It's been a long road already to this point, but the destination is becoming ever so more clearer and this latest announcement is the next series of changes the Federation Executive Office is about to implement in order to reach our end goals of becoming an encompassing Star Trek community.
One of the first changes you'll notice are the alterations we've made to the forum index, to add more prominence to our general discussion forums - we're adding greater emphasis to forum interactions overall. More on that shortly.
Formation of the Federation Administrative Bureau
One of the changes we're making, is the formation of a new administrative department, with its abbreviation being FAB, somewhat purposefully.
For those who have been here long enough to remember Internal Affairs, and their forum moderation team - FAB will deal partly with this function. Along with forum moderation, it will manage the signature team and several other small teams of volunteers which we need to place throughout the UFP.
In short it will be the core administrative service provider for the UFP herein. I will be working with the new supervisor for this area in the coming weeks and more will be announced then.
Closure of the Starfleet Diplomatic Corps
The Starfleet Diplomatic Corps (SDC), after many years of service, is being closed. This is not to say we’re closing our diplomatic services entirely, but rather we feel as though an entire department is no longer needed to maintain this community function.
Many years back, during our Bridge Commander days, SDC served a rather unique purpose. Treaties, wars, peace talks, and alert conditions served as roleplay outlets for Bridge Commander clans looking to add more complex layers to the game and its enjoyability.
Over the years we’ve disassociated ourselves with this rhetoric and instead SDC adapted to host the inter-fleet events we see today. Such events, we feel, can be easily managed in the new Federation Administrative Bureau department, where things can be more effectively managed at a core level and where others in FEO will manage the direction and standards that SDC previously set.
Moving on, I’d like to announce some important command decisions. After close to two years of service in his role as Secretary of Defence, Mikester92 will be stepping down to take on the role of FEO Press Secretary, in otherwords Head of News Operations, while Bondgadget76 will move onto a different role. FEO views FNS as a critical area to our success as a community, and Mikester’s previous experience leading up FNS in the past is very much needed to make this work.
Replacing Mikester92 as Secretary of Defence is Jake Tyler. One thing Mikester sought in nominating his replacement was that the next Defence Secretary ought to be a big STO fan and an experienced policy maker; of which Jake Tyler is both. Please note however, that while Jake will be taking on this role he will remain in Starfleet (CL5) and will instead be titled ‘Head of Starfleet’ with the rank of Full Admiral.
And last but certainly not least, Chris Halsey has been invited into the CL6 FEO community administrator group to help us with our agenda for the community (he was one of the original proposers). I expect Chris to quickly adapt to the role once again and assist in our ever quickening pace towards our goal.
For those who are unfamiliar with Chris, Christopher Halsey actually served in FEO for many years before retiring. Chris now acts as Starfleet Academy CO and was instrumental in lighting the fuse that started our community focus in the first place. FEO believes his experience and drive, in this effort, to be most invaluable. Chris will therefore be leaving Starfleet behind and will join FEO as the Secretary of Education.
With all these changes, this means our leading volunteer teams look like this:
Federation Executive Office (FEO) - CL6
President John Hathaway - President
Chief of Staff LynxMukka - Chief of Staff
Secretary Mikester92 - Press Secretary
Secretary Lazereth - Secretary of Social Affairs
Secretary Chris Halsey - Secretary of Education
Secretary Sharpkiller - Joint Head of Technical Services
Secretary Jordan - Joint Head of Technical Services
Starfleet Command (SFC) - CL5
Admiral Jake Tyler - Head of Starfleet
Rear Admiral Bondgadget76 - TBA
Starfleet Operations CO - Vacant
Commodore Dodgers - HoK CO
Commodore Kains - ESF CO
Commodore Caymen Greener - SFH CO
These changes of course leave a CO vacancy in Starfleet Operations, so for those interested in that hot seat, stay tuned for an opening and job advert!
Thank you everyone so far for your patience during these changes and I hope they're getting you as excited as we are about where we're going.