Rules

Rules

Community Rules


All members of the community are expected to be a part of what we strive to make not only a writing group but a family. As part of this family, all are expected to have mutual respect to each other and while constructive criticism is encouraged being rude and being intolerant is not acceptable.

All members are expected to follow the activity requirements as described below.

All members of the sim must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older to join.

Our acceptable adult content rating is 323, as defined per the RPG Rating System:


Any member of the sim found to have been anything but truthful with identity or age will be removed and banned from the sim.

The Third Marine Expeditionary Unit Staff are not responsible for content posted by a member but has the right to moderate it at anytime.

Members of the Third Marine Expeditionary Unit Staff are the leaders of the community and have final say in all matters, with final decision resting with the Commanding Officer (CO)).

Any guidance to community or sim operations listed on the rules page of the website shall be considered standard operating procedure unless otherwise announced by the Third Marine Expeditionary Unit Staff.

Anyone who is actively using the Third Marine Expeditionary Unit website, Discord server, or any other service agrees to follow the rules and regulations regardless of membership status.

The Third Marine Expeditionary Unit is a member of Bravo Fleet and are subject to their rules and regulations.


Activity Requirements


All members of the Third Marine Expeditionary Unit, regardless of position, are required to login to the system at the very least once every seventy-two (72) hours and to update any joint posts they are involved in unless otherwise stated between those involved. It is expected that each member have part in at least one post completed per fourteen days. As we understand that this is a hobby and not a game, a leave of absence may be declared by a member at anytime. Any member who routinely disregards the activity requirements or have received complaints from other members regarding lack of activity may be removed from active membership.

All members of the crew will also be expected to participate in the Out of Character community hosted on Discord.

Members of the Command Staff will have additional activity requirements. In addition, a person wishing to take on a minor role with reduced activity requirements may contact the Game Master. Requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis and requires approval by the Command Staff.

Leave of Absence


While this is a great hobby, it is a hobby nonetheless and sometimes we have other things that need to be accomplished. While we do have specific activity guidelines that we expect members to follow, we understand that sometimes you cannot participate and ask that all members communicate their needs to the Command Staff.

Leave of Absence – A period of up to fourteen (14) days of no or restricted activity.

Extended Leave of Absence – A period of no less than fourteen (14) days of no or restricted activity lasting up until one (1) month. Any ELOA that extends past one (1) month of time must be approved by the GM.

Hiatus – A member in good standing for at least three (3) months may request a hiatus in place of resignation. A Hiatus is an indefinite leave of absence in which the character will be removed from the Third Marine Expeditionary Unit, however the member will retain access to the community and may return at anytime with the same character or a new one based on availability or preference.

The Command Staff may approve a member requesting an Extended Leave of Absence this status if they do not meet the time requirement for good standing. In this case, the member will have a deadline to return or their membership will be terminated.

Other Info & Guidelines


Staff


The Third Marine Expeditionary Unit Staff is lead by the Commanding Officer (CO) who is the final authority on all matters regarding the group. The CO is assisted by a Command Staff who are assigned responsibilities by the CO. 3rd MEU’s Command Staff is made up of the Commanding Officer (CO), Executive Officer (XO), and Sergeant Major (SGTMAJ).

In the event of a Leave of Absence or Emergency Situation where the Commanding Officer is unavailable, they should make all attempts to have a plan to delegate authority to the Command Staff. In the event that the GM is unable to leave an LOA plan with the staff, the Executive Officer shall assume temporarily full authority as CO. At the time of the CO’s return, they will resume their authority as CO with the delegated authority returned to them unless otherwise directed by the CO.

Accepted Characters


Characters must be of an appropriate species to the era and alternate universe that occurs on the Third Marine Expeditionary Unit that would be a member of Starfleet. Please check the database for any references or contact a member of the staff for any questions regarding this policy.

Characters who are genetically modified, have weird species combinations, or have "special abilities" will not be accepted. Human Augments and telepaths from nontelepathic species will not be considered. Species that are restricted from Third Marine Expeditionary Unit include, but are not limited to: Q, Borg, Breen, Androids, Xindi, Suliban, Bynar, species indigenous to the Gamma or Delta Quadrants, Species 8472, Romulans, Klingons, non-corporeal species, and non-humanoid species such as Tribble or Horta.

Rank & Position


All characters will be given a position and rank that is appropriate to their level of experience and age. Ranks are solely used in-characters, and have no standing within the community with the exception of the Command Staff. All characters must have the appropriate time in service, time in grade, and education for their posting. If you are unsure of the requirements for a position contact a member of the Command Staff.

Additional/Non-Playing Characters


Members of the Third Marine Expeditionary Unit shall be permitted one primary playing character, one additional linked Non-Playing Character (NPC) that holds the grade of E-7 or higher, and then any additional NPC linked to their account E6 or below. Only the Primary Character may hold a command/department head level position. Other specific positions that are normally limited to one person may be also be restricted at the discretion of the staff. Individual NPC limits may be imposed by the staff as they see fit. Staff are exempt from character limits and may also grant exceptions for specific mission roles.

When posting…


Please remember that while this is a fiction, we aim to have a high quality storyline written in the novel style. Please remember that while we as writers are privileged to know what is going on at all times, characters would only be aware of things if told or present and can't mind read. In addition, this game is based off a military organization. Characters do not have to follow all orders or regulations and procedures, however, should those characters be caught, IC punishment is applicable.

Resignation


Members who are removed must reapply and no guarantee for position or re-acceptance will be made. Any member who resigns from the sim will note that their character may be used IC until it is convenient for them to leave the ship. This is done in order to maintain a good quality story with full continuity.

Members who resign in good standing have the option of taking a hiatus. See leave of absence.

Timezone


While the Third Marine Expeditionary Unit has members all over the world in order to keep everyone on the same page the official timezone used for any announcements will be the Eastern Standard or Easter Daylight Savings Time. For the purpose of a world clock: New York, NY is the location that could be used to accurate depict time.