THE EQUATORIAL ALLIANCE TREATY
AUSMONAUTS OFFICER COUNCIL and SPECIAL SERVICE SQUADRON
June 6, 2013
The Parties to this Treaty affirm their commitment to preserve, develop and advance the spirit of cooperation between their members and greater sphere of allies. They seek to promote stability and trust between any and all fleets, present or future, who share in these goals.
They therefore agree to this Equatorial Alliance Treaty:
ARTICLE 1: ESTABLISHMENT
1a. The fleets which are party to this treaty may undertake no action, individually or collectively, that affects the internal concerns, developments and decisions of other fleets.
1b. The Ausmonauts and Special Service Squadron are recognised as founding members of the Equatorial Alliance Treaty (Henceforth: ‘the treaty’) and hold it within their equal rights to administer, grow and develop the treaty, as governed by the conditions set out in the Security and Cooperation Treaty of the Ausmonauts and Special Service Squadron. They shall stand as permanent members of the treaty.
1c. The moderation and administration of the ‘Equator’ channel shall be the sole responsibility of the Ausmonauts and Special Service Squadron. Operator privileges shall be held by officers of the Ausmonauts and Special Service Squadron. Administrators shall be assigned at the discretion of these fleets’ senior ambassadors.
ARTICLE 2: THE EQUATOR COUNCIL
2a. The Equator Council shall be established and will be comprised of the two permanent members (the Ausmonauts and Special Service Squadron) and a third, non-permanent member. Representation to this council shall be through a senior officer of the leadership group of their respective fleet, or by a nominated proxy who is capable of speaking with authority on decisions that may affect their fleet.
2b. An Equator council shall sit for a period of no longer than three months (Three months will be considered ‘one term’) and no non-permanent member may sit on the council for longer than two consecutive terms.
2c. Any member of the treaty may nominate for the non-permanent council position, so long as they have been a signatory for a period of at least three months. Their induction to the council can only be ratified by a unanimous vote of the permanent members.
2c/1. At the establishment of the treaty, the Equator Council will comprise only the Ausmonauts and Special Service Squadron until such time that a third member may be nominated and accepted. This section (2c/1) shall be held in abeyance when such a decision has been reached.
2d. Amendments to the treaty may be proposed by any sitting member of the council and shall require a majority of the vote to pass. The permanent members reserve the right to veto any amendment which they believe undermines the spirit of treaty.
2e. There shall be no regulation restricting members of the treaty from lobbying or to prevent them from bringing matters and policies to the Council for consideration. It shall be the responsibility of the third, non-permanent member of the council to represent the collective interests of all other non-voting members of the treaty.
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP
3a. Any fleet in good standing with the members of the council shall be permitted to apply for membership. ‘Good standing’ shall be defined solely and individually by the members of the Equator Council.
3b. Any fleet that applies for membership to the Equator Alliance shall put its proposal to the Equator Council, with a majority vote in favour being required to ratify the proposal and grant member status. Their member status shall be considered provisional for a period of not less than one council term in order to allow both the applicant and the Alliance time to evaluate permanent commitment to the treaty.
3c. A member may have its status revoked should the Equator Council find that it is in violation of the treaty. This shall be determined by a majority vote of the Council. Permanent members shall be protected from such action without qualification.
ARTICLE 4: MEMBER RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
4a. The treaty shall permit access to the combined facilities of the member fleets, subject to the owning member’s individual requirements on the management of fleet holdings and/or contributions.
4b. Members of the treaty shall have access to the ‘Equator’ chat channel in-game for the purpose of establishing raid groups for any and all actions listed within the PVE and PVP queues of Star Trek Online, irrespective of faction or allegiance. These raid groups may include any and all members of the Equator Alliance for the purpose of joint-operations.
4c. Members shall be expected to offer and accept exchange programs for individuals within their fleets. Individuals who participate in these exchange programs shall be reasonably held, at all times, to adhere to the regulations of their own and their host fleet, in addition to any special requirements that may be asked by the receiving party. Officer and ambassadorial exchanges between member fleets may be conducted according to individual agreement.
4d. Any member of the Equator Alliance may request the assignment of one or more official ambassadors to their fleet from any of the council members. This representation need not be returned in the form of an exchange, but it can be requested. Such officers will be deemed Equatorial Diplomats, and shall be answerable to the Equator Council.
4e. Any member of the treaty may raise disputes with the Equator Council. All disputes shall be investigated by the members of the council prior to the individual discussion and recommendation of resolutions that shall be brought to a council vote. The resolutions of the council shall be binding and final.
ARTICLE 5: MUTUAL DEFENCE
5a. The treaty establishes and resolves that an attack on any member in Open PVP warzones shall be considered an attack on all, and that there shall be no limit to the direct military assistance available from other members of the Treaty. It shall be similarly and reasonably expected that any members who are engaged simultaneously in warzone operations should attempt to form teams where possible upon being made aware of each other’s presence. Exemption shall be granted to individuals who are farming or those who are otherwise not involved in specific combat.
5b. A non-aggression pact shall exist between any and all members of the treaty in Open PVP warzones. Hostile actions committed by any member against another in PVP queues shall be definitively viewed as friendly war games by the Equator Council, and may not be disputed.
5c. In exceptional external circumstances that are beyond a fleet’s control, any party to the treaty may make a direct appeal to the Equator Council for aid. This shall be permitted in any situation where an external action or situation has seriously threatened the security of that party. Aid may be rendered financially or military, and in positions where that fleet has been severely compromised, individual members of that fleet shall be permitted temporary membership in the fleets of other Treaty signatories without application, qualification or specific limit to duration until such time that the situation has been resolved.
5d. Should any council member, permanent or non-permanent, be in a position where the continued viability of their fleet is in serious and demonstrable doubt, and at such time that all other recourses and options have been exhausted, then the nominated representatives of the council shall immediately convene to discuss the possible impacts on the Equatorial Alliance. This may include, but is not limited to, continuity plans in the event that a fleet is dissolved, subject to ARTICLE 1a.
5e. A permanent member may elect to voluntarily surrender their seat on the Equator Council upon informing all parties to the treaty. The permanent member shall reserve the right to nominate another fleet to become a permanent member in their place, and that nomination shall be accepted upon agreement by the second permanent member.
5f. Should a permanent council member’s fleet be dissolved without prior notification and process as defined in 5e, the Equator Alliance Treaty shall be indefinitely suspended.
ARTICLE 6: DEPOSITION
6a. The above articles are accepted and held in trust by the Ausmonaut Officer Council and the leadership of the Special Service Squadron as the Equatorial Alliance Treaty.
Representing the Special Service Squadron
Representing the Ausmonauts
…In witness and the agreement of the Ausmonaut and Special Service Squadron Officer Councils:
Special Service Squadron:
H.M.S. Hood – Fleet Leaders: