impact on the ultimate right of a Council Member to table a proposal.
1.8           Upon the laying of a proposal, a poll shall be opened.  A poll shall close once all Council Members have voted or the time-limit expires.  Polls shall be open for at least one week.  Council Members must vote in all polls unless excused by leave of absence or on the direction of the Joint Fleet Command. Each Fleet Council Member shall have one vote.
1.9           The Fleet Council shall comment and vote upon the proposal.  If at the end of the poll has not been closed, it shall be closed and the matter shall deemed to be approved unless:

1.9.1.   At the time of its close, the poll was in the negative or tied or;
1.9.2.   25% of the Council demand the proposal be deferred for another 3 days

1.10       If a Fleet Council member feels they have a conflict of interest in a matter, they should declare that to the Fleet Council. The Joint Fleet Command shall decide if they may vote or discuss the matter, and may exempt them from the voting requirement if necessary.
1.11       The Fleet Council, when not acting on a major Proposal, may pass orders and decisions under the Unanimous Consent procedure. In order for a matter to be laid before the Council under the Unanimous Consent procedure, the Joint Fleet Command must certify it as appropriate for the procedure before it is laid before the Council.
1.12       Proposed orders or decisions under the following provisions shall be subject to the Unanimous Consent procedure:

1.12.1.            Rejection of departmental reports;
1.12.2.            Grant of special awards;
1.12.3.            Ratification of an appointment to the Joint Fleet Command;
1.12.4.            Approval of ship and technology submissions;
1.12.5.            Creation, amendment or deletion of awards;
1.12.6.            Approval of Fleet Academy courses and their materials;
1.12.7.            Other matters, where the original Measures has specifically granted the Council the power to amend the Measure by Unanimous Consent procedure and not by full Proposal.

1.13           If a matter is laid before the Council and the Councilor-in-charge of it informs the Council that the Unanimous Consent procedure is in effect, then 3 days after the matter was laid before the Council, it shall be deemed to have been passed by the Council without objection.
1.14           If any Councilor objects before the 3-day period is up, then a full vote of the Council must be held under Articles 1.8-1.9.
1.15       Every Directorate or Office of the Fleet shall submit monthly reports to the Fleet Council which shall be deemed to be automatically approved unless a poll is demanded by a Fleet Council Member.
1.16       The Joint Fleet Command shall have the power to determine the procedures and rules for the Fleet Council, shall perform the administrative duties of the Fleet Council and be responsible for maintaining a Register of Votes and Proceedings, and for ensuring compliance with Part One of the Fleet Constitution.

2.      THE FLEET COMMAND

2.1     The Fleet Command is the executive authority of the Ninth Fleet.  It has the power to represent the Fleet externally, superintend over the execution of the Fleet’s laws, rules and regulations and to appoint officials.
2.2     The executive authority of the Fleet Command is split into General Executive Authority (which shall rest with the Joint Fleet Command) and Specific Executive Authority (which shall rest with those specified below for specific purposes).  No Fleet Member may exercise executive authority unless they have the right to do so under this Structure.
2.3     The holders of General or Specific Executive Authority may delegate it to other officers or officials within their area of jurisdiction.  This delegation does not absolve the primary authority holder from responsibility and any acts done by their subordinates are ultimately accountable to them.
2.4     The Fleet Command shall have the following specific powers:

2.4.1.      Formulation of Fleet-Wide policies;
2.4.2.      Appointment of Fleet staff;
2.4.3.      Implementation of Fleet Council orders, directives and policies;
2.4.4.      Admission and expulsion of Fleet members;
2.4.5.      Admission and expulsion of units from the Fleet;
2.4.6.      Submission of departmental reports;
2.4.7.      Responsibility for Fleet Operations;
2.4.8.      Determination of ranks and commands.

2.5     Specific Executive Authority is granted to the following for the specific purpose of administering and managing their Offices and Sub-Divisions:

2.5.1.      The Task Force Commanding Officers;
2.5.2.   The Director of the Office of Fleet Services;
2.5.3.      The Director of the Obsidian Fleet Academy;
2.5.4.      The Director of the Office of Development and Innovation;
2.5.5.      The Director of the Office of Mediation and Arbitration.

3.      AMENDMENT

3.1     The Fleet Constitution may be amended only by the Fleet Council.

Ordered,
The Fleet Council