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Squadron Regulations

A Squadron Regulation governs important parts of the Squadron. These regulations may only be changed as the result of a Squadron Vote as detailed below.


Voting

Holding a Squadron Vote

  1. A thread is started in the Officers Wardroom. It must include details of the change including the exact wording or graphic of the replacement.
  2. A poll is created with a Yes or No option (to adopt the new regulation).
  3. The poll must last 5 days and allow re-voting to be valid.
  4. A 2/3 majority (yes) result is required to change the regulation to that proposed.
  5. Any changes must be announced to the squadron in the Wardroom upon conclusion of the vote, and added to the wiki within three days by either the proposing officer or the Squadron Secretaries.

Holding a Flag Vote

  1. A thread is started in the Flag Officers boardroom voting forum. It must include details of the change including the exact wording or graphic of the replacement. A discussion topic must also be created in the Flag officers root forum for discussion with the advisory council.
  2. A poll is created with a Yes or No option (to adopt the new regulation).
  3. The poll must last 5 days and allow re-voting to be valid.
  4. A simple majority (yes) result is required to change the regulation to that proposed.
  5. Any changes must be announced to the squadron in the Wardroom upon conclusion of the vote, and added to the wiki within three days by either the proposing officer or the Squadron Secretaries.

Board of Flag Officers

Board of Flag Offices

The Squadron is managed by a board of Flag officers, who are chosen from the full membership on the basis of seniority.
Each role manages the administrative effort to run the squadron. Being a Flag Officer can be demanding and time consuming and as a reward for service the Flag Officers also get to vote on Promotions and Awards and well as strategic, out of game decisions. Flag officers are some of the most important members of the squadron and without them SGS could not exist.
The Board is made up of 8 roles, and can have multiple officers in each role. They are:
Chief of Naval Operations
Manages the RvR efforts of the squadron, including suggested ship builds, focus role of the society and representation of the society to the nation. The CNO must be an expert on RvR mechanics and be willing to pro-actively lead the society's RvR effort.
Chief of Naval Personnel
Runs the Human Resources side of the squadron. This includes maintaining the roster, managing the medals and promotions system and helping officers to complete their paperwork. The CNP also ensures that officers have matching forum, character and vent names. The CNP must be active on the forums and wiki as well as in game.
Commissioner
The Commissioner creates graphics for the squadron. This include members flags and coats of arms.
Governor in chief, Caribbean
Manages port governance.
Not implemented in Naval action at this time
Inspector General
Maintains the uniform visual standards.
Not implemented in Naval action at this time
Secretary, Recruitment
Manages the recruitment and patronage system.
Squadron Secretary
Oversees the website and forums.
Duty Officer
The duty officer is the squadrons “General officer”. Duty officers are expected to be the board of flags eyes and ears in game; to submit an agenda they intend to pursue during their term; and follow through on that agenda. A Duty Officer may hold the position for only one consecutive map at a time. A duty officer will only ever be elected should all other administrative roles hold at least one flag officer.

Forming the Board of Flag

At the end of each quarter (3 months on the calendar year) the board is formed for the next quarter. The board is made up of 12% of the full membership, rounded to the nearest odd number with a minimum of 5. Each seat on the board must belong to one of the 5 departments.
Procedure
  1. During each quarter officers are invited to apply for the board. Existing members must fill an application to confirm they wish to continue.
  2. At the end of each quarter the size of the board for the next map is calculated as 12% of the full membership rounded to the nearest odd number. With a minimum of 5.
  3. A poll is then created, that lasts 5 days, in the flag office with an separate option for each applications primary and secondary choice. Each voter is given the number of choices as there are seats on the board. The old board then votes for the new.
  4. Any officer requires a minimum one-half (50%) of the votes cast by the previous board in order to assume office. Captains with less votes will be considered "Non Confidence" and not awarded the role. (Example:If there are twelve Captains on the board; in order for a Captain to be inducted into the new board they require a minimum of six votes.) These are hard votes, and modifiers (Rank, and only in office) will not be applied to a Captain not gaining 1/2 (50%) in favour.
  5. The results are modified with the following points.
    1. Baronet +1
    2. Baron +2
    3. Viscount +3
    4. Earl +4
    5. Lords Commissioner +4
    6. Most votes in that department +20
  6. The highest scoring captains form the board (ties are resolved by seniority)

Stepping Down

A flag officer may step down from the board at any time. He returns to his former status with full honours. His place is then filled as soon as possible.

Removing a Flag Officer

In the unlikely event that a Flag officer is not performing his duties but will not step down he can be retired after a Flag Vote.

Flag officers in game

If a decision is needed in game the following chain of command is used:
  1. Appropriate Flag officer if online
  2. Highest ranking officer

Example

The map coordinators are asking the squadron for their preference in a port flip. As this is a RVR matter it comes under the Chief of Naval Operations. If he is on-line he makes the decision for the squadron (he may of course consult the other officers). However if the CNO is not available then the decision falls the the highest ranking officer onlne (use the Roster to find this).

Flag officers out of game

Each flag officer has a set of responsibility and duties he must perform. In addition to these he is expected to:
  • Nominate officers for promotion
  • Vote on Promotions and Awards
  • Propose changes or new regulations
  • Vote on changes or new regulations

Advisory Council

Squadron members of the rank of Knight and above are granted read and write access to the board of flag forums. They will not have the right to a vote; but are able to give opinions and have a say in the vital decision making of the squadron.
All information accessed by squadron personnel via the board of flag forums is to be treated as top secret, and released past the flag officers board only with the posters express consent.
The board of flag officers reserves the right to redact critical information in the case of an emergency, after a 51% vote of yes.

Chain of Command

Even though we are a British naval guild and pride ourselves on team work and discipline, we don’t want our chain of command getting in the way of playing the game and having fun.

Group Chain of Command

The group leader is the commander and his orders should always be followed. This includes mixed society groups.

In-game, Tactical Command

Is based on Seniority according to the squadron Roster. The highest ranking officer online has command of the squadron. However orders to join a group or play a specific style are optional.

Out of game, Strategic Command

The Flag officers manage and administrate the squadron according to the regulations.

Character Names

SGS Naming Policy

The St George Squadron is a British Royal Navy Role-playing based society and as such will only accept names that fit the period and nation. People who sign up with and apply for membership with inappropriate names will be asked politely, "what they would like their names changed too,” however it's better for everyone if you pick a sensible name from the start.
Under all circumstances avoid picking out of context names, such as Darth Vader, Maggotboy, Milkman or famous names such as Captain Horatio Nelson, Captain William Bligh, Captain Horatio Hornblower and names along those lines. To qualify a name has to be historical, and in keeping with an officer of the British Royal Navy.
The squadron uses a full title system to reflect rank and so character names should not include titles like Lord, Baron or Sir. These will be awarded to you as part of your career with SGS.
We understand that established characters may not have a appropriate names and we will work with the player to get a more fitting name.


Fair Naming Policy

Patronage Vote Clause
All Captains who apply to the squadron with an unacceptable name; will be allowed to go up for the standard vote and have the results announced on the stipulations that:
  1. Captain agrees to have his/her name changed into a name which complies with regulations no more than one week (seven days) after the conclusion of the vote.
  2. That, should the Captain default on the above agreement; s/ he will willing leave the squadron within 24 (twenty-four) hours of his seven day grace period. Should the captain fail to remove him/herself from the squadron within the allocated time; the Captain will be removed from the society via a kick.
  3. The Captain must inform us of the name s/he will be changing his/her name to.
  4. The Captain is informed of these terms, and agrees to them prior to the beginning of the poll. Should the captain decline these terms, s/he will have it held as a defaulted patronage.
  5. Should the Captain be forced to leave the squadron due to a breach of this agreement, he will not be allowed to reapply until s/he has corrected his name to one meeting regulation.
Captains who agree to the above terms; should they pass their vote, will have their results announced with the rest of the patronage class, with the name they have chosen to change to placed in parenthesis beside their current name.
In all cases the Chief of Naval Personnel decision is final. Suggested names can be found on the 18th Century Names page.

Acceptable names under the SGS Policy:

  • English, Scottish, Irish or Welsh (preference for the first two).
  • Foreign surnames with a British first name E.g. William Bach.
  • Anglicized versions of foreign names E.g. Frederic Redstone.
  • German Names are acceptable based on ties to the House of Hanover.

Ranks and Promotions

The squadron has eight social ranks that are different then the in-game military ranks (See Rank Difference.) These are split into 2 main groups, and 2 minor groups.
The special rank of Lords Commissoner is reserved for founding members of the squadron.
New Captains that are on probation have the rank of Gentleman. After they have successfully completed their probation time they get promoted to Esquire and full member.
A Gentleman or Fairlass that retires from the Squadron are struck from the lists and must reapply if returning later.

Half Pay

Any officer may ask to be put on Half Pay, which effectively gives that officer up to 4 months leave, without the risk of loosing his rank. After the 4 months he is automatically retired from the squadron.

Retirement

A retiring officer is moved to the retired roster and shown with their rank at the time of leaving. Should they wish to rejoin the squadron they do so at one rank less than previously after successful patronage.

Sea Lord.png Lords Commissioner

Earl.png Earl / Countess

Viscount.png Viscount / Viscountess

Baron.png Baron/Baroness

Baronet.png Baronet/Baronetess

Knight.png Knight / Dame

Esquire.png Esquire / Madame

Gentleman.png Gentleman / Fairlass


The squadron has both ranks and awards to offer it's captains in recognition of service. These awards are issued by the senior officers at the end of each month.


Promotion Through the Ranks

Ranks are awarded based purely on a captain's leadership skills. With the exception of the first promotion which is awarded after a successful patronage period.
Selecting Officers for Promotion

On the 20th of each month the Flag Officers will convene a promotion board to discuss the candidates and add any of their own. We use After Action Reports and officers should make sure to include acts of leadership. They will then vote on these candidates.

On the Last day of the month the successful candidates are promoted by one rank.
There are limits to the number of promotions that will occur each month, depending on the number of active squadron members at the time.
Criteria for Nominations
Candidates are assessed based on their leadership skills both in combat, non-combat operations and out of game. The senior officers look for the following:
  • Success in the chosen field
  • Leadership Strengths
  • Awareness of Leadership weaknesses
  • Initiative
  • Communication skills
Because the highest ranking officer in game takes command of the squadron it is important that leaders understand their weaknesses as well as strengths. For example a captain who is a good economic leader should recognise his weakness in combat leadership and delegate to more able, but lower ranked officers when in a combat situation. Note: Meeting all these criteria will not automatically list you for a promotion. See Criteria for Nominations above for clarification on how to get nominated for promotion.
What we don't use
We do not look at the amount if time served or time in game when assessing leadership potential. A talented combat leader who can only play one night a week will be promoted over a weaker leader who plays every day.
Requirements and Regulations for Promotion
In order to be approved for a promotion a Captain must be nominated, 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. 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 Officers remain in rank and not eligible for Patronage Vote until the following is completed:
  1. Name Approval.
  2. Uniform Inspection.
  3. Matching Forum Name.
  4. Avatar.
  5. Signature.

Special Note - Captains are eligible for voting if they will have 15 days in the squadron as of the announcement date, so 10 from the start of voting.

Knight

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:
  1. Coat of Arms.
  2. Captains Back Story Completed on the Captain's Bio Page.
  3. Level 50.

Baronet

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:
  1. Served as a Flag Officer for one (1) board.

Baron

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:
  1. Personal Ensign
  2. At least one (1) Award

Viscount

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:
  1. Serving at least two (2) map cycle as a Flag Officer of Saint George Squadron.
  2. At least two (2) medals awarded.

Earl

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:
  1. Complete List of Ship Commissions under sail by the Captain, listed on the Captain’s Bio Page.
  2. At least three (3) medals awarded.

Accepting Surrender


Spying and Espionage


Trading between Captains


Forum regulations


Coats of Arms


Orders of Knighthood


Forming Groups


Alts and other characters

(Waiting to see how Naval Action sets alternate characters first before making a regulation on it)

Uniform

Not implemented at this time in Naval Action. Should there come a time where it will become available in Naval Action this section of the regulation shall be expanded upon to govern the uniform appearance of The Squadron