Bravo Fleet’s new model brings changes to key aspects of our community. We have a new way of organizing activities, and thus we require a new set of rules and priorities. Earlier tonight the Bravo Fleet Admiralty unanimously confirmed several changes to the Fleet’s Charter and Magistrate Code:
The first change comes to Article I, Section 3 of the Charter. When the Admiralty looked at this section, several factors influenced our decision to update CO Voting. First and foremost, we debated whether Commanding Officer/Game Managers were more important than regular members in our new model. We agreed that our members are the fabric of our community, and Game Managers are not more important now that we’ve expanded our activities into competitions, events, and gaming. The second factor was the participation we’ve had from CO voting. In response to the 26 Commanding Officer votes over the past year, we have an average response rate of 43.79%. If you remove the individual Task Force votes, that participation rate drops down to 36.62%. If we counted our votes by the total number of eligible voters, none of our votes would pass and the Fleet would have stalled months ago. All of the statistics are available in the Fleet’s Official Record.
As such, the Admiralty has decided to eliminate the following from Article I, Section 3 of the Charter:
Bravo Fleet puts the rights of our members above all else. The original writing in Article II, Section 1 of the Charter that defined Member Rights was fairly verbose and convoluted. We have updated that section so it’s easier to understand, without changing any of the core rights previously defined:
The next change comes to Article III, Section 2 of the Charter, adding in a clause defining the section as “In order of succession” (to the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer) and removing the Academy Commandant position from the Admiralty. It was important to clarify the language of this section to match Article IV, Section 2. We also decided to remove the Academy Commandant as a member of the Admiralty because the position doesn’t impact the entire fleet. Before the updates to BFMS, we lacked the infrastructure to sustain a full Academy, which meant the Commandant needed to be involved in Admiralty discussions. With the removal of the BFA-level position, we decided to integrate the Academy with the Communications Office with the Commandant serving as a Command Adjutant. The Commandant will still operate the day-to-day operations of the Academy, but now they will report to the Communications Officer.
The Admiralty has confirmed the following updates to Article III, Section 2 of the Charter:
As you all know from our previous announcements, we’ve changed the structure of our Task Forces. Every member now belongs to a Task Force, and the Admiralty has decided to update Article III, Section 4 to reflect those changes. We have also created an additional Task Force Senior Staff position, the Task Force Chief of Staff, who will help TFCOs coordinate new members and maintain the Task Force roster.
The Admiralty has confirmed the following updates to Article III, Section 4 of the Charter:
The last change to the Charter relates to the terms of a Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer. Previously, the Charter mandated a 3-year term with no options for serving consecutive terms. The Admiralty decided to remove the term limit because it could force the ascension of people who may not be ready for the position. The Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer will now serve 1-year terms, and the Admiralty will reserve the right to reconfirm the incumbent after each term. The rules for BFCO confirmation still apply: a unanimous vote from the Conservatorship can veto a nomination, and another unanimous vote by the Admiralty can overturn a Conservatorship veto. We feel that 1-year terms, with the option to reconfirm, is the perfect fit for the fleet because it allows the Admiralty to reassess a BFCO’s performance every year.
The Admiralty has confirmed the following updates to Article IV, Section 4 of the Charter:
The only change to our Magistrate Code is in relation to a member having multiple accounts on the Bravo Fleet Management System. In this new model, each member has an individual dossier with awards and achievements. Cloning, or creating multiple accounts, can give a member an unfair advantage with competitions and it allows them to manipulate the Fleet’s system without the leadership’s knowledge. As such, the intentional creation of multiple accounts is now a punishable offense by the Magistrate. We’ve already seen users creating multiple accounts in the past, either because they forgot their password or for other reasons. If you’re locked out of your account, please contact the BFMS admins by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using the @BFMS Admins tag on Discord.
The Admiralty has confirmed the following updates to Section 4 of the Magistrate Code: