In order to provide a framework for relationships between dutystations, maintain a consistent timeline and protect the rights of the membership, the members of Borderlands hereby establish this Constitution.
As amended 2018/07/23 via poll; message 16936
All legislative powers granted herein will be vested in the Borderlands Council.
For clarification, all references to gender herein are to be interpreted in the generic manner and are not intended to insult.
The Borderlands Council will be composed of up to four voting members from every duty station; two members of command and two player representatives, with additional non-voting members as allowed in this section.
Whenever two or more duty stations act in concert as one duty station, they will collectively be limited to 4 voting members, with each being returned to full status when they return to individual posting groups.
Both the CO and XO of each duty station will be appointed. Should a duty station have more than two commanders, two will be considered voting members and any others as non-voting members. Appointed representatives may designate another player from their duty station to represent them; including the use of their voting rights.
There is no term limit placed on selected player representatives.
The Council Chair is no longer considered a representative of their duty station. The Chair can designate another player from their duty station to retain it's allotted number of representatives.
Command members may decide to remain as non-voting members of Council after abdicating their command position with a duty station.
Additional general members of Borderlands may be accepted as non-voting members by a vote.
The time, method and manner for electing representatives to the Council shall be determined by each dutystation as it sees fit.
A majority of the Council members shall constitute a quorum.
The Council will create rules of procedure as it sees fit, punish members for unruly behavior and, with the concurrence of two-thirds of the members, expel a member.
The Council will keep all records of its proceedings public, and will provide them to any dutystation member who requests them.
Amendments to this Constitution require two-thirds of Council members' votes in favor. Two-thirds is measured against Council membership; not two-thirds of votes cast.
All other rulings require a majority of Council members' votes in favor.
Any decision of the Council shall become binding immediately upon passage of the ruling, unless otherwise noted in the decision.
The Borderlands Council will have the power to:
Whether it be by succession, application or appointment, the Council shall allow every new Duty Station CO a one grade promotion, not to exceed O-6. Such a promotion is not mandatory and may be refused by the new Duty Station CO by notifying the council with a single post.
The Council shall have the power to impeach the Chair for just cause.
When a motion to impeach is raised and supported by two additional Council members, they shall delegate an Arbiter. The Arbiter does not gain any powers of Chair except as provided in this Section and bound by Article II, Sections 2 and 3.
The Arbiter will hold a vote of no confidence. Such a vote supported by more than two-thirds of Council will open the floor to nominations for a replacement Chair. The Arbiter oversees the nomination and voting process and cannot be nominated for Chair. A vote held according to the Rules of Procedure will select a replacement Chair.
There will be three means of establishing a new CO, with favor always going to the Succession mode:
SUCCESSION: When a CO departs voluntarily:
APPLICATION: When a CO vanishes or departs due to DS decision:
APPOINTMENT: For a new DS, or a DS in dire need of leadership (no senior PCs):
A new CO will appoint his XO. It is suggested that the CO first ask the council if any other DS has a player who might be a good choice for the job. The CO in question would then speak to all possible choices before making a decision.
In the event that a Leadership Player, being defined as the Council Chair, a CO or an XO of a duty station, being AWOL for a period of time, it is considered a resignation of their position.
Before any member can be relieved of duty with Council support, the following courtesies must be afforded:
In the event a Council Chair goes absent without leave for two weeks from the time of an email regarding the AWOL status, it is considered a resignation of their position, and the council may call for nominations and a vote of a new Council Chair.
In the event of a CO from a duty station goes absent without leave for three weeks from the time of an email regarding the AWOL status, it is considered a resignation of their position therefore the XO may become the CO, or call a vote on the duty station for a new CO that will then be approved by the council.
In the event a XO from a duty station is absent without leave for four weeks from the time of an email regarding the AWOL status, it is considered a resignation of their position, and the CO of the station may assign a new XO.
Other courtesies that will be afforded prior to council approval:
An additional email will be sent three days prior to the inauguration of the incoming position holder.
All emails regarding AWOL status and changes in positions will be copied to at least one other person beyond the author and the recipient.
Council will be informed upon the first email being sent out regarding inquiry of AWOL status.
AWOL or absent without leave is defined as a member not posting to a duty station or any borderland board, notifying anyone of an intent and date of return.
While it is encouraged that phone numbers of leadership members for a duty station be exchanged, phone calls and conversations cannot take the place of an actual posted status.
The Council shall create subcommittees as it deems necessary to address specific issues. These subcommittees will be manned by members of the Council and, when useful, volunteers or draftees from the General membership with special interests or skills pertaining to the particular subcommittee.
The Council Chair will be selected from among the Council members by the Council members. The Chair will be elected by a simple majority.
The term of the Chair will be one year. The Chair will have no term limits.
The Chair shall be responsible for:
The Chair shall be bound by the following restrictions:
May not represent a duty station as an elected or appointed member. Once a Chair is voted in, the dutystation must provide a replacement representative pursuant to Article I Section 3;
May vote only when necessary to resolve a tie situation.
In all other matters, the Chair may participate on the Council, in Council discussions, and in other ways that elected and appointed representatives serve.
The Council Chair is responsible for maintaining discipline on the Council list.
The Council Chair shall also have authority to deal with backchannel complaints which have been brought to their attention. In this instance the Chair shall try to resolve the issue privately by informing the CO's of the respective players and allowing them to deal with it. If a complaint is made on the Council list about backchannel emails, then the issue is to be treated as if the comments have been posted there. The Chair would then hear both sides and make a decision.
There are 4 stages in the disciplinary process, which do not have to be followed sequentially. It is at the discretion of the Chair whether to move up a stage every time or to remain at the same stage. It is also at the Chair's discretion whether to make the rulings public, but for all stages, the Chair will keep the member's CO informed.
The four stages are:
Stage 1: Informal warning, individual email from Chair or Chair posts to the Council warning the individual(s) that their behaviour is unacceptable.
Stage 2: Formal warning, moderated posts for two weeks
It is envisaged that in most cases the first two stages will be sufficient and that will be the end of the matter. However,if a situation arises where a Council member is seriously disrupting Council activity, and these two steps have already been attempted then the following steps may be considered:
Stage 3: One month suspension
Stage 4: Two year Council ban
There shall be a right of appeal for Stages 3 and 4. If a player wishes to appeal they must inform both the Chair and an independent Council member they trust within 3 days. Each party then submits a statement to the Council (the Player's statement is submitted through the independent member).
There shall be no discussion of the appeal or the circumstances of the ruling on the Council list. A three day poll is set up and every member of the Council votes to either uphold or overturn the Chair's ruling.
The decision requires a simple majority vote.
At the duty station level, this same disciplinary system is recommended with the following adjustments. The CO has all the rights and responsibilities of the Council Chair to handle internal conflicts. Examples of bad behavior would be (but are not limited to) bullying, sexual harassment, and repetitive co-opting of other players scenarios. The CO need not inform the Council of Stage 1 Disciplinary Action. Above Stage 1, the Council should be informed so that we can begin a running clock on disciplinary issues.
From the date of the offense, if there have been no further transgressions within 6 months, the slate is wiped clean.
Any of the membership may call for a Membership Review of a Council decision. Further, the Council may call for a Membership Review on issues that they deem necessary. General guidelines for a Membership Review are set forth here:
Membership Reviews are time consuming and detract from the intent of Borderlands. These should not be called to overturn a ruling made within a duty station, or on issues that are in Council discussion unless determined necessary by the Council. Except in cases where the Review is called in opposition to a Council decision or ruling, the Council may elect to review the issue and present alternative solutions.
All dutystations will recognize the appointments and plotlines of all other dutystations. The Council will create guidelines for ensuring compatibility of all plotlines.
All plot lines are to fit within the general Borderlands timeline and setting.
Each dutystation will provide to the Council a list of its active members and total messages in the last month once per month. Active members will be defined as any member who has posted in the past seven days, or who is currently on leave.
New dutystations can be added to Borderlands by the Council. However, no new dutystation can draw characters from an existing dutystation without the consent of that dutystation.
Should three-quarters of all dutystations request it, this constitution shall be set aside and a new constitutional convention will be held to create a new constitution.
Any powers not specifically granted to the Council in this Constitution are reserved for the dutystations.
Pursuant to the provisions of Article I, Section 5, this Constitution shall be ratified on an interim basis upon a two-thirds vote of the Council. Further, in keeping with the spirit of the Borderlands Concept, this Constitution shall automatically undergo Membership Review pursuant to Article III. Two-thirds approval of the membership is required for full ratification.
No dutystation representative shall contact a newly recruited player (NRP) on another dutystation with the intent of recruiting them to leave, or to play another character elsewhere, within the first six months after the NRP was recruited to their current dutystation, either off the Borderlands Application Board or individually by a representative of the NRP's current dutystation, without the consent of the NRP's current Ccommanding Officer (CO) or Executive Officer (XO). If a NRP independently contacts the CO or XO of another dutystation (directly or indirectly) within this six-month period, asking to change dutystations or start another character with that dutystation, then a courtesy contact between the COs or XOs of each dutystation is recommended. If a NRP, already on one dutystation, posts a new application to Borderlands within the six-month period, and another dutystation claims them, then no additional effort is required or expected.
A newly recruited player (NRP) is defined as one who has not been an active player on any Borderlands dutystation in the previous year.