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  1. Xalphox

    My vasectomy

  2. Name: The name of the character Reason: The reason why you think your character should receive a roll bonus on top of their base rank. Admins determine what your roll bonus will be. ANY admin can approve a roll bonus - they should appoint an appropriate bonus (in line with what others have received) and post a thread noting it, plus any conditions. Reply to this thread if you wish to apply for a bonus. Please post the threads yourself after approved - noting the roll bonus, who approved it, and why.
  3. Courts-martial are the military equivalent of a criminal court - trying serious crimes against the Federation where non-judicial punishment would be inappropriate. Only people who have completed the OOC OCS process are permitted to run courts-martial as they can be put in a position where they could be responsible in sentencing a character to a PK - via execution, a discharge or life imprisonment. This does not restrict the ability of a mission lead to field execute offenders if they threaten the viability of the mission! Offences Our primary source for criminal law is the United States' Uniform Code of Military Justice, with some custom laws that enhance or supersede these where appropriate in the Federal Articles. A note about confinement (brigging) A concerted effort should be made to bring an offender to trial as quickly as possible and, except in capital cases where there is a high OOC likelihood of conviction, a player cannot be confined for longer than 20 minutes pre-trial. Admins are authorized to release/bail any player that has been brigged for longer than 20 minutes pre-trial. This is to prevent bullshit scenarios where a player is held in the brig permanently or over a prolonged period of time. Non-judicial Punishment (NJP) NJPs can be issued by NCOs and officers alike for minor indiscretions - however an NJP can be challenged and the recipient can demand a court-martial instead. Process No formal process - however the recipient can challenge an NJP and demand a court-martial, to be conducted by a separate officer (though they risk facing more severe punishment as a result). Whilst appealing, any prescribed punishment should be deferred until post-appeal where possible. Maximum punishment A demotion of one rank, except if the recipient is a commissioned officer. Beatings, except if the recipient is a commissioned officer. Being ordered to perform extra work - for example, washing the deck. Restriction of privileges - ie. bread & water, no alcohol, etc. Examples of where suitable A Private disrespecting a Corporal or a Sergeant Being stupidly drunk Failure to follow an order (but not insubordination) Summary Court-martial Summary courts-martial are formal trials for offences and are the default form of court-martial except for certain offences that require a general court-martial. Process A summary court-martial involves a defendant, a prosecutor (the non-commissioned or commissioned officer charging the defendant with an offence), and an otherwise independent and uninvolved officer to act as presiding judge. The defendant must represent themself and cannot nominate a representative. The prosecutor will explain their case as to why the defendant committed the offence in question The defendant will counter. Both sides can show evidence or request witnesses to bolster their case. The presiding judge can approve or decline depending on whether they think the evidence is pertinent to the case. The presiding judge will make a judgment - innocent or guilty - and will issue a punishment. Both the defendant and the prosecutor can petition an officer of their service more senior to the presiding judge to hear an appeal. if the appellate agrees to hear their appeal, the process will be repeated. Punishment should be suspended until all appeals are exhausted. You cannot overturn the verdict of an incumbent faction leader - for example, former MI leaders cannot overturn any verdict passed by Cpt. Davidson. The only exception to this is if the officer in question is either an Executive Admin, has been authorized by an XA, or has been authorized by the incumbent leader. If an officer declines to hear an appeal, nobody equal to or junior to or equal in rank to said officer may preside over the case. Officers may preemptively decline or forbid an appeal regardless of whether or not an appeal has been filed with them - for example, if General Larsen forbids an appeal, Captain Davidson cannot then agree to hear that appeal even if it the original presiding officer was Lieutenant Tuuli. Maximum punishment Any punishment that can be prescribed by a NJP, in addition to: Demotion to any rank. If the defendant is a commissioned officer, the lowest they can be demoted is to third lieutenant or equivalent - aka a summary court-martial cannot revoke a commission. Confinement (to the brig, to the ship, or to any other place on-ship or on-base if stationed on the ground) for up to 3 OOC days (9 days IC). If the defendant is a commissioned officer, due respect should be paid to their rank and they should be confined to their quarters with appropriate accommodations unless there is a distinct need to confine the defendant to the brig. Can compel the defendant to perform any action. Lashings Examples of where suitable An act that might otherwise warrant an NJP that has been aggravated, for example through heinousness, repeated incidents, or where the act was has significant consequences. Examples: Calling an officer a cunt. Causing a mission objective to be failed due to incompetence. Most cases of insubordination Threatening violence against a superior. Assault Theft General Court-martial General courts-martial are the most powerful form of court-martial, convened to try only the most serious crimes, with the power to issue almost any punishment up to and including execution. Process A prosecuting commissioned officer calls for a general court-martial. Except where there are security concerns, general courts-martial should be public. A panel of three independent officers are convened to try the defendant. The defendant is entitled to appoint somebody to represent them, but is not entitled for representation to be appointed. The prosecutor will explain their case as to why the defendant committed the offence in question The defendant will counter. Both sides can show evidence or request witnesses to bolster their case. The presiding panel of judge vote to decline to hear a witness if they think the point is proven or the evidence is not pertinent. The panel of judges discuss the facts of the case privately, finding a verdict and if necessary delivering a sentence. The defendant may lodge an appeal to either General Larsen, Colonel Zaiger, or the Fleet Captain. Maximum punishment Any punishment that can be prescribed by an NJP or a summary court-martial; The temporary or permanent revocation of a commissioned officer's commission; Confinement on ship to any area up to 1 OOC month. Confinement to a federal penitentiary off ship (effectively TKs) for any duration including life. Death by hanging, firing squad, or any method not cruel and unusual. Examples of where suitable Murder, attempted murder, or conspiracy to commit murder. Treason, sedition, sabotage, or mutiny. An aggravated act or omission that leads to the failure of an objective critical to Federation interests. An aggravated act or omission that leads to the death of a fellow trooper.
  4. Xalphox

    Unban Appeal

    Noting the contrition I am willing to be reasonable and offer you a second chance. You can be unbanned. The staff team will consider whether or not to keep you unbanned at the next series of admin meetings.
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    Forum & site issues

    Hi all, Quick explanation regarding the site issues: I missed an invoice with the previous host (OVH) which led to the service being suspended - normally this isn't an issue and the service is reinstated instantaneously after the balance is paid (which it promptly was). However unfortunately the system they use that is responsible for suspending and reinstating VPSes went awry and corrupted/catastrophically broke our VPS. The last couple of days has been like pulling teeth as I went back and forth with their support, but finally I gained access to our data yesterday and have since moved us to a new provider. I'm condensing down the process a lot - but TL;DR it transpires copying MySQL databases from one server to another when (1) the source isn't running a mysql server and you have to use the actual files in /var/lib/mysql and (2) you can't actually access /var/lib/mysql is a slow and painful process. At the time of writing, the wiki isn't back yet - there's a few extra steps to getting this up (the WYSIWYG is a separate node service) but I'm hoping to get it up by the end of today, if not early tomorrow. The site will probably be slow for a day or two whilst the cache is built. Some people may still find that the site isn't working for up to 48 hours as the changes to the sstrp.net domain propagates across the internet (https://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/domain-names/dns-nameserver-changes/domain-names-dns-changes), though for most it should be near instantaneous. Xalphox
  6. Xalphox

    Forum & site issues

    Wiki is back.
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    Fleet Event

    EmptyEpsilon - Fleet Event - 2100 BST or 1600 EST
  8. MILKY WAY UNITES AGAINST PROGENITOR THREAT It has emerged today that humanity has an unlikely ally in its offensive against the Progenitor threat: the Arachnid and Skinnie empires. As Federal forces make headway into reclaiming the solar system, the arachnids and the skinnies have launched simultaneous offensives of their own against this intergalactic threat, opening fronts against the Progenitors over a dozen of their own planets, including Klendathu and Tophet. "The Progenitors must surely be feeling the pressure by now", said Sky Marshal Ortiz this morning. "And although we find ourselves in the unusual position of metaphorically fighting shoulder to shoulder with our once sworn enemies, there is nothing usual about the times, and they are absolutely right to recognise that the Progenitors pose a threat not only to just one species, but the entire galaxy." She explained that the Federation under her guidance had made contact with the Arachnids and the Skinnies, coordinating and negotiating to achieve an environment where the Progenitors find themselves fighting on multiple fronts. "Divide and conquer", she said.
  9. Xalphox

    day in life of sst admin

    this is a terrible shitpost
  10. Schedule Aug. 21 at 2100 BST/1600 EST: Briefing Aug. 21-26: Duration of the operation (aka all missions this week will relate to this) Fri Aug. 24-26: The main 3-day campaign
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    Alysia Harper

    Application + tech doc accepted and reviewed.
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    A question concerning Flamethrowers.

    At its core the separation of responsibilities. Marauders should be heavy/special weapons; engineers should be tech & explosives; medics should be medical; infantry should be everything else. The benefit to being Infantry is that it should be easier to rank up and find yourself in a leading role whereas engineers/medics/marauder NCOs would need to be exceptional to offset against their divisional responsibilities. Also having 3 flamethrowers, 2 miniguns and an array of other special battlefield-levelling weapons on drops as a mission runner was annoying.
  13. Xalphox

    Maple syrup

    @hewhogrillsbears or @Medic If you ship me Canadian maple syrup I'll ship you a bottle of scotch. @Durango can verify that I buy good scotch
  14. CARMEN ORTIZ, GOVERNOR OF ISKANDER, FORMALLY CONFIRMED AS 56TH SKY MARSHAL AT FIRST MEETING OF FEDERAL COUNCIL SINCE CIVIL WAR. Carmen Ortiz, the former Fleet Admiral, governor of Iskander, and figurehead of the Coalition during the Civil War, has been unanimously confirmed as Sky Marshal by the Federal Council, receiving the backing of not only her party but also the major opposition parties, at the first convening of the Federal Council since the fall of Terra. SM Ortiz: Thank you. I am truly humbled by this great honour, convened on this great day, by this great council of men and women, of whom hail from all corners of this great Federation. The loss of Earth and the internal strife that has ensued has hit everyone hard: from the ruins of Faraway to the farms of Iskander; there is sparsely anyone who has not lost a mother, or a father, or a son, or daughter, or in some terrible cases a combination of the above, to this civil war that has very nearly consumed us. Note that when I speak of the civil war, I speak in the present tense. For whilst active hostilities have ceased, fractures remain in the foundations of our society, and until those are repaired, the civil war can only said to be temporarily suspended, not concluded. As the victors, we have a responsibility to the defeated - on the whole, men and women who dutifully fought for what they thought was right, proper, in many occasions what they thought was the Federation. Thus, effective immediately, I am offering a general amnesty to those who fought against us, except where other crimes were committed, should they swear their allegiance to the Federation and this great council, and agree to enlist or re-enlist with the federal armed services for no less than a two year term. During the campaign, I promised that we would retake Earth whatever the cost, and that is precisely what I intend to do. As we speak, the groundwork is being laid for a prolonged operation to retake our homeworld - with ships assembling from across the galaxy to form the largest armada in the history of the human race, ranging from the largest of warships to small re-purposed pleasure yachts. We will drive the Progenitors from our shores, our planet, indeed from our very galaxy, back into the dark void whence they came. No sacrifice too great, no challenge too difficult... we will anoint our new Federation with the blood and viscera of our enemies.
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    Arkady Mikhailovich Zuykov

    Approved as an Officer-Cadet (rank OCdt). Pick a topic of your choice to write a tech doc on - it should be around a page's worth of content, fleshing out a Fleet technical topic of your choice. It can be completely made up so long as it sound sensible/plausible and doesn't directly conflict with existing content.
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    Sabine Bilodeau

    Approved as an Officer-Cadet (rank OCdt). Pick a topic of your choice to write a tech doc on - it should be around a page's worth of content, fleshing out a Fleet technical topic of your choice. It can be completely made up so long as it sound sensible/plausible and doesn't directly conflict with existing content.
  17. Xalphox

    pk appeal

    ur already hitting all og us with the special, it just too special to realise
  18. Xalphox

    pk appeal

  19. Xalphox

    pk appeal

    anime is gay tbh
  20. Xalphox

    pk appeal

    appeal rejected, it was so bad that one of your other characters has to die now too, sorry
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    Mason Piason

    Approved as an Officer-Cadet (rank OCdt). Pick a topic of your choice to write a tech doc on - it should be around a page's worth of content, fleshing out a Fleet technical topic of your choice. It can be completely made up so long as it sound sensible/plausible and doesn't directly conflict with existing content.
  22. +5 for longevity (2 years OOC) +10 for 2x PFO