1. General Membership: Membership is open to all persons without criminal records throughout regions currently controlled by the UEE. While prior military service and citizenship are desired, neither is considered a prerequisite for membership. All prospective members must complete an application to be considered for acceptance. Upon completion of this form, the Board of Directors will determine if the applicant meets the criteria for membership; notification to be given within seven working days.
2. Ship Requirements: All members are required to own and maintain at least one space-worthy ship, of design and tonnage in accordance with their own personal goals. Since Apex Continuum (AC) is a co-operative, this ship may be used for both personal and/or co-operative missions. When this ship is used for co-op sponsored missions or contracts, fair remuneration will be paid to the owner in accordance with the posted parameters of that mission; however, the AC will be fully indemnified against any responsibility for damage, loss or injury incurred by the owner.
3. Organization: The AC is divided into five functional divisions: Exploration, Salvage, Mining, Mercantile (trade and transport) and “In Extremis.” Upon acceptance into AC, each member will indicate their primary interest among these divisions, and will be placed therein. This does not mean that members cannot participate in missions outside their division, but this affiliation will be used primarily by the Board of Directors in determining the interests of the membership.
4. Governing Bodies: The governing bodies of the AC include a Board of Directors, a Corporate Council, Functional Executive Officers, Special Appointees and the Members At Large.
5. Board of Directors: The Board of Directors (hereafter referred to as the Board) consists of nine Executive Directors and shall be responsible for overall planning, programmatic and policy decisions taken on behalf of the membership. All decisions are to be made by majority vote. The Board will elect one of its members as Chairman of the Board, who will also hold the title of Chief Executive Officer. This position is largely ceremonial, with one important exception – when a decision must be made in a time-sensitive manner, the Chairman may do so, as long as that decision is later submitted to the entire Board for final adjudication.
6. Corporate Council: The Corporate Council consists of all Apex officers from the rank of Superintendent to Corporate Officer. This council will be responsible for making recommendations to the Board on such matters as promotions, policy changes, programatic and planning concerns and all other matters of guild administration. A majority recommendation of the Council will carry considerable weight regarding a decision to be made by the Board. On occasion, the Board may delegate certain of its responsibilities to the Council for their adjudication.
7. Functional Executive Officers: A Functional Executive Officer (FEO) will be appointed by the Board for the following Divisions: Exploration, Salvage, Mining and Mercantile. FEOs will assist the Board in understanding the interests of their division and in identifying and organizing missions within that division. FEO's will also have the authority to promote members of their division up to the rank of Senior Agent.
8. Special Appointees: The Board will also appoint, as necessary, special appointees to fulfill mission-specific requirements of the AC. For example, since the Board retains direct control over all Apex divisions, it may be necessary to appoint a Task Force Commander when more than one of the Apex divisions are envolved in a coordinated mission. Other special appointees include, but are not limited to, officers in the following areas: diplomacy, information, training, logistics, market analysis and financial planning.
9. Members at Large: Any member or group of members has the right to petition the Board regarding changes in leadership, programs, policies or procedures. Once a formal petition, supported by at least 20% of the membership, has been presented to the Board and all sides have made fair representation, a decision to approve the petition will be made by a 6/9th majority vote of the Board.
10. Membership Dues: There will be no formal dues required of any member as part of belonging to the AC. However, since we will obviously want to expand our facilities as membership grows; voluntary contributions will be encouraged and appreciated.
11. AC Missions and Contracts: While each member is free to conduct personal missions on their own, the primary purpose of the AC is to identify and organize more complex sorties, in most cases requiring a group to accomplish. For these AC-sponsored missions, 20% of the overall gross profit will go to the cooperative with the remainder of proceeds shared equally among all members participating in the mission.
12. Command and Control of AC-sponsored Missions: In most cases, command and control of an AC-sponsored mission will be provided by the Functional Executive Officer (or his designee). Exceptions to this policy will be determined by the Board.
13. Cross-functional AC-sponsored Missions: In some cases, missions will require the participation of two or more AC Division, for example a trade mission into extremely hostile space may require participation by both the Mercantile and “In Extremis” divisions. In such cases, a lead agent will be determined by the Board as part of the mission planning.
14. “In Extremis” Missions: While the primary mission of the AC is to promote the economic prosperity of its members, the organization does indeed maintain a considerable para-military capability. Members are expected to maintain a high degree of military capability given the nature of inter-space commerce. It may prove necessary, on occasion, to undertake missions that require a degree of military capabilities above and beyond the normal defensive requirements of commerce. These missions include, but are not limited to convoy escort, letters of marque, militia support, punitive expeditions and auxiliary missions in support of the UEE military. All “In Extremis” missions are voluntary.
15. Code of Conduct: AC members come from all sectors of society, but are banded together as brothers-in-arms for their mutual protection and prosperity. It is understood that commerce sometimes takes place within the “grey areas” of normal social intercourse. However, there is one transgression which will not be tolerated as a matter of personal and corporate honor, and that is the deliberate desertion of a member in need. Any member brought up against substantiated desertion charges is subject to dismissal by a 6/9th majority vote of the Board. In addition, members are expected to represent the Apex Continuum in a positive manner. Those whose behavior is repeatedly unbecoming of AC’s high standards can also be subject to warning, censure and eventual dismissal.
16. Felony Convictions: As stated above, the economic realities of space commerce sometimes places operators on the fringes of legal conventions. However, members are cautioned to tread lightly in this regard. Any member convicted of a felony offense by due process of a UEE-constituted judicial authority will be subject to suspension or dismissal by a 6/9th majority vote of the Board.
17. Piracy: Piracy is the scourge of space commerce and will absolutely not be tolerated among our membership. For this purpose, piracy shall be defined as the act of an Apex member against a non-hostile target for the purpose of property theft, kidnapping, general mayhem or any other nefarious reason. Any member suspected of piracy will be adjudicated by Special Tribunal of the Board. If “reasonable evidence” is found to support this charge by 5/9th majority vote of the Board, that member will be dismissed and declared “an enemy of the Apex Continuum.”