Category:Saint George Society
The Saint George Society
The Saint George Society is the umbrella Organization of the Saint George Squadron of the White. The concept of the society is to give SGS members homes in other games, and to allow SGS members to start SGS oriented guilds in those games. The Society is handled via a Council made up of members from each guild within the society.
Fortidudo ab Unitas! Strength in Unity!
- 1 The Saint George Society
- 2 The Saint George Society Council Constitution
- 3 Chief of Society Personnel, Society Secretary of Recruitment, and Society Secretary
- 4 Patronage System
- 5 Society Ranks
The Saint George Society Council Constitution
- Formed of 1 person per every 15 active members of a guild, excluding alts, for a maximum of three.
- Member Guilds may elect their council representatives however they decide.
- The Council shall have a Society Secretary (Website Administration), Chief of Society Personnel (Society Roster), and Secretary of Recruitment (Patronage). These offices’ application and voting cycle shall be held on a quarterly basis.
- The same person may not serve on the council for more than one game. In the situation of a individual being in the position to do so, they must choose which game they will represent.
- The Saint George Squadron of the White from POTBS will always have one extra council seat to be reserved for the return of a Squadron Sealord.
- All council votes are required to run for 5 days and achieve a 3/4ths majority. This includes admission of new Guilds.
- The Council will only be formed after three guilds have been accepted into the Society and have met all requirements. Until such a time as this requirement has been met, the role of the Council will be filled by the Saint George Squadron of the White from POTBS’s board of Flag Officers.
- The Saint George Squadron of the White forums will host the Council forums and any member forums. Dedicated facilities will be managed by the Council's Society Secretary(s), Chief(s) of Society Personnel, and Secretary of Recruitment.
- The Saint George Squadron of the White may never be removed from the Council.
- The Society will use the same ranks that the Squadron currently does, with the exception of Sea Lord. Thus, there are seven total ranks. Gentleman, Esquire, Knight, Baronet, Baron, Viscount, Earl. The system of earning ranks is also very similar.
- A member guild must have 15 individual players to join the Society. A guild will not be removed from the Society if they drop below 15 members, but will no longer have a seat on the council until they rise above the 15 member mark.
- In case of a disciplinary issue within the council, the issue will be resolved by the forming of a triumvirate including the Saint George Squadron of the White’s chosen representative, and two members of the council who are elected by vote of the entire council. The Triumvirate will review the evidence and make their decision. This decision is absolute and all three members must be in agreement. If a decision is not reached within 10 days no action will be taken, and the two elected members of the Triumvirate will removed and two new members will be elected. This process will repeat until a decision is made. If the issue at hand involves the Saint George Squadron council representative, they will not be allowed to sit on the triumvirate and their slot will be filled by council election.
- The Council may not interfere with the operation of a member guild unless that guild is violation of the regulations the council has set down, or is in violation of its constitution.
- Amendments may be made to this constitution that do not change, invalidate, or circumvent any of the articles contained within it.
Current Membership Criteria
Any game may have an SGS guild in it, as long as it follows the following rules:
- The Guild must agree to obey the Saint George Society Constitution. Modifications may be made under special circumstances but must be submitted with the guilds application to the society, and must be approved by the Council. Once a guild has joined the Society the constitution may NOT be changed, however amendments may be made. Example of modification would be for EVE Online, where a Corp who does not allow it’s recruitment to ever close or to participate in any form of espionage would be severely at a disadvantage in a wartime situation. The Constitution would be amended to allow recruitment to close during war time situations and to allow counter espionage operations during peace, and to allow general espionage during war time.
- The Guild MUST be designed and lead in the spirit of SGS.
- The Guild name MUST include EITHER St George or Saint George in some capacity, OR be named fitting to the lore of the world it is in.
- The Guild MUST use the Saint George Squadron or Saint George Society Website. Secure and private areas will be provided for each guild.
- The Guild MUST have role play elements. However, in character role play will not be mandatory. This will be judged on a case by case basis.
- The Guild MUST have a set of rules and regulations, as well as some form of ranking system. The Guild MUST have seven (7) ranks. The names are allowed to differ. These systems must be initially approved by the Council before admittance.
- The Guild MUST use the unified Society Patronage system for the purpose of recruitment to their respective game.
- In order for a Guild to be accepted into the Society, it must file an application, be approved by the Council, AND have a minimum of 15 active, individual members. A Guild formed in the hopes of joining the Society should have this in mind and strive to meet these goals. Applicants who have not met these goals will not be considered. Note: The 15 member requirement is only required to apply. The guild may be formed with less than 15 members, but will not be granted admittance until that goal has been met.
Chief of Society Personnel, Society Secretary of Recruitment, and Society Secretary
The Council has three Society Flag Officer positions.
- Chief of Society Personnel (Roster, Medals and Promotions)
- Society Secretary of Recruitment (Patronage and Recruitment)
- Society Secretary (Website Administration)
These offices’ application and voting cycle shall be held on a quarterly basis (every three months), rather than depend on any one game. Any full member of the Society (Esquire and above) that applies and demonstrates sufficient experience can be considered for election.
The Society has one Patronage system that all members must use. All Council game societies must use this Patronage system for the purpose of recruitment to their respective game. Patronage operates in a four step process and is overseen by the Society Secretary of Recruitment.
- A prospect member will use the generic application form found on the Recruitment page on the Wiki which links to the Patronage forum. It requires them to register on our forums first.
- An interview will take place with the prospect by a member of the Society. We are looking for mature players who will fit with our values and who do not mind our regulations. This page is a good resource to pull questions from.
- Patronage will last at most 4 patronage cycles for a prospect member (two months in total). Twice a month eligible patronage members will be put forward for promotion. To be eligible you must conform to the following regulations:
- Be a member for at least 15 days.
- Forum name must be a regulation character name.
- Be in Uniform (where applicable).
- Have a matching forum and character name (where applicable).
- On the 25th of the month any patronage officer with a join date on the Captains Roster of 15th of the same month or earlier will be eligible for promotion. With a vote to last 5 days. The results of this vote will be announced on or about the 1st of the next month. This process will be repeated on the 10th of each month for officers with a join date of the 1st of the month or earlier, with the announcement being made on the 15th.
- Join date of the 15th or earlier, vote opens on the 25th, result on the 1st of next month.
- Join date of the 1st or earlier, vote opens on the 10th, result on the 15th of the month.
- The recruitment Secretary will ensure that a poll is created on the officers patronage thread. The vote is to last 5 days with re-voting enabled. The vote should have the following options:
- More time needed
- A result must have a clear majority to take effect (more than half the votes). Results without a clear majority default to more time needed.
- A Gentleman that does not pass Patronage from the Society are struck from the lists and must reapply if returning later. The decision on whether to allow them another Patronage will be left with the elected Council members.
The Society has seven total ranks. Gentleman, Esquire, Knight, Baronet, Baron, Viscount, Earl. Each game the Saint George Society is officially participating in must have seven (7) ranks. The names are allowed to differ.
The promotion to Esquire is automatic on a member’s successful passing of patronage. The rest of the ranks are earned as outlined below.
Upon promotion to Esquire in the Society the member will attain the equivalent rank in all official games (one rank above the patronage rank).
When a member earns a rank in one game it does not automatically transfer to the other unless evaluated and bestowed by the leaders there, however it is earned for the Society, and the Wiki and Forums reflect that. When he earns the same rank in another game he does not gain a rank for the Society, until he surpasses that rank in any game. As illustrated below:
Society Ranks are dependent on members recommending others for promotion. The form for Promotions and Awards will need to be filled out and submitted by the member recommending the promotion. This form will require the member to be logged in to the forums. The member must also mention which game he is recommending someone for.
On the 20th of each month the Council members will convene a promotion board to discuss the candidates and add any of their own. They will use After Action Reports (if any) and the Recommendation for Promotion put forth by members. Those members should make sure to include acts of leadership in their Recommendation for Promotion. They will then vote on these candidates.
On the Last day of the month the successful candidates are promoted by one rank.
Candidates are assessed based on their leadership skills both in combat (PvP, PvE), non-combat operations (Economy / Crafting) and out of game (Website, Administration, Graphics, etc.). The Council members shall look for the following:
- Success in the chosen field
- Leadership Strengths
- Awareness of Leadership weaknesses
- Communication skills
and should not look at the amount of time served or time in game when assessing leadership potential. A talented leader who can only play one night a week will be promoted over a weaker leader who plays every day.
In order to be approved for a promotion a Member must be nominated (recommended, as above), voted on and win said vote during a promotion cycle at the end of every month as stated above. Each rank demands certain requirements of a candidate which are listed below, and any requirements for the game they are being recommended for promotion in. Captains are required to comply with the regulations for all ranks up to and including the rank he or she currently holds.
Gentleman and Esquire
Patronage members remain in rank and not eligible for a Patronage Vote until the following is completed:
- Name Approval
Upon promotion to the rank of Knight, by merit of service, the proclamation of promotion will be held until such time as the following is completed:
- Coat of Arms.
Upon promotion to the rank of Baronet, by merit of service, the proclamation of promotion will be held until such time as the following is completed:
- Serving at least one (1) term (3 months) as a Council member of the Saint George Society.
Upon promotion to the rank of Baron, by merit of service, the proclamation of promotion will be held until such time as the following is completed:
- At least one (1) Award
Upon promotion to the rank of Viscount, by merit of service, the proclamation of promotion will be held until such time as the following is completed:
- Serving at least two (2) terms (6 months) as a Council member of the Saint George Society.
- At least two (2) medals awarded.
Upon promotion to the rank of Earl, by merit of service, the proclamation of promotion will be held until such time as the following is completed:
- At least three (3) medals awarded.
There is no retirement for the Society, meaning a member may keep his rank on the Society roster without penalty if he is away for a long time.