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REDESIGN IN PROGRESS ◢ ◣ The Ordo Imperialis Codex Imperialis ◥ ◤ ▶ Table of Contents Change Log Chapter I: Introduction Chapter II: Getting Started Chapter III: Legionary Structure Chapter IV: Chain of Authority & Command Chapter V: Constitutional Protocol Chapter VI: Universal Citations of Merit ▶ Change Log 08JUL14: Revision 01MAR14: Updated application link. Corrected OSWO description. ▶ Chapter I: Introduction The following document serves as the basic codification for the military combat gaming community known as the Ordo Imperialis. The materials listed herein are available for public view and shall be treated as unclassified. All members, affiliates, and potential applicants to the Ordo Imperialis are expected to understand and abide by the contents of this document. Questions relating to materials may be directed to the presiding Tribunus officer corps. Individuals wishing to pursue enlistment within the Ordo Imperialis are encouraged to read this document in its entirety. After which, an application may be found at the following web address: http://forums.ordoimperialis.com/index.php?app=groupjoin. ▶ Chapter II: Getting Started The following chapter outlines the basic experience and expectations that an applicant to the Ordo should be prepared for. ➡ Mission of the Ordo Imperialis The Ordo Imperialis is a professional grade virtual military combat organization. Founded originally as part of the Second Life Military Community, the Ordo founded in 2006 has years of experience in combat gaming. The Ordo aims to provide a regimented, respectful atmosphere for anyone wishing to serve within a stable, efficient group. Personnel of the Ordo are to hold loyalty to one another, honor, discipline, and dedication to the highest of regards. All members are expected to serve within whatever duty assigned with pride and distinction, without exception. The Ordo’s slated goals are to exert military excellence at all times and produce a respectable foundation for the gaming community. To be a member of the Ordo Imperialis is to be part of a continuing family with traditions and values that have been born through years of experience. From cadet to commander: every Ordo member is held to high regard and respected as a brother at arms. ➡ The Process Application: In order to initiate one’s career, the first step is to submit an application. To do so, you must access the web form: http://forums.ordoimperialis.com/index.php?app=groupjoin. As a general rule: an individual who takes time to answer each question on the application honestly and thoroughly will have a far greater chance of making the cut. Upon submitting a complete form, the application is put into a queue for review. Wait times vary dependent upon current loads: expect to wait at least two business days, but typically no greater than five. Be patient, it's well worth the effort and feel free to contact us with any questions. Most applicants will be contacted by a member of the command staff; please be certain to respond to inquiries, as failure to do so will delay or result in a failed application. In the event that an application is deemed unacceptable, a denial letter will be sent detailing the reasons. After which, an applicant will be provided the opportunity to reapply after seven days. In the event that an application is deemed acceptable, the applicant will receive further instructions and enlistment invitations. Schola/Trial Period: Upon entrance to the Ordo, a new member is subjected to the Schola program. Schola is, for all intents and purposes, the Ordo’s “basic training.” Schola is designed to provide cadets all the basic information that he or she will need to survive—additionally; it is an opportunity for command members to review the cadet thoroughly for any issues that may inhibit their participation within the group at a proper level. The Schola period can be separated into several phases: each has a particular focus. Overall, Schola is typically conducted over the span of several days. Scheduling a phase may occur in two fashions: at random or on demand. Random classes occur based on instructor availability and will be announced over the group via notice. On demand classes occur based upon cadet request—to make a request, simply find an online instructor and send them a message. Induction: Provided all phases of Schola are completed at a satisfactory level, a cadet is graduated and inducted into the Ordo Imperialis as a full member. At such time, the cadet will be awarded the rank of [sG-1] and granted access to all group functions. ▶ Chapter III: Legionary Structure [CENTRAL COMMAND] [Office of Imperial Affairs] [Office of Imperial Command] [Office of Imperial Dominion] [Office of Imperial Estate] [Office of Imperial Technologies] [Office of Imperial Training & Doctrine] ➡ [DIVISION COMMAND/S] [DIVISION] DIVISION PERSONNEL ELITE UNIT PERSONNEL SQUAD / TEAM PERSONNEL SUPPORT / SPECIAL SERVICES ➡ [DEVELOPING COMMAND/S] [CHARTER] EXPLORERS & PATHFINDERS ➡ [ARCHIVED COMMAND/S] ➡ [CENTRAL COMMAND]: “CENTCOM” or the Legionary Council provides strategic and administrative oversight to all community chapters and divisions within the Ordo Imperialis. All major policy and structural decisions are implemented at this level. As part of the function, CENTCOM houses multiple unique organizations that provide extraordinary services to the community at large. These include: [Office of Imperial Affairs]: “OIA” oversees the internal and external security of the organization and maintains the the induction process for the Ordo Imperialis. Investigation and reconnaissance duties of this department also ensures a conducive and safe environment for all members past, present and future. Additionally, they are responsible for adjudicating offenses, fulfilling unique tasks and maintaining order within the community. (Analysis, Enforcement, Intelligence, Justice) [Office of Imperial Command]: "OIC" encompasses the general membership of all leadership personnel. These individuals ensure the activity, stability and operations of their respective sections of various levels. Ranks SG4 to SG6 serve under this section. (Tactical, Events, Frontline, Wartime) [Office of Imperial Dominion]: “OID” provides the command and control element to the elite combat teams and Imperial guard of the Ordo Imperialis. Through their dictations, the general level of prowess expected for competitive, reputable, scored and diplomatic portions of the group are set. They serve as apostles and aegis of the Ordo’s might in performance, defense and legendary stature. (Aegis, Dominance, Guard, Indoctrination, Shield) [Office of Imperial Estate]: “OIE” provides management, support and assistance to the communities entitlements, treasury or commerce and development. This includes the Imperial exchange, distribution of Imperial assets or allotments and development or acquisition of equipment or finances for the use of the Ordo. (Assets, Development, Evolution, Exchange, Exploration, Quartermaster, Research, Supply, Treasury) [Office of Imperial Technologies]: “OIT” manages all of the information and server systems the Ordo has implemented. Including, but not limited to: game server administration, forum management, and web presence. (Administration, Information, Technology) [Office of Imperial Training & Doctrine]: “TRADOC” has the distinct honor of producing training materials that impact the group at large. Furthermore, personnel from this department implement programs and events in the respective gaming chapters to enhance the prowess of all members in various areas and forms. (Education, Doctrine, Instruction, Training) ➡ [DIVISION COMMAND]: "DIVCOM" staff stand as our most notable personnel dedicated to the development and progress of the Ordo’s gaming chapters. Activity, sub-ranking, recruitment, staff and structure is ordered and maintained by these members to bring enjoyment and organization to our members on a familiar setting. DIVCOM members may hold a service grade respective of their activity, depth of structure, chapter or division participation and membership levels in addition to being provided assets based on chapter or game type. Larger chapters may also house their own internal structure features, including but not limited to additional support or special duties and elite or alpha squads of which a member can participate in to enhance their experience.. ➡ [DEVELOPING COMMAND/S]: The Ordo Imperialis supports all members interests in developing chapters and their potential leadership. A commander may hold a service grade respective to their leadership of a new chapter and goals. While developing chapters may start small, we make an effort to provide what is necessary to make it a success and reward equally. ➡ [ARCHIVED COMMAND/S]: At times the interest of a game or chapter falls into an inactive state. Members and staff may often find other ventures or the chapters game state changes to a point many no longer find it viable or sustainable. These chapters are put in a holding state and archived for future potential. ▶ Chapter IV: Chain of Authority & Command ➡ [‘Enlisted']: Line member for the Ordo Imperialis. The mainstay of the organization, encompassing the typical player. Within the organization, enlisted status encompasses the service grades [sG-0] to [sG-2]. [sG-0 - ‘Recruit’]: White-shields -- an initiate position within the Ordo. Utilized as the trial period for new inductees. [sG-1 - ‘Legionnaire’]: Standard member, holding the full right and authority to participate in all group functions. [sG-2 - ‘Veteran’]: A seasoned enlistee with understanding of group functions and operations of over six months or as an NCO for over three months. ➡ [NCO; 'Non-Commissioned Officer']: Veteran members of the Ordo Imperialis. NCO’s have command authorities and the ability to enforce group expectation. Furthermore, they may often be entrusted with handling matters of importance as necessary. NCO status is noted at service grades [sG-3] to [sG-4]. [sG-3 - ‘Specialist’]: Reputable members of the organization and the start of leadership. Limited command and enforcement authority. [sG-4 - ‘Commander’]: Line officers, involved in command and control on the field. May either command an entire element or a portion of an element beneath a senior officer. ➡ [CO; 'Commissioned Officer']: Top tier members of the Ordo Imperialis. CO’s have a significant amount of time in service and experience within the group. Individuals at this level are typically entrusted with leading an entire chapter or elements of the community. CO status encompasses the service grades [sG-5] to [sG-6]. [sG-5 - 'Commissar']: Flag officer, with either CENTCOM duties or control of the larger chapters within the community. [sG-6 - 'Imperator']: Supreme command, overseeing all CENTCOM functions and group operation. ▶ Chapter V: Constitutional Protocol The following is to be considered constitutional law, setting the general foundation by which a member of the Ordo Imperialis operates. All other regulation originated within the group must abide and fall within the scope of the following materials. ➡ [Title I] Standard of Authority It is necessary to adhere to the orders of personnel in enumerated positions of power. Furthermore, commissioned officers shall bear the explicit right to create additional policy or provide the necessary extension of authority for another individual to create policy. ➡ [Title II] Standard of Brotherhood It shall be the expectation that members of the Ordo Imperialis support other members of the Ordo Imperialis against the actions or accusations of outsiders. It shall not be acceptable to aid or abet others in seeking the detriment of another Ordo member. ➡ [Title III] Standard of Respect Members of the Ordo Imperialis must afford all individuals, whether another Ordo member or not, appropriate reverence and politeness. It shall not be acceptable to demean or attack others in a malicious manner. ➡ [Title IV] Standard of Integrity All members of the Ordo Imperialis shall be expected to exhibit sound integrity in all interactions. This includes, but is not limited to exercising sound decision making and exhibiting honesty. ➡ [Title V] Standard of Order To maintain civility and a professional atmosphere, members of the Ordo Imperialis shall be subject to a system of justice. Although variance will exist based upon severity of infraction, most events shall be afforded three stages of action: informal warning, formal reprimand, and expulsion. ➡ [Title VI] Standard of Information It shall be the responsibility of every member of the Ordo Imperialis to ensure information intended for privileged access to Ordo members shall remain accessible only by Ordo members. Additionally, all personnel are expected to maintain a general sense of understanding of ongoing actions by routinely reading any publications within the group. ➡ [Title VII] Standard of Communication The Ordo Imperialis provides multiple avenues of communication with other members. All of these areas, unless otherwise excepted by enumerated personnel, are intended for use by only Ordo membership and respected allies. ➡ [Title VIII] Standard of Community To ensure a proper atmosphere, discussion within the Ordo Imperialis should be pertinent and within scope: controversial topics (such as religion and politics) are not permitted within any venue, unless in a reasonably private area with unanimous agreement from all present parties. Furthermore, all elements of conduct by the Ordo shall not exceed a general rating of PG-13. ➡ [Title IX] Standard of Allegiance The Ordo Imperialis generally does not and will not prohibit any individual, except staff, from participating in other community gaming groups. However, the Ordo shall expect that members of the group do not participate in other community groups directly opposed to any Ordo interest on any platform. ➡ [Title X] Standard of Merit All members of the Ordo Imperialis should feel welcome and of value to the community as a whole without a sense of worthlessness while dedicating beneficial time and effort to the group and others. Anyone of true potential, should be recognized and rewarded for their efforts of various levels. In turn all members should dedicate their full potential to the community and it's goals. ▶ Chapter VI: Universal Citations of Merit An individual within the Ordo Imperialis may earn merits, medals, achievements, marks or points in response to performing outstanding feats for the good of the group. Contained below is a complete list of awards available to all personnel. If a merit is part of a series, only display the most prestigious of the merit-- this will be clarified by the presence of letter designations after the merit number. Marks, points or achievements can be awarded in addition to denote events or activities. ➡ Awards marked with “*” may be unique and only obtained through special or retired means. Medals [The Imperators Star]:100 Awarded for paramount sacrifice and selflessness for the betterment of the Ordo Imperialis. Recipients of the star will be listed in the star holders roll and be entitled to a unique designation and identity element. This merit is seen as the highest attainable award and distributed at the discretion of the Imperator only. [Champion of the Imperium]:35 Cited via nomination by a senior officer. Champions are living symbols of the virtues and morals of the group. [Architect of the Imperium]:30 For individuals who contribute toward the development of Ordo assets on a grand scale, putting in a great deal of time and effort. To be eligible for this medal you must first have the "Architect of Eternity" merit. [Custos]:30 Imperium in imperio. Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero. [Corona Argentum]:30 Cited to individuals who are entrusted with command elements and secure decisive victories with and on behalf of the Ordo Imperialis. [Corona Conservatrix]:30 Cited to those who have directly mitigated situations, prevented damage, or protected the overall group infrastructure and sanctity of the Ordo Imperialis. [Corona Dignitas]:30 A badge of loyalty, provided to those who abide by and live through the guidelines of the organization. [Corona Obsidionalis]:30 For individuals who, within the heat of conflict, whether defensive or offensive, perform a feat of valor beyond normal expectations and ultimately influence a favorable outcome that would have been otherwise unobtainable without their interference. [Corona Vallaris]:30 For individuals who are denoted as the most-valuable asset during any given deployment. Recommendation for this award is based upon irregular feats in activity that exemplify someone as being worthy of taking the title as "most valuable". [Warlord]:30 Cited to members noted to sacrifice all their time and efforts to effectively projecting the might of the Ordo Imperialis abroad. In addition to which, it is necessary for an individual to demonstrate repeated involvement or leadership in decisive victories. A holding individual affirms in being a major influence in the outcome or leadership of any strategic or tactical situation of quality. Merits [Administratio Service]:25 Cited to individuals who have been confirmed and notated as being eligible for Administratio service of any level or whom have served as a ranking and notable leader for an extended period of time. [Ordo Achievement]:25 For those whom have accomplished a feat worth noting or made considerable contributions in support of the Ordo Imperialis, whether that is longevity of service without conduct concerns or dedicating one's self to duty on any level of community. [inquisitor]:25 Granted to those who have demonstrated prowess for investigating and handling cases of internal importance relating to the prosecution of harmful individuals. Granted to only the most senior and seasoned of investigators, regardless of branch or rank. The title indicates a keen eye and unshakable dedication to the Imperator in their efforts to maintain the organizational purity of the Ordo. [Praetorian Service]:25 Awarded to individuals whom have earned the right to serve within the Praetorian Guard or the Praetorian Guard Auxiliary. [Guardian of the Watch]:25 Available to members who are noted to continued dedication to the security of Ordo personnel and its territories. In addition to which, repeated involvement or leadership in decisive maneuvers are required. [Vir Egregius]:25 Serves as a general nobility role as an Imperial 'knight' class of membership. Individuals may earn this designation through compulsory in-statement after two years of service, through attainment of senior officer levels of authority or may be granted at the discretion of the Imperial office for outstanding feats or presence. [Architect of Eternity]:20 Awarded specifically for design and development of Ordo Imperialis assets. Given to those whom have dedicated their repeated time and efforts toward constructing for the organization. This may be also awarded for the construction of theory, ideology, policy or assets. [Master of Honors]:20 Cited for the acquisition of a large array and/or top tier awards. [imperial Historian]:20 Bestowed based upon extended service under the education administration or based off continued contributions of developing and documenting the competency and history of the community. [signifier]:20 Awarded to a notable member of the month selected by the officer council based upon an individual’s demeanor, contributions and conduct throughout. [Myrmidon]:15 Available only as recognition for continuous exceptional individual combat prowess, talents or leadership and professionalism in any engagement on the field of battle. In addition any individual listed as completing tier 3 in ART or similar advanced tiered training program. [Diplomacy]:15 For individuals who provide a positive image externally to other organizations, whether on official assignment or in the commission of day to day activity. [indoctrination]:15 Cited based upon presentation of an individual's confidence and faith within the organization. This merit is provided to those who exhibit zeal and passion for their duties. [Alpha Contubernium]:15 For any individual who has obtained membership within one of the Ordo’s elite or special operations groups. [Ace Pilot]:15 Awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves as a competent, dedicated pilot or similar activities within the Ordo Imperialis. [Dominatum]:15 Recommendation for combative leaders, based upon significant victories in which several participants continually face overwhelming odds or unfavorable tasks and still remain victories. [Homeland Defense]:15 Awarded to those who tirelessly provide extensive security on and around Ordo Imperialis territory or assets. [Castorum]:15 Recommendation for homeland administrative duties, based upon significant and continuous supportive actions and responsibilities of various levels. [Marksman]:5 Awarded to individuals with outstanding prowess in engaging targets with “excellent” grade levels of accuracy and timeliness. [Mechanization]:10 Earned by those who are proven capable or trained to pilot or operate mechanical portions of an arsenal such as mastery with vehicles or equipment. [instructor]:10 Cited to individuals within the organization whom have served actively as a notable instructor, contributed constructive training media, or held a number of training events within any section. [Combat Prowess]:5 Awarded to those who continue to perform above merit and demonstrated exemplary talents above the standards on the field of combat. [Recruitment]:10 For those who have showed their prowess as an exceptional recruiter of quality and long term members for the Ordo Imperialis. [Comrade Support]:5 Awarded to those whom have upheld the members and allies of the Ordo Imperialis on and off the field of combat or denoted as performing above and beyond the call of duty in the manner of volunteering and providing assistance within the community. [Medicus]:5 Awarded based upon an individual’s demonstrated capability to act as an effective supportive or medical classed individual under overwhelming conditions. [Prior Service / Exodus]:15 Awarded to individuals who served within any of the organizations leading up to the Ordo Imperialis Community, such as: the Ordo Imperialis SLM, Novus Ordo Imperialis, the Venuma Coalition, or the Alliance Navy II. [Armatura]:10 Awarded to individuals who successfully complete multiple or advanced training activities and/or operation education program. [black November]:5 Awarded to those who were enlisted within the Ordo Imperialis during its reopening in November of 2007. This merit may also be awarded to those whom are active members of the organization at the time of anniversary events. [Good Conduct]:10 Awarded to those within the Ordo Imperialis whom have been recognized as an individual that is devoid of drama and other problem causing natures. [Pathfinder]:10 Awarded as a commendation for exemplary services in the exploration, employment and foundation of new, unknown or retired territories or ventures. [Extended Service]:10 Awarded to individuals who have reached each year of continual service within the Ordo Imperialis. [Ordocon]:10 Awarded to individuals of four(4) or more who participate in an organized Ordo offline event. [basic Training]:5 Awarded to all individuals who complete the basic standards of instruction or enlistment, denoting their induction into the Ordo Imperialis as a full member. Retired / Special [Gladiator Champion*]:15 Awarded to the top or winning participants of a sanctioned tournament. [Gladiator Victor*]:10 Awarded to the upper tier participants of a sanctioned tournament. [Gladiator*]:5 Awarded to participant of a sanctioned Imperial Tournament [Operations Stalwart*]:10 Awarded to all participants of the operation conducted by the Iron Symphony on 30NOV08. [Operation Vivec*]:10 Merit for participants of the extended campaign over the course of the summer of 2009. [Operation Aegis*]:10 Militant Collective disband merit; awarded to those who participated in the major combat operations on 03OCT09. [Operation Persecutus*]:10 Awarded as a campaign ribbon for those whom contributed to the assault on the Militant Collective, carried out during the week of 02FEB08. [2142 Campaign*]:10 Awarded to those who have participated in the extended campaign against the 2142, created as of 06JULY08. [Operation Thorn*]:10 Awarded to participants of the campaign against the Alliance Navy on 12JULY08. [Operation Fluffy Kittens*]:10 Awarded to participants of the major TAC assault operations during the week of 18SEP10. [Operation Fallout*]:10 Awarded for participation in the Alliance Navy campaign of 2011, taking place from 01OCT11 to 23OCT11. [Righteous Purge*]:10 Awarded for campaigns against the forces of Chaos. [New Jessie Occupation*]:10 Awarded for participation in the New Jessie campaign of 2012 [W.A.R.*]:10 Awarded to participants of any sanctioned operation with the members of the Waterson Allied Republic. ▶ Signed by the Office of the Imperator
Welcome to the Ordo Imperialis gaming community, if you are new here, we hope you will fit right in! Here is just a little review of our customs, courtesies, codex and structure. In the past, the Ordo Imperialis was a very structured, heavily ranked and activity based. While some of us ‘old people’ are nostalgic to those days, since then a lot of it hasn't entirely been needed. Today’s Ordo evolves based on our community, our members interests, all of you. With the continuous movement of members, we need to remind everyone about the standards we hold and how our current structure works. In the Ordo we will train you, we can guide you but we are not here to give handouts, what you make of this community is yours and we'll do everything we can to support you. Anyone here can achieve anything when they put their time and dedication into it. With you we will always aim high and encourage everyone to do the same. Our goals will always to be something greater, from more members and leadership to chapters, activities and games. What will you do to enhance your membership and contribute to this goal? Our structure here is pretty simple. It is based on levels of time in service and contribution from chapter to community levels. We don't distribute or earn rank to hold it over others or use it as a supervisory position, but as a leadership position to better identify who does what. On occasion though we do unfortunately need to remind individuals to represent themselves and our community professionally, everyone's here for a reason, let's make it the best. Chapter staff and leadership help support and cover their game or division. These individuals also hold a form of community staff position because of the connection they have with our members and the administration. Staff and administration are all in their position for a good reason, they are part of a bigger picture and have dedicate their service to that image, to a greater community for all of us. I currently hold the title and role of Imperator, the sole leader of the Ordo Imperialis community. I stand along side with Imperial affairs, essentially our HR, and the administration, unbiased and professional on all levels. We may not always seem like a friend and many may not know each of us individually, but we are not your enemy and we work to get to know you. Don't keep from us, we really want to know what we can do and would like to get to know everyone. Every one of us are here for every one of you, you are not just a number here, we make sure everything is working to the best ability in interest of the community as a whole. While we highly encourage the use of the chain of command from chapter to community, every one of our staff members have open door policies. This gives all our members the ability to discuss interests, ideas or concerns with any of us at any time with utmost discretion as needed. In addition you can use the 'Contact Us' link at the top of the forums to contact myself or Imperial Affairs directly. We are who we are, we are all different, have our own personalities, preferences and interests. Here in the Ordo Imperialis though, we all fly under the same banner. We are a brotherhood, we fight, we serve and we live for Ordo, our members and our comrades, this is one of our longest standing strengths. This is not a one person army nor is it where one is here to slave for another. We need to stand together, respectful, opening and welcoming of everyone, look after each other, we're all here to game together and have a great time doing so. For anything else, let the staff sort it out. - TL;DR Authority - Every group has structure, we have a pretty simple one. Talk to your chapter leaders and up from there depending on topic. Your leaders will always guide you in the right path and help you out. Brotherhood - We're all Ordo here, it doesn't matter who or what you are, we don't discriminate. We all support each other loyally under the banner of the Ordo Imperialis and shall not aid in detriment of others. Respect - We respect everyone, even if we're crushing their skulls in. Representation, reverence and politeness on all levels. Gaming should be an enjoyable experience on all sides, even socially. Do not demean, discredit or attack others in a malicious manner. Integrity - Lying or deceit of any type is not beneficial to anyone. We all need to be able to trust in and count on each other equally. Order - Present yourself professionally and mature at all times to provide a consistent atmosphere for all. Disorderly conduct, fighting or arguments are not permitted. Information - Keep in touch with posted boards and information as much as you can. Distribute information responsibly to only those it is intended for. Communication - Talk to us about anything and let others talk too. Hold a respectable standard for yourself and others depending on activities or discussion. Community - Be respectfully and constructive of all topics, keep a friendly community atmosphere. Avoid controversial topics (such as religion and politics). Aim to hold a general rating of PG-13. Allegiance - Fight along side us, not against us. Stand with us as the most loyal to the community and its members though any battle and we will always stand with you. Merit - Honor and reinforce one another, be supportive of positive actions, compliment or provide constructive criticism to better improve our members and the community. Work together and include everyone you can without bias. - TL;SDR Play nice, be respectful, be loyal, support each other, we'll support you, have fun and let others have theirs or GTFO.
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