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The Ordo Imperialis
Codex Imperialis
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▶ Table of Contents
Change Log
Chapter I: Introduction
Chapter II: Getting Started
Chapter III: Divisional Structure
Chapter IV: Chain of Authority
Chapter V: Universal Citations of Merit
Chapter VI: Constitutional Protocol


▶ Change Log


  • Updated application link.
  • Corrected OSWO description.



▶ Chapter I: Introduction

The following document serves as the basic codification for the military combat gaming group known as the Ordo Imperialis. The materials listed herein are available for public view and shall be treated as unclassified. All registered members 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:


▶ 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 has over six 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:

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.

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: 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.

Schola is 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: Divisional Structure

-- [special Warfare Operations Command]
-- [Office of Military Intelligence]
-- [Office of Military Justice]

-- [Office of Training and Doctrine]

-- [Office of Information and Technology]










-- [FIRE TEAM A - D]


➡ [CENTRAL COMMAND]: CENTCOM provides strategic and administrative oversight to all community chapters 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 army group at large. These include:

-- [Office of Special Warfare Operations]: OSWO provides the command and control element to the elite combat teams of the Ordo Imperialis. Through their dictations, the general level of prowess expected for the competitive and scored portions of the group is set. 
-- [Office of Military Intelligence]: OMI holds a role of battlefield reconnaissance. On the field, operatives are utilized in unique positions to monitor and impeded enemy elements.
-- [Office of Military Justice]: OMJ oversees the induction process for the Ordo Imperialis and internal security of the organization.  The investigative duties of this department ensures a conducive and safe environment for all members. Additionally, they are responsible for adjudicating offenses and the maintenance of order within the group. 

-- [Office of Training and Doctrine]: TRADOC has the distinct honor of producing training materials that impact the group at large. Furthermore, personnel from this department implement programs in the respective gaming chapters to enhance the prowess 

-- [Office of Information and Technology]: 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.


➡ [bATTALION COMMAND]: Implemented for gaming chapters that exceed the threshold of two hundred members; carries assigned officer billets up to the standard of [sG-5].

-- [COMPANIES A - D]: Typically includes three parts regular combat forces, one part support/special services.


➡ [COMPANY COMMAND]: Implemented for gaming chapters that exceed the threshold of fifty members; carries assigned officer billets up to the standard of [sG-4].

-- [PLATOONS A - D]: Typically includes three parts regular combat forces, one part support/special services.


➡ [PLATOON COMMAND]: Implemented for all mustering gaming chapters; does not carry an assigned officer billet.

-- [FIRE TEAM A - D]: Typically all parts regular combat forces.


▶ Chapter IV: Chain of Authority


➡ ['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-1] to [sG-2].

  • [sG-1 - Cadet]: Whiteshields -- initiate position within the Ordo. Utilized as the trial period for new inductees.
  • [sG-2 - Trooper]: Standard member, holding the full right and authority to participate in all group functions.


[NCO; 'Non-Commissioned Officer']: Veteran member of the Ordo Imperialis. NCO 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 the service grade [sG-3].

  • [sG-3 - Sergeant]: Seasoned members of the organization. Limited command and enforcement authority. 

[CO; 'Commissioned Officer']: Top tier members of the Ordo Imperialis. CO have a significant amount of time in service and experience within the group. Individuals at this level are typically entrusted with leading elements of a chapter or an entire chapter of the community. CO status encompasses the service grades [sG-4] to [sG-6].

  • [sG-4 - Lieutenant]: 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.
  • [sG-5 - Colonel]: Flag officer, with either CENTCOM duties or control of the larger chapters within the community.
  • [sG-6 - General]: Supreme command, overseeing all CENTCOM functions and group operation.



▶ Chapter V: Universal Citations of Merit

An individual within the Ordo Imperialis may earn merits in response to performing some outstanding feat for the good of the group. Contained below is a complete list of universal 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.

➡ Merits marked with may be awarded to all members of the Ordo.
➡ Merits marked with [sL] may only be obtained by SL participants of the Ordo.
➡ Merits marked with [PS] may only be obtained by PS participants of the Ordo.

1. [The Imperator's Star]: Awarded for paramount sacrifice and selflessness for the betterment of the Ordo Imperialis. Holders of the Star are admitted to all equipment, regardless of cross-branch restrictions. This merit is awarded at the discretion of the Imperator only.
2. [Custos]: Imperium in imperio. Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.
3. [Crown of the Preserver]: Cited to those who have directly mitigated damaged, prevented damage, or protected the overall group infrastructure and sanctity of the Ordo Imperialis. 
4. [Champion of the Imperium]: Cited via nomination by a senior officer. Champions are living symbols of the virtues and morals of the group.
5. [Corona Obsidionalis]: For individuals who, within the heat of battle, whether defensive or offensive, perform a feat of valor beyond normal combat expectations and ultimately influence a favorable outcome that would have been otherwise unobtainable without their interference.
6. [Corona Argentum]: Cited to individuals whoo are entrusted with individual command elements and secure decisive victories on behalf of the Ordo Imperialis. Only sanctioned deployments are applicable.

7. [Corona Vallaris]: For individuals who are denoted as the most-valuable asset during any given deployment. Recommendation for this award is based upon irregular feats in combat that exemplify someone as being worthy of taking the title as "most valuable" during a combat bout. 
8. [Merit of Honor]: A badge of loyalty, provided to those whom abide and live through the guidelines of the organization. 

9. [Ordo Achievement]: For those whom have accomplished a general feat worth noting within the Ordo Imperialis-- whether that is longevity of service without conduct concerns or dedicating one's self to guard duty. 
10. [Guardian of the Watch]: Available to individual(s) who are noted to sacrifice extravagant amounts of time to the security of the Ordo Imperialis territories. In addition to which, repeated involvement or leadership in decisive defensive combat maneuvers is required.
11. [Warlord]: Cited to individual(s) who are noted to sacrifice extravagant amounts of time to effectively projecting the might of the Ordo Imperialis abroad in sanctioned combat deployments. In addition to which, it is necessary for an individual to demonstrate repeated involvement or leadership in decisive offensive combat victories is required. An individual holding this title is affirmed as being a major influence in the outcome of any strategic or tactical situation of an offensive quality.
12. [Vir Egregius]: Serves as a general nobility role, the Ordo’s ‘knight / equestrian’ class of membership. Individuals may earn this designation in several manners: foremost, compulsory in-statement after two years of service within the Ordo Imperialis; secondly, through attainment of senior officer levels of authority. Otherwise, an individual may be granted Vir Egregius at the discretion of the Imperator for outstanding feats or presence.
13. [Master of Honors]: Cited for the the acquisition of top tier levels of merit, such as the TISRP.
14. [imperial Historian]: Bestowed based upon term service in the IEA, extending over a year’s worth of honorable, solid time in the field of developing the competency of other members through formal education.
15. [inquisitor]: 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.
16. [signifier]: Awarded along with an official title; selected by the officer council. Position rotates with each new appointment. Former Signifier may bear the title without the specific perks. Individual wearing the active title has the distinct honor of standing among the Praetorian Guard during the weekly meetings and formal gatherings, bearing a special banner of honor. Selection made based upon an individual’s demeanor, contributions, and conduct throughout the month.
17. [Myrmidon]: Available only as recognition for individual combat prowess and talents; any individual listed as a tier 3 in ART.
18a. [Architect of the Imperium]: Final tier in the Architect series, earned on the basis of contribution to the Ordo through material or ideology on a grand scale. 
18b. [Architect of Eternity]: Second tier of the Architect series, for individuals responsible for providing contributions to the Ordo Imperialis in the way of material and intellectual development. This award is considered to be higher in prestige to the Architect of Unity, as one must have the Architect of Unity to achieve the Architect of Eternity.
18c. [Architect of Unity]: Awarded specifically for the design for development of the Ordo Imperialis. It is 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 and ideology. 
19. [Diplomacy]: For individuals who provide a positive image externally to other organizations, whether on official assignment or in the commission of day to day activity. 
20. [Praetorian Service]: Awarded to individuals whom have earned the right to serve within the Praetorian Guard or the Praetorian Guard Auxiliary.
21. [indoctrination]: 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. 
22. [Administratio Qualification]: Cited to individuals who have been confirmed and notated via the OCA process as being eligible for Administratio service. 
23. [Alpha Contubernium]: For any individual who has obtained membership within one of the Ordo’s elite combat operations groups. 
24. [Ace Pilot]: Awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves as a competent, dedicated pilot within the Ordo Imperialis. 
25a. [Combat Prowess MK2]: Second tier merit to individuals whom have already received the "Combat Prowess" denotation, but continue to perform above standards on the field of combat.
25b. [Combat Prowess]: First tier merit to those who have demonstrated exemplary talents on the field of battle.
26a. [Dominatum Primus]: Second level commendation tailored for raid leads, based upon significant combat victories in which the enemy forces exceed five participants. An individual is eligible for this citation after being responsible for twenty-five documented victories.
26b. [Dominatum]: Commendation tailored for raid leads, based upon significant combat victories in which the enemy forces exceed five participants. An individual is eligible for this citation after being responsible for ten documented victories. 
27. [Homeland Defense]: Awarded to those who tirelessly provide security around Titan and other Ordo Imperialis territory. 
28a. [Castrorum Primus]: Second level commendation tailored for defense leads, based upon significant combat victories. An individual is eligible for this citation after being responsible for fifty documented victories. 
28b. [Castrorum]: Commendation tailored for defense leads, based upon significant combat victories. An individual is eligible for this citation after being responsible for twenty-five documented victories. 
29. [Marksman]: Awarded to individuals with outstanding prowess in engaging targets with “excellent” grade levels of accuracy. Additionally, it is awarded to individuals who complete the full Hawkeye chain of qualifications with 99 or greater in each category.
30. [sL][Hawkeye: Pistol]: Awarded to individuals who successfully score total points greater than 90 during qualifications with a pistol at the range. 
31. [sL][Hawkeye: Rifle]: Awarded to individuals who successfully score total points greater than 90 during qualifications with an assault rifle at the range. 
32. [sL][Hawkeye: SMG]: Awarded to individuals who successfully score total points greater than 90 during qualifications with an SMG at the range. 
33. [Mechanized Qualification]: Earned by those who are able and qualified to pilot the mechanized portions of the Ordo Imperialis, via completion of the formal training processes hosted by the IEA. 
34. [instructor]: Cited to individuals within the organization whom have served with the IEA as an instructor for at least a month. 
35. [Recruitment]: For those who have showed their prowess as a recruiter of quality members for the Ordo Imperialis. 
36. [Comrade Support]: Awarded to individuals under two circumstances: first, to those whom have upheld the allies of the Ordo Imperialis on and off the field of combat, or, if an individual is denoted as being especially above and beyond the call of duty in the manner of volunteering and providing assistance within the Ordo Imperialis itself. 
37. [Medicus]: Awarded based upon an individual’s demonstrated capability to act as an effective medic under battle conditions. 
38. [Prior Service]: Awarded to individuals who served within any of the organizations leading up to the Ordo Imperialis, such as: the Novus Ordo Imperialis, the Venuma Coalition, or the Alliance Navy II.
39. [Armatura]: Awarded to individuals who successfully complete the Armatura education program. 
40. [basic Training]: Awarded to all individuals whom complete Schola instruction, denoting their induction into the Ordo Imperialis as a full member.
41. [black November]: 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.
42. [sL][Operation Persecutus]: Awarded as a campaign ribbon for those whom contributed to the assault on the Militant Collective, carried out during the week of 02FEB08.
43. [Good Conduct]: Awarded to those within the Ordo Imperialis whom have been recognized as an individual that is devoid of drama and other problem causing natures. 
44. [Pathfinder]: Awarded as a commendation for exemplary services in the official or unofficial employment of the Tactica department. 
45. [Extended Service]: Awarded to individuals who have reached a year of continual service within the Ordo Imperialis. 
46. [sL][2142 Campaign]: Awarded to those who have participated in the extended campaign against the 2142, created as of 06JULY08.
47. [Ordocon]: Awarded to those who participate in an organized Ordo offline event.
48. [sL][Operation Thorn]: Awarded to participants of the campaign against the Alliance Navy on 12JULY08.
49. [sL][Operation Stalwart]: Awarded to all participants of the operation conducted by the Iron Symphony on 30NOV08.
50. [sL][Operation Vivec]: Awarded to participants of the extended campaign over the course of the summer of 2009.
51. [sL][Operation Aegis]: Awarded to those who participated in the major combat operations on 03OCT09.
52. [sL][Operation Fluffy Kittens]: Awarded to participants of the major TAC assault operations during the week of 18SEP10.
53. [sL][Operation Fallout]: Awarded for participation in the Alliance Navy campaign of 2011, taking place from 01OCT11 to 23OCT11.
54. [sL][Righteous Purge]: Awarded for campaigns against the forces of Chaos.
55. [sL][New Jessie Occupation]: Awarded for participation in the New Jessie campaign.


▶ Chapter VI: 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 commissioned officers, 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.

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